Category Archives: Recipes


   I have been petitioned on several occasions to post some of our invented recipes periodically.  Having thought it over, I decided that this would be an excellent idea as it would make a change from the usual “news” posts.  I cannot, however, promise the frequency of these posts.

   The following is a recipe I invented on the 14th of June – Flag Day for Americans.  (I did not actually realise that it was Flag Day until after I invented the recipe, though I will admit that the choice of colours was intentional as I was thinking of some American friends while making it. ☺)


cherry blueberry soufflé

Cherry Blueberry Soufflé
(aka Flag Day Soufflé)


2 cups blueberries
2 cups cherries, pitted and quartered
2 envelopes unflavoured gelatin
lemon juice
6 egg whites
2 cups whipping cream


  1. Reserve a few blueberries and cherry pieces for decorating.  Blend the rest of the blueberries.
  2. In a pot, mix the gelatin with 3 Tbsp of sugar.  Add the blended blueberries.  Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the gelatin dissolves.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in pitted, quartered cherries and some lemon juice.  Cool until starting to set.
  4. Beat egg whites until stiff.  Gradually add 1/3 cup of sugar.
  5. Beat whipping cream.  If desired, reserve a bit for decorating.
  6. Fold the fruit mixture, whipping cream, and egg whites together.
  7. Pour into a bowl and let set in the fridge.
  8. Decorate with the reserved blueberries, cherries, and whipped cream.

Creative culinary arts

   Over the years, a tradition has developed in our bi-weekly family meetings, that of celebrating birthdays with a cake. A lot of fun goes into these, particularly when it is one of the younger members of our group whose birthday is being celebrated. William T’s was no exception.

   The planning actually began a couple days before and David began mapping out his ideas so that he was all set when he came to decorate. William’s family lives on a dairy farm, so a real-to-life reproduction of the farm seemed an excellent idea. It was quite a production as the photos will tell!

the beginnings of the farm an interested onlooker the cows What is that cow doing in the garden? complete with farm vehicles

the apple trees are even bearing apples the silos and hay bales an overview an arial view

   David, your creativity amazes me, and I am thrilled to see you use the gifts the Lord has given you to bless those He brings into your life! We aren’t all given the ability to produce this kind of creation, but we have each been given talents from the Lord.  May we use them to His glory!

   “Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.” Colossians 4:17

A rival for Tim Hortons… maybe not…

   Baking can be a very enjoyable activity.  I find particular pleasure in cooking up new inventions or creating variations on previous experiments.  Almost a year ago, I took it upon myself to concoct a rival for Tim Hortons doughnuts.  Needless to say, the experiment was a failure in that I didn’t succeed at my overly ambitious endeavour!  However, I was not discouraged by this as, in the eyes (or perhaps better said, mouths) of my brothers, it was far from a fiasco.  Therefore, it was with renewed enthusiasm that I recently undertook to perfect my recipe.  And to a certain degree, I was successful!  These doughnuts were far lighter than the last batch, though they are still lacking something of Tim Hortons’ excellence.  My brothers simply tell me that I will have to make the attempt again someday, and of course, they would be delighted to voluteer their tasting services!

   For those readers who have never tried making doughnuts, here’s an overview of how it is done:

   1. Mix up the dough and let it rise.  Doughnut dough is much like a fairly standard bread dough only a bit sweeter.  The first time I did it, I used both yeast and baking powder.  The second time, I used only yeast and altered a couple other ingredients (ie. using water instead of milk).

   2. While the dough is rising, heat some oil to 375 degrees Farenheit.  Have fun trying to keep it steadily at that temperature!  If it is too hot, the doughnuts risk burning (or the oil could catch fire – we have done this before, though not while making doughnuts).  If the oil isn’t hot enough, the doughnuts will tend to fall after coming out.

   3. Roll out the dough to about 2 cm think (a little less than an inch).

   4. Using either a doughnut cutter or two sizes of round cookie cutter, cut out the doughnuts.

   5. A few at a time, carefully slide the doughnuts/doughnut holes into the hot oil, flipping them when one side is done.  (Be careful – the oil is very hot and fingers don’t benefit from it as I unintentionally discovered!)  It only takes a couple minutes for them to cook.  Generally, a golden brown colour indicates that they are ready to come out and be placed on paper towels to dry and cool.  Evidently, if the dough is chocolate, the doneness discerning is more challenging.

   6. All that is left now is to eat them, unless, of course, you want to have them frosted as my brothers tend to prefer.

   Here are just a few pictures…

cooking the doughnuts cooking the doughnuts 

doughnuts doughnuts doughnut holes

   As I’ve pondered doughnut making, I’ve wondered if there were some spiritual analogy to it.  (Other than that we should be “holy.”)  The oil in which the doughnuts are cooked is very hot, but if it were not for that heat, these tasty treats would not turn out the way they do.  A lower temperature might seem “gentler,” but that would cause the doughnuts to come out soggy and flat – hardly edible.  Similarly in our lives, God sometimes sends hot situations, not to burn us, but to render us fit for His use.  These situation might be ones we would naturally try to avoid, but God intends them for our good.  He knows exactly what it takes to eradicate flaws and produce Christlikeness.  May we learn to embrace what He sends!

Mint Chocolate Chip Snow Cream!

With lots and lots of fresh snow and a temporary soaring of the temperatures to a balmy 11 C (52 F) – a record high for this date – the weather was perfect for Snow Cream!  Quick to make and very tasty!  David voted for mint chocolate chip (his favourite flavour!) – so that’s what Evelyn made.  Yummmm!  Thank you, Evelyn!


Lots of fresh snow!    Dishing up the snow cream

The Sacchariferous Culinary Arts

In our home, just about any excuse is a good one if the result of the undertaking is a dessert.  Well, I guess that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but we certainly do like making cakes, especially the type that has to be decorated.  So, today we decided to make an igloo cake.  After all, it is winter, and although we realise that penguins and igloos do not live in the same place, we made this cake because it was cute and because Nathanael’s birthday is coming up soon.Smile

The snow blocks are are marshmallows cut in half.  This works well if done with a sharp knife dipped in hot water between each marshmallow.  The penguins were painstakingly made by Elizabeth out of marzipan.  The hat was added in afterwards.

Making the penguins The Igloo Guarding the Fort


Speaking of sweet treats, you may be interested in this other creation of Elizabeth’s: Apple Ciniders (Apple-Cinnamon spiders).  They were really good.  If you want the recipe, just ask.  She will probably be horrified, as I am pretty sure she didn’t write it out, but she could certainly write out a recipe that would make something similar.  Here is a sample:

Ciniders (Apple-Cinnamon Spiders)


Thanksgiving Cake

The best day of the year to give thanks to the Lord has always been today.  However, we have a tendency to forget that, and so I am grateful for a day set apart to remind us of what God has done and to remind us to give Him thanks. 

For those of you who don’t know, Thanksgiving Day in Canada was proclaimed by the Canadian Parliament “For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings with which the people of Canada have been favoured.”1  It is celebrated on the second Monday in October, and has been since 1932 (with only one exception).  The official Canadian Heritage government website gives additional insights into the history of Thanksgiving in Canada that could be very interesting for further exploration.

One thing for which I am thankful is the beauty we see around us in fall in this part of the world.  Here are a few pictures we have taken recently.

A Fall Farm Psalm 16:11 "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." Fantastic Fall Foliage

Elizabeth decided to make a unique use of some fallen maple leaves this fall.  This cake was great, and the chocolate leaves made it simply amazing!  If you want to know how she made them, visit our recipes page.  (Sorry, that page doesn’t exist.  Maybe some day Laughing we will make such a page.)

Maple leaf cake

Psalm 95:2 “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”

Back from Beachburg, Ontario!

Getting set to go on a trip is often fraught with obstacles and this trip was no exception!  Late Wednesday afternoon, our van refused to go, leaving Mom stranded in the Wal-Mart parking lot.  Mom was rescued by a knight in shining armour (Dad!) and the van was taken to the garage. Friday morning found our van still in the garage, as the needed piece was nowhere to be found.  Our trailer, which was needed for the carrying the cargo for our trip, sat at home full of bits of construction material which needed to be emptied out at the Eco-Center before it closed at 4:00 Friday afternoon.  As lunchtime came and went, and we still had no word from the garage, we started to wonder if our van would be ready in time.  But at 2:00 the call from the garage came – the creative mechanics had succeeded in rebuilding the existing piece instead of getting a new one!  That left us enough time to get down to the garage, come back home to hitch up the trailer, and get down to down to the Eco-Center before it closed!  How grateful we were for the Lord’s perfect timing!  Thank you to all who prayed!

The trip to Beachburg, Ontario, went smoothly and we enjoyed David’s creative Bacon-and-Egg Bunwiches for our breakfast in the car.  Let him know if you’d like his recipe: contact him or leave a comment.

David's creative Bacon-and-Egg Bunwiches

Once we arrived, we were greeted by the Garfats (, who had already begun setting up and who had also worked hard to cover the windows, enabling the hall to be darkened for the chalk art presentation.  Equipment was moved in; Nathanael started setting up the sound system; David, Elizabeth, and Jonathan set up the chalk art equipment; and everyone else worked hard setting up other things.  Once the chalk artists were finished setting up, they cleaned their hands and helped elsewhere.  Here’s Elizabeth helping with sound system wiring:

Elizabeth helping with sound system wiring

Playing together.  The girls made matching jumpers for the occasion.

Playing together 1 Playing together 2

The attentive audience.  Can you spot Mom and Amy?
(Hint: their jumpers match the other girls’ jumpers!)

Attentive Audience

The finale:  the chalk art presentation!

Gospel chalk art presentation

Some of our host family who worked hard to make everything possible!

We were being recorded

During the day Monday, we enjoyed a time of fellowship with the Garfats, including some lively outdoors games.

Fellowship Volleyball

Monday evening was at the Country Haven Retirement Home.

Setting up.

Setting up

Some photos from the evening:

Concert Audience
Gospel chalk talk Talking afterwards

It’s High Time!

Despite the fact that it is the 20th of February, I am the first to post an update this month.  A lot has happened since the last time I posted.  My father and Elizabeth are back safely from Indianapolis.  I have heard many good things about the Father’s Conference and believe that it was a worth-while trip.

We have had a couple of families over recently for meals and fellowship:

Tables for 26 people! Friends

As well as our normal bi-weekly Thursday evening Bible study meetings:

Bible Study

We also had a men’s meeting early this month.  We are planning on hosting the Advanced Seminar in March.

The construction has also been progressing.  We have finished the gyp-rock in the big room:

Finishing the Gyp-Rock

Completed the plastering:

Plastering (1) Plastering Plastering (3)

And sanding:


A couple of base coats of paint were applied:

Base Coat (1) Base Coat (2)

And the final off-white colour is done, too! 

Painting the Final Colour

We’ve had another birthday:

Stephen's Birthday

Stephen likes broccoli, and even asked for it on (and in) his cake!  I figure I had better post a picture or two, or you won’t believe it:

Broccoli Cake (1) Broccoli Cake (2)

We have some innovative and excellent cooks who are able to invent great tasting recipes with unusual ingredients!

I had better finish this post, and I thought these verses from Romans 13 might be appropriate based on the title I used:

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.



a jar of marmalade

In the Frazer household, marmalade is a favourite topping on bread and toast alike.  It also makes an ideal gift in many cases.  So, when the citrus fruits go on special in January, we start making marmalade.  This year we made four types of marmalade: our normal 3-fruit marmalade (orange, lemon, and grapefruit), lemon marmalade, lime marmalade, and orange marmalade. 

Evelyn cutting the fruit

(Notice the jars in the foreground.)

3-fruit lime

3-fruit and limes, all sliced.  We leave all the peel on the fruits for a better taste and texture.

adding the sugar boiling

A lot of sugar goes into marmalade!  It has to boil for hours.

3 jars of 3-fruit marmalade

Ah! all done.  Marmalade is supposed to set for a month before serving, but there is always a jar or two that doesn’t seal first time, so we get to eat that marmalade sooner.

more marmalade

The varied translucency of marmalade makes it a lot of fun to photograph!

70 jars

We made a total of 70 jars of marmalade this year.

 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: … Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; … For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.” – Psalm 103.2,5,11

Cookies and Wreaths

One favourite Christmas tradition is that of giving out plates of Christmas cookies to various families and individuals.  This year we made about 30 plates–quite a production!

Arranging cookie plates


Another baking project that is Mommy’s area of expertise is the making of Christmas wreaths.  They are made something like a cinnamon roll except that instead of sugar and cinnamon inside, it is a mixture of candied fruit.  The roll is sliced and arranged in a circle on a pizza pan.  I love the way they always look.  They are so beautiful!  This year Mommy made 18 wreaths.


Several wreaths

We love giving out such gifts.  These activities are reminders for us to pause and reflect on that which God has given us–His Only Son.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season!