~ CLOSED ~ Instant Pot Prize Pkg Blogger Giveaway, $280 Value

I love to bake and cook and have been hearing so many fabulous things about the relatively new Instant Pot. If you're unfamiliar, Instant Pot is the latest 3rd Generation Programmable Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians with the objectives of being safe, convenient and dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. I am very sad to say, even though it is on my "wish … [Read more...]

How to Make Stewed Rhubarb

A few days ago, I posted a recipe for Rhubarb Sour Cream Muffins and talked a little bit about rhubarb. Rhubarb is probably the one advantage to living in a northern climate! If you are not familiar with rhubarb, it’s a cool season perennial vegetable, that’s right…it’s a vegetable! Even though we most often treat it as a fruit in such confections as pies, crisps, squares, ice-cream, compotes and jams, crumbles, coffee cakes, sweet breads and muffins, rhubarb is actually a … [Read more...]

19 Innovative Uses for Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Non-stick cooking spray is something that I use almost daily when baking and cooking. Whether to spray cake pans, muffin tins, a loaf pan or pizza pan, it is a staple in our kitchen. But, did you know there are many other uses for that trusty can of cooking spray? In the Kitchen 1.  No mess ~ When spraying do it over the sink or an open dishwasher to prevent any messes. 2. Knives ~ Fresh garlic and dried fruit can stick to your knife like glue. Give both sides of you knife a quick … [Read more...]

Becel® Makes Your Creations Simpler #BecelBlendBar

Blend Bar by Becel® temporarily located in Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens You don't have to know me for long or have visited my site for more than two minutes to know I LOVE to bake and cook. Rarely a day goes by that I'm not cooking up one experiment or another. Like some sort of culinary mad scientist, I'm often showered in flour and will have every inch of space on the counters and the island piled high with ingredients and tools of the kitchen trade.  Could be everything from bowls to … [Read more...]

Loving the Great Outdoors #WoodsExplorer {w/$450 Prize Pkg}

As anyone who knows me will attest, I love camping and the great outdoors!  That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a vacation in a five-star hotel because I do.  It’s just that these are two entirely different experiences, each with their own pluses and minuses. Like many people, I sometimes find the daily grind of what to have for dinner and then cooking the meal a bit of a chore. So you would think I would absolutely dread cooking on a camp stove. Not the case! Maybe it's the laid-back relaxed … [Read more...]

My Visit to a PC Cooking School {#GuidingStarsCA}

My Visit to a PC Cooking School is part three of my #GuidingStarsCA, four-part series. Part one invited you to, Follow My Journey with the Loblaws #‎GuidingStarsCA‬ #‎PCStars‬ Program and part two featured my, #GuidingStarsCA  Follow-Up & My Meeting with a Registered Dietitian. As I mentioned in my last post, my Personal Level is 4 out of 5 (I started at Level 3).  However, I am determined that by using the resources available at my local Loblaws and by following the PC #GuidingStarsCA … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Crosby’s Molasses = Fabulous Goodies {w/Giveaway}

Whenever I think of molasses, the first thought that comes to my mind is my grandmother's "Molasses Cake".   Even though Grammie has been gone for many years now, I swear I can still smell and taste that dark, delicious, moist cake.   Over the years, I have tried to recreate this dessert but have never had any luck.  Grammie cooked on a woodstove/oven and I think that may well be the element I am missing. I also have fond memories of my dad coming home for lunch and after the noon meal he … [Read more...]

Beef Rib Roast {#Recipes}

~ Beef Rib Roast  ~ Just in time for holiday entertaining, here is a great recipe from the Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes book.  {Reprinted with permission} … [Read more...]

Macaroni Surprise {Recipe}

When my husband makes dinner Macaroni Surprise is often his go-to meal.  He has worked with a couple of family recipes and created his "masterpiece".  It's so nice to walk in the door at dinner time and feel the love and smell the delicious aroma of this casserole baking!   Over the years, the kids and I have lovingly dubbed it "Macaroni Surprise". … [Read more...]

Lady Ashburnham Pickles

Lady Ashburnham Pickles ~ We haven't made these, or any pickles for that matter,  in quite a few years.  No reason for the pickle drought, except maybe laziness.  Well,  this year we turned our kitchen into "Pickle Central" and made dill, sweet Bread and Butter and this delicious, all time favourite of ours and many other Maritimers, Lady Ashburnham. Our  favourite way to eat these is with a creamy mound of mashed potatoes, but they have an almost relish like consistency so they would also be … [Read more...]

Our first attempt at making dill pickles.

In our house, we are all dill pickle fanatics and have often talked about the possibility of making a batch ourselves.  Our son, who lives in Ontario, is home for a couple weeks vacation, he also wants to learn, so we thought it would be a great time to attempt the making of the dill pickles. On Saturday we all went to a local Farmer's Market and along with lots of other great produce and fish we picked up a basket of pickling cucumbers.  We now felt committed, and yesterday the process … [Read more...]

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

# 34 Try to cook more efficiently When cooking in a pot, maximize efficiency by always using a lid. You can also turn off the oven several minutes before the cooking is done as the oven will retain the heat (I wouldn't do this with sensitive baking) When using your oven to cook a roast, a chicken, meatloaf etc. save turning on the cook top elements by also using the heat already in the oven to bake potatoes and some vegetables In the cooler months, when I finish with the oven … [Read more...]