Anne Radcliffe: Dinner - It's Not Rocket Science

Dec
09
2015

You May Be Suffering from Allergic Rhinitis and Not Know It

Here's How to Improve Your Bedroom’s Air Quality

You May be Suffering from This Allergy and Not Even Know It

When kidlet was younger, we noticed he was developing bags beneath his eyes, he always seemed to be stuffy, and he was sleeping poorly at night. Our family doctor and his allergist both suggested a trip to visit an Ear Nose and Throat doctor (ENT). After some allergy testing and observing his sleep, we discovered that his sleeping problems were ALL being caused by allergic rhinitis. In diagnosing my son’s problems, we also discovered that all three of us were suffering from it too—and didn't even know.

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Nov
30
2015

DIY Vanilla Sugar

Give Holiday Baking Moar "Wow!" in 1 Easy Step

DIY Vanilla Sugar is easy and frugal to make, and will give you a limitless supply for your holiday baking needs! It tastes and smells delicious, and you can use it anywhere you'd use normal sugar. | Hacks | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca | FoodRetro.com

Have you ever looked at the price of vanilla sugar? It's priced somewhere between "Gold per Ounce" and "Firstborn Child." And if you've ever had the pleasure of smelling vanilla sugar, it's not hard to see why they feel like they can charge prices like this.

But if you're savvy, you know better. DIY vanilla sugar is something everybody can do. All you need is a big ol' jar like a pickle jar, except with all the pickle smell long, long washed out; some sugar, and some vanilla beans. 

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Nov
12
2015

An Ode to Fruitcake: The Most Under-Appreciated Cake of All

And why you should be very, very appreciative if anybody ever gives you a real one

Holiday Fruit Cake! The real, authentic, classic kind, made delicious from scratch with love, nuts, brandy, and only the most edible of dried fruits like figs, dried cherries, currants, and apricots. Make one now and have it cured before Christmas! | Homemade | DIY | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca | FoodRetro.com

I must confess, I must be a sucker for challenges, cause when the YMC editor threw down the gauntlet asking if anybody would be willing to make a real honest to goodness fruitcake (like the kind you marinate with alcohol for weeks), I actually volunteered. In my defense, I had never made a fruitcake before. I was thinking it couldn't possibly be a big deal. Also, I heard that real, authentic, honest-to goodness fruitcake is amazeballs and totally worth it. 

Well, it is. Both a big deal and totally worth it. But you'll have to have a lot of patience and a little faith.

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Nov
04
2015

Coconut Breakfast Buns

Who needs cinnamon, anyway?

You won't miss the cinnamon with these flaky and decadent coconut breakfast buns. Made with cream, butter, coconut oil and sugar, this is the best reason to make a bun from scratch; you will never find anything like this anywhere else. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

As is often the case, some of the best recipes seem to come out of everything going pear-shaped. Case in point: coconut breakfast buns.

Cinnamon buns had been on brain for a while, and I had a recipe sketched out. I happened to have some time on my hands and I thought I would bake. But I was well overdue for a grocery run. In my poor, nearly-empty fridge, next to expired milk (which I tossed), was non-expired table cream I had for guests for coffee.  I had only salted butter.  And when I went to my pantry, my coconut oil was sitting there looking me right in the eye.

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Sep
25
2015

Snackalicious Baked Pizza Pockets

It's Pizza in a ball. IN A BALL!

These easy-to-customize and super fast pizza pocket snacks are a great way to keep friends and family fed after school or while watching the game!

Winter is coming! And besides the next season of Game of Thrones, that means you need football and hockey-watching eats, after school snacks, busy weeknight meals, and munchies for watching movies through the cold winter season. These super-fast and easy baked pizza pockets will cover all your bases.

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Sep
02
2015

Cook Bacon Painlessly & Perfectly in the Oven

Who knew there was a "bake" in bacon?

This kitchen hack will change your life. Cook bacon painlessly and perfectly in the oven every time - you will never use a frying pan again!

Our bacon, that art delicious, hallowed be thy name. Thy crispy crumbs when fried till done makes the kitchen smell like heaven. It's just too bad that it's such a PITA to make, right? That to have a love affair with bacon, you have to be a bit of a masochist, willing to endure the pain of its delicious kisses. That there is no way to cook bacon painlessly and perfectly - every time.

 

 

Oh wait, there is!

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Aug
25
2015
Is store-bought cake too sweet? This frugal, depression-era crazycake cupcake recipe not only makes a moist, dense, decadent chocolate cake, it's naturally vegan and allergy friendly too!

Kidlet's birthday was this past week. He was looking forward to it for weeks. BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY. Why? These vegan crazycake cupcakes. OMG.

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Jul
31
2015

Cooking Chemistry: Why Blueberries Turn Green When Cooked

Keep your blueberries blue and cabbage red with chemistry

Have you had blueberries turn green during cooking? Cabbage go funky? This may be the reason why.

I was experimenting in the kitchen, hardcore, when disaster struck. As I was folding in egg whites into the candied gelatin mixture that would shortly become blueberry marshmallows - the last step before putting them in the pan - the beautiful purple began to turn... green? Flummoxed, I tasted it. Tasted fine. I tried stirring it up. No luck. So as I went looking on the internet for the answer, a Google book provided me a little tidbit I never knew or thought about before:

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Jul
29
2015
You won't believe how quickly you can whip these Mars Bars Rice Krispies squares up, and how amazing they taste!

I inherited the original Mars Bars Rice Krispies recipe from a friend years ago. I believe there's recipes floating around on the internet too, cause she was a follow-the-recipe kind of gal. The taste was delicious, but they were really dense, kind of greasy, tough to chew, and kind of overkill on the chocolate... and the calories.  With a few tweaks, I got a really light square that was more economical, easy to eat, produced more than 16 tiny (impossible to cut) little squares, and was not death-by-chocolate.

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Jul
23
2015

How to Grill Fruit, Like a Boss

(AKA How To Make Friends & Influence People - Grilled Fruit Edition)

10 Tips for getting the best results when experimenting with grilled fruit this summer! | BBQ | Paleo

If you're bored with the traditional summer offerings of hotdogs, potato salad, and corn, then clearly it's past time to try grilled fruit in your diet. High heat caramelizes the sugars in the fruit - it's everyone's favourite chemical reaction, the Maillard, and the grill can impart a complex smoky and uber-sweet flavour that will make you say wow! 

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This white wine sangria is sweetened with peach nectar and ripe strawberries to make a perfect summer drink!

There's an awful lot of red wine sangria recipes out there, and they're pleasant enough, but I'm a bigger fan of white wine--if for no other reason than because red wine is unkind to me in the hangover department. Sangrias are so incredibly easy--virtually impossible to do wrong, actually - and something that I almost never make the same way twice. There's always a great new flavour, or a new fruit that's in season.

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Jul
02
2015

9 Surprising Things You Learn Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Living on a budget isn't as easy as you would think

Living on a budget isn't as easy as you would think.

It was a long month on our budget eating adventure, and I've learned some amazing things along the way. I hope you have too. I wanted to share a list of some of the most unusual things I've learned...hopefully you find them helpful for either yourself, or when trying to perform compassionate acts for those in need.

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Jun
11
2015
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The world is a little bit of a darker place now that Christopher Lee has passed away. He was 93 and he lived a life more amazing than most people will ever hope to do. Here are some amazing things about Sir Christopher Lee, because the man many today know as Saruman from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was not only a great and powerful wizard, but also so much more.

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Jun
05
2015
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Week Four of my Budget Eating Challenge started with a conundrum. This was the last week of the challenge. Should I:

a) Live like I would if I knew all budget restrictions come off me next week? Or
b) Live like a person would knowing that they were stuck on a restricted budget for the foreseeable future?

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Jun
01
2015

Crockpot Pork & Lentil Stew

Lentils can help you stretch a little meat

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It's pretty much official: my slow cooker is coming into its own for the Hunger Games Challenge. I haven't put it away since the first day I've had it out.

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May
28
2015

Budget Groceries: How to Avoid Scurvy & Mutiny

It's like living the pirate life, folks

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The Hunger Games Week Three has us sitting pretty much at our "new normal." It's humbling to think that it took us three weeks to get here - to recover a good chunk of my pantry and set myself up in a decent position where we had a good variety of food, enough of every food group to get us comfortably through the week (according to the Canada Food Guide), have some of the treats that my family has requested, and finally actually be below budget.

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May
22
2015

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

The easiest, most delicious whole roast chicken you've ever eaten

The easiest hot weeknight dinner you'll ever make with a whole chicken! No thawing required with this fast melt-in-your-mouth crockpot lemon chicken recipe. | slow cooker | school meals |

Most people wouldn't consider using their slow cooker to cook a whole chicken. What if I told you that it was not only EASY, but also a great way to save the day when you wake up in the morning and realize that you've forgotten to defrost anything for supper? You can cook a chicken straight from frozen in the slow cooker, safely ,and without stress.

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May
20
2015

Just-One-Jar Strawberry Cocoa Freezer Jam

Because canning huge batches is overrated

This powdered pectin-free strawberry and cocoa freezer jam recipe can make a batch as small as just one jar, meaning you can feel free to experiment with flavour combinations like chocolate, pepper or wine! Plain boiled jam will taste like sadness by comparison. | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

I was hobnobbing on a PR trip when the topic of preservation of foods came up, and it wasn't long before everyone admitted that they really wanted to learn canning, but were afraid of that dreaded b-word: Botulism. Botulism is no joke, and it can have deadly consequences. I admit, I'm one of those people who knows just enough about it to know I don't want to mess around. I detoured firmly into the realm of preservation by freezing, and I've been happily ensconced there since. 

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May
19
2015
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Week Two of the Hunger Games Challenge has us pretty firmly in stride. We stopped feeling so hungry all the time, our stomachs adjusted (mostly) to the change in diet, and the quality of food improved significantly after the second grocery trip. Kidlet has stopped giving us so much grief about the lacks of certain things and he appears to have filled his hollow leg. We had a bit of a breather on Sunday, too, as we were invited to a BBQ by friends and Mother-in-Law for Mother's Day.  

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May
08
2015
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We're just at the end of week one, and it's been a bit of a rough week for us, in all honesty.  Morale was a bit low throughout the week as we tried to make do with things that weren't our usual fare and the discomfort that came with the sudden change to our diet, and it was compounded by the fact that my son appears to have just started stocking up for a growth spurt.

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