Chocolate Banana Bread

A couple of days ago, I noticed "yet another" crop of overripe bananas languishing in the fruit bowl.  I had recently made Banana Bread, Banana Cake, Banana Oatmeal Muffins, Banana Chip Bread and although I love all banana related foods, I was in the mood for something different and I was craving chocolate...hmmm....Chocolate Banana Bread! So, basically what I did was take my grandmother's Banana Bread recipe, substitute 1/2 cup flour with 1/2 cup cocoa, white sugar for brown sugar and … [Read more...]

Skor Squares ~ Only Four Ingredients!

  I first had these super simple to make Skor Squares way back in 2004 or 2005. One of my colleagues would often bring them in to work. We would have them as a little treat with afternoon coffee or just grab one to munch on as we walked past her desk. We all raved about how good they were and she always told us how simple they were to make. Not sure we really believed anything so tasty could be so easy; that is until she brought in the recipe. There are only four ingredients! Only … [Read more...]

Apple Crisp

We all need to have a fabulous recipe for apple crisp in a repertoire.  It is not heavy like a pie and has all the same tastes, but with fewer calories. Not only is it the perfect dessert for a Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving or even Christmas, it is also easy to whip up for a midweek treat. I have made and tasted many apple crisps over the years, but none is as delicious as this one.  Honestly, you will want to hide in a closet with a pint of vanilla ice cream and a pan of this apple crisp and … [Read more...]

Day Tripping at Fundy National Park, N.B., Canada

Earlier last week, my sisters, one brother, and our significant others went on an end of summer day trip to Fundy National Park. It wasn’t our first visit to the park, we only live about an hour away, so we try to make it up at least a couple of times a year. When our kids were young, we were there more often, as we often camped at one of “Fundy’s” campgrounds. Red Adirondack chairs at Bennett Lake. "Looking for that special place where all your worries melt away? At 12 enchanting … [Read more...]

How to Make a Traditional Apple Pie

Is it just me, or did anyone else think the summer flew by at light speed? Honestly, I can barely believe that we're more than halfway through September! When I think back over the summer, it seems like just a few weeks ago that our daughter and her two sweet puppies were home for a visit…and that was the end of May! While I will definitely miss the summer, there are many things about the autumn of the year that I love too.  Cool nights that make it easier to sleep, bright blue autumn skies, … [Read more...]

One-Skillet Turkey, Mushrooms and Polenta Cakes

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. I don't want you to get me wrong, I love the relaxed vibe of summer, however, I have always found something very comforting about the fall of the year. For the most part, vacations are over, the kids are back at school and dad and mom are back to work. Life, in general, seems to go back to normal. Another thing I like about the fall is the cooler weather.  Which for me often … [Read more...]

How to Make Pesto

Making your own basil pesto is very easy and the taste is beyond anything you will ever find in a jar.  Don't get me wrong, I don't always have fresh pesto on hand and have used the jarred type on many occasions.  It tastes good and does the job, but it is NOT homemade!  Homemade pesto is so delicious and fresh tasting.  Once you have made your own, you won't want to use jarred again. If you grow basil or have access to big bunches from a farmers market or a friend's garden,  I highly … [Read more...]

Live Your Life Without Bladder Leaks

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with uresta®.  As always, all opinions are our own. As a woman who gave birth to two, 9 plus pound babies, it’s not a big surprise that I have experienced some bladder leakage for much of my adult life. Add to that the fact I am no longer in my 30’s or even 40’s and my muscle tone is not what it used to be...and that equals even more bladder leaks. From new moms to grandmothers urinary incontinence doesn’t discriminate - it can strike no … [Read more...]

Our Getaway to New River Beach Provincial Park

For the past ten summers, my sisters and I have gone on a camping/glamping trip to New River Beach Provincial Park. We all have grown kids, many of whom are scattered across the country (and come "home" for summer vacations) so coordinating dates for this trip has always been a bit of a challenge. Naturally, if the "kids" are home, none of us want to lose any of the precious time that we have with them. Some years we have gone on our trip as early as mid-June and this year it was the last … [Read more...]

Blueberry and Lemon Scones

Here on Canada's East Coast we are in the midst of blueberry season! We're lucky in this part of the world to have thousands of acres of wild blueberries that grow naturally in the acid soils of Atlantic Canada. Blueberries are one of the most popular summer treats of all time. They are sweet, succulent, full of nutrients, and can be eaten freshly picked, as well as, incorporated into a variety of recipes. I have been experimenting with lots of blueberry recipes - Blueberry Sour Cream … [Read more...]

How to Make Blueberry Pie

After a long, hot summer, I love the fall of the year. The blistering temperatures and high humidity have been replaced by comfortable temps and a cooling breeze. Another reason I love this time of year is the abundance of local fruits and vegetables available at markets and roadside stands. One of our favourite fruits is blueberries. They grow in wild abandon in fields all over southern New Brunswick. Not only are they delicious, blueberries are very high in antioxidants. One of my … [Read more...]