Orange-Cranberry Spelt Muffins Thursday, Feb 7 2013 

My friend Sara made these and talked about it on facebook. Sounded so good to me that I had to make it the same day she shared the recipe! 🙂

Orange-Cranberry Spelt Muffins

1 grated orange zest
3 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1 1/4 cup buttermilk*
1/2 cup honey
2 1/2 cups spelt flour (I used 1 3/4 spelt, and 3/4 white)
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
pinch allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Mix dry ingredients together, then combine with wet. Bake in muffin tins at 350F for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

*You can make your own by combining milk with 1 Tbsp vinegar for your total 1 1/4 cup “buttermilk”, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Or use kefir if you have that handy!

Breakfast (or supper!) Casserole Monday, Feb 4 2013 

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(I ate mine with salsa on top!)

I hadn’t done this recipe is so long, since we don’t often eat breakfast all together (my husband gets up way earlier), and because it takes an hour to cook. But the other day I was wondering what to make for supper, and I had some older bread to use up, fresh cheese my aunt made and gave us, some cooked meat, and fresh farm eggs! I decided to make this breakfast casserole for supper, and then wondered why I’ve never done so before! It’s an easy dish to prepare earlier in the day (when I have more energy), and includes all food groups to fill our tummies up. 🙂

Breakfast casserole

8 cups bread chunks*
2 3/4 cups milk
10 eggs
1 cup diced meat
1 cup cheese, shredded
2 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
3 1/2 tsp parsley

Mix bread and meat together in a 9×12 casserole dish. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, and add remaining ingredients (Except cheese). Mix well. Pour liquid over bread and meat mixture, and press down to saturate all the bread. There should be a fair amount of extra liquid, that it almost seems like too much! Cover with plastic wrap and place the casserole dish in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. This allows time for the bread to soak up the liquid. You want it to still be quite moist after it’s soaked in and baked, which is why it seems like way too much liquid at first. 🙂

Bake, uncovered, at 350F for 1hr.

*that’s my homemade bread, might need less if using lighter store-bought.

Puffed Wheat Cake Monday, Jan 7 2013 

I was introduced to this dessert in college (in Saskatchewan). It’s the same type of dessert as rice krispies squares, just that easy, but, in my opinion, so much better! 🙂

When I was engaged, my “SK mom” made me a recipe book. It’s a book I treasure, and use often! One of those recipes is Puffed Wheat Cake.

Another fun little story behind this is regarding the puffed wheat itself. My Mom grew up on a farm, and they used to feed their ducks puffed wheat. So she grew up calling puffed wheat “céréal de canard (duck food)”. I also grew up calling them “céréal de canard”, and didn’t actually know it wasn’t their real name until my teens. 😉  While I call them puffed wheat now, in my heart, it’s still “céréal de canard”. 😉 So, here is the recipe for Duck Food Puffed Wheat Cake!

Puffed Wheat Cake

1/2 cup butter/margarine
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa
9 cups puffed wheat
250g marshmallows (8oz, or, 30 large marshmallows)

Place butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and cocoa in large pot. Melt on medium heat until just bubble. Turn off heat, add in marshmallows and stir until melted. Add in puffed wheat, mix. Pour into 9″x12″ casserole dish, press down with buttered spatula (or marshmallow sticks all over your spatula). Let cool, and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cookies Friday, Dec 7 2012 


My Aussie friend gave me this recipe. They are melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter cookies. 🙂  They tend to crumble easily (esp after the first day), but they taste so good so I keep making them! 🙂

Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 1/4 cup flour (I’ve used wheat/spelt)
1 tsp baking soda

Cream butter, vanilla, sugars, peanut butter, and egg. Add in flour and baking soda, and mix. Roll into small balls, place on greased cookie sheet, and press cookies down slightly with a fork, first crosswise and then lengthwise for a crinkled effect. Bake 15 minutes at 350F.

Secret Recipe Club: Pumpkin Brownies Monday, Nov 26 2012 

Here comes another Secret Recipe Club recipe swap! This month, I was assigned Avril’s blog: Baking and Creating with Avril. Since we are moving cross-country this coming Thursday, I needed to find a fairly simple recipe. I knew I found the perfect recipe when I saw this one: Pumpkies (aka Pumpkin Brownies!).

We love pumpkin stuff, especially at this time of the year, I had some to use up in my freezer, and it’s a quick and easy recipe. 🙂  I made it, let it cool, then offered a piece to my 4-yr old. He took one bite and said “I really like this!!!” and proceeded to eat more instead of his lunch. 😉  (I guess it’s my fault for giving him some just before lunch!!)

Thanks for a yummy, quick and easy recipe, Avril! I’ll be making this one again. 🙂

Pumpkin Brownies

1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup flour (I used spelt flour)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I used: 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp cinnamon)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Beat butter until light and fluffy, add in sugar, egg and pumpkin puree.  Mix all together until well combined then add in flour, spices and salt to your pumpkin mixture.  Mix all together thoroughly. Pour into greased 8″x8″ pan. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes.  Cool as much as you wish and serve.

Cool Individual Apple Crisps Monday, Nov 19 2012 


I found this idea online, and was excited to give it a try! Not only does it look cool, it’s also so much easier than the traditional apple crisp, as there is no need to peel and slice all the apples. Very cool, and I’ll definitely be making apple crisp this way again!

I like how it also limits the portions, because when it comes to apple crisp, my husband and I can eat waaaaaay too much! 😀



Cool Individual Apple Crisp

4 apples


Crisp Topping

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup  flour (white or wheat)
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup butter/margarine
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix ingredients together to make a crumb.

Wash apples, cut in half, cut out the core.

Divide on top of each apple half. Place apples on a cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until apples are soft (insert sharp knife). The length of cooking will vary greatly depending which type of apple you use. Macintosh apples will cook much faster than gala.

Lemon Cranberry Oatmeal Pancakes Wednesday, Oct 31 2012 

(I love my son’s expression: “Another picture, Mom??? I just wanna eat!” lol)

My friend Tammy has a blender pancake recipe for Cranberry Oatmeal Pancakes on her site: Tammy’s Recipes. We’ve been enjoying that recipe since getting our Vita-Mix, and I’ve been wanting to tweak it to involve lemon, as lemons and cranberries just seem to go together in my mind! 🙂  So, here it is!

Lemon Cranberry Oatmeal Pancakes

1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/8 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest

Beat together in mixing bowl, cook on a frying pan. Make sure to stir before pouring new pancakes, as the cranberries drop to the bottom of the batter.

Blender pancake instructions: Blend up 3/4 cup wheat berries with the 1 1/4 cup milk for 2 minutes in a Vita-Mix or 4 minutes in a regular blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend just a little bit until all mixed. Pour into griddle (but remember the cranberries since to the bottom, so give it a little stir before each time!).

Oven-Baked Granola Bars Friday, Oct 19 2012 

These granola bars are chewy with crispy edges, sweet, and an excellent dessert. 🙂  My friend Sara adapted this recipe, and I think its awesome. I’m glad she doesn’t mind me sharing it here! 🙂

My son (4 yrs old) said they were the best in the whole world! He uses that expression a fair bit recently, but basically means he realllllly likes it! 😉

Oven-Baked Granola Bars

7 cups oatmeal (can use all quick, or 2 cups old fashioned and 5 cups quick)
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut/chopped slivered almonds/hemp seeds/flax (I did 2 Tbsp ground flax, then 1/2 coconut and 1/2 almonds for the rest)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup (if you do not have maple syrup, use 1/2 cup brown sugar in it’s place)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup butter

Mix oatmeal and coconut/almonds/flax in a large bowl.

Melt butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup in a pot. Heat until most of the sugar has melted.  Stir thoroughly to incorporate the butter and other ingredients, then add vanilla.  Stir well.  Pour over oatmeal mixture.  Stir well.

Divide mixture between 2 greased cookie sheets (I used parchment paper instead of greasing the pans) and press down evenly.  Once it is packed down, bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes, until bubbling and golden on edges and top. Cut while warm.

Makes 64 bars.  They may be stored at room temp for quite a while, but keep very well in the freezer too.

Zucchini Bread Wednesday, Oct 10 2012 


Zucchini Bread

1 1/2 cup zucchini, grated
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey (or brown sugar)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup nuts, chopped

Beat together oil and honey. Add eggs, vanilla and zucchini; mix well. Sift dry ingredients and add to liquid mixture. Stir in nuts

Bake in greased 9×5 bread pand at 350F for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then take out of pan and finish cooling on cooling rack. Freezes well.

Recipe from Whole Foods for the Whole Family.

Zucchini Fritters Monday, Oct 8 2012 

I bought a large zucchini at a farmers’ market this fall. I shredded it all up and froze it into baggies to use as Zucchini Bread, and Zucchini Brownies. I also wanted to try making Zucchini Fritters, as I had some at a friends’ this summer and really enjoyed it. I followed a recipe from here, with just a few tweaks. It’s a bit plain in taste, but I prefer it that way due to my boys’ still-budding taste buds. 🙂  They ate theirs with ketchup, while I ate mine with homemade green ketchup! I’m glad there are leftovers to eat tomorrow for lunch. 🙂

Zucchini Fritters

2 cups zucchini, shredded
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour (I used wheat)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4-1/2 cup cheese

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Heat a frying pan, add some oil, and drop zucchini mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls, and cook for a few minutes on medium-low heat, until golden on each side.

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