Zucchini Noodles AKA Zoodles! BEST Spaghetti EVER! #WhatsCooking

Have you ever looked at the portion sizes for spaghetti.  I promise you it's not what you think it is...well, maybe it is..but it's not what I thought it is.  I'm the girl who loves to sit down to a plate full of spaghetti.  I'm talking lots and lots and lots of noodles covered in a delicious meat sauce.  Then covered in cheese, topped with Kraft Parmesan cheese.  Spaghetti isn't just a meal for me...it's an event! So when I learned what an … [Read more...]

Creamy Carrot Soup Featuring Carnation Evaporated Milk ® {Recipe}

Fall has set in and the golden-rust colors are taking over.  I adore this time of year.  Perusing the farmers markets exploring this years’ harvest is one of my favorite past times, well, that, and preparing the meals from my finds of the day. This time of year I like to start transition my meal plan from the light, cool dishes of summer time to the hearty, warm-you-from-the-inside-out meals of winter.  Home made soups and stews are made … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cookies & Thanksgiving

With summer quickly disappearing in our rear-view mirror and fall coming at us at highway speeds, there are a few things we need to remember. Granted, we all love summer for it's sunshine and lazy days. And lets not forget the BBQ in all it's glory. But for me, leaves changing color and eventually coating my lawn (in unending piles) means special times are on their way. Because with fall comes the start of family feasting season. You know, when … [Read more...]

Back to school with Villaggio

The phrase "Back to school" brings with it a bag of mixed feelings, no matter who you are. For kids, it signals the end of summer. No more late nights on the couch with movies and popcorn, and worst of all no more sleeping in after those late nights. For parents, it also signals the end of summer, and tragically (at least for me) means that sleeping in is also off the table for us. It also leaves many of us with an even bigger problem than … [Read more...]

BBQ Forever – Dad’s Turkey Burger Recipe

I woke up this morning to a chill in the air. A chill I haven't felt since winter released its icy grip on my skin, and allowed the warm sunshine of spring to wrap me up in its blanket of  happiness.  This chill can only mean one thing. Fall is on its way, and there is nothing I can do about it. well, almost nothing. You see, there is one part of summer that everyone loves, and that love runs no deeper than it does with me.  I'm talking about BBQ … [Read more...]

Mushroom Fried Quinoa #whatscooking

I have a new favorite food....Quinoa  I know it's all the rage right now, with its complete protein it has become a popular choice for healthy eating!  And as we all know, healthy can be delicious!  Quinoa is so versatile that it can be mixed in to just about anything...I once made a gluten-free chocolate cake with ground quinoa! Lately I have been looking for ways to replace some of the starches in our meals.  Now, as a meat and potatoes … [Read more...]

Bananadoodles {Cookie Recipe}

I've been on the hunt for a lower calorie cookie.  One that can sooth my craving for a late night snack, but wont leave shamed for breaching my calorie count for the day.  Something that I can have one or two for a snack, smile and move on.  Simple, and delicious.  So I started scouring the internet for cookie recipes, and there were tons and tons of recipes full of this and that and the other thing.  But the lowest calorie cookie I could find … [Read more...]

Faking BBQ this Canada Day #FoodHacks #WhatsCooking

Canada day is just one week away. One week. And I don't have a BBQ. This could pose a problem for my big Canada Day plans. See, this spring, during our large item clean up I decided that getting rid of the BBQ before buying a new one would encourage me to get out and buy one...unfortunately, that hasn't happened yet. And now, because my husband and I have been off work for 2, going on 3 weeks due to renovations at the restaurant we work at, going … [Read more...]

My Summertime Sandwich Recipe #DIYSandwich

In the summertime, sandwiches are my go to meal.  Breakfast, lunch or dinner, my families hunger can be completely satisfied when filled with a well-built sandwich.   The perks, they're quick and easy...little to no mess, and they don't heat up my kitchen.  Nary a dish gets dirty when I am building a great sandwich. My favorite sandwiches are made with fresh garden veggies...espeically veggies grown in my own garden!  My kids and … [Read more...]

The Perfect Ham & Pasta Salad {Recipe}

There isn't a meal out there they my boys enjoy more than a ham dinner.  Delicious slices of ham fried up, mashed potatoes and lots of in season veggies on the side.  A hearty meal for any time of the year.  ( And super simple to make!)  But every once in a while I cook too much food, and am left with a few leftovers...(ok, I cook too much food everytime!) So sometimes a little creativity is needed to use up those left over foods. And now … [Read more...]

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