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A Canadian Excursion and Maple Shortbread

Hello, dear ones! Heavens, what a week! I’ve burned cake and spilled water and made my rent check out to the wrong people and nearly run out of gas and torn my skirt and if I do one more silly thing I’ll, well, hmm, probably just laugh, or cry, or, if I’m really feeling loopy, both.

I’ve also been dreaming. Dreaming of hot summer days, foreign climes, visits with new and old friends. This weekend I’m realizing two of those dreams with a quick jaunt up to Canada to visit rellies. Since Canada is my homeland I don’t know if it really counts as foreign, but I’m counting it!

Bright and early Saturday morning I’m picking Mums up and heading for the Canadian border where, after they let us in, we will stock up on our favoritest Canadian junk food: Orange Crush, Popcorn Twists and Hawkins Cheezies. If we’re feeling particularly wild, we may even eat Poutine for breakfast.

Then we’ll be off, chatting amiably, listening to books on cd, or singing along to favorite tunes as we drive along this crystal clear river…

…through this mountain pass…

…and this one…

…until we reach this gorgeous spot where we will unload our bags and hug oh-so-tightly my aunt, uncle and Grandpa.

For two whole days we will visit like mad, take long walks in the country, eat my aunt’s amazingly delicious food, and laugh until we’re weeping. I can’t wait.

In the spirit of all things Canadian, I’m bringing a container of Whole Grain Maple Shortbread Cookies. I would be bringing TWO containers, but they’re so darn delicious that I’ve been eating those buttery, maple-y morsels morning, noon and night and, well, there’s only one container left.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend, dear friends! I will see you Monday. 🙂

Krista’s Whole Grain Maple Shortbread


2 cups whole grain pastry flour
3/4 butter, softened
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp maple extract
1/4 cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add maple syrup to melted butter and stir.
  3. Combine all ingredients and press into a square 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Cut into squares and bake for 20 minutes.

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RamblingTart - That makes me smile, Ksenia. 🙂 At least I’m not the only crazy one around here. 🙂 I love that lake too! Isn’t it wonderful? It IS a pity about maple syrup. Perhaps you could find maple flavoring for cheaper?

Ksenia - Usually when I talk about going to Russia, I refer as going abroad too, he he.

The photo of the lake is stunning 😀 It’s a pity that maple syrup is ridiculously expensive here 🙁

RamblingTart - I had a wonderful time, thank you, tasteful garden! 🙂 I hope you enjoy the cookies. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Alison! You’re so welcome. 🙂

RamblingTart - I’m glad you like the cookies too, Jamie! I just finished the last of them today and I already want more. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Jamie!! Yes, it’s such an idyllic little getaway. I just love it! 🙂

RamblingTart - Isn’t it lovely, El? I like it there so much. 🙂

RamblingTart - I haven’t had either of those, Tracy! But they sound fabulous! 🙂

a tasteful garden - i hope you had a wonderful trip! your landscapes are absolutely exquisite and i can’t wait to try my hand at the cookies. cheers!

and flowers pick themselves - looks delicious! thanks for the recipe.

xo Alison

Jamie - Oh, sorry to mention that those cookies look delicious!

Jamie - Love this post! Oh, it sounds so much like me when I visit my foreign parts – Florida. Love stocking up on our favorite junk food and eating at our local diners. But wow! That lake house is gorgeous! What a vacation! I’d rather go there to visit than my mom’s little suburban house in Florida. Wonderful!

El - Looks like a amazing place to visit. And shortbread- What a perfect snack!

Tracy Myers - You forgot to mention the Curry potato chips (amazing!) and the crunchie choc. bar! My sis sends them to me at Christmas. The pictures are amazing, and making me miss home. Enjoy the time with your Mum!

RamblingTart - Thank you, Valerie! I’m very excited! 🙂 You’re most welcome for the recipe. I LOVE it!! 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you so much, Dennis! 🙂 I would’ve happily shared my shortbread with you – maybe even served it on a PLATE! 😉 Ohhh, tortillas and Dr. Pepper – two of my favorite things from the South. 🙂 Add some good bbq too and I’m a happy girl. 🙂

RamblingTart - I’m leaving in an hour, Paradis, and the sun is shining!! HOORAY! 🙂

Valerie - Have a fabulous weekend! Wow, that maple shortbread sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe. 😀

Chef Dennis - breath taking photography….and I would have been down on my hands and knees eating that shortbread out of the grass..lol…they look delicious!

Its always fun to go home, when I do get to San Antonio, I eat good mexican food until I burst….I use to pack my suitcase full of tortilla’s and Dr. Pepper…lol… both have been readily available in New jersey for quite some time now…but memories are a wonderful thing!

mlle paradis - you’re probably long gone by now krista but i hope it was a really excellent adventure! it looks lovely!

RamblingTart - You described the cookies beautifully, Joumana! 🙂 I’m so glad you like them. I love the nature too – it does my heart much good. I hope to get more pictures this weekend to share with you. 🙂

tasteofbeirut - These cookies are so good! not too sweet, buttery crispy and beautiful! they look pro all the way; I love the shots of nature all around; how can one not feel peaceful and happy in such surroundings?

RamblingTart - Aww, Christy, I wish you guys could be there too! I miss hanging out with everyone. 🙂

christy - I indeed would love to join as well. Mom and Dad’s is one of our favorite places! Enjoy them!

RamblingTart - Oh Danyellee, I wish you were there too!!! It’s just not the same without our Yeller there to make us laugh until we’re begging for mercy. 🙂 I highly recommend the container of shortbread. Pretty sure I’ve gained a couple inches in a week, but sigh, what a way to go. 🙂 LOVE YOU!!

RamblingTart - Ohhh, Coffee Crisp!! How could I forget that, bellini? 🙂 It’s only the best chocolate bar in the whole wide world. 🙂

Danielle - I sure wish I was there with you guys! Have an extra helping of whatever Mom makes just for me! I think I’m gonna go eat me a container of shortbread, just to cheer myself up.

bellini valli - Don’t forget to stock up on Crispy Crunch or Coffee Crisp and candied salmon while you’re here:D

RamblingTart - Hold out your bowl, Duchess, and I’ll share. 🙂 When we were little we were each given a bowl and all the snacks were divided up equally. :-))

RamblingTart - I hear that, Wendy. 🙂 I’m so grateful for this little escape. 🙂

RamblingTart - I am very sad indeed, Joanne!! It is an outrageously beautiful country with the most polite people you’ll ever meet in your life. 🙂 I will happily share my shortbread with you. 🙂

Duchess - Yes please! I’ll have some cheezies and shortbread!

Wendy (The Local Cook) - that looks like my kind of weekend! Sigh.

Joanne - You will be very sad to hear that I’ve never been to Canada! You make it out to be such a lovely place, I will have to go SOON. I hope you have a great weekend! Save some of those shortbread cookies for me!

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