Easter: A Tisket A Tasket A Local Boston Basket

I love Easter.  Well, we don’t celebrate Easter but I love the memory of Easter brunches in Toronto.  We used to go fairly often to my parents’ friend’s place; they were like family to us.  We would drive a good hour to get there and when we did we were rewarded with a table of…

Perfect Hostess Gifts from the Grocery Store: Shop Local at Brothers Marketplace

There really is nothing quite as exciting as a really good gift basket.  Some fresh fruit, some cookies, a little of this an a little of that.  It’s a bit like the jackpot of the holiday gifts.  A gift basket doesn’t have to be over the top to be fabulous but you want to avoid…

Car Treats: Summers on the Run

In the summer, we somehow find ourselves spending a lot more time in the car and a lot more time outside.  From trips to the pool and beach to carpools to and from camp, the car is our home away from home.  With hungry swimmers and campers, avoiding extra stops and getting from “point a”…

Picnic Like You Have a Personal Chef: Post 390

There is something idyllic about a picnic.  From large family picnics at the local playground on a summer’s day staying up too late, and keeping cool by running through the sprinkler to a picnic for two with your boyfriend on a city picnic bench or at the beach.  You don’t need a reservation.  You can…

Frosty Chocolate Wafer S’Mores

Last year, I participated in my first Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap organized by Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen.  My recipe last year was a spiced yule log cookie.  This year, inspired by my daughter who had made some very minty marshmallows earlier this month, a box of Nabisco chocolate wafers that…

Chocolate Hazelnut Spiced Yule Log Cookies (Recipe)

I have always wanted to participate in the Great Food Blogger Cookie swap, but for whatever reason each year it comes and goes and I miss the boat.  This year, I was on the ball, I didn’t think about if I would have time or what I would make, I just signed up and went…

Embracing Danny Meyer

This week my daughter had a dentist appointment, and as much as we love our pediatric dentist, it ‘s never a fun visit. So, after a morning of drilling and filling, I let my daughter choose where to go for lunch. She chose Shake Shack, and I was happy to go there with her because…

Halloween: The Aftermath

So here we are. On the other side of a night where we dress our children inappropriately in some way or another (too cold, as a scary being, as a branded superhero, as a career choice, a fantasy, too hot, too naked, too hidden). Our homes are filled with piles of candy on the floor…

Oatmeal Cookie Mix

This is taken from Canadian Living.  It was a holiday insert of theirs from a couple years ago. The ingredients are layared into a clear jar.  Be sure to attach the instructions for cooking.  If you want to take it up a notch, get a basket to put the “fresh” ingredients in along with the mix….