Friday, October 3, 2014

Halloween Monster Cookies

 Sometimes I'm really, really bad at doing things.


Especially following a schedule, being on time, and coming up with cute ideas like decorating the house for a new season. (Probably because I don't have a house -- we rent a small ground floor apartment). 

I've been super jealous of all my instagram buds this week who post pictures of autumn mantels, gourd and gold porches, and backyards full of fresh fall veggie crops.

Know what would happen if I decorated my front door with painted pumpkins, boots, and other knick knacks? Strata fines up my butt and a bunch of annoyed neighbours who have to step over that crap in the hall.

Know what would happen if I put it outside our backdoor? The cracked out strangers who walk through our yard at 4am would steal it all.

Ahhh city living. I wouldn't trade it for the world, though. So what can I do instead of cute decorating themes? Adorable baking, which nosy neighbours and backyard creeps generally don't get their hands on.


These fuzzy little monster cookies are as easy as 1-2-3.
1: Make the cookies.
2: Ice the cookies.
3: Plop on some eyes.

Perfect for little bakers, classroom parties, non-classroom parties, and general eating purposes. Ready to learn the details?


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Remember how that little kid from Sixth Sense saw dead people?


My boyfriend has a similar problem. Except instead of dead people he sees ingredients. And he is completely unable to shape those ingredients into anything that remotely resembles food for himself.

Before we started dating he was a complete McDonald's addict, and now -- thanks to me -- he eats at least one healthy meal a day. But if I'm not around to point out food to him? If there isn't something prepared, something that can be eaten as-is? Well, he really can't get his shit together and wanders around like a zombie moaning for a fresh kill.

"Feeeeeddd meeeee. Feeeeeeddd meeeee!"

"Eat a muffin," I told him the other night. But he grumbled and said it isn't meat and why don't we just have freshly prepared dinners on hand all the time? But he took a bite. And then another. And then proceeded to eat half the tray of them because they were (no surprise) really, really good.

So the next time you need to feed your hungry hoards, try these Lemon Raspberry Muffins. They're easy, quick, and can be popped in the freezer. Everyone wins!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hallelujah! BC's school strike is over, and the boy had his first day of Grade 3 yesterday.


It's an understatement to say we were both ready for the extended break to be over. When you're trying to work at home with a very bored 7-year-old, these extra few weeks of summer break can seem like eternity.

To try to keep some harmony (and sanity) in my home, I enlisted the boy to help with some easy work tasks. Cleaning up my kitchen messes, coming up with copy ideas, and yup -- food styling.


These cookies were made with his help, and the photos are entirely styled by him. The recipe comes from a little tiny book I made for my parents when I was in preschool, complete with a little blue handprint on the cover and some very questionable late 80s recipes.

Thankfully a good cookie recipe never goes out of style -- unlike Jell-o salad and the whole "everything as a ball" phase cooking went through for a bit there.


Do you have any tried and true recipes in your family? I'd love to give them a try!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mint Brownie Cake

Let there be cake.


Rich chocolatey cake. Filled with mint buttercream. Topped with rich, thick ganache. 


And let us eat it all. Like, right now. Because when it comes to cake, more is more.


A friend and I just bought tickets to see Jim Gaffigan in a few weeks, and whenever I make a big, fat cake I can't help but be reminded of his routine on how cake is the ultimate symbol of gluttony. If you eat a whole pizza, people are like, "Wow you were hungry!" But when you eat a whole cake, people are like, "Man, you've got a problem."

None of that crap here -- come over, grab a fork, and let's dig in. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cotton Candy Cupcakes (Dairy-free)

My son has two new obsessions: football and cotton candy. 


For the record, I'm equally supportive of both.

We took him to a BC Lions game the other day and appropriately indulged in all the favourite sporty snacks: pretzel dogs, popcorn, gatorade, pop (no pop for kiddo -- apparently I draw the line somewhere) and a big honking cloud of cotton candy. To see his favourite sport up close was the highlight of his year -- but to celebrate the day with brightly dyed spun sugar? Well, heaven all around.

Suffice to say, cotton candy is now a much asked for flavour in the baking department, although, if you ask me, nothing comes close to the real thing. These cotton candy cupcakes, however, are a very close replacement, and brightly capture the spirit of fairs, festivals, and stadiums.


Even better? There's no dairy for anyone with dairy allergies or lactose intolerance. Hurrah!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Frosted Cookie Cakes

Summer, I'm holding on for just a little longer okay?


I always have this weird delusion that when summer hits the livin' will get easy. This may have been true in my youth, but it hasn't rung true for most of my 20s, and as I quickly approach 30, I have a feeling it won't happen there, either. Instead of beaches, hikes, and sleeping in, this summer is filled with driving to and from camps, arranging playdates, a heavier workload, studying, family health issues, my own health issues and weather too damn hot to turn on the oven.

While being busy with a full life is awesome, unwinding and connecting is, too. Thankfully, we have had our moments of solitude, of lake-swimming and nature strolls, too. I'm just hoping that next year, finally, is the year we get a little more.


Today's treat is bright and fun, just like summer. It's a cookie meets cake, thrown into hyperdrive. Because who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies and funfetti everything? We've got layered buttercream and cookies to create little cookie cakes that are perfect for picnics, potlucks, and birthdays.

Stack and go, friends. And enjoy a little summer haze for me.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Mojito Cookies

If I had to choose between sitting around and drinking or sitting around and eating cookies, the cookies would win pretty much every time.


Especially Mojito Cookies. Because when you make the cookies taste like a delicious classic summer cocktail, and who can say no?


Packed with mint, lime, and topped with a hint of rum, these mojito cookies are a frontrunner for my favourite batch of the year. 

Even better? They're rolled in sugar, giving a helping hand to creating the perfect blend of chewy and crispy. On the second day the flavours are even more pronounced, and power to you if they last that long. (I had to fight off my family so I could take pictures. They're like cookie vampires).


If you don't drink alcohol, just replace the rum with some good old vanilla bean (not the extract, since it also contains alcohol), and be on your way to a hot, lazy afternoon in the sun.


I liked to eat these with a glass of cold milk, but they'd be equally tasty paired with the cocktail they're named after.

What's your favourite summer beverage?


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