What am I going to do with all this zucchini?!

Here in Alberta we have had an amazing summer.  The weather has been so hot, which has made for a wonderful growing season.  My garden is beginning to come to an end.  I still have beets, carrots and potatoes to pick, but these vegetable can stay longer in the ground then most.  What I have a lot of is zucchini!  Now there are only so many loaves of zucchini bread that one can make, so I decided to find some alternative ways to use up my zucchini.

Happy cooking and baking,
Sara

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Spring cookies

It is always fun to make seasonal cookies.  It is even more fun to include children in this tradition.  Baking is a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.  Measuring, pouring, cracking and mixing are all things that kids can do.  I was very excited to make some Easter cookies and include the pastel M & Ms inside the batter.  I have made this recipe many times and shared it with you earlier in the blog.  This sugar cookie recipe from @averiesunshine is simply the best!  Follow exactly what the recipe says, and do not skip placing the dough in the fridge.  Remove cookies from oven when they are just slightly golden around the edges.  From the top they don’t even look cooked, but I promise they are soft and chewy.  I added some pink, purple, green, yellow, blue jimmies and sprinkles to the batter.  I love the crunch that it gives this soft buttery cookie.

Happy baking,
Sara

Sweet treats!

Valentine’s Day is coming soon, so I have put together some sweet ideas for your special someone.  Whether you are celebrating with a group, your significant other or kids, these recipes are sure to please them all.

Cookies:
Marbled sugar cookies from @bakedbyrachel
M&M cookies from @averiesunshine (I have used these for Easter cookies and they were delicious, just change up the colour of M&Ms)
Gummy Bear cookies from @1littleproject (these would be great to make with kids)
Frosted sugar cookies from @cookingclassy

Something a little healthier:
Graham crackers from @becky_lovetobeinthekitchen (I have made these many times and sent them to school for parties paired with some cheese they are delicious)
Fruit skewers from recipebyphoto.com
Fruit salad from @whitandwhistle

Ta-da!
Chocolate hand pies from@sallysbakingaddiction (hand pies are an easy show stopping dessert)
No-bake cheesecake from @inspiredbycharm (cheesecake, easy and delicious)
Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache from @twopeasandtheirpod (this looks amazing!)

Happy Valentine’s Day,
Sara