3 Simple and Easy No-Bake Summer Desserts, Make It Monday

We are now officially in June, and summer is fast approaching with cool spring being left behind for more and more heat. While I love baking and find it fairly relaxing, I don’t always want to heat up the oven (and the house) by baking in the summer, so I tend to gravitate towards no bake recipes. These are my favourite three recipes to use in the summer when you want something sweet for dessert but don’t want to deal with the heat of baking!

3 Simple & Easy No-Bake Summer Desserts

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Creamsicle Poke Cake, Make It Monday

As of lately, I’ve been quite curious about poke cakes; they seem fairly basic and easy to make but I’ve encountered many recipes that seem easy but fall apart immediately. However, I really like to lean into the summer recipes and we are finally getting a bit of heat here in Winnipeg, so I decided to actually pick a poke cake recipe and try enter- enter the Creamsicle Poke Cake!

Creamsicle Poke Cake

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Mini-Egg Cookies, Make It Monday

If you are like me, you love the chocolate and candy that comes with Easter, and maaaaaybe buy a little too much and end up with leftovers. (Or if you’re entirely done yours already, there should be cheap chocolate available tomorrow- mini creme eggs, hopefully you are waiting for me!) Although just sitting and eating Mini-Eggs is a delightful prospect unto itself, I do enjoy working different candies into my favourite recipes to make more of a great thing- henceforth, I took my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and added crushed and full Mini-Eggs!

Mini-Egg Cookies

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Make It Monday

When it is really cold out, or quite frankly, you are just hungry, oatmeal cookies are the perfect answer- you get a little bit of sugar for energy, you get a little bit of oatmeal for fibre, and the chocolate is just for fun! I took a monster cookie recipe with M&Ms and tweaked it a bit with chocolate chips, because I didn’t have M&Ms on hand and I had chocolate chips to use up- I also made a few small changes that I will note. These were a huge success with the family, and will absolutely be a re-do! Now to the cookies!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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5 Easy and Fast Lunches, Make It Monday

A few of you lovely readers have asked me to do a post on easy and fast lunches to make for and take to work! Life can be busy and hectic, and I’m going to guess that majority of us don’t want to have to make our lunch in the morning before work instead of getting an extra 10-20 minutes of sleep. These are some inexpensive and easy to make lunches that will get you through the day and work and leave you as much time as possible in your day!

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DIY Harry Potter Christmas- Ravenclaw Style, Make It Monday

My office really embraces decorating for the holiday season, and clearly I am just about as gung-ho as it gets. Last year I went with a Whoville/Grinch Who Stole Christmas theme, which was a ton of fun! This year I decided to go with a Harry Potter Christmas theme, specifically Ravenclaw (because I’m Ravenclawesome) and although it took a fair bit of creativity, I’m pretty proud of the whole set up. I will post an “after” picture in the next few weeks after it is all up at work, but I’m going to share the individual elements today for you. The goal was the keep the set up under $50 CAD and be as easy as possible, and I met that goal! Anyone can duplicate this set-up (and make it to your House) with a little effort.

DIY Harry PotterChristmas

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Butter Tarts, Make It Monday

Butter tarts are a quintessentially Canadian recipe, and regional variations can be found all over the country! I know that every country and region claims that their food is the best, and while I completely accept that some Canadian food is kind of weird and bizarre, butter tarts truly are the best of the best. I’ve given butter tarts to many people visiting Canada, and they have been enjoyed every single time! (The same can’t be said of nanaimo bars, ketchup chips, and poutine.) This is an easy to make recipe for butter tarts, for the perfect addition to your holiday menu!

Canadian Butter Tarts Make It Monday

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Peppermint Trifle, Make It Monday

Trifles are one of my favourite desserts to make; they are usually fairly easy to make and they present well with little to no extra work. Normally I make brownie/whipped cream/strawberry trifle but I was hosting friends for an early holiday party and I wanted something a little more wintery and festive. So, I decided to get creative and tweak the recipe a bit in order to fit the theme a little bit better- this recipe is perfect for any skill level in the kitchen!

Peppermint Chocolate Trifle

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Canadian Thanksgiving, Make It Monday

Happy Thanksgiving, my fellow Canadians (and anyone else who wishes to celebrate)! Although a lot of the world thinks that Canada and the US do everything together, our Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October, instead of the fourth Thursday of November, and that is today!! Time to enjoy a cornucopia of different foods and sink into a food coma that is worthy of the longest nap possible. I thought I would share what exactly we have for Thanksgiving dinner, as there is a wide variety in what people actually have!

Canadian Thanksgiving, Make It Monday

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Double Chocolate Fleur de Sel Cookies, Make It Monday

After treating myself to my new Bobbette and Belle  cookbook, I knew that I was going to have to make at least one recipe this week to christen it, and I was  little overwhelmed by all of the choices, to be honest. I almost went with a loaf or muffins for classic fall comfort food, but we were having dinner with some friends and I never arrive without dessert- cookies it is! I’m still trying to work on expanding my repertoire in the kitchen and I have never worked with salted sweets before, so I knew what choice I had to make- Double Chocolate Fleur de Sel cookies.

Double Chocolate Fleur de Sel Cookies

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