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  • 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, […]

  • National Delurking Day National Delurking Day

    National Delurking Day

National Delurking Day

  Hello, readers! Are you a lurker? Do you read my blog without leaving a comment? Do you pop in to check on me without saying hello? Now’s your chance to come out of hiding and tell me more about yourself… It’s National Delurking Day! (Please, leave a comment even if you see this post any time over the next few days). Inquiring minds want to know: Who are you and where do you live? (I’m Mary and I live in Toronto.) Do I know you in real life? Do you have a blog? (Um, yeah) Who is your celebrity doppelganger? (I’m told I look like Natalie Wood.) What did you have for breakfast today? (Greek yogurt and honey parfait.) What are you craving at this very second? (A vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting.) Which books are on your bedside table? (Bill Bryson’s “At Home”, Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair,” “Sesame Street Bedtime Stories”, Ian McEwan’s […]

  • Happy second blog-iversary to me Happy second blog-iversary to me

    Happy second blog-iversary to me

Happy second blog-iversary to me

  It’s been two years since I wrote my first post. I’ll be honest, I never really thought I’d last two years. After all, so much has changed in my life. We’ve moved to a larger home (with more kitchen counter space and more room for my appliances and gadgets) and my son is almost 15 months old. Life is understandably more hectic these days. And though I took a bit of a hiatus after my son is born, I think I’m back into the swing of things.I’m a firm believer that the more busy you are, the better organized you are, and I think that reflects itself in the fact that I’m back to work, but baking more than ever. And it’s important to me because baking is my quiet time. It’s the time of day when the house is clean, my son is sleeping, and I can take […]

  • Whimsical watermelon pops Whimsical watermelon pops

    Whimsical watermelon pops

Whimsical watermelon pops

  If, like me, you are starting to pull your cable-knit sweaters out of storage, and wearing thick socks to bed, you must also be feeling winter is just around the corner. I know, I know, summer isn’t officially over. Yet the imminent chill of winter is palpable.I am dog-earing pumpkin recipes, and reaching more often for brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, the flavours of fall and winter.But if you want one last taste of summer, you can fool your tastebuds with Kraft Kitchens’ watermelon pops.I’m not going to lie to you. I made these more than a month ago for my son’s birthday after seeing them on the Kraft Kitchens’ website. And I probably woudn’t make them in this current climate. But I figured I should blog about them before summer really ended.I was hesitant about this recipe after reading reviews in which commenters said they looked better than they tasted, but I forged […]

  • Mixed berry cobbler Mixed berry cobbler

    Mixed berry cobbler

Mixed berry cobbler

  As soon as we got the keys to our new home, and I inherited more counter space, I bought a wok and a slow cooker. I haven’t used the wok once. I use the slow cooker about four times a week. It’s saved my sanity. It’s not just about stews and soups, people. I’ve made lemon pepper ribs, Moroccan chicken, Thai curries, and yes, even the mixed berry cobbler to the right. So how does it pan out? I get the ingredients ready the night before and while my son is sleeping in the morning, I toss it all into the slow cooker. Bam, a meal. Most of the recipes I follow are from Stephanie O’Dea, whose blog you must, must, must read.But this recipe is from Better Homes and Garden’s book “The Ultimate Slow Cooker.” Ingredients: 12-14 ounce package of frozen berries 21-ounce can of blueberry pie filling […]

  • On-the-run lunches for new moms On-the-run lunches for new moms

    On-the-run lunches for new moms

On-the-run lunches for new moms

  When I was getting ready to go on maternity leave, my male friends and co-workers joked it would be like a vacation. Some seasoned moms suggested it would be the ideal time to really explore my passions – read in the park, go on lunch dates, bake my heart out. I thought it might be the ideal time to take some courses.Bull. Bull, bull, bull, bull, bull. See the photo to the right (be kind Internets)? I’m smiling, but not really. I’ve painted my nails Short Story Pink for some semblance of normality. I’m still in pain from my C-section and probably really, really hungry. But I don’t want to get up because that would wake my baby WHO NEVER WANTS TO SLEEP.But that’s a topic for another day – for another blog, really. Anyway, most days as a new mom I was lucky when I ate something, anything.If […]