Maija Moments: Canned Soup Mom

Aug
04
2016

18 Activities Kids Are Guaranteed to Love at These Ontario Beaches

Fun, family activities to discover (and re-discover!) this summer

Here are 18 Activities Kids Are Guaranteed to Love at Ontario's Southwest Beaches | YMCTravel | YummyMummyClub.ca

My family and I have a goal to visit every province and territory in Canada and so far, we've road tripped over 100,000 kms together. This summer alone, we’ve already spent more than 7,500 kms on the road and almost 1,000 nautical kms travelling to the most easterly parts of our country.

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Foil packet cooking | YummyMummyClub.ca

Looking for a camping recipe that gives you an excuse to open a bottle of wine? You've come to the right place! This Easiest Camping Vegetable Foil Pack recipe couldn't be easier to make and tastes the best when you splash a little white wine over the vegetables before cooking.

Foil packet cooking | YummyMummyClub.ca

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Jun
22
2016

The Campfire Nachos That Will Now Become Part of Your Summer Tradition

You aren't going to believe how easy these are to make.

Campfire-Nachos-Recipe

There are a few very key things that hold parents back from jumping onto the camping bandwagon and one of them is definitely figuring out what to feed a family three meals a day, plus snacks with limited supplies and equipment. Because no matter what they say, the kids will get tired of hot dogs on a stick and s'mores (well, maybe not the s'mores). Campfire nachos have become one of my family's top requested camping meals and the recipe is so easy!

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Jun
21
2016

Ahoy, Matey! All Aboard These Delicious Campfire Banana Boats!

Delicious served for breakfast, snack, or dessert.

Camfire Banana Boats | YummyMummyClub.ca

I'm going to be 100% honest with you and admit that by day four or five of camping, I may just let my kids have these Campfire Banana Boats for breakfast.

Banana = fruit and fruit totally = breakfast food.

Right???

So now that we've established Campfire Banana Boats can be served for breakfast, a snack or dessert after dinner when you get tired of s'mores (if that's even possible!), let me share with you how easy they are to make...

Simply slice banana.

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May
02
2016
Stop Feeling Guilty about the Things You're NOT Doing

Here’s something we all know but rarely say: Being a mom isn’t easy. With that out in the open, tell me if this sounds familiar:

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This Weeknight Chicken and Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo isn't just a "save your butt on a busy weeknight" recipe, it has two added bonuses as well! | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

This recipe was a hit, and by a “hit” I mean 4.5 out of 5 people in my house loved this for dinner. My husband, who doesn’t even like traditional Alfredo sauce, even asked for seconds! So why the “.5”? Well, my 8-year old son is touch and go on pasta in general and the thick and flat fettuccine noodles were not his favourite. For him, I picked out chunks of chicken and broccoli and he happily ate his pasta-free bowl.

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Mar
29
2016

5 Snack Commandments for Moms of Young Athletes

Your Guide To Knowing how to buy the best snacks for your active kids

5 Snack Commandments for Moms of Young Athletes

I’ll never forget that competition—the competition where I made one of the biggest dance mom mistakes that can be made. It was our first away competition in a city I thought I knew fairly well. I had the costumes packed, the emergency tights prepped, and had perfected my fake eyelash technique. The only thing I was missing were snacks. And this is where I made the rookie dance mom mistake: I assumed I could buy the snacks we needed when we got there.

Wrong.

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One Tube of Dough Three Easy Holiday Appetizers

It happens every single year, someone, somewhere invites us to a holiday event and when you ask “what can I bring?” you hope they’ll say “nothing” so when you show up with a bottle of wine and some homemade treats they think you’re a superstar. Instead, they casually say, “just bring an appetizer.”

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Dec
21
2015

Baked Spinach Dip & Flatbread Volcano Bowl

You've Never Seen Spinach Dip Like This Before!

One Dish Baked Spinach Dip and Flatbread

This summer the kids and I went on a road trip to Sudbury, Ontario to follow in the footsteps of the 2015 Amazing Race contestants by going underground in a former working mine that has been converted into an amazing experiential learning exhibit called Dynamic Earth.

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Dec
21
2015

Muffin Tin Magic: Mini Panzerottis

Everything you love about panzerotti - in a muffin pan!

Easy-Muffin-Tin-Panzerottis

First things first – the reason why the main image for this post is not the best is because I left the room for less than 20 minutes and my family inhaled these Muffin Tin Panzerottis before I could get a good photograph. And by family, I mean my brothers, my dad, my sister in law, and my husband. The only one who should know better (because he lives in a house with a food blogger where nothing gets eaten before double checking that it’s been photographed) is my husband, but that’s a topic for another day.

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Dec
21
2015

Chicken Pesto & Goat Cheese Pinwheels

Impress Your Guests With This Easy Appetizer

Pesto and Goat Cheese Chicken Pinwheels

Before we get started, I can absolutely say that these Chicken Pesto and Goat Cheese Pinwheels are so delicious they could definitely be served for dinner with a side salad or as part of a brunch. Personally, I love to bring them as an appetizer for a family function, book club or when the neighbours invite us over for some holiday cheer, not only because they taste great, but because they are super easy to make and can easily be whipped together while your hot rollers are doing their magic on your hair.

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Dec
04
2015

Vegan Slow Cooker Hearty Tomato Lentil Soup

Easy weekend dinner for the crockpot

This Vegan Slow Cooker Hearty Tomato Lentil Soup is an easy dump recipe for your crock pot, and filling enough to satisfy even non vegans and vegetarians! | YummyMummyClub.ca

This summer, my sister moved home and brought with her a fancy university degree with very few job prospects in her area of expertise, a goal to get a job anyway so she can buy some rental properties, and a fairly new vegan (almost raw) diet along with a whole bunch of stuff from her University apartment that is now hanging out in my basement.

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Nov
05
2015

Kid Friendly Thai Chicken Curry

A kid-friendly meal with adult flavour the whole family will love.

This kid-friendly Thai meal has adult flavour so the whole family will love it.  | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Sometimes I need a meal with a little bit more of an “adult-flavour” (ie: not something that gets dipped in ketchup) but I barely have enough time to make one dinner, let alone one for the kids and one for mom and dad! A friend of mine recently shared a pork curry recipe that had… wait for it… cream cheese in the ingredients list.

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Oct
29
2015
  Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Stew - a perfect cold weather weeknight meal recipe that you can set and forget this fall and winter! And to make it kid-friendly, you can serve it over rice or on a bun. | Crockpot | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

Fall is here, and as the days get shorter, the temperature gets colder, and the nights get fuller with after-school activities, the slow cooker once again becomes my go-to partner in the kitchen for getting my family fed.

  Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Stew - a perfect cold weather weeknight meal recipe that you can set and forget this fall and winter! And to make it kid-friendly, you can serve it over rice or on a bun. | Crockpot | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

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Oct
07
2015

Whiskey Maple Apple Crisp

Inspired by the Deliciousness of Blue Mountain’s Apple Pie Trail

Whiskey Maple Apple Crisp Recipe

On our family vacation this summer to Blue Mountain Resort, among the hiking, the roller-coastering, the gondola riding, the rope climbing and the beach days (yes Blue Mountain has a private beach – who knew?), my kids came across a brochure for the Apple Pie Trail and immediately started to ask questions.

Starting with, when can we go?

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Aug
14
2015

Calm the Daily Chaos: 5 Tips to Get Closer to Your Goals

How a Simple Notebook Can Change Your Life

How a Simple Notebook Can Change Your Life

There’s a song on the radio that’s popular right now. I can’t actually remember the name of the song or who sings it, but it came on the car radio recently and I heard a verse that struck me… 

Losing friends and chasing sleep.

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Jun
29
2015

11 Money-Saving Items to Stock Your Home with this Summer

The list that will save you time and Money

11 Money-Saving Items to Stock Your Home with this Summer

Summer is finally here and with it comes school holidays, which means having to stock up on the summertime every day essentials. No matter how you look at it, summer activities, entertaining -  even just having the kids at home - can get expensive. But if done right, a well-stocked home will save you time and money by avoiding unnecessary and last-minute trips to the store, hitting the drive thru on a regular basis, or ordering take-out when unplanned guests stay for dinner. 

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Jun
16
2015

Campfire Bannock In A Bag

A camping breakfast so easy your kids can make it for you.

A bannock camping breakfast that's so easy to make your kids can do it for you

Some say that bannock, a traditional staple in aboriginal diets, is one of Canada’s oldest known foods. Leavened with baking soda instead of yeast, it’s traditionally fried in heavy pans and comes out flat, warm, and filling.

The warm and filling part is what makes it great for camping – especially for breakfast!

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Jun
12
2015

Three Easy & Traditional Gin Cocktails

If You Don't Like Gin You're Doing It Wrong

#WorldGinDay

Although originally concocted in Holland many centuries ago, gin has long been considered England’s unofficial national spirit. So it’s not surprising that my Grandfather with his British roots would often declare around 4pm in the summertime that it was “time for a beverage” and would head to the kitchen to mix himself a gin and tonic. After we entered adulthood, my grandfather would mix one for my cousins - and me too - when we were visiting.

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Jun
10
2015

6 Easy Tips for a No Stress, Sparkling Summer Dinner Party

It’s time to re-connect with friends and family

6 Easy Tips for a No Stress, Sparkling Summer Dinner Party

Sometime between moving out west and moving back to Ontario, the number of times we’ve had people over for dinner - just because - can be counted on one hand. Somewhere along the line we stopped entertaining. We do still have people over for all the major holidays, but for no special occasion? It's just wasn't happening.

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