Welcome to: Sweets & Treats

How to Make a Gingerbread House

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If you’re like me, you love the holiday season. Why? Because it gives you an excuse to craft gifts, decorations – and best of all – make your own gingerbread houses! Last year, my husband and I decided that we would have a little competition between us and his sister. The task? Build the best, most ambitious gingerbread house you could muster. The game was on!

Enjoy Some Old Fashion Desserts This Holiday Season

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There is just something about old fashion cakes, pies, cookies, etc that I love. And they are never better than at holiday time. Perhaps because they bring back memories of holiday gatherings with family and friends long gone from our lives. Here are some of my favorite recipes from the days of my childhood over 60 years ago. I hope they will bring good memories to mind for you, too.

My husband’s grandfather raised a whole field full of squash. They were made into delicious pies for the holidays.

Secret Ingredients Make Wonderful Whoopie Pies

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Anna Olson, celebrity chef and host of Food Network Canada’s Bake with Anna Olson, knows a thing or two about baking – and now she has something extra special to share.

“A whoopie pie is really not a pie at all, but is more like cupcake meets cookie,” she begins. “This recipe will give you two tender, cake-like cookies sandwiching a fluffy chocolate filling.”

Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies

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Old fashioned style molasses cookies. A good source of Iron and vitamins, and tastes good even though it’s a healthy treat!

Apple Crisp Recipe

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One of my favorite dessert recipes is apple crisps. I’m not a big fan of apple pie or any pie for that matter. I like my desserts simple. If I want something sweet to eat I usually go for a baked or cooked apple recipe such as apple crisp or I’ll make strawberry shortcake.

Making Carrot Cake

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I often see recipes that say “best carrot cake recipe”. I’m not sure there is really a ‘best” recipe, however depending on what you add to the recipe I’ve tasted many variations of carrot cake.

Old Fashioned Apple Cake Recipes

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Here are two apple cake recipes made from scratch. The first is a coffee cake and requires yeast and time for the dough to rise. Both are delicious served warm out of the oven, and may be topped with whipped cream if desired.

Old Fashioned Doughnuts and Peach Cobbler Recipes

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You may want to line a baking pan with the paper towels to prevent greasy countertops. The doughnuts should take about 3 minutes to cook.

Berry Cherry Yogurt Popsicles

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Combining summer’s sweet cherries and tart-sweet blackberries with tangy yogurt creates delicious popsicles – a cool treat to make with kids and enjoy all summer long.

Lavender Heart Cookies

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Lavender, its bushy hedges wafting a delicate scent in the winter sunshine, is one of my favourite herbs. It is hardy, smells wonderful, cleanses the air of viruses and repels insects. All these virtues and you can bake with it too! I was going through my recipe books yesterday, looking for something new to try in the biscuit baking line and saw a recipe for Lavender Heart Cookies. Every time I’d glanced through the book it had always intrigued me, but I’d never tried it before, as the idea of using lavender in baking seemed a little bizarre…interesting but probably getting results of ‘yuk Mum, what are these bits?’