Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares

EASY CHRISTMAS BAKING TO CHECK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY TO-DO LIST   If you’re super busy for the Christmas holidays like we are you will appreciate our signature family Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares that take 15 minutes to prepare. We’re feeling excited as it’s coming closer and closer to Christmas which means I’ve been busy baking up a storm in the Don kitchen. You will LOVE what these fudgy no bake squares look and taste like especially since they are unique to our family. This is one less holiday recipe that you won’t have to worry about spending time in the kitchen for so you can get on with other tasks. These fabulous Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares take 1 hour to chill in the refrigerator and you’re ready to serve to your guests. What you end up with is a lovely dense graham cracker crumb on the bottom, fudgy chocolate coconut center topped with a buttercream vanilla milk icing that is sure to hit all those sweet notes. I love adding candied orange peel to the crumb as it gives a bit more to the taste and flavour. We’ve had our snow storms out west and now […]

Five Alive Carrot Cake + Pre-Made Snack Cake Mix

A BAKING MISTAKE SOMETIMES MAKES THE BEST PRODUCT!   I have a long story about this Five Alive Carrot Cake and how it all came together but I’ll keep it as brief as possible since I know you will want to rush to the kitchen to start making it. Trust me when I say it won’t last long and you’ll know what I mean once you take your first bite. If you’re looking for some easy cake recipes that you can make ahead to take to summer parties or back-yard BBQ’s with your family and friends this Five Alive Carrot Cake travels well. Yesterday I noticed that there were no snacks in the house as the kids have been eating me out of house and home. This is not unusual at the moment as both boys are growing like weeds and they are always hungry. On a whim I decided that I would make a banana loaf as I used the one I had stashed in the freezer for soccer practice as a snack last week. Having looked in the fridge (remember I said the boys were growing like weeds) only to find no bananas left meant I wasn’t making […]

Homemade Potato Waffles

USE YOUR LEFTOVERS TO CREATE A NEW RECIPE: NO FOOD WASTE   So, Monday rolls around and we had a refrigerator with Sunday dinner leftovers of roast-beef, potatoes, carrots and peas swathed in an onion gravy. What’s left from our meal is the roast beef, gravy and some boiled potatoes. Usually I would make Stovies (a Scottish dish where you place meat potatoes and fried onions in a pan brown slightly with some lard then add the gravy) but nobody fancied that this evening. Instead I decided to make potato waffles which I served piping hot with the rest of the leftover roast-beef and some baked beans. Every once in a while I like surprising my family with a new recipe creation and this my friends is one recipe that I must share with all of you. This was a new recipe idea for me so it took some trial and error but in the end they turned out just right. Since the potatoes were leftover boiled potatoes and not mashed I did question why I didn’t take the time to mash the leftover potatoes beforehand while they were still warm. That would have made the process of making these […]

Last-minute Chicken Corn Soup

DON’T WASTE ANY TIME…GET COOKING!   My go-to nutritious soup when I feel like an easy night of cooking has to be this Chinese inspired last-minute chicken corn soup packed full of flavour. Chicken corn soup is traditional specifically in southwest China, India and other countries where corn is a staple in many diets. Corn is also fairly inexpensive to buy and for this recipe I use one can of creamed corn. If you don’t have or can’t buy creamed corn you can simply whiz up a can of peaches and cream corn with a splash of cream and a touch of sugar. For the adventurous cook you can make your own creamed corn. Related: Homemade Creamed Corn (Martha Stewart) I’ve made many chicken noodle soup recipes over the years but as a busy mother and wife sometimes it’s nice to have a short-cut chicken noodle soup especially on a cold winter day. If you’re looking for a healthy chicken noodle soup that is packed full of flavour and loaded with sweet corn that can be made in a jiffy, this is a recipe you’ll want to tuck away. If eating out is out of the question because you’re trying […]

Anytime Sausage Egg Pie

A SAVOURY PIE THAT YOU CAN ENJOY FOR ANY MEAL OF THE DAY   If you enjou sausages, eggs and pie this anytime sausage egg pie is a great addition to your weekly meal plan as it freezes well plus you eat it anytime you’d like. Now that’s homemade cooking convenience. This week was all about cleaning out the freezer to get it ready for another freezer inventory so I make sure we are using up the food and it’s not getting freezer burned. Since the kids were back to school and the husband off to work after the holiday it meant time for recipe creations in the kitchen with no distractions. Since the house was quiet and I was relishing the time to myself I had realized around 11 am that I had forgotten to take something out of the freezer for dinner. Into the freezer I went to search for some sausage meat which is the same sausage meat I make my delicious British sausage rolls. Once I decide on something to take out of the freezer I then must come up with a recipe for it. This forces me to think of a new recipe that I […]

Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts For Valentine’s Day

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF LOVE AND SWEETS   We love jam tarts of just about any description in our home so when a special occasion pops up like Valentine’s Day I don’t mind baking up a few batches for my family and friends. This Queen of hearts jam tarts recipe boasts a beautiful pastry filled with either raspberry or strawberry jam followed by a light dusting of  icing-sugar. If you’ve ever wanted to create your own jam tarts, today I will show you how easily I was able to make my recipe and how you can do the same in your kitchen. Most men and women are scrambling at the last-minute to get a Valentine’s Day card and treats but with a bit of planning you can make these Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts for Valentine’s Day and your loved one will love you even more…if that is even possible. Other simple Valentine’s Day recipes for him or her which you can make and add to a Valentine’s Day Gourmet Basket, Bake Sale or for guests. Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Cherry Cheesecake Blueberry Cheesecake 5 minute Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge Cherry Pie Minis Coconut Custard Tarts […]

Lemon Coconut Macaroons

FOR THOSE TIMES YOU CRAVE SOMETHING SWEET   Not only are these lemon coconut macaroons budget-friendly they are also super easy to make. Those who enjoy these little treats will be amazed by the simplicity of making them yet revel in the fluffy coconut center and decadent outer chocolate flavours. Don’t panic if you’re not an of lemon either because you can simply eliminate the citrus and add some pure vanilla extract for more of a  traditional coconut macaroon. Sharing cookies is a great way to say thanks to neighbours, friends and family without breaking the bank. I often bake cookies to bring to our neighbour’s house just to say thanks for being a good neighbour and friend. There doesn’t have to be a special occasion to make someone smile. While reviewing recipes for lemon coconut macaroons on Google and Pinterest I noticed that many bakers said that their mixture was too runny. I wanted to see what problems other people were having with their recipes so I could perfect my own. When reading over some professional chefs recipes I found that they too don’t go into much detail about how thick the lemon coconut macaroon mixture needs to be […]

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie with Cranberry Topping

SWITCH UP RECIPES INTO PIES   When I have tonnes of turkey leftovers after any holiday one of my favourite recipes to make is this creamy Turkey Pot Pie with a vibrant Cranberry topping. I don’t know many people who are able to eat an entire turkey at one dinner sitting which means turkey leftovers are either transformed or put in the freezer until it’s needed. If you’re anything like me and just cooked a large turkey for Christmas, finding new ways of using up the turkey leftovers is a must. I love to find ways to use my leftover turkey which includes such under-used ingredients such as homemade jams, jellies and chutney which are delicious. In the past I have transformed leftover turkey into turkey turnovers,  teriyaki turkey chunks, turkey chili, turkey curry, turkey soup and even turkey and pumpkin lasagna. My plan was to use the turkey leftovers and the cranberry sauce that’s been sitting in the refrigerator since Christmas dinner to make an all-in-one pot pie. Today I am going to show you how to make my buttery, flakey, Turkey Pot Pie mixed with a gorgeous bechamel sauce and topped with a delicious homemade Cranberry sauce. Once […]

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