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Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

Looking for a light, spring-like treat to accompany this beautiful weather? These lemon squares are perfect for afternoon tea, a baby shower, or just a special treat.  They’re easy to make, too, which is great for baking with kids over Spring Break! The recipe doubles well, but make sure to bake it in separate pan, so it will bake evenly. ... Read More »

CAA to the Rescue! (…it had nothing to do with my car…)

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Funny story.  There’s a store in Hamilton called “Farmer Al’s.” It’s known for bulk meat & butcher’s cuts at cheap prices (but I’d check the exp date on dry goods before you check out…). It’s also a 20 minute drive from our house. I usually make the trek out to the far east mountain about once every three months for ... Read More »

How to Host a Pirate Birthday Party

How to Host an Easy Pirate Birthday Party

Some people feel that themed birthday parties are just asking for extra work, but for me it’s the opposite. It gives me a direction to go in with the cake, decorations, and goody bags. When I’ve got a clear direction to steer the party in, everything is just less stressful. Now, mind you, I don’t do “Pinterest Perfect” parties – ... Read More »

If You Like Downton Abbey & Call the Midwife, You’ll Love…

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I’ve always been a fan of British tv programming. Perhaps I should say that I’ve always been a fan of all things Britain. I love British literature (serious and Chick Lit), I love the landscape, I love the history and the buildings – the history in the buildings. I love the way that British people speak.  tangent: when I was studying in England, ... Read More »

How to Play Battleship on Paper (More than 2 can play!)

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Once upon a time, games weren’t packaged in boxes and sold on the shelves at the local department store. They didn’t take up 30 square feet of closet space, and most could be played with either a deck of cards or a pencil and pad of paper!  While I was growing up, one of our family favourites, especially on chilly ... Read More »

Batch Baking – Why and How You Should Do It!

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If you are like me, you don’t always get around to baking or cooking from scratch.  There is always something going on, and getting out all the ingredients and dishes takes so much time.  Then there’s the clean-up afterwards – nobody likes that part. So instead of cooking or baking, we buy pre-packaged, processed foods that are more expensive and ... Read More »