Super Easy Strawberry Shortcake Shortcut

I love to cook and bake, but some days you just need to take a shortcut. Today is definitely a strawberry shortcake shortcut day. (Shortcake shortcut...is that alliteration?) Yesterday, because I have been craving strawberry shortcake, we picked up a couple of boxes of fresh strawberries. I HAD every intention of making biscuits today for the strawberry shortcake...but, it's way too hot and humid today to even think about turning on the oven! We still wanted the shortcake though, so I … [Read more...]

How to Make A Classic Gin & Tonic

I was late to the Gin & Tonic party! I just started drinking them within the past five years, but I certainly wish I had discovered this classic cocktail much earlier. With only a few ingredients, it couldn't be easier to make and is the ultimate clean, clear cocktail to enjoy on a hot summer day. (Although, having said that, it's a simple and elegant cocktail that can be enjoyed all year-long.) I thought it would be fun to research the origins of the Gin & Tonic (often called … [Read more...]

43 Amazing Strawberry Recipes

One of my favourite times of the year has finally arrived...STRAWBERRY SEASON! I don't know why, but for me, summer doesn't officially arrive (even if the calendar says otherwise!) until I have my first strawberry. They're cold, they're sweet and they are absolutely delicious! I also like how versatile the common little strawberry is. You can eat them as a component in the most elaborate dessert on the planet and they are scrumptious or... eat them individually, fresh from the … [Read more...]

Grilled Turkey Sausage and Summer Greens Pizza

This past winter, I can vividly remember looking out the windows at the mounds of snow surrounding our house and mentally counting the days until warmer weather.  Now finally, after a long cold winter, the warm summer days and nights have arrived.  Very soon now, summer vacations will begin and the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer that we dreamed about all winter will become a reality! While I still don't mind spending the occasional afternoon in the kitchen, puttering around and making a big … [Read more...]

Mom’s Lemon Loaf with Lemon Icing Drizzle

Lemon Loaf with Lemon Icing Drizzle ~ Since moving to a temporary house a few months ago, ALL of my recipe books are still packed away and in storage. I didn't want to unpack anything that wasn't necessary, only to have to repack it in a few months. I remember packing my treasured recipes thinking, well if I need a specific recipe, I'll just check the blog. Most of my often used recipes are there. Well, you can imagine my surprise when yesterday I decided to make Lemon Bread (or Loaf) … [Read more...]

How to Make a Classic Caesar

Tomorrow is National Caesar Day so I thought now would be the perfect time to share a recipe for a Classic Canadian Caesar. I was FORCED to make a couple Caesars just to be certain everything was perfect and to snap a few pics...being a recipe blogger is tough work...lol I still remember the first time I had a Caesar. It was the first Christmas, Music Man and I were married. We were visiting Music Man's family and his brother brought out these huge glasses of deliciousness. It was … [Read more...]

Fiddlehead, Leek and Gruyere Tart

In case you're not familiar with them, a fiddlehead is the curled, edible shoot of the ostrich fern and is considered a seasonal delicacy in many parts of North America. I have not always been one of those people expectantly awaiting each springs fiddlehead harvest.  Yes, I do really like fiddleheads and their unique shape and taste. I have eaten them many times, both at home and in restaurants. So what is my issue?  Fiddlehead cleaning needs to be meticulous. So, when you're a bit of … [Read more...]

Simple & Quick to Make ~ Tuna Rice Casserole

Tuna Rice Casserole ~ We have all had those days when you lift your head up from a full day of working and notice it's 4 o'clock. Often, I know exactly what we're having for supper, but still, there are many times, I have absolutely no idea what to make. This recipe for Tuna Rice Casserole is perfect for those, "I have absolutely no idea what we're going to have for supper days! It's quick, it's easy, it's tasty and you most likely have everything you will need sitting in your pantry … [Read more...]

Tex-Mex Turkey Rice Bowl with Avocado Dressing

  Tex-Mex Turkey Rice Bowl with Avocado Dressing I love to roast a whole turkey on the weekend.  The house is filled with the most mouth-watering aromas and there is just something so homey and comforting about those delicious smells wafting from the oven. Plus, (shhh...don't tell my family, they think I slave over a hot oven all day), but a traditional roast turkey dinner is one of the easier meals to prepare. And, not only is it a delicious dinner on Saturday or Sunday...big … [Read more...]

Orange Loaf with Orange Icing Drizzle

Orange Loaf with Orange Icing Drizzle ~ A couple weeks ago, because they were on sale,  I bought a big bag of oranges.  We did well eating them the first few days and then...well, we seemed to forget about them. Consequently, a couple of days ago when I was rummaging in the crisper, I came across three lonely oranges that, while not "bad", had certainly seen better days. I hate to waste food, so I was wracking my brain to come up with a recipe to use them in. I remember years ago … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Hop into Spring with Kellogg’s {w/ Recipe & Giveaway}

It's time to Hop into Spring with Kellogg's ~ Compared to the epic winter of a couple of years ago, when we received 17 feet of snow. Yes, you read that correctly, 17 FEET, this past winter, here on the east coast, we escaped relatively unscathed. We had a few snowstorms, but nothing compared to the snowmageddon of 2015. The sights and sounds of spring's arrival have been in full force these past couple weeks. The perennials are cautiously poking their heads through the soil and the birds … [Read more...]

32 Easter Treats “Everybunny” Will Love

32 Easter Treats "Everybunny" Will Love ~ Most of this past winter I have longed for the warmer days of spring. Finally, the snow is now melting and the temperatures are starting to rise. I even heard some brave birds chirping this morning! Maybe, just maybe, spring will actually arrive this year! Other than the snow melting, the days becoming longer and the temperatures moderating, even though the calendar says differently, to me Easter marks the "official" arrival of spring. I remember … [Read more...]

Double Chip Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Double Chip Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies ~ I do believe one of my favourite things to bake is cookies. There is just something so satisfying in mixing up a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and an hour or so later having a big batch of fresh from the oven, still warm (or hot...depending on how long you wait to try one...lol) cookies cooling on a rack. Sure, in a pinch, I have purchased packaged cookies from my local grocery store. But, let's face it, there is really nothing as tasty as … [Read more...]

Southern Italian Turkey Pasta Puttanesca {w/Video}

I didn't grow up having traditional "Sunday dinners", however, my husband's family did. When we were first married and when our children were little, we ALWAYS went to my in-laws for a big dinner every weekend. As the years went by and my in-laws became older, the dinners were held more and more often at our home.  Even now, with our grown children scattered across the country, it is a tradition my hubby and I continue each week. And, both of our kids, even though they live alone, almost … [Read more...]