My Christmas Elf returns this year….

Just after being sick with a cold for over a month, my Christmas Elf returned this year to help me out in the kitchen to prepare Gluten Free Pie crusts for the mini Apple pies I’m making for my son. Due to terrible skin allergies he has had to give up all gluten.. Please enjoy this bit of whimsy for your post Christmas Day…..


And, if you have a few moments to spare, join my beautiful daughter and I in the kitchen to whip up some tasty treats..


Thanking you all kindly for spending some holiday time with my family, Hugs….


What can I do to transform 2 apples?

Have you ever found just two lonely apples in your pantry and wondered what to do with them? There are days when I don’t want to eat just an apple, so I transform them into something that will alter their form from fresh off the tree to hot out of the oven..

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Coffee Cake

2 apples ~cored, peeled, diced and soak in lemon juice until needed in batter.
2 eggs
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup sour cream
In a mixing bowl beat eggs until frothy. Beat in cooking oil and sugar. Blend in sour cream.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
In another bowl measure flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Mix well and add to first bowl. Stir until combined. Adding the drained apples to the batter.
1/2 cup Medium coconut
1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
2 tsp. Cinnamon
In a small bowl stir coconut, brown sugar and cinnamon. Put 1/2 of the batter in the bottom of a greased 9x5x3 inch loaf or a square pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cinnamon mixture over top. Spread a second half of batter over by putting dabs here and there. Sprinkle second half cinnamon mixture over top,. cut through batter with knife to give swirling, marbled effect. Bake in 350 F. oven for 1 hour. After loaf stands for 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool on rack .



Come Join Me In My 1950’s Kitchen

There are those times in ones life when you crave food from your childhood memories. You know what I mean, those dishes you ate when you were a child that you can now as an adult still smell deep in the recesses of your memory banks. Actually, you can also remember more than just the welcoming smells coming from your families kitchen.. You can relive days long gone with what I’m about to cook.. Enjoy



It’s What’s For Dinner ~ December 3rd 2016

The American and Canadian Thanksgiving holidays have come and gone. Who still has leftover turkey lurking their fridges? Not, I …. Our Thanksgiving here in Canada is celebrated in October, so leftover turkey is merely a fond memory… At least until Christmas Dinner when we can rejoice once again with the bounty of our harvests and feeling so stuffed ourselves that we want to just toss out the dinner dishes into the garbage can, instead of wobbling up to the kitchen sink to wash them all.. And, believe me there’s always a ton of dishes to be washed after a Christmas meal.

One year when I wasn’t feeling up to cooking a large meal for the holidays, I cooked up a few simple pork chops dressed up to the nines with the added flavor of pineapple. Since, I’ve begun a challenge of sorts over on YouTube with a group of gardeners who are buying pineapples in the grocery store, ripping off the tops and attempting to grow them over a period of 18- 24 months. Well, I over a months time (Back in September) bought 5 pineapples and plopped them into some potting soil and hoped for the best. Thinking that out of the five tops, one might just survive and grow for me. Well, to make a very long story short all five of the tops are growing beautifully and now I’m faced with where are they going to go when they out grow the stand I have them on. But, that dilemma is for another time .. On with “What’s For Dinner !”

Glazed Pork with Pineapple

This is a simple dish with very few ingredients. No need to really measure anything for this as it’s purely to taste… But, don’t forget the grated fresh ginger…


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