Recipe Review: Alton Brown Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Hi there! I am trying something new here, where I write about the occasional recipes I have made as-is (I’m a pathological recipe-changer, so this is rare), and give my review and what I would do to change it, if anything. To launch this inaugural effort, I have written about two of my favourite things:…

Recipe Post: Spinach Cheese Manicotti

This was one of our easiest (and most fun) recipes for our freezer meals to put together! These are so tasty, my advice is to make A LOT OF THEM and freeze them on a baking sheet separately without the sauce, then pop them into large freezer bags. That way you’ll be able to take…

Recipe Post: Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Oh, what to do when one has a huuuuge container of bananas in the freezer that needs to be either used up or disposed of? Well, I guess I could have made frozen banana “ice cream”, but these suckers were *really* overripe, like gross and squishy, so in my mind they really didn’t lend themselves…

Food Circles and Freezer Meals, Part 1

Have you ever heard of a food circle? I must admit, I originally thought it was like the Canadian Government’s Food Guide, like the one I grew up with. Otherwise, I hadn’t heard the term before my sister’s sister-in-law suggested we do one in 2012, in the autumn before my sister was to have her…

All Stressed Out and No-One To Punch; or How We Survived The Big Move!

Well, it’s official; we are now happily (and with HUGE relief) ensconced in our new home, our very first house! I was honestly starting to doubt we would ever see this day come about, as for years we have watched home values around our once-dumpy (and fairly scary) neighbourhood climb steadily into the stratosphere due…

Recipe Post: Rich Vanilla Ice Cream

In my humble opinion, there’s ice cream, and then there’s IIIIIICE CREEEEAAAAMMMM! The standard frozen confection is usually pretty good; you can buy it at the grocery store in tubs ranging from smaller than your hand to bigger than your head, or at the local Baskin Robbins or Dairy Queen or what-have-you (and if you’re…

Meme lover right here, folks….

A short filler post, while I continue to pack ALL THE THINGS in this place: Internet memes have exploded in popularity over the Net in the last several years; some are incredibly obscure, and some only relate to a certain demographic, gender, orientation, political stance, interest in a cultural “type”, such as love of a…

I REGRET NOTHING.

So sorry I’ve been away from blogging for so long (ok, so I *do* regret that…), but I have a super-good reason; we went a little crazy and bought our Very First House! These last two months have been an absolute whirlwind of house showings and offers and more paperwork than I could have EVER…

Info Post: Sugar and other Strangers

Hey there! As some of you may or may not know, 2015 has been a year of monumental change and upheaval in the BirdHouse, and for better or worse, we Birdies have been greatly affected by those changes. One of these new realities is that my beloved husband was recently diagnosed with a lifelong condition…

Recipe Post: ANZAC Biscuits!

Strewth! Happy ANZAC Day to all of my Aussie and Kiwi readers and friends! This Saturday, April 25th is a much-beloved public holiday for those DownUnder. The official description, according to the Australian High Commission in Canada‘s website: “ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The day marks the anniversary of the…

Recipe Post: Lemon Cranberry Scones!

Last week I was in quite the mood to bake, and I had a long-outstanding request by our friend, Miss Kitty, to make scones. So, make scones we did! As we were dog-sitting The Naughty One that day, we had a tiny, but clean, quiet, and totally-ours kitchen to work in. It was quite 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…