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Waffles

Waffles

Believe it or not, this recipe does not contain quinoa!

I have been making waffles for years.  Although they take a bit more time and prep than making pancakes, I can’t resist the crisp exterior and delicious, fluffy interior of a waffle.  Since they take a bit more work to prepare, I find that we only make them a few times a year, but once I have my mind set on waffles, there is no stopping me!

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Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Quinao Black Bean Burger

Spring is in the air!  Many parts of Canada are still buried under a lot of snow, but it is April and Easter is behind us, so I can’t help thinking of days spent outside and the deliciousness of BBQ’d burgers.

As you know, Jamie and I live in an apartment so we don’t have the luxury of firing up a BBQ whenever the mood strikes us, but that has never stopped us from using our indoor cast iron grill to cook up a burger or two.  The only downside of this is the amount of smoke that is created by using the indoor grill.

This weekend I wanted to try a vegetarian burger, so see if we could get the same burger satisfaction using black beans and quinoa.  My sister, Cherie, shared this recipe with me.  She swears by it, so I thought that we could give it a try.

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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Curry, Entrée, Hamburgers

 

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Candied Pecans

Maple glazed pecans in a blue dish

I was able to make it to Costco this past weekend.  I haven’t been since before Christmas (October to be completely truthful), and my full cart and bill proved my poor Costco attendance.   I don’t buy everything at Costco, but the one thing I love to stock up on while I am there are almonds and pecans.

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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Baking, Candy, Desserts, In a Pinch, Paleo

 

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Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Cookies on a present

With the holiday season in full swing, it is time to think about Christmas baking. I know a lot of people have already started….but the problem I have with starting early, is that Jamie and I raid the freezer of our sweet treats, and we end up having to bake twice as much!

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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Baking, Candy, Cookies, Desserts

 

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Vegetarian Three Bean Chili

Vegetarian Three Bean Chili

This is my variation on the recipe that my mom always made (and still makes today).  There is nothing better on a cold winter’s day to have a piping hot bowl of chili.  So, you may be asking, why are you sharing this recipe now, in April. Well, as you know, we live in Ottawa, and they are calling for snow this week, so I thought that sharing my recipe for chili made perfect sense! 🙂

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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Entrée, In a Pinch, Leftovers, Vegetables

 

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Beef and Pepper Stir-Fry

 Beef with green and red peppers and snow peas on a bed of pasta on a white plate

This is likely my favourite recipe out of the New Dieters Cookbook. My sister was actually the first person who made it. I remember it was so good I asked for seconds (and likely thirds). Then the next time I was over for a visit, I asked her to make it again. Yep, it is that good!

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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Beef, Entrée, In a Pinch, Vegetables

 

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Doughnut Pudding

Bread Pudding made with Doughnuts

This is a title that grabs you and makes you want to read more 😉

We have been making numerous trips to Havelock and Campbellford this summer to deal with Dad’s Estate.  Not exactly how we had planned to spend our summer, but it has allowed us to see Cherie, Dwayne and Sam more than we normally do over the summer.  So that is a definite plus!

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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Baking, Breads, Desserts, Leftovers

 

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Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

My favourite muffin to make is Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip. I have been making this muffin for years. I change it up from time to time, omitting the chocolate chips for fruit, but let’s admit it, we all want that little bit of chocolate in our muffin to make it feel like a bit of a treat 😉

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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Baking, Chocolate, Desserts

 

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Strawberry Cupcakes

Pink Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing and coloured sugar sprinkles

After making the triple lemon cake for Laurel’s birthday, I have become intrigued with the idea of using jelly powder to flavour cakes. In fact, Kerri flavoured a cake with grape Jell-O and grape Kool-Aid. I was fortunate enough to taste the result of her experiment, and it was delicious. It was a perfect birthday cake for a child’s birthday party.

When I was approached a few weeks ago to make a dessert for a birthday celebration in the office, I knew that I wanted to play around with different flavour combinations. I have done a chocolate, vanilla and lemon cake now I wanted to play around with strawberry. You may think this is an odd choice to celebrate a milestone birthday for a male co-worker, but I can explain…

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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Baking, Desserts

 

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Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa in a white bowl on a pink polka-dot plate

I hope that everyone had a great Mother’s Day weekend.  Jamie and I travelled back to Hamilton so that we could spend time with our families.  Normally Mother’s Day is a lovely spring day, with the sun shining and flowers blooming, but yesterday was exactly the opposite.   We had rain, freezing rain, snow and a few glimpses of sunshine.  Not the ideal day to host a family BBQ in Mom’s honour.

I really want to force the warm weather to be here to stay.  When Jamie and I moved last December, we moved downtown.  We are so close to bike paths and walking trails that weave in and around Parliament Hill and Gatineau, but the weather really has to improve for us to do more exploring.  As part of my defiance of the still too cool weather, I have been making a lot more warm weather foods.  This mango salsa is a summer treat that goes well on its own or as a delicious topping for a turkey burger.

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