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)…

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…

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…

2 Ingredient Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! Most people are always looking for easy, healthy recipes and for ways to use up their bananas. This 2 ingredient ice cream recipe fits the bill and is a hit with the family! What you’ll need depends on what you like. I made 3 different versions of this ice cream and all were great! We began with banana and peanut butter, moved to banana berry and ended in banana and chocolate! For all versions you will need to peel your…

Easter Cupcakes

These Easter cupcakes were a hit but I will go on the record and say that I am not a fabulous baker, I would like to be, but I am not. I can follow a recipe but I can’t just “Martha Stewart” some awesome tart with folded in blood oranges. Cakes frighten me because I haven’t mastered the “how to’s” of icing and it looks more like a blob. Not to mention that my family and I try not to eat too much sugar, though we love making special occasions…

Easy Easter Bark

Kid approved treat! We all want things to look nice and I really appreciate the time people put into many of the things that I see on places like Pinterest. Of course many of them are so over the top, I mean there are preschool treat bags that took more time, money and effort to create, then many people put into their wedding favors. Personally, I am for things being appealing but on the easier side of things and that is where my easy Easter bark comes in! You really couldn’t…

Making Jell-o eggs

Bringing some Color to the table! When I was younger my grandmother made eggs in jello molds for Easter, they were cute and yummy and I thought why not give them a try. I didn’t think making Jell-o eggs would terribly hard and so I set out to try. It is important to say that you need to start with a specified egg mold or, I as I used, a plastic egg (I used jumbo) without holes in them. Those might be hard to find but without them obviously the…

Easter treats

  I don’t know if it is that as Easter comes, so does Spring, but I find myself in a frenzy of crafts and recipes at Easter time, more so than even Christmas. I wanted to make some Easter treats and found myself with these hits! Chocolate Nests These are so good, like so good, and very rich so one of these is a delicious treat. My family loved them, even my husband, and they are very simple to make. What you will need… 1 package of dark chocolate chips…

Groundhog Day For Kids

Happy Groundhog’s Day Every year people mention how stupid Groundhog Day is, but I personally like it. Groundhog Day may seem like a crazy holiday to celebrate and trust me we don’t go crazy, I mean it is a day about a rodent predicting the weather, but I like to have fun with my family and any time I can squeeze a little of that in, I try. I think groundhogs are cute and there is something about the ritual, the hoping that spring will come quicker. It is a little…