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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.