Homemade Marshmallows


Nothing says camp like roasting marshmallows over an open fire, and there’s no reason to buy a store bought bag of marshmallows when homemade is so amazing (and not difficult … just a little labor intensive!). I don’t consider myself an expert with candy making, but marshmallows are a great way to learn the different. [...]


Mini Mason Jar Blueberry Pies

Blueberry Pie | Handmade Mood

Can you believe that we’re already at the end of Pie Week? Where does the time go?! We thought we’d end the week on a classic note with a traditional blueberry pie. My mom actually used to make pie quite often when I was growing up, and we even had a pie slice Tupperware dish [...]

Double Chocolate Pecan Pie

Double Chocolate Pecan Pie | Handmade Mood

Today we have gone decadent with our pie week selection. I love chocolate, and I don’t think you can ever have too much. Decadence and pie are an awesome combination! This is pretty much the Jay Gatsby of pies! I should probably share some poignant family story about this recipe, but the first time I [...]

Simple Beef Hand Pies

Beef Hand Pies | Handmade Mood

Just because this is Pie Week doesn’t mean that we’re leaving savory dishes out in the cold! Today’s recipe is for a simple beef hand pie. These are a great weeknight meal, or a late night snack. Candice and I both happen to own the Breville Personal Pie Maker, and that’s what we used to make [...]

Pink Lemonade Pie

Pink Lemonade Pie | Handmademood

Well, the thermometer finally hit 100º here yesterday, which means our first pie in Pie Week is going to be a frozen one! This pie is a perfect Summertime treat, and it’s an easy make ahead dessert to bring to a potluck (Just make sure you don’t have too far to drive). Because this is [...]

Tarte Tatin – Your New Favorite Dessert!

rte Tatin | Handmade Mood

As far as pies and tarts go, a rustic tarte tatin always wins in my book. The caramel-y goodness, the flaky pastry crust, how it embraces an imperfect form and still manages to taste so heavenly. With a drizzle of cream a sprinkle of salt or a dollop of ice cream – this is a [...]

A 4th of July Drink Just for Kids


Happy 4th of July! If you’re checking in today, and you’re looking for a last minute festive something, we have the perfect thing.  The red, white and blue refresher could just as easily be called kids best friend for all the sugar it contains! I’m not going to pretend that this is an adult friendly [...]

4th of July Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bar | Handmade Mood

Even though we’re focusing on creative patriotic goodies this week, I couldn’t let today go by without celebrating Canada Day! Today is Canada’s national holiday (and my daughter’s 1st birthday!), so we thought we’d show you the best of both countries. Nanaimo Bars are a delicious treat that you can find all over Canada. They’re [...]

Mangos and Alt Summit Announcements!


You know what is awesome? Working with two of the most creative and energetic women ever! Who do really cool things, like…     GET PUBLISHED IN A COOKBOOK! Sarah has a featured recipe in “Fresh, Flavorful, Festive: Mango Recipes Fit for a Fete” – a collaborative cookbook featuring recipes revolving around mango! Sarah’s Mango [...]

BBQ Trail Mix for Dad

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Father’s Day requires a manly snack, and I can’t think of a snack that’s more manly than beef jerky! I’m not actually a huge fan of jerk, something about dried meat creeps me out a little bit, but my husband and kids love it. When I was brainstorming what would be an easy treat for dad [...]

At Home Date Night Gift Basket

new parent date night in gift

Although this is a thoughtful and well received gift for just about anyone we particularly love giving an at home date night basket to our new parent friends. We include everything they need for an easy, but home made, dinner for two and maybe a new release DVD or Netflix gift code.     We’ve [...]