Blueberry & Peach French Toast In A Foil Packet #BBFEggs

Blueberry & Peach French Toast In A Tin Foil Packet

There is no easier meal or dish to make while camping and enjoying the outdoors than a tin foil packet. It really is your best friend when you want convenience. One of my family’s very favourite breakfasts is french toast with fresh fruit, so I decided to de-construct conventional french toast to make this super easy & delicious Blueberry & Peach French Toast in a tin foil packet with the help of Burnbrae Farm’s Cinnamon French Toast Liquid Eggs product. My family is going camping tomorrow and I am so excited to make this fantastic breakfast for all my humans! Read More »

Hoisin Glazed Chicken Skewers

Hoisin Glazed Chicken Skewers

One of my family’s favorite meals right now is chicken skewers. They love, love, love chicken skewers and I love how easy they are to make. As soon as I told them that we were having “hoisin glazed chicken skewers” for dinner, everyone was excited because hoisin sauce is a favorite in this house. With Blue Dragon’s Hoisin Sauce, this glaze for chicken is easy to whip up but the flavor is amazing! Kids love skewers…so it makes a great family meal! I think I could serve these a few times a week and everyone would have happy tummies! This Read More »

Mango Chutney Grilled Fruit Skewers

Mango Chutney Glazed Fruit Skewers

There is no easier summer dessert on the planet than ice cream…and when some grilled fruit skewers are added, the dessert becomes even more tasty & scrumptious! Threading some cut-up fruit on skewers takes very little time and with  a yummy & flavorful brushed-on glaze such as  Patak’s Sweet Mango Chutney with a little honey and orange juice, the result is so delicious! You must give this easy dessert a try! The wonderful thing about this glaze is that it caramelizes on the grilled fruit so that it is warm, sweet and slightly spicy…which makes an amazing partner to vanilla Read More »

The Gift of A Beautiful Real Wood Watch by Jord for Father’s Day

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When looking for Father’s Day gifts, I often find it  hard to find something that is special & unique for my husband as he is not one for fancy or expensive things. However, he is a true outdoors man and every summer he looks forward to getting away to camp & fish and be in the fresh air. So when I found these beautiful wood watches by Jord, I thought they were absolutely perfect for my husband with his love of the out doors and nature.  I chose this gorgeous Sully watch for him in green and it arrived in Read More »

Scrambled Eggs Breakfast Nachos

Scrambled Egg Breakfast Nachos

Who doesn’t love nachos? I mean seriously…do you know one single person who doesn’t like nachos? I don’t. I think it’s a finger food  liked by everyone that is  fun and casual. These scrambled egg breakfast nachos are a fun take on the traditional nachos and are an easy way to serve eggs for breakfast that are unusual but easy to make and delicious! All that is needed is a skillet,  a carton of liquid eggs {or 8 eggs} and toppings that your humans love. This recipe is a wonderful addition to easy grilling or camping meal ideas as well. My Read More »

Learning & Planting with Kashi’s #PlantItForward Program

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Over the past few weeks, I have had so much fun helping to spread the word about Kashi’s #PlantItForward Program. For the third year in a row, Kashi has partnered with the Evergreen’s Seeding Healthy Communities program to help build and support urban gardens across Canada so that Canadians can get closer to real food by having the chance to grow fruits and vegetables. Helping Canadians get closer to real food by teaching them how to grow it is a wonderful life long skill to nurture. Kashi wants everyone to Put Your Hands Up For Real Food! According to the Read More »

Curried Shrimp Boil Skewers

Curried Shrimp Boil Skewers

Barbecue season is here and we have been busy grilling many of our favourite summer dishes. With winter being so long, we aim to squeeze out every possible minute of summer fun by eating & cooking outdoors as much as we can. One of our very favourite grilled meals are skewers or kabobs. They are so versatile as they can made with all kinds of variations of meat, seafood, vegetables, marinades, flavours and sauces. My kids gobble them up, so that makes it a winning dinner too. I have been working with Patak’s over the past year as an ambassador, Read More »

Asian Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers

Asian Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers

It’s no secret how much our family loves skewers for meals in the summer. I have shared the delicious recipes for both Curried Shrimp Boil Skewers and Grilled Curry & Lime Pork Skewers as some of our favourite summertime grilling recipes, and now we have a new favourite to add to the list…Asian Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers. The glaze for this recipe was the easiest thing in the world to create…I just combined two of Blue Dragon’s sauces to create one delicious glaze that was brushed over the skewers.  These are two sauces that you may even have in your Read More »

It’s the Outdoor Extravaganza Link Party! Come Link Up Your Outdoor Projects!

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If you have been following along for the past few weeks, you know that I have been sharing outdoor projects every Wednesday, along with 5 other bloggers for the Outdoor Extravaganza.   Week 1  was all about Plants & Gardens and I shared this little fairy garden.   For Week 2, the theme was Decor and Entertaining and I shared our Front porch decor: And Week 3’s  theme was Build & Paint, and I shared this Magazine-Rack-Turned-Outdoor-Planter project: Now it’s your turn to share your outdoor projects! Please feel free to share any outdoor project, new or old, by adding your Read More »

Recycled Magazine Rack Turned Outdoor Planter

Recycled Magazine Rack Turned Outdoor Planter

Hello friends! I hope you are well! Can I just say how much I love this time of year? In my part of the planet right now, the sun rises at 5:30 am and doesn’t set until 10:00 pm…with many hours of glorious sunshine in between. And do you know what that means? So much time to be outside. Hours to garden.  Moments to savour while front porch sittin’. I have loved being a part of the Outdoor Extravaganza this month because it has given me a chance to focus on getting some great outdoor projects done. This here little Read More »

Help Canadian Communities Grow Real Food With Kashi’s #PlantItForward Program +Kashi Prize Pack Giveaway!

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Hello friends! I hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather. I was busy in my garden over the long weekend and I noticed on Facebook that many of my friends were busy planting their gardens with lots of yummy vegetables as well. I think we are all looking forward to some fresh vegetables later this summer!   You might remember a few weeks ago, I was super excited when Kashi contacted me and asked if I would like to help spread the word about their Plant It Forward program.  Kashi believes that we all need to know more about the food we Read More »

2 Easy Tips to Stay Fit This Summer +Brita® Filtered Water Bottle Giveaway!

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With school being over for the year in just one month, it will soon be the season for summer vacations, camping trips, family reunions and summer sports tournaments. I find that summer is always the time of year when a regular schedule gets thrown to the wind as we try to squeeze out every bit of enjoyment of the gorgeous weather outside. One thing that can be hard to fit in on a regular basis during summer is getting to the gym or keeping up with exercise programs/classes. The pictures below shows the only two things that you really need Read More »

Fresh & Fun Front Porch Decor

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   Hello friends! Are you ready for the second installment of the Outdoor Extravaganza this week? This week’s theme is outdoor decor and entertaining and I am sharing our front porch. With the exception of  Christmas, one of my very favourite spaces to decorate is our front porch for summer. I adore an attractive front porch with lots of flowers and personality. Each year I try to make it look slightly different than the previous season.  Two years ago, I chose yellow as the pop of colour, while last year, you may remember that I found these fabulous chairs. Our Read More »

Save Time, Money & Energy with Toronto Hydro by signing up for eBills +Win A Washer & Dryer #HydroGTA

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As a busy mom, I really love things that help me save time and stay organized. One of the things that I seem to drown in is mail & paper clutter. It’s hard to keep on top of it all, along with other things that demand my attention…like children, making meals and laundry. That’s why recently I made it a personal goal of mine to go paperless with our monthly bills. This means that I have considerably less paperwork to open and file each month. To do this, I created a mail folder for each month on my computer that Read More »

Make Grilling Easier Than Ever with Cookina® +Cookina® #WhatsOnYourGrill Giveaway!

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 Disclosure: This post was sponsored by COOKINA®. However, as always, I only work with brands/products that I truly love and all opinions are 100% mine. I totally loved this product and we plan to use it all the time for our grilling adventures. Hello  friends! I hope you are having a great week so far as we kick off the very first camping weekend of the season! We can barely wait to get out for our first trip of the season, but it won’t be this weekend as my husband is away for work for 2 weeks. However, while he Read More »

How To Make A Fairy Garden & 4 Other Fabulous Outdoor Plant & Flower Projects for the Outdoor Extravaganza 2015!

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Hello there! I am so excited to share this amazing Fairy Garden project with you, along with the projects of 4 other talented bloggers as part of this year’s Outdoor Extravaganza, hosted by Shauna at Satori Design For Living! If you have never visited Shauna,  please go over and see her beautiful projects!   I was first intrigued with the idea of making a fairy garden last summer when I visited a large, local greenhouse & garden centre and saw a number of these charming gardens on display. My inner child was absolutely smitten with these tiny gardens of imagination, Read More »

Skillet Blueberry & Cream Cheese Strata

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  Who doesn’t love a great blueberry dish such as a blueberry cream cheese strata? Camping Season is almost here and I am SO excited! Last weekend, our family invested in a brand new tent for camping season 2015! Our current tent was 10 years old and for the last 2 summers we have used it, it had a broken zipper on the door which meant that the door couldn’t be zipped up all the way. So of course, all the bugs in our vicinity knew where to come for a midnight snack! It was obviously time for an upgrade, Read More »

5 Tips For Prepping Meals For Busy Families On the Go!

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There is nothing that makes me happier than making a good meal for my family! Home-cooked meals are not only budget-friendly and can help the family’s food allowance go far, but are far more healthy than eating out. What I am about to show you is very simple, basic food that is prepared to cover a few meals and it is something that the kids can help with too! I know that there are a ton of posts out there showing how to make meals for the freezer and or crock pot, but my family enjoys those types of meals Read More »

Give Love to New Moms In Need this Mother’s Day with World Vision Gifts #WorldVisionGifts

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One of the things that I cherish most in life is my role as a mother. My role is not only to love & protect my children, but to help guide and nurture, and send them off into the world as caring, responsible and productive individuals. My kids are now 14 and 18 years old and even though my daughter is in University, I still treasure those fleeting moments when I get to nurture her as a young woman. One thing that I have discovered is that we never stop being mothers to our children. I feel so very fortunate Read More »

Support Growing Real Food In Urban Gardens Across Canada This Summer with Kashi’s #PlantItForward Program

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  Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Kashi. However, as always, I only partner with brands/products that I love and use in my own home. I have been feeding my family Kashi products for years, including those ‘tasty little crackers’, bars and cereal.   With Spring here, my family is really looking forward to getting our garden started this season. When our children were smaller, we did not have a lot of time to garden, so some years we just grew a few tomatoes in pots on our deck or herbs such as chives, dill and basil.  This year, Read More »

The Best BBQ Tool for Summer Grilling & Camping

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by COOKINA®. However, as always, I only work with brands/products that I truly love and all opinions are 100% mine. I totally loved this product and we plan to use it all the time for our grilling adventures.     Hello everyone! Are we all a little excited that summer grilling season is just around the corner? I know I am.  Although we haven’t had a chance to do spring cleaning with our deck, BBQ and outdoor furniture yet, we are enjoying the sunny days and grilling away. I am especially excited this year  for Read More »

Strawberry Shortcake Spring Roll Wraps

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Strawberry season is almost here and it’s time to pull out all those yummy strawberry recipes! We lurves strawberry anything at our house…be it shortcake, pie, tarts, jam…you name it, we love it! These Strawberry Shortcake Spring Roll Wraps are a fun twist on an old classic and the fun part is that there is no baking involved in making these neat little packages of strawberry goodness!  I have had so much fun working with Blue Dragon this year as an Ambassador and creating a fun recipe each month. This month, I was tasked with coming up with a recipe Read More »

Crunchy Roast Cauliflower

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To be honest, cauliflower was not a vegetable that I ate growing up. It was always served boiled, which did not appeal to me at all. In recent years, I have discovered that roasted cauliflower is da bomb and it marries to well with so many other flavours that it is one of my fav vegetables because of it’s versatility. This recipe for Crunchy Roast Cauliflower is crispy & tasty and oh so good…in fact I ate it today for lunch. It was that good! You may remember that I have been working with Patak’s Indian Sauces & Pastes for Read More »

Crepes with Yogurt & Berries

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This is a favourite family recipe straight from my mother’s kitchen….crepes! My mother has been making crepes for years and it is a delicious treat that we all love…whether sweet or savory.  Being a Maritimer, our favourite savory crepes are stuffed with seafood and drizzled with creamy cheese sauce. Every time I go home to Nova Scotia  from Alberta, I ask my mother to make us her famous, mouth-watering seafood crepes. But when it comes to satisfying our sweet tooth,  we enjoy crepes all berried-up with yogurt and whipped cream for a fresh & tasty breakfast, brunch or dessert. If Read More »

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

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Even those the seasons change, there is one thing that never changes…and that is making meals for the family. The menu choices may change, but there is always the family dinner that everyone looks forward to. This month, I got to try another delicious meal from Cook with Campbell’s. Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce is a recipe that is delicious and makes another winning dinner. With noodles, and beef in a tasty tomato sauce made easily with Campbell’s soup, you really cannot go wrong with this family-pleasing meal! And if you want leftover sauce for another meal, just double the recipe! With warmer weather Read More »

Coconut Milk Pudding with Tropical Fruit {Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Vegan}

Coconut Milk Pudding with Tropical Fruit

Do you love pudding? So do I! Especially creamy homemade puddings with fresh fruit toppings. They are absolutely divine! Such a nice treat as a dessert, snack or even for breakfast. This time, I switched things up a little and used coconut milk and the result was fabulous. My son said this pudding tasted like a coconut cream pie, and that is a comparison I will gladly take! This pudding is so simple to make that it will make you hop like a bunny with joy! And this sweet treat would make a great dessert for those who are eating Read More »

Easy Carrot Cake Cookies

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Is there anything better than warm homemade cookies? My family loves homemade cookies and they don’t last long around here. After years of baking, I know that my favourite type of cookie has butter, white sugar AND brown sugar in the recipe. It gives the cookie just the right amount of crispy goodness on the outside and tender sweetness on the inside that I absolutely crave! I thought I would make this carrot cake cookies just for you for Easter! They are made with a basic cookie dough with a few other additions that most families have in their cupboards Read More »

Vegetable Curry {Gluten Free Main Dish}

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Just when we think winter might be over, we get walloped with a little more snow just to remind us all that Mother Nature is still in control. So while flip-flop and barbecue season hasn’t quite arrived, I am still happy to get a delicious smelling one-pot meal on the stove to warm up my kitchen and spirits. This fragrant and mildly spicy vegetable curry made with the help of Patak’s is a wonderful meal to chase away the chill of the cold weather outside. It can served as a meatless main dish or it can served as a lovely Read More »

Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

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I absolutely love, love, love recipes that make a lot of quantity for my family.  With a teen son who is eating us out of house & home these days, a dish that yields a lot is a necessity! He is always looking for a meal….a filling, good stick-to-the ribs kind of meal! This delicious Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo from Cook with Campbell’s is a recipe that is delicious, filling and makes a great meal for big appetites. With noodles, chicken and cheese, and a creamy sauce made easily with Campbell’s soup, you really cannot go wrong with this family-pleasing Read More »

Veggie & Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts #Cheesefest

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You know that old children’s song, “And the fork ran away with the spoon?”  Well. I really think we have  been lied to all these years. I am pretty sure that the fork ran away with the cheese. I mean, who would want to run away with a boring old spoon when you could have cheese?   If there is one ingredient that I can count on that my whole family will love…it’s cheese. I don’t even have to think twice about sprinkling cheese into any dish because I know that it will be loved and swooned over. Sometimes, when I feel Read More »