Valentine’s Pavlova

I often hesitate to make things that are out of season as rarely, in my opinion, does anything taste as good as local in season produce. That said Valentine’s is coming and with a few tweaks the more traditional wreath shape can become a nice dessert for Valentines (when things go as planned). Step one […]

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Valentines Sugar Cookie Hearts

I was in the middle of cookie stamp testing this weekend and it brought back memories of making Valentine cookies with my mother. We used to make simple hearts with different shades of pink icing and maybe a few extra highlights on some. We never made a lot as Valentines was usually just a day […]

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Dyed Egg Shell Soy Candles

Most egg dyeing is thought of as something to do with a hard boiled egg. This in an alternative thought. Crack your eggs first, dye second and turn those coloured shells into little candles for Easter Sunday breakfast, your altar, the Ostara potluck table or just enjoy all through spring. There is even a Valentine’s […]

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Cookie Cutter Valentine Candle

With Valentine’s Day on its way, here is an idea that can be put together in a few minutes. It is a great way to use up left over bits and pieces hanging around the craft table. Spray glitter can be added to the finished candle if on hand and easily accessible. Any really small […]

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Hawthorn Truffles

I am going to apologize upfront. I try very hard to post seasonal recipes and generally stay away from items that are not in season somewhere in the world. Valentine’s is coming and this is a highly appropriate suggestion as hawthorn is all about the heart. The unfair part is that unless there is hawthorn […]

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Banana Peanut Butter Muffins with Chocolate Chips

These muffins fresh from the oven on Valentine’s morning became a bit of a tradition for my “too old for kiddie Valentine’s” homestay students. For the Canadian contingent it was often a taste of home and for those coming from foreign shores, something entirely new. Since February is also Bake for Family Fun Month, this […]

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Chocolate Cheesemous(s)e Pie

I am teaching a cheese making class the day after tomorrow. There are several tasty cheeses we can get through in three hours but a cream cheese with rennet is not one of them. The 14 hour wait time before dripping for several hours more is the issue. The solution was to make up a […]

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Freestyle Cherry Handpies, but you can fill them with almost anything

Handpies are freeform pastries smaller than a galette with a top cover, meant as a single serving, much like a turnover which around here is made with puff pastry. They can be packed with sweet or savoury goodness and are a great way to use up leftovers. Think of them as a portable meal with […]

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Baked Chocolate Doughnuts for Valentines

Instead of rolling out cookie dough this Valentines, how about decorating doughnuts for a change of pace? These baked chocolatey treats are easy to make and getting every one round the table to help finish the artsy part might just get every one off their phones. You will need: 1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa 7/8 cup […]

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Valentine Ice Cream Sandwiches

There are so many interconnected themes attached to what has become a day to celebrate caring in its many forms. School children exchange cards with their classmates. Couples celebrate together. Moms make Valentine’s Day treats for the whole family. Behind this lightness is massacre; Victorian era etiquette and romance; Christian martyrdom; Roman Lupercalian fertility rites; […]

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