Maija Moments: Canned Soup Mom

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
#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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Jun
05
2015

Camping Classics: Homemade Hamburgers

Juicy Burgers That Are A Cinch To Make

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According to my family, hamburgers are an absolute must for dinner at least once and usually twice on our regular summer (and winter!) camping trips.

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Jun
01
2015
These sweet and savoury kabobs are perfect for camping.

Although these Honey Balsamic Chicken Kabobs can be made on the barbecue at home, I save this recipe for our #CanadaWithKids camping adventures, because whenever we bring friends or family with us they’re always shocked that I made something “this delicious” in the backcountry in record time.

The trick is preparing and freezing at home. Here’s how…

Ingredients

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May
21
2015

Maple Syrup Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Even Better than sugar sugar

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One of my favourite things to do in the spring when the snow finally starts to melt is head out to the sugar shack to walk through the maple tree forest and show the kids where and how the iconic Canadian maple syrup is made. Even with warmer weather on the horizon, you can keep that feeling by using maple syrup in these delicious cookies - year round.

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May
11
2015

10 Minute BBQ Beef Stir Fry

Faster than take-out, and better to boot!

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There’s absolutely nothing to say about this BBQ Beef Stir Fry except it’s fast, easy, working mom approved, and can easily be adapted to your kids’ tastes by using their favourite sweet or kicked up BBQ sauce.

Simply toss your veggies in a sauté pan.

Cover and let steam.

Add your beef.

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May
05
2015

Make-Ahead Peanut Butter Chicken on a Stick

You won't be sorry you made this satay

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There’s something about meat on a stick that makes dinner more fun for the kids. My son wants to eat the meat right off the stick and my girls prefer I slide the meat off and cut into pieces. Either way, this Peanut Butter Chicken Satay recipe (aka Chicken on a Stick) is a hit!

I also love that I can do all the prep-work before heading out the door for the day and when we get home I can just pop them in the oven, make some rice and steam some veggies.

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Apr
06
2015

Stuff n' Serve: Delicious Cannelloni Dinner

You Can't Go Wrong With This Pasta Dish

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The box marked cannelloni is often high up on the shelf in the pasta aisle right near the lasagna and manicotti noodles.

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Mar
13
2015

March Break is right around the corner and for many of us the kids are home and looking for something to do. For our family, all the after school activities are on hiatus too, so that means our evenings are a bit more relaxed and perfect for getting the kids into the kitchen.

If you’re looking for a couple of easy kid-friendly recipes they can really "help" make, here’s a list of the recipes my kids and I will be cooking this March Break.

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Mar
11
2015

Bacon Cheddar Meatloaf

A Meatloaf SO Good, You Can Serve it to Guests

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Meatloaf is one of those home cooked comfort foods that often come from recipes passed down for generations. My favourite (and easiest!) meatloaf recipe is pretty basic so when we decided to invite another family over for dinner and meatloaf was the agreed-upon main course, I wanted to come up with something that was still basic enough the kids would eat it but interesting enough to put on the dinner table for guests.

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Jan
29
2015

Slow Cooker Kid-Friendly Minestrone Soup

A soup so good, your kids won't even realize it's good for them

When we lived in Edmonton, one of our family night traditions was to head to West Edmonton Mall, park at the “Bourbon Street” entrance and head to The Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner. No matter what meal you order at Old Spaghetti Factory, it comes with soup or salad to start and dessert. My girls love Caesar salad, but my son always ordered the minestrone soup which thrilled me because it is full of veggies!

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Jan
27
2015

One-Pan Chicken and Feta Bake

A Taste of Greek Sunshine in the Heart of a Cold Canadian Winter

It seems like not that long ago but it’s been at least eight years since I was sitting under the Mediterranean sun in a Greek olive grove at a long table filled with tourists and locals speaking as many languages as there were people. There were bowls of just-picked olives along the table and I’ll never forget how warm they were when you ate them. At first I wondered if our hosts had warmed them but then realized they were warm from the sun — never having actually been inside a factory or a can.

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Jan
07
2015

Be a Weeknight Hero: Make Kids Fave Wonton Soup

The soup that will have your kids wantin' more

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If you’re looking for easy weeknight dinner solutions that are kid friendly and guaranteed to come together quickly then this Wonton Soup recipe is for you!

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Dec
23
2014
slow cooker pulled pork

Why slave in a hot kitchen? There is absolutely nothing wrong with breaking out the slow cooker when guests come to visit. These are my favourite guest-worthy slow cooker recipes and my top tips for using your slow cooker.

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Dec
16
2014

Your Complete Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Breakfast Menu

You Should Be Opening Gifts, Not Kitchen Cupboards

While I absolutely love the Christmas Morning Breakfast tradition, I do not love having to step away from the festivities and head to the kitchen to make a feast for breakfast, which is why I’ve perfected this completely make-ahead Christmas Morning Breakfast menu.

Get the Party Started with Christmas Morning Mimosas

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7 Crowd-Pleasing Food Gifts For Everyone On Your List

Your holiday shopping list is probably divided into two parts—one for store-bought gifts, and one with the names of people you'd like to gift something small, thoughtful, and homemade—just to let them know you’re thinking of them over the holiday season.

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Dec
08
2014

Make-Ahead Baked Egg Nog French Toast

Something Sweet For Your Christmas Morning Brunch

Overnight Baked Egg Nog French Toast

If you’re like me and love finding easy make-ahead recipes you can prepare and serve in the middle of all the Christmas morning mayhem, this Overnight Baked Egg Nog French Toast is definitely for you!

I have spent many Christmases at my grandparents’ house in Northern Ontario and while most of my relatives look forward to Christmas dinner I am always the most excited about my Grandmother’s Christmas morning brunch.

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Nov
28
2014

Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Baked Not Fried

All The Pancake Pleasure, None Of The Flipping

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While I was growing up, pancakes were my absolute favourite thing to eat when sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table, and if she made them for lunch or dinner they felt extra special, somehow.

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