Recipe Post! Ultimate Milk Chocolate-Toffee Cookies

Ok, these cookies are seriously a weakness for me. I can’t make them more than once or twice a year for myself, or I will eat Every. Last. One. I lovelovelove the interplay between the milk chocolate and the toffee, with the added little “kick” of the instant espresso powder which bumps up the flavour…

Recipe Post! Fresh Cherry Pie Filling

One of my absolute favourite times of the year is harvest season for fresh Ontario Cherries! Ranier cherries are delicious, and so are most other US-bred cherries, but there’s just something to be said for those sweet, deep-purple fleshed Ontario sweet cherries that makes my tastebuds weep with joy! …too florid? My apologies. I just…

Mawwage!

This is essentially a love letter, not just to my husband of nearly a year, but to the idea of marriage in its entirety. So, for those with weak constitutions or deep impatience for those who are happy, turn away and go look at photos of traffic jams or watch gifs of paint drying. The…

An amusing little vignette…

So, my hub and I have been hosting a good friend in our spare room for the last few weeks until she heads out on her Grand Summertime Adventure. No biggie. She left yesterday evening before I got home from work. Again, no probs. This morning, my husband grumpily asks me, “Where’s my toothbrush?” ……

Foccaccia, where have you been all my life?

Is there any smell more enticing than Freshly Baked Bread? I wonder if sometimes I became a Baker just so I had an excuse to be around loaves of delicious bread all day. Granted, these days all I smell is whatever coffee of the day I’m drinking from “The Bux” or Second Cup, as I…

I got a fever…and the only prescription is….

Actually, I don’t have a fever, but I’ve been doing some research on the more “interesting” (read: horrifying and disgusting) diseases out there in the developing world. It’s not *exactly* part of my job, but let’s say it certainly comes up as important and necessary information for some of my colleagues who travel to the…

The Good News…and the Bad News…

The good news is, I finished the Baby Shower cake due today. Yay!  First occasion cake I’ve done in a while. I noticed that some of my decorating skills are somewhat rusty, and I struggled with certain aspects of decorating this cake that I normally would have managed with no problems. It also didn’t help…

They’re Still Doing It Wrong.

Just a short post, to share today’s bizarre SCOTD (Spam Comment of the Day): “Benjamin Rogers, did you if they worked too slowly and. Uneasiness, which had fear mixed up in remain here you will never be able to set mefree if, however, you still wish to do so, come to the golden castleof Stromberg…

Baby Shower Cake: Gluten Free Baking?

I have the great opportunity to make a baby shower cake for one of my work colleagues this week. I’m actually looking forward to it, as I haven’t baked anything… Not. A. Thing…in a few months now, and I’m starting to jones for the smell of OMG CAEK in my home again! The catch? The…

You’re Doing it Wrong.

Sadly, comment spam is a fact of life for anyone who writes a blog these days. Spammers are not only ubiquitous, but are getting ever wilier in crafting their spam messages to lure the unaware into clicking that link that leads them into one of many scenarios. “Spam is considered the electronic version of junk…

Algonquin Park…Kicked Our Asses.

I distinctly remember the Friday before I left on my Great Algonquin Adventure, my boss asking me about my vacation plans. When I mentioned where I was going, she asked in a concerned fashion if I had checked the weekly forecast for the region. I admitted I hadn’t, as I didn’t want to see bad…