Keep the trampoline fun going all winter long!

Disclosure:  I am working with Springfree Trampoline as a brand ambassador, and I am excited to share my experiences with you!  As part of this partnership, I have been compensated, but as always, all pictures, views and opinions are my own.  We reaaaaally LOVE our new trampoline!  I even jump on it…shhhh don’t tell anyone.  😉  Ever since we got our new Springfree trampoline, our kids have been outside more than ever.  And now just because winter is here, this doesn’t mean that the outdoor trampoline fun has to stop!  In fact, my kids use the trampoline just as much in winter as they do in summer. Winter is a great time for trampoline fun…and the best kind of fun.  Don’t think you have to put away your trampoline once the white stuff arrives…Springfree trampolines are built for year round fun, so you don’t have to pack them away.  They have fibreglass rods, instead of springs, so no rusty springs to contend with all winter.  Now you have the perfect reason embrace winter and send the kids outside to jump away! There’s something so fun about jumping on a trampoline covered in snow…and even more fun when it’s snowing. As soon as […]

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Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

This Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake is a delicious and easy side dish for any time of year! It’s Cheese of the Month time again!  I’m really enjoying sharing delicious Canadian cheeses and creating new dishes each month, and I hope you are too!  Since I began my partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, I’ve had the chance to feature a wide variety of delicious, award winning Canadian cheeses, and have created desserts, lunches, side dishes, snacks and appetizers with all different types of cheese. So much yum. This month I wanted to create a comforting and cheesy side dish recipe that you can serve at holiday dinners, or any time of year too!  And because I think cauliflower and cheese were made to go together, I created this Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake with Sylvan Star Cheese’s Grizzly Gouda, an extra-aged Canadian Gouda. I thought that the sharp bite of the Grizzly Gouda would taste amazing in a cream based sauce so I stirred in a generous cup of the grated cheese.  It’s a perfect compliment to the subtle flavour of the cauliflower. Then put it in the oven and let the magic happen…the end result is a creamy, delicious side dish that […]

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Kid Friendly Snack and Cheese Plate

Put together a Kid Friendly Snack and Cheese Plate that all ages will enjoy! Load it up with apple chips, fruit, veggies, cheese and delicious finger foods.  I’ve partnered up with Martin’s Apple Chips to bring you this delicious way to serve up this healthy and tasty snack! With the holiday season upon us, it’s never too early to start planning for holiday parties!  We do a lot of entertaining throughout the holiday season, and most of the time kids are part of our gatherings.  And of course they should be!  More often than not though, the snacks and food choices are geared towards adults, and kids don’t have a lot of choices that they love…especially when it comes to the snack and cheese platter. We usually fill ours with stinky cheeses and meats that the kids don’t really like, so what ends up happening is that the kids dive into the dessert table!  This year though, I am planning to create a snack and cheese plate that appeals to everyone, including, and especially for, the kids. To create the perfect snack platter, start with a board large enough to hold a wide selection of finger foods.  I like to […]

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German Chocolate Bundt Cake

Make this German Chocolate Bundt Cake! With a gooey coconut, pecan and caramel frosting that complements this subtle chocolate flavoured cake. Thank you for stopping by today, I’m really excited to have you here!  I’ve partnered up with Nordic Ware to share a delicious Bundt cake recipe baked in one of their amazing Bundt pans. I have been a BIG fan of Nordic Ware since I had a kitchen of my own.  They’re the pans I choose over any other when I’m in the market for something new.  I actually can’t resist their Bundt pans, and have amassed quite a collection over the years…but seriously, there are so many beautiful pans…you can see some of the Bundt cakes I’ve made with them here. I also really love the Nordic Ware baking sheets for cookies and Sheetpan Suppers. So when I was asked to participate in a holiday program with Nordic Ware, I couldn’t say no. Nordic Ware is a Minnesota made, family owned company, that was founded in 1946 by the husband and wife team, Dotty and Dave.  Nordic Ware has been a major part of the heritage and history of Minnesota since that time, and this holiday season they have […]

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What’s For Dinner? Oven Roasted Pork and Vegetables Menu

This comforting dinner menu includes One Pot Oven Roasted Bone In Pork Rib Roast with Vegetables, and Pumpkin Bread Pudding for dessert! Welcome back to What’s For Dinner!  This week it’s all about one pot meals.  I love any meal that can be made in one pot…think quick assembly and quick clean up.  Yes.  Load up a baking dish with seasonal vegetables and a pork rib roast, and in a few hours you’ve got dinner.  And for dessert, something simple and delicious…a bread pudding with a fall flavour twist. Oven Roasted Pork and Vegetables Menu Main Dish and Side Dish:  One Pot Oven Roasted Bone In Pork Rib Roast with Vegetables Dessert:  Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream This One Pot Oven Roasted Bone In Pork Rib Roast with Vegetables is a delicious and healthy meal idea.  Make a complete meal in one dish!  Make it even easier, and use any vegetables you have around home already…carrots, onions, parsnips, beets, squash, potatoes…your choice And for dessert, this Pumpkin Bread Pudding!  This dessert melts in your mouth and tastes just like pumpkin pie!  Serve it warm with ice cream, and oh my word you have dessert heaven.  You’ll go back for seconds…or thirds.  […]

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Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

These Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are soft, sweet and full of delicious fall pumpkin flavour! I made these cookies for Halloween a couple of weeks ago, and they were so good I made another batch! And I thought it would be a good idea to share them with you once again so that you could see how they look without being all decked out for Halloween! If you’re looking for the perfect cookie to satisfy your fall pumpkin cravings, these Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are it.  They’re soft, sweet and full of pumpkin spice. They’re made extra delicious by being rolled in sugar…and for an extra treat, sprinkle on some extra once they come out of the oven.  The kids love this. Big kids too. 😉  Yum. This recipe makes a big batch (36 cookies), so they’re perfect for sharing and for potlucks and bake sales.  Yum. Print Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Servings 36 Cookies Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife Ingredients 1/2 cup butter at room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, not filling 2 1/4 cups flour 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp cloves 1/4 cup […]

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Easy Pumpkin Soup

This Easy Pumpkin Soup is great served as a light meal, or as an appetizer!  Enjoy with a green salad and fresh bread. This time of year I always seem to have pumpkin puree in my fridge, an ingredient leftover from making cookies, pie or bread, and I hate to let it go to waste.  So this past weekend after I made my Halloween pumpkin pie, I had some pumpkin puree left, and decided to make a pot of soup with it. Perfect for a chilly fall night. Soups made from squash are so creamy and flavourful, and I just love them.  In fact, whenever I can I will add squash or pumpkin puree to many things, including pasta sauce. This soup is SO easy to make.  If you want you can even make it in the slow cooker on low, for about 2 – 3 hours.  I like this option when I’m at home because I don’t have to babysit it on the stove.  But if you wish, you can easily just make it on the stove in half the time. When the soup is done cooking, I like to puree it with a hand blender so it’s nice […]

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