Old-Fashioned Butter Tart Bars

Butter Tart BarsYesterday, I admitted my little secret that I have already started the Christmas baking. And the lemon bars aren’t the only thing I have made. The family and I enjoyed this little gem while we watched one of our favourite Disney flicks together. It’s a smaller recipe, baked in a 8×8 inch pan, so perfect for one night of treating, and then the rest gets put in the freezer for Christmas. My freezer really is quite full come Christmas time, with a turkey and all the baking, it is really the only time of year that I am nit sure if I can fit more in. I have gotten a great head start this year!

Recipe from 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares

  • Base:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins (I used dried cranberries)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Combine first 3 base ingredients. I like to use my hand mixer. Press into an ungreased 8 or 9 inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  2. While base is oven prepare your filling. Use hand mixer to blend together all ingredients. Pour over cooked base. Return to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.
  3. Eat and enjoy!

Glazed Lemon Raspberry Bars

Lemon Raspberry barsAlright, I know this statement is sure to make a lot of you out there groan. I have started the Christmas baking. There I said it. I have gotten it off my chest. The first round of baking has hit the freezer, in await of the big day. I have not yet started listening to Christmas music. It’s only September! I will wait until October 1st ūüôā Okay, so now that I have admitted to my Christmas craziness, now I get to share with you a lovely lemon bar recipe. The raspberry jam adds a nice little burst of flavour, plus a pretty line of red for the Christmas dessert tray. This is surely one you will want to add to your Christmas baking.

Recipe from 250 Best Brownies, Bars & Squares

  • Base:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  1. Grease 13×9 inch pan. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For base, mix together flour and icing sugar. Cut in butter with pastry blender until crumbly. Press into pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While base is cooking prepare topping. With hand mixer , blend together all ingredients except jam. When base comes out of oven gently spread jam over warm base. I find dolloping jam in small amounts and then gently spreading works best. Pour lemon mixture on top. Return to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes. Cool.
  4. Make glaze, combine 3 glaze ingredients. Drizzle over cooled bars. Slice.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust

chicken pot pie Fall is in the air. The temperatures are turning cooler. We are wearing sweaters, and making hot cocoa. Yes, it is my favourite time of year. Fall, officially begins, soon. A few days from now. I couldn’t be happier. I am super glad that I got assigned Home Sweet Homestead¬†as my Secret Recipe Club¬†assignment this month. I found so many homey, satisfying dinners. All the dinners that you are longing for in the colder months. I am prepared to go ahead and make quite a few. This Sausage Potato Soup¬†would be the perfect winter meal, to eat as you watch the snow fall outside. This Beef Enchilada Hashbrown Casserole¬†would be tasty indeed! Obviously I went with this casserole style Chicken Pot Pie. It was the perfect meal to get us in the mood for fall.

Filling
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
2 tablespoons pure olive oil, divided
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 – 10 oz. bag frozen mixed vegetables
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons thyme
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Crust
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup pure olive oil

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in large skillet. Fry the chicken. Remove to bowl when completely cooked through. Add second tbsp. of oil. Cook onion , garlic and vegetables until onions are tender. Add flour. Cook 1 minute. Add Broth, thyme and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until sauce is bubbly and has started to thicken. (about 5 minutes).
  2. Scoop into greased 13×9 inch baking pan.
  3. Combine crust ingredients. Crumble over chicken mixture. Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

Nando’s Chicken- Calgary

Nando's ChickenWe have finally tried Nando’s Chicken, and I cannot believe that it took us this long. What a fun (and delicious) restaurant. Also, very affordable. We got the family pack, which feeds 3-4, with chicken, choice of two sides, and choice of garlic bread or buns. We went with fries (wouldn’t have been my top choice, but hey kids love em) and vegetables (this was my choice, and mom loved em), and garlic bread, which everybody loved! On the side of the restaurant you find, a variety of sauces to use to your dipping pleasure. This works great as I love spicy and the kiddos do not, so I can spice up my chicken and leave it plain for the spice intolerant. There you also find nice big jugs of water to help yourself too, which I like. I drink a lot of water and it is very helpful to be able to serve yourself as opposed to waiting for a waitress to come and help you. Overall, we love this place, and will surely be back!
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