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Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

5 Oct

Since this weekend marks Canadian Thanksgiving, I thought I might share a few a few recipes to celebrate the occasion. Hopefully they will inspire you to create something tasty in the kitchen, whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or not!

A lot of people (including myself) are intimated by even the thought of roasting a turkey. Whole Foods has a great Golden Roasted Turkey recipe that I think will help push your fears aside.

Fill your turkey with Martha Stewart’s Mushroom and Walnut Stuffing

And then serve it with delicious sides like Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes from Spoon Fork Bacon

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts from Jenna at Eat Live Run

Maple Roasted Squash via Good Housekeeping

And for dessert, how about these adorable Pies in a Jar from The Nerd’s Wife

Man I love jars! Not into pie? Try a less traditional Thanksgiving treat like Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake via My Baking Addiction

And don’t forget cocktails! Fall inspired of course.

Try the Candy Apple Martini from Canadian living

or this Autumn Punch via Better Homes an Gardens

We are not having a traditional thanksgiving dinner this year, so do me a favor, make something from this list and tell me all about it. I like to live vicariously through my people.




Monday Morsels…Literally!

25 Jun

Happy Monday to all of you lovely people! I wish that I had a really awesome recap of my weekend for you but unfortunately work, organizing my apartment and girls night in just don’t exactly scream exciting…tell the world about it Kim! So I will spare you the details. Instead I something a little bit sweeter (pun fully intended!), remember the oatmeal raisin cookies I promised to tell you about? Voila!

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


1/2 Cup Margarine softened (you can also use butter if you prefer)

2/3 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 Cup Whole wheat flour (you can substitute all purpose if you prefer)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 & 1/2 Old Fashioned Oats (rolled oats also work)

3/4 cups raisins


Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine, brown sugar, egg and vanilla.

In another bowl mix the whole wheat flour, baking soda, oats, cinnamon and salt together. Gradually stir this into the creamed mixutre until well combined. Fold in the raisins.

Place cookies about 2 inches apart on your parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes. The cookie may appear to be moist or undercooked on the top, don’t continue cooking them. This is where the” chewy” comes from! Transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy!

Happy Monday!

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

19 Jun

Sometimes I just get on a mission, I am definitely a right now kind of girl. So last week, when I came across a recipe for Blueberry Crumble Bars I instantly wanted to make them. Except there was not a blueberry to be found in my household, nor did I have pastry flour. But I did find raspberries in my freezer, whole wheat flour and rolled oats so I improvised and something delicious happened.

Sometimes being a right now kind of girl works in your favor.

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars


1.5 Cups of Rolled Oats

3/4 Cup of Whole Wheat Flour

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Teaspoon of salt

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/2 Cup Butter (I used margarine)

1 Cup Raspberries (frozen or fresh)


Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease an 8 x 8 baking pan.

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon and salt. Mix until the ingredients are combined.

Melt the butter/margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir  in the vanilla and add this to the oat mixture.Stir until it is moistened and then fold in the raspberries.

Press the batter into the pan and bake for 20 minutes, let it cool completely, cut and serve.

Store the remainder of the bars in the fridge.


P.S. It’s the Lilinator’s Birthday today so you should definitely make these in celebration. The way to heart is definitely through baked goods.

Home Made Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

8 Jun

Ever since we moved into our apartment and I have a dishwasher I love all of my small appliances just a little bit more. Not having to wash them by hand after I use them really sweetens the deal for me. So now instead of purchasing preservative filled hummus from the grocery store I can make own with my hand food processor and that makes me soooo happy. And for the record, it tastes better too!

Home Made Roasted Red Pepper Hummus


1 398 ml(14 oz) Can of Chick Peas (Garbanzo Beans)

1/2 454 g(16oz) Jar of Roasted Red Peppers

3 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons of Epicure Hummus Seasoning

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Feta Cheese to garnish (optional)


Drain your chick peas and add them along with all of the other ingredients into the food processor. Blend until smooth. If you notice its still a but lumpy (I did) pour in some of the juice from your jar of roasted red peppers until you receive the desired consistency.

Throw your food processor in the dish washer 😉

Now that was easy wasn’t it!


Birthday Cake Popcorn

18 May

Remember a month or so ago when I told you about those delicious Jello shots, well they were to celebrate two of my best friends birthdays. While the hostess with the mostest slaved away layering those magnificent (but dangerous) shooters,  my contribution to the party was Birthday Cake Popcorn and let me tell you, it was a smashing success. The salty and sweet reminded me of kettle corn but the cake batter just takes it to a whole new level.

This popcorn is a sure-fire way to be the hit of any party. I promise, once the word spreads of your delicious concoction you will bright smack dab in the middle of every social circle. It is just screams…yes I am that awesome!

Birthday Cake Popcorn – adapted from The Tasty Kitchen Blog


1 Box Yellow Cake Mix

1 Package (3 cups) White Chocolate Chips

1/2 cup margarine

12 cups of popped popcorn (I used 2 bags – butter flavor)

1 Cup Sprinkles


Melt the chocolate chips and margarine together in a medium-sized saucepan until they are smooth and well combined.

While your chocolate is melting pop your popcorn and then pour it into a large bowl. Also, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Once the chocolate mixture is nice and smooth  stir in the box of cake mix and remove from the heat.

Pour the hot mixture over the popcorn and then add sprinkles until your heart is content. I recommend mixing with tongs or wooden spoons, treat it like you are tossing a salad. Be sure to coat as much of the popcorn as possible.

Once you have thoroughly mixed everything pour it onto the cookie sheet to cool.

The chocolate and cake batter will harden on your popcorn and provide you with an amazing sweet treat. Keep in mind you can theme this to suit any occasion; Christmas, baby shower, or even Halloween.

You’re Welcome!

PS. Sorry for the lack of pictures I forgot to take some before I left and there were no survivors.

Easter Goodies

4 Apr

It’s time to get in the Easter Spirit kids, I don’t know about you but I love me a good Easter egg hunt and all of the sweets that accompany this holiday meant for…er Jesus? Well bless him, because now there is an entire day devoted to candy and I would say that is something worth celebrating wouldn’t you?

I don’t know how you feel about Cadbury Creme Eggs but personally I love them, maybe not as much as Cadbury Mini Eggs but they are right up there. They are delicious in a kind of disgusting way. I mean who thought it would be a good idea to replicate a raw egg inside a chocolate coating and call it candy? A genius I say! So when I saw these Creme Egg Brownies on Love and Olive Oil it inspired me to put together a few little Easter treats for you to try this holiday weekend!

Everyone always raves about candy cane bark at Christmas so why not try an Eater version – Easter Candy Bark from Gingerbread bagels.

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Or these adorable Coconut Nest Cupcakes made by the lovely Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere.

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Not in to cupcakes? What about these Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests… um yes please!

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Whatever you decide to make bring some over will ya?



Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Blondies

3 Apr

Now that’s a mouth full isn’t it – pun fully intended! A couple of weekends ago I went on a bit of a baking extravaganza, ever since then I have been waiting for the perfect day to post this recipe, and guess what? That’s today! This gloomy Vancouver day definitely calls for a glass of wine and one of these – Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Blondies. Blondies are the new brownies minus the chocolate. Well, I guess that doesn’t make them the new Brownies at all. Regardless, they are delicious.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Blondies – Adapted from Jenna Weber of  Eat Live Run


1/4 Cup of Butter (1 stick)

1 Cup packed light brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp of salt

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1 cup of all purpose flour

1/3 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy whichever you prefer)

2/3 cup chocolate chips (I used 1/3 white chocolate chips and 1/3 milk chocolate)


Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and grease and 8 inch square baking pan.

Brown your butter in a pot on the stove top. And by brown, I don’t mean burn. You will need to continually stir it for several minutes until it turns from a yellow color to a golden shade of caramel.

Pour the browned butter into a large bowl and add the brown sugar. Beat for a few minutes until it is nice and creamy. Next, add the egg and continue beating.

Add the flour, salt and vanilla and then beat until all of the ingredients are combined. Next add the peanut butter and swirl it into the batter. Following that, gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into your greased pan and be sure it is evenly distributed. Place in the oven for 20 minutes  or until the edges separate from the pan. Let them cool, slice and serve!