dessert

  • donut round up! May 11, 2015 -   i feel it is my responsibility to add this warning above. you may want to get a cloth or tissue for wiping the drool off of your chin. just sayin”! donut are making a kind of come back. they can be as easy or as complicated to make as you wish; there are countless […]
  • uuni riisipuuro/ oven baked rice pudding December 23, 2014 -   my family adores rice pudding. during the christmas holidays it’s a treat that we gobble up a lot of. it’s easy to make and for me always reminds of my childhood christmases back home in finland.     i got this recipe from a finnish blogger, hellapoliisi. it’s super easy, simple and delicious! since […]
  • reindeer cookies! December 18, 2014 - we made these super cute. super yummy, super easy reindeer cookies after school one day. it was great way to get some christmas cheer into dull monday afternoon, as we also had our CHFI holiday music cranked! the recipe is from pillsbury, CLICK HERE for deatils. there’s no mess, it’s fast, easy and the kids LOVE […]
  • mouth watering cranberry recipes! December 15, 2014 - i love cranberries! they are such a wonderful tart flavour and can be used in so many different kinds of foods.  during the holiday season cranberries are especially popular in all sorts of goodies. here is a wonderful round-up of cranberry recipe ideas, ranging from butters to bars to salads! cranberry butter   the view […]
  • dinosaur cake! ROAR! February 26, 2014 - for bear’s 6th birthday he had requested a dinosaur cake. we went on the internet and looked at ideas, but everything looked super complicated and out of our cake-making league. so, DH and i decided to make a scenery cake, instead of an actual dinosaur. we used carrot cake for the land and volcano, everything […]
  • how to make fruit sushi! February 20, 2014 - my kids LOVE sushi! their favourite is the raw salmon. but, a lot of kids don’t share their enthusiasm for this japanese cuisine, so that’s why for bear’s 6th birthday i decided to make his class at school some yummy fruit sushi! i prefer these treats to cupcakes and cookies, as there are less concerns […]
  • valentine’s day treats! January 21, 2014 - valentine’s day is all about sweets and treats! to get inspired for valentine’s day i looked for fun baking and treat making ideas i could get the kids to help with. some of these goodies are more time intensive than others, and some will definitely require adult super vision. i can’t wait  to show my […]
  • almond cranberry biscotti recipe. December 21, 2013 - this is a fantastic recipe from the joy of cooking. my dear hubby is the one who bakes this holiday goodie at our house! the word biscotti is italian and means twice baked biscuits. the name perfectly describes how you ultimately bake these yummy treats, TWICE (or so)! biscotti is a wonderful holiday gift, as it […]
  • cranberry blueberry bars. December 18, 2013 - i found this delicious recipe from smitten kitchen, but tweaked it to fit the flavours i had in my cupboards. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup cold unsalted butter 1 egg or egg substitute 1/4 teaspoon salt orange zest 4 cups cranberries and blueberries combined 1/2 […]
  • candy cane treats! YUM! December 13, 2013 - tis the season for candy canes! my kids are a bit little for just sitting and eating a cane; it tuns into a huge sticky mess, which i hate! so, instead i love to incorporate candy canes into all sorts of treats we like to eat. here is a round-up of super yummy candy cane […]
  • christmas cookie round-up! December 10, 2013 - 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. melting snowman cookies from simply stitched together christmas ornament cookies from fresh cut flours snow globe’s from hello naomi […]
  • korvapuusti or finnish cinnamon bun recipe! September 15, 2013 - mmm… 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 […]
  • perfect fall apple recipes! September 4, 2013 - 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 […]
  • millions of peaches… 20 awesome peach recipes! July 1, 2013 - 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 […]
  • the best banana bread! May 1, 2013 - 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 […]
  • mother’s day treats! April 27, 2013 - 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!   WHERE TO FIND ‘EM! 1. chocolate […]
  • finnish pulla recipe! April 8, 2013 - 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 […]
  • cookies! cookies! cookies! April 7, 2013 - 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!INGREDIENTS:1 3/4 cups all purpose flour1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled […]
  • carrot bread :: nom, nom February 28, 2013 - 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 […]
  • lemon yellow. February 25, 2013 - 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 […]
  • bear’s 5th birthday :: the chirp cake February 16, 2013 - my son is very particular about his birthday cakes. he chooses and plans what he wants and then DH and i are in charge of making these wishes come into fruition. luckily for us, bear’s wishes are not outrageous or complicated. in fact, they’re adorably simple. for his third birthday he wanted a car cake. […]
  • blueberry & strawberry muffins. January 28, 2013 - lion and i baked some yummy muffins. i love to have his help in the kitchen. he is so determined to mix and stir everything for me! so sweet!this time i used blueberries and strawberries, but i have also used pears, apples, dried cranberries, dried apricots and banana’s in this recipe. really just depends what you have […]
  • delightful strawberry treats! January 17, 2013 - as we start to move closer to the weekend, here’s a little summer lovin’!for me, strawberries are a sign of summer. and since we are obviously not going to have a snowy winter (again) and, since i am tired of this winter that turned muddy and brown, i have to admit that i am now […]
  • rice pudding :: riisi puuro January 12, 2013 - in finland eating rice pudding/ riisi puuro in and around christmas is very traditional. my boys love it so much, that i’ve extended the yummy stretch and have made the rice pudding into a winter favourite. i often make it on the stove and then the oven, but now that i have my beautiful crock […]
  • oreo cookie and white chocolate bark! January 3, 2013 - i didn’t get around to posting any of the holiday treats and crafts we got up to this season. but, i have a few easy things i want to share, that aren’t necessarily x-mas related. i will start with this highly addictive (you’ve now been warned) bark. i’ve never made bark before and i was looking on […]
  • apple*pumpkin*crisp! October 27, 2012 - that’s right, i took something yummy and easy and added a delicious fall twist to it. i tried to find a recipe to follow, but all the ones i did find required whole pumpkins, and i all i had was half a can of the pureed orange stuff. so, i got creative. i took martha […]
  • maple pumpkin oat muffins :: oh, my! October 6, 2012 - i came across this perfect fall, thanksgiving muffin recipe on pinterest. i’m not the biggest pumpkin flavour fan, but there was something about these muffins that made me want to try them. so, i did. the recipe for the maple pumpkin oat muffins with maple glaze is directly from the hazel bloom. yield: approx. 12 muffins. Ingredients: […]
  • ho! ho! holiday traditions! December 18, 2011 - i am desperately trying to incorporate finnish christmas traditions into our canadian holiday season. i find food is an easy and fun way to do that.. on the weekend i made some joulupuuro, translated as christmas porridge, which i think is basically rice pudding for all you english speakers. i also made some kiisseli to […]
  • holiday magic. December 10, 2011 - i am a real fan of christmas. i have such lovely memories from my own childhood of holidays spent with my family back in finland. my mom would cook an amazing dinner for us to enjoy on christmas eve. we never had turkey, like they serve here, but instead we had a multiple course meal […]
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