Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Favorites

 Fall is such a beautiful time of year!  The trees are bursting with vibrant colours that make Sunday afternoon drives a must during this season.  And what is an Autumn drive without a warm drink in hand (probably something pumpkin flavoured), boots on your feet and a family trip to the orchard to pick apples.   Can I just say I LOVE seeing family photos of everyone out picking apples! What special memories you are making with your families.   

   This week we are getting ready to celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday which means the kids don't have school a few days this week.  So I wanted to put together some Fall Favorites that you and your families can enjoy creating, baking and eating.  

Lets start with this fun pumpkin turkey craft that we enjoy making as decorations for our Thanksgiving table.   

See how lovely this looks for our feast!  Also a here is the link to these awesome Thanksgiving placemats and utensil holders

Here is another fun fall activity that the kids LOVE doing....I mean who doesn't love painting their hand ;)  You paint their hand like a turkey (all brown) and each finger a different fall colour for the feathers. When it dries you add a goggly eye, little orange beak and a red turkey flapper.  heheh.

Now lets move on to those apples, since most of you have probably picked 10- 20 lb!!!  

 Apple Nachos make a great afternoon school or late night snack.  These can be made in so many different ways depending on what you have around the house and what you like.  The combinations are endless.  

 Caution....this Salted Caramel recipe is deadly and highly addictive!  Last year we decided to give little mason jars, topped with an apple to those special teachers in our lives.  We made cute little labels that said "I couldn't have picked a better teacher"

Oh man I am getting excited to get to that orchard to get our apples because I LOVE these caramel apples.   These make great little gifts to give out to neighbours, teachers or friends during this season.  And while we are here shall I share a little life hack with you about eating HUGE apples like this?    I remove the stick and take a sharp knife to cut the apples into a half then half again.  This gives everyone a chance to try all the different flavours and nobody breaks their teeth. 

Can you feel the excitement??

Now lets talk about all those crab apples that are along the side of the road and in our back yard.  Sure they are not good for eating but have you ever made delicious homemade apple jelly with them???  If not you must try.  

It can't be fall with out the flavour of pumpkin!!!  

These Monkey Bread Muffins make a delicious fall afternoon snack! Be sure to enjoy with a nice hot drink...and a friend ;) 

These pumpkin pie cupcakes are almost too cute to eat! 

This combination of ginger snap cookie and pumpkin pie cream cheese just screams AUTUMN!!!  Be sure to put these whoopie pies on your fall baking menu. 

These muffins are made weekly in this house because they make great snacks and lunches.  These Pumpkin Spice Muffins are for sure our Fall Favorite. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

I just have to share this recipe because it is so delicious!!!  They are very easy to make in a hurry, they freeze wonderful and everyone LOVES them.  They are the prefect "fall" muffin.

1 cup pumpkin
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

This is one of those amazing recipes where you put everything into the mixer, in order it is listed.  Mix for a minute or two until everything is combined.  Spoon into muffin tins and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Father's Day Menu

We had such a great Fathers day celebrating my amazing husband!!!  I know he LOVES my cookin so I wanted to prepare an amazing BBQ supper for him. So here is the delicious menu I whipped up. 

Ribs taste so much better when they are cooked for a long period of time so first thing in the morning I started to prepare the ribs.  The first thing to preparing moist, melt in your mouth ribs, is to remove the thin layer of membrane that lays on the back of the ribs .  Then seasoned them with a delicious rub and put them into the crock pot.  You can read my rib recipe over here.

For a side dish I whipped up this delicious loaded baked potato salad.  This was so yummy and will be a hit at any of your next summer get togethers.

We LOVE cornbread around here but it is even better cooked in the cast iron skillet.  Here is my scrumptious recipe

Now lets move onto dessert!!!  This peach pie has become one of our family favorites.  It is very simple to make, but it does require time to set in the refrigerator so be sure to prepare in advance. 

Incase you can't read my recipe you can find it in full over here

It was my first time making a strawberry rhubarb pie and I must say that the family enjoyed it very much!  It was the prefect balance of sweet and tart.  This is defiantly a pie that was easy to make and you could have the ingredients in your freezer year round.   I have picked and chopped up my rhubarb and frozen 4 cups in a freezer bag with PIE written on it. That way when rhubarb season is over I will have the prefect amount ready to make this pie. 

And there you have it our delicious Fathers Day menu!  Hope you get to try out some of these recipes :)  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Skillet Corn Bread

Corn Bread is such a wonderful addition to so many meals but when it is baked in a skillet it just enters a whole new world of awesome!   I have tried a lot of different corn bread recipes but this is my FAV!


1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
2/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 egg
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.  In a small bowl combine all wet ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.

In a skillet melt (1/4 cup of butter or shortening) over medium heat.  When the butter is fully melted and sizzles a little bit add in your batter.  Cook for 1-2  minutes - The batter will sizzle and the butter will come up the sides and onto the top of the batter.

Place skillet into a pre heated oven 400 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

This recipe is absolutely delicious.  It compliments chilli, soups and ribs very well.  It also makes a yummy dessert when served with honey or maple syrup.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

BBQ Ribs

This rib recipe was absolutely delicious!!!   I am going to try to walk you through what I did to make a melt in your mouth ribs.  

I started by removing the tough membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs.  This helps the ribs to be moist and not tough and chewy.  Next I used a basic rub mix that we keep in our house,  this is the recipe that my husband uses.   Make sure your ribs are covered in this mixtures.   Once they were covered I actually put the ribs in tinfoil and stuffed them into my crock pot.  They were really big and didn't fit nicely in there so I covered the top of the crock pot with tinfoil instead of using the lid.  I wish I had a picture of it...then I left the ribs to cook on high while we were at church (2 hours) and then low for the rest of the afternoon.  

About 1/2 an hour before we were ready to eat I fried up the grill to get a nice colour on them.  While they were grilling I coated them in a homemade BBQ sauce.  

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Cider Vinegar
Hickory BBQ sauce
liquid smoke (this is so delicious) 

Pour all ingredients in a pot and let simmer.  This is key to a good BBQ sauce flavour is making sure you have cooked it all together.  If it is too thick you can add some water to it. 

Coat well in BBQ sauce and serve hot!!  

Monday, May 23, 2016

Frozen Hot Chocolate

This has been my year for Hot Chocolate.  All winter long I have enjoyed a delicious hot cup in the evenings topped with whipped cream and a pinch of salt (I know sounds weird but trust me you MUST try delicious).   Last summer I discovered frozen hot chocolate from our local second cup and its something I crave on those hot summer days.  So I decided to search for a recipe and then create my own.  So here is my frozen hot chocolate treat.

Hot chocolate mix
Coco powder
Whip cream
Pinch of salt
Sprinkles (for the kids).

In a blender combine ice, hot chocolate mix, coco powder (1 tbsp) and milk (1 1/2 cups per hot chocolate pouch).  When combined pour into cups and serve topped with whip cream and a pinch of salt.

Enjoy on those hot summer days.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter Popcorn

We LOVE popcorn around here and during the Easter season we LOVE mini why not combine two of our favourites together to get this delicious Party in your Month!!   I wish I could say that I came up with this idea on my own but I did not.  It was friends of ours who opened our eyes to this addictive treat.  

It is simple 

Popcorn popped with lots of butter and salt and a few handfuls of mini eggs tossed into the mix :)   It is so delightful getting a huge handful or sweet and salty.  

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