Christmas S’mores Double Chocolate Brownie


prep time 20 min

total time 1 hr 30 min

makes 16 servings or 8…..ha ha ha

What You Need
1 pkg. devil’s food cake mix
2 pkg. Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups cold milk
1-1/4 cups cold water
3 cups Jet-Puffed Miniature Marshmallows
3 oz. Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate
red, green, brown smarties

HEAT oven to 350°F.

PREPARE cake batter as directed on package; pour into 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Beat dry pudding mixes, sugar, milk and water with whisk 2 min.; pour evenly over batter. Place dish on rimmed baking sheet.

BAKE 55 min. to 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool 10 min. Meanwhile, heat broiler.

TOP cake with marshmallows. Broil 30 sec. to 1 min. or until marshmallows are golden brown. Gently place Smarties on top of marshmallows. Melt chocolate as directed on package; drizzle over marshmallows and smarties. Cool cake 15 min.


Chicken and Spinach Noodle Casserole

Every family member enjoyed so I thought I would pass it on!!

Serves 8
Prep time: 20m
Total Time: 40m

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups whole milk
1 cup sour cream
kosher salt and black pepper
12 ounces egg noodles
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 cups shredded cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken
5 ounces baby spinach, chopped


1. Heat oven to 400° F. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour. Slowly whisk in the milk. Bring to a simmer and cook, whisking often, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the sour cream, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

2. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the package directions; drain and return them to the pot.

3. Add the milk mixture, chicken, and spinach, to the noodles and toss to combine. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, sprinkle with the bread crumbs, and drizzle with the melted butter.

4. Bake until the bread crumbs are golden and the filling is bubbling, around 8 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Capture Children’s School Art

If you have school aged children in your household you know there are plenty of pieces of art, tests and school projects. It is difficult to keep every masterpiece but even more difficult to throw them away.

For many years now, when the kids bring home tests and artwork, I snap a picture and upload it into a photobook. The original art stays on the fridge for a week or two and without guilt it is thrown away.

At the end of the school year the kids and the teacher can see their whole year in a hard covered compact photo book. The teachers even write a note in the photobook!


Sketch by my grade 8 daughter- good job KT! Now also captured on the web!


Equal credit to my son – good job ST!



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Easy Cherry Chocolate Brownie


My approach is, how do I create something yummy and with as little fuss as possible. We are all so busy. Taking a small amount of time, exploring and experimenting leads to every recipe or idea that I love to pass on. I hope you enjoy this easy, three ingredient recipe!

Preheat oven as per instructions on box

1 Chocolate Cake Mix

follow cake mix instruction to create batter


1 can of cherry pie filling
2 cups of milk chocolate chips

Follow Baking instructions

Pumpkin Spice Caramels

Allison Eats


And so, the pumpkin/pumpkin spice craze continues… this time in the form of delicious and chewy caramels.

Last weekend I had a long-standing kitchen date/caramel-making lesson with my friend, Carissa. I’m always happy to forgo my diet in the name of helping others! After we finished our first batch of basic salted caramels, which I was impressed only took us one try (I suppose at this point I’m a little more seasoned in the dangerous art of caramel), we decided to make a second batch with a seasonal spin. So Carissa whipped up some homemade pumpkin spice (I’d recently run out-big surprise), and we added it to our base recipe. What I love about caramel-making is once you master the basics, its so easy to customize the flavor, especially since the ingredient list is minimal and the process is rather quick, you can easily whip up multiple batches in one…

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