Blue Ridge Apple Cake… — Camellia’s Cottage

It might come as a surprise that the Appalachian Region is apple growing country. Settlers from Scotch Irish descent brought apple seeds with them to grow in the new land… with the help of Cherokee Indians apples became widely grown. With temperatures dipping into the 20s and highs in the 80s – the plateaus produce … Continue reading Blue Ridge Apple Cake… — Camellia’s Cottage

Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffin Copycat Recipe

I am reblogging this post for one reason. Well, one reason that spills into a number of them! lol
I’m a pumpkin fanatic! If I could bake, or move at all, I would be baking DOZENS of these muffins! I may, or perhaps not, even have shared them. If I could eat, I would possibly have added many pounds to my bum by hording them all to myself. And I would not care! That’s how pumpkin crazy I am! I’ve told you before that I was the weirdo kid who wanted pumpkin pie for her birthday instead of cake. Sadly, I wasnt allowed because “apparently” the other kids wouldn’t have come to my party if there was no cake! How rude?! lol
Anyhoo, I really want my family To make these muffins and tell me how yummy they are. Now, how can I turn this recipe into ice cream which is the only thing that I can eat now…


Chris In Canada

Not too long ago things were looking a little like this:

And I was inside making something that looks a lot like this:


You guessed it: Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins!  This recipe is a mixture of other pumpkin and/or spice muffin recipes I’ve found and tweaked a little bit to make it a near-perfect Timmie’s knock-off.  The muffins are moist and spiced and the crunch of the toasted pumpkin seeds is the perfect adornment atop a muffin filled with a fluffy cream cheese frosting.

These are perfect for a fall morning!  (And since winter doesn’t officially begin until after the 21st of December, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy these muffins this fall.)

Without further adieu, I present to you…

My copycat recipe for Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins:


For the Muffins:

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground…

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Random Thoughts And Other Things – 8

I have been putting writing this post off for quite some time now. It has not been anything other than pure laziness in my case. I could tell you that my computer has been giving me trouble, which it has but that is not the true reason. I could tell you that I have been … Continue reading Random Thoughts And Other Things – 8

When Did We Start To Waste So Much? And A Recipe Created To Avoid Loss – Orange Nut & Seed Loaf

If you have ever read my blog, you know that I am against waste. I have gone over how I feel when I watch home improvement shows and they go in and start smashing everything. Even things that could be saved and donated or even sold instead of ending up in our landfills. But the truth … Continue reading When Did We Start To Waste So Much? And A Recipe Created To Avoid Loss – Orange Nut & Seed Loaf

Tomato Ricotta Pie with Garlic Herb Crust

I love the simplicity of this recipe! It’s perfect for a hot summer evening and would pair well with a cool Glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy!


Summer weather has officially hit the Southern California region. Usually May through June, San Diego County experiences a phenomenon we like to call May Gray and June Gloom. The weather at that time is in the mid to high 60’s. Though once July hits, it actually starts warming up and we had a bit of a heat wave not too long ago. Needless to say, who wants to sit by a stove or oven all night making a hot dinner for an already warm evening?


Last week I had made some homemade ricotta, so I needed to use it up before it went bad. I decided to use it in this tomato ricotta pie with garlic herb crust. It’s such a simple dish to make and the flavors go wonderful together. It really is the perfect dish for a summer evening. I’ve heard it also goes well with a glass…

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Mmmmm-mmmm, Aunt Paul’s Lemon Loaf With Sweet Drizzle!

This past weekend was Canada Day! Yahoo Canada! For those of you who don't know when we Canucks celebrate our Country, it's July 1st. Every year. Not the 4th, the 1st! I watched many of the blogs that I follow to see if any of them would present a Canadian celebration menu. You know with … Continue reading Mmmmm-mmmm, Aunt Paul’s Lemon Loaf With Sweet Drizzle!

My Favourite Kind Of Recipe! – No Churn Ice Cream!

Man, I have been in a funk lately! I have re-read my last few posts and I was being someone special, wasn't I? And not a good special either! Well, no more of that negativity! I'm trying to get my positive attitude back. I hope that if I keep telling myself to look on the … Continue reading My Favourite Kind Of Recipe! – No Churn Ice Cream!

Chicken Tikka Masala

This looks so good that I just had to share it! I’ve always been a curry fan unfortunately curry does not like me back! I could eat it at home so I was close to a bathroom for the aftermath. And trust me, there was a nasty aftermath! Food in Mexico has nothing on Indian curries! lol
This recipe is dairy free for all of you who suffer from allergies to dairy. If not, feel free to sub in your dairy equivalent. Such as butter instead of coconut oil and cream rather than coconut milk.
Happy cooking!

Adventures of a Food allergy dad

Changing the world, one curry at a time.

Chicken Tikka Masala (small)

One of my sister’s best friends all through school was Indian (I guess she still is…), so I always thought of curries as that food I had at her graduation party. It turns out, though, that curry, chicken tikka masala in particular, is like an unofficial national dish of Great Britain. Around my part of the world, White Castle hamburgers are the ultimate “after midnight” food. Apparently, in parts of the UK, it’s chicken tikka masala. About two years ago, I had chicken tikka masala for the first time. I now understand WHY it’s so popular.


Here’s the deal with curry (the dish, not the spice – I don’t want to open that ridiculous can of worms right now): it’s an immensely complex dish. Or rather, it can be. It’s a super complex flavor, and that takes a lot of ingredients to…

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Random Thoughts And Other Things – 7

It's been awhile has it not? I mean for me to post a Random Thoughts post. Well, I have some thoughts to share! I always have something I want to say but I am silent because of my ALS. I really wish that I could talk to my visitors but I do love to listen … Continue reading Random Thoughts And Other Things – 7