My Sweet Marie

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Here’s a little treat for you to make up for the crowds! These are kid-approved!

Ingredients:

  • gluten-free cornbread mix ( I love Bob’s Red Mill)
  • package of hot dogs that are gluten-free (cut into quarters)
  • canola oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Prepare the cornbread batter according to directions adding the milk, eggs and oil.
  2. Fill the fry pan with 1/4-1/2″ of oil, heat that up.
  3. Dip the pieces of hot dogs into the batter.
  4. Drop in the hot oil and let crispen up. Turn till all sides are cooked.
  5. Using a skewer or long toothpick, poke the dogs and serve with mustard!
  6. This batter is also great with cut veggies like onions, zucchini, mushrooms.

** I used coconut milk for mine

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This is a recipe that I use for making dips. Consider this as a sub for cream cheese in equal parts. It really helps to have a  food processor for this recipe. I like to make a batch and then separate it and make 1/2 of it herb and garlic to spread on a bagel and the other half I may make into a dip or some other use. You must use raw cashews, not roasted or salted cashews. here’s how to do it:

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups raw, organic cashews
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend into a smooth cream. Add just a few tablespoons of water at first, and ad an additional tbsp. at a time as you blend until it reaches the consistency you are aiming for.
  2. If you enjoy cream cheese with fresh herbs, add a heaping tbsp. of green onions, chives or any other fresh herb to the mix as you blend.
  3. Enjoy on your favourite bread, toast or just with as a dip for apples, carrots etc.

These cookies will fill your home with great smells and call upon some wonderful memories of your grand-mother baking in the kitchen! Go on, you know you want to bake them! Here’s how;

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter or non-dairy sub
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp. molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger dry
  • 3/4 cup crystalized ginger (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp xantham gum (if not in your flour blend)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla and molasses.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger.
  5. Fold all together adding in the raisins and crystalized ginger.
  6. Form the dough into 1″ balls.
  7. In a smaller bowl pour in enough sugar to make about 1″ at the bottom of the bowl.
  8. roll the cookie balls in the sugar and place on cookies trays covered with parchment.
  9. Press the balls to make flat circles.
  10. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  11. Store in air tight containers and/or freeze some of them for future use!

 

Grilling salmon, or any fish for that matter, can be very tricky! First, be sure your grill is very hot before putting fish on the grill. Next, clean the grill with a wire brush and then with a paper towel or basting brush, oil the grill. Now you’re ready for 1 of 2 of my favourite ways to cook salmon on the grill/BBQ.

Directions:

  1. You can cook the salmon directly on the grill over the direct heat and you will have a nice crispy crust on the fish. Baste with the sauce below and wait till they have formed a crust before turning. Or;
  2. You can have one side of the BBQ on high and on the other side is off. On the side that has no direct heat, place orange or lemon slices down side by side, (enough to lay all of your fish on top), now over the fruit slices, spread some fresh herbs, either basil, mint or cilantro. Place the salmon fillets over top and close the lid and there is no need to flip them, just cook till opaque. That should be about 20-25 minutes. If you like, sauce them half way through!

Orange Sauce

  • 1/4 cup olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 2-3 tsp of Orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1-2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Blend all together and baste fish with it.

**You may sub lemons and/or lime with this recipe too!

I didn’t realize that butter tarts were a Canadian tradition, I grew up with them available at most family functions so it all seemed normal to me! Depending on who’s party you went to, you either ate Mina’s butter tarts or Aunt Emmy’s! Mina’s are chock full of nuts and raisins and Aunt Emmy’s have that gooey stretch to the filling that you know is all about sugar! Well tomorrow we have a family reunion and Mom is bringing a few dozen of the tarts so I thought I’d do a few of the gluten-free tarts with Mina’s recipe for the filling! Here’s how I did it:

Ingredients:

  • pie pastry for 2 dozen tarts (gluten-free or not) I used the g.f. Pillsbury dough!
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup corn or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter or dairy-free sub
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Roll your pastry out and using a glass or mug to cut your circles out, fill your greased muffin tins with the circles of pastry.
  2. Mix all ingredients(except pastry) together till well blended.
  3. Fill each pastry 3/4 full.
  4. Bake at 350 till golden and filling is bubbling.
  5. Enjoy as is or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Denis and I got a new trailer this year so we’ve been getting our money’s worth out of it! Over the years we’ve camped many Ontario campgrounds so we thought it would be fun to go to Michigan for a weekend!

I had a look online a while back and found this campground in Port Hope ,Mi. It’s called the Lighthouse one of the Huron county Parks. It’s located at the top of the thumb. We had a lake view lot which was great, what I didn’t realize was how small the lot was. They actually paint the lot lines so that you don’t cross your neighbors lines with your campers or other gear. They gave the dimensions to us online but that doesn’t mean much to me, I need to see with my very own eyes! Well let’s just say the neighbors were close, so close you could hear their conversations, if they coughed or tooted! We became quite familiar, real quick!

Turns out we had some nice neighbors! On one side we met Curt and Cheryl, their son Logan and his buddy Ryan. They were from the motor city Detroit, Mi. We chatted often with them and on our last night spent a bit of time around the campfire with them. Turns out Cheryl does a bit of elder care as well. You just never know who you will meet or why. I liked that she kept referring to the lake as the ocean, that got me giggling and still does when I think of it! Lake Huron is a biggie but not quite an ocean!

You probably have gathered that there’s a lighthouse there too, have you? Right, and as it happens, there was a festival while we were there complete with re-enactment actors! The first time they fired their muskets, I nearly crawled under the camper for cover! I was scared out of my wits, being a Canadian who has never fired a gun, let alone hear one shot off so close by!

We walked over to the festival and took in some of the fun. There was a museum to visit, a lighthouse to climb, music to be heard, food to be eaten, booths of all types to peruse, people to watch and goodies to buy! What more can a girl ask for?

While we were at the festival, my sister Colette and her hubby Greg arrived. We were expecting them but time got away from us. Turns out she couldn’t find us so she headed to the festival and it was Denis that found her! We checked out a booth together and then headed back to the site to wait for the guys who wanted to climb the lighthouse tower. Thank you Greg for getting me out of that, I was a bit leery so when they showed up, I offered my ticket to Greg. Phew, I hate heights and was going to do it but Greg saved me!

Colette and Greg rented a little cabin on the camp grounds for a night which enabled them to have dinner with us, a few drinks and an evening of catching up. We had a nice campfire, some laughs and more food! There is always food, isn’t there? We met back again for breakfast, more food, and then they had to head back to Roger, their child which happens to be a dog!

The weather for out trip was interesting, in the afternoon it was sunny but breezy so as long as you were in the sun, you were warm and toasty, otherwise you needed a sweater. I was ok with that as I love being in the sun and not roasting is just a bonus! The evenings were quite chilly, our Canada hoodies came in handy, glad we packed them. I am also glad I threw in those yoga pants at the last minute too. I wore them every night. One night it went down to 9C which is like 48F, that is cold. Thank you God for that furnace in the camper!

All in all, our trip was a huge success, my main goal was to relax, and that I did. We met a few new friends, toured a lighthouse and ate real well! To top off the weekend, I even got a bit of shopping in at Kohl’s! Gotta love that!

I hope you had a nice long weekend too!

Sweetest regards,

Sweet Marie