Tag Archives: Baking

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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These mini apple muffins are a big hit with adults and kids alike. I made these when my niece Daisy was visiting Vancouver and she gobbled them up. Continue reading

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Lemon Cream Scones

scones with jam

Most summers, Mom likes to bring out her beautiful china, her beautiful, hand-embroidered linens and host an old-fashioned tea party in her beautiful garden. Everybody lends a hand and makes the tea sandwiches and dainty desserts. The least I can do is bake some scones that are worthy of the time Mom takes for one of our favourite traditions. Continue reading

Apple Cranberry Crisp


I’m having a love affair with apples right now.  And B.C. has the BEST apples in the world. Continue reading

Chocolate Cakes+Cupcakes

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This is my “go-to” chocolate cake. Years ago, the recipe came from an advertisement for Hershey’s cocoa. It is very dark, chocolatey and extremely moist. Continue reading

Huckleberry Yogurt Cake


What better way to celebrate BC Day than by making a Huckleberry Yogurt Cake with freshly picked BC huckleberries. These berries were hand-picked by my aunt Sheila, and her grandchildren perhaps.  The taste of huckleberries ranges from tart to sweet, with a flavour similar to a blueberry, although very distinct and florally. Continue reading

A Mad Hatter Tea Party


Shiny Tomato has been a little quiet lately. That’s because we’ve been busy vacationing, stampeding in Calgary, attending family reunions and having a Mad Hatter Tea Party. Our annual family tea parties have been happening for over 15 years and are a summer tradition. Our Mom always hosts them in her serene yard and the setting is so perfect you might think you’re in a movie set. Continue reading

Rosemary Shortbread


Rosemary shortbread is a delicate balance of sweet and savoury and a solid accompaniment to a cup of tea, a mug of coffee, a glug of eggnog or a glass of sparkling wine.

Kels introduced to this rosemary shortbread recipe to me years ago at a Christmas party. I haven’t looked back – or made another type – since. Continue reading