Turkey Taco Party Cups {w/Recipe & Giveaway}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. When I look back, it honestly feels like just a couple weeks ago that we were relaxing outside on our deck. Right now that same deck is covered in many centimetres of snow! With the holidays looming, leisurely reading on the deck has been replaced with frantic shopping, cleaning, and baking. While we are trying to somewhat “cut back” on the madness, we still want to celebrate the … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Summer is my favourite season of the year! Everything slows down and the daily routine of the school year has flown out the window. Life is less structured and way more relaxed. Even when we're not officially on "vacation", for me, the entire summer feels somewhat like one big holiday...a holiday that I am always sad to see come to an end. However, the reality is, with the end of … [Read more...]

How to Clean & Cook Fresh Mussels {Recipe}

Our son, who lives in Ontario, is soon coming home for a nice long visit. Although he loves to do lots of fun things while home, such as a trip to the Fundy Trail, one of his favourite things is to have some local seafood, like fresh mussels. If you're not familiar with mussels, it's the common name used for members of several families of bivalve molluscs, from saltwater and freshwater habitats. These groups have in common a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Muffins

When my kids were little, I baked a lot of muffins. Usually blueberry, bran, pumpkin, banana, rhubarb...I tried to keep them relatively healthy. However, the type they always begged me to make was Chocolate Chip, they were far and away their favourite! My daughter now lives on her own. She is only about 15 minutes from home, but if I know she is dropping in, I always try to make a special treat. Sometimes it's cookies, a sweet bread and often times it's muffins. She usually NEVER eats any … [Read more...]