Easy Chicken Stroganoff

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So has everyone settled in nicely with the back to school and work routine?  I always find September to be such an adjustment for everyone...the kids are adjusting to new classes, all of the extra curricular activities have started up and the homework routine has begun.  This means everyone is tired, including me.  So dinner time can be a challenge because we're struggling with routine and we're all strapped for time, but dinner doesn't have to be a stress! Have no fear, I'm here to help you … [Read more...]

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

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This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and Kraft Cheesefest #KraftComfortCheese sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors. - - - - - - - - - It's Kraft Cheesefest time!  Yes, it's a thing.  Cheese needs it's own festival don't you agree?  We always have cheese around here, and it makes an appearance at many of our meals.  I know if there is cheese on a dish my kids … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

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  Happy Friday my friends!  I'm so glad it's the weekend.  Aren't you?  I find the first month of back to school and all the activities that come with it, absolutely exhausting.  Not to mention the back to school bugs that seem to be making their rounds here.  Needless to say, we're all ready for some relaxation time.  The weekends are all about unwinding and enjoying family...and of course eating good food too right?!  Of course it is! I've got a great recipe for you to enjoy this weekend. … [Read more...]

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...]