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Ages ago I bookmarked a post on the Ottawa Mommy Club website aptly named: Canadian Fried Dough Pastry. I’m assuming it’s called this because it’s not associated in any way with BEAVERTAILS®, which is a registered trademark. If you’ve never experienced this delicious treat, you are seriously missing out. This hot, deep-fried, sweet pastry is […]

I hate wasting food. Last I was looking at three very spotty bananas withering on the countertop, and I asked myself, what’s a mamma to do? Answer: MAKE MUFFINS* * I do not consider myself a baker or a muffin maker. My muffin motivation was two-fold: (1) To use up the aforementioned bananas (2) to […]

The youngest made cookies today! It’s a great little recipe actually, one that she nabbed right off the back of our jar of Kraft peanut butter: I used to scoff at this recipe, but it actually works… and it’s the fastest recipe in the history of cookie making! All you need is: 1 cup of […]

06 Sep, 2013

Butter tarts!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Easy ways to make kids happy|Recipes and Food

Once the cooler weather hits, I start craving things like this: If you’re not the kind of person who likes sweet treats (but not rolling out crust) you can try this recipe that involves ready-made tart shells. OR you can try this recipe for butter tart squares. Do you have a favourite butter tart recipe? […]

Someone baked a cake! And it turned out pretty well.


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  • Lisa from Iroqouis: I have no problem with ribs for breakfast. I love leftovers in the morning. No fuss no muss. Isn't that what leftover Chinese food and pizza is for
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