Easy to Make, Broccoli Cheddar Soup

A couple of weeks ago, I was picking up a few items at our local grocery store and noticed a huge clamlike container of very fresh looking broccoli florets for only $1.99! What a great buy considering one bunch of two small heads of broccoli was $2.79 that same day. I should have snapped a pic of it, so I could show you, but that would have made too much sense...lol. We used about one-quarter of the broccoli at dinner that night, but I still had cups and cups of beautifully green … [Read more...]

Cranberry Orange Bread

Last week I was craving something sweet (which is nothing new...) to have with an afternoon cup of tea. As I stood, staring blankly into the fridge and freezer, I noticed a bag of frozen cranberries which were left over from Christmas. Then I remembered there was also a big orange in the fruit bowl...eureka, I could make Cranberry Orange Bread! Ever since Christmas, and knowing I had the frozen cranberries,  I had thought of making a Cranberry Bread. Originally I thought of pairing the … [Read more...]

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Family {w/Recipes}

Chinese New Year, the start of the lunar year, is the most important traditional holiday in China. This January denotes the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, as defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle. Celebrations will begin on January 27, 2017, New Year's Eve, and typically last around two weeks, making this the longest holiday in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year, Saturday, January 28th will officially usher in the Year of the Rooster.  Millions of people across the world are right … [Read more...]

Grammie’s Banana Bread Recipe

I have been making this recipe for Banana Bread for as long as I can remember! In fact, even though I can't, I should be able to make this recipe from memory. (Possibly an age thing??) I actually do okay until it comes to the dry ingredients, I can never remember the exact amount of flour and baking soda...lol. When I was little, if there were ripe bananas sitting in a bowl on the counter my mom always whipped up a Banana Bread.  I remember asking my mom where the recipe came from and she … [Read more...]

Super Popular Recipes ~ The Top 16 Recipes of 2016

As cliché as it sounds, it really is difficult to believe that 2016 has come and gone. It was a busy year for me. With our kids now grown and living in other provinces we decided to downsize and in September, sold the home that we had lived in for close to twenty years. Music Man and I have set out on a new, exciting and hopefully fun adventure. We are presently renting a great house, but are hoping, in the very near future, to find the perfect "fixer-upper" to renovate. Stay tuned as I am … [Read more...]

Eating Nutrient Rich Foods Helps Combat the “Fall Spike”

Studies show school children bring germs home from school and spread them to their parents and younger siblings, causing sickness ranging from colds to severe asthma flare-ups – known as the Fall Spike. So, is it inevitable that we get sick during the Fall Spike?  No, it is not!  You’ll be happy to know, measures can be taken to decrease the likeliness of becoming a victim of the Fall Spike! Along with impeccable hand washing and receiving the annual flu shot you should: Make a free … [Read more...]

Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers

Last week I was going to a girls get together with some family and friends. I wanted to take some of the burdens off the host and offered to bring along an appetizer. (Although, that being said...there ended up being enough food on the buffet table to feed a small army for a week...lol, so I don't think I was much help!) A couple of Christmases ago, I made some Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers...but apparently, we were all quite hungry that evening.  As it turned out, they … [Read more...]

Traditional Roast Turkey with Apricot & Pecan Stuffing

The upcoming holiday season is by far, my favourite time of the year. And, I think the word "season" describes it perfectly, because the holidays are so much more than just a single day. This seems the only time of the year that we all share a joint purpose. It’s like some unwritten contract that we have all signed, promising to be more charitable, appreciative, tolerant and most of all, nicer to each other. It’s funny, but when I think about the holidays, my thoughts are never about gifts, … [Read more...]

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Once you make this easy recipe for Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, you'll never again reach for a boxed Mac & Cheese. Yes, you're right, making it from scratch does take a little extra time. But honestly, not that much and there is absolutely no comparison in the quality and taste! It's really easy: Add flour to butter and onion. Cook flour for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.  You are basically making a roux and cooking the flour ensures you don't have an unpleasant "raw" … [Read more...]

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

I love biscuits! They are versatile, so simple to make and can be used in either a sweet (think Strawberry Shortcake) or a savoury application. They are perfect slathered with a little peanut butter or honey for breakfast or a little snack and with the addition of some cheddar cheese, they are the perfect accompaniment to chili, soups, salads and stews. If I need a little something to "go along with" the main course. Biscuits are what I usually bake. Did I mention how easy they are to … [Read more...]

Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Chia

I find something very comforting about the autumn of the year.  The hectic but fun, lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer have become fond memories and life seems to reset. Everything goes back to normal. The weather is cooler and we have traded lemonade, corn on the cob and barbecuing for leisurely pot roasts, homemade bread and slow-cooked stews. There is another reason I love the change of seasons, there is always a new PC Insiders Collection available. I love to browse through them and plan … [Read more...]

Classic Potato Salad Recipe

If I think of an iconic side dish, especially for family gatherings, special occasions and holidays the first dish to pop into my mind would be a classic potato salad. Really, is there anyone on the planet that doesn't love a creamy, cold and delicious potato salad? I'm thinking these people would be few and far between! Like many of the classic side dishes, every family seems to have their own little twist on their recipe for potato salad; and we all think our potato salad is the … [Read more...]

BLT with Cheese Focaccia Sandwich

A couple of weeks ago I was craving Focaccia Bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip it in. I knew I had all the ingredients on hand so I decided to whip up a batch.  The problem, if that's what you want to call it...lol...is the recipe makes two loaves. Our son was home for his vacation, though, so I knew I would have no trouble using both loaves. The first loaf I cut into small triangles and set out with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. I would usually put the … [Read more...]

Parmesan Crusted Baked Haddock

Even though we live on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, we don't eat as much fish as we should. Kind of ironic isn't it? Well, we have tried to remedy this and have recently made this recipe for Parmesan Crusted Baked Haddock, not once, but twice. It is that good! It's really easy to make too. You just put a few simple ingredients in  a bowl, give them a stir, spread over the fish, top with some crumbs, bake and voilà, a delicious main. Just add a starch (we did oven roasted potatoes, may as … [Read more...]