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Tarot, Tasseomancy, and a Matcha Green Tea Texas Sheet Cake

To get ourselves in the Halloween mood, we decided to have a night of magic by having a family Tarot and Tea Leaf reading session. Remember that tea-leaf-reading-cup I was swooning over back around Mother’s Day? Well, the kids gave me one! And I have had great fun with it, subsequently, both at a Harry Potter […]

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Be Mine: Deep Red Velvet Cupcakes with Chocolate Arrows and Hearts

Every once and a while, you’ve got to wrestle with a classic recipe in order to make it your own. When Bea wanted red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing for an event, I have to say, I shrugged my shoulders a little. Red velvet cakes and cupcakes have always been one of those “Dorito effect” treats […]

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Reinventing a Holiday Classic : Chocolate Hazelnut Bûche de Noël

Now featured on Huffington Post Canada Living During the first year of The Lunchbox Season, as part of our Daily Family Advent Calendar, I posted my family’s Classic Chocolate Bûche de Noël recipe. Each year since, the kids and I have done our best to come up with a modern twist on this holiday classic. We’ve made an amazing Cannoli Bûche de […]

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Christmas Eve Checklist and a Gingerbread Bûche de Noël

Christmas Eve Checklist Turn on the Tree Lights and Meditate! Glaze and Slice our Twenty-First Century Canadian Christmas Cake! Bake Cookies for Santa! Mass at the Cathedral! Light a Candle for a Loved One! Indulge in the Feast of the Seven Fishes! [at a Chinese restaurant] Drink Egg-Nog and Sing Carols in Front of the […]

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Family Advent Calendar Kick-Off Event: Stir-Up Saturday, Make a Twenty-First Century Canadian Christmas Cake

It’s Stir-Up Saturday! Time to celebrate the coming of Advent by “making over” one of the holidays’ most dreaded beasts, a.ka. “the doorstop,” a.k.a. “alien food”… Oh no! It isn’t…No, it can’t be….Fruitcake? Never you fear, this is a Christmas Cake that will turn you into a “believer,” a fruit cake believer, that is. First […]

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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.

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Mardi Gras: King Cake Style Cinnamon Roll Ring

MARDI GRAS! It’s Fat Tuesday, and, to celebrate, we’ll be having breakfast for dinner….not just any breakfast…but, possibly the sweetest and tastiest breakfast-for-dinner imaginable…Cinnamon Rolls!  Since we wanted to continue with our King Cake making tradition, we decided to form our rolls into a Cinnamon Roll Ring that we could top off in King Cake Style. […]

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Family Advent Calendar: Our Christmas Eve Checklist and A Lemon Bûche de Noël

It’s Christmas Eve! Time for cookies, merry-making, carolling, mass, a huge fish dinner, cozy pyjamas and some final Christmas preparations! And don’t miss our awesome new Bûche de Noël, The Lemon Edition!!! Christmas Eve Checklist □ Make sure there are enough cookies for Santa. If not, make some more! □ Prepare the Lemon Bûche de Noël for tomorrow’s […]

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Almond Butter Chai Spice Cake

With the kids going to different schools this year, and with parents and grandparents taking an active role in getting them there, we are now able to spend more one-on-one time with the kids along the way.  Bea and I have taken to having “special tea” in the kitchen once a week. On the walk […]

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First Communion Fun

Today is Toby’s First Communion, and so we thought we’d share the fun we had preparing for the big day with our Easy Hand-Drawn Gift Wrap and our Marbled Oreo First Communion Cake. Easy Hand-Drawn Gift Wrap First off, here’s a little photo gallery of the wrapping I did for some of his gifts!  Toby loves […]

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MARCH breACK! 2013: Mrs. Haymaadm’s “Salmon” Wedding Cakes [Chocolate Peanut Butter Peanut-Butter-Cup Cupcakes with Pink Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing]

Today, in our Illustrate-Your-Own Book, Ahma, The Spirit Bear, Ahma’s former guardian married another spirit bear and became Mrs. Haymaadm. Here’s the kid-friendly version of  her popular “Salmon” Wedding Cakes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Peanut-Butter-Cup Cupcakes with Pink Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing makes 12 cupcakes – recipe may be doubled

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Carrot King Cake

I realize now that my first experience with King Cake wasn’t eating my first delicious slice with my friend Robin, but watching others “negotiating” with it in a movie. When we were dating, my husband and I went to go see The Umbrellas of Cherbourg at a rep theatre. There, we watched Madame Emery [Anne […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Thanks for joining us for our Advent Shadowbox 2012 Calendar! __________ Here’s a recap! Advent Shadowbox 2012: An Introduction: We (re)introduce our Advent Shadowbox Calendar Tradition and include some tips for how you might create a similar tradition of your own. Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 1,  Have  a Tree Trimming Party, Make Cinnamon Glitter […]

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