Christmas morning dairy free overnight Caramel French Toast

My family does Christmas morning at my parents' house each year. We do a yummy brunch while opening gifts. In previous years I've made this coffee cake, but wanted to do something different this year. Also, being dairy free, I was worried about finding frozen yeast rolls I could eat. For several ye... [More]

Christmas Baking: Date squares

Growing up, his grandmother's date squares were one of my dad's favourite treats. These super sweet goodies were also one of my favourites. We now make three pans of them; one for each household, and they all quickly disappear! Oatmeal Date Cake (Date Squares)2 cups oatmeal2 cups flour1 cup brown s... [More]

Christmas Baking: Butter tarts

My maternal grandmother made the most amazing, runny butter tarts, and I was lucky enough to get a copy of her recipe before she passed away ten years ago. I've actually had to share it with a few of my relatives because they'd lost their copies. This year my dad substituted maple syrup for the corn... [More]

Christmas Baking: Poppycock

I love how quick this recipe is to put together. It probably isn't the most Christmas-y of recipes, but that is when it's become a tradition to make it in my family. This would probably be great at Haloween as well. Poppycock 1/2 cup butter or margarine1 cup packed brown sugar1/4 cup light corn sy... [More]

Christmas Baking: Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and bolts have been a family favourite for years. We can often go through five batches of this in a holiday season. I've made them so many times it's almost become an art. I've put a bunch of my tips into this version of the recipe.   Nuts and Bolts 2 cups Shreddies/Chex2 cups Cheerios2... [More]

Christmas Baking: Turtles

Several years ago, a co-worker told me the story of her infamous turtles. She found the recipe in a Company's Coming cookbook when she was young and foolish, and gave it a try. She hasn't gone a Christmas since without making them, and now makes several batches to give away to family, friends, co-wo... [More]

Christmas baking

Every year I get together with my dad and sister to do a day of marathon baking. As both my sister and I have kids under 1 (plus my sister's older two), we decided to split the baking up over two days - it was still a marathon! Day 1 My sister had a birthday party to take her kids to in the mornin... [More]