Saturday, October 29, 2011


Halloween is now known all over the world.  This certainly was not the case before internet.  Last night, we were at a show where people around the world were sharing their stories their first introduction to Halloween.  I would like to share one of the stories I heard.  It was similar to my very first Halloween in Canada.  This is how the story goes...Mom and dad come home from work tired.  As they were getting ready for dinner when the door bell rings.  They open the door to find a bunch of kids with expecting faces.  One of the accompanying parents explains what is going on.  The mom rummages through the kitchen cupboards and finds some candy.  Of course, their kids get very excited about this idea of "Trick or Treat".  Dad runs to a corner store to buy candy and while the mom tries to make up a costume from the dad's closet.  Kids are handed a small paperbag for their collection.  Reason being the mom doesn't want the kids to appear greedy.  Their very first stop is the next door neighbour.  Of course the small bag gets half filled at their first stop.  The neighbour suggests pillow cases.  Kids go back to the house but can't convince the mom to give them pillow cases so they settle with a shopping bag.  This marks their very first Halloween memory... Happy Halloween.

1 package vanilla cake mix
1 package dream whip or vanilla icing
1 small package (85 gr.) cherry Jello (prepare with boiling and cold water)
  • Prepare the cake according to package instructions
  • Spray a heart shaped cake pan with vegetable oil
  • Pour your cake into the cake pan and cook to package instructions
  • Cool cake for 1 hour
  • Boil cup water and add Jello mix.  Stir to melt.  Add 1/2 cup cold water
  • Put holes all over the cake and very slowly pour jello over the cake
  • Leave in the fridge for 3 hours
  • Decorate with dream whip and coloured candy

Friday, October 14, 2011


You can call this pie or quiche.  It is made with Bisquick and extremely easy to make. If you are having a vegetarian guest for dinner, an ideal choice for your dinner table.  You mix everything together.  Bisquick forms the crust while it is cooking so you don't have to worry about making a crust ahead of time.

2 cups chopped broccoli
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 
1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs

  • Use broccoli flowers for this recipe.  Boil them in in salted water for about 5 minutes and drain
  • Grate the cheddar cheese
  • Wash and cut up all the other vegetables (onion, bell pepper) 
  • Spread all the vegetables in the middle of the pie plate (23 cm)
  • Mix together the eggs, milk, grated cheese, Bisquick, salt and pepper
  • Pour the bisquick mixture over the vegetables. 
  • Preheat oven at 350
  • Bake 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown.  You can also test by inserting a knife in the middle.  It should come out clean.
  • Cool for 5 minutes before serving.