Meyer Lemons: Summer’s Promise in Winter

If anyone has been reading my blog for more than a year, you will know that I go positively loony when Meyer lemons become available in the stores again. These little jewel-like drops of citrus sunshine remind me every year that, as crappy a winter as we may be having in this part of the…

Recipe Post: Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

It was Miss Kitty’s birthday recently, and she asked me to make a cake for her birthday party, which was a Pathfinder party at our place, hosted by my hubby (her request, I swear!). We started a new campaign and brought some new friends to be part of our RPG-of-awesomeness, and a great time was…

Recipe Post: Coconut Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

I was up with family again this weekend, which means an opportunity to create another big family dinner! On Saturday evening, merriment was had, grandbaby/nephew was fawned over (as per usual), and great food was consumed with all evidence of enjoyment and satisfaction. And OMG Pelicanz the FOOD…sooo muuuch good food…! Le menu: Focaccia-crusted Asian…

Recipe Post! Cranberry-Glazed White Chocolate Cheesecake

This beautiful dessert was a delicious ending to our massive Christmas dinner, and well-received by all guests, even those who normally don’t eat cheesecake! Sadly, my own photo of my lovely cheesecake was so comprehensively awful, I had to pinch one from the internet; I guess I was too busy serving and clearing that I…

My 2014 submission for Cutest Halloween Cake EVAR!

The reason I was up visiting family last week was because of my nephew’s birthday party. I really like to make his birthday cake, since I consider it an act of love and service for my whole family (they really do love my baking!). His mum and I were still working on Halloween themes for…

Halloween is AWESOME!

I love the Halloween season. I love its culture and history, and how it is so closely related to the Pagan Samhain (pronounced “Sowwan”), which is believed to be an ancient Celtic/Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season, and beginning the “darker half” or winter part of the year. While I am not…

Recipe Post! Let’s Have a Garden Party

What a lovely day for a garden party! As promised in this post, here are some pics of what I ended up doing with that lovely fresh cherry filling I made earlier in the week. *Confession: would you believe after all the work I put into buying those cherries in a famous open market the…

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…

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…

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…