Easy Carrot Coconut Cupcakes that start with a mix!

I can’t wait to start sharing some of the DIY projects I have on the go! While I put the finishing touches on a few things, I wanted to share the “recipe” for these easy Carrot Coconut Cupcakes.  Life has been full lately and keeping me very busy, but I finally had a chance to get back in the kitchen to get some baking done.

We have been enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures here in Southern Ontario, hitting over 60 degrees one day last week.  It is so hard not to start leaping ahead to spring thinking.  Visions of tulips and peonies have been dancing in my head!

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An easy recipe to get into the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a delicious dinner!

Here we are at the last Taste of Home Tuesday of January!  Am I the only one who thinks the month has gone by way too fast?  But we are one month closer to spring!

Although I am thankful I didn’t have to go through the blizzard that hit the US northeast this past weekend, I was a tiny bit jealous of the amount of snow they got.  I live in Canada for gawd sake!  I like our winter to have snow!  Thankfully we did manage to have cold enough temperatures and a few flurries for the Ice Wine Festival to have another successful year!

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An update on a 1970's ranch update

Any other Tuesday I would be posting my Taste of Home feature, but since I spent the weekend helping my sister get ready for her move, except for a few hours to sleep I wasn’t at home all weekend!  And there was certainly no baking or cooking going on in my kitchen.  It was take out pizza, donuts and leftover Christmas baking pulled from the freezer!

I thought I would share a few updates of the renovation!  Enough progress has been made that they were able to start moving in this weekend.

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Country Living January/February Cover tobacco basket inspiration

When the latest issue of my favorite magazine, Country Living, arrived and I saw that beautiful Tobacco basket hanging above the fireplace I was immediately reminded of how much I wanted one for myself.

And also just how expensive they can be.

I had come across two or three last summer at different antique stores and just couldn’t justify the $75 to $100 price tag.  Not to mention they weren’t really big enough to fill the space over my mantel.

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One of those old fashioned blueberry recipes your Grandma used to make!

Lets face it.  The less mixing bowls and baking pans we have to use when making dessert, the better!

This week for Taste of Home Tuesday I am featuring just such a recipe.  It requires only one mixing bowl and one cast iron (or other oven proof) 10″ skillet!

This Skillet Blueberry Slump is one of those blueberry recipes that reminds me of getting back to basics.

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A healthy fruit salad topped with Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream

Here we are at the beginning of another year!  It’s the time of year when many people turn their attention to getting back to healthy habits.  Especially after a holiday season of overindulging!

Who am I to try and sabotage someone’s resolutions!

I thought it was only fitting to feature some lighter fair on Taste of Home Tuesday this week and this 7 Fruit Salad looked too good to pass up!

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A crisp, caramelized apple puff pastry tart looks like it came straight from the bakery

This year one thing I am going to strive for is the return of Sunday dinner.

Having had 2 weeks off over the Christmas holidays both Tim and I have been dreading the return to our day jobs.  The last few days we have spent way too much time feeling sorry for ourselves for having to go to back to work, when it suddenly struck me that we really needed to adjust our attitude.

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Finding your way to debt free requires a sound financial plan

From Domino.com via Pinterest

Resolutions are not my thing!  Planning however is.  In case you haven’t seen the movie 20 odd times like I have, the picture you see above is the kitchen from (the movie) It’s Complicated, and while I loved the movie itself, it is this kitchen that keeps me watching it every time it is on the television!  I can only imagine how much a kitchen like that would cost, but I plan to come as close to it as I can…..on a shoestring budget……paid in cash!

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