A – Z Blogging Challenge – H

Another simple, easy and delicious appetizer.  I love hummus, it's one of my favourite things!“H” Hummus1 -  540 ml (19 oz.) can chickpeas1/4 cup reserved liquid from chickpeas3 Tbsp. tahini paste4 cloves garlic (roughly chopped)4 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice1/2 tsp. salt2 Tbsp. olive oil (plus extra for garnish)1 Tbsp. finely chopped flat leaf parsley (garnish)Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can.  Combine chickpeas, tahini paste, garlic, lemon … [Read more...]

A – Z Blogging Challenge – G

So simple and always a big hit!  Serve as an appetizer with crackers and a warm, sliced baguette.  Delicious!!  “G” Garlic - Roasted4 heads of garlic  (for 6-8 people)olive oilsalt and pepperCut top off each head.  Place each head on a doubled square of aluminum foil.  Drizzle each head with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Wrap foil around each head.  Place on a small sheet pan and roast in a 400 degree F. oven for 1 hour.  Unwrap … [Read more...]

A – Z Blogging Challenge – F

My husband and children LOVE this recipe, however, I usually only make it once or twice a year.  When you look at the ingredients, you'll understand!!   But hey, we all need a treat once in a while!!! “F”   Fettuccine Alfredo1 pound fettuccine½ cup butter 2 cloves garlic, minced1 cup whipping cream1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese1/2 cup chopped parsleyFreshly ground pepperSaltBring a large pot of  water to a boil, add a generous amount of … [Read more...]

Taking "Ten Amazing Foods" one step further!!

I'm on a bit of a recipe kick right now, so for the next ten Wednesdays I'll give you a healthy recipe,  one for each of the "10 Amazing Foods" from last weeks post. The first on my list of amazing foods was berries and the recipe to go with it is: (Berries) -  Berrylicious Smoothie 1/2 cup skim milk 1 cup low or non-fat yogurt 2 cups frozen berries * (any type or mix a few together) Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. *(If using fresh fruit toss in 3 or 4 ice … [Read more...]

A – Z Blogging Challenge – E

I know, I know,  you think this is something your mother made for an appetizer.  Well, she did, but todays devilled eggs are redone, totally "retro" and the "in" appetizer!!  Plus, they're super easy and really inexpensive!!(The recipe sounds a bit complicated, but, really, it's not)   “E” Eggs - Devilled12 large eggs1/2 cup sour cream4 Tbsp. good quality mayonnaise1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice2 Tbsp finely chopped dill, plus more for garnish  … [Read more...]

A – Z Blogging Challenge – D

My husband's favourite!!     “D”  Date SquaresBase:1 1/2 cups flour2 cups oatmeal1 cup brown sugar1/2 tsp. baking soda1 tsp. vanilla1 cup butter (softened)Filling: 1 pound pitted, chopped dates1 cup brown sugar1 cup boiling waterMix base ingredients together and press half into bottom of buttered 9"x13" baking pan.  Set aside.  Put filling ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened.  Spread filling over prepared … [Read more...]

A – Z Blogging Challenge – C

This recipe is from a former co-worker of mine.  I'll caution you to resist the urge to double the recipe, if you do, trust me, you'll eat it all!!  We make it every Christmas and it is unbelievably good!!  "C " Cranberry Pistachio Bark1 pound good quality white chocolate (I use Belgian)1 cup dried cranberries1 cup shelled pistachiosMelt chocolate in the top of a double boiler.  Let cool to room temperature.  Roast pistachios at 350 degrees F. for 5 - … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time – (a weekly feature)

Living Green, One Tip at a Time - # 6  -  Reuse  (part 1)Garage sales:  shop at and hold garage sales, it's a lot of fun and a great way to reuse products.Reusables:  switch from disposable to reuseable products:  food and beverage containers, cups, plates, writing pens, razors, diapers, towels, shopping bags, etc.Donations:  Donate (and buy used):     - household items - clothes, furniture, dishes, books, sports equipment, … [Read more...]

~ A – Z Challenge 2011 ~ the letter “B”

I LOVE to cook and bake so I thought I would do recipes for the A - Z  Challenge 2011.  They're all tried, tested and true and I hope you enjoy them!! This was my Mom's recipe - it's simple, it's easy and it's so delicious!! "B" Mom's Banana Bread 1 cup white sugar 3 ripe bananas 4 Tbsp. melted butter 1 1/2  cups flour 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 1 egg In a medium bowl sift together flour, salt and baking soda.  Set aside.  In a large bowl mash bananas to a thin … [Read more...]

~ A – Z Challenge 2011 ~ the letter “A”

I LOVE to cook and bake so I thought I would do recipes for the A - Z  Challenge 2011.  They're all tried, tested and true and I hope you enjoy them!! "A "  Artichoke Dip 1 bottle artichoke hearts 2 large cloves garlic 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup mayonnaise Drain and squeeze out artichokes.  Finely mince garlic.  Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Put in small ovenproof dish and bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.  Serve with crackers or sliced … [Read more...]

Ten Amazing Foods

As a bit of a follow-up to last Wednesdays post,  I did some research and based on their nutritional and health benefits, compiled the following list of what I found to be the top 10 foods. (In no specific order) Berries Apples Tomatoes Broccoli Almonds Olive Oil Salmon Whole grains Yogurt Citrus Fruits Do you agree/disagree? What are your picks for top 10? Bon appetite !!! Monica … [Read more...]

Our book club’s choice for April

This is the book we are reading for April.  I LOVE animals so I'm very much looking forward to reading this book.Apparently, the story is told as a series of memories by a 90+ year old man, Jacob Jankowski, who was a veterinarian and now lives in a nursing home. Has anyone read it?Did you like it?Will I need kleenex???Monica … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time – (a weekly feature)

                                          #5  EARTH HOUR 2011 - It's time to go beyond the hour"Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. … [Read more...]

Eating a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is important for people of all ages and is a critical factor in determining how we look and feel.   However, as we age our dietary requirements change and we often require fewer calories but just as many, if not more, of the same nutrients.  (Ex. Calcium & Vitamin D)So, how do we know we are achieving our satisfactory daily nutrition? Well, because “I am Canadian” I will refer to Canada’s food Guide.  (I’m sure most other countries have … [Read more...]