De-licious chocolate cake and lemon pie 

Dry cake? Dead cake (also known as cake that tastes like cardboard)? Not here!

A few months ago I stumbled upon a perfect chocolate cake recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch. I will never use a boxed chocolate cake mix again. This cake turns out every time and is so moist. I often make my cakes a day or two in advance – and I still never have trouble with this cake being dry.  Continue reading “De-licious chocolate cake and lemon pie “

Three delicious strawberry recipes 

It’s strawberry season and we are big fans of these sweet red berries. Cody used to have allergic reactions to strawberries, which meant the first three years of our marriage were devastatingly void of this delicious fruit. 

However through nutritional cleansing he was able to rid his body of whatever was causing his alergic reactions and we’re now making up for lost time.

Yesterday morning we headed out to Bridgeview Gardens in Peace River and picked three four-litre pails. These berries are so good, like deliciously sweet candy. Cody had Elijah on his back in our Beco Gemini and I had Ezra on my front in our Beco ring sling. The boys stayed fairly happy, but we definitely couldn’t have stayed to pick another pail. 

When we got home, I got started on making good use of our strawberries. Here are the three recipies I used. 

  1. Clubhouse no cook freezer jam. This is the kind my mom always makes. It uses far less sugar than other brands and comes together very quickly. I made six 500 ml jars. 
  2. Strawberry-Rhubarb pie filling. This was a new recipe for me and I will do an update once I use a jar. It seemed easy enough and made the house smell delicious!
  3. Strawberry rhubarb pie/crisp. I put this one together quickly so I used a pre made pie shell and the filling from this recipe (tried a few times before and it really is the best!) and the crumb topping from this pineapple crisp recipe, which is also delicious by the way. 

I froze about three bags of strawberries for use later in other recipies and of course kept some fresh for eating. 

If you try any of these recipes let me know what you think! And of course, happy strawberry picking and eating!

Tricking baby into eating

Elijah is a pretty particular eater. We’ve struggled to get anything in his mouth from the second day we started to try. I say second day, because on the first day he gobbled what we gave him right up. It’s as if, after a good nights sleep, he realized eating was for fools.

In the last month he has warmed up to peas and sweet potato. He also loves bananas. But what he likes most is to feed himself. Of course he doesn’t eat much that way, but at least he’s trying something.

We tried some baby rice crackers, which he loved, but when I looked at the ingredients list, I was less than impressed. As a result I set out on a mission to make my own.

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