Classic Potato Salad

This Classic Potato Salad is a delicious side dish for any time of year.  Tastes just like what Grandma used to make! – – – – – – There are many different ways to make potato salad, but I always come back to the same one over and over.  I love a classic potato salad, especially the one my Mom makes.  I’ve tried to duplicate her recipe at home for my family, but it never turns out quite the same.  But that’s ok because I do love this recipe that I’m about to share with you! The thing about potato salad is that the potatoes have to be just right.  I can’t stand a potato salad when the potatoes are dry and explode in your mouth…instead they should be soft and tender. It’s hard to know what you’re getting with potatoes, but when I make my potato salad I use Yukon Gold or red potatoes which hold their texture nicely. Actually, now that I think about it, the one thing my Mom does differently with her potato salad is that she bakes the potatoes first.  I really should try that, since I always boil mine.  Both work just great, but […]

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What’s For Dinner? Sloppy Joe Menu

Make tonight Sloppy Joe night!  A delicious and fun dinner everyone loves, complete with two side dishes and a fun drink! – – – – – – Welcome back to What’s For Dinner!  This week it Sloppy Joe time!  My kids go crazy for Sloppy Joes…there’s just something so fun about them, not to mention the fact that they’re delicious!  And this recipe is super easy because you can make it in the crockpot.  Then to complete the menu I’m sharing 2 side dishes and a fun drink idea!  This menu would be great for a summer dinner on the deck…use fresh corn and garden carrots…so good. Sloppy Joe Dinner Menu Main Dish:  Crockpot Sloppy Joes Side Dish:  Basil Butter Roasted Corn Side Dish:  Glazed Carrots Drink:  Shirley Temples After just a few minutes prep, you can walk away for the day and come back to delicious Crockpot Sloppy Joes!  Serve over fresh buns. Sloppy Joes are always great with corn on the cob. This Basil Butter Roasted Corn is a nice way to serve up fresh summer corn and basil! Glazed Carrots are also a nice side dish for this dinner menu!  They’re the best with fresh garden carrots. And instead of dessert, why not make Shirley […]

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Turkey Lentil Tacos

Make these Turkey Lentil Tacos in less than 1 hour!  A delicious and healthy meal for busy weeknights! – – – – – While I’m not wishing our summer away, once August arrives my mind does turn towards the fall, with thoughts of back to school. Mostly with regards to meal planning.  I like this shift in thinking and actually welcome it with open arms…fall meals are my favourite! Making the transition from relaxed days, later bedtimes, sleeping in and weekend fun, to schedules, routines and healthy habits can be hard.  I also know that meal planning for busy weeknights can also be a challenge for families, so that’s why I like to share simple, delicious and healthy meal ideas with you.  Why not start now, so we can hit September head on, and ready! These Turkey Lentil Tacos are a perfect dinner for busy weeknights. They’re delicious, healthy and ready in 45 minutes. Lentils are a perfect protein-packed staple that you can add to many breakfast, lunch or dinner dishes.  They are a nutritional powerhouse, high in protein and fibre, and are a great source of minerals such as potassium, iron, and folate.  And they’re delicious…add them to soups, […]

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Easy 2 Ingredient Raspberry Jam

You can have a delicious batch of jam ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes, with this Easy 2 Ingredient Raspberry Jam recipe! – – – – – – I’m a big fan of small batch jams.  I love being able to take a few cups of very ripe fruit or berries, and turn it in to a delicious batch jam to enjoy on toast or over ice cream.  But I think a lot of people don’t make jams because they’re afraid of the canning part of the process, but I’m here to tell you, you don’t need to can your jam. Yes, it’s true. With small batch jams, where you only have 1 to 2 cups of jam, canning this small amount isn’t worth it.  Why you ask?  Because you can finish off a small batch of jam in no time, so there is no need to can it.  In fact, these types of jams can last in your fridge for up to 3 weeks, and I know that we can finish them off in less time than that. So now when you think about it, making jam is really, really easy.  And most times only requires 2 ingredients…the fruit […]

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What’s For Dinner? Pizza Night Menu

What’s For Dinner?  This simple Pizza Night Menu is ready in under 1 hour! – – – – – – It’s time again for What’s For Dinner!  As we get closer to fall, I’m finding the need for menu planning is becoming more important than ever!  When summer hits, routine tends to fly out the window over here, and while I do love that about summer, I do reach a point where I start to crave routine.  So I thought it was a good time to get these  ‘What’s For Dinner’ menu plans going again! This week I’m sharing a simple Pizza Menu.  You can make this grilled flatbread recipe, or create your own favourite…it’s just having the idea at your fingertip that is helpful.  And the best thing about this menu, is that you can have it all on your table in 1 hour or less.  Cheesy pizza, flavourful Caprese salad and a light and fluffy strawberry whipped cream dessert.  Definitely a family pleaser! Pizza Night Menu Main Dish:  Cheesy Grilled Chicken Flatbread Side Salad:  Easy Caprese Salad Dessert:  Strawberry Cloud Dessert This Cheesy Grilled Chicken Flatbread is a simple and delicious pizza!  Keep things simple and use pre-made crusts, and bagged shredded […]

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Saskatoon Berry Pie

This Saskatoon Berry Pie tastes like summer!  Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! – – – – – – Only recently did I realize that not everyone knows what Saskatoon berries are.  I just assumed Saskatoons bushes were in everyones yards or nearby forests…as kids these were the berries we picked copius amounts of right from the bush. If you haven’t had them before don’t be fooled by the fact that they look like blueberries…these berries actually don’t have a lot of flavour and are kind of dry, but they’re good.  I’m not really selling them am I? 😉  I do love them.  They remind me of home and summer. They’re especially delicious turned into a luscious pie filling. Last week my kids came home from their annual week long adventure with Grandma and Grandpa, and with them they brought back a big bag of freshly picked Saskatoons.  So of course I had to make pie. And because I love to use cutters for my pie crusts, I decided to have fun with this pie too.  Truth be told, I find these ‘fancy’ top crusts so much easier to make than the traditional or lattice pie […]

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Tipsy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis

These Tipsy Cheese & Cherry Crostinis are a perfect summer appetizer!  Made with fresh seasonal cherries and a flavourful Swiss like cheese. – – – – – – – It’s Cheese of the Month time!  I hope you look forward to this cheesy goodness each month, as much as I do!  I’m really enjoying discovering new Canadian cheeses.  Canada has an amazing range of award-winning cheeses from different regions all across the country, so it’s exciting to be able find new ones and share them with you each month.  Canadian cheese really is the best cheese. So far through this partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada, I’ve had the chance to feature ‘Heidi’ in a Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam, ‘Dragon’s Breath Blue’ in a Dessert Cheese Plate and ‘Comfort Cream’ in a Baked Canadian Camembert with Rhubarb Compote.  And this month I’m sharing Gunn’s Hill Tipsy Cheese in these Tispy Cheese and Cherry Crostinis!  Dee. Licious. Tipsy comes from Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese out of Woodstock, Ontario. All of their cheeses are made with milk right from the family dairy farm.  When I first tasted Tipsy Cheese I knew right away this was my favourite thus far.  It’s a mild and creamy cheese with a subtle Merlot flavour.  The Merlot […]

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