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  • Pioneer Woman’s Lemon Bars Pioneer Woman’s Lemon Bars

    Pioneer Woman’s Lemon Bars

Pioneer Woman’s Lemon Bars

The craving hit me like a ton of bricks. I needed lemon bars with a buttery shortbread crust and I needed them immediately. These are one of those things that bakeries don’t always get right. Either they have been sitting out too long, or they are divine and I finish every last crumb and I still haven’t had enough. So, I decided to make them myself. These are one of those desserts that it’s worth making yourself because it only takes a small investment for a huge return. Also, how beautiful are these stunning lemons? I have to admit I was so bowled over by the tangy, buttery result that I didn’t take the right pictures. Because these bars are so decadent, a little square goes a long way. Feel free to freeze half the batch for a later date. Here’s the recipe. Substitutions: I used Meyer lemons which aren’t […]

  • Holiday pavlova wreath Holiday pavlova wreath

    Holiday pavlova wreath

Holiday pavlova wreath

If you’re like me, you’ve already made your list for your Christmas baking. You may even have started to put some in the freezer for later this year. And if you’re really like me, you can’t help but keep your eyes peeled for new recipes that might strike your fancy. If you’ve already made your list, you may want to make room for one more – this pavlova wreath. Not only does it have a lovely presentation, you can make the meringue in advance. Even better, you can even make the sugared cranberries in advance. Just don’t rush yourself when it is time to make it. You can find the recipe here. Word of warning: If you’ve never made a meringue before, you may want to try your hand at it before taking this as your contribution to a holiday party or if it’s meant to be show-stopping dessert at a multi-course […]

  • Bonnie’s holiday tart Bonnie’s holiday tart

    Bonnie’s holiday tart

Bonnie’s holiday tart

I’ve known Bonnie Mo since our Ryerson University days, back when she was Bonnie Malott and we were journalism school undergrads. We kind of fell out of touch after tying the knot and having children, as one does, but I always kept with her career on social media – with increasing attention when she began writing for Food Network Canada and developing recipes. She’s the real deal.  You can check out her website here. So when I saw her Instagram post for her holiday tart, I knew it was going to have to be a last-minute addition  to my holiday menu. 🎄 Caramelized onion, hot pepper raspberry jam, pancetta & brie. The Holiday Tart makes its annual appearance. A photo posted by 🐝Bonnie (@bonniemo) on Nov 20, 2015 at 4:12pm PST And even though I was near-crazed, like I always am at that time of year, with the amount of food I […]

  • Candy cane cream cheese cherry coffee cake Candy cane cream cheese cherry coffee cake

    Candy cane cream cheese cherry coffee cake

Candy cane cream cheese cherry coffee cake

I’m no Sandra Lee, otherwise known as Food Network’s Semi-Homemade host, who Anthony Bourdain once famously characterized as low-hanging fruit. But I do enjoy taking a shortcut every now and then. And if anyone wants to question me on that: I haven’t slept in 6 years, I’ve got two rambunctious kids, a career, and a house to keep somewhat-clean. So don’t judge me. Because when the holiday season rolls around and it’s my turn to bring something, I never get asked to bring the fruit plate or the veggies and dip. It’s always for me to bake something. And that’s ok, because I love to bake and feed my family and friends. It’s my way of showing love. But when I can’t make everything from scratch, Pinterest is really my go-to reference. And I must admit that whenever the cream cheese, cherry pie filling and crescent rolls trifecta makes an […]

  • Spiced chocolate cupcakes with eggnog buttercream Spiced chocolate cupcakes with eggnog buttercream

    Spiced chocolate cupcakes with eggnog buttercream

Spiced chocolate cupcakes with eggnog buttercream

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love eggnog and those who don’t. If you don’t love eggnog, you might love this spiced chocolate cupcake with eggnog buttercream anyway. It’s chocolatey without being cloying and has just the right amount of spice to remind you it’s Christmas but you’re not being hit in the face with it. For me, there was no question. I love eggnog and so this recipe was a no-brainer. I have a confession to make, though. I made this for last year’s Christmas Eve get-together, which was a big fuzzy blur, because it was soon after the ice storm that had us camped out at my brother-in-law’s home and it’s a wonder I was able to make anything at all. But I knew I’d be really disappointed if I didn’t bake anything, and fortunately I was able to make it happen – […]

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

    Dare to dream: My Christmas wish list

Dare to dream: My Christmas wish list

Indeed, I’ve kept up this tradition of posting my Christmas wish list every year since I started this blog. But as I’ve grown older, wiser, and busier, I try to drop any unnecessary tasks from my life that seem like a chore. So when writing this blog entry began to feel like a chore in my mind, I decided to keep it simple and present it to you in Pinterest form. So here it is: My dare-to-dream Christmas wish list for 2014. My husband asked what was on my wish list this year, and for the first time, I didn’t really have anything on my mind. So I dug a little deep and let my imagination run away with me …. In the hopes that you will be inspired to dream a little, perhaps make your own wish list, or to cross a few items off your list for those […]

  • Homemade chocolate peanut butter cups with fleur de sel Homemade chocolate peanut butter cups with fleur de sel

    Homemade chocolate peanut butter cups with fleur de sel

Homemade chocolate peanut butter cups with fleur de sel

If you don’t like Reese’s peanut butter cups, well, there’s not much more for me to say to you except, you might want to surf around on my older posts and come back later… If you’re still reading, apologies for the pic. It’s from my smartphone. I really should have taken a better pic with my DSLR but these mini morsels were gone before I had a chance. Yup, that good. To give you an idea of the size of these mini morsels, the saucer they are sitting on for an espresso cup. So they’re teeny but back enough of a punch that just one will satisfy you if you’re watching your weight (and, aren’t we all?) And if you have any family or friends who are on a gluten-free diet – BONUS, they’re gluten free too! These are perfect to have laying around, or to give as hostess gifts, […]

  • Introducing Baby H Introducing Baby H

    Introducing Baby H

Introducing Baby H

You may have noticed my holiday-time baking has slowed down this year – but it’s for a good reason. It’s because of the latest addition to our family… Baby H was born on November 7 at 2:22 p.m., weighing 7 pounds 15 ounces, and measuring 20 inches long. Unlike his older brother, he arrived after a scheduled C-section. Things are hectic in our household with a toddler and a newborn but we’ll keep churning out yummy treats to blog about! Stay tuned….  

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  • 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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  • 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, […]