I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sheet Pan Chicken and Apples

Love these sheet pan dinners!


6 chicken thighs
4 potatoes
4 carrots
2 crisp apples, unpeeled
2 onions
1 tbsp bacon fat (or olive oil)
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp sage
salt and pepper to taste


1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsps lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Whisk the marinade ingredients together. Place chicken in a ziplok plastic bag and add the marinade. Set aside.

Cut potatoes in chunks, slice carrots, and cut onions and apples in wedges. Melt bacon fat and toss with the veggies. Arrange on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle parsley, sage, salt and pepper.

Nestle the chicken pieces in between and drizzle the marinade over all. 

Place in a 425 F oven for 45 minutes ...

and you've got your whole meal on the table!

Serves 3-4

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Perfect Chocolate Mousse Frosting

Perfect for frosting a cake or just scarfing it down with a spoon!

You'll need:
12 oz semi sweet chocolate
3 cups whipping cream
2 tbsps sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Microwave the chocolate on medium heat for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes. It'll be almost all melted. Just stir and set aside. The rest will melt. Better than over-heating the chocolate.

In a large bowl beat the whipping cream 3 - 4 minutes until stiff. 
Add the vanilla, sugar and melted chocolate and mix until combined.

It seemed funny to add warm melted chocolate to the whipped cream but it was fine.

Just gave it a little dusting of cocoa and added sprinkles.
Makes enough for one 8" round double layer cake.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Vegetarian Chili

June 14th, but it feels like October! Good time for chili...

4 small carrots, diced
2 onions, diced
1 - 28 oz can diced tomatoes
3 cups vegetable broth
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 cup kernel corn
1 - 19 oz can kidney beans, drained
1 - 19 oz can black beans, drained
1 whole jalapeño
2 tbsps tomato paste
1 tsp chili powder
2 tbsps garlic powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

Dump everything in a large pot, bring to a boil.
Then simmer for 1 hour.

Easy peasy! And if you're a hero, eat the jalapeño!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Slow Cooker Pork Roast from Frozen with Veggies

So, no, I don't always have a dinner plan. This recipe is great for last minuters. Grab that roast from the freezer and right into the slow cooker!

2  1/4 lb boneless pork loin
2 onions, sliced
1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
1 1/2 cups diced turnips
2 small apples, unpeeled cut in wedges
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 bay leaf
1 cup broth (beef, chicken or veg)

Slice onions and put in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Mix the spices together and coat the pork. Sit the meat on top of the onions. Add the bay leaf, veggies and apple.

Pour the broth in at the side, not over the meat.

Cover and cook on high 4 1/2 hours

That was easy!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Shrimp and Corn Tortilla

Fresh and light summer fare!


12 oz shrimp
2 tsp lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup kernel corn
1/3 cup sour cream or mayonnaise
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp hot sauce
pinch salt
2 or 3 whole wheat tortillas
sliced radishes and green onions

Toss shrimp, lime juice, minced garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a pan and sauté on medium high 3-5 minutes. Add the corn and toss 1-2 minutes.

Mix the sour cream, lime juice, hot sauce and salt together and spread over tortillas. Top with shrimp/corn mixture, sliced radishes and green onions.

Serves 2 or 3

Seen here with Crunchy Asian Slaw

Crunchy Asian Slaw

I made this salad as a side but you could easily add cooked chicken or shrimp as a main. And leftovers make a lunch your co-workers will be envious of!

1 - 14 oz (397 g) bag coleslaw mix
1/2 cup sliced celery
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/4 cup edamame beans
1 fresh mandarin

1 cup steamed fried noodles

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp soya sauce
1/4 tsp fresh minced ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Mix the dressing ingredients together and toss with all the slaw ingredients except the steam fried noodles.

Chill 2 hours, then toss in the noodles and serve.

Serves 6

Monday, June 11, 2018

Dog Bed Couch Protector

Yes, I admit it. Karma is spoiled. She's a princess.

Having been rescued from an unhappy life we figure she deserves to be pampered. But that doesn't mean we don't want to keep our stuff looking good. 

So here's a little something I made to protect furniture while making your pet comfortable. And it's washable!

What I used:
1 flat sheet (I used queen but twin would work)
1 or 2 pillowcases
2 old pillows
bias tape, ribbon, shoe or boot laces

Like most of my sewing posts this is not a pattern but merely my how-I-did-it.

I took my old pillow and cut right through it lengthwise.

Then I sewed the case back up along the long side making 2 bolsters. I cut a pillow case in half and sewed the long side up on each half as well, leaving the end opened. I stuffed the pillows into the cases and tied the ends with black boot laces. These will be the "arms" of the bed.

Next I decided how wide I wanted the bed. I think I ended up folding the sheet in three lengthwise to cover the width of one cushion on our couch. I made a few seams up and down this piece through the 3 thicknesses to keep them in place.

You can use a second pillowcase for the back bolster but I used the excess length of the sheet that you see here on the back of the couch.  Again I wanted to be able to remove the pillow so after cutting the second pillow to the size I wanted I sewed a case for it. But this time I sewed a second case so that one could go into the other folding the end inside.

Starting to take shape...

I sewed black bias tape on the corners to act as ties. As you can see below the tie on the left side of the back case is not on the end because that part will be tucked into itself. I also sewed a piece of black ribbon across the front for no reason at all : )

Then each cushion got sewn to the edge of the base.

And here it is with the pillows in and the ties fastened.

I hope this made some kind of sense. And doesn't Karma have an I'm-done-modelling-for-you kind of look!