Strawberry Ice-Box Cake, Make-It Monday

The weather is getting warm, the sun is staying up late, and it’s the time that you have friends over and you head out. So, that means more potlucks and barbecues- easy and light recipes that don’t keep you in the kitchen and feeling heavy afterwards. This couldn’t be an easier recipe and it can be thrown together in less than 5 minutes- this ice box cake is the perfect summer recipe!

 

Strawberry Ice Box Cake,Make It Monday

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Recipe: Rice Krispie Squares

In terms of classic, memory-evoking recipes, I don’t know if there is a bigger recipe for me than Rice Krispie squares. Never falling prey to regional or familial variations, Rice Krispie squares are fast to make and faster to eat! I decided to make some for M’s visit- they are one of his favourite treats, so I know that they will be well appreciated. They are also quite simple to make, and given that I haven’t been baking and cooking as much as I could be, this was a good way to get back into it again! So, for those experienced cooks and those brand new to the kitchen, the ever easy Rice Krispie squares:  Continue reading

Trial: Shepherd’s Pie

I have made shepherd’s pie a few times before; it makes a semi-regular appearance in my house. It’s one of my favourite meals because it hits all of the food groups, and it is fairly easy to modify for different preferences and allergies. When I decided that I wanted to make bigger meals to freeze and eat for lunches/dinners, I figured that shepherd’s pie should be a good choice given how many servings you typically get out of one casserole dish. The only aspect that slightly concerned me was the freezing- would it still be eatable after it had been frozen and reheated? Only this trial would tell….

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Trial- Homemade Mac and Cheese

I have decided to take my nutrition and health into my own hands, and that starts with not buying lunches at work. While mac and cheese might not be the lowest calorie option, I decided to give it a shot for two reasons: 1) I need to get more calcium in my diet and the milk and cheese will help, and 2) I’ve never made food ahead of time to freeze for lunches and dinners, so I wanted something familiar! I’ve actually not tried to make a cheese sauce before, so this was an interesting ride all around. Unfortunately, I only have a picture of the finished product- I was hurrying along and didn’t have time to take pictures during!

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Trial: Brownie Cookies

As per my summer of recipes, I have been tackling one new recipe every week. While sometimes I am not 100% in the mood to bake/cook, I always end happy that I tried it out. Some recipes are more of a leap, but for this week, I tried Brownie Cookies! I love brownies- if I could only ever have one dessert for the rest of my life, it would be a brownie. And cookies make everything easy to transport and in a bite-sized portion (so that I don’t eat everything). I looked through probably ten different recipes before settling on this one; it had several positive reviews that swung me.  Continue reading

Trial: Pasta Salad

I have deviated from my summer of recipes this week- the London Fog Earl Grey Tea Cake will be pushed later in the summer, I’m going to make it on a weekend when we are having family over so that I have more people to try it! I am trying to amp up my lunch, and change up what I’m eating every day, especially given that I’m bringing dinner, as well, two days a week. My friend Katelynne told me that she just throws pasta salad together, and I figured that I would give it a shot! Continue reading

Trial- Brownie in a Mug

Welcome to week three of my summer of recipes! As you can see from the schedule, this was not a planned week! I was busy Monday and Wednesday night with dance, and Tuesday night I just crashed. But last night I had a teeny bit more energy when I got home, and a craving for chocolate. I considered making a full pan of brownies, but I didn’t have the energy to go quite that far, henceforth: brownie in a mug! I knew that cookie in a mug and cake in a mug existed, but I wasn’t sure of brownie in a mug. Turns out, there are numerous recipes!  Continue reading

Trial- Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken Tacos

Welcome to week two of my summer of recipes! Originally I had planned on making Corck Pot Shredded Beef Tacos, but that recipe wasn’t really that appealing to me the more time I spent looking at it. Not sure why, because I love beef! I’ve only made chicken tacos a few times, and it’s really only quickly searing cooked chicken with taco seasoning, so it was time to branch out. What Megan’s Making has never let me down for a recipe, so I figured that this was worth a shot! Continue reading

Trial- Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favourite desserts/treats in the world. I am strictly a milk chocolate person (I know, I’m a pleb), and berries are my favourite fruit/vegetable to snack on. Sure, you can buy them at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Laura Secord, but that gets expensive if you want to bring some to an event. So, I decided to make my own! Continue reading