My Summer Patio!

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I can't even begin to tell you of the relief I feel that we can now use our deck without needing to wear toques and mittens.  Nope, it's flip flop and fancy drink season on the patio!  Can I get a woot-woot?! We've been busy over the last couple of weeks getting our patio all ready to go.  We washed everything down, repainted the deck, trim and railings, bought some new chairs and cushions and planted all of our flowers.  It's been back breaking work but so satisfying now that it's all done. … [Read more...]

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies 3

I really enjoy Easter, especially Easter eats.  At Easter I tend to make the same dishes year after year, but these food traditions are what we love most about this holiday.  Many of the recipes I use are ones I remember my Mom, or Aunts and Grandmas cooking from when we were growing up.  Things like Peanut Butter Confetti Cake, or 7 Layered Salad or Devilled Eggs...all really delicious comfort food.  When these dishes made an appearance it was like they were marking the arrival of spring.  Love … [Read more...]

Easter Basket Table Settings

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I've been having some fun with Easter planning this year.  I think it's because we've had a reaaaaaally long winter, and I'm dying for it to be over.  I just want spring and summer...warm sun, green grass, gardens, flowers, birds chirping.  It's time.  And I feel like Easter is the perfect time to pretend it's spring.  The stores and markets are full of fresh flowers and Easter decor, so I decided to embrace it. Earlier this week I prepared an Easter table setting for the Kendall-Jackson wines … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Recipe Ideas

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Hi friends! Lately I've been thinking about recipes for Valentines Day, even though it's still a month away!  I like this time of year and planning for Valentines Day even though we don't really do a lot for it.  I just like that it's a bright spot in what can be a dreary winter! So I thought I'd round up some recipes from my blog that would be delicious for loooooove day! Starting with this Olive Tapenade.  Last weekend I made this fresh take on the classic tapenade for a get together with … [Read more...]

Last Minute Christmas Recipes


  Well today marks the official one week countdown to Christmas!  If you are still wondering what to put on your table this holiday season, here are some delicious last minute Christmas recipes for you!  These are a mixture of some great features from my Holiday Link Party, as well as a few of my favourite family recipes! There are main course ideas, side dishes, appetizers and desserts.  Enjoy!   - - - - - - - - Let's get eating! This Kale Salad with Pine Nuts and … [Read more...]

Easy No Bake Christmas Desserts


Since it's almost Christmas, I thought I'd share some easy no bake Christmas desserts with you!  We could all use some easy in our lives this time of year, I'm sure!  These scrumptious recipes are feature from our Holiday Recipes Link Party.  I hope you enjoy them...they're fast, delicious and perfect for the holiday season! - - - - - - - - This Tiger Butter by The Rolling Spoon looks SO good!  Aside from being served at Christmas, it would also make a great homemade gift for the teachers, … [Read more...]