Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. This past winter seemed to last forever.  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to finally be able to go outside without freezing! It’s so nice to sit on the deck with family and friends, enjoying amazing food and the great outdoors.  We love having people over for dinner, so our outdoor time often revolves around barbecuing...because let’s face it, barbecuing is simple, quick, and … [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...]

9 Ingenious Uses for White Vinegar

Most of us have vinegar around the house. White vinegar is a liquid consisting of about 5–20% acetic acid, water, and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. Although we often use it in the kitchen for baking, canning, cooking; vinegar is not just for use in the kitchen. It can also help with a variety of cleaning tasks since the acid acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer. Even if you are familiar with using it, you may still be surprised at some of these nine … [Read more...]

Decadent No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Squares

Chocolate Mousse Squares ~ The summer is rapidly approaching and we will soon be in the midst of many holidays including summer vacations, national holidays, birthdays and barbecues. For the most part, we still have the regular family and work responsibilities, but also want to take advantage of the fabulous summer weather to host or attend a few random get-togethers with family and friends. I have a entertaining secret to share with you! Next time you're invited to a potluck, … [Read more...]

How to Make Perfect Meringue

I have topped pies with meringue for as long as I can remember.  At least, since I was a pre-teen.  I remember my mom making Lemon Meringue pies and I would watch intently as she made the meringue.  I found it quite amazing that you could transform egg whites from this slimy gel-like substance to huge billowy clouds! The art of mastering the perfect meringue is something that takes time, patience and practice. Hopefully, though, I can help demystify the process and make it a little easier for … [Read more...]

16 Favourite Kitchen Tips & Tricks

Are you like me? You love cooking and baking, but not the amount of time it takes to actually execute that perfect dinner, cake, bread or lunch? Over the years, I have learned lots of shortcuts as well as some tricks for making the entire cooking and baking process much more enjoyable. My 16 Favourite Kitchen Tips & Tricks   UPDATE - Forgot to add this tip that we have used for years and years. When freezing ground meat, put it in a freezer bag, flatten and remove all air … [Read more...]

English Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches

Many of us have had an English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich at a local drive-thru restaurant. They're super convenient, especially in the car, as they provide a quick, filling breakfast in one small, manageable package. And, the only utensil required is your hand! While I often eat the sandwiches at the drive-thru restaurants when travelling, I much prefer to make them myself when we're home. Making them yourself means you can customize the ingredients, plus they're healthier...well, … [Read more...]

Skillet Turkey Breakfast Hash

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Was it just me, our did you find this past winter really long too? Thankfully, when I look out my windows now, I’m starting to see some signs of life!  Fresh green grass is sprouting up on the lawn, there are buds on the trees and the temperatures are now consistently on the plus side of the thermometer! Spring is finally here and everyone is starting to make plans for the warmer days … [Read more...]

Mini Eggs & Pudding Easter Cookies

Mini Eggs & Pudding Easter Cookies ~ I have made this basic recipe, using chocolate chips, for what seems like forever! I think I got it from my mom, but I am not sure where she discovered it or its origin.  Because of the somewhat unusual addition of a pudding mix to these cookies, I suspect the recipe may have come from a pudding company. Perhaps, at one time it was written on the package itself or found in a magazine or product insert. I have made the Pudding Chocolate Chip version … [Read more...]

A Recent Visit to London, Ontario

As you may already know, both our kids are grown and now live away from “home”.  Our son lives in London, Ontario and our daughter is about an hour and a bit away from us, in Moncton. N.B.. (She was in the Northwest Territories for two years...so compared to that distance, Moncton feels like next door!) We raised them to be adventurous and independent, and are extremely happy they both are, but that doesn't mean we don't still really miss them! Having them visit us or us visiting them, makes … [Read more...]

No-Bake, Easter Egg Nests

  I have made the basic recipe for what I know as "Frogs" for as long as I can remember.  I think some people refer to these cookies as Chocolate Macaroons, but to me they will always be "Frogs".  How or why they came to have that name escapes me; they are not green, greenish or frog shaped. I have made them special for Easter by pushing three candy coated chocolate eggs into each cookie, forming a little chocolate nest. What these cookies are, is delicious mounds of chocolate that … [Read more...]