Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream

Simple Woodland Theme Cake

A Simple Woodland Themed 1st Birthday Party When you have your first child, everything is intense and new. You are on a terrifying learning curve but you get through it and have some wonderful times with your wee one. When the time for the first birthday party rolls around, you may feel the need to go a little crazy. I went for a huge, professionally decorated cake with a mini smash cake for Timothy. I invited loads of people to my parents house and we had a big dinner surrounded by 1st Birthday themed balloons and every other 1st birthday decorations […]

Tried and True Quiche

Pancetta, Shallot, Cheddar and Goat Cheese Quiche

You would think that I’d know better than to try a new recipe out on Christmas Day. Whether it was foolhardiness or simple arrogance in my abilities to pull it off, I decided to make a recipe I saw in the Jamie Oliver Magazine for a chocolate Buche De Noel that looked delicious. It didn’t contain any flour so I thought it would be a perfect treat for my husband who has difficulties with gluten. My mom brought her jelly roll pan since I was determined to do it right and having the right equipment often helps get a good result. […]

Butter Celebrates Cookbook Review

Butter Baked Hostess Cupcakes

If there is a more beautiful cookbook that could grace my shelf, I would be hard pressed to find one to compete with the two Butter Baked Goods cookbooks. I bought the first book last year based simply on the perfection that is the recipe for shortbread cookies found in the book. I don’t bake often so I’ve only made the shortbreads from the first book so far. This didn’t stop me from becoming excited when the opportunity was presented to me to get a copy of Butter Celebrates: A Year of Sweet Recipes to Share with Family and Friends, by my friend, […]

Grilled Sweet Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad

Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad

I can’t help but feel that something has been lost this time of year. Summer is all but over and fall is fast approaching; I can feel it in that breeze that cools me down in the still hot sun. When it is hot and muggy out like it is today, I get fooled into thinking that daylight will extend long into the evening and I’m rudely reminded that the time with all this gorgeous sunlight is waning to make ready for a long Canadian winter. This summer was more chilly than is normal so I didn’t get out to […]

Peppered Sour Cherry & Goat Cheese Tarts

Peppered Sour Cherry and Goat Cheese Tarts

I picked up my eldest son the other night because he had managed to turn himself upside down in bed and I needed to set him back on his pillow, tucked under the covers. Long gone is that big toddler boy that I had for a while and in his place is a gangly little boy who seems to be made up of long arms and legs. I have no desire for him to stop growing up because each stage in his life is something I look forward to. I do struggle to hold on to those moments and memories with […]

Careful, Canning is Addictive

Photo Credit: Amy Bronee

Book Review & Giveaway for The Canning Kitchen by Amy Bronee Canning has filled my summer for several years now. Sometimes, whether I like it or not. I can’t seem to stop myself from ordering kilos of local fruit year after year that are wrangled into jars so they can grace my table during the dreary Canadian winter. My son can eat a jar of home canned peaches in one sitting and there is great satisfaction in spreading on some of my jam onto homemade bread for my boy. Once you have these treasures in your pantry, it is difficult […]

On Collecting Recipes

Marbled Chocolate Bundt Cake Slice

A Review of RicardoCuisine.com When my husband and I first moved in together when before we were married, I began my recipe collection and my first big steps in my cooking journey. It was right when Food Network Canada started and they actually had cooking shows on tv all day; not those horrid cooking gameshows that are ubiquitous on there now. I would watch Nigella and Jamie, looking forward to every new episode and re-watching the old ones so that I could commit the recipes to memory. Every now and then I would treat myself to a magazine. My magazines […]