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Various Pumpkin Pie Variations

The picture above is a pumpkin patch in Sidney, British Columbia that I drive by most years in the fall.  I love how the field is almost entirely orange!  My pumpkin patch certainly doesn't look like that.  Sadly, this year... Continue Reading →

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Turkey Dinner Menus

First off, for those of you wondering why an original 1980s Cabbage Patch Kid is carving my mother's Thanksgiving turkey.... well.... it's a long story about a long time family friend who doesn't live close enough to make it to... Continue Reading →

Battle of the Shortcakes Follow Up

Back on July first, Canada Day, I had made 2 different shortcakes to compare the 2 major shortcake styles.  The cake sort of strawberry shortcake is what I'm familiar with, having grown up eating that kind, but I'd also heard... Continue Reading →

Happy Canada Day!!

It's Canada Day, and today marks Canada's 150th year as a country.  As usual, my family is celebrating with a barbecue in my parents' back yard.  We'll have the usual yummy fare, steaks and lamb chops on the barbecue, corn... Continue Reading →

Happy Father’s Day

Well, it's Father's Day, and all I've done is phone my Dad, and make some strawberry jam from some of the strawberries I bought when he and I went to some farmer's markets yesterday.  The strawberries made me think of... Continue Reading →

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I knew if I dug around through my cookbooks, I'd find at least a few Valentine's recipes to share, and A Thousand Ways to Please a Family had a whole Valentine's luncheon menu, so I am sharing that here today.... Continue Reading →

The fruitcake was delicious!

Just an update to let you know that the Christmas or Wedding Cake recipe I posted a month or so back from the Ogilvie Cook Book turned out perfectly!  Moist, fruity, delicious... yum!  Definitely a recipe I'll be making again!... Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Options for Christmas Dinner

My niece is vegetarian, and since she was coming for dinner, I started researching vegetarian main dish options that were festive enough for Christmas dinner.  I found two, and ran them past her for approval.  She ended up with tofu.... Continue Reading →

Candy for Christmas

It's almost Christmas, and I've been rushed off my feet, too busy to make Christmas candy, but since The Correct Art of Candy-Making arrived in the mail yesterday, I thought I'd better share some recipes!  The classic, of course, is... Continue Reading →

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