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Canada Day Party: Canadian Animal Cupcakes

Make these Canadian Animal Cupcakes for your Canada Day Party!  To make this even easier, take the pressure off and buy your cupcakes!

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Ok, so I think these Canadian Animal Cupcakes are the easiest thing I’ve ever shared over here.  I put these little treats together using store bought cupcakes!  I just decided that for party planning it’s good to share options that will make your life just a little less stressful.  Sometimes we just don’t need to make everything ourselves, especially if we’re the ones planning and cooking for our Canada Day party.  Why not buy dessert, then dress it up a little at home to make it festive?  Trust me, everyone will think these cupcakes are the greatest!

Canada Day Party:  Canadian Animal Cupcakes

I just bought a 6 pack of cupcakes from our grocery store bakery, and dressed them up a bit to make them fun and Canada themed.  For these cupcakes I wanted to top them with Canadian wildlife that we all can identify with.  So I went in search of miniature Canadian animals.  I was lucky enough to find them at my first stop (Michaels)…they were in the kids toy aisle in those toobs with miniature animals!  Score!

Canada Day Party:  Canadian Animal Cupcakes

I placed a little animal on each cupcake, then added some new Canadian themed muffin liners.  SO simple.  Seriously.  But look how adorable they are!

 

Canada Day Party:  Canadian Animal Cupcakes

Who can resist a vanilla cupcake with a moose on it?  No one.  😉

Canada Day Party:  Canadian Animal Cupcakes

Or a beaver.  Classic.

Canada Day Party:  Canadian Animal Cupcakes

Remember, we don’t have to be super heroes for party planning.  You can put together the best kind of party with easy and delicious shortcuts like this!  The goal is to have fun, and that includes the host!

So what do you think?  Are these not the cutest cupcakes ever?

Tips and Ideas:

  • If you would like to make your own cupcakes, I have a delicious vanilla cupcake recipe.
  • These animal toppers would also look great on top of a cake.
  • If you want to get really festive, add some red and white sprinkles too!

Here are more Canada Day Party Ideas!

5 Minute Dessert Kebabs

Make these delicious and fun 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs.  Only 2 ingredients.

Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Make Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon pieces!  Such a simple and fun way to serve this summer treat!

Strawberry Cloud

Make this light and delicious Strawberry Cloud!  SO good.

Come back tomorrow for another simple and delicious Canada Day party idea!  Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day Party: Strawberry Cloud

This Strawberry Cloud is a simple & delicious dessert made of whip cream and strawberries!  Takes only 15 minutes to make!

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Hello, I’m so happy you’re here!  Today, I’m sharing another simple and delicious recipe for your Canada Day Party!  So far I’ve shared 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs, and Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon, and today on the menu are these Strawberry Cloud Desserts.  These desserts are super easy to make, and can be made in about 15 minutes or less.  Keeping things simple makes for a much more fun party for the host!  True story.

Strawberry Cloud

These Strawberry Cloud desserts are made with just 4 ingredients…whipping cream, strawberries, vanilla and sugar.  That’s it.  Pretty much all ingredients that people love.  And they are just as light and fluffy as their name suggests!

Strawberry Cloud

I like these because they’re not a heavy dessert which is nice after a big meal!  So when you have a belly full of delicious Canada Day BBQ fare, these cloud desserts are a nice and light after dinner touch.  Just garnish with fresh strawberries and serve.  Oh, and if you’re serving a crowd, feel free to double or triple the recipe.  You can even serve this Strawberry Cloud out of a large serving bowl, and let your guest help themselves.

Strawberry Cloud

Such a simple, light dessert!

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Strawberry Cloud

Servings 6
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

Strawberry Cloud:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Garnish:

  • fresh strawberries

Instructions

  1. In a mixer, whip together the whipping cream, 1 tbsp sugar, and the vanilla. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor blend together the frozen strawberries and 1/2 cup sugar.

  3. Once the strawberries have been blended, fold them in to the whipped cream.

  4. Evenly distribute the dessert between 6 dessert cups.

  5. Add slices of fresh strawberries as a garnish.

  6. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve!

Recipe Notes

You can make this dessert ahead of time.  I like to make it in the early afternoon of the same day that I'm going to serve it. 

Here are more Canada Day Party Ideas!

5 Minute Dessert Kebabs

Make these delicious and fun 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs.  Only 2 ingredients.

Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Make Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon pieces!  Such a simple and fun way to serve this summer treat!

Come back tomorrow for another simple and delicious Canada Day party idea!  Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day Party: Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

For your Canada Day Party, make these Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon pieces!  Such a simple and fun way to serve this summer treat!

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Hello, I’m back again to share another super easy and fun foodie idea for a Canada Day Party!  I made Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon pieces!  These will only take you a few minutes to make which is amazing, and really appreciated when you have a party to prepare.  Not to mention how cute they are.  Sometimes the cutest things are also pretty easy.

Canada Day Party: Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Everyone loves watermelon on a hot summer day, so I thought it would be fun to serve it up in a festive way for a Canada Day Party!  A little different and A LOT of fun.  All you need is a maple leaf shaped cookie cutter (I found mine at Michaels) and you can have the most festive watermelon ever.

How to make Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Slice the watermelon into circle slices about 3/4 of an inch thick, then using your maple leaf cookie cutter, cut out the shapes and add them to a serving platter (cut out as many leaves as you can from each piece).  DONE.  And if you don’t want to waste the outside pieces, just cut them up and add them to a fruit salad!

Canada Day Party: Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Really.  How simple and fun are these?!  Your guests will think you are a super human.  Just don’t tell them you didn’t break a sweat over this task…no one needs to know such things.  😉

Canada Day Party: Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Enjoy!

Here are more Canada Day Party Ideas!

5 Minute Dessert Kebabs

Make these delicious and fun 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs.  Only 2 ingredients.

Come back tomorrow for another fun and easy idea!  Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day Party: 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs

For Canada Day, make these 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs, using just 2 ingredients!

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This year is a big year for Canada as we celebrate our 150th birthday as a country!  I am so proud to be Canadian…I know how lucky I am every single day, that I get to call Canada my home.  And this year with #Canada150 celebrations everywhere, all year long, we are joining our extended family for a big Canada Day Bash, and we can’t wait!  It’s going to be super fun!  I know there are going to be A LOT of Canada Day parties this year, so I wanted to share some simple and quick party ideas with you!  These are the kind of ideas that will not stress you out. They’re easy, and take no time at all…which leaves you more time to sip your Caesar.

The first idea I want to share are these 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs.  Ok seriously, this is the easiest dessert idea ever.  It’s almost too easy to share, except I wanted to share it because it is easy.

Canada Day Party: 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs

Sometimes when we host or attend a party, we can overcomplicate things, especially the food.  But we don’t need to. Most of the time, especially during a summer party, people are just thrilled that there is food available.  And if it’s cute and delicious, no one cares how much time you spent making it. In fact, they’ll marvel at your genius.  😉 So that is why I’m sharing these 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs for Canada Day.

Canada Day Party: 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs

Just 2 ingredients:  Timbits and Strawberries.Ridiculously easy.  And what dessert is more Canadian than a Timbit (well maybe Butter Tarts, but anyway…)?  Pair them up with strawberries, and you have a simple, delicious and festive red and white Canada Day Treat!

Canada Day Party: 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs

Did I mention that you only need 5 minutes to whip these up.  Can’t beat that when there’s a party waiting for you.

Canada Day Party: 5 Minute Dessert Kebabs

And I love that they’re red and white for Canada Day!  Festive and delicious.

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5 Minute Canada Day Dessert Kebabs

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 1 box of 20 Timbits, 10 strawberry and 10 honey dip
  • strawberries

Instructions

  1. On a kebab, alternate the Timbits with the strawberries.

  2. Easiest dessert ever.

More Canada Day Ideas:

Make sure to come back tomorrow for another fun and easy Canada Day Party idea!  Happy Canada Day!

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

Make this Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote as a quick and super delicious appetizer!

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It’s Cheese of the Month time!  This is quickly becoming my favourite time of the month!  Sharing a delicious Canadian cheese is pretty much one of the greatest things ever…cheese is life.

Since I began my partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, I’ve had the chance to feature ‘Heidi’ in a Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam, and Dragon’s Breath Blue in a Dessert Cheese Plate.  This month the feature cheese is Comfort Cream from Upper Canada Cheese Company, a small cheese company that raises a rare herd of Guernsey cows to create all of their cheese.

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

Comfort Cream is a camembert style cheese that is creamy, buttery and so delicious.  It is amazing on its own, but served melted with a sweet and tangy topping, it is ah-mazing.

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

I decided to make a rhubarb compote to pair with the Comfort Cream.  Since it’s June, and we are surrounded by loads of fresh rhubarb, a rhubarb compote seemed like a perfect recipe for this cheese.  I have already harvested all I can from my own rhubarb plant, so I had to scour the neighbourhood for more!  True story.  I put a call out on my personal Facebook page looking for rhubarb, and my neighbours did not disappoint! I’ve now got rhubarb for dayyyyyyyys!

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

So, with rhubarb in hand, I whipped up a quick and delicious compote to bake with the cheese.  And let me tell you, this flavour combination is a match made in heaven.

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

The tart and sweet of the rhubarb compote is THE perfect contrast to the buttery deliciousness of the melted Comfort Cream cheese.  You will be tempted to skip the baguette and just dig in with a spoon. Don’t give in to temptation.  I sure didn’t.  😉

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

And in case you were wondering…Comfort Cream is in fact, as creamy and amazing as the name suggests.

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Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 1 wheel of Canadian Camembert , Comfort Cream

Rhubarb Compote:

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp Cointreau

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan over low to medium heat, add the chopped fresh rhubarb and sugar.
  3. Cook until the rhubarb mixture is the texture of a soft jam, about 10-15 minutes.

  4. Stir in the cointreau and cook for about 1 more minute.
  5. Remove from the heat, and set aside to cool slightly.
  6. Place the Camembert cheese in a brie baker.
  7. Add a generous amount of the rhubarb compote to the top of the cheese wheel.
  8. Cover and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is as soft as you would like it.
  9. Serve warm with crackers or chunks of fresh baguette.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of rhubarb compote.  You will have a lot left over, but you can enjoy it on toast or vanilla ice cream!

Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote

About Comfort Cream:

  • Type:  Camembert Style Soft Cheese
  • Tasting Notes:  Continues to ripen with age.  With flavours of fresh truffles. And a buttery, tangy finish.
  • Pairs Well With:  A mellow red wine, such as a Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, dry sparkling wine or ciders.
  • Location:  Beautiful Niagara Escarpment region of Ontario

More Ways to Cheese!

Visit Dairy Farmers of Canada for delicious recipes using blue cheese!

Have a delicious day!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada.  I will be working with Dairy Farmers of Canada over the next year to bring you some delicious recipe ideas that I have created!  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own.  I love cheese. 😉

Corn Chowder

Have this hearty Corn Chowder on your table in less than 45 minutes!  Serve with fresh bread and a salad for a full meal!

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I realize it’s summer and I made soup.  But on a cold and windy rainy day, soup in summer is the best.  The last thing I want to do is get out to the BBQ when I’m about to get whisked away in a rainstorm.  Instead I want to cozy up to the stove and make a delicious pot of comforting soup. Then serve it with a big ‘ol loaf of crusty bread.  Yum.

Corn Chowder

I’ve been making this corn chowder, and variations of it for years.  It is delicious on it’s own as a Corn Chowder, but I’ve also tweaked the recipe to make Chicken Corn Chowder and Fish Chowder.  One thing I really like about this soup, is that you can use up leftover potatoes and corn from dinner the night before.  It’s also a great recipe to make ahead of time and take camping.  There’s nothing better than having dinner ready and waiting when you’re camping…especially if the weather isn’t great!

Corn Chowder

Creamy, comforting and delicious.  Serve it up with fresh bread, and a salad if you like!

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Corn Chowder

Course Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp sage
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 1/4 cups light cream
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cups can corn or 1 1/2 frozen corn niblets
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over low/medium heat, melt the butter, and add the onion, potato, bay leaf and sage. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft but not browned.

  2. Add the flour, mix well, and cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Then whisk in the stock and cream. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, and simmer the soup for about 20 minutes, making sure to stir often.

  4. After this time, add the wine and corn. Simmer until the soup is fully warmed through, about 5 minutes.

  5. Remove the bay leaf, and remove the soup from the heat.
  6. Stir in the cheese until melted.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This is a very versatile soup. Here are a few ideas on how you can make it:

  • Instead of the potato, you can add 3/4 cup left over mashed potatoes.
  • You can add in a can of creamed corn if you want to thicken it up more. (I often do this.)

Corn Chowder

Have a delicious day!

Capturing Summer with the new Fujifilm FinePix XP120! #FujiSummerFun

We’re capturing Summer with the new Fujifilm FinePix XP120!  Here are my thoughts and experiences with this new point and shoot camera!  Plus enter to win a camera of your own.

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This spring the weather here in Calgary has been amazing.  And for me, this means that I am outside almost every single day, taking our dog out for walks in Fish Creek Park.  It’s so beautiful down there, and I’m constantly amazed at how fresh and stunning everything looks in the spring.  The trees and plants are SO green.  The skies so blue.  Gorgeous.

When I’m out on my walks, I always have my phone with me, and I’m constantly taking pictures of everything.  But recently I was given the opportunity to test out the new Fujifilm FinePix XP120, and what better time to take pictures than on my walks!  So come with me and let’s explore a little!

Product Review: Trying out the new Fujifilm FinePix XP120

Look how green everything is!  I could stare at this view every day.  I think this new camera captured what I see, just beautifully.

Product Review: Trying out the new Fujifilm FinePix XP120

The detail is actually quite amazing for this little point and shoot camera.  It may be a little camera, but it is pretty mighty.  A nice thing about using this camera is that I can wirelessly transfer my photos, using the FujiFilm App, over to my phone if I wish to share an image on Instagram.  Something this blogger really likes.  😉

Product Review: Trying out the new Fujifilm FinePix XP120

What I like most about this camera, is that it is made for adventuring!  The camera is super lightweight, so it’s not a burden to carry around.  It fits easily into my pocket, and if I store it in my backpack, I can’t even feel it in there.  It’s waterproof (to 65ft/20m), so I can take it out with me on rainy days.  I also can’t wait to try it underwater on our next tropical vacation!  It’s also shockproof, so if I drop it (up to 5.8 ft), it should survive better than the 2 iPhones I’ve had to replace because of me dropping them.  Ooopsie.  And another great feature is it is freezeproof (to -10°C), so I can take it with me when I snowshoe in the winter.  Woot!

Product Review: Trying out the new Fujifilm FinePix XP120

I also brought this camera along last weekend when we visited Heritage Park to write a story for our This Big Adventure Blog.  Heritage Park has a gazillion photo ops so I knew I would have fun taking pictures here!

Product Review: Trying out the new Fujifilm FinePix XP120

But my main goal was to get some video from the swings and the Ferris wheel!  Here are a some quick videos to show you how good the quality of the video is!  Warning…you might feel like you’re flying above Calgary!

Riding the Swings with the new Fujifilm FinePix XP120!

Riding the Ferris Wheel with the new Fujifilm FinePix XP120…sorry about the vertical viewpoint!  I meant to have it horizontal!!

Final Thoughts and Tidbits:

This camera was a nice change from my big DSLR camera. I plan on taking this camera with us on our many adventures and camping trips this summer!  No more lugging around my big and delicate camera.  Now I don’t have to worry so much about rain, water, sun, sand and all the things that come with having a good time!

Twitter Party Time!

Join us June 13, at 9PM EDT for the #FujiSummerFun Twitter Party where you have the chance to win $4200 in prizes!  Make sure to RSVP here to be eligible!

Fujifilm FinePix XP120

Giveaway Time!

Now for the super fun part!  Enter here to win 1 Instax Mini 70 limited edition Canadian themed/engraved camera + 1 pack of Canadian themed film (valued at $183.94 CAD). This special edition camera is not available for sale, so the only way to get one is to win one here!  Giveaway ends on June 19th 12 pm EST​. Open to Canada 18+ excluding Quebec.  Woot woot!  Good luck!
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Have an inspired day!

Disclosure: I am participating in the FujiFilm campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.