Lemon and Maple Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

Make this Lemon and Maple Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner in less than one hour!  Healthy and delicious! – – – – – – I’m telling you, these sheet pan dinners are the biggest dinner time saver since the crockpot. There’s really no dinner made easier than putting everything onto one pan and cooking it all at once.  And there is something about it that is so visually appealing to everyone at the table, even for the pickiest of eaters.  It’s all there laid out in it’s deliciousness…fresh and smelling ah-mazing. I’ve been trying several different sheet pan dinner combinations and can’t wait to share them all with you.  We love this Chicken Sheet Pan dinner, I made a Mexican Chicken version that is coming soon, and I also made this salmon variation that I am sharing with you today. Sheet pan dinners really don’t require a lot of thought or planning.  Often times I will just throw whatever I have around in the fridge/pantry/freezer onto a sheet.  For this particular Lemon and Maple Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner I used salmon I already had in the freezer and smothered it with a maple BBQ sauce I picked up on a recent trip […]

Continue Reading

What’s For Dinner? Easy Meatloaf Dinner Menu

Recipe ideas for an Easy Meatloaf Dinner Menu, including a side dish, vegetable option and dessert! – – – – – – – Last week I kicked off a new weekly blog series where I share a full dinner menu each Sunday, which includes a main dish, side dishes and a dessert.  My hope is that these menus will help to make meal planning just a little bit easier for you. This week I have put together an Easy Meatloaf Dinner Menu with two side dishes and a dessert recipe.  Truth be told, meatloaf night is one of my most favourite kinds of dinner nights!  I love how easy meatloaves are to assemble, but what I like most is that that my family also really enjoys meatloaf…especially with mashed potatoes.  I hope you enjoy this menu! Easy Meatloaf Dinner Menu Main Dish:  Classic Meatloaf Side Dish:  Champ Mashed Potatoes Vegetable Side Dish:  Sauteed Green Beans with Basil & Fresh Tomatoes Dessert:  Lemon Raspberry Snack Cake This Classic Meatloaf is delicious!  You can have this hearty and delicious meatloaf ready for dinner in just over 1 hour.  I like to bake mine with a tangy ketchup and mustard sauce. Mashed potatoes are a perfect […]

Continue Reading

What’s For Dinner? Chicken Dinner Menu

Easy recipe ideas for a Chicken Dinner, complete with a salad and dessert option! – – – – – – Sometimes the hardest part of making dinner is actually deciding what to have.  Meal planning is hard.  I mean, when you’re making meals 3 times a day, 7 days a week, it can be very easy to find ourselves in a food rut.  So in an effort to help all of us with meal planning, I’ve decided to put together some complete meal menus and share them with you!  Simple, uncomplicated meals that can be made for any day of the week…busy weeknights or even Sunday dinner. It is my goal to try to have a new menu posted here every Sunday morning so you can have some ideas for your menu planning for the week. I’m going to make menus mainly for dinner, but every once in a while I’m also going to post menu ideas for breakfast and lunches.  I hope you will find this helpful in your own home menu planning! The first menu I’m going to share is this Chicken Dinner Menu.  This is a simple chicken dinner complete with a side salad and chocolate pudding for dessert. […]

Continue Reading

Peanut Butter Confetti Cake

 This Peanut Butter Confetti Cake is a family favourite recipe!  Full of delicious peanut butter, butterscotch and marshmallow flavours! – – – – – – Every Easter my family looks forward to this dessert!  It’s so mouthwatering good.  Once you have one bite you won’t be able to stop!  Trust me on this one.  Me, myself & I finished off half of it all by ourself. This is one of those recipes that has been around in our family for as long as I can remember.  Peanut Butter Confetti Cake would appear every year at Easter when either my Mom, Grandma or Aunties made it…it’s a classic.  Funny thing though, when I was a kid I actually didn’t love it like I do now.  Now, I cannot get enough of it, which is why I don’t make it very often.  In fact I only make it at Easter time.  Some people make it for Christmas, but I like it for Easter because the pastel colours seem to be perfect for this time of year. Peanut Butter Confetti Cake This recipe makes a pretty large batch.  I have learned over the years to actually cut the recipe in half when I’m serving […]

Continue Reading

Family Friendly Hikes in the Phoenix Area

The Arizona desert is a beautiful place to explore with your family!  Here are 3 Family Friendly Hikes in the Phoenix Area. – – – – – – There is no denying it, I love the desert.  Over the years I have visited the Phoenix area quite a few times, as my parents and in-laws both have places down there.  And each time I go, I fall more and more in love with the area.  The desert is beautiful.  SO so beautiful.  I had a friend recently ask me why it was that I loved the desert so much, and I thought it was such an interesting question.  I wonder how anyone could not love the desert?  I think a lot of people see the desert as a one dimensional place…sand and cacti.  But it is SO SO much more than that.  I think anyone who takes a hike in the desert in spring will be blown away by all the cacti in bloom and the songbirds in song.   Dreamy. The desert is rich in flora and fauna…there are more cactus species that you can count, the desert has beautiful flowers, the wildlife is fascinating and you can’t beat […]

Continue Reading

Pea Salad Recipe

This Pea Salad Recipe is a perfect side for any meal!  It pairs perfectly with ham at Easter, or with grilled meats in summer!  Creamy and flavourful! – – – – – – Hello, I’m so happy that you are here today!  If you are craving spring food you are definitely in the right place because I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you some delicious spring dishes (you can find all the links at the bottom of this post)!  And if you are joining me from the Canadian Food Creatives Blog Hop organized my Melanie of The Refreshanista, welcome! It’s finally spring!  After a verrrrrrrry long wintery winter here in Alberta, we are most definitely ready for spring.  Truth be told, I actually have mixed feelings about spring.  Theoretically spring is wonderful…green grass, birds chirping, flowers blooming, trees budding.  Realistically, here in Alberta spring is rain/snow mix, brown grass and really random weather.  It’s tough.  I’m ready for sunshine and flowers but that doesn’t happen here until at least June.  So to brighten things up, I bring spring indoors and decorate the house, I bake carrot cake and make spring desserts, all things that add cheer to our […]

Continue Reading

Butter Tart Square

This Butter Tart Square recipe is a simple and delicious dessert recipe!  A delicious gooey, sweet and buttery layer over a shortbread cookie crust. – – – – – – Recently I attended a pot luck dinner with at group of food bloggers here in Calgary.  I always get nervous when I attend these types of things, especially when the attendees are foodies.  There’s this extra pressure of needing to have a delicious and perfect dish when the people around the table know their food.  I try not to worry too much because I do have confidence in my cooking (most of the time), but what I worry the most about is whether my dish is trendy enough.  I know that seems odd, but foodies are an interesting group and often like to create cutting edge dishes.  For me, I tend to stay with family favourite recipes, especially for pot lucks. Over the course of my life I have attended many many pot luck dinners.  And church dinners, and town hall dinners, and town baby and wedding showers…and these types of potlucks have down home, delicious cooking.  The kinds of classic recipes that are passed down from farm family to the […]

Continue Reading