Category Dessert

Home Sweet Home: Oakville’s Elm Hill Cookies

Whether your loved ones are travelling from across the pond or across the province, here is a sweet way to welcome them home for the holidays: a mini gingerbread house from Elm Hill Cookies.


Aromatically spiced and artisanally crafted using the finest ingredients. These absolutely adorable, wee cottages are decorated with charming fondant pieces.


Very reasonably priced. Perfect for homecomings or hostess gifts.

There’s No Place like Home for the Holidays (music by Robert Allen, lyrics by Al Stillman, artist Perry Como)

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Visions of Sugar Plums: Gracie’s Christmas Cookies

Olive has Christmas all wrapped up – cookie-wise that is. Between my own personal stash of Olive My Love frozen cookie dough and these handmade cookies I bought at St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, all I will have left to do is bake some squares.


You’ll find the kiosk for Gracie’s Christmas Cookies inside the Peddler’s Village building at St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market. I was told they freeze beautifully so I bought a stash to freeze for Christmas. Gracie’s makes more than 30 varieties. Now I can sleep peacefully while visions of Gracie’s Cookies dance in my head. Aren’t they just adorable?

Gracie’s will be at St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market on Thursdays and Saturdays, from Nov 13 to Dec 20, 2014.  Click here to find other Gracie’s sales locations at craft shows in Southern Ontario (including December dates in London, Niagara Falls, and Toronto).

 Christmas baking all wrapped up…CHECK!

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Introducing: Olive My Love Cookies

So, what has Olive been up to lately? I’ve been really busy cookin’ up a wee business of my own:


that I will be launching at Three Wishes Shabby Chic & Vintage this Sunday November 9th, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 11 Barry Avenue in Streetsville (across from the Streetsville United Church parking lot).

Remember me raving about how dreamy the Three Wishes shop is? Now Christine is launching her own line of handmade lavender products that are absolutely Bloomin’ Lovely!


Christine uses local Ontario lavender and packages in pretty vintage containers. She has graciously invited our artisan friends to join the official launch of Bloomin’ Lovely Lavender at Three Wishes. And we are inviting you to join us (please RSVP [email protected] or the Facebook event page). Taste brilliant homemade jellies and salsa made by my friend Debbie Crook (the Canning Queen). Admire the beautiful work of my talented friends Pilar Rey de Castro (artist, art teacher, and illustrator) and Eleonora Gattesco Roberts (artist and interior decorator). Kate Mulroney’s Pearl Button custom-made bunting, cushions, and quilts are adorable. Please join us.

I put a whole lotta love into my line of artisanal cookies. I make them by hand in small batches, using a family-favourite recipe. Whenever possible, I use the finest, natural, local ingredients like Stirling Creamery European-Style Churn 84 Butter (artisanally crafted in Stirling, Ontario since 1925).


My standard flavour is classic Dark Chocolate Chip – the recipe that started the cookie dough rolling. Cut the frozen log into 1/2″ thick slices (or roll the slices into balls) and bake.


For Christmas, I will also be making Milk Chocolate Chestnut (creamy milk chocolate with a subtle hint of roasted chestnuts) and Dark Chocolate Skor (dark chocolate and sweet Skor toffee bits). Dark Chocolate Skor spreads out a bit during baking so slice only.


Follow my blog and watch my flavours change with the seasons. I have an ultra-feminine recipe tested for Mother’s Day and a lovely summer flavour that my taste testers rated as “awesome”.  It is so fun using the dough as a canvas to play around with new flavour combinations.


You can order my cookies freshly baked or as no-frills, frozen slice-n-bake logs to take out of your freezer when you are ready to bake yourself. Serve made-from-scratch goodness without the stress and mess of cooking it yourself, and no one the wiser (I won’t tell!). Stock up on some dough for Christmas or scratch a few gifts off your shopping list. The dough is well-wrapped and can be stored in your freezer for at least a month. The baked cookies can also be frozen, if you wrap them well.

Frozen logs are 6″ long and make one dozen 1/2″ thick cookies (diameter and thickness of baked cookies varies depending on ingredients). I will be selling freshly baked cookies in half dozen bags at the event and taking orders for frozen logs or freshly baked (see packaging options below), to be delivered to you at a later date.


Have an elderly parent, under-the-weather friend, or someone special that you want to send a little love to? Order an Olive-O-Gram and I will deliver beautifully packaged, freshly baked cookies to their doorstep.


Packaging options for freshly baked cookies include one dozen or two dozen cookies in a white scalloped-window box tied with a pretty ribbon. Want to make it an extra special gift?


Choose a cellophane-wrapped, cookie-filled vintage milk glass container. Click here for gorgeous ideas for displaying milk glass in your home – thank you cobistyle! Boxes and milk glass will be tied with a charming ribbon and attached with a label card of your choosing (see below). Milk glass containers vary in shape and size and quantities are very limited. Delivery charges may apply. Local deliveries only.


I am just starting up my very small-scale business so quantities will be limited. Come on out to Three Wishes on Sunday to have a taste, shop, or place an order to avoid disappointment. It will be a great chance to see Christine’s shop – brimming with vintage treasures – before it closes for the winter, and to meet my talented circle of friends.

Right now I am so busy getting ready for the event but I will post further ordering details on my site as soon as possible. If you can’t come to the event but want to place an order, please send me an e-mail through my site ([email protected]). Thanks!


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Celebration Tips: Desserts by Michelle & Soft Touch Video

Oh, does Olive have a couple of great tips for you to make your next milestone celebration extra special without breaking the budget! My father didn’t want a fuss over his birthday, so we gathered family around him and ordered Chinese take outs. But how can you pay tribute to 85 years of a life well-lived without doing something extraordinary?

Tip #1: Streetsville’s Desserts by Michelle, a personalized catering and dessert service for the GTA West area, is a great source for well-priced, delicious cakes. With over 20 varieties of cakes, tortes, tarts, and individual desserts to choose from, you will find something to suit every occasion.

My friends have been raving about Michelle’s wonderful desserts for years. The Éclairs, they tell me, are amazing, and so is the Pavlova – crunchy and sweet with gorgeous berries all over it. Madeleine cookies are a staple.  Another favourite is the English Toffee Cake. Michelle wowed the guests at a friend’s birthday party when she served chocolate spoons with bacon as an hors d’oeuvre; they were really good! Click here to check out Michelle’s website and photo gallery.


I ordered a Black Forest Cake, my Dad’s favourite. Over the years, we have served him a variety of Black Forest cakes from other suppliers – all of which were, in my humble opinion, quite ho hum. Michelle’s version was absolutely lovely. Luxurious but light and fresh, using real ingredients; not overly sweet. Dark chocolate cake – so moist it was almost fudgy – was layered with a tasty red cherry filling and plenty of freshly whipped real cream. It was garnished with dark chocolate and the most divinely juicy, fresh, local dark cherries.


Oops, got a bit of dripping candle wax in the photo and had to hurry while holding the hungry troops at bay.

It was the best Black Forest Cake I have ever tasted this side of the Black Forest (I did eat one in Germany once). Everyone loved it. It was delivered right to our door in a white box tied with a pretty orange ribbon. For a very reasonable price, we each enjoyed a generous piece and had plenty of leftovers. Michelle is my go-to-girl for celebration cakes (especially Black Forest!) from this point on.

What do you give the person who has everything? Consider a beautiful DVD slideshow featuring photos and video of life’s most memorable moments. Let your pictures and video tell his, her, or their unique story and it will last forever. And here comes Tip #2: Mississauga’s Mike Cederberg, owner and founder of Soft Touch Video, does a fabulous job of converting your photos, film, and video memories to DVD to preserve them, while bringing them to life in a moving and professional presentation – and his prices are fantastic!

Mike has created two DVDs for our family and a number for friends and all turned out great. They are the perfect way to mark a milestone celebration (birthday, anniversary, Bar Mitzvah, graduation), journal a special vacation, or create a lasting memorial tribute of a loved one.

I asked our family to record personal messages for my Dad on video (what he means to us, how he inspired us, or a favourite memory of time spent together, etc.). Mike compiled them, interspersed video with family photos, added creative visual effects and music, and burned a DVD copy for each of us. We played the DVD at the party. The surprise messages from family residing across the continent and overseas who we don’t get to see often were particularly moving. It touched us all and left my Dad, though emotional, beaming from ear to ear. I am so glad we did this for my Dad.

Be sure to click on this link and watch the beautiful slideshow Mike did as a loving tribute to his Mom.

And here is a link to the slideshow Mike created of a trip he and his wife, Mona, took in 1989.

So, keep these two tips tucked away for the next time your family celebrates a milestone.

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Homemade Cookies Delivered To Your Door: Bridget’s Bicycle Bakery

Have a hankering for some freshly baked, homemade cookies? No problem if you live in Port Credit, thanks to the drive of Bridget Leon, a self-professed foodie and first year University of Guelph Food & Nutrition student. Bridget and her siblings (Madeline, Mary Frances, and Justin) are building up their own business from scratch. Their tools of the trade? Mom’s signature oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe, their bicycles, and some creative business savvy.


A simple phone call or e-mail order is all it takes to have a batch of freshly baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies arrive at your doorstep, delivered with a warm smile and a sense of nostalgia by Bridget or her siblings on their bicycles.


Baked by Bridget using her Mom Marg’s family-favourite recipe, these soft and chewy oatmeal cookies with hits of rich, dark chocolate and hints of coconut are seriously addictive. Marg’s recipe has always been the hit of the ‘hood. Neighbor Cobi Ladner confessed “The cookies are so amazing that I hide them if Marg sends them over to our house. We’ve been eating them at every school event, birthday, and neighbourhood party for years.  Everyone loves them and requests them.”


The presentation is beautiful: packaging is labeled with a charming old-fashioned bicycle sticker and tied with gorgeous Tiffany-blue ribbon. Order by the dozen and choose from one of three attractive packaging options. A handwritten bicycle-stamped card is included with Option 3.


Perfect to celebrate life’s milestones, cheer up life’s rainier days, surprise a special someone, or act as the secret weapon in a promposal. Beautifully packaged, baked-from-scratch goodness can be delivered to your door, when you want, in the Port Credit area seven days a week. Special arrangements and customer orders are possible. Amendments can be made to the ingredients listed on the website. Click here for ordering instructions and contact information.

Bridget’s Bicycle Bakery
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