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 […]

Oat Cream Biscuits Just Like HobNobs

DON’T DREAM ABOUT THEM BAKE THEM   Today was a lovely sunny day and a much-needed boost for me to get baking my Oat Cream Biscuits in the kitchen. Since Mr.CBB shared his version of a Starbucks Lemon Loaf last Sunday I thought I would share my little hidden gem of a secret today. I was up early making bread, Apple sauce and my version of  HobNobs that I remember enjoying as a child in Scotland. First off, we say biscuits instead of cookies in the UK so don’t get them confused as they are the same thing. Biscuits in Canada are also known as scones which can make it equally as confusing but don’t worry it’s fairly simple to understand. What are HobNobs? McVitie’s HobNobs are a British biscuit that you can buy in Canada at local British shops but are quite expensive. You can also buy them at the Bulk Barn and I’ve seen them at Walmart in the small British section that they offer. I’m sure there are other places you can purchase them if you source out the small shops in your area that carry international foods. HobNobs are generally a plain oat biscuit or you […]

Scotch Broth with root vegetables and beef

SOUP WARMS THE SOUL   If you’ve never heard of Scotch broth I can guarantee that you’ll want to make this delicious hearty broth based soup for dinner by the time you’re done reading this tummy-warming recipe. After a really cold week and it’s still not much better soup is on the menu for many of us in Canada. Mr. CBB asked a question the other evening on the “What’s For Dinner” post on Facebook -What is your favourite soup? I didn’t have to think long about that and decided to make it for all of you so I could show you rather than just tell you. Last week Mr.CBB shared his Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Soup with tomato and fennel so today I’m sharing a classic soup that I enjoy making in our home. Hands down my all time favourite is my mums Scotch broth soup which our entire family devoured. My mum would make Scotch broth every Saturday evening to enjoy on Sunday along with fresh homemade bread slathered in butter. This Scotch broth is so versatile that she could stretch it out to do us until Wednesday the following week. If you are looking for a frugal meal […]

Homemade Carrot Marmalade

A Traditional Marmalade With A Carrot Twist   Marmalade sandwiches anyone? Well this year has been a huge success in our household with canning and I really, really got into the swing of it to my surprise. I have done some canning before but not to the extent of nearly filling an entire pantry full of goodies to last til next year.   Free food offerings   People were coming out of everywhere offering me free, yes free fruit and veg because they couldn’t keep up with how much their garden was producing. I know Mr.CBB says he gives away crab apples because the tree on his property is overflowing every year and they hate to see the apples rot. There’s not a year that’s gone by that we haven’t given most or all the apples away or used them to make our own crab apple jelly or apple butter – CBB Now you tell me who’s not going to say yes please to free fruits and vegetables if someone were to hand you a basket full of nutritious foods. I know I would struggle to say no because I enjoy being in the kitchen as it’s a passion of […]

Easter Bunny Butter Shortbread Cookies With Lemon Drizzle

EASY EASTER SHORTBREAD   The best memories I have of baking especially at Easter is coming into the kitchen after school and smelling and seeing what my mom had baked. My favourite cookie that my mum would make is the butter shortbread cookie which I will share with you here today.These butter shortbread cookies are super easy to make and decorate and are far better to make homemade vs store-bought cookies. My mum used to make these amazing double shortbread cookies which are two pieces of shortbread loaded with jam in the middle and icing on top. We always used to fight over those when we were kids just because they were doubled up and stuffed cookies. After moving to Canada I had to get this shortbread recipe from mum so I could bake it with my kids, which is actually my grandma’s recipe. I love lemon and so does my family which is why I created this shortbread cookie with lemon drizzle. My youngest Rhia is the helper to decorate the cookies even though she eats more than the actual decorating. Of course there is always a fight to see who gets to finish off the lemon drizzle icing or to have […]