*This post has been updated to celebrate the 150 Anniversary of this fabulous country*
Soon it will be July 1st and Canadians everywhere will be celebrating this wonderful nation of ours. 150 Years Strong and Free!
There are so many reasons to appreciate and honour Canada. I love our diverse landscapes, our multicultural heritage, our devotion to hockey and I even love our history. I may be a bit bias though as I am a former Social Studies teacher. I have not travelled yet to ever corner of the country but I have been to the old growth forest on Vancouver Island and whale watching on the St. Lawrence River. I have worn the blue parka and been drenched in Niagara Falls and I have strolled the streets of Old Quebec City and Montreal. I have shook hands with Bonhomme during Carnaval and one time I even celebrated Canada Day in Ottawa and tried to see the Queen. No luck though. Oh wait, I did see the top of her hat. And with everything that goes on in the world I am so very grateful that I get to live and work here.
Update: This recipe has become a staple in our house as it is so quick and easy and now with soccer season in full swing it works well on soccer nights. Year round I can adjust which vegetables I use in the dish.
In a house with kids it is sometimes hard to satisfy the palate of everyone including mom and dad. I have one in particular who prefers to eat food very plain. Bread with butter usually. Plain rice. I prefer my food with a little more spice. How do I create a supper that everyone would eat without having to make more then one meal? We love stir-fries but usually find the ingredient list to be too extensive in supplies that I don’t carry in my pantry and a bit too spicy for my plain eating son. (more…)
Does your family have a favourite dessert? Mine definitely does. A few years ago when my kids were a little smaller I picked up this container of Best-Ever Kid Recipes made by Favorite Brand Recipes. It is divided as you can see into different sections below. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and desserts. I tried a few recipes out of it but by far the most popular one was Flower Power Strawberry Cake. Not only do I have to make this cake for my husband and kids but grandma, grandpa and aunts and uncles request this cake as well. Even if you are not a baker you can make this cake. (more…)
As a mom of 3 young children I’m always on the look out for foods that my children enjoy and are good for them. I can’t take credit for this recipe as it comes from my children’s Oma’s kitchen. I asked Oma for her recipe but she only has it written down and doesn’t have the original site. Whenever my kids go there she has some freshly baked muffins waiting for them and they gobble them down immediately. We now bake them at our house all the time and it makes for yummy snacks and great family bonding.
Here is the recipe:
Apple Oatmeal Muffins
1 1/14 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup oatmeal (instant)
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 – 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of skim milk
1/4 cup of oil
1/3 cup of honey
2 cups of shredded apples ( medium sized apple)
Bake for 18-20 minutes depending on your oven ( you know your oven the best)
Should give you 12 muffins
We use paper liners in our muffin tins and sometimes find that when the kids can’t wait for the muffins to cool down a lot of muffin comes off with the paper so for best results wait for muffins to cool completely before eating.
If you try out the recipe I would love to hear about it in the comments or if you have a muffin recipe you think my family would like please share it with me. You can find me on Pinterest and find out more yummy recipes.
I have tried a lot of different things from Pinterest from crafts, dinner meals and kids cake ideas. I am not an experienced cake maker. What do I mean by that? The minute I had a child I thought my mom used to always make us fancy cakes when I was young and so I wanted to carry on the tradition. However, I’m not a detail focused individual, or extremely well planned out either. So when my son Mr. Black Licorice said he wanted a minion cake for his 7th birthday I turned to Pinterest to find inspiration. And inspiration I did find! I found how to make these from the site From Orlando Informer (update: the link is no longer available)
All you need is some key ingredients and they are easy and fast to make and kid approved.
Ingredients I used:
1. Vanilla cake mix
2. 2 Box of Twinkies (will need to do 24 cupcakes)
3. Rocket Candies for the eyes
4. Black Icing pen for mouth, eyes, and glasses
5. Chocolate Sprinkles for hair
6. Wilton Buttercream Icing
Step 1: Made vanilla cake mix per instructions for 24 cupcakes.
Step 2: Cut the Twinkies in half and use black gel writing icing to fix the rocket candies on the Twinkies and to add the mouth and glasses.
Plain black is what I used in the picture below but I have also used the sparkle gel as well.
For the hair just place as many chocolate sprinkles in the top of the Twinkie as desired.
They will look something like this:
Step 3: Once cupcakes have cooled you can ice them. I made 1 batch of the Wilton Buttercream Icing from above for 24 cupcakes. I added blue dye but you can do whatever you want really.
Step 4: Fix the finished minion Twinkies onto the cupcakes. And viola!
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