Vanilla Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Canada day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than with cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting to be exact!  What is more Canadian than maple syrup. The vanilla cupcakes are easy to make. You just need flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar, milk, oil, vanilla extract and water.  Cream the sugar…

Cherry Blossom Milk Pudding

I love this time of year for the cool weather, spring flowers and cherry blossoms.  Sakura festivals happen around this time in Vancouver and people drive around town looking for streets full of cherry blossoms.  You can find Sakura themed treats and drinks everywhere.  Even Starbucks had their Sakura Cherry Blossom Frap that I made…

Frozen Whipping Cream Hearts

Here is easy way to make Valentines a little more special.  These are really simple to make ahead of time and a great activity to do with your kids.  Keep these in your freezer until you are ready to use them. You will need a can of whipping cream, sprinkles and hot cocoa. First make…

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake can be tricky business. There are many different recipes on the internet that finding the perfect one can be tricky. I scoured the web for hours looking for something easy, simple ingredients and with great reviews. Finally, I found a recipe on Add a Pinch that looked amazing so I decided to give it…

Eggless Eggnog for the Holidays

Its that time of the year again.  That time when you fill your coffee cup with eggnog lattes and sit by the fire.  Unfortunately I don’t eat eggs anymore.  So I haven’t had eggnog lattes in a while. 😦 I decided to see if there was a recipe that I could make without eggs.  I…

Shrunken Apple Heads: Halloween Decorating Idea

Here is a really simple activity you can do with your kids or friends. It is a great way to decorate your Halloween platters and tables. You could probably use it to decorate cakes. All you need are some apples.  Any kind will do.Peel the apples and remove the stem. Now be creative and carve…

Pumpkin Cheesecake

When the rain starts falling and the leaves change from greens to reds, I start dreaming of pumpkins; pumpkin pies, pumpkin puddings and of course pumpkin cheesecake.  I love cheesecake and I love pumpkins so this recipe is the best of both worlds. Start by making the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F….

Mid-Autumn Festival: Mooncake party

The Mid-Autumn Festival just happened this week on Oct 4. The weekend before we gathered together as a family to make some mooncakes.  I hope this continues as a family traditional. As a young child I have always loved the pig shaped mooncakes.  Traditionally mooncakes are round but modern mooncakes now come in all shapes…

Starbucks Sakura Cherry Blossom Frappuccino

It is that time of year again.  Cherry Blossom Season!   Cherry Blossom viewing is so popular in Japan that there are foods and snacks celebrating this wonderful season.  Every year Starbucks serves their seasonal Cherry Blossom Frappuccino. I believe the original one has sakura blossoms sprinkled on top but now there is strawberry matcha…

Easy Berry Tiramisu

This dessert is perfect to make your loved ones for Valentines Day or a fun activity to do with your kids on Family Day or a fun date night activity. This dessert takes about 20 minutes to make and can be made the night before.  You will need Nilla cookies (or lady fingers), whipping cream…

Japanese Cotton Cheesecake with Sugared Cranberries

I’ve always loved the soft fluffy Japanese cheesecake but I also know how difficult it can be to make. I tried this recipe that worked out pretty well. To add decorate the cheesecake, I wanted something that would compliment it without over powering the delicate cake. I decided to make some candied cranberries. Start by boiling…

Festive Bear Hug Sugar Cookies

Yes I am late with my holiday baking. I usually start at the end of November.  Why because it just takes so long.  I decided this year I wanted to change up my cookies and try using cookie cutters.  I usually hate rolled cookies because I don’t like the texture and it takes too long. …