8 Tips for Entertaining at Home {w/Recipe & Giveaway}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Well...it's official! We had our first snowfall of the season a few days ago, so I guess I can no longer ignore that winter is indeed on its way. Although I will miss the warmer weather there is something very comforting and cozy about cold winter days. It's time for ice skating, warm fires, tobogganing and my favourite part, making hearty, healthy and delicious dinners for family and … [Read more...]

5 Ingredient Cranberry Squares

If you’re looking for a homemade square that tastes amazing but is simple to make, do I have a great recipe for you! These 5 Ingredient Cranberry Squares are not only easy to make, they are delicious! This is a tried and true, old-fashioned recipe. You will most likely have most of the ingredients already in your pantry. The only thing you may not have is the cranberry sauce. I advise you to make your own cranberry sauce the night before or earlier in the day and then refrigerate to give it … [Read more...]

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

We always try to have a "big" dinner on Sundays and I almost always make something for dessert. Sometimes it's as simple as Chocolate Chip Cookies or Banana Bread, but other times I will make a pie or sometimes even a cake, like this dense and delicious Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. If you are anything like me, you always have a couple overripe bananas hanging around in a bowl on the kitchen table.  Usually, I will make banana bread or banana muffins, but today I wanted to try … [Read more...]

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Once you make this easy recipe for Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, you'll never again reach for a boxed Mac & Cheese. Yes, you're right, making it from scratch does take a little extra time. But honestly, not that much and there is absolutely no comparison in the quality and taste! It's really easy: Add flour to butter and onion. Cook flour for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.  You are basically making a roux and cooking the flour ensures you don't have an unpleasant "raw" … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sauce Two Ways

This may sound a little strange, but one of my favourite parts of a big turkey dinner is the cranberry sauce. Sure, I like the main event. The turkey, squash, brussel sprouts, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy and especially the dressing, but I LOVE cranberry sauce.  For me, every fork full of turkey and dressing is always covered in gorgeous, ruby-red, cranberry sauce. Yes, you can buy canned cranberry sauce in the grocery store, but, don't. Honestly, it is so easy to make and tastes so … [Read more...]

Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers

Last week I was going to a girls get together with some family and friends. I wanted to take some of the burdens off the host and offered to bring along an appetizer. (Although, that being said...there ended up being enough food on the buffet table to feed a small army for a week...lol, so I don't think I was much help!) A couple of Christmases ago, I made some Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers...but apparently, we were all quite hungry that evening.  As it turned out, they … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Master Thanksgiving Prep & Planning

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Although I’m sad to see the long, laid-back, lazy days of summer come to an end, I’m actually excited for the start of autumn.  I find the cooler weather, vibrant colours, fuzzy sweaters, big family dinners and returning to more of a routine to be comforting. Speaking of big family dinners. Thanksgiving is almost here and Canadians are gearing up to celebrate one of their favourite … [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...]

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...]

Back to School Tips & “Meal Starter” Turkey Ragu

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. My birthday is in early May and I would swear that was just a couple of weeks ago...where did this summer go?  Even though I dread the thought of the long, relaxing days of summer coming to an end, the slight nip in the evening air is making it all feel real! With the end of summer upon us, we’re getting ready to adjust to new habits and back-to-school routines. Making the … [Read more...]

Chicken and Veggie Fajitas

A few days ago we went on a shopping trip to our local big box store to stock up on some essentials. Well, you can probably guess how that went — we came home with way more than just the essentials...hahahahaha! Really though, who can resist the great prices on all the fruits and vegetables? Apparently, not me! After a couple big dinners and a few appetizer veggie plates, we still had four peppers left that needed to be used ASAP.  So, whatever we made for dinner, had to include these … [Read more...]