Cranberry White Chocolate Magic Bars

Cranberry White Chocolate Magic Bars

Sometimes I am seriously surprised to realize I haven’t shared a particular recipe with you on this here site of wonder. These particular bars, for instance. I contributed these to our family cookbook 5 years ago and have made them semi-regularly since – how have I never told you about them?! My friend Alyssa would tell you […]

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

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As I get older, I hope I’m getting wiser.  There are many areas that need work, but I feel like I am getting ever-so-slightly better at keeping my mouth shut, at least temporarily and, more importantly, reserving judgement. I used to be a person who formed an opinion in the first 9 seconds, whether meeting someone […]

Peanut Butter & Jam Oat Breakfast Bars

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It is truly astounding how much I hate babysitting. I love my own children with an intense, unending, smothering love and literally never get tired of the blessing of getting to stay home with them. But, schedule me to be in a room with 10+ children, such as in our church nursery, and I literally […]

Top 10 Recipes of 2014

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Tis the season for looking back, looking forward, looking inward and looking upward. The backdrop for so much of this activity, as for so many of life’s moments, is food.  Again this year in our home we’ve been blessed with an incredible abundance of good food, and eaten our way through ups, downs, and everyday […]

Monday Moments


I feel like I don’t take nearly enough pictures of baby #4.  For the past couple months he’s had mega cradle cap hampering his cute-from-all-angles-ness, but with that under control I figured I would be able to up my photo quantity pretty rapidly.  What I forgot to take into account: moths-to-a-flame syndrome. One picture of my […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake

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Do you have anything you’d do differently depending if your significant other is watching you?  Last week I had to say a few words and accept a little certificate for a writing award at university, and it was a strange thing. I’ve known Carl since Grade 8 and we’ve been through all sorts of things […]

Chewy Pumpkin S’mores Cookies

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I was going to go easy on the pumpkin this year, I really was. But you know how pumpkin is, right?  You use some and there’s some left, so you find another recipe you simply must make, but that needs 1/4 cup more pumpkin than what you had left over, so you open some more pumpkin…the cycle […]

Mom’s Recipes: Banana Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Frosted Banana Sheet Cake

Mom’s here today showing everyone who ever doubted exactly where I got my math skills and love of happy dances from :)  Let’s not pretend this cake is anything but an excuse to eat a massive layer of cream cheese frosting and feel ok about it because there’s fruit in the cake.  Also, before we […]

Lemon Rhubarb Coffee Cake


Yeeeee-awn.  I’ve been trying to get up extra early every day for some quiet devotion and alone time, and, while the sun makes it easier, it still isn’t easy for someone who loves their bed as much as I do.  I don’t drink coffee, so coffee cake is like my coffee – a morning pick-me-up accompanied perfectly […]