Banana Nut Oatmeal Muffins

It's no secret at all, that I LOVE muffins! They are perfect as a grab and go breakfast or snack and equally perfect to enjoy while reading the newspaper and leisurely sipping your second (or fourth) cup of hot coffee. In fact, I find it hard to think of anything even remotely negative about muffins. Over the years, I have made many, many muffins of all sizes and flavours, but this recipe for Banana Nut Oatmeal Muffins definitely ranks very near to the top on my list of all time … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl {w/ #PCInsidersCollection GC Giveaway}

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...]

How to Make Chicken Parmesan

My husband is what I refer to as a Chicken Parmesan fanatic! This is his favourite meal and always his request when I ask him what he would like for his birthday dinner or any dinner for that matter. Have I ever mentioned that his birthday is the end of July, in the oppressive heat of summer? Standing over a hot stove in the dead of summer is true love...lol Believe it or not, we have even made Chicken Parmesan on our wood stove. A few Christmases ago, our son was living in London, Ontario … [Read more...]

5 Frequently Asked Yummly Questions

If you love to bake, cook and write about it and are not yet on Yummly™, you need to run...run as fast as you can, and sign up right now! Yummly™ is simple to set up and will not only offer you thousands of recipes but oodles of traffic to your blog. 5 Frequently Asked Yummly™ Questions   What is Yummly™? Yummly™ was launched in 2010 by foodies on a mission to invent the ultimate kitchen tool. Whether it’s finding a recipe or going to the store, Yummly™ wants to make it easier … [Read more...]

Thick Molasses Cookies

When I was little, I loved when Mom would read me the (in hindsight, rather gruesome) story of Little Red Riding Hood. I loved hearing all about her red hooded cape and how she walked through the forest on her way to Grandma's house. However, my favourite part of that story was the basket filled with the thick molasses cookies that Red Riding Hood was taking to Grandma. In my mind's eye, I can still see mounds of thick molasses cookies tucked into a red and white gingham lined, round … [Read more...]

The Top 10 Recipes of 2015

As cliche as it sounds, it really is difficult to believe that 2015 is over. I could swear that just a few weeks ago we were sitting on our deck enjoying those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Now the hustle and bustle of Christmas are behind us and we are looking hopefully toward a new year in 2016. Before totally engulfing myself in a new year of blogging, I always find it fun (and enlightening) to review our blog stats from the previous year. Recipes make up a large part of our blog … [Read more...]

#makeitCDNbeef Twitter Party Oct. 22, 2015 – International Chef Edition

After a slow and rainy start to this past summer, September and October have been fabulous! We still have our patio furniture and barbecue out on the deck. It is starting to get a little chilly, but that hasn't stopped us from firing up the barbecue as often as we can! With the impending winter barreling down upon us, it is so nice to be able to still spend time outside. We love doing many outdoor activities like gardening, camping, hiking, family dinners and, of course, barbecuing! We … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Canadian Beef Twitter Party {& McDonald’s Giveaway}

This summer has been so beautiful, I want it to go on and on. I can hardly believe we are already more than halfway through August. However, instead of getting down about the approaching end to summer, I plan to make the most of the remaining sunny days and long evenings! It is so nice to be able to spend lots of time outside. We love most outdoor activities like gardening, camping, travel, family dinners and of course barbecuing! We have a brand new shiny barbecue this year and have put … [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...]

Canadian Beef Twitter Chat ~ June 10th at 8PM ET

The weather has been beautiful lately and it finally feels like summer has arrived. It is so nice to be able to relax out on the deck in the evenings! And, with the arrival of great weather comes all types of fun activities like gardening, camping, travel, family dinners and of course barbecuing! We have a brand new shiny barbecue and are so excited to be tossing the first steaks and burgers on the grill and making lots of salads and sides to go with them! If like us, you are looking … [Read more...]

Canadian Beef Twitter Chat ~ May 27/15 8PM ET

Spring has finally arrived and with spring comes all the fun activities like gardening, camping, travel, family get togethers, and of course barbecuing! I know most of you can barbecue all year-long, but here on the east coast, for many of us, it is a seasonal activity…especially this year! We have a brand new shiny barbecue and are so excited to be tossing the first steaks on the grill and making lots of salads and sides to go with them! If like us, you are looking forward to a fun summer … [Read more...]

Breakfast in Bed ~ A Mother’s Day Round-Up

I have the perfect gift idea for mom; it’s not expensive and I guarantee every mom will love it. Breakfast in bed! Let’s face it, any gift a mom receives from their child is always special and dear to their heart, but this is something a little different for your mom (or wife) this Mother’s Day. A change from gardening tools, flowers or a book. This is also something the kids can help and be involved with and mom (and kids) will fondly remember it for years to come! Here are some great … [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...]

Top 20 Recipes of 2014

This is the time of year, that many of us take the opportunity, to look back on our accomplishments and missteps from the past year.  I think doing this can be very therapeutic; we learn and grow from our past experiences. Bloggers like to do this too. It is fun for us to take a look at our blogging statistics from the previous year and take note of posts that have been popular or not so popular.  Among other things, it is a great way to gauge reader interests and hopefully make your … [Read more...]