Teaching Kids to Bake with the Best Chocolate Brownies

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My son is at the perfect age to start teaching him how to bake independently.  A 9-year-old can finally follows the steps in a recipe. That’s something we’ve been working on with his homework anyway. Enthusiasm for getting homework done quickly causes him to jump right to the end without following all the instructions. I’m the “worst mom” for forcing him to redo his homework multiple times. But I’m a good mom for recognizing that following instructions is an extremely valuable lesson for life.  I’m also working on teaching independent thinking so it was his decision to select the recipe. Read more…

Product Comparison: Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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The kids eat a LOT of granola bars and while I bake more than the average person I definitely can’t keep up with the demand for granola bars. Both kids take a granola bar in their lunches and usually will have one with breakfast as well. Since I’m a mom who cares about the quality of the food that my family eats I regularly check labels. I was dismayed to find sorbitol as an ingredient in the previously favored Quaker chewy granola bars as well as in the Special K Pretzel bars that my son likes. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to teach the kids about checking ingredients and about how to make good decisions about the food we choose.

Introducing our first product comparison review on Chocolate Chip Granola Bars… my daughter will take it from here writing about our experience. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Black Mission Figs

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This week I’m loving black mission figs from Woodstock Foods.  I’ve been reluctant to write about these delicious dried fruit because honestly they look like turds on the plate. Instead I’m celebrating the turd-like appeal to my kids but they have yet to taste them. When I was a kid my mom would buy the hard figs that were strung together in a circle and wrapped in cellophane.  I loved them but my jaw was always sore after eating them.  I’m sure that they were extra dried and hardened because they had traveled from Greece to Northern Ontario where we were one of a few people who would purchase them. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Time-lapse Videos

This week I’m loving the time-lapse function on my iPad. We had two snowstorms this week and I captured some fun videos of husband clearing the driveway and of the neighborhood kids coming over to play in our yard. You simply need to set up your iPad in a steady spot pointed towards what you want to record and select the time-lapse function on the camera. Let it run for a long time, then when you stop it, your iPad will create a video. The kids and I had a fantastically fun time making these videos and are already planning some more.

Our next ideas involve setting up to record the movement of the clouds and the sun rising and setting. Too bad that this historic snowstorm Juno mostly occurred throughout the night or I would have recorded that as well. Husband thinks I’m a nut but I’m having too much fun to care.


What I Love This Week: Vintage Corningware Dishes


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This week I’m loving vintage Corningware casserole dishes. I especially love the blue cornflower design. If I were to ever get a tattoo… that’s one of the designs I would consider. These dishes are fairly easy to find at yard sales, antique shops or eBay. I’ve picked up all of these ones at yard sales and have several others that are fantastic for roasting. These dishes saved me at Christmas when I was hosting dinner. They are sturdy, well made and you’d be saving something great from ending up in a landfill so if you see one you should buy it.


Homemade Chocolate

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It’s a new year and for the first time I actually made a couple of resolutions. One resolution was to stop eating refined sugar for the month of January. It’s been good but the most difficult part has been not having chocolate. For the most part I’ve been able to redirect my chocolate cravings by having a cup of tea but by the end of last week I seriously needed something chocolate. So, I found this quick and easy recipe for making a dark chocolate that satisfied my craving without any refined sugar. Read more…

Cocoa Nut Winners

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This cookie recipe helps me out during those harried holidays because it’s one that I can make in advance, throw the dough in the freezer and then slice and bake when I need some fresh cookies. Also, it’s perfect for those cookie swap parties because it makes a ton of cookies. My recipe card says “makes 13 dozen” which seems like hyperbole because I ended up with about 6 dozen cookies, but my cookies were bigger than 1-inch.

My husband likes them for the walnuts and because they are not too chocolaty. I think the recipe is aptly named because these are definitely winners. Read more…


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