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Roasted Tomato Pasta Dinner

This Roasted Tomato Pasta Dinner is a healthy and delicious dinner that can be on your table in under 1 hour! – – – – – – It’s January and many of us have resolved to eat more healthy, so I got together with 11 other bloggers to bring you some healthy and scrumptious meal ideas for you and your family! Eating healthy doesn’t have to be daunting.  In fact, with easy to access nutritious recipes and quick meal ideas, eating healthy can be easy!  I never resolve to lose weight at New Years, because I know myself well enough to know that the second I give myself constraints like a diet, I will fail.  It’s just the way I am.  Instead I will choose to try to eat healthy, and not compromise on taste or quit any particular ingredient.  I won’t stop eating pasta or bread or dessert, instead I will choose to eat less of these things, or choose a more healthy option like whole grain bread or whole grain pasta and maybe a smaller piece of pie instead of half a pie. Ha!  Really, I try to eat as healthy as possible all year round, so I can […]

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Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe  //  A delicious and easy breakfast!

Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe

This Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe is a perfect weekend breakfast!  Serves up to 6 people.  Enjoy with a selection of fresh fruit! – – – – – – – Just in time for the weekend I’m sharing this simple Dutch Baby Pancake recipe.  This is one of our most favourite breakfast recipes.  It’s like eating a giant popover for breakfast, and really, what’s not to love about that?  Definitely a treat. It’s funny because every time we make one of these puffed pancakes they always look a little different.  They way they puff up is totally unpredictable and you just never know what you’re going to get…except that it’s always guaranteed to be delicious.  But don’t be alarmed when your Dutch Baby is sky high right out of the oven, then 30 seconds later it’s flat as, well, a pancake.  It’s all part of the process and charm of this delicious pancake. The great thing about this breakfast is that you get all the best parts of a pancake, without having to stand at the stove and flip endless batches while everyone eats all of your hard work.  One dish with this Dutch Baby recipe, and we all get to […]

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, also known as Chippers, are a delicious and adorable treat!  This is my MOST FAVOURITE chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. – – – – – – There’s something about January that makes me want to clean everything and bake cookies.  Weirdest thing, but it’s true.  January’s were made for cookies.  So cookies I will make. Over the years I have made many chocolate chip cookie recipes, but I just never found THE chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Nothing was soft enough, or just the right combo of crispy and chewy, or with enough flavour.  Until now.  I think this is my most favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time.  Yes. And it’s not just the size of them that I love.  But really, who can’t love a mini chocolate chip cookie?  They’re just all delicious and ridiculously cute…pretty much irresistible.  The problem with these cookies is that because they’re SO good, having just one will not do. It’s the flavour and texture of these Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies that makes them the best.  They are soft, sweet, chewy, crunchy and chocolaty all at the same time.  I looooooooove them. The biggest tip I have about making these […]

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Cake Doughnut Muffins

Cake Doughnut Muffins

These  Cake Doughnut Muffins are a delicious and easy homemade snack!  A sweet light cinnamon flavoured muffin with a scrumptious cinnamon sugar mix on top! – – – – – – – There are fewer ingredients in life that go together better than cake, cinnamon and sugar.  And these Cake Doughnut Muffins are basically these 3 ingredients…and they’re delicious.  And don’t they just sound so warm and squishy?!  Cake.  Doughnut.  Muffin.  My 3 favourite things all in one recipe.  Life is good. This is a great recipe for those days when you need something to snack on or something for the kids lunches, because almost everyone likes them.  And they’re easy to make with simple ingredients you likely have in your pantry already.   In fact they’re so easy, you should have your kids make them, they’re a great beginner baking recipe. – My kids have finally reached that age where they are big helpers in the kitchen.  They’re old enough to complete a recipe from beginning to end without much involvement from me.  At first I actually found it kind of hard to have them take over in the kitchen, but I have learned to embrace and really appreciate […]

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Winter Living Room Decorating

Winter Living Room Decorating

Embrace winter and decorate your home to reflect this beautiful season! – – – – – – This year during the week between Christmas and New Years I took down all of my Christmas decorations.  It seemed like the perfect time to get our house back in order.  There’s just something so beautiful about that lull between holidays, the pressure of Christmas is off, the fridge is stocked with delicious holiday leftovers…but the best part is that we never have much on our schedule so we’re sloooooow moving.  The kids are busy with their Christmas gifts, and I get busy getting my house cleaned and ready for January.  One of my most favourite feelings is that one when the house is a clean slate again…the tree is down, the decorations are put away, and now I have a fresh start.  I love January. At this point many people start decorating for Valentine’s Day, but I just can’t, it’s too early.  I don’t want to move too fast into the next holiday, so instead, this is the time of year when I choose to embrace winter.  Currently we are in a deep freeze with more snow in the forecast, so there […]

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Homemade Hot Chocolate

Make this Homemade Hot Chocolate with just 2 simple ingredients!  You’ll never buy mix again! – – – – – – Our winter has been SO cold and snowy, and I’m loving every second of it!  We’ve been out skating, snowshoeing and tobogganing as much as we can, just enjoying all of the snow.  In fact one of my favourite times with my kids are the nights outside at our lake skating…there’s just something so great about being able to do this together.  Then we come home and have homemade hot chocolate with marshmallows.  LOVE. I used to think in order to have hot chocolate, I had to have a can of mix that I bought at the store.  I have since learned that THE BEST hot chocolate is one you can make right at home with just 2 simple ingredients from your panty.  No extra chemicals or colour, just cocoa and sugar, that’s it.  And so easy to make too. You can make 1 cup of hot chocolate with 1 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tbsp sugar…that’s it.  Not much easier than that!  And if you want to keep a stash of this mix ready on hand, just mix […]

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Decorating the Porch for Winter

Decorating the Porch for Winter is a great way to embrace this beautiful season and greet your friends & family! – – – – – – – Let’s take a little adventure today and visit a couple of beautiful winter porches, and maybe gather some inspiration to decorate your own porch, entryway or front step for winter!  I’m participating in a Winter Porch Blog hop with Design, Dining and Diapers and House 214 Design, and we are excited to share our winter decorating with you!  Winter is a beautiful time to decorate… With winter being our most predominant season here, I think we should welcome it with open arms. Or at least a decorated porch!  Haha!  But honestly, I like welcoming in our different seasons with a little festive decor…it helps break up the monotony of what can feel like a verrrrrrry long winter/spring.  And I have to admit the house feels pretty bare after all the Christmas decorations come down.  So to keep our home feeling cozy during our winter, I add some winter decorations.  I’ve got my living room all decorated, and yesterday I decorated my porch. Welcome to my Winter Porch! Because our winter has been SO cold […]

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