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!

 

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Infused Water, Make-It Monday

At the beginning of May, I shared that I’m trying to cut out pop! Aside from two instances where it served as mix for drinks, I’ve been doing really well. (And I don’t count those as a hit, because quite frankly, it was less than four cups total.) If you know someone who is looking to get into cooking but doesn’t know where to start, this is the easiest place to start; it’s also great if you are trying to cut down on your sugar or caffeine!

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Snapshot Saturday, 25 March 2017

So, the last few months have been really hard on me. I’ve been incredibly stressed out from a few different areas and it has taken it’s toll on me, mentally and physically. That’s pretty hard for me to admit and I can’t say that coping will be easy. However, I’ve been trying to practice some self care and do things that make me happy. And what has made me happy this week?  Continue reading

Soft Pretzels, Make It Monday

After my cinnamon bun post, I’ve been musing on what I can do with my remaining yeast packets! It doesn’t need to be used right away but I do find that if I let them go too long, I forget we have them and either buy new packets or end up staring at an expired yeast packet. So, I decided to go with soft pretzel bites- while a full pretzel will hit you a little hard on the calorie/carb side (I’m trying my best to stay healthy), this little guys will satisfy your pretzel craving while not being too much on the health side! Continue reading

Make It Monday: Sugar Cookies

After years and years of searching, after mediocre cookie after mediocre cookie, I have finally found a sugar cookie recipe that I love. I’ve gone through more sugar, butter, and flour than any baker should, and spent more time rolling out failed dough that my rolling pin would like. This post is the celebration of a baking victory- I can finally offer to make cut cookies for events and celebrations, and if nothing else, eat them myself…. Without any further adieu, my sugar cookies!

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Make It Monday- Waffles!

A new feature on the blog will be Make It Monday, where I will share a recipe or DIY that I have recently tried! (If I don’t have one, it will be an open post.) As I’ve discussed in earlier posts, Santa was very good to me and brought me a waffle maker. In due time, I will be making a tater tot waffle but for now, I’m sticking with a classic, standard waffle recipe. This came with the waffle maker, and so far it’s treated me fairly well.

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UNSALTED BUTTER?!? A Food Rant.

I’m not going to lie, this is a hard time of the year for me to blog. I want everything to be Christmassy! This is the time of the year that I live for, so I just have a million ideas floating around my head. Also, Canadian Thanksgiving was a full month ago and Remembrance Day just passed, so there isn’t really anything in the way between me and Christmas now. However, I’m going to do my best to not overwhelm everyone with holiday posts, and if you think it’s getting to be too much, leave a comment or shoot me an email! Now that that is out of the way, today’s post is about food and cooking and baking- while there is a good deal of that during the holidays, we also eat year round (or so I hope). This is a loose collection of my thoughts and rants while searching for recipes, baking/cooking, and serving. Continue reading

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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