Strawberry Jam

Okay, this is a definite summer staple. It’s also really easy to make, and no, I don’t use the pectin that you can buy in the store. I’m quite at the point of actually canning things yet. This is more of a soft set jam, which needs to be refrigerated and can stay in the…

Pasta Sauce

As I get older I’ve noticed I prefer more and more making things from scratch. It actually bothers me sometimes to buy something if I know I can make it myself. Sure there are still tons of stuff we buy, but I try to bake bread once a week, I’ve started making my own chicken…

Chocolate Spice Hot-Cross Buns

This is a little late for Easter this year, but I was so busy baking before Easter I didn’t have time to think.  I could have sworn I had put this on here last year, so when I went to look for the recipe, I actually checked here first and realized it wasn’t up yet….

Pullman Bread

I was really excited when I got my first Pullman bread pan.  I actually got two of them, though I saved one for a Christmas present.  (Technically they were both a Christmas present but I opened up one and started using it right away). I thought it would be easy, find a recipe, make the…

Pumpkin Tiramisu

This past weekend was Thanksgiving, which means a lot of baking and cooking for me.  I had every intention of making two of these, but after making one for my mom, I decided I would just make myself and my family a pumpkin cheesecake. I had spent a few days trying to figure out if…

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Well, the weather is definitely turning to winter here.  No fall or autumn.  We’re forecast to have snow tomorrow.  It still amazes me how we can go from hot summer weather with the air conditioner on one day, and then the next day the furnace is turning on to heat up the house because it’s…

Chocolate Mud Cake

Sorry I’ve been a little absent lately, we’ve been working in our yard, and well, life happens. Kitchen faucet broke and needed replacement. We also put in slide out drawers in our lower cabinets in the kitchen which has made our lives so much more functional. I’m finally using all the lower cabinets. We’ve lived…

Egg Nog Cheesecake

Today my oldest son turns 21.  I’m still in denial about this.  I’m sure he should still be 2 or 3. His absolute favorite dessert is cheesecake.  I actually go to the German bakery and buy him a whole cheesecake every year at Christmas.  occasionally I have a piece or two, but otherwise he eats…

Sheet Pan Pizza

I’ve mentioned we like pizza right? When I was a teenager I would eat pizza every night.  I would come home from work, order my pizza, go pick it up and enjoy.  It got to the point where when I would phone the pizza place they would just say “Hi Cherie, it will be ready…

Pizza Sauce

At least once a month we like to make our own pizza at home.  Sometimes I buy the pizza dough from the grocery store, but most of the time I make it myself.  However, when it comes to the sauce, I’ve always just bought this from the store.  We like it, the kids like it,…

Peanut Butter Cookies

We all have our favourite cookies in my household.  Mine are the Hazelnut shortbread.  My older son loves the chocolate chip toffee cookies and my husband loves the Almond lace cookies. My younger son isn’t a huge sweets fan, but when it comes to peanut butter, he can’t seem to get enough.  He takes after…

Gingerbread Cookies

I started making these cookies a few years ago when one of the ladies that I worked with asked if I could make her some gingerbread boys and girls for her daughter’s Christmas party.  I wanted to make sure it was a soft enough cookie for little kids to want to eat them, but still…