Creamy Basil Chicken Pasta  {A Pretty Life}

Creamy Basil Chicken Pasta

This Creamy Basil Chicken Pasta is a quick and easy dinner recipe that can be on your table in under 1 hour! – – – – – – This week has been a trying week…on so many levels it has tested me.  Parenting is challenging, work is busy, everything in my house seems to be breaking down, sometimes it can feel like too much.  Thank goodness though, for a fresh start and a new day every day.  Thank goodness too for my kitchen, and that we are able to have a fully stocked fridge and pantry, for that I am so very grateful, because the kitchen helps me release my stress.  I’ve always moved to the kitchen during trying times.  The act of cooking and creating soothes my mind. I also really enjoy putting comforting meals on the table for my family.  I know things can be stressful for them too…school, friends, work, and I feel like a warm healthy meal together at the end of a busy day is good for everyone.  It’s where we connect, talk about our day, and come together to remember what’s important. Not all of our meal times are fancy and stress free.  I just try […]

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Banana Berry Bomb Muffins  {A Pretty Life}

Banana Berry Bombs

 These Banana Berry Bomb Muffins are a great way to use up old bananas.  They’re loaded with banana flavour and healthy berries! – – – – – Today is the kind of day that makes me want to get into my kitchen and bake.  It’s dreary and cold outside, which is perfect baking weather so I don’t mind it too much…it actually gives me the perfect excuse just to slow down.  I need to slow down.  Plus I had a bunch of bananas sitting on the counter slowly getting overripe, and getting on my nerves.  If I have brown bananas I just can’t throw them out, I have to bake with them.  It’s annoying.  But good too, because now there’s a fresh batch of Banana Berry Bombs ready for snacking. These Banana Berry Bomb Muffins are from a recipe I got from a neighbour about 12 years ago…I actually can’t believe it’s been that long.  We used to get together when our kids were little, and have coffee and she would make these muffins.  I’ve always loved them.  They’re delicious and now they remind me of simpler times…sniff. I like to sprinkle a little extra sugar on these muffins after […]

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Halloween on Netflix!

It’s the countdown to Halloween on Netflix!  Get your family together and watch your favourite spooky shows! – – – – – Ok, before we get to all of the Halloween spookiness streaming on Netflix, can we just talk about the picture above for a second?  Yes, the one with my dog wearing a witch hat.  What exactly possessed me to try and get a picture of my dog wearing a costume?  I’m not sure, but I’ll blame it on Halloween excitement and too many mini candy bars.  She wasn’t exactly a happy or willing participant, and things basically ended with Molly trying to eat my favourite witch hat.  Anyway, she’s become my official Netflix mascot around here.  She’s always with me, through endless episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and The Good Wife.  My little Netflix side kick.  Hence Molly in a witch hat…representin. Anyway, moving on.  We need to talk about what’s streaming on Netflix for Halloween! Halloween certainly has become larger than life since I was a kid.  It used to be a one day event, and now it’s weeks of anticipation.  But honestly I love it.   During the couple of weeks leading up to Halloween, my family takes the time to decorate […]

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Halloween Jello Skulls

These Halloween Jello Skulls are a fun and easy treat to make for Halloween! – – – – – – I think Halloween is such a fun time of year…I know it’s technically only one day, but my family enjoys the couple of weeks leading up to Halloween as well.  During this time we decorate the house, shop for costumes, make crafts and enjoy pre-Halloween treats (I can’t resist those little chocolate bars either)!  So when I was asked to try out this Nordic Ware Skull Cakelet Pan I couldn’t resist because I was imagining all the fun I could have with it! I have always loved Nordic Ware, and own several of their pans already, including my favourite Bundt pan that I used to make this chocolate cake.  I know when I bake or create with their products, the results are always amazing.  They know kitchenware…in fact they have been around since 1946! Anyway, I decided to think outside the box when I decided to make something with this Skull Cakelet Pan.  My kids LOVE jello, and honestly I don’t make it very often, but when I do they are thrilled.  Honestly, what better time than Halloween to make a jiggly, wiggly dessert?! […]

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Fall Sedum Candle Centrepiece

Make this Fall Sedum Candle Centrepiece in minutes, with just a few simple supplies.  Perfect for a fall or Thanksgiving table setting! – – – – – – – Last weekend we spent Thanksgiving with my Mom & Dad, and my sister and her family.  I always enjoy heading up to my parents place which is picturesquely situated on a lake in Northern Alberta.  And fall is my favourite time of year to visit, because all the trees are bright with coloured leaves, the kids can play in leaf piles…except this year.  This year we got 10+ cm of snow, which is actually early…I can’t remember a Thanksgiving in recent memory where we had so much snow!  You might have seen my picture on Instagram which is beautiful, but it felt really weird for Thanksgiving.  In fact it felt like we should be playing Christmas carols! Even though it was snowing outside, it was cozy and all fall indoors.  My mom decorates for the seasons like I do, in fact I decorate my home because it’s what my Mom always did in our home growing up, and I just love it.  Mom had their home all beautifully decorated for Thanksgiving this […]

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Finding Stillness

A couple of weeks ago I went on an adventure that took me completely by surprise, and it has changed me in more ways than I would have thought possible.  My adventure began with my Mom who wanted me to attend a photography workshop in Rivers, Manitoba with the amazing Kim Klassen.  Funny enough Kim was one of the first bloggers I followed when I initially discovered the world of blogging 5 years ago.  Since that time my Mom who is also a blogger (and kick butt Instagrammer) has become good friends with Kim.  Anyway, my mom mentioned that there was an opening in Kim’s Finding Stillness creative workshop, and that I should go with her.  I worried about going because so many of the attendees are rockstars and I just wasn’t sure I’d fit in.  But I got over myself and decided to take this time and spend it with my mom and myself and maybe learn something new.  Life is too short to be afraid of adventure. What happened instead is so much better than I ever could have imagined.  I spent a wonderful week one-on-one with my Mom which is such a gift, and met people who touched […]

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What’s For Dinner? Beef Stew

This Beef Stew recipe is a classic!  Full of tender beef, seasonal vegetables and delicious gravy!  Enjoy with mashed potatoes or homemade popovers! – – – – – – – – – I really love classic meals, the back-to-basics kinds like this Beef Stew.  Sometimes we forget to make and enjoy old tried and true recipes that have withstood the test of time.  But when we do create them, we are instantly taken back to the days of our youth, with the delicious smells of dinner simmering on the stove.  I love that. – You may have your own family recipe for a classic like Beef Stew,  but it’s always nice to have options right?  I thought I would share this delicious stew recipe that our family enjoys.  It is rich and very delicious. – – I don’t like to overcomplicate my stew, so I keep the ingredients very basic…chunks of beef, garden fresh carrots, onions and potatoes.  Some celery and simple herbs.  But the key to a good stew is in the browning of the beef.  The browning and all the bits left in the pan after browning are what creates the rich, deep flavour for the gravy.  Make sure you scrape […]

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