Hey everyone! Apologies if you’ve been trying to use the site the last week and a half. It got hacked. :( Among many, many things, the urls all changed and I know many of you had trouble finding recipes that you had hoped to use during the week. So sorry for that! The urls are all back to normal now but there are still lot’s of bugs. As you can see the look of the site is still quite different, many of the photos aren’t showing up, you can’t browse through the recipes section, etc, etc. It’ll take a while to iron it all out but you should at least be able to find the recipes you’re looking for from your pinterest and bookmarked links. I’m so sorry for any inconveniences that this caused for you in the past week.Oh the wonderful people who like to spend their spare time destroying people’s hard work and making other people’s lives more difficult. ;) I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll have some yummy recipes for you next week, messed up site or not! :)
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I don”t do many reviews and giveaways on here but when I do, you can guarantee that I”m ecstatic about whatever it is I”m sharing with you. If I don”t love it, I won”t share it.
I became a tad bit obsessed with the Weelicious cookbook (by Catherine McCord) the moment I got it. It”s so beautifully photographed and designed, it pulls you in the moment you open it. As I normally do, once I browsed through the cookbook I started writing down the name and page number of the recipes that intrigue me the most. I quickly gave up on that idea when I realized I was writing down every page number. I seriously want to make 90% of this book.
Just from reading the recipes I could tell that our family was going to love them. So far we”ve tried four recipes from the book and they have all been perfectly delicious and so simple to make. We made Turkey Pesto Meatballs, Vegetable Frittata, Baked Ziti and Coconut Pineapple Pops. Two of those recipes I made when I was running out of food in the house and instead of going to the store, I flipped open the book. That is a great cookbook to me – one that can produce recipes out of the last remnants of your kitchen and have the results be delicious.
The beauty of it all is that the recipes are simple, appeal to little people and big people alike and are created with nutrition in mind. I”m a huge fan, and I know my kids and I will be referencing this book often over the coming years.
Photos from Weelicious: (clockwise from top left) Apple-Cinnamon Sticks, Chocolate Velvet Beet Cupcakes, Blueberry-Lemon Whole Wheat Pancakes & Cheesy Chicken Taquitos.
The other thing I love about this book is that the first section of the book is all about nurturing good eaters. I love her stance on not hiding veggies for kids – of letting them know what they”re eating. I found this section to be inspiring and informative, with lot”s of helpful tips.
If you”re a fan of easy family recipes that are tasty enough to make over and over again, I think this is a great cookbook to have in your arsenal.
And, if you want to know a little bit more about the book, straight from the author herself, here”s the beautifully shot trailer. The feelings it evokes are bang on with how this book will make you feel.
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Simply leave a comment on this post (one entry per person). I”d love to hear of any cookbook recommends you have for easy family dinners!
One winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be announced on Saturday, so be sure to check back here to see if you”ve won!
And the Winner is:
Robin who said:
“This cookbook looks great, as I am always excited about new family-friendly recipies. I”m crossing my fingers. My favorite cookbook is the 3-ring binder I”ve put together over the years that has my family and my kid/husband-tested, can get it on the table after a busy work day (or not, depending on the day), flavorful, nutricious meals, with several this-was-Mommy”s-favorite-when-she-was-your-age recipies as well.”
Congratulations Robin! And, thank you all for sharing your fave cookbooks! I loved reading all the recommends and can”t wait to check them out!
Full disclosure: I received a free copy of the Weelicious Cookbook to review. All opinions are my own.
This year was my first attempt at gardening. It was pure joy, pure excitement and pretty much pure failure. But I LOVED it. I’ve never been one to have a green thumb but I know, as with most things, you don’t learn until you try. This was the first year that I’ve lived in a place that actually had a garden plot. Well, really the first place in a very long time that I even had a yard. So even though we moved in on the 1st of June, which is a little late for planting a garden, I went to my local greenhouse and bought some seedlings. But first I had to tackle the overgrown garden plot.
I worked all through the afternoon with the teeniest tiniest garden tools you could possibly find (seriously they were verging on kids toys) and I dug up those weeds and attempted to till my garden by hand. I was quite proud of the results.
After covering up my sunburned back (I was so excited about my garden, I threw all precaution to the wind and got the first sunburn I’ve had in years and probably the worst one of my life. Fourteen year old me would never believe gardening could be so much fun. And that hard work could feel so good. There’s just something about doing work with your hands and enjoying the fruits of your labour. Ha!) I planted my precious seedlings and called it a day.
After all this hard work, I waited and waited and nothing grew. Nothing died and nothing grew. I began to wonder when not even any weeds were sprouting up, if I had somehow done something terribly wrong. It was raining constantly but nothing was growing. My cucumbers were lost (but I’m pretty sure I bought some half dead seedlings), my tomatoes looked like they were dying and I thought I had royally screwed up. But then, the sun decided to shine every day and it got HOT. It rained almost every evening and when it didn’t I watered my babies a couple times a day. And then, everything began to grow. My tomatoes even sprung back to life. I was ecstatic! It had been worth all the labour after all. And tasting those first few ripe tomatoes was heaven.
Of course, as I mentioned in a previous post, frost struck at the end of August, killing the tomatoes and bell peppers that were in the garden, that were just beginning to ripen. Thankfully I had boughten a few to pot and keep close to the house and babied them by bringing them in during the night, but even they were never the same after that. But it was all a wonderful adventure and I learned so much! I’m looking forward to hopefully having many more gardens and many more successes in years to come.
So, throughout this process I learned a few things. And I thought I’d share to help out any newbies like me along the way. We all have to start somewhere and shared knowledge is a good thing.
Some things I learned:
- When your broccoli looks like it might be ready to pick but you’re not sure, pick it. Better to enjoy eating broccoli from your garden then have it turn to flowers.
- Enjoy the bite marks that scar over on your tomatoes. They’re proof that your toddler loves to eat tomatoes.
- Plant your bell peppers in a pot and keep them close to your house. That way you can protect them from any intense weather and keep them warm.
- Same goes for tomatoes. They need lot’s of warmth and love’n. But also, don’t give up on the ones that looked like they died in the garden. Continue nurturing them and they may come back to life!
- Plant your lettuce at different times so it’s not all ready at the same time. Stagger them a week or two apart, if possible. Mine were all ready at the same time and there’s no way we could eat that much lettuce. Also, once you trim it, it will grow back, so that way it has time to grow while you’re enjoying others.
- Pot your herbs close to the house. I planted mine along with my flowers along the back deck. This keeps them warmer and more sheltered from the elements. But, basil is best planted in a pot that can be brought inside if you live in a cold climate like mine, they are very sensitive to the cold. My first plants died almost immediately in my flower bed but after buying one in a pot and bringing it in at night, or during crazy storms, it did much better.
- Broccoli is one hearty plant. It grew the best in my garden no matter what was thrown at it, it refused to die. We got plenty of hail and wind and it still grew in abundance.
- Plant your garden as early as possible so it can grow to maturity before the frost hits. The growing season isn’t very long here so you have to be more mindful of planting late enough that frost doesn’t kill all your hard work but also early enough that it has time to grow. Obviously Alberta is not the prime place to live for gardening but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it!
- And lastly, don’t be afraid to try. Some things will go wrong but it’s the only way to learn. Someday my kids will come to me for gardening advice thinking that I know it all (I hope!). Everybody’s gotta start somewhere.
Did you plant a garden this year? I’d love to know what you learned in the process!
My dear Grandma passed away last week. She was a caring woman who loved to show her love through food and the sharing of it. I”ll be gone the next little while as I head on the road to celebrate her life with the rest of my family.
I love you Grandma. You are missed.
Ever since his sister’s first birthday, Max has been talking about his birthday party. He decided right away that he wanted a dinosaur party because dinosaur’s are his favourite thing ever! For months we’ve been talking about and planning his birthday – I love that he’s old enough to truly get excited about it. And, he doesn’t just get excited about his birthday, but every birthday that comes up. Birthdays are so exciting when you’re a little kid!
When I throw parties for my kids I like to concentrate on a few things that I want to make, that will make them feel special, and I don’t stress the rest. The most important thing, to me, is to make the birthday boy (or girl) feel special. If I’m stressed, I know they’ll be feeling it and I’ll feel like I missed out on their special day. I like to keep it simple and casual, so the kids can have fun, but since I’m not a great organizer (and I know this about myself) I get things ready ahead of time and once the party comes I take it easy and enjoy it along with everyone else.
Through the rest of this week I’ll be sharing a couple of the dino themed things I did for this party just in case you’re interested in throwing a dino themed party yourself.
In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the party. The birthday boy had SO much fun and I loved watching him feeling so special.
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Pssst. I got to meet Ree Drummond last week. I was just about to crawl into my pj”s after the kids went to bed and I happened to see Eliana of A Chica Bakes mentioning on Twitter that she was at the book signing here in New York (lucky me because I”m never on Twitter). P.S. Eliana is super sweet and helpful.
I was out the door in a flash and ended up being third last in line. I was trying to play it cool and didn”t plan what I was going to say. By the time I got to the front, I was so tired (10:00 is past my bedtime – lame I know) that I just kind of stood there blankly having no idea what to say. Ree was so sweet and tried to start a conversation with me but my mind just froze up and no words came out of my mouth. She looked at me sympathetically and said “ok, well thanks for coming” and I said “thank you for coming” and then sheepishly turned around and left. Obviously, I”m great under pressure.
She was every bit as sweet as you would imagine. And, even though her night was ten billion times more tiring than mine, talking to and signing everyone”s books, she was very gracious. Even to the weirdo”s like me.
Isn”t the bookstore lighting beautiful? (Insert sarcasm font.)
I purchased a book at the bookstore when I went to the signing and a few days later I received my review copy. I was super pumped because I had fallen in love with the book and was so excited to be able to share it with you.
So far we”ve made these Grilled Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas and these Fluffy New Potatoes (called Twice Baked New Potatoes in the book). Both were super yummy! Not every recipe from the book can be found on the website and many of them are tweaked to be the best they can be or to have more specific instructions. I think it”s definitely worth it to get the book. I love flipping through books – so much less strenuous on the eyes and brain.
This cookbook has quickly shot up the list as one of my favourites. I know over the next weeks (months?) the recipes from this cookbook will make it into my meal planning a couple times a week. Seriously, I want to make every recipe. They all sound so delicious.
I”m so happy to be able to give one of these books away to one of you wonderful people. Since I”ll be mailing my review copy, and I know how much it sucks not to be able to enter giveaways, this giveaway is open world-wide. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. If you like you can tell me what your favourite spring produce is. Mine is definitely strawberries or rhubarb – don”t make me pick! Only one entry per person please. The winner will be announced in Tuesday”s post. Good luck!
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