Carrot Cake Pancakes

Breakfast, Desserts & Baking, Recipes

Saturdays are my FAVOURITE day of the week.  It’s the most luxurious day of the week for me: a completely selfish indulgence of family, good food and relaxing.  It also happens to be the day we make pancakes or ‘angel cakes’ in our little household. I had some leftover grated carrots and apple, and was scratching my head over what … View The Post

Naked Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Desserts & Baking, Recipes

I made this cake for the sweetest, most generous and talented person I know for her birthday (TODAY!), my cousin and best friend Jillian!  Of COURSE her dress matched the cake – how perfect!!!  Sigh, can she get any more gorgeous?  I simply love this human so much my heart could burst! Needless to say, it is a ritual that … View The Post

Shortbread Cookies

Desserts & Baking, Holiday Dishes, Recipes

We make cookies every Christmas Eve, well, for ‘you-know-who’.  These shortbread cookies have hands-down won the family vote, and since Santa seems to clear the plate every year I won’t argue. The corn starch is the secret ingredient that gives these cookies the perfect amount of crispness.  I don’t indulge in a lot of sweets, but these are really worth … View The Post

Coconut Macaroons (Gluten-Free)

Desserts & Baking, Gluten-Free, Recipes

These cookies are SO easy to make and SO impressive!  Moist, chewy and absolutely delicious, you can whip these up for last minute company in under 20 minutes with a few simple ingredients.  Even better, they are naturally gluten-free with no fancy ingredients required: just make sure your coconut is produced in a wheat-free plant (it will not have the … View The Post

Granola Bars (Gluten-Free)

Appies & Snacks, Breakfast, Desserts & Baking, Gluten-Free, Recipes

Finding a healthy snack isn’t always easy.  I have always loved granola bars, but struggle with the fact that many store-bought granola bars overly sweet and full of ingredients that I would rather not have in my food.  So…I decided to make my own. I spend a lot of time lingering over Barefoot Contessa’s recipe books, and stumbled upon a terrific recipe for … View The Post

Banana Bread

Appies & Snacks, Breakfast, Desserts & Baking, Recipes

I started making this banana bread when I was 13 years old, and it has been a family favourite ever since.  The recipe was originally from my Aunty Mary straight from New Zealand and handed down through the generations.  I admittedly tweaked it a bit to reduce the sugar and fat (the original recipe called for 1/2 cup butter and … View The Post

Double Chocolate Omega-3 Zucchini Bread

Breakfast, Desserts & Baking, Recipes

My current ingredient obsession seems to be hemp seeds, and let’s face it, could be worse!  Packed full of omega-3 fats, protein and fibre, I’ll look for any excuse to squeeze them into a recipe.  The walnuts in this zucchini bread add an extra dose of the same.  I try to keep a loaf of this in my freezer for … View The Post

Pumpkin Muffins

Appies & Snacks, Breakfast, Desserts & Baking, Recipes, Snacks

Judging from my recent posts I’m clearly addicted to all things pumpkin.  Truthfully, I’m constantly looking for ways to hide vegetables in my two year old son’s food.  After all, he is my toughest critic!  These are perfect for a snack or breakfast on the run and freeze beautifully.  You can substitute gluten-free flour blend for all of the flour to … View The Post

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Breakfast, Desserts & Baking, Recipes

I have been making these scones for years out of my first cookbook by Tasha Tudor and they are ALWAYS a hit. Nothing will impress your guests more than pulling a fresh batch of scones out of the oven for breakfast or coffee! You can make these savoury by omitting the sugar and and blueberries and adding a 1/2 cup … View The Post