So, when I said I hogged all the rhubarb at the store I made more then just Rhubarb-Vanilla Lemonade. I also made some sweet and refreshing Easter pavlovas (in the shape of eggs) topped with lemon whipped cream and vanilla-rhubarb compote. Are you seeing a theme here? I have become obsessed with the rhubarb-vanilla-lemon combination, it’s just so darn good together. I’m sharing the recipe and some tips on making the perfect pavlova over on Simple Bites today.
“Pavlova’s are a perfect Easter dessert for so many reasons. 1) The majority of the work can be done a couple of days before serving. 2) You can make individual servings or one large dessert. 3) You can top it with whatever variety of toppings you like – or even serve it buffet style with a variety of topping and everyone can customize their own.”
Get the recipe and tips on Simple Bites.
Cheese Stuffed Roasted Red Peppers + Garlic Ham Fettuccine + Instant Strawberry Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Shell = One quick and easy three-course meal perfect for those times when you need to squeeze in a romantic date, at home, after the kids are in bed. I”m sharing the recipes and some tips on how to get it to the table even faster on Simple Bites today.
“There haven’t been many years that my hubby and I have actually been able to go out for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Whether it be because of a new baby, lack of babysitters, sick kids or just wanting to avoid the crowds, there are many reasons to stay in and enjoy a romantic evening together at home. It may seem impossible with kids, but it’s much easier to accomplish then one might think.
It all starts with a simple meal that can be brought together quickly once the kids are tucked in their beds and quiet has settled over the home. I can’t guarantee that the kids will stay quiet or that things will go smoothly but these recipes are so quick and so simple you should be able to enjoy a romantic three-course meal in the candlelight before the craziness begins again.”
Read more and get the recipes on Simple Bites.
Today I’m over at Simple Bites sharing 23 + ways to use up that last bit of pumpkin puree that always seems to be left at the bottom of the can.
From the post:
“If you’re anything like me you like to find as many recipes as possible to help use up that last half a cup (or less) of pumpkin purée. I wanted to compile a list of recipes and ideas for doing just that and I thought I would share it with you. Make sure to tuck these ideas away for reference later. If you save them for that little extra, you’ll have something to look forward to and no reason to get bored of eating pumpkin the same way over and over.”
Read more and get the 23 recipes on Simple Bites.
Every year I get more and more excited about cooking with the seasons and enjoying fruits and vegetables at their peak. We’ve been buying strawberries almost every week since they started showing up in the grocery stores. I’m sooo ready to stop buying apples and pears for a while.
My husband usually doesn’t like strawberry salads but we’ve had this one quite a few times already and he loves it. As do I. The flavours meld so wonderfully together and just sing of spring.
I created this recipe for my friend Aimée from Simple Bites who’s having a Salute Spring! series on her blog this week. Make sure to check it out for more yummy ways to celebrate spring.
“I have an early childhood memory of stumbling upon some wild strawberries on the top of a hill. They were so teeny tiny but I remember them being the best strawberries I had ever tasted. I’m sure in the mind of a four year old discovering wild strawberries and picking them on your own automatically qualifies them as tasting The Best!”
You can read more and get the recipe on Simple Bites. I’d love to see you there!
I’m a bit of a brunch-oholic. Any excuse I have to make brunch you can guarantee I’m all over it! There are just four of us here this year for Christmas so we’re going really simple for our Christmas morning brunch. We’re having fresh cinnamon rolls (made ahead, thawed in the fridge overnight and baked fresh in the morning) and a tropical fruit salad. Nothing too difficult but it’ll still make the day feel special.
Since brunch is such a passion of mine I’ve gathered my three best tips to help you host a holiday brunch, big or small, stress-free.
“Brunch is one of my favorite meals. Why? Probably because most mornings we don’t have time to make a big fuss over breakfast. The times we do make the effort and linger over breakfast or stretch it into brunch, it automatically feels special and the food somehow just tastes that much better. Although the lingering is fun, it doesn’t mean we want to slave away all morning and be tired out before the day has begun.
There are many ways to have a spectacular brunch without the stress so that you can enjoy your time with your guests and get some relaxing time yourself. Today I’m sharing three of my favorite tips that will help things go a bit smoother.”
Read more and get the recipe for a delicious Cran-Raspberry Smoothie on Simple Bites.
I love working with chocolate. It’s a pretty hard project to mess up because no matter what goes wrong almost every mistake is salvageable (beyond burning it to a crisp) and you’re always able to find some way to get it in your belly.
I’m sharing two of my favourite homemade chocolates on Simple Bites today, Bark and Truffles. They’re so easy to make that there shouldn’t be any salvaging needed. ;)
“Homemade chocolates are a perfect gift to make because not only do they store well in the freezer (if someone is already overloaded with goodies) but they are extremely easy to make and do not require a candy thermometer.
You can get the kids involved too, giving them a fun project on those cold days when you’re all stuck inside. I’m sure they’d be proud to give a batch to their grandma knowing that they had a hand in making them (Grandma will like that too).”
Read more and get the recipes (including the Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles pictured above!) on Simple Bites.