Baking Up a Storm with Netflix!

Netflix Stream Team | Season One, Episode Two

Last updated on April 24th, 2021 at 11:40 pm

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, everyone breathed easier because it marked the last day of A Case Cringle Christmas!

It’s been a solid week of posting here in Casa de Palmer, with giveaways galore sandwiched between reviews, reflections and a healthy dose of mischief, I’ve taken this pile of swag that Sarah eyes with disdain every time she steps into the house, looking for readers who could make far better use of it than me.

But a huge thanks to everyone who’s been part of the fun this week—great contests make way for even better prizes, and your support helps me grow this blog from a hobby into something with a little more presence.

And speaking of presents, almost as if that play on words wasn’t completely intentional, of course I’m ending the week with one last giveaway—but you’ll have to bear with me a bit before we get there 😂

A picture of the Danforth East Palmers' for Christmas circa 2014, something that would soon become an annual tradition.

With the month coming to a close, it just so happens that it was time for another Netflix Stream Team post, where they give us prompts to not only explore what Netflix Canada has to offer, but also help keep us connected with our fellow Stream Team members and our audiences through monthly themes to match the season!

But when Netflix told me that my December assignment was to get my bake on and take part in a Digital Cookie Exchange, I was like “😐 Netflix. Guys. Do you know who you’re talking to?”

For those new to the Casey Palmer Experience, I don’t really cook. Or bake. Or really do much of anything in the kitchen ever since working at my Dad’s restaurant as a youth, never looking to revisit that time as a highly inefficient line cook!

Besides—if they wanted me to make some of the traditional Christmas baking that I’d grown up with, I’d need a bit more notice.

Like six months’ notice.

My parents typically made their own fruit cake—which involves soaking the fruits into an alcohol mix for several months before using the fruit for baking. With no time machines in sight or Jamaicans willing to pass their baking off as my own, I had to find something else entirely to bake in time for the Christmas season!

Which makes it really good that I’m a big fan of shortbread.

The description for the Melt-in-Your-Mouth Shortbread recipe by Jennifer Wilton. The description reads: "This quick and easy shortbread will literally melt when you take a bite. Great for Christmas parties with a little bit of decorating."

So my version of “Nana’s secret recipe” is a little friend I call Google, or specifically, Googling “best shortbread recipes” and seeing what came up.

Who knew making shortbread was so simple? Man, if I watched calories, this recipe would be trouble. I mean, check it out below:

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Shortbread

  • 25 minutes (10 minutes prep time, 15 minutes bake time)
  • 24 servings
  • 111 cals


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Whip butter with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch, and flour. Beat on low for one minute, then on high for 3 to 4 minutes. Drop cookies by spoonfuls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Watch that the edges don’t brown too much. Cool on wire racks.


Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

So I brought out my trusty Kitchen-Aid Pro 500 stand mixer (a wedding gift which I literally never had cause to use before in my 4½ years of marriage) and were you in the kitchen with me, you could totally watch me whip. Or nae nae. Whichever struck your fancy.

Though initially annoyed that I was baking on Christmas Eve of all days, Sarah was thoroughly impressed with my light and fluffy cookies that were packed with flavour! (The secret? Sifting the icing sugar through a sieve to make it as fine as possible!) And of course, I watched a little Netflix while getting my bake on—only the best Christmas movie ever: The Nightmare Before Christmas! (Sure, I know many of you would say something like Home Alone, but I’m here to let you know you’re wrong. Jack Skellington for life.)

The cover image for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

It was a good way to wrap up what’s easily been one of the most intense weeks of content I’ve seen in ages.

WE MADE IT—It’s time to kick up the feet, grab yourself a snack and Netflix. You’ve earned it!

Somehow we made it—while we’ve already unwrapped the gifts and finished the shopping season here in Casa de Palmer, it is a time for family, and we’ve plenty to see in the next few days. But at the very least, I’m glad the most I’ll need to worry about is getting the fam from place to place and none of the other stresses that often come as a package deal with December 25th.

Thanks again to everyone who’s participated in A Case Cringle Christmas—though it’s kept me immensely busy, I’ve been so pleased with the results! Be sure to let me know what you thought of the series—I’ll include an extra-credit question in today’s contest for some serious bonus points!

An image of a Netflix Gift Card

And to anyone who thinks this marks the end of the contest spree for 2015, man, you don’t even know. There’s still a week left and you never know what’s up my sleeve!

So Merry Christmas everyone and to all a good night—I hope this doesn’t mark the last time we’ll see each other!

Until the next,

The second logo for Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad

Have you entered all the posts in A Case Cringle Christmas???

Disclaimer: As with the other members of the Stream Team, Netflix Canada was kind enough to give a couple of 6-month subscriptions to give others the chance to see the thousands of programs they offer for themselves!

You can learn more about Netflix Canada from their site and their Twitter account!

As for me, I’m streaming old episodes of Naruto while I write, since that’s how I roll on my days off! You can catch me on my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts!

By Casey E. Palmer

Husband. Father. Storyteller.

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey Palmer the Canadian Dad spend his free time in pursuit of the greatest content possible.

Thousand-word blog posts? Snapshots from life? Sketches and podcasts and more—he's more than just a dad blogger; he's working to change what's expected of the parenting creators of the world.

It's about so much more than just our kids.

When Casey's not creating, he's busy parenting, adventuring, trying to be a good husband and making the most of his life!

Casey lives in Toronto, Ontario.

61 replies on “Baking Up a Storm with Netflix!”

If I win I plan to watch Scandal, The Good Wife and House of Cards. Have not seen any of these shows yet and everyone raves about them. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

I don’t have Netflix but from the commercials I see on TV I know there are a lot of different shows I would like to watch. Merry Christmas.

When I had Netflix I watched Orange is the New Black & Dexter. Just a few of my favorite. I miss it and can’t wait to subscribe again.

I LOVE Netflix. Currently I’m re-watching the awesomeness that was Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Once I’m done that, I’m going to revisit Angel, and then watch the newest available season of Pretty Little Liars.

I’ve just watched Luther and thoroughly enjoyed it, hope there’s more of that series to come 🙂

my 16yo son is the one that is constantly watching Netflix! I don`t watch it that much,but would like to watch some different movies I haven`t seen before!!

I am already watching Walking Dead, Homeland , House of Cards , Orange is the New Black and I just started Scandal

Just finished watching The Americans.
Love the drama. Now we are reading about the spies and the Cold War. Also, will check out Fargo to see if it is on Netflix.

When I had Netflix I watched Daredevil. I want to watch Jessica Jones now. All part of the Marvel Universe.I want to keep up to date with shows and movies.

House of Cards is one of my faves, and Making Murderer is on my list.

In reality, most of what we watch is Chuggington and Pat Patrol.

I watched Wentworth and that is by far one of the best I have seen in a long time. Way better than Orange is the new black

I really like all of their original shows. They’ve been doing great with them! My favourite is sense 8. I can’t wait for it to come back on and I hope it doesn’t get cancelled any time soon.

Last thing I watched was a movie from mongrel media! I cant even remember, but I’m long overdue for a binge watch session!

I watched the series Life Unexpected on Netflix and enjoyed it. I don’t enjoy going out to the movies so I look forward to watching new movies when they come out on Netflix.

Waiting impatiently for the next season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! And I’d def check out Jessica Jones, too.

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