Maija Moments: Canned Soup Mom

Jun
30
2014

How to Make Disney Frozen Sven Cookies

An Easy Budget Friendly Frozen Party Food In Honour of Your Favourite Reindeer

Disney-Frozen-Sven-Cookies

When we were planning my youngest daughter’s Frozen themed birthday party it became our personal challenge to come up with fun party food themed around each one of her favourite characters including Elsa,

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Jun
29
2014

Disney Frozen Troll Rock and Snowball Truffles

An Easy Budget-Friendly Frozen-Themed Party Food

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Just last weekend we hosted a Frozen-themed birthday party for my youngest daughter's 5th birthday party.

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Jun
29
2014

Top Ten Budget-Friendly Disney Frozen Party Foods

Put A Freeze On Overspending With These Heart Melting Treats‏

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This past weekend we threw my youngest daughter her very first “friend” birthday party to celebrate her upcoming fifth birthday. Everything was Frozen themed — including the food. So if you’re like me and are planning a Disney Frozen themed birthday party and are looking for menu options to please the biggest Frozen-frenzied guests without breaking the bank, this list is for you!

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Jun
04
2014

WestJet Celebrates Dads And Wins The Internet Yet Again

This Video Will Make You Laugh, Cry and Want To Become A Dinner Volunteer

WestJet-Fathers-Day-Video

WestJet wins again.

Following the overwhelming response to WestJet’s viral Christmas Miracle, they have partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada to create yet another internet-winning video that is certain to make you cry, smile and warm your heart all at the same time.

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May
27
2014

"You Won't Even Miss The Potatoes" Cauliflower Salad

The Old-Fashioned Potato Salad Gets A Makeover With Cauliflower

Cauliflower Potato Salad

I love potato salad. It makes me think of summer and backyard barbeques and my grandmother who always made the best traditional potato salad. While there will always be a place at my picnic table for old-fashioned potato salad, this cauliflower salad gives all the taste and texture of potato salad without having to spend the time pealing, slicing and boiling potatoes.

It’s also the hit of the party for those of us looking for something a little healthier to put beside our favourite barbequed entrée.

Simply steam your cauliflower.

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May
23
2014

Fast And Easy Fiesta Mac And Cheese Recipe

A delicious Mexican-themed dinner for busy weeknights

Fast And Easy Fiesta Mac And Cheese Recipe

My whole family loves Mexican food. Whether it’s tacos, nachos, burritos, Mexican has always been a fave. Now, thanks to these fun, new Kraft Dinner Macaroni and Cheese options we can add my Fiesta Mac and Cheese recipe to the list!

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May
06
2014

5 Delicious Ways To Enjoy Apple Chips

Plus, Three Of my family's Favourite Apple Chip Dip Recipes

martin's apple chips

It all started with an interview with the stars of one my eldest daughter’s favourite dance shows. I was offered the interview, and I asked if my ten-year-old competitive dancing daughter could co-interview the dancers with me. When they said yes I challenged her to come up with some of her own questions to ask.

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Apr
28
2014

Meat-Lovers Pizza Skillet Pasta

All Your Favourite Pizza Toppings In A Pasta!

Are you guilty of changing the names of meal items in order to get your kids to eat their dinner? I know I am. Homemade Macaroni and Cheese becomes “cheesy pasta” and parmesan cheese becomes “shakey-shake” (because you get to shake it!) and then of course there are these Minecraft Pork Chops.

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Apr
23
2014

Kid-Friendly, Healthy On-The-Go Snack Ideas

Drive-Thru-Free Ways To Keep the Kids (And Mom!) Fueled

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When I was younger, my best-friend's mom would often be our chauffeur from school to our many extra curricular activities. She drove a huge outdated mustard-coloured car that my friend was super embarrassed by, but I always looked forward to jumping into that car after school because the driver was a very special and kind woman and there were always SNACKS!
 
Mrs. Furfaro absolutely knew that as children and teenagers, we needed a decent snack before we moved on to our next activities, whether it was a dance class, basketball game, or even studying for exams.

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Mar
24
2014

Quick Weeknight Meal: Easy, Cheesy Perogies

A Recipe That's Ch-Easy Enough For Any Busy Weeknight

Cheesy Perogies Recipe

Like so many moms, I am always trying to find new dinner options that are fast, easy, and worth the effort. 

When I found myself staring at a bag of frozen perogies in my freezer and a bunch of our favourite cheese in the fridge, I knew I would hit the jackpot if I could make cheese perogies even cheesier! And boy was I right!

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Mar
16
2014

Slow Cooker Vodka Cream Sauce

This Busy Mom's Version Of A Restaurant Favourite

Slow Cooker Vodka Cream Sauce

The first time I had pasta in Vodka Cream Sauce, I was in University and a few friends and I had gone out for dinner to celebrate a special occasion. We opted for a fancy-ish Italian restaurant (at least it felt fancy to me back waaaay back then) and there on the menu was Penne in Vodka Cream Sauce. I was always a fan of creamy pasta sauces (there was this one time, in grade school, when we went on a family vacation to Montreal and I ate nothing but Fettuccine Alfredo and Mussels with "frites" for a whole week's worth of lunches and dinners).

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Mar
13
2014

Minecraft Pork Chop Dinner

Score The Highest Dinner Points With Your Minecraft-Lover

Minecraft Pork Chop Recipe

When my son started asking for pork chops for dinner, I had absolutely no idea where he had even gotten the idea. I don't think I have ever actually made a pork chop and, in fact, I don't even remember eating them growing up. It turns out that he came up with the idea all on his own while playing, what elseMinecraft.

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Feb
26
2014

Bacon Whiskey Mac And Cheese

Rich, Cheesy, Delicious, and Company-Worthy

Feb
05
2014

How To Make A Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Cake

With Your Favourite Cake Mix and Pans You Already Own

Do you remember the days when Valentine's Day was filled with a new dress, styled hair, a fancy dinner, roses, and something that came in a tiny box? No??? Actually, neither do I! I've been a mom for so long, I honestly can't even remember if I ever celebrated a Valentine's Day the way they do in the movies.

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Jan
23
2014

Baking a Difference for Our SPCA and Humane Societies

Easy, Kid-Friendly, Dog-Themed Cupcakes for National Cupcake Day

national cupcake day

There's an old family joke involving my dad that basically says if there is such thing as reincarnation we would all be lucky to come back as one of his adopted pets. You see, my dad has something about him that basically attracts stray, abandoned, and abused cats and dogs and he always takes it upon himself to care for these animals, find new homes for them or take in the most needy whether they need heath care, love or re-training of the most abused and therefore scared animals. Needless to say, the luckiest of animals end up in my dad's care.

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Jan
20
2014

One-Pot, Lazy Cabbage Rolls

A Comfort Food Favourite Made Over For Busy Weeknights

One Pot Lazy Cabbage Rolls

I've always loved cabbage rolls, but I've never actually made them. Why? Because spending my time wrapping each individual cabbage roll seems like a heck of a lot of work, especially for something that is readily available at my local market. The funny thing is, my kids don't actually like their cabbage rolls in nice neat bundles, and when I heat theirs up, I put them in bowls and cut them up making the perfect rolls into a sloppy mess.

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Dec
17
2013

Eggnog Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Crumble Topping

The Perfect Make-Ahead And Serve On Christmas Morning Muffin

Christmas morning breakfast has two very distinct stages in our house. The second stage is a much more civilized sit down meal with fresh fruit, my Grandma's version of the Old Fashioned Christmas Morning Wife Saver and Christmas Morning Mimosas in fancy glasses.

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Dec
16
2013

Grandma's Christmas Morning Strata

My Grandma's Version Of The Old Fashioned Christmas Morning Wife Saver

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Ever since I was little my Christmas morning breakfast has included what we've always called "Grandma's Christmas Morning Strata." I've later learned that it's my Grandmother's version of the Good Old Fashioned Christmas Morning Wife Saver.

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Dec
16
2013
holiday mimosa

In our house, Christmas morning has always been accompanied by a bottle of Homemade Baileys Irish Cream for the coffee and a pitcher of Mimosas. While the typical Mimosa is one part orange juice and one part sparkling wine, this Christmas Morning Mimosa adds a little seasonal flavour to make the perfect present opening beverage.

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