Mango Raspberry and Kale Smoothie

Mango Raspberry and Kale Smoothies

I’ve long been a fan of smoothies. I try to cook healthy food and make sure that I get lots of fruits and vegetables in me but I often fail. When I say fail, I mean I have cereal for two meals and maybe some toast or a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner. I’m better at making sure Timothy gets some healthy food in him than I am myself. It is days like these that I turn to smoothies. I try to keep some sort of leafy green on hand and I will use either spinach or kale in a [...]

Double Batch Gluten Free Fruit Crisp Topping

Double Batch Gluten Free Fruit Crisp Topping

I still feel as though I haven’t gotten my cooking mojo back since it evaporated when I felt sick 100% of the time in the first trimester of pregnancy. Now and then I get the mood to cook and I throw myself into it by making extra for the freezer. I’m going to be hitting batch cooking pretty hard over the next couple of weeks as I wait for this little boy to make his debut. We have the little guy’s room ready and I will give you a tour after he arrives. Home Sense has been my saving grace when [...]

Big Harvest Potluck – My Perspective

Beautiful view from the bridge as I walked over the bridge to our hosts' beautiful garden on the first evening of #BHP1

  I’ve been watching the Big Summer Potluck from the sidelines of social media for a couple years now. I would see the hashtag crop up every summer and my curiosity would lead me to snoop around on Instagram and Twitter to see what it is all about. This conference appealed to me much more so than other big American conferences such as BlogHer Food. I don’t think I could handle the sheer number of attendees and mad scrambles to find a seat at the different workshops. It is simply, not for me. You see, I’m pretty shy. I’ve always [...]

Messy Baker Monday – Book Review

Delicious Savory Pecan Cheddar Bites from The Messy Baker.

Back in August I had the pleasure of attending the book launch for Charmian Christie’s new book The Messy Baker. It was a lovely afternoon spent with my friends Jenny and Robyn while we munched away at a sampling of what Charmian and her family prepared using recipes from her new book. While I was there, I happily bought Charmian’s book and flipped through the pages. I greedily ate the Sweet Potato Samosas and the Savory Pecan Cheddar Bites. She had many sweet items on offer that day, including the Double Stuff Oreos and the Blueberry Lime Muffins as well. I [...]

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Honey Sweetened Green Tea Ice Cream

Honey Sweetened Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Summer is over now and for those unlucky Albertans out west, it left in a cruel hurry leaving behind a pile of snow. The photos on my Twitter and Instagram feed nearly made me weep. Well, actually, not really since I did have a bit of a smile but only because it wasn’t happening to me. I am definitely dreading this winter. I could care less about nearly all winter sports, both as a spectator and participant. I’m dreading the walk to school to pick up Timothy where I will be trudging through [...]

Baked Peaches in Honey & Vanilla Syrup

Baked Peaches in a Honey & Vanilla Syrup

Everyone needs an easy dessert in their back pocket. I’ve had a series of screw-ups in the kitchen lately and I’ve been looking for something to get my head back in the game. One of the dishes I made yesterday was a huge pot of tomato soup. I don’t have a recipe for that one because it was ad hoc affair due to the overwhelming amount of tomatoes I had on hand from my little garden. To share a recipe with you, I would like to have something that is easily replicated. This dessert on the other hand, is very [...]

Italian Meatball Soup with Spinach

Italian Meatball Soup with Spinach

Whenever I watch cooking shows that are creating quick meals and they use ten different pans and bowls, it drives me crazy. If the meal only took twenty minutes to pull together, that is awesome, but if the cleanup is twice as long as it took to make the meal then I will likely be ordering pizza if I’m in a tired weeknight time-crunch. I have teamed up with the great crew from Mushrooms Canada and Ontario Beef to be part of ‘Blend and Extend’.  Along with some fellow bloggers, we are creating recipes that combine the ever versatile ground [...]