Loaded Cookie Birthday Cake

It’s Bea’s special day today, 11 times over.  This year, she said she wanted a giant “cookie cake” with tons of different mix-ins. Her wish was our command. Loaded Cookie Birthday Cake Ingredients 1 c butter, unsalted, room temperature 1.3 c brown sugar 1 tbs molasses 3 eggs 1 tbs vanilla 2.6 c all-purpose flour 1.5 tsp baking […]

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When All Else Fails … Make Caramel Apples

We knew it would come to this, eventually. You know, Mondays. You know, stuff…. It always does… The Lunchbox Season’s Caramel Apples Ingredients Dowels, chopsticks or popsicle sticks 6-8 medium apples 1.75 c cream .6 c corn syrup 2 c brown sugar 2.5 tbs butter 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp salt Optional: Chopped nuts or […]

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Getting Ready for The Tempest with a Robby-the-Robot Double Feature

I know, I know. It’s a Thursday. We probably don’t want to keep the kids up all night long. They have school on Friday morning. But we’re still in that hazy lazy period of adjusting to Daylight Savings Time.  And, we’ve got plans to go and see The Tempest this weekend at Hart House Theatre.  So, […]

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[Whole Roasted] Butternut Squash and Roasted Chicpea Hummus

The other day, I was in my favourite coffee shop [at last! it’s been a while!], and I overheard some women talking about Pumpkin Hummus. This set my heart a whirl.  But, then, I realized, our pumpkins had all been carved and set aside for bird feeders and compost. Still, still, we had one very fresh and […]

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Happy Halloween 2014!

Happy Halloween 2014!  Bea’s a cat this year, and Toby? some sort of Robot Space Avenger… And who are you?  Here’s wishing you a day full of Treats! And here’s a round-up of our recent Halloween posts…. [Just click on the image! It’s a link!]     Ready for even more? Check out these Awesome […]

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Pumpkin Poppy Seed Loaf with Citrus, Cardamom and Cognac

We had some extra pumpkin left over from last week’s cookie recipe. So, the other day, I got to wondering what would happen if my favourite Pumpkin and Lemon Poppy Seed loaves were to be combined into one fabulous sweet bread.  I was thinking of chai spices, too, predicting that chai tea might taste good after […]

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Spooky Silhouette Window Clings

This summer, the kids made some seriously awesome Stained Glass Window Clings for their bedrooms. And, we vowed we’d make some again when Halloween rolled around. So, here we are, folks, Spooky Silhouette Window Clings! Spooky Silhouette Window Clings Supplies Clear Contact Paper [they often sell this in the dollar store as a material for […]

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Choose-Your-Mix-Ins Cookies

The kids have been hankering for a Halloween version of my famous Santa Baby Cookies.  We finally hit on a pumpkin oatmeal version that fits the bill. And if you’re daring enough, you can use smashed up bits of your fun-size Halloween candies as some of the mix-ins. For our lunchbox friendly version, we added Butterscotch […]

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The Kids Write Night Poems

We did some free writing over the weekend, and I asked the kids to write “Night Poems.” Usually, I have little prompts for them, encouraging them to write in a certain style or to choose a specific image to concentrate on … i.e. “Make a List of Things You’d See in the Sky” or “Write from the […]

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Apple Bourbon Pecan Pie with Bourbon Pecan Crust

It’s been a bourbon year at the Lunchbox Season. To go with our Drunk Cherry Jam and our Bourbon Old Fashioned Cranberry Sauce, we just had to get a pie in there…. How about an apple pie, with a bourbon soak and a good whallop of pecan pieces and halves? What a pie it is, my friends! […]

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From Weekday Main to Thanksgiving Side: Stuffed Acorn Squash

We came home from apple picking with a boat load of apples and a couple of choice squash. The beautiful green acorns were the first to go. Talk about Meatless Monday!! We filled those babies with a mix of diced apples, onions, kale, peppers, pistachios and quinoa. And, believe you, me, one half of a stuffed squash was an […]

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Earnest Apple Picking Peking Duck

It was an Earnest Apple Picking Peking Duck weekend…and that’s only the half of it! On Friday night, the kids had their first “exposure” to The Importance of Being Earnest. We were able to secure some prime seats at Hart House Theatre (thanks Trevor!) for the penultimate performance of the play.  The kids had quite a long […]

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Bourbon Old Fashioned Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce is always A REALLY BIG DEAL AROUND HERE. We’ve taken to making our large batches ahead of the holidays and “putting them up” in jars to keep for the whole season long or to give as holiday gifts.  Over the past few years, we’ve come up with some amazing recipes!  Who can forget […]

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A Wicked Weekend

Saturday, September 27: A walk to the beach in the morning with Bea, and a stop on the rocks to look at the sunrise. Letting the dog loose along the cove so that he could chase the ducks. Pastries and hot drinks from Zane patisserie. Sending the girl to the art supply store to pick […]

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All-About-Me Pendants

Last week, Toby’s teacher asked them to make some salt-dough pendants which in some way shape or form told the class a little bit about themselves. I thought this was a great idea. And, I thought Toby’s idea of incorporating a “single word” on his pendant was fantastic, particularly when he told me that he wanted […]

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Word on the Street 2014

It’s become an annual tradition! We visited Toronto’s Word on the Street on Sunday, returning to our old favourite booths, finding new must-see publishers and venues, and listening to some fabulous authors read from their work.  Some of my own personal Word on the Street highs included: Listening to Adrienne Weiss read from There are No Solid Gold […]

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