#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...]

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...]

25 Easter Recipes & Crafts {Round-Up}

25 Easter Recipes & Crafts   I love to decorate the house and make specialty goodies around specific holidays.  I just find it makes our house homey plus all the baking makes it smell good too! With Easter just around the corner, I thought now would be a good time to share some yummy Easter themed recipes and crafts.  I have gathered together a great selection of 25 Easter Recipes & Crafts from some of my very awesome fellow bloggers.  I hope you will give some of these a … [Read more...]

Grammie’s Oatmeal Molasses Brown Bread

I mentioned in an earlier post how most of Canada is now in the midst of the "dog days" of winter.  I live on the east coast and we have already been totally pummeled this year and winter has officially, barely begun.  On December 23rd we were entombed in ice more than an inch thick, lost power for days (many for up to 11 days!) had four successive snow storms and are now in the midst of bone chilling, record breaking cold temperatures. What is a girl to do with all of this wild weather but … [Read more...]

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of the Top 10 Recipes of 2013.  To determine which recipes made the top 10 list, I went to my site stats and looked at the top posts for the last year and picked out the top 10 recipes. It is actually very interesting and sometimes a bit surprising to look back over the last year and see what posts brought in the most traffic.  If you haven't already done so, you should have a look at your stats, I'm sure you will find it very interesting … [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...]

Wholly Guacamole and Salsa = Easy Entertaining!

Most of us need no reminder that the busiest entertaining season of the year is barreling down on us like a runaway train! There is no turning back and before we can blink, we will be inundated with parents, in-laws, siblings, and friends.  Whether they are staying for an hour or a few days, they will be looking forward to some tasty treats from our kitchen.  And, because it is the season of joy and good will toward men, we cannot  disappoint! Honestly, I love a "traditional" meal or snack as … [Read more...]