Blueberry Lemon Bread

  My mom made the best Lemon Bread ever! It was a staple at our house for every family gathering, Christmas, birthdays, wedding and baby shower or if we were expecting "company". This is my mom's hand written recipe and I believe it was passed on to her from her mom, my grandmother. With blueberries being at their peak season right now, I have been busy baking up a blueberry storm! Including Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins, Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake  and Blueberry Pie. With … [Read more...]

Vacation Slipup Solutions

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Summer may soon be officially drawing to a close, but that doesn't mean vacations are over! Whether for a two-week vacation or several weekend getaways, the fall of the year is the perfect time for travel. Many domestic hotels and attractions are not as busy, often you can get off-season rates, you avoid the crowds and save lots of money. You can then use the money you saved … [Read more...]

There’s Still Time To Go Camping {w/ Checklist}

When our kids were little, Music Man and I always took them camping a few times every summer. Back in those days we pitched a tent and slept in sleeping bags on the floor. Our luxury item was "bubble pads", think bubble wrap in a large sheet, but there were no air mattresses like we have now.  We have lots of great memories (and some not so great...but we laugh at them now!) from those early days of camping. It's not too late to enjoy some time in the great outdoors! As a matter of fact, my … [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 Clean & Cook Fresh Mussels {Recipe}

Our son, who lives in Ontario was recently home for a nice long visit. Although he loves to do lots of fun things while home, such as our 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...]

Day Tripping on the Fundy Trail, N.B., Canada

Earlier this week we visited the breathtaking Fundy Trail which is located in southern New Brunswick, Canada and is part of the Trans Canada Trail system. This photo was taken at St. Martins beach on the way to the Fundy Trail. We stopped here for a quick visit. The tide is on its way out, but at low tide, you can reach all four huge caves which are located in the background of this photo. It was not our first time visiting the Fundy Trail. My siblings and our families try to get together … [Read more...]

BBQ Turkey Sausage, Potatoes and Vegetable Foil Packs

I love summer!  It's just an entirely different pace than the rest of the year. Even when we're not officially on "vacation", for me, the entire season feels somewhat like a vacation.  Life seems to slow down and the summer vibe is more relaxed. Even though we still eat as nutritiously as possible, preparation and execution are much more laid back in the summer. Think barbecue! Canadians are crazy for BBQ season. And nothing says summer barbeque better than putting juicy, tasty turkey on the … [Read more...]

14 Fabulous Blueberry Recipes

I love the summer. Not only is the weather beautiful but there is always an abundance of freshly picked fruit and vegetables available. Here in Atlantic Canada, strawberry season is nearing the end but the good news is, wild blueberry season is right around the corner! Fresh 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. Wild blueberries grow … [Read more...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

I have been on a bit of a strawberry rhubarb baking kick these past couple of weeks. But, in my defense, how could I not be? It seems that everywhere I go these early summer fruits are looking at me, begging to be transformed into a delicious dessert, like Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp and so many others. I recently made a Strawberry Shortcake Shortcut which is a quick, delicious and easy take on the original and an amazing Strawberry Rhubarb Galette. (Which I may have had more than two pieces … [Read more...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

In my neck of the woods, strawberry season is now in full swing! Add to that, the fact that rhubarb is still going strong too and the dessert ideas are endless. I have been baking up a storm these days and recently posted my recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Shortcut. Music Man, who isn't usually a dessert guy had this about three times in the past week...and he assembled it himself!  Not that he doesn't make meals, because he does.  It's just unusual for him to tackle a dessert, but this … [Read more...]

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...]

Bayer Has Everything You Need For A Happy Summer

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. I am so happy that summer has arrived. Like many of you, this is my favourite time of the year. Summer has such a relaxed and laid-back vibe about it. This is the season for spending time at the cottage, the beach, tending to gardens, camping, travelling with family, barbecuing, deck time and evening bonfires. Really, what's not to love about all those summer … [Read more...]

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

It's not too often you have the opportunity to celebrate a 150th birthday, but today we got to do just that! One hundred and fifty years ago today, Canada officially became a country. While the weather was uncooperative here in Southern New Brunswick, it didn't dampen our spirits and people came out in droves to celebrate this special day. I met my sister, "in town" (aka Saint John) and we ventured "uptown"...Saint John's city centre is at the top of a hill and has always been called … [Read more...]