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Another recipe handed down to me from my Mom, is CANADIAN BRIDELS. I have been eating these all my life~mostly beginning at Thanksgiving and  through the Christmas season (keeping them special), but these are so quick and easy to make with very little ingredients, for anytime throughout the year. Goes great with hot tea!


You will need:
7 oz bag Coconut
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour

Cream butter and sugar
add egg yolk
add flour ( a little at a time)
add vanilla
Roll into small balls (about the size of a quarter)
roll balls into coconut
place onto baking sheet
make a dent in center with fingertip, then fill with Strawberry jam (or your favorite jam or nuts)

Bake 15 minutes in 350* oven
Makes approx 3 dozen cookies. (will vary depending on size of balls)
I usually double recipe to yeild 6 dozen.

Tip: These do not need to brown. A slight color change is to be expected, but not required. Can be frozen in seal tight container. Also, I personnally like to melt butter, as it is easier to mix.


Canadian Bridels

My Canadian Bridels. A Family Recipe

My Recipe for Canadian Bridels was Published!

My Recipe for Canadian Bridels was Published!



Sharing a recipe that my Mom has been baking for as long as I can remember. These Cranberry Oat Squares are delicious.

I made them for the first time ever this holiday season. And made several batches since! Everyone gobbles them up!

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You will need:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cups oats
1 can cranberry sauce (jellied)

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, & salt.
Blend in butter, slowly, working in until it crumbles.
Add sugar & oats. Mix well.
Spray 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray. Layer 1/2 oats, then layer with cranberry sauce. Then layer with remaining oat mixture.
Bake at 325* 35-40 mins.
Let cool before cutting into squares. Makes approx 15-20 squares.

Thanksgiving 2012

The Thanksgiving weekend is wrapping up. I had a very enjoyable time on Thanksgiving day with my family. My husband, kids and I,  all shared some laughs & good times. The four of us getting together at the same time, is becoming more and more like a special occasion, and seems to come but once a month. I do believe absence makes the heart grow fonder, although I feel the need to spend as many moments together as possible with them. It is never enough. The time; whether hours or minutes,  goes quickly in the presence of enjoyment.

Everything I cooked,  turned out perfectly. No mishaps this year. Four days of feasting, from that one 20 lb. bird. On Friday, we had turkey sandwiches for lunch, and another full course hot meal for dinner. On Saturday, more sandwiches, and I made a huge vat of soup for dinner. When I finally realized I used the wrong size pot, I managed to burn myself pouring the piping hot stock from one pot to the larger one. Today, being Sunday, we are on day two of soup. I’m thinking I should freeze some for a rainy day, as I am considering pasta for Monday. Maybe even a steak or a burger, to mix things up.

I didn’t join the masses for the Black Friday event. Actually, I never do. I think it’s crazy to stand in line for hours, just to fight a stranger for some unnecessary and unneeded electronic or other item, that I wouldn’t normally spend the money on. I wish people would realize the true meaning of Christmas. Do they know WHY we celebrate Christmas? Do they really know WHO was born on this day? 

Well, Each day I wake up, when I see my family, I thank God for giving me this life. Being human, I guess, it’s normal to see pretty things and have some desires to have them for your home, or to wear. But, I, myself, have been trying so hard to get out of that mindset. I feel I am a more simple person. One who appreciates the beauty in the nature around us, and the gifts God has given us. No. Not material goods. But things that most of us take for granted day in and day out. Things like the breath we breathe. The colors we see. Music in nature out of doors. Our feet which help us reach our destinations and hands that allow us to hold another person or an object. All of this reminds me, of a prayer I wrote in 2009 for my Thanksgiving dinner. I will end my post with that. Enjoy your family, and enjoy the life God has given you. Peace ❤


Dear God,

I am so very Thankful for My family. My dear Husband~my very best friend and love of my life. My 2 Children, who I am most proud of & to be givin the opportunity to be their Mother. They are the very best of me and Wal. I am Thankful for my Mother. I’m thankful for all those who have come and gone, or remained a constant in my life. Each one has touched my life in one way or another and molded me, into the person I am today.
I am thankful for my eyes to see the beauty in everything that life has to offer. I am thankful for my pets, as they give me such comfort and joy. I’m thankful for my arms; so that I may hug those who mean the most to me & to be hugged! I am thankful for my feet to carry my (sometimes aching) body wherever I choose to go. I am thankful for My ears to hear, and my heart to know Love.
I am so very thankful for God for pulling me thru my darkest hrs and believing in me and giving me more chances than I deserve.
God Bless everyone ~ may you all get to be (either in spirit or in person), with the ones you love, and value each and every moment while you can, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving. ❤
written by Pam, Thanksgiving 2009


I am drooling right now! I Loooove Chocolate. Homemade brownies with Coco in it are a real treat. That’s the way Mom and Grandma made things back in the day! Oh my gosh, YUMMY! Thank you to a new found friend, Sweet Tea and Cornbread, for sharing “NANA’S BEST FROM SCRATCH BROWNIES” (with cocoa! ♥ 🙂 http://sweetteaandcornbread.blogspot.com/2012/03/nanas-best-from-scratch-brownies.html