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Fool Proof Chocolate Macarons

Fool Proof Chocolate Macarons…It’s chocolate macaron time: spring is in the air, the snow is melting, Easter is around the corner.  There’s nothing more perfect for spring than a delicate and delicious macaron cookie, and these chocolate ones are amazingly rich and decadent…

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Gingerbread Cookies with Pepper

Gingerbread Cookies with Pepper…No Christmas Cookie Exchange is complete without a spicy gingerbread cookie piped with white royal icing. There’s just something about crunching into these cookies and tasting the deep molasses flavours that epitomizes the holiday for me. While you’re baking and decorating have a mug of mulled wine (or virgin eggnog for us breastfeeding moms!) with Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” on the radio and your home will truly be a winter wonderland.

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Gingerbread Bars Recipe

Gingerbread Bars Recipe…Christmas is coming and that means it’s baking season. Every year without fail I make the same three favourite recipes: gingerbread bars, gingerbread cookies, and rum balls (stay tuned for links!). My husband isn’t a sweets guy, but even he can’t resist these delicious Christmas desserts…

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Second Pregnancy Bump (and Labor) Comparison, Part 4

Second Pregnancy Bump (and Labor) Comparison…Ahh pregnancy weeks 37 and beyond, a full term baby bump!  I had to wait to do this final post because I needed to know how long my little guy would be staying before I could finish the first and second pregnancy bump comparisons, and boy did he surprise us…

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Turquoise Baby Sprinkle for Baby #2 (x 2!)

Turquoise Baby Sprinkle for Baby #2…When you have a second baby, you don’t have a Baby Shower but rather a Baby Sprinkle. You already have so much from Baby #1, you only need to be sprinkled with gifts rather than showered with gifts. Cute, right?  I have friends who live in two different parts of the country, so I actually had two baby sprinkles for Baby #2!  One was thrown by my loving husband at our house and the other by my two lovely girlfriends at the local community centre!  So much fun…

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Second Pregnancy Bump Comparison, Part 2

Second Pregnancy Bump Comparison Part 2…It’s pregnancy bump comparison time again! Boy oh boy time is flying by; I can’t believe how close the end of this pregnancy is. I’m a little behind on my posts (as I write this I am actually 34 weeks) so looking back at where I was just 4 weeks ago is mind blowing…

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Hello Dolly (7 Layer Magic Cookie Bar) Recipe: The Chocolate Toffee Edition

Hello Dolly 7 Layer Magic Cookie Bar Recipe…When I bake, I usually want nothing short of extravagance, high praise and admiration for my extreme baking prowess (like macarons, see my tutorial simplifying them here, I promise they are easy!). But sometimes you want a dessert recipe that is fast, easy, simple, foolproof and crowd pleasing without the headache of particularly whipped egg whites or fancy baking dishes or rare ingredients. Enter the Hello Dolly, aka the Magic Bar, aka the Seven Layer Bar, aka the Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bar. These things will knock your socks off, they are ah-mazing: so sweet, so delicious, so easy, and oh so so good…

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Second Pregnancy Bump Comparison, Part 1

Second Pregnancy Bump Comparison, Part 1…Second pregnancies are so different than first pregnancies. With the first one, I had so much free time to obsess over being pregnant and expecting a new baby. I researched everything—the best stroller, the safest crib, the top breast pump, natural birthing positions, baby name meanings. I knew exactly what fruit my baby was comparable in size to and every developmental detail of each week. With this second pregnancy, I’m so busy looking after my first baby that sometimes I forget I’m even pregnant…

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Babymoon Tips and Las Vegas Gender Reveal

Babymoon Tips and Las Vegas Gender Reveal…Babymoons are all the rage right now and we just returned from our second one. For the first baby, we did a 10 day trip to California. We started with a few days in LA doing some of the most incredible things, then rented a convertible and took two days to drive up the coast to San Francisco where we spent a few more amazing days. …