Peach Bundt Cake


Got peaches? There are so many peaches in the markets right now and they are sweet and juicy and SO delicious...I just can't get enough!  Sometimes I like to buy them by the case and it can be a challenge to use them up before they get too ripe.  But I'm usually up for the challenge!  I like to make jam, crisps, pies, chutneys you name it!  So recently I had some peaches calling out to me (they really did) and said that they wanted to be baked into a cake.  So of course I had to say yes.  Cake? … [Read more...]

The Perfect Flaky Pie Crust

The Perfect Flaky Pie Crust Recipe {A Pretty Life}

It's pie season.  There is such a thing...I think I've said this sometime before.  But it's true.  Summer and into fall is the time to bake pies because all the markets are overflowing with seasonal fruits just waiting to be baked into apple pies, peach pies, blueberry pies, pumpkin name it, you bake it.  I actually think pies are my favourite desserts of all time...especially a good old fashioned apple pie with cheddar cheese and creamy vanilla ice cream...seriously does life get any … [Read more...]

Jalapeno & Lime Guacamole and a Cheesy Baked Salsa Dip!


Let's Get Delicious with a Jalapeno & Lime Guacamole and a Cheesy Baked Salsa Dip!  2 recipes in one delicious post! Recently I was given a mission as part of the Chatelaine Tasters and Testers program, and I happily rose to it.  I was challenged to come up with 2 recipes to go with Tostitos®Multigrain Scoops!® tortilla chips and Tostitos Cantina® Extra Thin Tortilla Chips.  I love my job, by the way.  Recipe development with Tostitos chips?  Yes, please! I kept things simple for these … [Read more...]

Pesto Grilled Chicken with Fresh Tomato Pasta


We love chicken grilled on the BBQ...there's just no better summer meal.  Two of our absolute faves are BBQ Chicken Kabobs, and BBQ Beer Roasted Chicken.  So good.  But I'm always looking for new chicken recipes, so when I stumbled on this recipe for Pesto Grilled Chicken I just knew I had to try it.  Basil + chicken + BBQ = Heaven on Earth.  This recipe is especially delicious if you use all your fresh garden basil, and make a batch of pesto - the flavour from homemade pesto is unreal! By … [Read more...]

Blueberry Pie


It's blueberry season!  This means there are blueberries everywhere in markets, and they are cheap so I buy them by the bucket loads.  Blueberries for snacks, blueberries in pancakes, cakes, pies and salads...yum!  Honestly this is one of my most favourite parts of summer, and I look forward to it every year...being able to eat fruit like it's candy is the best. And when it's fruit season, this also means it's pie season.  Yes, there is a season for pie, didn't you know?  Fresh fruit pies...are … [Read more...]

Coconut Popsicles


Whoa nelly it's hot o'er here.  HOT.  31 degrees hot.  And I love every minute of it after our winter-that-would-never-end.  I welcome the heat with every fibre of my being...and I tell you if I hear one person complain about the heat I will lose my mind.  Seriously. Besides, hot weather means you have every excuse you need to eat copious amounts of popsicles right?  Especially when you can make them yourself.  Making popsicles is the easiest thing the world to do.  Really, most of the time you … [Read more...]

Sauteed Green Beans with Basil & Fresh Tomatoes

Sauteed Green Beans with Basil & Fresh Tomatoes 2{A Pretty Life}

Summer has arrived.  Like really truly arrived...warm sunshine, green grass, flowers, thunderstorms and NO school!  We were so ready, I can't even begin to tell you.  I don't think any of us could have survived one more early morning, one more packed lunch, one more soccer game, one more concert, talent show, party...NO MORE.  Summer is here.  And it's time to kick back and enjoy it. One of our favourite things to do during the summer is eat on our deck...breakfast, lunch and dinner!  Eating … [Read more...]

15 Easy & Delicious Camping Recipes


It's camping season and I'm super excited about it!  Do you camp?  Or maybe you glamp?  We do a little of both...a little bit of roughing it and a little bit of glamping it!  Especially in the food department, we certainly don't go hungry.  In fact we eat really well...once we even roasted a bone-in ham...a full ham!  I'm still amazed that we did that, but it was so worth it because we had ham for dinner then ham with eggs at breakfast, then ham sandwiches!  Genius really.  ;) Anyway, to make … [Read more...]