Braided Pumpkin Bread

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Hello friends!  How has your week been thus far?  I just got back from a blogging conference in Toronto, which I'll share later, so I've been busy getting my house and blog organized.  Blogging conferences will do that to you...they always leave me feeling inspired and like I have a to-do list a million miles along.  So when I feel overwhelmed by my to-do list I hit the kitchen and bake and cook.  These moments in my kitchen allow me time to think and come up with plans, so that's where I've … [Read more...]

Warm Potato Salad

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A salad you ask?  But summer is over.  Nah.  Salads are fun all year round!  Ok, maybe not fun, but yummy no?  Especially warm potato salad.  I honestly could eat this dish once a week...serve it up alongside a roasted chicken and you're golden.  It's roasting the potatoes first that makes this salad so good...or maybe it's the cooked onions (yum), oh I love the pickles too...don't forget the bacon!  Drooling yet? I first had this delectable salad while over for dinner at my friend Lori's … [Read more...]

Hearty Banana, Apple & Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

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Ahhhhh fall.  It's really here in Calgary.  The air is dang cold and there's snow in the forecast already.  Yes, you read that right.  September 5 and they're already calling for flurries next week.  How in the world does it go from +30 degrees one week to snow the next?  Gah.  I know I shouldn't be surprised but I am...like every year winter takes me off guard.  I guess I know what I'm doing this weekend - going through all the kids winter stuff to see if it still fits.  Wait a second, I don't … [Read more...]

35 Easy School Lunchbox Ideas

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It's the most wonderful time of the year...oops wrong season.  Or not.  ;)  Actually I have very mixed feelings about back to school...I love having the kids home with me during the summer.  I really do.  I love our lazy mornings and days out enjoying the sun, plus I know that these summers together are fleeting because my babies are growing up.  So I try to soak in as much time with them as I can.  But we do reach a point where everyone is just ready for some routine.  The kids are ready to see … [Read more...]

Peach Bundt Cake

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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

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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 pies...you 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!

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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

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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...]