Category Archives: Christmas

Chocolate Cherry Bliss Balls

Bliss balls, energy balls, protein balls–lots of different names for the same thing: a small bite of sweet bliss packed full of nutritious deliciousness. These are so easy to prepare that kids could make them. All you have to do … Continue reading

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Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini

Sweet figs with a hint of orange are thinly spread over a toasted baguette and topped with fresh goat cheese and a sprinkle of chives or green onions in this, my newest “go-to” appy. I’ve made this one several times … Continue reading

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Pomerita Cocktail

It’s time to celebrate as we welcome the New Year! What better way than with a heart-healthy glass of pomegranate juice. Or . . .  how about a pomegranate margarita–a pomerita. The Prado restaurant in beautiful Balboa Park in San … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Smoothie

What do you serve for Christmas breakfast? A search of Pinterest boards dedicated to Christmas breakfasts brings up fat and sugar-laden dishes:  cinnamon rolls baked in the shape of a Christmas tree, Monkey Bread dripping with eggnog drizzle, baked French … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chunk Whipped Shortbread

I have a classroom elf. No, not an Elf on the Shelf–I have one of those too. This elf is a lovely parent volunteer, actually a grandmother, who comes in to help out in my Grade 1 classroom. She is … Continue reading

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Greek Salad on a Stick

Kids love anything on a stick, and the kid inside all of us does too. These mini Greek salad appetizers are fun to eat and they offer a healthier alternative to all the high calorie finger foods we often find … Continue reading

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Got it under Contreau? Cranberry Sauce for Grown-ups

Shopping. Wrapping. Decorating. Baking. Cleaning. Then Eating. And More Baking. Christmas time is a busy time of year, but with a focus on keeping it simple and enjoying the things that are really important in our lives, it can be … Continue reading

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Christmas Finger Foods

Years ago, one of my Christmas traditions was to participate in a cookie exchange. With young children underfoot, year after year I somehow made twelve dozen Nanaimo bars. (Do you know how hard it is to cut through that chocolate … Continue reading

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Homemade Raincoast Crisps

You know those pricey crackers sold in the deli section–the ones you always hope are on sale? Well, here’s the recipe so you can make them yourself. They are a perfect replica. Actually, they’re better because they’re fresh from your … Continue reading

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Cranberry Conserve

Every year at Christmas time, Laura makes gifts from the kitchen for her friends. Her homemade granola packed into a decorated Mason jar is always a hit as are her cookies. This year, she made this beautiful ruby red (I … Continue reading

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Mini Cheese Balls: the easiest appetizer EVER

I’ve made these three times now, and they will definitely be on the top of my Favourite Appies list. They are so easy–a veritable party in your mouth! Five ingredients and a food processor are all you need. Ingredients 1 … Continue reading

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Christmas Discoveries–a new shake, a new cookie, and a lightened-up old favourite

Look what David and Luise of Green Kitchen Stories have come up with now! While our Christmas morning breakfasts have always been a special meal, the menu has changed as our eating habits have evolved over the years.  Now that … Continue reading

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Cheese Crispies–revamped

Remember the old Cheese Krispies recipe from the 50’s or 60’s? I loved those things. My mom made them every year at Christmas time as part of an appetizer tray and we devoured them, batch after batch. I had a … Continue reading

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Coconut Crisps with Fleur de Sel

Spending an evening cooking in my kitchen is an ideal way for me to unwind and reflect on the day. Sometimes, however, I end up alone. I suspect (no, I know) it’s because it gets a little loud. I like … Continue reading

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Harvest Time Chocolate Drops

“Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.” Dave Barry It’s Friday. Go ahead and make these. If you start now, you could be … Continue reading

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