My first post and it's about stress and chocolate

Today is the first day of my blog.... I have decided to bake, sew or read something everyday for the next 365 days and then to blog about it. You might ask why start today, why not start at the start of a month or a year or a special event? But the truth is, I don't really know... I have been thinking about blogging for a while, some time just for me, and I guess now is as good a time as ever....more

Christmas Cookies with Wet on Wet Piping

Between cooking and baking since Monday for yesterday’s Thanksgiving, and Black Friday shopping it is nice to know you can design an elegant Christmas cookie in 9 minutes. Wet on wet piping is using the same royal icing consistency throughout the design (with the exception of the border).The break down to the cookies above:...more

Brown Sugar Cookies

ou’re not tired of thinking about food after yesterday I hope.  Because BROWN SUGAR COOKIES.  Or more specifically, browned butter cookies rolled in brown sugar and baked into a chewy, caramelly confection....more

Peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes

As a child I never liked peanut butter, even as an adult I was not that big a fan. That is until I discovered that peanut butter had a soul mate, and its name is chocolate.Peanut butter + Chocolate = HEAVENIcing piled high upon a moist, rich chocolate cupcake, these are quickly becoming a favourite of mine. I just wished I’d discovered the joy of PB and chocolate sooner....more

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)

Pão de Queijo – literally cheese bread in Portuguese – is a bread-like snack baked with cheese and tapioca starch, or manioc, as they call it. It is a very popular street-side snack found in many South American towns and cities and even in America itself; a commonly loved delicacy due to its chewiness and cheesy flavours....more

Christmas, let's do this (but don't forget the whiskey)

Well, it's not even Thanksgiving yet and I'm already breaking one of my major rules: No holiday music until the Friday after the big stuff-your-face day....more
Sure sounds good. Tomorrow I'll be making fruit cake. If you have time stop in at my blog for a ...more

Peanut Butter Walnut Muffins

My boyfriend and I are headed to his families for the Thanksgiving holiday. I was not ask to bring anything specific for the meal. It can be difficult to decide what to take when you don't know what others are bringing. When that is the case, I bring something to snack on prior to the meal....more

Can you make pumpkin pie with a jack-o'-lantern pumpkin?

As a kid, I didn't understand where pumpkin pie came from. My best guess was that it was somehow made from the goopy insides we scooped out while getting ready to carve jack-o'-lanterns. I thought of the outside as kind of a hard shell and was surprised to learn that (minus the peel) is actually the edible part. It seemed like magic, and I knew I had to do that myself one day....more

How a Bad Baker Made Pretty Good Muffins

I used to have a blog devoted primarily to my exploits "cooking badly."  I didn't have to try too hard to come up with material either; every time my hands touched a cookbook, something would go awry. Believe it or not, even my Dishwasher Chicken experiment didn't go as planned.So I was excited to get my new red and white checkered Better Homes and Gardens cookbook this week. I was ecstatic even. ...more

Warm Fig Chutney - Crostini w/ Fig Chutney, Goat Cheese & Fresh Thyme

Sometimes the most perfect things on Friday evenings are deliciously simple appetizers {that you may or may not turn into dinner}, a nice big glass of wine in a spotless wine glass, and a warm fire.  Here is one of my favorite appetizer recipes, perfect for those types of Friday nights:CROSTINI W/ FIG CHUTNEY, GOAT CHEESE & THYME...more