Back in the Groove with Hamilton Beach #HBSocialKitchen

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

We have made it through the first week of school with very few bumps along the way.  We made it to school on time every day, there were few complaints about their lunches and I even managed to get all of the paperwork filled out and sent back to school. They all went with a […]

Making School Lunch Fun #SchoolFuel

homemade cookies

When the new school year starts, one of the biggest challenges that many parents face is the school lunch. Before you have children it seems so easy, just throw a sandwich in a baggy and send it to school! In reality, it’s a daily struggle. While I completely support restricting foods from the schools due […]

Entree Recipe: Chicken & Garden Vegetables

Garden Vegetable Chicken

I am looking for healthy and delicious ways to cook my garden vegetables, and also ways to make a meal quickly and easily. With bowls full of tomatoes, a fridge full of zucchini and some chicken breasts ready to cook, I went to work on this recipe. It doesn’t necessarily photograph well, but it tasted […]

Garden Vegetable Recipe: Zucchini Bread

double chocolate zucchini bread

I have been picking zucchini from my garden for weeks and the fridge is really starting to fill up! I have grilled zucchini and stuffed zucchini and today I got busy making one of my favourite treats, zucchini bread. I made this double chocolate zucchini bread that is shown below and it was amazing! The […]

Overnight French Toast Casserole with Villaggio Bread

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I have mentioned more than once how much I love breakfast. It is not only the most important meal of the day, but also the most enjoyable in my opinion. There are so many delicious breakfast menu items out there, and the ones that I like to make the most are the ones that I […]

Ham & Cheese Zucchini Boats #DinnerIn15

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Last month I created Ham and Cheese Quiche Cups using a Maple Leaf Foods Country Kitchen Honey & Maple Flavour Smoked Ham. I had a huge ham to work with, so I created a second recipe that day, Ham & Cheese Zucchini Boats. All of the vegetables in these zucchini boats were grown in my […]

Ham & Cheese Quiche Cups for Dinner #DinnerIn15

quiche cups square

My challenge for today was to create a dinner in 15 minutes. I chose a Maple Leaf Foods Country Kitchen Honey & Maple Flavour Smoked Ham, and I put my thinking cap on. Ham is such an easy meal on its own. I always keep a ham in the freezer for days when I don’t […]

Dempster’s Tortillas and Falafel Make a Great Lunch


Making healthy lunches that don’t bore the kids is a challenge in the summer months. You can only serve so many peanut butter sandwiches! My boys are a little finicky so I can’t be as creative with them, but my daughter is always open to trying new things. I have always loved Falafel and Avery […]

Chill Out with a Strawberry Lemonade #HBSocialKitchen

strawberry lemonade

What is better on a hot day than a cold glass of lemonade? I can tell you, it’s a cold glass of lemonade made fresh with real lemons! Lemonade, orange juice, apple juice… it’s all better when made fresh and that’s exactly what we are doing to stay cool this summer. I’ve owned a juicer […]

Reinventing Ice Cream Truck Classics with Smucker’s

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Where I grew up, we had ice cream bicycles. Eager teens would ride their ice cream bikes around town, with the ice cream cooler attached to the front of the bike, and a tiny bell announcing that they were in the area. I always wished that bell was a little louder so we would have […]