Butter Celebrates! Cookbook Review, Peppermint Nanaimo Bars and a Blog Hop

Ok, it's official.

'Butter Celebrates!', the newest cookbook from Vancouver bakery guru Rosie Daykin, is the prettiest cookbook I own.

Rosie Daykin provides over 100 recipes for sweets that home bakers will return to year after year until they become family traditions. Whether you're welcoming a new baby, a new neighbour, or the New Year; sharing Thanksgiving, Hannukah, or Christmas with friends and family; or simply enjoying summer, Rosie has the perfect recipe for every occasion.

I curled up one morning with a hot cup of coffee, a snuggly kitten and my brand new copy of Butter Celebrates! to choose the recipe I wanted to make for the #ButterBakedBloggers Blog Hop. The front cover of Butter Celebrates! is gorgeous - soft shades of baby pink, pastel peach and mint green. The inside cover left me with the warm and fuzzies as I feasted visually on a Nanny-style pattern of blue vintage flowers. In fact, the entire book is replete with luscious full-colour photos, heartfelt writing, delicious sounding recipes and the promise of '... a year of sweet recipes to share with family and friends'.

Rosie is a wonderful writer and even though really, you're only reading tiny black letters strung together on a page, she has a way of inviting you in and making you feel welcome. Her tone is warm and friendly and as I was reading, I could picture myself hanging out with her, eating cake.

'I like to remind everyone who works at Butter as often as I can that we aren't just making a cake, we are making someone's birthday cake or wedding cake or bar mitzvah cake. This is so much more than cake. This is someone's life and we've been included.' - Butter Celebrates!, page 2

For the #ButterBakedBloggers Blog Hop, I was tasked with choosing one recipe to make from Butter Celebrates! (just one?!) and, as soon as I saw the Peppermint Nanaimo Bars, I knew that was the recipe for me. Nanaimo Bars have been on my 'must make' list for a while now, and, it may sound kind of dumb to say, but, until I read Rosie's recipe, I thought all Nanimo Bars were made with Bird's powdered custard. Turns out, REAL Nanaimo Bars are made with butter, icing sugar and whipping cream - three of my favourite things! The directions were easy to follow and the bars were a cinch to make. Once they had set in the fridge, I cut them into bars and packed them up in a Pyrex container to take to a family birthday party. As soon as the lid was lifted to reveal the layer of crushed candy cane sprinkled on silky chocolate, the gloves were off and the birthday party-goers were battling it out, jostling for position to get to the bars.

Family verdict? 'Please make them for every family function we have from now on'.

I guess that's a good sign?

Long story short, Butter Celebrates! is a gorgeous book with sweet treat for every occasion. Heck there's even a bonus section at the end with tips and ideas on packaging and wrapping your treats as gifts! It would make a great addition to your cookbook collection, or that of someone you know that loves to bake.

Please take a moment to check out the rest of my #ButterBakedBlogger friends that are participating in the Butter Celebrates! Blog Hop! -

Jenny from The Brunette Baker is making Guinness Cake with Pretzels

Heather from The Tasty Gardener is making a Cookie Feast with FOUR different kinds of cookies!

Christina from Strawberries for Supper is making 'Hostess' Cupcakes

Robyn from Planet Byn is making Orange Gingerbread Cake

Gwen from Devour and Conquer is making Christmas Panettone

Meg from Sweet Twist of Blogging is making Lemon Loaf

Libby from Libby Roach is making Gingerbread Guys

Jan from Family Bites is making Animal Cookies

Tessa from Style Sweet CA is making Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Mardi from eat.live.travel.write is making Champagne Cupcakes

Jacquee from I Sugar Coat It is making Eggnog-less Bars

Amanda from Once Upon A Recipe is making Banana Pecan Caramel Cake

And hey! While you're at it, why not enter to win this awesome prize pack of a personally signed copy of Butter Celebrates! and a box of goodies from Rosie's bakery in Vancouver! To enter, follow the Rafflecopter prompt below.

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside. Void in Quebec. Winner must answer a skill-testing question. No purchase necessary to enter. Giveaway will run from Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 12:01am to Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:59pm. Winner will be contacted via email and name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter. Prize value approximately $125.

***Sorry - if you want the Nanimo Bar recipe, you'll have to buy the book!***