Monthly Archives: November 2011

  • Dare to dream: Christmas wish list Dare to dream: Christmas wish list

    Dare to dream: Christmas wish list

Dare to dream: Christmas wish list

Preparing my Christmas wish list has been inordinately easier than in past years because I’ve been keeping track on Pinterest and Etsy. In keeping with tradition in years past, this post will only touch on the food-related items on my Christmas wish list. But you can find the whole thing here. And while you’re at it, follow me on Pinterest too! Anthropologie owl cookie jar, as seen on the show “Modern Family”: Whooooo loves owls? I do, I do. Sorry, I love a cheesy pun. Truth is, I find myself wincing when I see the plastic containers filled with homemade cookies on my countertop. I just find it ugly, and I think this owl would fit in perfectly in my retro-chic kitchen. Cupcake Courier 36-Cupcake Plastic Storage Container: I’ve always wished for a multi-levelled cupcake caddy, because I hate walking around with two of my caddies when it would be easier to […]

  • Announcing the winner of the cookbook giveaway Announcing the winner of the cookbook giveaway

    Announcing the winner of the cookbook giveaway

Announcing the winner of the cookbook giveaway

  And the winner of the SNOG Healthy Treats cookbook giveaway is…. (Can I get a virtual drumroll please?) Reader Amy from Sherwood Park, Alberta. (Amy, check your email inbox or a request for your mailing address!) She wrote “I like the welcome baby cupcakes- great idea I am going to use at the next baby shower I host!” If you haven’t had a chance to check them out, here are the welcome baby boy cupcakes and also the welcome baby girl cupcakes. It was wonderful hearing which posts you all liked best! You can read the comments from the other contest entries here. Stay tuned, I may just do this sooner rather than wait a whole year to do it again. (And, please, don’t be shy! I had hundreds of page views from lurkers too shy to post!)

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  • Cake batter and sprinkle bark Cake batter and sprinkle bark

    Cake batter and sprinkle bark

Cake batter and sprinkle bark

  This recipe comes to you by way of one of of my favorite bloggers these days — you guessed it — Sweetapolita. Obviously I haven’t outgrown my childhood need for sprinkles, because this called out for me as soon as I saw it on Rosie’s blog. Heck, my favorite donut is the Hawaiian so this was a no-brainer.You may notice some of the nonpareils and jimmies are not evenly distributed. That’s because I decided I would include my son in this venture and he just dumped them right in the middle as I yelped and tried to spread them in the melting chocolate. And he went back to watching race cars on his iPad. Right. But the beauty of this bark is that it’s okay to be uneven, crooked. Substitutions: Really the decoration is up to you so it shouldn’t even count as a substitution but I used silver […]

  • Fancy a Snog? Blogiversary cookbook giveaway! Fancy a Snog? Blogiversary cookbook giveaway!

    Fancy a Snog? Blogiversary cookbook giveaway!

Fancy a Snog? Blogiversary cookbook giveaway!

It’s been three years since I published my first post on this blog, and I can hardly believe it. In the three years since I launched Caramels, Bonbons et Chocolats, I’ve moved house, had a baby, improved my photography skills, returned to work, launched an Etsy shop for cupcake decorations with my sister, shed 60 pounds of marital and baby weight, and met some wonderful people online and in real life who share my passion for baking. It’s been a real thrill.   In honour of my blogiversary, I’ve decided to give away a book, the “Snog Healthy Treats Cookbook.” What can you expect in this cookbook? “Yogurt, Granita & Other Frozen Treats: Frozen Yogurt in three flavours; Natural, Green Tea and Chocolate, tasty toppings, such as Dark Chocolate and Cashew Slivers or Peanut Pineapple Chunks, other treats include Pomegranate Vanilla Pod Frozen Yogurt. Gluten-free Healthy Baked Treats featured are Tangerine, […]

  • Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

    Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

  Sometimes, admittedly, I feel lazy. My friends and family may tell you I’m definitely not lazy because I’m always on the go, but sometimes I just don’t feel like seeing a recipe through. So I take shortcuts. Case in point: During my quick stop at Trader Joe’s in Boston, one of the mixes I picked up was a brownie mix. In fact, it shouldn’t even be called a mix, because you didn’t have to add anything to it, just pour it into a brownie pan and bake. How amazing is that? But, I had leftover pumpkin puree and I wondered if there was a recipe that could help me combine both flavours.A short Google search told me Martha Stewart had the answer (of course she did). Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies! You can find the recipe here. You can substitute any other quick brownie mix into this recipe, or perhaps follow the […]

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  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Tarts Chocolate Chip Cookie Tarts

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Tarts

Chocolate Chip Cookie Tarts

  Do you love chocolate chip cookies? Do you love the buttery goodness of a pie? Do you want to whip up something quickly with what you have in your pantry? You’ll want to bookmark this post. I first read about Bakerella’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie, when a friend of mine told me she was making this recipe alongside pumpkin pie for their family’s Thanksgiving celebrations. I was intrigued, and I couldn’t resist searching for the ingredients in my pantry. I usually have a frozen pie crust or two in my freezer but when I realized I ran out, I thought I was out of luck. Fortunately, I found a box of frozen tart shells which I used instead. About half of the batter was left over but I just froze it until I was able to buy the frozen pie shells and make the pie version on another date. […]

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