Saturday, 29 September 2012

Canada's Baking and Sweets Show

This weekend Canada's Baking and Sweets Show is at the International Centre! It runs until Sunday, so you still have time to make a tasty trip over to check it out. There are lots of places for you to purchase supplies to make your own yummy things and TONS of sweet shops selling their goodies and giving out coupons and free samples (tip: don't eat lunch before you go!). This year the show even has a pet bakery! Of course, I had to buy something to spoil the doggy from Boomer's Pet Treats. Doggy absolutely loved everything I bought him (and everything was reasonably priced, too). His favourites were the apple cinnamon cookies and this lollipop.

He'll be getting more of these for his birthday :) Don't have a dog? They make cat and horse treats, too! I have one very finicky feline and three who will eat anything and everything, so I'll try some of their cat treats and let you know what they think.

The show also hosts cake competitions. Here are a couple entries in the Christmas cakes category. Don't you just love Snoopy and Woodstock?

Nestled among all the other tables was this amazing Fall sweet table by the talented people behind the show Sugar Stars.


See you at the Baking and Sweets show again next year!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

As promised, here's the recipe for my delicious Chocolate Chip Shortbread! These are incredibly easy, super quick, and yummy.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
1         c     butter, softened
1/2     c     powdered sugar
2         t     vanilla (really, really good vanilla is always best)
2         c     flour
3/4    c     semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in sugar and vanilla. Stir in flour (be gentle - if you overwork it your cookies will be tough instead of deliciously flaky). Mix in chocolate chips.
Roll dough into balls and bake at 350F for about 15 minutes or until the bottoms are beautifully golden.


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

August Foodie Penpals

Thanks to Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean, I'm a Foodie Pen Pal! Each month, Lindsay pairs up foodies who sign up to exchange little packages of goodies. This was my first month participating. I received an amazing box from Trina, whose delicious and beautiful creations you can check out at Will Cook for Shoes. The package had quinoa (I see lots of yummy breakfast quinoa in my future!), hemp hearts, coconut sugar (so excited to try it!), and the best white chocolate I've ever had. Ever. 

Thanks, Trina! You made my day :)

 Want to know more about Foodie Pen Pals? Here are the basics, straight from Lindsay herself:
-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 

-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 

-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.