Maija Moments: Canned Soup Mom

Dec
11
2013

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Sugar Cookie

An Easy Cookie That Is Certain To Put You On The Nice List

Whether I'm baking for my children's school functions, birthday parties, or my daughter's recent Christmas Caroling Party, I love creating fun and easy treats that bring smiles to my children's (and their friends') faces.

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Dec
11
2013

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Perfect For Any Cold Weather Get Together

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
 
Every year, we host a Christmas party for my now-ten-year-old daughter and her friends. This year she asked if they could go caroling in the neighbourhood, then come back to our house for hot chocolate and treats. It sounded like a pretty reasonable request, only with the weather we've been having, I knew the hot chocolate would need to be ready, waiting, and hot as soon as they walked in the door from their caroling adventures.

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Dec
03
2013

Make it, Don't Buy it: Real Vanilla Extract

Only Two Ingredients To A Homemade Baking Necessity

Homemade Vanilla Recipe

I know that vanilla is easy and fairly inexpensive to buy, but when paired with a cute gift tag and a family heirloom recipe for muffins or cookies, homemade vanilla makes a super cute DIY food gift for friends, neighbours, and colleagues.

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Dec
01
2013

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream - Best. Gift. Ever.

One Easy Step To The Perfect Holiday Gift Or Some Yummy Holiday Cheer For You To Enjoy

My grandfather made the best pot of coffee in the world. He could rival any barista with a few scoops of ground coffee available at every grocery store around the country. I have no idea what he did to his coffee but I remember loving every single sip (or gulp after I became a sleep-deprived mother). During the holidays my grandfather believed that Christmas Cheer should extend to his morning coffee and we would free-hand pour Baileys Irish Cream into his perfectly brewed coffee.

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Nov
24
2013

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Using a Mix Makes This Fancy Dessert Come Together In A Flash

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Yes I know — I used Cake Balls and Fancy Dessert in the same title... but it's true! Cake Balls or Cake Pops (if you choose to add some sticks) are not just for the kids. Especially when you make them as decadent as these Red Velvet ones.

Simply mix your cake batter.

Bake your cake.

Cool your cake.

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Nov
08
2013

Mixed Herb Roasted Chicken Recipe

An Easy, and Delicious Weeknight Dinner With Club House Bag'n Season

I don't think any of you would be surprised to learn that I like Club House seasonings, gravy mixes, baking products, and spices as much as the next girl but I'm not going to lie when I tell you I was a wee bit unsure about making dinner in a bag. So when I was offered the opportunity to try the Club House Bag'n Season Mixed Herb Chicken mix, I truly had my doubts.

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Oct
25
2013

Celebrating Fall And Everything Pumpkin in Halton

Get Inspired By Exoloring Food, Drink, and Pumpkins Along Halton's Pumpkin Trail

Halton Pumpkin Trail

When the cool autumn air begins to set in and the trees begin to turn colour my mind automatically goes to getting my family outside in warm sweaters to enjoy the sights and smells of fall and of course the comfort foods to warm us up when we come inside.

The launch of Halton's first ever Pumpkin Trail gave me an opportunity to do just that!

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Oct
23
2013

Butternut Squash Cheeseless Mac And Cheese

What I Learned Behind The Scenes With Campbell Canada At In The Kitch

Butternut Squash Baked Mac And Cheese Without The Cheese
Recently, the wonderful people at Campbell Canada invited me to a behind-the-scenes taping of In the Kitch with Chef Jo Lusted. To say it was an eye-opening experience is an understatement. 
 
 
Once in a while I like to fancy myself a food blogger which means I am fair

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Oct
22
2013

The Easiest Way To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Make Them Sweet Or Salty With These Easy Directions

roasted pumpkin seeds
The hardest thing about roasting pumpkin seeds is pulling each of the individual seeds out of the pumpkin, getting all the pumpkin goo off of them, then rinsing and patting dry.

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Oct
07
2013

Top 10 Tasty Transformations for Leftover Turkey

Substituting Leftover Turkey For The Chicken In These Recipes Turns Leftover Turkey Into Dinner Success!

It's that time of year again. The time of year when we've stuffed ourselves as much as we possibly can with holiday turkey and all the fixings and now we just want to eat something other than turkey sandwiches and more re-heated turkey.

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Sep
25
2013

Chocolate Apple Beet Cake Recipe

Yes, That's Right I Said BEET Cake

Chocolate-Apple-Beet-Cake
I recently signed up for an organic produce delivery service right to my front door and this week my delivery included a bushel of beets and a bushel of apples. Since I am the only person in my house who will actually eat beets I headed straight for Pinterest and found a recipe for Apple Beet Cake.

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Sep
24
2013

Blessings In A Backpack

An Organization Dedicated To Feeding Food Insecure Children And Their Families

As a mom, I have deep-rooted empathy and heartbreak at the idea of children going hungry. Whether it's in third world countries or in our own school district, the idea of a child's tummy grumbling and a parent not having the ability to feed him or her makes my heart ache.
 
As a food blogger, I know how lucky my children are to be exposed to new and (hopefully) yummy recipes on a regular basis.

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Sep
16
2013

Healthy Roasted Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Low-Fat Cheese And Omitting The Cream Makes This Soup A Healthy Comfort Food Option

Healthy Roasted Cauliflower Soup Recipe

I started a diet. I know, I know — starting a diet is a food blogger's greatest sin — but it was time. Essentially, this diet is helping me get my healthy eating on track and programming my body not to give into every single craving I have.

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Aug
08
2013

Recipes That Pair Perfectly With Milk

Milk goes well with more than just cookies

Recipes That Pair Perfectly With Milk

"Some things just go better with milk Mom," my five-year-old son told me last night. I had just put dinner in front of the kids and had simultaneously asked them what they wanted to drink while reaching in the fridge for the milk that wasn't there.

I had forgotten it, of course. In my post-work-pre-kid-pick-up mad dash through the grocery store, I had grabbed the things we needed for dinner and forgot the milk — in my defense it is always in the very back corner of the grocery store and so easily forgotten.

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Jul
07
2013

One of the best parts of moving back to our hometown is being closer to my dad and stepmom and the goodness that comes out of their kitchen on a regular basis.

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Jun
24
2013

Breakfast Popsicles Recipe

You'll Be The Coolest Mom On The Block When You Serve These For Breakfast

I'm not going to lie — as a full-time-work-outside-the-home-mom breakfast often involves me tossing a few granola bars at my kids while we make a mad dash for the car. That's why I try really (really!) hard to come up with creative, make-ahead breakfast ideas that are not only healthy but are things my kids will actually eat without complaints (because complaints take time in the morning we just don't have). This week we tried something new we now fondly refer to as Breakfast Popsicles and if I told you my kids L-O-V-E-D them it would be an understatement.

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Jun
16
2013

Maija's Copycat Wedge Salad Recipe

A Salad That Needs A Fork And Knife To Eat But Only Minutes To Prepare

A few years ago we dropped my sister off for year one at her university of choice.

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Jun
04
2013

Easiest Cheesy, Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Perfect For A Family Dinner, A Summer BBQ Or A Neighbourhood Potluck

There's something about mushrooms stuffed with cheese and bacon and by something I mean something truly yummy.

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May
26
2013

Baked Cheesy Tomatoes Recipe

The Perfect Side Dish for Summer

I love barbeque. I love that my husband is a master barbeque-er even more and I take it on as a personal challenge to find the yummiest and the easiest sides to accompany his grilled creations.

These baked cheesy tomatoes are one of my favourites and my husband likes them because they are baked inside and do not take up precious room on his grill.

Ingredients

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