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Meringue Ghost Cupcakes

Wow your friends and family with these homemade Halloween Treats!



I've been seeing these cute little meringue ghosts over the Internet. I totally fell in love with them and thought they would look super cute on a cupcake. I just love how whimsical and very airy they look and knew that they would be the perfect topper for a Halloween inspired cupcake. And this is also a first for me. I've never made a baked meringue before, so I was a little apprehensive about this part.

These ghosts are so simple to make and are so adorable. I found a great recipe/video on how to make them over on the Joy of Baking. I used my spice/coffee grinder to turn my sugar into super fine sugar. You want it fine, but not so fine that you make powdered sugar. I really love how the video suggests to touch the meringue and rub it through your fingers to see if all the sugar has dissolved properly. I do think that I should have baked these on the top rack of my oven, since the bottoms did get a little brow…

Apple Cinnamon Spice Bread

Tangy sweet apples are the star in this moist Apple Cinnamon Bread.





This bread is so delicious that I ended up making it three times. Well, I was worried the first loaf was going to be a disaster, because I totally forgot to add the baking powder and baking soda (that's what happens when you try to catch up on Game of Thrones, while working in the kitchen!). I quickly added it in, before pouring the batter in the pan, but it was very thick and I wasn't sure it had mixed well. So, I decided to make a second loaf, to make sure I had one made properly for photos. Since the batter was a little thick the first time, I decided to add in a bit of apple cider. Well, I ended up bringing the second loaf to our PTA meeting, not having a chance to take photos. This loaf was SO delicious, that I knew I'd be back in the kitchen making a third loaf, to share with you guys today. 

The loaf is deliciously moist, studded with chunks of tangy sweet apples. The brown sugar adds a delicious dee…

Blueberry-Peach Breakfast Bars

Wild blueberries and fresh peaches are sandwiched a between crisp, buttery oatmeal crust.






Well our summer is almost to an end. The kids will begin their distance learning on Sept 21st, so I've been trying to think of easy breakfast ideas, for them to eat, before meeting their class online every morning. We are not sure of all the details so far, but we do know that they are expected to be online every morning, for class, with a lunch break in there somewhere. 

Since I still can not return to my cafeteria, I've been trying to keep busy by working in my home kitchen. I decided to experiment with a type of breakfast bar. The kids both love Nutrigrain bars, so I knew this would be a hit. My plan was to make an oatmeal cookie type of crust for the top and bottom and fill it with blueberries. Then I noticed that my peaches were super ripe, so I added some in along with the blueberries. This tastes very similar to a blueberry crisp and the kids mentioned that they would go great with v…

8 Ways to Have a Fun and Delicious Halloween at Home

Wondering how to spend Halloween this year, due to the pandemic? Well I have 8 fun and delicious ways to make an at home Halloween, tons of fun!



2020 has been turned upside down. My kids have not seen friends, or the inside of a school since March. While we do have our social bubble, this bubble consists of family and a few select friends. Being someone who could be vulnerable during these crazy times, I have been trying to make every day life as normal as possible. With Halloween fast approaching, I have been thinking of how to make sure my children have a super fun day, but not put our bubble at risk. It would be much easier if my health was 100%, but we will make the best of our Halloween at home.
#1 Visit a local pumpkin patch


Even though my health isn't the greatest, we haven't been living like hermits. We don our masks, bring hand sanitizer and make sure to social distance. So a trip to our local pumpkin patch, to pick our pumpkins, is one way we will be bringing a bit of n…

Mummy Dogs

Bummed you're going to be stuck at home this Halloween? Why not make things fun with Mummy Dogs. Hot dogs are cleverly cut and wrapped in dough, to create these super fun Mummy Dogs, perfect for Halloween at home.





It's almost here. One of the most fun nights of the year. Halloween! We LOVE Halloween. Every year, I make a Halloween themed dinner, for the kids, before they head out trick or treating. In the past I've made a snake shaped sandwich roll, spaghetti spider dogs and decorated pizza like a jack o lantern. When I saw Mummy Dogs floating around the web last year, I knew I wanted to try them. I just love that these mummy dogs have arms and legs. It was the first time I had seen them made this way. Usually it's just a hot dog wrapped in dough. The cuts for arms and legs adds something extra, that really makes the dogs look like mummies. Super fun, super cute and super easy!!!






Dough Wrapped Mummy Dogs

1 pkg of favourite hot dogs (12)
 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 p…

Award Winning Apple Cinnamon Struesel Muffins

Tender muffins are studded with fresh apple and warm cinnamon. 




About 7 yrs ago, I had entered a few recipes into the Home Baking Competition, for Canada's Baking and Sweets Show (my winning Bundt Cake recipe is currently on the website). Out of the 5 recipes, this muffin recipe was chosen to go to the final judging panel. It's a little funny, because this recipe was one that I just sent in, not thinking it would get picked and the recipes that I thought would have a chance, to be chosen didn't, LOL. So, I went to Toronto for the show and to sit as the judges tasted and criticised my muffins. BOY, what is ever nerve wracking!!! The judges seemed to think we were competing in an episode of Chopped, since they weren't being very nice and their comments were far from constructive. I sat through 2 dessert categories, before it was time to judge the Apple Cinnamon Muffins. My heart was pounding and as I heard the judges destroy the first 2 muffin recipes. I felt sick to my s…

Homemade Gluten Free Energy Bars

Tired of spending so much money on Energy Bars? These deliciously sweet and chewy energy bars, are way better than store bought and so easy to make at home.





Energy Bars are part of my busy routine. When I'm off to work, I throw a few protein bars, or energy bars into my bag, for a quick snack, if I can't quite get lunch into me. BUT buying enough energy bars to last me a month as work, can get quite expensive. So I decided to try and tackle making some on my own.

My first decision was to use natural peanut butter. I also thought almond butter would be great, but didn't have any on hand. I went with oats, because I always have some on hand. Oats are some of the healthiest grains out there. They contain antioxidants, help keep blood sugars low and are filling. Nuts for protein and healthy oils and of course chocolate, because well I've been craving chocolate for a few days now and trying to be good, LOL. These energy bars were so easy to put together and I let them chill …

Apple Pumpkin Muffins

Tender pumpkin muffins are studded with apples and topped with a delicious brown sugar, bacon streusel topping.





School this year will look very different for my kids. Since I have an autoimmune disease and I also have heart issues, I've decided to keep my kids home for the first semester of school. Luckily, they are old enough that if I do have to return to work, they will still be able to do their school work as needed. Plus hubs works afternoon shift, so he'll be home to make sure they log in to online learning on time.

Them being home all day, might lead to an increase in snacking. My go to for readily available snacks, that aren't full of chemicals and preservatives, is muffins. Especially with the colder weather, my kids seem to have become bottomless pits. They are constantly hungry and I figured muffins would be great snacks for them. 

These muffins are SO delicious. Slightly sweet with bursts of tart apples and a smoky sweet bacon streusel topping. The kids inhaled …

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops

Peanut butter cheesecake batter is dipped into melted chocolates, creating these simple treats, perfect for Halloween!






This is Halloween, this is Halloween.... I made these cute little cheesecake pops a few years back, when I hosted a Monster High party, for my daughter and her friends.
I have to tell you that these pops were a total hit. The kids (and moms alike) LOVED how cute they were and how delicious they tasted. By the end of the party, I think there was only 2 or so left. Just enough for my son to try one. I decided to decorate my pops as pumpkins and mummies, because I had some fun black/orange, and black/white, paper straws that I had bought over the summer. 
This recipe could not be easier. 3 ingredients, plus your different colours of melting chocolate. I think the hardest and most frustrating part was that as the pops sat, after being dipped, some started to crack. Not sure why. I simply piped a small amount of chocolate on the cracks and went on with my work. Queenie wat…

Oatmeal Blueberry Banana Muffins

With all the sweetness of banana, wild blueberries bursting with antioxidants and the goodness of heart healthy oats; these muffins are a great after school snack.





Muffins are a staple in our household. I usually make a batch of muffins, at least once a week. The kids always request banana chocolate chip muffins, but since we are trying to cut down on sugar, I decided to go with sweet blueberries, which are packed full of antioxidants. Antioxidants are important in ridding the body of free radicals, and naturally help our body combat illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. Since I've been having issues with my heart, I've been trying to eat foods that will keep my heart strong and healthy.

I still have quite a few bags full of wild blueberries in the freezer, so I've been itching to make banana blueberry muffins. I decided to slightly sweeten these muffins with some RAW honey, after reading some of the health benefits associated with it. I love the fact …