Favourite Christmas Movies!

It’s no secret that I am a Christmas freak. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love it. There’s something about the season just makes me happy. There’s something about the prettiness of snow that I just love. However, we don’t get a lot of it here in Vancouver, so driving in it scares the bejeezus outta me.

One winter the husband and I were coming back from Osoyoos which, is usually about a 4 hour drive. At the time the husband was driving a sports car. Not so great in the snow. For several hours, he was driving about 15-20km/hr trying not to slide off of the highway. It took us 9 and a half hours to get home!

Now the music. I know, you’re going to think I’m nuts, but I’ve been listening to Christmas music since the day after Remembrance Day. And trust me, that took restraint! Do any of you have SiriusXM?? I’ve been addicted to listening to “Holly”, Channel 17 in the car.  My favorite christmas album released this year has to be from Pentatonix. Sooo good! You need it. Any of you have any favourite Christmas albums to share?

Ok, now onto the movies. There are so many holiday movies nowadays. But I definitely have my yearly staples that I always watch. So far, I’ve already watched 4 of my favourite Christmas movies and the season has barely begun. If you need a little Christmas spirit, here’s my list of favourite christmas movies for ya.


The Holiday


Love Actually

A Christmas Story

A Charlie Brown Christmas


Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

While You Were Sleeping

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Now, go pop some corn and get your Christmas cheer on. And let me know what your favourites are!
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Skor Bar Dessert Pizza!

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I can’t believe that it’s November already!? Crazy isn’t it? I am super excited though because now I can shamelessly listen to all the Christmas music I want. And no one can judge me. Well, not totally anyhow. I am determined that this year, I’m gonna get my stuff together early this year! I know, famous words. And words I say almost every year, and every year, I’m down to the wire, running around headless chicken mode.

But, this year’s going to be different. I’m soooo ahead of the game you have NO idea! You know what I’ve done?? Wanna hear my list??

I’ve written my Christmas Card list.

Yep, I’m on it.

I’m kinda dessert crazy these days. And since Halloween just happened, why not include candy in a dessert? I know, genius. You’re welcome.

You maybe a dessert aficionado, but I had never heard of a “Dessert Pizza” before. You smartypants people, probably have. But I apparently, have been living under a rock.

Mind. Blown.

Now this Skor Brownie Dessert Pizza is a chocolate lover’s dream. I mean, it’s got a brownie base covered with buttercream, which is then covered with chocolate ganache – yep, you read that right. And then if that ain’t enough that’s then covered with toffee pieces and Skor bars. It doesn’t get much better people.

Alright, so get your sweet tooth out because this Skor Brownie Dessert Pizza is comin’ atcha.

Ok, so first you’re gonna want to make your brownie base. I used this brownie recipe from  I Am Baker. If you don’t follow her already, you’ve got to, she’s insanely talented. For this brownie recipe you’re gonna wanna use an 8″ round pan. Chill the brownie before frosting.

Next you’re going to want to make a basic Vanilla Buttercream.

Vanilla Buttercream


  • 1 cup unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract


  1. 1. Using the paddle attachment on your stand mixer, cream the butter for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides when needed.
  2. 2. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Once all the powdered sugar is incorporated, scrape down the sides & add in the vanilla.
  3. 3. Cream at medium speed for approximately 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.

Recipe ever so slightly adapted from I Am Baker.

Spread the butter cream over the brownie right to the edge.

Now it’s time to make the chocolate ganache. This is the chocolate ganache recipe I used, it’s easiest ganache recipe I’ve found so far. Spread the ganache over the buttercream, leaving a 1/4″ buttercream border.

Sprinkle the toffee bits all over the chocolate ganache. Then slice 3 Skor Bars in half by length, then chop them into 1/4″ pieces. Sprinkle the Skor pieces over the toffee bits and ganache.

Now, you’re going to wanna eat this all yourself, but you’re friends may just like ya more if you give them a little taste. But you could just give them REALLY small pieces ;)
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3 Responses to “Skor Bar Dessert Pizza!”

  1. bebs@foxyfolksy.com'/ Bebs says:

    Wow! This looks just yummy!

  2. letsdishrecipes@gmail.com'/ Danelle says:

    I love this idea! I might have to try it with several kinds of candy bars! :)

  3. oh my gosh…absolutely DROOLING! so gorgeous

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15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas!


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Can you believe that it’s already October?? Nutso! It seems like the summer was just beginning not too long ago. Now, it’s like the weather went from super hot to me freezing my butt off. Yesterday morning, I was sitting in our home office with a sweater on, my cozy boot slippers and fingerless gloves. I’m all about fall, but come on, I need a little easier transition than this!

Last night was date night for the husband and I. We went to see the movie “The Equalizer”, with Denzel Washington. Let me point out, that I watched the trailer and sooo wanted to see it. I’m not usually a fan of typical action movies, but this one had a great story. But the trailer to this movie did nothing to prepare me for the ****MINOR SPOILER ALERT*** blood bath that was about to ensue!

Don’t get me wrong, the movie was fantastic!  Especially during the parts where I wasn’t closing my eyes, plugging my ears and reminding myself in mantra style “It’s not real, it’s not real, it’s NOT REAL” over and over again. Yes, I’m a wuss and I’m ok with it. Next movie we see definitely has to be a comedy!

Anyhoo for us Canadians, Thanksgiving is coming up next weekend! Crazy it’s already here. One of my favourite food holidays. All the comfort food one can stuff in their face. I mean who doesn’t love it? And of course the inevitable post dinner food coma. Mmm…mmm…mmmmmm. Now the dinner part usually has it’s traditional menu items: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc. But dessert? My favourite course of all.

So, if you need some Thanksgiving dessert ideas, I got your back Jack!


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas - www.paperandbirch.com Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer CakePumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake – HGTV


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Nutmeg Maple Cream PieNutmeg Maple Cream Pie – Smitten Kitchen


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Paula Deen Pumkin PiePumpkin Pie – Paula Deen


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Cranberry Bliss BarsCranberry Bliss Bars – Averie Cooks


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Apple PieApple Pie – Simply Recipes


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Pecan Pie BarsPecan Pie Bars – Just a Taste


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Pumpkin Butterscotch BarsSkinny Pumpkin Putterscotch Bars – Skinnytaste


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Caramel Bundt CakeCaramel Bundt Cake – Bake or Break


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Sweet Potato Pie.jpg

Sweet Potato Pie – Bake at 350


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Pumpkin Cheesecake With Caramel SaucePumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce – Once Upon A Chef


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Cranberry Apple CrispCranberry Apple Crisp Recipe – Savory Sweet Life


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Super Moist Carrot CakeSuper Moist Carrot Cake – Sally’s Baking Addiction


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee CakePumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake – Two Peas and Their Pod


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Espresso-Layer-CakeEspresso Layer Cake – Taste Of The South Magazine


Paper & Birch - 15 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas www.paperandbirch.com Salted-Caramel-BrowniesSalted Caramel Chocolate Brownies – What’s Gaby Cooking

Now, even though it’s not Thanksgiving until next week, I think I’d better start “testing” recipes. You know, to make sure their good enough for the family and all. ;)

If you have any favourite thanksgiving dessert recipes, leave them in the comments below! Or ya know, say HI!:)

Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

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  1. I don’t like gore filled movies! They freak me out. All of these yummy deserts gets me excited for Thanksgiving!

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Fall Recipes I’m Lovin’

It’s officially fall! Woohoo! I love fall. Love the colours, love the cooler weather & even love the rain. Yes folks, I admit it. I love rain. Love the sound of it, love how it kinda just washes things away. There’s something romantic about it. Here in Vancouver, you have to at least accept it otherwise you’ll never survive.
One thing I can’t wait for is, the weather to be cool enough that we don’t need our portable air conditioner. Our air conditioner although it cools the room down, the light from it’s little screen is SOOOO bright I can see it with my eyes closed. Nuts, now I have “Sunglasses at night” in my head.
Maybe it’s just me, but I wake up from a movement, a light nearby being turned on, a change in breathing and our neighbour in the building next to us: Smokey Smokerson. This cute little 80-ish old man who smokes (aka hacks up) his cigarettes at all hours of the night.
But the nights are finally getting a little cooler and soon we can roll that thing back down to the dungeon aka our storage locker. Cheers will be had, toasts will be made, and a possible parade in its honour.
Another thing that comes with fall is the plethora of comfort food. My favourite kind! You know you love comfort food! Love a bowl of somethin’ warm on a cool, rainy night.
Here are some of my favourite fall recipes I’m lovin’ right now. :)

Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Pumpkin-Cinnamon-Cookies www.paperandbirch.comPumpkin Cookie Recipes – Two Peas & Their Pod 


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Cinnamon Sugar Apple Doughnut Muffins www.paperandbirch.comCinnamon Sugar Apple Doughnut Muffins – Annie’s Eats


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Carrot Coconut Curry Soup www.paperandbirch.comCarrot Coconut Curry Soup – A Couple Cooks


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Baked Apple Cider Donuts www.paperandbirch.comBaked Apple Cider Donuts with Pomegranate Glaze – 40 Aprons


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Morning Buns www.paperandbirch.comMorning Buns – Brown Eyed Baker


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Maple Pecan Pie www.paperandbirch.comMaple Pecan Pie – Leites Culinaria


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Soft-Pumpkin-Cookies-with-Cinnamon-Buttercream-Frosting www.paperandbirch.comSoft Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting – Six Sisters’ Stuff


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Autumn Chopped Salad www.paperandbirch.comAutumn Chopped Salad – Iowa Girl Eats


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Old Fashioned Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes www.paperandbirch.comOld Fashioned Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes – Pinch of Yum


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Coq Au Vin www.paperandbirch.comCoq Au Vin – Leites Culinaria


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Pumpkin Maple Cupcakes www.paperandbirch.comPumpkin Maple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting – The Novice Chef


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Butternut Squash Soup www.paperandbirch.comButternut Squash Soup – Food Network


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - Pumpkin Brownies www.paperandbirch.comPumpkin Brownies – My Baking Addiction


Paper & Birch - Fall Recipes - The-Best-Soft-Gingebread-Cookie www.paperandbirch.comThe Best Gingerbread Cookies – One Little Project


Have a great weekend!


P.S. I love hearing from you, so please leave a comment below letting me know ya stopped by!  :-) 

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  1. carmenvarner@gmail.com'/ ~ Carmen ~ says:

    Cinnamon sugar everything! Pumpkin spice everything! This is what fall means to me. The pumpkin maple cuppycake looks delish. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

  2. letsdishrecipes@gmail.com'/ Danelle says:

    What a great collection. I want to try them all!

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Cookbook giveaway! (Winner!)

The Winner of the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook is…….


#230 Diana Flynn: I would make cupcakes for my best friend’s baby shower :)
Congratulations Diana, please email: info@paperandbirch.com to claim your prize! Thank you to all of you who commented, tweeted and liked our Facebook page with your entries! Stay tuned, there will be another giveaway next month!


Paper & Birch - Hummingbird Cookbook Giveaway
Alright yo, it’s Friday! Can you believe it! This week has been super crazy busy. I’ve been in headless chicken mode more than once. Sometimes more than once in a day. But HALLELUJAH the weekend is here!
A couple of weeks ago I bought this cookbook a couple of weeks ago from Hummingbird Bakery. Yes, partly because I liked the cover – I tend to buy my wine the same way ;) But also because I wanted to try every recipe! They all look incredible yummy and sooo pretty.
Today also happens to be my birthday! We won’t say how old, but let’s just say there’s a 3 in it and leave it at that. It’s also the day that the iPhone 6 & 6Plus comes out and I think I may be more excited for that. Usually my husband gets the new phone and I get his hand-me-down, which is great. He even cleans it, puts it back in the box like it was new, just for me. He’s cute that way. :) But this year, I’m getting the new phone too! Booya!
So, I thought since I’m getting a present today, YOU should get a present today too!
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Happy Friday!
~Natalie :)

23 Responses to “Cookbook giveaway! (Winner!)”

  1. izawisiorek@o2.pl'/ Izabela Rusnak Wisiorek says:

    I love muffins

  2. afieldtrip@gmail.com'/ Amy says:

    i would probs make cookies or brownies first :)

  3. daisycv23@gmail.com'/ Christine says:

    would love to make Red Velvet Cupcakes

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  5. dwellenstein@cox.net'/ Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I will make the Cheesecake Brownies.

  6. sweepmom@comcast.net'/ Tari Lawson says:

    I would like to make the apple pie.

  7. cloud10277@gmail.com'/ Tracy Pryor says:

    I’d love to make the spiced pound cake.

  8. susansmoaks@gmail.com'/ susan smoaks says:

    i will make the red velvet cupcakes first. they are my favorite!

  9. lahlstedt@gmail.com'/ Lisa A. says:

    I would try the Red Velvet Cupcakes. Yummy!

  10. mmjohnson555@gmail.com'/ m says:

    Cupcakes for sure!!!!!

  11. kim.garot@gmail.com'/ Kim Hoa says:

    I would love to know how to make cupcakes

  12. pbandellie@hotmail.com'/ Ellie says:

    Brownies! yumm

  13. kimkmc@yahoo.com'/ McKim says:

    I’d like to make red velvet cupcakes.

  14. mariasimon1973@yahoo.com'/ MARIA simon says:

    love to make Red Velvet Cupcakes

  15. Ashley.l.ramsey@gmail.com'/ Ashley says:

    I just love cookbooks!!!!! I’d make the cupcakes.

  16. royalegacy@gmail.com'/ Danielle Royalegacy says:

    I would like to try their brownies.

  17. candieluster@gmail.com'/ Candie L says:

    I would love to make anything sweet. Thank you

  18. johnson.m.and.h@gmail.com'/ Holly E says:

    The Red Velvet cupcakes sound wonderful.

  19. mvantil@cfl.rr.com'/ MARY V says:

    I would make some of those yummy cupcakes on the cover! Thanks

  20. regnod@yahoo.com'/ Daniel M says:

    I’d do up some cupcakes

  21. Ladydi7755@gmail.com'/ Diana says:

    I would make cupcakes for my best friend’s baby shower :)

  22. atreau@gmail.com'/ Sand says:

    I would make the brownies on the cover!

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