christmas cookie round-up!

xmas cookies B

the christmas season is full of yummy cookies. we love to bake all sorts of cookies this time of year. here is a round-up of decoration ideas from snowflakes to snow globes to hurt gingerbread men.

christmas cookies, cookie recipe, snowman cookie recipe

melting snowman cookies from simply stitched together

xmas cookie recipe, christmas cookie, cookie recipes

christmas ornament cookies from fresh cut flours

christmas cookie recipes, snowglobe cookies,

snow globe’s from hello naomi

xmas cookies, christmas cookies, festive cookies,

christmas cookies from sweetopia

snow flake cookies, christmas cookies, x-mas cookies, holiday cookies

christmas cookie snowflakes from pasta princess & more

xmas cookies, gingerbread cookies, snow flake cookies,

gingerbread cookie recipe from glorious treats

xmascookies, funny gingerbread cookies, hurt gingerbread cookies guys, holiday humour,

gingerbread men cookies from the national geographic


i am so inspired to roll up my sleeves and get baking! i love, LOVE decorating cookies!

what kind of cookies are you baking this holiday season?

do you prefer gingerbread cookies or sugar cookies, or do you bake both?

xo, mama lola

korvapuusti or finnish cinnamon bun recipe!

korvapuusti, finnish baking
korvapuusti, finnish baking recipe, cinnamon buns

i’ve shared our korvapuusti recipe before. the name korvapuusti is finnish for “slapped ear” based on the appearance of the bun. they are a common treat in finnish cafe’s and homes. they are simple to make, with most of the time spent waiting for the dough to rise.

this summer these treats became a camping tip hit in our family. DH would bake them before a camping getaway, and then we would enjoy them during our cool summer mornings at camp.


1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups scalded whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
11/2 tsp salt
6-7 cups flour
1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup cinnamon sugar

1 egg *since we are an egg free family, we use coffee or a milk/ butter combo

– dissolve the yeast in the water and add the milk, sugar, salt, and half of the flour. mix vigorously for one minute.
– stir in butter and enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
– knead until smooth, about 10 minutes
– place dough in greased bowl and let rise in a warm location until size has doubled. may take up to 2-3 hours depending on current temperature.
– pre-heat oven to 375 F
– roll out half the dough into a 12 by 18 inch rectangle. spread with butter (DH melts butter and brushes it on) and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
– roll rectangle firmly into a log roll. cut roll diagonally to make triangular:ish pieces and press down on centre of each korvapuusti spreading out the cut ends.
– glaze each korvapuusti. place rolls onto greased baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
– do the same with the other half of the dough.

korvapuusti, finnish baked goods, baking recipe
korvapuusti, finnish baked treats, cinnamon buns


korvapuusti resepti, finnish recipe

my mouth is watering just looking at these pictures!
these are perfect school lunches too!

xo, mama lola

perfect fall apple recipes!

fall has arrived.
the kids are officially back to school. the trees are starting to slowly change colour and lose their leaves. people are taking about going apple picking and there’s even a crispness in the air on some mornings, oh yes, fall has definitely arrived.

this time of year i like to use my oven a lot for baking and dinners; we don’t have our furnace on so it’s a great way to warm up the house when needed. here are 10+ fall recipes to get your home smelling delicious and cozy this fall!

apple sandwiches from oh she glows
old fashioned apple crisp from blissfully delicious
apple chips from whole living
caramel apples from dot come women
orange cocoa apple bread from kitchen illiterate
spirit tree apple pizza from off the beaten palate
apple muffins from the girl who ate everything



apple pie bites from yummy mummy club

apple sauce from canning basics

(vegan) apple pie from the southern vegan

which one is your favourite?
let me know if you try out any of these recipes!

xo, mama lola

millions of peaches… 20 awesome peach recipes!

we LOVE peaches! and, when they’re in season we devour baskets of them! to get ready for the world’s best peaches, which will be in season in a matter of weeks here in southern ontario, i have collected some awesome peach recipes, from pizza’s, to sorbet’s to salsa’s!
i did include a crisp and a cobbler for good measure, as well!
YUM… here we go…

 gouda and peach frilled cheese from winthrop chronicles
 carolina peach margarita from garden and gun
 bellinin sorbet from the hungry australian
rustic grilled peach pizza from love cook eat
peach cake from i heart eating
grilled peaches from the snails view
 lavender peach cobbler from the baking bird
 blackberry peach crisp from the key ingredient
peach dumplings from LGB studio
molasses glazed salmon, sweet n’ spicy peach salsa from grab a plate
sweet peach pancakes from spicy southern kitchen
 fish taco’s with pineapple peach salsa from kristine’s kitchen
peach tart from the patterned plate
peach, mango & carrot smoothie from eat, drink & be merry
 peach salad from feasting at home
peach wine coolers from annie’s eats
summer peach rolls from my recipes
peach jam from better homes & gardens
mmm… my mouth is seriously watering after compiling this peachy list of yummy peach recipe’s. let me know if you try any of them or if you have a must-try peach recipe of your own!
xo, mama lola

the best banana bread!

i found a recipe from here, the whole living web magazine, but as usual i had to tweak it a bit to make it my own.

it was best banana bread loaf i had ever tasted, never mind baked myself! it was perfectly moist, just sweet enough and my family agreed as it was all almost gone by bedtime!

banana bread, baking


1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled 
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 ripe bananas 
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs OR egg substitute of your own choosing
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1. preheat oven to 350F. butter your loaf pan.
2. in a bowl mash your bananas, add melted butter, eggs/ egg substitute, vanilla and both sugars. in another bowl add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. then combine all of the ingredients, careful not to over mix.
3. fold in seeds and pour into baking pan.
4. bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out clean. let cool for about 15 minutes first and then transfer to a wire rack.
i had some help, as usual. a pro masher in fact!
look at that colour! perfect!
tasted as good as it looked!
banana bread, baking
banana bread, baking, treats
let me know how you like it!
xo, mama lola

mother’s day treats!

i know, i know treats and yummy things can be unhealthy, but on special occasions i think, a little something delicious is worth the extra calories! here are some treats i compiled that i would be delighted to taste, enjoy and devour if made for me on Mother’s Day!
1. chocolate covered strawberries from family fresh cooking
2. blueberry greek yoghurt no bake cheese cake from bareroot girl
3. cake pops from at kokken
4. momfoku banana cupcakes from cupcakes garden
5. no bake chocolate strwberry cheesecake from how sweet it is
6. ice cream sandwiches from the kitchy kitchen
7. rose cupcakes from the cupcake daily blog
8. funfetti cake waffles from buns in my oven

let me know if you’re lucky enough to try one of these, or if you decided to make something from here for another mama.
xo, mama lola

finnish pulla recipe!

today i am sharing a recipe from my motherland, finland. pulla is a traditional, popular coffee bread enjoyed by everyone. it’s the kind of food my mummo always had on hand to offer people when they came for a visit. 

we make pulla for all the major holidays. it’s a special treat and something yummy we love to enjoy!

the original recipe is from “the finnish cookbook” by beatrice a. ojakangas, but we make a few modifications to suit our own taste and fit our allergy needs.


1 package active yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
7-8 cardamom pods or 1 tsp ground cardamom
4 eggs (or egg substitute)
8 cups flour
1/2 cup melted butter

1 egg beaten
1/2 sliced almonds
1/2 cup coarse granulated sugar


1. dissolve the yeast in warm water. stir in milk, sugar, salt, cardamom eggs and 2 cups of flour to make a batter. beat until the batter is smooth and elastic. then add 3 more cups of flour, ensuring the dough remains smooth and glossy.

2. add melted butter and the remaining flour stir until a stiff dough forms.

3. place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes.  once the dough is smooth, place it into a greased mixing bowl, turning it over once to grease the top. let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1 hour (doubled in bulk). then, punch the dough down and let sit for another 30 minutes.

4. preheat the oven to 400F. lightly flour a board or your flat work surface and divide the dough into three even sections. roll out each section until about 16 inches long, and then braid the three sections together. pinch both ends and tuck under. let sit and rise a little longer, approx. 20 minutes.

5. glaze the braids with your beaten egg mixture. add almonds and sugar as desired. bake for about 25-30 minutes on a lightly greased baking sheet. ensure they don’t get overcooked as they will dry out. remove from oven when braids are golden brown.

6. serves 3 braids. slice and serve with a fresh cuppa coffee!


xo, mama lola

cookies! cookies! cookies!

we love cookies around here and the boys love to bake them! recently we made these family faves, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, with colourful chocolate sprinkles thrown in for good measure. this recipe is not really any different from most cookie recipes except, it is egg free!

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp egg substitute
3/4 – 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup colourful large sprinkles

3/4 cup sun flower seeds or chopped nuts 


1. preheat over at 350F and line two cookie sheets.
2. add dry ingredients and mix in a bowl.
3. blend and mix wet ingredients in a bowl.then add dry ingredients and chocolate chips.
4. shape dough in to balls and place about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets, then flatten. bake one cookie sheet at a time until cookies are lightly browned all over. approx 12-15 minutes. place on rack to cool.
5. enjoy with a glass of milk!

what kind of cookies do you like to dunk into your cuppa tea or coffee?

xo, mama lola

carrot bread :: nom, nom

this recipe is a big hit at our house! 
the kids love it, dear hubby slathers mountains of butter on it and i like to nibble on a chunk while sipping fresh coffee. yum!

(the original recipe is from the joy of cooking, but after years of baking it, food allergies popping up in our family and after adding just my own preferences this is the recipe that i’ve settled upon.)


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 as desired sprinkling of ground cloves
3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs/ or preferred egg substitute
1/2 vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups grated carrots (you could substitute zucchini)
1/2 sunflower seeds
1/2 chocolate chips (optional)


1. preheat your oven to 350F, and grease your bread pan.
2. mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves together.
3. in another larger bowl mix, sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla and salt. add dry ingredients. then add carrots and chocolate chips
4. scrape batter into your pan. bake for about 45 minutes or until bread pulls away from the sides of the pan. let cool before serving.

baking can be demanding, exhausting work, especially when you’re two and it’s right before lunch and one’s afternoon nap. this pouty lip appears quickly, but disappears just as fast, if lion is distracted by something else.

it’s so nice to have a helper around!

and, voila carrot bread. because i don’t bake with eggs my breads and loafs don’t rise quite as well, as yours will if you use them. we discovered a year ago bear’s terrible eczema was caused by eggs, so we stopped eating them just like that, all four of us.

xo, mama lola

lemon yellow.

with spring looming on the horizon, but at a distance still, i am craving light, air, open windows and sips of lemonade. well, maybe not quite like that, but you get the idea. i am yearning warmth and bright and sun, and i figure the best way to include those in my life is through food.

so, i pinned my way through pinterest and found a handful of delectable lemon flavoured foods. there’s even a pizza included in the mix! 


zesty sources:
1. cream cheese lemon squares, from notions & notations of a novice cook
2. lemon triffe, from epicurean mom
3. lemon blueberry scones, from riches to rags by dori
4. meyer lemon pizza, from how sweet it is
5. fresh lemons in a pot, from pinterest
6.lemon cheesecake from the blender by: william sonoma

happy monday!
xo, mama lola
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