Blueberry Jam

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For those of you who don’t know, there was a point in my life that I refer to as “when I used to be Martha Stewart…”.  Meaning, I was a stay at home mom, so I often canned – salsa, pickles, different jams, and a kick ass marmalade.  I used to love to can things to give as gifts.  I also sewed clothes and costumes for the kids and made the nieces and nephews teddy bears and pajamas at Christmas time.  Oh, and Christmas stockings for the whole family.

Eventually, I got over this and haven’t busted the sewing machine out for years.  (Oh, I quilted too.) The most “Martha” I get is crafting occasionally (used to be a nearly daily occurrence.  I’m in crafting rehab.)  Continue reading

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Sweet Red Pepper Soup – Josh’s Favourite

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This year I asked Josh what he’d like for his birthday dinner.  He said he didn’t care as long as I made Sweet Red Pepper soup.

Several years ago the kids and I started doing a Christmas Eve dinner with various friends who for whatever reason either had nothing better to do or didn’t want to see their own families, or couldn’t or whatever.  Long story short, Christmas Eve generally ends up with us and close friends drinking wine and playing Win, Lose or Draw and Cards Against Humanity (a newer tradition…) after having a lovely meal. Continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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People like cookies.  It’s a fact. Even those with gluten issues.  This is a variation of the easiest recipes EVER… the regular recipe has only 3 ingredients, but I decided to chocolate this up a bit… My ex husband has celiac disease and he was coming over to visit the kids and so I made some gluten free cookies AS I AM THE NICEST EX WIFE IN THE WORLD.  Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache (but it doesn’t have to be vegan if you don’t want it to be)

Vegan Chocolate Cake - Beth the BakerI know you’re thinking that this can’t possibly be delicious, but it is… I’ve included this as part of my “posting things chocolate for Valentine’s Day”.  This cake works for vegans and non-vegans alike…

Here’s what happens in my family for birthday celebrations, etc..

I have two younger sisters and we’re all  good cooks.  So when we have a family dinner, we split the duties – my sisters, my mom and myself all contribute toward the meal (except Mother’s Day where we don’t have to do stuff… or at least not as much…).  Continue reading

Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup - Beth the BakerLong, long ago, I found a really good recipe for Hot and Sour Soup. I made it a few times according to the recipe and then eventually just made it by memory. People (mostly Jennifer Campbell) loved the hot and sour soup and would travel far and wide to consume it. (Okay, she lived around the corner from me at the time so it wasn’t all that far). Continue reading

The Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies Ever (and Gluten free!)

Peanut Butter Cookies - Beth Warren the BakerFor a very long time (over 45 years) I’ve had a friend who I shall call Ted.  (The reason her name is Ted is that when we were kids, we discussed how if I had been a boy my name would have been Steve and she would have been Ted.  We’ve been friends since we were 5.  We’ve been through a lot together.. many years of school, boyfriends, and all other types of both good and bad times. So for this purpose, she’s Ted.  Although her actual name is Beverlee.)  Continue reading