Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette {A Pretty Life}F

Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette can be made in 15 minutes, and is the perfect summer side dish.  Summer ripened tomatoes paired with fresh basil, it just doesn’t get more delicious than this. – – – – – – – Don’t you just love summer produce?  I can’t get enough.  This is the time of year when I load up at the farmer’s markets and bring home loads of produce to cook with.  All the cases and boxes of fruit and vegetables just call to me to take them home. I especially have a thing for the cases of summer ripened tomatoes, all of the different and beautiful varieties to choose from.  Cases and cases that smell like tomatoes…you know that smell?  Mmmmm, is your mouth watering?  We’ve been buying a lot of tomatoes this year so we’ve been enjoying them at almost every meal.  I’ve also been busy thinking up new ways to serve them.  But really, there is no other time than summer when tomatoes taste better, so I like to serve them fresh as much as I can. Last week when we visited our local farmer’s market they were taste testing a fresh tomato […]

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Making your own art  {A Pretty Life}F

What I’m learning about art in my home

Life is too short to have empty walls.  True story.  Here’s what I’m learning about art in my home. – – – – – – – For years I didn’t hang much of anything on the walls in my home.  I left many of them blank because I was afraid to put a hole in the wall, which when you think about it, is kind of silly.  I always just felt that if it wasn’t the exact perfect piece of art then I shouldn’t hang anything, so instead I had a lot of lonely empty walls.  But I’ve decided that it’s time to get over this because honestly life is too short, and they’re only walls.  Little holes can be fixed. I started my wall decorating mission in my office and hung some beautiful prints in there, then I moved on to our master bedroom and hung more art.  Now I’m putting my focus on our living and eating space on the main floor, because after we repainted the walls, they were left empty, just waiting to be decorated. My most recent piece of art is this photo of a local canola field that I had printed onto a canvas through a […]

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Zucchini Bread Pancakes  {A Pretty Life}FB

Zucchini Bread Pancakes

These Zucchini Bread Pancakes are a delicious way to use up any extra zucchini you have around!  They’re hearty and SO good! – – – – – – – I updated an old favourite!  Enjoy! – I’ve always been very open about my love of pancakes and zucchini.  There’s no sense in hiding a love affair if it’s a good one right?  Then I thought what would happen if I brought two loves together and made them one?  Voila…Zucchini Bread Pancakes.  I used my basic oatmeal pancake recipe as a base, then I added grated fresh zucchini.  I love how they turned out! – – – When you think about it, zucchini bread is delicious, so why wouldn’t the same flavours work in a pancake?  Well, let me tell you that they do in fact work.  These pancakes are so good.  So good that even the self proclaimed zucchini haters in my family love them, and will eat many. – These are great for breakfast but I also like to serve them up sometimes for backwards dinner!  I do that sometimes, because some days when Dad isn’t home for dinner, I get a little more relaxed with my meal planning.  Does this ever happen to you? […]

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Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake  {A Pretty Life}Feature

Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake

This Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake is a perfect recipe for all of your garden fresh rhubarb. It makes a great brunch or snack cake! – – – – – – I cannot get enough of rhubarb, seriously.  I could bake with rhubarb for days…so when ever I am able to get my hands on any, I make sure that I bake as much as I can with it.  I often have good luck finding rhubarb in our local grocery store, but early this spring I planted a small rhubarb plant, and amazingly it grew into a huge plant so I had plenty of rhubarb to use!  And this is a good thing for you because I made this Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake and I think you’re going to love it. Love love it. I find that rhubarb can be substituted into all kinds of recipes pretty seamlessly, and especially recipes with strawberries.  But I really love the tart and unique flavour of rhubarb on it’s own so I wanted to make something with rhubarb as the star of the show.  Rhubarb always bakes nicely into a cake, so I knew that was what I wanted to make, and I had the perfect […]

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9 Delicious Zucchini Recipes To Try

9 Delicious Zucchini Recipes To Try

Have more zucchini than you know what to do with?  Here are 9 Delicious Zucchini Recipes To Try! – – – – – – Zucchini is one of the most versatile vegetables available!  Zucchini is technically a fruit, but for all intents and purpose it’s treated like a vegetable.  No matter, what a zucchini is, is delicious.  If you’re one of the lucky ones you have a huge summer crop, with more zucchini than you know what to do with.  But if you’re like me and you don’t have a personal crop, you can buy plenty of zucchini from your local farmers markets or grocery store, and that is exactly what I do all summer long.  All zucchini all the time. Zucchini is great to have on hand because there are so many delicious ways to cook and bake with it without getting bored.  Over the years here on my blog, I’ve shared a few of my favourite zucchini recipes, so I thought I would share them with you again, all in one easy to access place! Here are 9 Delicious Zucchini Recipes To Try! Zucchini, Cheddar Cheese & Chive Buttermilk Quick Bread:  Quick bread recipes are fantastic, and this particular recipe is one […]

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More great shows to add to your Netflix list

More great shows to add to your Netflix list

Feeding our friendly Netflix addiction one show at a time!  Here are more great shows to add to your Netflix list! – – – – – – I’m continually amazed at the shows and movies Netflix has available to watch…so many to see, so little time!  I swear I have about 5 different shows going all at the same time!  Right now I’m binge watching Grey’s Anatomy, and my husband and I are still watching Wentworth…all this in between binge watching Stranger Things!  But there is just so much good stuff on Netflix, and it just keeps on coming.  So I wanted to share a few newly released titles that I thought you might also enjoy! Have you watched Stranger Things yet?  My social media news feed filled with status updates about this new show on Netflix, so my husband and I jumped in and watched it.  It’s a very very strange show, and honestly I’m not sure I loved it.  Liked it yes, but loved it…not so much (I really liked the characters and all of the 80s movie references, I just found the overall story a little lacking?).  Maybe there’s something strange with me, because I definitely seem […]

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