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. …

PSL: Pumpkin Spiced Latte (Paste)

The PSL or pumpkin spiced latte is a popular drink at this time of year.  When I tried to think of something to make for this post, I said why not try to make it like everyone else? But I didn’t want to be like every one else. I wanted to make a twist on…

Candied Yams and Sweet Potatoes

My family had a late Thanksgiving dinner this year and we decided to have a family potluck to celebrate. I wanted to stay traditional and make a candied yam dish. Instead of just yams, I wanted to add a bit more colour to the dish so I included some sweet potatoes as well. Start by…

Potluck Favorite: Corn Quinoa Salad

Thanksgiving is just around the corner here in Canada.  Typically Thanksgiving in our house is potluck.  If I am lucky I will be able cook the turkey but usually I am left to make a sides dish and usually this is a salad.  This recipe is my go to potluck salad.  It is light and…

Pokemon Sugar Cookies

The Pokemon Go craze has gone viral and there is nothing to stop the craziness. I have also been playing the game and have reconnected with my love for Pokemon. I decided to create some Pokemon inspired sugar cookies. This was my first time making and decorating sugar cookies and I was surprised at how…