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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies – My Family’s Recipe

What do people obsessed with baking make when it’s too hot outside to turn on the oven? They make no-bake cookies, of course! I know that chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies aren’t anything new, but I wanted to share with you my personal recipe in our family’s cookbook that I’ve used for years and love. You can add peanut butter or leave it out (we do the latter because Little C can’t stand peanut butter), but either way they’re really yummy!
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Sugar Cookies with Maple Syrup Glaze (A Canada Day Recipe) by The DIY Mommy
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Bake Sugar Cookies with Maple Sugar Glaze (A Canada Day Recipe)

I am very proud to be a Canadian girl through and through. I love my country, and I am so blessed to enjoy the freedoms that we can experience here. My brave grandparents left East Germany in WWII to come work in Eastern Canada. They found refuge here, and later they moved west to Alberta to raise their family of 7 children (including my mom, who was born in Lethbridge, Alberta).  I was born in Calgary, Alberta and I now live near Edmonton, Alberta.Continue reading

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Reflections on Baking, Motherhood and Perfection

Valentine's Day Cupcakes by The DIY Mommy

For Valentine’s Day this week, Little C and I did some baking together. We made some pretty cupcakes (the easy way – with a mix),  iced them with buttercream icing (here’s my simple tip on how to ice them rosette style), and finished them with a little heart gummy candy perched on top.

Valentine's Day Baking by The DIY Mommy

And how could we forget heart cookies? Using my favourite sugar cookie recipe, we made heart cut-out cookies and iced them with buttercream.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes by The DIY Mommy

While I thought the cupcakes were festively pretty and the cookies were uber-cute, here was my favourite cupcake:

Valentine's Day Cupcakes by The DIY Mommy

Little C smudged the icing on it gingerly, grasping a spoon ever-so-carefully. “It’s for Daddy“, she said as she worked, “because he doesn’t like all of dis sugary icing.It’s a cupcake made with true love from a four year old to her daddy.

My favourite cookie? This one:

Valentine's Day Cookies by The DIY Mommy

There’s a couple of wee fingerprints on the bottom of this cookie, the icing is haphazardly spread and there’s a gummy heart in the most random position one could think of… but it’s a work of art.

As a mom with perfectionist tendencies, I do put a lot of pressure on myself to make pretty things, have well-behaved children and look put-together.

But that’s not the goal, is it?

While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to make my home beautiful and enjoy creating things for and with my babies, none of that matters without LOVE (there’s a Bible verse about that).

When my children grow to adults, will they think of me as a busy, impossible-to-please mom who’s too tired to devote some time in the day for a cuddle or a story? Gosh, I hope not.

I want them to know that they are loved unconditionally by their mother. I want them to know that I am not perfect and that they don’t have to strive for perfection either.

Like this fingerprinted, lopsided little heart cookie I’m a bit of a mess some days. But, somehow God uses messed-up moms to shine His love through too.

The Goal is Love - Free Printable by The DIY Mommy

When it comes to motherhood, I am still learning that the goal is NOT perfection, it’s LOVE.

(Click here to download a free printable version of this reminder.)

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Free Printable “Sweet & Tweet” Valentine’s Day Tags

For a simple and budget-friendly Valentine for friends and family this year, print out my free bird & cupcake Valentines (found here) and cut them out into squares. You can punch holes in the tops, and tie them to a small bag of treats with raffia ribbon or baker’s twine.

Free Printable Valentine Tags by The DIY Mommy

I like to bake my favourite sugar cookie recipe (found here), cut it into hearts and sprinkle with Valentine-inspired sprinkles, and put those in a small bag with jelly beans or cinnamon hearts.

So “tweet”!

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Bake Spicy Sugar Cookies

Bake Spicy Sugar Cookies by The DIY Mommy. They're a cross between a snickerdoodle and a gingerbread cookie!

When I ask my three-year-old daughter what type of cookies we should bake together she always says one of two kinds: “heart cookies” (simple sugar cookies in heart shapes with sprinkles and icing) or “spicy cookies”.

These “spicy cookies” she loves have been a favourite treat of our family for a while now. Imagine if a snickerdoodle married a gingerbread man and they had a cookie baby. This cookie baby would be these spicy sugar cookies – they’re buttery and sugary like a snickerdoodle, but spiced just right like a (mild) gingerbread. Yum!

Bake Spicy Sugar Cookies by The DIY Mommy

The most “exciting” part about making these cookies is rolling them in the spiced sugar. My daughter likes to line them up in a row and count them (she’s artistically aligned them above). It’s the cutest thing!

This recipe is adapted from Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies from My Baking Addiction.

Spicy Sugar Cookies


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cloves together in a medium bowl. Remove 1/4 cup of the mixture for rolling the cookies in later.
  3. Add softened butter to the sugar mixture in the bowl, mix. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
  5. Roll the dough into balls and then roll the balls in the reserved spicy sugar mixture.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes.

Enjoy with a glass of cold milk!

Bake Spicy Sugar Cookies by The DIY Mommy

A Handmade Christmas: DIY Christmas Food Gifts. Cookie dough tin, peppermint bark, s'mores, DIY vanilla, sugar cookie bars, dipped pretzels, cocoa in an ornament, cocoa in a jar, DIY sundaes.
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A Handmade Christmas: DIY Food Gifts

Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? There’s no doubt that I love to bake and that I love to give food presents to my friends and neighbors. I’ve searched the web high and low and have come up with my favourite list of edible Christmas presents that would be perfect little gifts for neighbors, co-workers, friends and family this year! There are a couple of classic cookies and treats in this list, but there are also some wonderfully unexpected and creative ideas like the “Hot Cocoa Ornament”! I hope you enjoy browsing through these Christmas food present ideas and get some inspiration for your own gifts this holiday.

A Handmade Christmas: DIY Christmas Food Gifts. Cookie dough tin, peppermint bark, s'mores, DIY vanilla, sugar cookie bars, dipped pretzels, cocoa in an ornament, cocoa in a jar, DIY sundaes.

  1. Cookie Dough Tins by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
  2. Peppermint Bark by Baked By Rachel
  3. DIY S’mores Kits by Twig & Thistle
  4. DIY Vanilla Extract by Bake at 350
  5. Sugar Cookie Squares by Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
  6. White Chocolate Christmas Pretzels by Baked Perfection
  7. Hot Cocoa Ornament by Craftberry Bush
  8. Cocoa in a Jar by Better Homes and Gardens
  9. DIY Ice Cream Sundae Kit by Family Bites

What edible gifts are your favourite to make and give for Christmas? Please comment below!

Commit to A Handmade Christmas This Year with The DIY MommyThis post is part of The DIY Mommy’s “A Handmade Christmas” series. Would you like to commit to giving handmade gifts (made by you or someone else) for Christmas this year? Join me by entering here!

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9 Favourite Things to Bake With Pumpkin

9 Favourite Things to Bake with Pumpkin by The DIY Mommy

I’m admittedly overly proud of a little, perfectly round orange pumpkin we harvested from our greenhouse this week. I really shouldn’t be, since my gardening capabilities are next to nil and I have a strong aversion to weed-pulling. But, I really do love the little guy and I’m so excited to bake something pumpkin-y and carve it into fun things with my girls for fall!

I love baking (and apparently pumpkins), so I’d like to share with you my top nine favourite pumpkin recipes that I’m dying to try out this autumn. Don’t the look absolutely delicious?

  1. Pumpkin Caramel Pretzel Bars by Sugarcrafter – There’s something wonderfully addicting about sweet + salty and this recipe has just that!
  2. Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting by Two Peas and Their Pod – Um, need I say more?
  3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by My Blessed Life – This is a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with some pumpkin and spices thrown in.
  4. Starbucks Pumpkin Pound Cake by Something Swanky – A relatively low-fat coffee cake that looks delish!
  5. Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheetcake by Picky Palate – If there’s anything I like more than pumpkin, it’s vanilla. What do I love more than vanilla? Cinnamon rolls. This looks amazing.
  6. Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze by Pretty. Good. Food. – A brown sugary coffee cake with a crumb top – yum!
  7. Petite Pumpkin Spice Donuts by Blue-Eyed Bakers – Aren’t these cute and tasty looking? And they’re baked, not fried.
  8. Ooey Gooey Caramel Pumpkin Blondies {with Chocolate and Walnuts} by Lauren’s Latest – Pumpkin, chocolate, chips and nuts in a buttery bar with whipped cream on top… sorry, dieters!
  9. Cinnamon Mini Cheesecakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting by Gimme Some Oven – I’m most excited to try these lovelies. I love the idea of a pumpkin flavoured icing!

Which pumpkin recipe is making your mouth water?