How to make Nanaimo Bars

Have You Heard of this Canadian Treat? During our Canadian studies for school, we decided to try to make this treat. Of course we didn’t know how to make Nanaimo Bars, or much about them, and set out to learn a little bit. Nanaimo Bars are a no bake treat named after Nanaimo, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. They have 3 layers that consist of a coconut crumb base, a butter icing middle layer, and a chocolate ganache top layer. They apparently can be made without coconut (but why, lol)…

The Best Stand Mixer

Not All Mixers Are Created Equally Who loves cooking and baking? Do you own a stand mixer? If you don’t, have you ever wondered which is the best stand mixer? Even if you are mixing up something as simple as a boxed cake, having a mixer comes in handy! Mixers, however, can be pricey and many people aren’t sure if the convenience is worth the price. I have a KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus, which I received as a wedding shower gift from my employer and his wife. When I received…

Groundhog Day Treats

Groundhog Grub We love Groundhog Day at our house, I think it is because the first thoughts of spring come with Groundhog Day. We love the holiday seasons between October and New Year’s Eve, but January is such a cold bleak month, that anything that can get our minds thinking spring is worth celebrating. Every year we make these Groundhog Day treats to celebrate and it seems to go over well, I took it to our co-op this year and it was thoroughly enjoyed. Of course these could be used…

Best Pizza Crust Recipe

No need to go out for pizza! My kids really love pizza, as many kids do, and so I thought it might be fun to make it at home one night and see how the family liked it. I set out to find the best pizza crust recipe and gave it a go! Well, needless to say it was a success and I thought I would share the recipe and some of our creations, but I also wanted to share my experience of teaching my children how to make this…

Sweet and Spiced Acorn Squash Soup

A yummy soup for a cold day! So, this past growing season my compost pile produced several acorn squash plants and a bounty of fruit! I was super excited and couldn’t wait to use them. The year prior we had grown them for the first time, however, we planted too many. This year we only planted 3 plants BUT they didn’t grow for some reason ๐Ÿ™ Obviously you can understand my surprise when I saw these acorn plants growing beautifully out of my compost pit, of course the dilemma became…

How to Cook Fresh Pumpkin and Squash

Making homemade pumpkin made easy! It’s easy to grab a can of pumpkin but sometimes from scratch is best, especially when you have grown the pumpkin or squash in your own garden, but looking at a pumpkin or squash, it’s hard to vision them as delicious food and treats… however, turning them into yummy food is much easier than it sounds! Here’s how to cook fresh pumpkin and squash… First let me say that you can technically cook any pumpkin, though the smaller ones are usually easier to handle. Pie…

How to Bake Pumpkin and Squash Seeds

Seasonal Snack and lots of fun While you are hollowing out those pumpkins for Jack O Lanterns or for pies or perhaps you are making some squash soup, you might ask yourself… what should I do with the seeds? Well, here’s how to bake pumpkin and squash seeds! If you are like me you will want to bake them into yummy snacks! It’s easy and sometimes the best part of cutting open a pumpkin or squash! There are so many ways to do this, so I will include my favorite…

Crustless Bacon and Swiss Quiche

ย Grab and Go Quiche… yes please! So are you like me and busy… need some grab and go ideas? Check out this quiche and see if it doesn’t work for your family! My kids don’t even like swiss cheese and they can’t get enough of this bacon swiss quiche. Notice the print option below for easy access to this recipe later and don’t forget to come back and let me know how you like it or head over to my Facebook page to share your pics ๐Ÿ™‚ Print Crustless Bacon…

Yummy Oatmeal Chocolate Muffins

Can Chocolate Equal Healthy… I hope so! So having kids means having snacks and sometimes it feels you have to choose between healthy and tasty, but here are some yummy oatmeal chocolate muffins that fits the bill for both, they are also flourless! Of course when one says healthy they don’t think chocolate and to be honest these aren’t in the same league as traditional health foods, but they are a quick, easy and delicious alternative to other, much less healthier options. Make sure you hit the print button on…

Maple Pie with a Walnut Crust

Have you ever heard of a maple pie… neither had I! As part of our children’s home school studies, we wanted to incorporate life skills, like baking, and while learning about Canada, we found out their obvious love of maple syrup. Then tried our hand at this maple pie with a walnut crust. Before I go any further, prior to this pie, I had only made one other and it was a pumpkin pie, which was good, making the crust made all the difference! I guess there is something about…