Confession: I’m a Netflix Cheater. #dontjudge

I’m a Netflix cheater.  I fully admit it.  Mind you, this is really just a recent behaviour.  For years I waited to watch everything with my husband, painstakingly waiting for when our schedules would align so we could watch our favourite shows together.  But now our lives feel so much busier, and it seems like we have less time, especially with our kids getting older and their bed times getting later, so our TV watching habits have changed. Gone are the days where we would sit down at 7:30 after the kids are in bed to watch shows we’ve recorded weekly.  Now it’s all about binge watching what you can, when you can find the time.  And sometimes with binge watching you Just. Don’t. Want. To. Stop.  So cue Netflix cheating.  I’m a cheater.  In fact I don’t wait at all.  I just go on full steam ahead.  I know, that sounds really terrible doesn’t it?  But apparently I’m not the only one…according to a new study released by Netflix, nearly half (46%) of streaming couples around the world have stream cheated on their significant other! I just can’t quit you Frank So what am I cheat watching without him?  Well just to […]

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Local Eats: A Culinary Experience at SAIT

Local Eats:  Sharing fantastic eating experiences here in Calgary, one delicious spot at a time!  On the menu today is SAIT. – – – – – – Recently I had the opportunity to take a culinary behind the scenes tour of SAIT here in Calgary.  I love discovering delicious hidden gems, especially in my own city!  And the markets and restaurants at SAIT, which are open to the public, are indeed hidden treasures in our city.  Until recently I had no idea SAIT offered so many delicious options available to the public, including the 4 Nines Dining Centre, The Highwood restaurant, Market Place and The Butchery. Students hard at work creating masterpieces out of sugar! And what makes these delicious destinations so unique is that everything is created by the students who are attending the SAIT School of Hospitality and Tourism.  This SAIT program provides its students the opportunity to not only learn their craft, whether it be Baking and Pastry, Hospitality, or Butchery and Charcuterie, but students also get the chance to apply their skills to the real world in many different forms.  And let me tell you, this is a definite win for the public!  Students at SAIT fill the […]

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One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner

This quick and healthy One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner can be on your table in less than one hour!  Serve over rice and with fresh cilantro. – – – – – – This was a hard recipe to name…it’s just like a Chana Masala, except there is no garam masala spice in it so I can’t actually call it Chana Masala.  But I don’t really know what to call it. So I called it One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner, but really it’s just best if I describe it…this dish is chickpeas, cauliflower and sweet potato simmered in an onion/garlic/ginger/spice/tomato/coconut milk sauce, served over rice.  And it’s DELICIOUS. This dish came about one night last week when I was on day 4 of my husband being out of town, we were in the middle of a blizzard (an actual blizzard), and we were low on groceries.  I had a few staples around…some canned chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, ginger and sweet potatoes, then I discovered a can of coconut milk and I knew I could make something healthy, hearty and delicious!  One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner was born. This vegetarian dish is going to be added to my regular dinner schedule.  I really enjoy […]

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Chewy Peanut Butter Blondies

These Chewy Peanut Butter Blondies are rich, peanut buttery and SO delicious!  They won’t last long! – – – – – – One afternoon a long long time ago…ok it was last week…I was dreaming of peanut butter.  That happens, for real.  I have a deep love of anything peanut butter, and sometimes it’s all I can think about.  Maybe it’s a vitamin deficiency of some kind, but really, it doesn’t matter, I’ll just go with it. This craving wasn’t just about dipping a spoon into a jar, no it was much more than that.  I needed buttery, soft and chewy.  So I made Peanut Butter Blondies. And they were exactly what I needed.  They’re chewy, soft and rich…buttery, peanut buttery and SO delicious.  Warning…you will need a glass of milk to go with them.  Oh, and you might not be able to stop at just one square. This recipe makes a really big batch (it’s baked in a 9 x 13 pan), and because they’re so rich, you might want to cut them into 1 inch squares.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Print Chewy Peanut Butter Blondies Ingredients 1 cup butter 1 1/3 cup […]

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Winter Vegetable Soup…and opening up about the world today

Hello friends! Today I’m going to go outside of my regular posting.  It’s hard not to when the world is in such a strange place, but I can’t keep posting recipes and home projects without acknowledging how I feel.  It doesn’t feel right to keep quiet any longer.  This doesn’t mean that I’m going to be political over here all the time, or maybe ever again, but to not place myself and speak to my feelings at this time in history, just doesn’t sit well with me. I have been struggling with the appropriateness of posting recipes and such, when there is so much turmoil and fear on a global scale.  But I don’t want my seeming silence to be misconstrued as not caring, or worse yet seen as acceptance or complacency, when this is the furthest thing from my truth.  I have definite opinions and feelings about the state of the world, and express them in my personal life, but have always kept them away from my blog, because I haven’t really felt like this is the proper forum for this type of expression.  And truthfully, I’m not going to use my blog as this forum, except for times such […]

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Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Pizzas + 25 Valentine’s Day Ideas!

These Heart Shaped Pizzas with Heart Shaped Pepperoni are perfect for Valentine’s Day!  And with this recipe, you can make the dough with your bread machine!  Easy and delicious. – – – – – – Valentine’s Day is coming soon!  Do you celebrate?  Decorate? Or make yummy treats?  If you’re looking for some ideas for love day, I’m hoping today’s blog post will get you into the Valentine’s Day frame of mind!  I’ve joined together with 24 talented Canadian bloggers to bring you a total of 25 amazing Valentine’s Day projects, with everything from recipes, table settings, drinks, wreaths, crafts, decorating ideas…you name it, it’s here!  You will find images and links to all the amazing projects created just for you, at the bottom of this post.  I love bloggers. For my contribution to this collaboration I created these Heart Shaped Pizzas for Valentine’s Day.  I love to make themed pizzas for different holidays…I made this ghost pizza for Halloween, and now these heart pizzas for love day.  Come see how I made them! Pizza is always a favourite around here, especially homemade pizza!  You just can’t beat the taste of a homemade crust…this crust recipe is crunchy, yet light, […]

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5 Minute Apple Pie Oatmeal

This 5 Minute Apple Pie Oatmeal is a delicious and quick breakfast idea!  It’s perfect for busy weekday mornings! – – – – – – Today I’m sharing the last recipe in my 5 Minute Oatmeal breakfast series.  If you missed any of the other 3 recipes, I’ve shared the links at the bottom of this post. My goal with sharing these 5 Minute Oatmeal recipes is to offer delicious, healthy and easy breakfast ideas for our busy weekday mornings.  There is so much more to breakfast than bowls of cereal or toast all the time, and oatmeal is a great place to start.  We just have to look outside the traditional oatmeal packet and try new toppings.  Anything goes.  Add berries, nuts, coconut, granola, jam, peanut butter, cream…any of your favourite flavours.  Not only are you making your oatmeal more delicious, but you are also making it more hearty and adding a little extra nutrition, which is a perfect way to start the day. This Apple Pie Oatmeal has all the delicious flavours of an apple pie, but you get to eat it for breakfast!  To make this oatmeal you can use a premade apple sauce, or if you […]

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