Hot Cross Buns



 Is it really Easter if you don’t have Hot Cross Buns? Not to me, so this definitely deserves to be posted again lol!



 I have never made Hot Cross Buns before, and certainly never from scratch considering my fear of yeast until the past year or so!  This year however I saw a recipe on Pinterest and decided I just had to try it.  What could possibly go wrong?  Other than the 3 of us eating a whole pan of nice, warm Hot Cross Buns….. Nothing! (embarrassed face)

Here is the link to the recipe I found and that turned out absolutely perfect!  I want to give credit where credit is due and this recipe was easy to follow and the results could not have been better.


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Ham in the Instapot

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, Chris has gone completely off processed lunch meats. This has made it interesting finding other options to send in his lunch. I have done numerous Turkey Breasts to slice for sandwiches, same goes for Roast Beef in the Instapot. I have sent egg salad and tuna salad and the occasional PB & Banana sandwiches, trying to keep things different. This time it was a ham. When I was grocery shopping one of the stores had the small, smoked Black Forest Hams on sale and I thought I would cook one in the Instapot and slice it as thin as I could for sandwiches.

Last night Chris thanked me for the extra effort it was taking to come up with and make alternatives for his lunch but I told him that in all honesty having the Instapot made it pretty fast and easy…. not that I minded the acknowledgement!


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First Birthday – Beverage/Punch Dispenser Decorating

I wanted my beverage dispenser, that we used for some Pink punch for the birthday party, to be just as “pretty” as the rest of the decorations for the party, with tulle and ribbon and of course a Minnie Mouse theme.

I have to admit that this one of the fastest crafts I did for the party but it ended up being really cute and I am going to reuse the tulle skirt I made for it to make a Nerd onesie and tutu for my granddaughter for Comic Book Day lol!


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First Birthday – Dollar Store Centerpieces!

We had my granddaughter’s FIRST Birthday party on Saturday. It was a great day spent with family and friends with lots to eat and just enjoy each others company.

My granddaughter had a rough night Friday cutting teeth so she was very tired for her party and required a nap to recharge her little batteries part way through lol. I made her a cute little Smash Cake (post to follow this week) but it was just too much for her tired little mind to take and other than sticking her hands in it… and then wiping them all over Kim’s black shirt (I’m sure you can imagine the mess light pink Greek yogurt “icing” would make on it lol), she was not impressed with it. We got a few cute pictures of her with it to add to her photo memories so everything was fine.

These centerpieces were made with Styrofoam balls, ribbon and tissue paper from the dollar store. Other than waiting for paint to dry, they were pretty fast and easy to make!


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First Birthday Party!!!

My granddaughter’s first birthday was on Saturday and it was a great success. She was tired from being up and down the night before cutting teeth but still enjoyed her birthday part for the most part!

There was lots…. and I mean lots… of food. Between myself, my mother-in-law and Kim we had SO much food lol! Not that anyone complained and there were enough leftovers for us to send a few big plates of food to a neighbour who is having a bit of a hard time!

In the coming days I will post some of the individual crafts/decorations made for the party!

I tried something different to ice the main cake. Instead of an overly sweet icing I made a Stabilized Whipped Cream icing and everyone loved it! It was no harder to make than regular icing but without the almost cloying sweetness!

I made a cake shaped like a giant cupcake. I did swirl flowers on it then added a bow to match the decorations and some Bristol board “Ears!” Oh… and a fake birthday candle that lit up lol! (I saw it at the big dollar store and couldn’t not buy it!

I also used Bristol board to cut out a big Minnie Mouse head shape and made my attempt at lettering it using a Disney font, added a nice bow and we hung it on the front door.

I made a healthy recipe “Smash Cake” for my granddaughter, who really wasn’t sure what to do with it and was too tired to try to even figure it out. She managed to stick her fingers in it a few times and then wiped her pink Greek Yogurt “Icing” all over Kim’s black shirt lol. The hazards of motherhood… you never know what is going to end up smeared all over your clothing. I will do another post for the cake.

And A LOT of food lol! We had sandwiches, veggies and dip, fruit and dip, cheese and onion pie, 3 kinds of salads, cheese and crackers, pickles, nachos and salsa, guacamole… the list goes on.

Here is a picture of the table with almost all of the food, ready for our guests to dig in!

I made a nice “Pink” punch with white cranberry juice, thawed pink lemonade and club soda which everyone enjoyed. (I will do a quick post about how I made the decorations for the beverage dispenser later)

And we bought her the cutest multi-stage tricycle for her birthday and Dillon… her “Uncle Pickle” got her a little helmet to go with it!

Chocolate Macaroon “Nests”

I have been making these “Macaroons” for as long as I can remember, but I have to admit that turning them into “nests” never crossed my mind until I saw a picture somewhere.

I can recall my mother making them when we were kids and even before the cookies were set we were fighting over who would get to eat the little bits that fall off the spoon when you are dropping them onto the cookie sheet!  Now the ones we made also had coconut and I would have switched out a cup of oatmeal for coconut but neither one of my kids like coconut… strange beings!  They must have gotten that anomaly from their father!

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Easy and Delicious Chicken Breasts

The other night I had thawed a package of chicken breasts and was deciding how to cook them. I was going to do another Instapot recipe but instead cooked them in the oven.

This recipe was very quick to come together and I ended up with a pan of very flavourful chicken breasts that I served with Poutine for dinner!


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