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...]

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...]

Brazilian Style Grilled Turkey Breast with Salsa Verde

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. I love this time of the year! The weather and temperatures have been gorgeous and after what seemed like a winter and spring that lasted an eternity, summer has finally arrived in all its glory. No one, including me, wants to spend these beautiful days of summer in a hot kitchen. That's why your BBQ can be your best friend! Grilling up a tasty meal can be the best way to get a … [Read more...]

Deer Guard ~ Do The Deer Think of Your Planters as a Salad Bowl?

Deer Guard ~ Until a couple of days ago, we had some pretty lush looking planters on either side of the garage door...notice my use of the word "had".  The poor deer have come to think of our planters and flower gardens as one big salad bowl.  I don't blame them, massive subdivisions have sprouted up overnight and the deer have nowhere to go. This is part of the herd, sorry for the winter shot. The deer have been in stealth mode lately, hiding out and having babies! I don't mind them grazing … [Read more...]