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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Peanut Butter Balls and the #GatheringsCookbook

Last Friday was my annual Mother/Daughter baking day with my Mom, Sister and our daughters. We have been doing this for several years now.   It is literally one of my favorite days of the year.   Our main baking agenda is butter tarts, which I oddly don't really eat but we do also try and make a few other things.  These other things are what I look forward to.  Our trick is to come up with a few no bake items to put together while the dozens and dozens of butter tarts are baking.  For some reason I love no bake desserts, especially when they are covered in chocolate.  

I recently was given a copy of the cookbook "Gatherings" .  A beautiful book by Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal.    The book is full of a wide range of different recipes grouped together by occasions, like kids birthday parties, backyard barbecues, pizza parties, date nights, games nights and more. This book has everything appetizers, main courses, desserts, drinks and snacks.   It really encompasses a recipe for any gathering you might have.

Since Mother/Daughter baking day is technically a family gathering I decided it would be great to try a recipe from this book.   They also happen to have a perfect no bake recipe, "Aunt Kathy's Peanut Butter Balls".   I find you can never really go wrong with peanut butter balls (unless you happen to be allergic to peanut butter).   The peanut butter balls in this book are also a bit different, with the addition of dates and walnuts. This gives them a great twist of chewy and crunchy inside.  They were of course, delicious and the hubby complained I made him stop eating them so I could take some photos.   He can now proceed with eating.

This weekend I have plan to make two more recipes, Potatoes Dauphinoise and a Lemony Kale and Brussels Sprouts salad.  There are really just to many wonderful recipes inside to try.  Several of my blogging friends also got a chance to try out the book.  Check out their posts from the week to see more delicious recipes from this book.

Please be sure to check out these fabulous bloggers all week long as we celebrate Jan and Julie:


Isabelle from Crumb Blog
Stephanie from Clockwork Lemon
Valerie from A Canadian Foodie
Christina from Strawberries for Supper
Louisa from Living Lou
Liliana from My Cookbook Addiction
Rhonda from Olive and Ruby
Jenn from Chocolate Shaving

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of Gatherings for review purposes, courtesy of Whitecap Books. As always, any and all opinions and views are completely my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Butterscotch Walnut Bars - Butter Baked Goods Giveaway

Christmas is quickly approaching.  Just less than a month, seems a bit crazy doesn't it?   As usual I am getting pretty excited and I have started to pull out the decorations and I have 1 of 2 trees up. Decorating the house with two little ones has extended the decorating process for me and it now seems to take a week off and on.    I don't really mind, more days of Christmas glee for me.

I am also starting to make my Christmas baking list.   Figuring out how many dinners and parties I have, places I will be going, who I can give treats too.  It becomes a very lengthy list.   Have you made yours yet? Do you make one?  If you haven't started myself and several other bloggers are here to help.   Have you ever heard about "Butter Baked Goods"?   It is a cafe in Vancouver and the owner, Rosie, has also put some of her best recipes into this AWESOME cookbook.    It is page after page of drool worthy recipes that will impress any guest at your table.

My bloggers friends and I have gathered together to show you some of these delicious recipes.
I am a bar and cookie girl so I signed myself up to try the Butterscotch Walnut Bars.  What a great combo.   They have a shortbread base and then a gooey top, loaded with butterscotch chips and walnuts.   Delicious.  If you are a butterscotch chip fan these are the bar for you. Check out this recipe on page 116.  Check out more recipes below from my foodie friends.

We are also giving the chance to win.....

A personally signed Butter Baked Goods cookbook from Rosie as well as a delicious box of goodies from the bakery. Prize is valued at $125.

See below for entry.


* Contest open to Canadian & American mailing addresses only and who have reached the age of majority in the province, state or territory in which they reside.

MANDATORY: Simply leave a comment below and tell me your favourite baked treat!
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Giveaway closes Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars & a Virtual Baby Shower

It was only three months ago that I woke up and became a teary mess to my own virtual baby shower from my fabulous group of blogging.  It was such a special sweet moment for me that when the chance came to repeat that for Christina from Strawberries for Supper I couldn't wait to do the same.  Christina is a sweetheart and if you have ever read her posts has a brilliant sense of humor.
friends. We all can't wait for her little bundle to arrive.  My little girl is anxious to meet her new boyfriend.


In the spring the group of us took a trip to Elora, to walk around, have lunch but mainly to buy bread from the Elora Bread Company.   We all pretty much walked out of there with a minimum three loaves.  They were all delicious.   My bread became even better thanks to a jar of honey plum jam from Christina.  YUM! Since I know she has mad skills and likes to make her own jams, I thought what better dessert for the shower than one that involves jam.    What goes good with jam, Peanut butter of course.   Let's consider this the sandwich aspect of the shower.

Happy Virtual Baby Shower!!  Hope you had the same reaction as me.

Check out what her other incredible bloggy friends are bringing to this party:

Planet Byn - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Caramel Squares
The Brunette Baker - Apple Custard Pie
Living Lou - Baklava
The Tasty Gardener - Apple Bread Pudding
My Daily Randomness - Grilled Peach Pavlova 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

(Adapted from Ina Garten)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups jam of your choosing
  • 1/2 cups peanuts

1.  Preheat your oven to 350F.  Grease or spray with non stick a 10 x 10 pan. Line it with parchment paper or tin foil, then grease or spray and flour the pan.
2 In a large bowl or your mixer bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, a couple minutes.
Add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and mix on low until all ingredients are combined.
3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Mix just until combined.

Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared cake pan and spread over the bottom with a knife or offset spatula. Spread the jam evenly over the dough. Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don't worry if all the jam isn't covered; it will spread in the oven. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.

If you also happen to miss all the scrumptious posts from my shower as I failed to give them a proper post of shout outs... Please check them out now as well.

Robyn from Whats Cooking on Planet Byn : Strawberry Sprinkle Ice Cream Sandwiches
Christina from Strawberries for Supper: Fudgey Teff Brownies
Heather from The Tasty Gardener: Banana Bundt Cake with Pecan, Banana, Caramel Sauce
Jenny from The Brunette Baker: Bananas Foster Banana Bread
Lou from Living Lou: Easy Banana Cupcakes

Monday, September 29, 2014

Rhubarb and Raspberry Galette - Messy Baker Monday

Have you heard of The Messy Baker?    She is a fellow Canadian food blogger,  who cooks and bakes delicious and beautiful dishes and treats.   She also happens to have an amazing cookbook coming out that will tempt you even further.   Her book is full of appetizers, mouth watering baked goods and showstopping desserts.   This is honestly one of those books where you scroll through and if you were to mark the pages of things you really wanted to make with paper, there would paper flaps hanging out of almost every page.

Several bloggers and I have all gotten together to tease you with some of the wonderful dishes from her book.   If you like what you see I highly suggest you put The Messy Baker on list of cookbooks to purchase you will not be sorry.

This recipe for Rhubarb & Raspberry Galette with Fragipane was delightful.  The recipe uses one of her versions of No Fail pastry crusts.  I did the one with butter and it was so easy and perfectly flaky.   Next on my list to make from this cookbook is the Mushroom, Leek and Gruyere Tart or the Cherry and Lemon Macaroon Meringues,  which you can see below.

Check out the links from my fabulous blogging friends to see more Messy Baker delights.  If you want to see all the recipes though you are going to have to pick up a copy of this book for yourself.  Buy Now!

Whiskey Kissed Pecan Pie
Blueberry Lime Cornmeal Muffins
Chili Cheese Twists
Cherry & Lemon Macaroon Meringues
Ginger and Vanilla Scones
Piglet Muffins with Caramelized Bacon
Double Stuff Uber Oreos
Basil & Aged Cheddar Scones // Deep Dark Cherry and Chipotle Brownies
Pecan Cheddar Bites
Tomato/Arugula Stuffed Focaccia
Smoked Paprika Corn Fritters
Welsh Griddle Cakes

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