How to Prepare a Fruit Tray

676e67b1aa3a0e54079fbfe42cd02cc2My first thing I always add to my menu when people are coming over for a meal is a fruit tray. Whether its big or small, it’s always one of my first items on the menu.  Here are some tips and tricks to serving up a beautiful Fruit Tray sure to impress your guests.

Cinnamon Buns

IMG_4061These cinnamon buns are so delicious, they are worth the time and effort. The key to these? Patience! I’ve tried to rush them before and they were not as good.  You need to let the yeast work its magic. A lady who used to provide care for my children hosts an Easter Egg hunt every Good Friday. I brought these cinnamon buns the first year and it’s become my year tradition to bring these buns. They are a HUGE hit. I make the dough the night before, roll them up and place them in the pan so the next morning all I need to do is get up, proof them for 1/2 hr and then cook. They are usually still warm when I get to the party at which point I spread the cream cheese icing on them.  Soooo good!

Light and Crisp Waffles with Homemade Blueberry Sauce

IMG_5979This recipe produces a light and crisp waffle that is delicious with syrup or a home made blueberry sauce.  Or if you would like to make a dessert dish, add a scoop of ice cream, whip cream and a dusting of icing sugar. This recipe can be made and stored in the fridge for up to a week just make sure to stir the batter well before using.

DIY Mason Jar Vases

IMG_4053I helped organize the staff Easter Potluck today and I decided to pretty up the dining table with a few of these super pretty and super affordable centre pieces. I made a dozen gold mason jars and filled them with miniature roses.  Some I brought with me to work and others I gifted to special people in my daughter’s  life and spreading some Easter cheer.

It’s amazing what a can of gold spray paint can accomplish. Taking a simple glass mason jar and totally bringing it to the next level – for such a small price!

Better than Sex Chex Mix

2012-02-04-better-than-sex-chex-mix-586x322cIn the spirit of Easter, I decided to post one of my favourite treats that uses chocolate, and caramel and more chocolate and … oh you get the idea. Back in my college days, I used to make a chocolate caramel cheese cake that people used to joke was better than sex. When I came across this recipe online for Better than Sex Chex Mix, I figured I would give it a try…

Play Doh Easter Carrots

Play Doh Easter Carrots

With Easter just around the corner, I wanted to make a fun treat for my daughter to share with her friends at school.  I feel children get so much candy for Easter already, I wanted to make something different. These play doh Easter carrots were the perfect thing!

Home Made Play Doh Recipe

home made play doh recipeI felt a bit nostalgic today while my daughter helped me make home made play doh in the kitchen. My mother used to make home made play doh for me all the time as a child. She used to make the doh then I picked the colour and helped mix the colour into the dough. I even remember the green margarine containers she used to store the play doh in.

45 Fun Easter Egg Fillers

easter-eggsEaster and chocolate seem to go hand in hand but there are other alternatives when it comes to filling the plastic easter eggs the children will hunt for. Check out these 45 Fun Easter Egg Fillers ideas!

DIY Pizza Bar

DIY Pizza BarMy son’s birthday is on Tuesday and although I’ve been asking him for a few weeks what he wanted to do for his birthday, he had still not decided what he wanted to do. Siting at my dining room table at 9 am, I decided to pull together a DIY Pizza Bar party for my son and a couple of his closest friends and family members.

Kit Kat Cake

Kit Kat CakeIf you are looking for an impressive birthday cake that is simple to make? It’s a simple as it looks and everyone will love it. If you love chocolate, you will LOVE this Kit Kat Cake. And everyone will think you slaved away for hours in the kitchen.