Tag Archives: baking

No Bake Potato Chip Squares: Rice Krispies Squares All Growed Up.


One Saturday morning at the beginning of the summer, I finally decided to make my maiden voyage to the Hamilton Farmer’s Market. 2016 marks my 15th year living in Hamilton, and until last month, I had never set  foot in the Farmer’s Market.  And I love farmer’s markets! Whenever we’re in Belleville or Sarnia, I try to go with my ... Read More »

Tis the Season For Netflix & a Giveaway #NetfliXmas #Streamteam


 Two of my favourite parts about Christmas have to be: baking delicious treats, and watching amazing Christmas movies! I’m so happy that Netflix has so many great Christmas titles this year for family movie watching! There’s nothing better than pulling a batch of freshly-baked cookies out of the oven and settling down with some hot chocolate for a Christmas movie!  ... Read More »

Boterkoek – Dutch Butter Cake #GayLeaMom

Boterkoek 7

 Being of Dutch background, I  enjoy traditional Dutch foods: pepernoten, speculaas, croquetten, boerenkoel, dropjes, and many others. I love sharing them with our children, and introducing them to different flavours (yes, a salty black licorice is  delicious!).  And so when I had a chance to share a recipe through the #GayLeaMom program, I wanted to choose a great Dutch recipe.  When you hear Gay ... Read More »

The 10 Best Christmas Desserts (great for any holidays!)

The 10 best mouth-watering, show-stopping Christmas Desserts

I know that Christmas is still a ways away (less than 3 months) but it’s always great to have some awesome go-to recipes. From dinner parties to family get-togethers, there’s always a good excuse to try a new dessert recipe! I have scoured the internet looking for mouth-watering, show-stopping treats.  Here are 10 of the best Christmas desserts out there! ... Read More »

Why I Love My KitchenAid Stand Mixer #FavouritesFriday


Just thought I’d share another one of my favourite things with you.  My sister/co-author of the blog got her KitchenAid about a year before me, and was very excited about it.  I thought it was a really nice-looking appliance, but wasn’t sure if I needed one.   My mom came across a second-hand one for me later on, so I ... Read More »

Garden Theme Birthday Cake

Vegetable Garden Cake

This year, we were flying back from Florida on Hendrik’s birthday – so his party got delayed a few weeks. A February party turned into a March party and, since Hendrik is so excited to plant the garden with me in the spring, I settled on a gardening party (not to be confused with a garden party!). I took my pinspiration from ... Read More »

Gooey Butter Tart Squares


We love butter tarts here, but I’m not a big fan of the process involved.  My sister-in-law makes wonderful butter tarts at Christmas time, so that’s when we get to enjoy them. But this Butter Tart Square recipe is a close second.  It’s much easier, less prep work, and still tastes great! Look at that gooey, sticky goodness!   Here’s ... Read More »

One Recipe, 3 Christmas Cookies


I always love recipes that simplify, and make our Christmas preparation easier.  Well, this recipe is for a simple cookie dough that can be modified to make several different cookies. Ingredients:1 c. butter                             1/4 c. chocolate chips (mini are best)1 c. icing sugar                     1/3 c. dried cranberries & 2 Tbsp. walnut crumbs1 egg                                     1/3 c. red Christmas cherries chopped1 tsp. vanilla2 1/4 c. ... Read More »

Pepernoten (Little Dutch Spice Cookies)


  With both our parents having been born in Holland, we have a fairly strong Dutch heritage.  Not that we necessarily speak much Dutch, but we definitely enjoy the food!  Dutch Christmas happens on December 5, when Sinter Klaas and Swaarte Piet come to the houses.  Children leave their shoes out with a carrot or apple for his horse, and ... Read More »

Cleaning Stoneware


   I love Pampered Chef products, but unfortunately I don’t have the kind of money to buy them often, so any time I see them at garage sales, I grab them!  I’ve never had stoneware before, so I was pretty excited to find this one at our local thrift shop for just a dollar.  I checked the bottom, and it said ... Read More »