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...]

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl

After a fairly mild, but still very long winter, if I cautiously peek around the corner I can see spring finally making her way toward us. I can barely wait to shed my winter clothes, put out the patio furniture and start digging in the garden. for me, spring is always a hopeful time of year. It holds the promise of long hours of daylight, warmer temperatures, barbecues, hiking and finally being able to  get out of the house without twenty layers of clothing! I'm also trying to shed some … [Read more...]

The Greatest Flavour on Earth is the Taste of Home ~ Onion Gravy {w/Recipe}

Until he retired, I never knew my dad loved to cook.  I was in high school at the time and I remember he used to make the most fabulous meals. He even made his own mayonnaise; which back then, at least in my circles, was pretty much unheard of! I can still vividly recall coming home from school to the most wonderful aroma of chicken or beef roasting and his famous molasses cookies cooling on racks...YUM! Isn't it amazing how aromas have the ability to transport you back in time?  Whenever … [Read more...]

This Year, Start A New Holiday Tradition

There is now denying it, the season of entertaining is quickly approaching!  In fact, I sometimes feels that a runaway train named Christmas is speeding my way.  Between family commitments, work, decorating the inside and outside of the house, preparing for out-of-town guests, shopping, cleaning, cooking, wrapping and baking I sometimes feel that my head is going to explode. I love the holidays and everything associated with them. I also love to cook and bake, but there has to be a balance. … [Read more...]

35 Amazing Christmas Treats You Will Love to Make

One of my favourite activities during the Christmas holidays is baking.  Back when I was first married, my mom and I started a tradition of getting together for a day long baking session. At the end of the day we each had tins full of cookies, squares and other holiday treats! Early in the morning, I would put on a big pot of coffee and apple cider, haul out some baking supplies, clear counter space and pop in some Christmas tunes.  My mom would arrive at my house early in the morning with … [Read more...]

Great Restaurants ~ #cbias Blog Tour

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Our Favourite Places to Eat {#cbias Restaurant Blog Tour}

Where do you like to go for a special "grown up" meal with your spouse, family or friends?  We all have a few little hidden gems in and around our communities, the places we go to when we want great atmosphere and delicious food. If your summer plans include a trip to southern New Brunswick, I am going to put you in the know and share some of my secret destinations with you! … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday ~ Beef in Beer

Wordless Wednesday ~ I have made this recipe, Beef in Beer, on several occasions and have absolutely LOVED it each time.  It is from Laura Calder’s book, French Taste, Elegant Everyday Eating.  The aroma in the kitchen as this is cooking is amazing, your mouth will be watering the entire time, the taste, unbelievably good and the beef just falls apart, it is so tender! … [Read more...]

Use the Ingredient List and Learn to Make Healthier Food Choices {Healthy Living}

Learn to make healthier food choices by using the nutrition information, such as the Ingredient List, found on prepackaged foods. ~ This is an ingredient list from a bottle of mustard ~ … [Read more...]

Start Your New Year Right by Following Canada’s Food Guide {Healthy Living}

  Many of us, myself included, have made a New Year's resolution to eat healthier and be more physically active.   If these are among your goals for 2013, or if you just want to be certain you are making the right food choices for you and your family; be sure to check out  Canada's Food Guide, it is a great tool. Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide provides recommendations on how many servings of each food group you should eat each day, including Vegetables and Fruit, Grain … [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...]

Holiday Food Safety to Protect You, Those Pregnant and Your Entire Family From Foodborne Illnesses {Healthy Living}

Holiday Food Safety ~ The festive season is rapidly approaching, in fact it has arrived!  Accompanying this fun season is lots of baking, entertaining, and dinners with family and friends.  While it’s always important we all follow proper food safety steps, it’s especially important for women to pay close attention to food safety during pregnancy. To protect themselves and their unborn baby, pregnant women should follow the four key steps to food safety:  Cook; Clean; Chill and Separate.  These … [Read more...]

Health Canada ~ Food Safety Tips for the Holidays {Healthy Living}

Food Safety Tips ~ Food is an important part of many holiday celebrations. However, many of the foods found at holiday parties, such as baked goods, eggnog, cider, seafood and turkey, can carry viruses, bacteria or parasites that could cause foodborne illness ("food poisoning"). Health Canada would like to remind all Canadians of some basic steps they can take to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness during the holiday season. … [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...]