Maija Moments: Canned Soup Mom

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

Baked-Chocolate-Chip-Pancakes
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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Nov
28
2014

Be a Weeknight Warrior with Quick Broccoli Cheddar Soup

There's No reason to go hungry as long as this recipe is around

broccoli soup recipe

The days are getting shorter and colder and that means it’s time for lazy evenings by the fire and steaming bowls of stick-to-your bones soup. The only problem - besides dealing with kids’ snowsuits and missing mittens - is just because the snow is here and all I feel like doing is hibernating, it doesn’t mean our evenings are getting any less busy. But on the rare occasion where we actually have an evening at home, this soup is fast, easy, and the perfect cold-weather meal.

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Nov
26
2014

Gingerbread, Stripped: New Twist on Classic Cookie Recipe

Delicious Gingerbread Without a Rolling Pin

I can’t remember the first time my sister-in-law made these super yummy Gingerbread Cookies but they quickly became one of my top Christmas cookie recipes. They're perfect for gifting and cookie exchanging  - and just plain eating with a festive beverage by the Christmas tree.

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Oct
07
2014

Store Turkey Leftovers So You Don't Get Food Poisoning

Five Simple Steps To Safely Store Turkey

Dinner is finished and it's time to store your leftovers. Here are the five simple steps to help you do it safely.

When it’s my turn to cook the turkey for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter, I almost always cook a larger bird than I need so that I have lots of leftovers.

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Oct
07
2014

Slow Cooker Turkey And Stuffing Dinner

The Easiest Way To Get Thanksgiving On The Table

Slow Cooker Turkey and Stuffing Dinner

I grew up balancing holidays between my mom, my dad, and even my stepfather and my stepmother’s families. I learned to eat my favourite things at each house (instead of filling up on everything at every meal) and became a master scheduler for every holiday. When my husband and I decided to move our family out West all of a sudden, it was just the five of us and the idea of cooking a turkey for only a few of us seemed ridiculous. I wish I had come up with this recipe back then.

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Oct
06
2014
Thanks to this handy life hack, there will never be a fight over the turkey drumsticks again.

Does your family fight over the drumsticks?

Do you find yourself constantly refilling the “dark meat” turkey platter?

Do you buy the biggest turkey you can only to have bigger drumsticks and still find you don’t have enough?

Do you wish you had more dark meat leftovers for soups, stews, and other yummy turkey leftover favourites?

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Oct
06
2014

Is Cooking Stuffing In A Turkey Even Safe?

Or Should It Be Cooked In A Separate Dish?

We grew up eating stuffing that was cooked inside the turkey but is it safe?

According to Health Canada, it is safe to cook stuffing inside the turkey providing it cooks to an internal temperature of 165F. You can check by inserting a meat thermometer into the centre of the stuffing while it is still in the turkey.

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Oct
06
2014

How To Calculate The Size Of Your Thanksgiving Turkey

The Easy Way To Calculate How Large It Should Be

The easy way to calculate how large your turkey should be and what you should do when hosting a dinner with more than 25 people.

I will never forget the first time I was in charge of the turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner. I bombarded my dad and my grandma with tons of questions starting with—How big of a turkey should I buy?

Their answer: You need about 1 pound of turkey per adult and half a pound per child.

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Sep
30
2014

Best Ballerina-Inspired Snacks To Celebrate #WorldBalletDay

Professional Ballerina, Jenna Savella, Shares Her Favourite Snacks

Best Ballerina Inspired Snacks To Celebrate World Ballet Day

On October 1, 2014, five of the world’s top ballet companies will come together to celebrate World Ballet Day with a 24-hour live stream featuring a no-holds-barre glimpse into a day in the life of professional ballet dancers.

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Sep
26
2014

Cheesy Twice-Baked Poutine Potatoes Recipe

A Little Bit Of Comfort Cheese Can Go A Long Way

Sep
24
2014

5 Smart Ways To Get Weeknight Dinners On The Table Quickly

Plus, A Yummy Recipe for Slow Cooker Tuscan Beef Stew

5 Smart, Quick Ways To Get Weeknight Dinners On The Table

As a working mom of three very active children, I am often asked how I manage to feed my family every single night after working all day and before heading out to dance, cheer, taekwondo, baseball, hockey, or whatever else we have on that night.

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Sep
05
2014

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash Pasta Dinner

The 2-Ingredient Supper Solution

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash Pasta Dinner

Many of us are trying to eat a little healthier these days and are looking for ways to fill our plates with the foods we love, while making a few substitutions to keep us on track with our healthy eating goals. Over the last year or so, spaghetti squash has become a well-established substitute for pasta.

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Aug
29
2014

5-Minute Basic Cheese Sauce Recipe

Because Cheese Makes Everything Taste Better

5 Minute Basic Cheese Sauce

Every once in a while (okay a lot of whiles), I get a craving for cheese—especially in the cooler Canadian months. While I love baked cheesy pastas, cheesy appetizers, fondues, and pretty much anything else with cheese, sometimes cheese happens on a whim, like when you're steaming vegetables on a weeknight and only have 5 minutes to whip up this basic, but super yummy, cheese sauce.

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Aug
18
2014

No-Bake Frozen Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

The Perfect Chocolate Graham Crust Summertime Dessert

I love summer because it's the season of laid-back, easy-going outdoor entertaining. In the summer, it's perfectly acceptable to call friends up the day before and say bring your kids, a cooler of beverages, and a potluck item (sometimes even your own lawn chairs!), and come hang out by the pool, beach, or in the backyard for the day. I LOVE these kinds of invitations and have many go-to recipes that are perfect for summer barbecues, including this Frozen Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe, which just happens to be one of my husband's favourite desserts.

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Aug
11
2014

What Busy Hockey Moms Really Do During The Summer

Plus, A Recipe For Easy No-Cook Strawberry Maple Jam

What Hockey Moms Do During The Summer

I don't know if this happens to other hockey moms, but there seems to be a point in the summer when I finally realize that the hockey season is over and yet I'm still driving around with the hockey bag in the trunk. I'm so used to rushing to and from cold hockey arenas that piling groceries and beach toys on and around the over-stuffed hockey bag seems totally reasonable. Except it’s summer and the hockey season is officially over.

So what do hockey moms do in the summer?

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Jul
30
2014

Top 10 Cookie Recipes That Pair Perfectly With Milk

Plus, A Recipe For My Family's Favourite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Does this ever happen to you? The kids are finally in bed and surprisingly they are all asleep, the kitchen has been cleaned by some sort of kitchen fairy miracle, and there is nothing on your to-do list that can’t wait until tomorrow. So you sit on the couch, turn on the tv and get ready for a quiet evening that consists of you and your favourite shows. Except you want something...you need something...you’re craving something sweet or maybe salty but you just can’t put your finger on what.

So how do you decide? Well, there’s a game for that!

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Jul
30
2014

Slow Cooker Strawberry Cobbler Recipe

The Perfect Summer Dessert Recipe

Slow Cooker Strawberry Cobbler Recipe

When I think of the slow cooker, I don't often think of dessert, but when it's strawberry season and too hot to bake, this Slow Cooker Strawberry Cobbler is the perfect base to your vanilla ice cream.

Simply mix your cake batter ingredients.

Spread onto the bottom of your slow cooker.

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Jul
29
2014

Easiest Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Dinner Recipe

The Reason Why I Will Never Roast My Chicken In The Oven Again

This recipe for roast chicken is one of my favourite slow cooker recipes ever and the exact reason why I may never roast a chicken in my oven ever again because it's that yummy.

Just because it's the summer doesn't mean we're any less busy. Okay, we might be a bit less busy, but I'm still working and shuffling the kids from camp to play dates and dance, cheerleading, Taekwondo, and baseball. This means the slow cooker is still my friend, especially in the summer when turning on the oven for hours is just a bad idea. 

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Jul
05
2014
Traditional-Potato-Salad-Recipe

My grandmother grew up on a farm on Manitoulin Island. She was the eldest child and the only girl which meant she learned her way around the kitchen and how to feed a hungry crowd at a very young age. I've been reaping the benefits of my grandmother's cooking expertise for my entire life, and even now many of the recipes you'll find on this blog are either directly from my grandmother's kitchen or inspired by the many meals I've eaten there.

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