2 Roasted Chickens, 7 Meal Ideas!

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Weeknight meal planning and cooking can really be a challenge...we're all busy, everyone is hungry and time is of the essence.  There are days when I really have to dig deep to figure out what we're having for dinner!  And more often than I'd like to admit we turn to take out.  But if I plan properly, and bake and cook in big batches I can avoid all that dinner planning stress. One of my go-to big batch meals is roasted chicken, either roasting them at home, our purchasing rotisserie chicken fr … [Read more...]

Eggnog Bundt Cake with Eggnog Sugar Glaze

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The other day I was sitting on the couch watching The Walking Dead with my husband and thought....hmmm I should make an eggnog bundt cake.  True story.  Why this occurred to me at that moment, I have no idea.  I think that it's likely due to the fact that my brain is pretty much never quiet.  That and I do everything I can not to pay attention to The Walking Dead because really, it's a horrible show.  It really is.  Anyway.  At least one good thing came out of it that night...an idea. This idea. … [Read more...]

Caramel Corn

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 Hello friends!  Today I wanted to share a recipe with you that is a family favourite! This Caramel Corn is actually my Grandma's recipe that I remember my Mom making during the holiday season.  Every year I looked forward to it, and now I make it for my family who love it as much as I did!  I absolutely love recipes that get passed down through the generations...there's something so special about sharing a recipe with your loved ones that generations before you have been enjoying too.  Love tha … [Read more...]

Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies {Holiday Eats}

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Oooooh I'm super excited to share my first cookie recipe of the holiday season with you!  I love holiday baking and it can never come fast enough for me...especially Christmas cookies like shortbread, Turtle cookies, and Rugelach. Christmas cookies are the best.  Seriously. This post is part of a Rustic Christmas Blog Hop that I'm participating in with some extremely talented Canadian bloggers!  Check out their projects at the bottom of this post...some beautiful ideas there! So now, let's get … [Read more...]

Stuffed Mushrooms aka Garlicky Basil Chicken in Mushroom Caps

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 Holiday season is about to arrive on our doorstep and I couldn't be more excited!  I love the lead up to Christmas...all the shopping, the baking, the get-togethers, it's all so much fun.  But it can be super stressful can't it?  Every year I tell myself that I will get ahead of the game and that way I can enjoy the season.  I try.  I really do. One thing I am doing right now to get ahead is starting my planning of seasonal menus...menus for gatherings with friends and family, menus for last mi … [Read more...]

Hot Pizza Dip

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Have you ever taken a weekend or even a night away with your girlfriends?  The kind of weekend where there's a tonne of food and wine and endless conversation?  The kind of weekend where you gab until 3AM, then sit around in your jammies with bed head during the day with not a care in the world?  You should.  These times are good for the soul.  Recently I spent this kind of time out at a friends cabin with a group of women and it was amazing.  I've never really had this kind of experience in my a … [Read more...]

Roasted Tomato & Pumpkin Soup

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 Happy Friday friends! I have to say I'm pretty relieved it's the weekend.  This week has been a crazy busy, running-around-like-a-chicken-with-its-head-cut-off kind of week.  After Thanksgiving we jumped right back into life, and the week seemed to go by at warp speed!  And today I'm off to a food blogger conference in Vancouver and I have to admit I'm really really nervous.  Conferences are hard yo.  Fun, but very nerve wracking.  I always feel like I'm the uncool kid walking into a room of be … [Read more...]

Tortellini Vegetable Soup

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It's day 3 of my Soup Week!  So far I've shared a Cheddar & Ale Chicken Chowder and Turkey Meatball Noodle Soup...are you hungry for soup yet?! Soup is such a fantastic meal during these dark and cold nights.  Soup is comfort food at it's best, especially when you serve up a bowl with warm crusty bread and butter.  So delicious.  I love having soup simmering on the stove at dinner time, because the house smells amazing and feels so cozy.  When I have a pot going I find my family always drif … [Read more...]

Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s Turkey Meatball Soup

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Welcome to day 2 of my soup week! Yesterday I shared a Cheddar & Ale Chicken Chowder that is to-die-for, and today I'm sharing the most simple & delicious meatball soup.  More specifically Mayor Naheed Nenshi's Turkey Meatball Soup.  Say wah?  Let me explain!  I live in Calgary, Alberta and we have the best mayor in the country...for reals.  He is smart, charismatic, comforting, witty and a pillar of strength for our city.  Since he has held the title of mayor in our great city, he has h … [Read more...]