Crunchy Maple Granola

Crunchy Maple Granola

There are many days where it feels like I am busy all day but get nothing done. The kitchen is a disaster, the toys are everywhere and dinner ends up being sub-par to say the least. We usually end up eating at the counter on the stools because when dinner rolls around, I just couldn’t manage to get the table even partly cleared so we could eat there before Kit starts freaking out from being hangry. I feel like I’ve been trying to clear the kitchen table for weeks and it still has mail, and other detritus all over it. After the kitchen […]

The Pleasures of Still Learning to Cook

Family friendly Baked Pasta with Sausage and Ricotta

Per La Famiglia by Emily Richards: Cookbook Spotlight & Giveaway It seems as though I’ve been learning to cook my whole life, including now. I remember making pancakes with my Grandma and her telling me that they were ready to flip when you saw the bubbles on top. I have no recollection on whether she used a mix or it was from scratch but it didn’t matter one bit. I remember making a sweet and faintly lemon flavoured bread with my mom and her showing me how the yeast foams up. I most keenly remember the most beautiful of all […]

Simply Perfect Scones

Buttermilk Currant Scones with jam

I remember the moment that I broke. I was waiting for them to announce the name of the Taste Canada winner and even though the nasty cynical part of my mind knew my name wouldn’t be called, I couldn’t help but have a last spark of hope that I was wrong. The name was called and it wasn’t mine. I crumbled inside as I sat smiling through clenched teeth as I held in my tears. I sat there thinking, “That’s it. I’m done. I just can’t try anymore.” That was the moment I broke. That was when blogging brought me to my […]

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 […]