power balls – boost your energy

power balls

Our grandson is now five weeks old and what a cutie-pie he is!  My daughter is nursing and spoke to me about lactation cookies.  Um, what?  I had never heard of such a thing although admittedly it has been 29 years since I last had a baby (hehe!).  While we were out one day at…

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egg breakfast in a jar

egg breakfast in a jar

One of the easiest breakfasts to make!  Egg breakfast in a jar takes minutes to prepare especially when short on time.  All you need is a jar with a cover.  The ingredients below are a guideline.  Check your fridge for other items such as chopped red bell pepper, tomatoes, leftover chicken, breakfast sausage, smoked salmon,…

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watermelon baby carriage

watermelon baby carriage

Last month I happily hosted a baby shower for my daughter (it’s our first grandchild).  I loved planning it!  The last time I hosted a baby shower was for my friend Michelle who was expecting twins…that was 35 years ago!  I was trying to recall what I served and what stood out was the watermelon…

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passatelli with parmigiano cream & balsamic vinegar

passatelli

A pasta made from breadcrumbs?  Umm, yep!  When I was preparing this, Mr. S was dubious but one bite and all doubts were erased. Passatelli hails from Italy’s Emilia Romagna region. This frugal traditional Italian dish is made with stale bread, Parmigiano Reggiano, eggs, and lemon zest. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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gummy robots

gummy robots

On Sunday I hosted a baby shower for our daughter, Laura.  It was a stunning day and the event was a huge success; lots of laughter and mini conversations all about the momma-to-be.  Laura is expecting a boy! Our party planning discussions included gummy bears.  The thing was, though, the gummies we wanted weren’t available.…

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cherry shrub syrup

cherry shrub soda

It’s cherry season!  Plump and juicy, cherries are one of my favourite stone fruits.  The thing is, though, their shelf life is limited (5 to 7 days) and they are not cheap.  To not waste any, I usually end up making a dessert.  This time I decided to make a shrub syrup. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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grilled pineapple with italian meringue icing

grilled pineapple

I started grilling pineapple well over twenty years ago!  I love it as it’s a super easy dessert to make.  Grilled pineapple is scrumptious on its own but throw in sweet dips like melted chocolate, dulce de leche, whipped cream, and this grilled fruit is bound to delight all age groups. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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fish pasta

fish pasta

Ever wondered what to do with leftover cooked fish?  For the record, I am not a fan of eating day-old cooked fish.  However, Mr. S is and he enjoys constructing a cold fish sandwich…eww!  However, this fish pasta has changed my view.  Last week I was in the mood for pasta but didn’t fancy a…

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creamy baked spaghetti with leeks and anchovies

baked spaghetti

Who doesn’t like a one-pot pasta dish?  This isn’t my first time making baked spaghetti and definitely won’t be the last.  I am always drawn to dishes that include anchovies and this baked spaghetti is a keeper!  I made it for two consecutive days, that’s how delicious it is! TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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cabbage rolls

cabbage rolls

It’s been a long time since I made cabbage rolls.  So long, in fact, I had to search my recipe files to jog my memory.  My great, great paternal grandmother was born in Bohemia (western part of the Czech Republic) and emigrated to Canada in 1892.  Out of all the old-world Bohemian dishes she made,…

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