Blueberry BBQ Sauce

I’ve prepared something special for you today since I haven’t posted for a while.

We have had a crazy few months helping out friends with their new house build.  So there has been shopping sprees, packing the old house, more shopping,  Making all the selections for the house, being there for much of the installations etc.

So today I wanted to treat you for being so patient with me.  Thanks for that.

I prepared ribs with a dry rub and cooked them in the oven.  So use your favourite dry rub recipe.  And I always use back ribs.  They are more tender.  I put together this blueberry bbq sauce which I first simmered then poured onto the already cooked ribs.  I am now baking those till they almost fall off the bone.  Which won’t take long since they are already cooked.

Don’t hesitate to use it on pork tenderloin and other meats

So here goes!


Blueberry BBQ Sauce

  1. 3/4 cup of ketchup
  2. 1/2 cup of cider vinegar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 TBSP of regular molasses
  5. 1 tsp chili powder
  6. 1 tsp ground black pepper
  7. 2 cups of blueberries, fresh or frozen


  • place ALL ingredients in a saucepan over high heat.
  • add 1/2 cup water stir
  • bring to a boil
  • reduce heat and simmer till thickened and still chunky, about 20 minutes
  • Pour over your prepared meat
  • Bake in 350 degree oven and cook till meat is almost falling off the bone.

Note:  if using with another meat other than ribs…pork tenderloin I would sear first then pour sauce on top and bake in 400 degree oven.  I would do the same for thick pork chops etc.



Creamy Italian Dressing

This is such a tasty dressing…we love it on all kinds of salads.   The list of ingredients is mostly what you’ll have in your pantry…easy peasy.

You don’t need much on your salad so it goes a long way.

So here goes!

Creamy Italian Dressing

  1. 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar (it keeps the colour creamy)
  2. 2 TBSP lemon juice
  3. 1/3 cup good olive oil
  4. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  5. 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  6. 1/2 tsp dried basil
  7. 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  8. 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  9. 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  10. 2 tsp honey
  11. 1/4 grated Parmesan cheese
  12. salt & pepper to taste


  • Add all ingredients to a large mason jar and shake very well until combined.    Serve over your favourite salad
  • Shake well before using.
  • If the dressing is too thick after refrigerating just add a bit of water.


Garlic Paste


This will be the shortest but yummiest post I ever make.  YOU WILL THANK ME FOR THIS!  See this green garlic paste?  We never let ourselves run out of this.  It’s always in our fridge ready for use.

We saw this on a cooking show years ago and my hubby experimented and he succeeded!  The scene was in Italy and the mom brought a bowl of this out and put it on the outdoor table where her family was gathered..and they scooped it out and dipped their bread in it. But I tell you it’s great on chicken, fish, garlic bread, you name it you can use it.  Add some to your Chili, spaghetti sauce, etc.  Be creative!!!

Note: it will last in the fridge for weeks!


Garlic Paste

  1. one whole bulb of garlic peeled
  2. 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  3. pinch of salt
  4. pinch of parsley


  • in a small food processor add all the garlic cloves…the whole bulb of peeled garlic and mince
  • add the olive oil and mix again
  • add salt and parsley and mix again
  • place in an airtight container and put it in the fridge
  • Note: it will set like soft butter. It will take a couple of days.



Homemade Fruit & Nut Granola

I love having homemade granola on hand.  It can be used in so many ways.  I make up this large batch and dry can it (in jars).  You can google this method and anything you “can” that way will keep for years.  So I decided to make a batch today so I can use some for a parfait for tomorrow’s supper at my son’s.

I’m making my pudding mousse today to go with the granola.  Any flavour of pudding you want to complement the fresh fruit you will use.  Today I’m using lemon pudding to go with the granola and blueberries.

So here goes.

Homemade Fruit & Nut Granola;

For the syrup:

  1. 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup
  2. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 3/4 cup of melted coconut oil or what you have on hand
  4. 3 tsp pure vanilla
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. Mix together and set aside


  1. 7 cups old fashioned oats ( I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  2. 2 cups of coconut
  3. 3 cups whole almonds chopped
  4. 3 cups whole walnuts chopped
  5. 2 cups each of dried cranberries and raisins
  6. Mix together in a large bowl
  7. Once mixed pour your syrup mixture over granola and mix well
  8. Spread on two large cookie sheets lined with parchement paper

Note: I used two 16 x 22 cookie sheets

  • Place them on two racks in a 250 degree oven
  • Every 20 minutes take them out and stir with two spatulas
  • Back in the oven they go for another 20 minutes…do this four times altogether
  • Let cool and enjoy!!!

Pudding Mousse:

  1. 1 pkg of instant pudding any flavour (4 serving size) it will make a lot more because of what we’re adding
  2. 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  3. 1 cup whole milk
  4. 1 cup of sour cream (I’ll be using organic yogurt)
  5. Put all the above in a deep bowl and beat with a mixer on medium/high speed till soft peaks form
  6. In individual serving dishes layer your mousse, fruit, granola.
  7. Top with a dollop of whipping cream (whipped)

Note: today I used lemon pudding with granola, fresh organic blueberries and whipped cream.

I’ve used pistachio pudding with toasted coconut and granola and chunks of pineapple drained.  That was really good too.