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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 Refreshing Homemade Lemonade

In our "neck of the woods", we are now in the midst of a bit of a heat wave. When you couple the heat with our constant high humidity (we live very near the Atlantic Ocean) you definitely have the makings of an uncomfortable and a rather miserable day. Because we live in what is usually a cooler climate.  Think lots and lots of snow and super cold weather, most of us don't have air conditioning in our homes. I guess we feel that for the two or three weeks a year that we have this oppressive … [Read more...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

In my neck of the woods, strawberry season will soon be 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...]

How to Make Rhubarb Sour Cream Muffins

Rhubarb Sour Cream Muffins ~ One advantage to living in a northern climate (there aren't too many...lol) is rhubarb! If you are not familiar with rhubarb, it's a cool season perennial vegetable, that's right...it's a vegetable! Even though we most often treat it as a fruit in such confections as pies, crisps, squares, ice-cream, compotes and jams, crumbles, coffee cakes, sweet breads and muffins, it is actually a vegetable. Rhubarb is a cool season, perennial crop. It requires temperatures … [Read more...]

Easy to Make Rhubarb Squares

  Lately, you may have noticed I have been on a bit of a rhubarb kick! My sister lives in the country and has a big rhubarb patch on her property. She is very generous with her rhubarb and made the mistake of telling me to help myself...so, I have decimated the patch on a regular basis and have been cooking up a storm! I'm kidding...I haven't really decimated the rhubarb patch, I left her a few stocks here and there...lol! Plus, (this is how I justify it!) it's actually good for the plant to … [Read more...]