When you think of taking a winter vacation do you think of sun, sand, and ocean waves? If you said yes, you’re not alone because most of us do. But have you thought of staying closer to home? Maybe it’s time to try something different for your Family Day or March Break getaway, it is Canada’s 150th birthday after all!
My son was resuscitated at birth. When I was finally able to hold him, his whole body was black and blue from bruising that happened during a very traumatic birth — for both him and for me. They told me he was fine, but I knew they were wrong. For his first two years of life, he had weekly physical therapy sessions to help strengthen damaged nerves and muscles. We were told he may never crawl, may have trouble walking, and would likely never throw a ball.
Some people dream of their kids playing in the NHL, I just dreamed my son could play.
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.
Fifteen minutes to make dinner is about all I have most week days after the kids get home from school, work finally calms down and we still need to get out the door all over again for after school activities. I'm always on the lookout for fast, kid friendly and delicious meals with a good amount of veggies thrown in and these 15-Minute Spring Roll Bowls check all those boxes.
Think taco night where everyone gets to choose their own toppings except this is the deconstructed spring roll version.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
It all started with a simple little request from my son to have Clone Trooper and Storm Trooper Cupcakes at his birthday party. Honestly, I didn’t even know there was a difference between Storm and Clone Troopers, and pretty much assumed all the white-uniformed-robot-looking-guys were the “bad guys,” but boy was I wrong and my almost 6-year old was more than happy to give me a Star Wars 101.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.