The New Me!!

Since it is the beginning of the year, I have decided to go ahead and make a lifestyle change for myself….eating healthier, getting exercise….making sure I am getting enough time for me. The new me! I am reading some personal development books (starting with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey), getting more sleep in, and making more time for my family.

I will start posting some healthier recipes for you all, maybe some workout videos that I am following, and together we can be the better version of ourselves that we are striving to be. I have lost 8 pounds since I started this journey about a month ago, and I am so excited! I am excited for the next year, the new challenges I am going to face, the new goals I am setting and am excited to reach them.

Mars Bar Squares, try eating only one, I dare you!

When I make these Mars bar squares, I try and be good and cut Mars barthe cake with small portions….but I end up eating just as much as if the squares were big. It is easy to grab a few and snack on them, try eating only one, I dare you!

My friend Angel, who I met just this summer at a reunion, brought these squares and it was tough staying away from them. Only a few of the helpers in the kitchen knew where Auntie Fern hid them, and I was not so innocent! Thank you, Angel, for sharing with me. Continue reading “Mars Bar Squares, try eating only one, I dare you!”

Monster Cookies – Beware! Highly Addictive!

This recipe makes a lot of cookies (yields approximately 10 dozen, depending on the size of cookie you create), but they don’t last toomonster cookies! long ’cause they are so very highly addictive. These monster cookies  are packed with oatmeal and chocolatey goodness.  They are even better frozen…if they make it that far!

I have found that if I don’t have enough time to make the whole batch, I will bake what I feel up to that day, and save the rest of the dough in the fridge…or even freeze it.  When the dough cooks after being in the fridge or freezer, they do not flatten as much and stay more formed than if they were freshly mixed. Either way works great. Baking time may be the less time indicated, so just keep your eye on them at that time. Continue reading “Monster Cookies – Beware! Highly Addictive!”

Homemade Apple Crisp Recipe

This homemade apple crisp is one of my husband’s favourite treat to help warm him up.   The recipe is so easy and if you follow my simple instructions, this apple crisp will find a place in your heart (and stomach) as well!

We enjoy ours warm, with a nice helping of vanilla ice cream.  How will you have yours?

Ingredientsapple crisp recipe

  • 4 cups apples (I like the taste of McIntosh’s)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 c melted butter

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Japanese Cabbage Salad

I haven’t made this Japanese Cabbage Salad for a

japanese cabbage salad

couple of years and decided to make it to have with our Christmas turkey supper.  In actual fact, we had it for lunch because I had to work the evening shift at work on Christmas Day, but at least I had some delicious left overs to take with me.

When we would get together for family gatherings, special family meals (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, for example) each family would bring their specialty plate.  This could be their deviled eggs, the dessert, salads, whatever.  One sister-in-law would bring the Tomorrow Salad, and another would bring this Japanese Cabbage Salad which I am highlighting today.

I like that the salad itself can be prepared ahead of time and the dressing added and mixed into the dish right before it’s time to eat.  Simple!  Just make sure you have a big enough bowl to mix the dressing in, as there is quite a bit of salad to work around.  The leftovers are just as tasty, but the noodles do not stay crunchy at all.  With the vegetables and almonds, though, there is still a lot of crunch.

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Rolo Cookie Recipe

I got this rolo cookie recipe from an Aunt (Jane Sonntag) around holiday time many, many caramilk rolo cookiesyears ago.  I like to add these to my Christmas baking gifts for family and friends, and everyone seems to really enjoy them.

Last year, I couldn’t find Rolos, of course, so I thought I would try Caramilk pieces instead.  Wow….I call that a blessing in disguise.  But do I change the name of the recipe if that is the only difference?

This batch yields about 3 1/2 dozen cookies, so you could try some of each and let me know which you prefer.


  • 1 cup margarinecaramilk rolo cookies
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda

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Chocolate Cake Recipe From Scratch

This chocolate cake is so rich and full of flavour, and it’s all from scratch.  This may take a couple of more minutes that dumping the mix from the box in, but it is well worth it, trust me.  Actually, the recipe on my hand written sheet is called Six Minute Chocolate Cake.

I got this from a friend many years ago (thanks, Cher) and have made it over and over, and it never gets old.  My kids even request it for their birthday cakes.  It can be topped with icing, fruit, or our favourite is with whipped cream and caramel sauce (I will include this in the recipe, but you can do whatever you like after it has cooled).

Ingredientschocolate cake from scratch

  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cold water or brewed coffee
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar

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BBQ Spare Ribs Recipe – It’s Mouthwatering!

This spare rib recipe is delicious, with BBQ sauce made from scratch and popped into the oven….the aroma that travels through the house makes my mouth water.  Yes, it’s that good!

I got this recipe from my husband’s great aunt after she made it for us when we were visiting her in Sherwood Park, Alberta.  I am so thankful she was willing to share, but I don’t make it as often as I want to.  But when I do, I totally pig out!


BBQ ribs done in the oven

  • 3-4 lbs spare ribs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup water

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Zucchini Salsa Recipe – Thanks Carmen!

I got this zucchini salsa recipe from a friend from zucchini salsa work, so thanks Carmen!  This is an awesome treat late summer, and it lasts and lasts because it is canned. Generally, I make this in two batches at a time and yields around 4 large mason jars per batch.  It goes quickly so I like to have some after the first week.

I love to give this to special friends at Christmas time too.  So if you get this from me at this time, know that I really care!

Be aware before you start making this recipe that this is a two day recipe, where you will let the vegetables sit overnight, then drain in the morning and add the rest of the ingredients in the morning.  Alternatively, you could start early in the morning, let it sit for the day, and then complete in the evening. Continue reading “Zucchini Salsa Recipe – Thanks Carmen!”

Caramel Popcorn Recipe

This caramel popcorn recipe is so easy to make, and doesn’t last long when sharing.  I like to give this out in a sealed bag or container when I am handing out my Christmas baking.  This is a hit when it goes to work with me to.  Always seems to be a favourite!



  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup raw popcorn

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