Category Archives: fun

Happy Canada Day

It’s Canada’s birthday. She’s 151 years young. How are you celebrating? Barbecue? Fireworks? Running through the sprinkler?

I’m planning on all of the above. Have a great day, whatever you’re doing!

Happy Solstice!

Female hand touching the Sun

This is it, Canada. The day we waited for all through those long winter nights. The longest day of the year. I can’t speak for your area, but Winnipeg is HOT. And sunny and altogether delightful today. I hope you can get outside and enjoy it. Don’t forget to watch the sunset tonight – it’ll only be earlier from here on in.

 

Recipe Poll

I am adding a new feature to my newsletter – a dedicated monthly recipe section. I’ve sent out a lot of cookie recipes (and will continue to do so, because cookies!) but I’d like to know what kind of recipes you enjoy trying.

Please leave a comment to tell me which of these options appeals, or if you’d like something else.

Commenters will be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card.

RECIPE CHOICES

  • Appetizers
  • Baking only (cookies, cakes, desserts)
  • Easy Entrees
  • Kid-chef friendly
  • Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Change it up every month
  • add your own option

Happy New Year

May the new year find you healthy, wealthy, and wise. Happy New Year and have a wonderful 2018!

Clock close to midnight, fireworks and crowd waiting for New year

Christmas Recipes 2017

I spent the weekend baking (SO MUCH BAKING!) and have decided to do my future self a favour and put all my recipes under one post to find for next year.

Most of these (with the exception of the Candy Cane Cookies) are kid-friendly when it comes to baking and cooking, so give them a try!

 

Rolled Shortbread

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

Gingerbread Cake

Chocolate Drops

Candy Cane Cookies

No-bake Coconut Christmas Trees

Whipped Shortbread

Chocolate Chip Cherry Coconut Drop Cookies

And if you are reading this before December 31, 2017, don’t forget to download your free copy of 12 DATES FOR CHRISTMAS for over a dozen family-favourite holiday recipes, and sneak peeks at twelve holiday romances – including DECKER AND JOY and HOLLIS AND IVY.

Chocolate Drops

I haven’t had these since I was a kid. Then we saw them at a bake sale and decided they were something that needed to be brought back into fashion for Christmas this year.

So far we’ve made two batches. I don’t know how they disappear so quickly. Fortunately, they are very easy (and kid-friendly) to make.

 

Boiled Chocolate Drops AKA Chocolate Haystacks

1/2 cup butter or margarine (125mL)
1/2 cup milk (125mL)
2 cups granulated sugar (500mL)
1/2 cup cocoa (125mL)

2 1/2 cups rolled/quick oats (625mL)

Put first 4 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 5 full minutes.
Remove from heat. Stir in rolled oats. Drop by teaspoon full onto trays covered with waxed paper. Let harden. Makes 4 dozen.

Coconut fans can replace 1/2 cup of oats with 2/3 cup of coconut.

These harden quickly, so get them onto the tray ASAP.

(The recipe books says is great for first-time cooks, and they are. Easy and quick to make – there is no downtime to get bored.)