Camping prep can be super time consuming. Just off the top of my head there’s packing enough clothes to suit Alberta’s unpredictable weather, bedding, toys, pots and pans, bikes, air mattresses, drinks, ice, first aid supplies, and all the outdoorsy gear…. sometimes I feel like we take the entire house with us! Our first camping weekend of the year was easy peasy though, because we didn’t have to worry about all the camping meals….. we tried Simply Supper meals for the entire weekend and it was fantastic!
Happy Cinco De Mayo!
It’s Cinco De Mayo and I’ve got Guacamole! How lovely Cinco De Mayo landed on a Saturday this year.
Did you know that Cinco De Mayo is the celebration of Mexico’s victory over the French all the way dating back to 1862? Modern day Cinco De Mayo in America also usually celebrates Mexican/American culture. I think as Albertan’s we are great at celebrating all cultures, so fiesta on!
This is actually a pretty basic guacamole recipe, I think having a good basic recipe is a great start and then you can add your own flare from there! (I sometimes add curry powder!)
- 2 avocados
- 1 lime
- 1 medium tomato
- 1/4 of a red onion
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
Let’s make guacamole:
- Cut open, pit and scoop out two avocados. Mash the avocado with a fork until smooth.
- Finely chop the red onion and tomato. I actually use a Tupperware chopper like this. It helps it get finely chopped up.
- Squeeze in juice of the lime. I like mine very lime-y so maybe start at half a lime first.
- Add garlic powder and salt and pepper to your taste.
- Enjoy and FIESTA!
P.S Check out my matching Super Easy Pineapple Salsa Recipe .
It’s barbeque season which means a few things! You’re going to need some delicious summer salad recipes to make and it’s time to stock up on the sunscreen and bug spray!
Delicious Summer Salad Recipes
BLT Pasta Salad
All the BLT taste made up into a salad. You’re welcome.
The perfect mix of sweet, creamy, and crunchy wrapped up in one delicious salad. Even your kids will love it.
Not many pea salads grace the summer barbeque and this one is definitely a game changer. Filled with peas, cauliflower, almonds and more!
Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad
If you need a gluten-free and/or vegan salad, this is both and it’s yummy too. Win-Win!
Make Ahead Seven Layer Salad
A delicious summer salad that is perfect for large crowds!
Bacon Bowtie Pasta Salad
If you love bacon, you’ll love this pasta salad.
The Best Ramen Noodle Salad
Delicious, easy to make in a matter of minutes, and easy on the budget which makes it the perfect potluck salad.
Avacado Chickpea Salad
Packed with protein and delicious, all you need are 5 simple ingredients to make this salad.
Amish Macaroni Salad
A twist from the typical macaroni salad, you’ll love the extra-creamy and flavorful sweet dressing!
All-American Potato Salad
A summer barbeque isn’t complete without a potato salad, and this one just happens to be delicious.
This Waldorf is easy to make with a zingy dressing!
Amazing Bean Salad Cowboy Caviar
This cold bean salad will be a go-to for your summer barbeques, plus it’s packed full of protein!
BBQ Pasta Salad with Tuna
You’ll love the tuna and pasta combination in the creamy and delicious sauce.
Taffy Apple Salad
No barbeque is complete with something sweet, and this taffy apple salad is the perfect addition!
Do you have other delicious summer salad recipes that you love? We’d love to hear about them!
By Mara Needham
I love cooking and baking. I love being in my kitchen. One of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten is the stand mixer my husband got me when we first started dating. My favorite channel is the Food Network. But I am not an overly adventurous chef, I’m a mom-chef. I feel like the one recipe every mom should have is a super yummy chocolate cookie recipe. My go to recipes are my family recipes. Nothing super fancy, or extravagant, just home cookin’.
I’ve made these cookies so many times, I can make them from memory. They are the only cookies my 6-year-old son will eat and one of my best friends who is a guy who says he “just doesn’t like sweets” will often say that as he’s grabbing 3 or 4 of these cookies.
Try them. You’ll love them. Guaranteed.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups milk (key word being milk) chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375.
Mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In mixer bowl, cream sugars, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add in flour mixture and beat until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 7-9 min (depending on your size of cookie) at 375.
From our family to yours. Enjoy!
I have a love hate relationship with the pecan. It was with this nut that we discovered my daughter had a slight tree nut allergy (which she has since grown out of thankfully) and that was scary! BUT then well, Turtle Chocolates – YUM!
Did you know that this nut is a plant based source of protein? Not to mention manganese and copper, which according to Nuts.com are critical minerals for growth and metabolism. There are lots of reasons to eat Pecans – if you’re not allergic – so why not celebrate the day by cooking up something yummy.
Here are 5 recipes I found that look so good, I might even consider spending time in the kitchen to make!
- Pecan Sticky Buns. I’m a BIG fan of cinnamon buns, especially the messy kind. This recipe from Allrecipes.com look messy and delish.
- This Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake from one of our founders, JustAnotherEdmontonMommy.com features the fantastic pecan!
- On the lighter fare side of things, adding Pecan’s to salad is a delightful touch. GeniusKitchen.com has a Cranberry Pecan Salad with Feta Cheese recipe that makes my mouth positively water!
- Yummly.com snazes up your Salmon with this Pecan Crusted Salmon.
- Lastly, where would we be without something Turtle inspired? RockRecipes.com has an Easy Turtle Cheesecake – which includes 3 of my favourite food related words. 😉
Obviously, it doesn’t have to be a special day to cook or bake with pecans but I’ll take any excuse to eat cheesecake! Anyone want to bake some and bring it over?
Do you love pecans? Link your favourite recipes in the comments!
The Alberta Mamas get together once a month to meet and this time we had Simply Supper Fondue! We had so much fun chatting while dipping and tasting all the goodies!
What we loved:
- Super generous meat servings.
- You could tell the meat was marinated and seasoned – so tender!
- The broth was also actually super flavourful too.
- There was 6 of us eating and plenty of everything to go around.
- There was something for everyone with all the variety.
- Everything was pre-portioned and meat was cut into bite sized pieces.
- Dips – so many and so many different flavours to try! Kept it fun!
And as a side note;
- Cheese fondue was good just more like a spinach dip than your traditional cheese fondue.
- We bought a veggie tray to add on even more variety.
The kit we got included Beef Tenderloin, Pork Tenderloin, Chicken and Shrimp, 4 dipping sauces, Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Fondue, Bread, Beef Broth Fondue, apples and potatoes. This Ready to Fondue Package serves 6-8 for $160.
Getting a babysitter is hard enough, never mind on New Years, or really any date night occasion. No prepping involved here – perfect for date night at home! FYI – December 18th is the last day to order if you want a kit in time for New Years Eve.
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Rabbit Hill Road – South Edmonton
Albany Square – North Edmonton
Let us help you make that date night, or get together happen. Enter to WIN!
This post was brought to you by Simply Supper. As always, all opinions stated are my own.
Tis the season to be inspired! Alberta Mamas has put together our 2017 Holiday Guide. Enjoy our suggestions for gift giving, seasonal recipes, holiday experiences, and enjoying the spirit of the season with your family. Check back often as we continue to build on to this guide.
Healthy Holiday Recipe Roundup
Holidays are the time of year we get together. Usually getting together with friends and family over feasts and parties.
For me I struggle with the fact that every time I go to one of these parties and potluck there is often a lot of heavy food. Delicious but heavy. Which of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying ourselves.
I just like to have a few lighter or healthier options to have in addition to my heavy, rich or sugar filled foods! Being a vegetarian personally I’ve struggled a bit because often the only things there are for me to eat are some sad veggies in a plastic container and sweets. So, I’m often the one bringing an alternative or healthier option (because then I get to eat it!)
Here is a round up of some of my favourite Healthy Holiday Recipes.
- Eat Yourself Skinny’s Winter Kale and Quinoa Salad. The beautiful pomegranate seeds and kale make a festive color scheme!
- Well Plated’s Stuffed Butternut Squash. This is a great dinner time dish. with lots of warming goodness.
3. Spend With Pennies Cranberry Feta Pinwheels would be a great potluck party recipe!
4. My own Rosemary Goat Cheese Quiche! I realize I may be partial here but it’s really good…….
5. Healthy Seasonal Recipe’s Cranberry and Goat Cheese Flatbreads. Oh man I love cranberry and goat cheese.
6. A simple meat and cheese board. Add veggies like tomatoes and healthy dips like hummus and you are all set!
Tis the season for Christmas Baking! Christmas parties, potlucks, homemade gifts, and baking exchanges galore and we’ve got 25 recipes to inspire you this holiday season.
Christmas Baking Recipes
Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies – Infused with eggnog these cookies will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit!
Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies – A delicious cookie that will melt in your mouth and can be enjoyed year round!
Saltine Cracker Toffee – All you need are 5 ingredients and under 20 minutes to make this delicious treat that everyone will love
Sugar Cookie Pudding Cups – Shape your sugar cookies into cups and add some pudding to make this fun and festive dessert
Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies – Delicious chocolate cookies with a peppermint chocolate in the middle, these cookies are a great addition to your holiday cookie exchange or holiday parties.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars – Delicious and the perfect easy recipe to have kids help out with.
Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – Decadent and delicious, they won’t last long at your holiday party that’s for sure!
Reindeer Cookies – This fun treat doesn’t require any baking, just some assembly of some basic ingredients making an extremely cute dessert that’s for sure.
Christmas Chocolate Layer Bars – A fun and festive treat to make for the holiday season
Thick Chocolate Chunk Pecan Cookies – There perfect cookie to leave out for Santa on Christmas eve!
Cranberry Sour Cream Bundt Cake – Delicious and make with fresh cranberries everyone will love this cake.
Cinnamon Walnut Pinwheel Cookies – A rich, buttery and simple cookie to make this holiday season
Dulce De Leche Cheesecake Cookies – The perfect way to get a little taste of sweetness without eating a whole slice of pie!
French Toast Fudge – Who doesn’t love a dessert that tastes like their favourite breakfast food?
Lemon Ricotta Cookies – Perfect for not only Christmas but any time of the year and they go great with a cup of hot cocoa!
Gingerbread Bars – Everyone will love this gingerbread with a twist and it will soon become a family favourite.
Cinnamon Cake – This easy to make delicious cake will become a family favourite!
Mocha Peppermint Crunch – No rolling or cutting required! This delicious cookie is easy to make and even more delicious.
Old Fashioned Molasses Cookie – Christmas traditions in the form of a cookie! Need I say more?
Orange Cranberry Coffee Cake – Tart, juicy cranberries and a sweet orange glaze – the perfect dessert combination and even better there not much else to this recipe!
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – Make these cookies part of your Christmas baking marathon this holiday season! Maybe they’ll become a family tradition too?
Christmas Tree Cupcakes – What makes these cupcakes is the green icing and Christmas sprinkles! Perfect for a Christmas classroom party treat.
Christmas Shortbread – Another shortbread recipe that will melt in your mouth! Even better all you need to do it swap out the sprinkles for different colors and you have a sweet treat for every holiday!
Peppermint White Chocolate Brownies – Make your own brownies from scratch or use boxed brownie mix – either way these are going to be a yummy addition to your holiday desserts
Buttery Pecan Snowball Cookies – Also known as Russian Tea Cakes, these delicious treats can be made in under 45 minutes!
When you’re done picking out some Christmas baking recipes make sure you head on over to our Facebook post and enter to win a $100 Mastermind Gift Card.
Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party at home for the kids or making something to send to the class, this list of fun Halloween treats is a great place to get some inspiration.
Halloween snacks & treats
Halloween Spider Cookies – Made with 3 ingredients, this is a fun and easy treat to make for kids this Halloween. (This also includes ideas for a peanut butter alternative)
Halloween Lollipop Tree – A fun way to get the kids included in creating decorations, this Lollipop Tree is a fun, easy, and inexpensive treat too!
Halloween Trifle – Candy corn, pumpkins, and ghosts oh my! Grab the candy, chocolate cake and pudding, and make this fun dessert!
Worms in Dirt – Grab some chocolate pudding, crushed up cookies, and some candy worms and you’ve got yourself a fun and easy dessert!
Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail – It’s all about the presentation and making this fruit to look like candy corn is a great way to add in some fruit to a day that is filled with many sugary treats.
Nutty Caramel Apples – Nothing says Halloween more to me than caramel apples! This recipe has you making the caramel from scratch (yum!) but it’s easy and oh so worth it!
Easy Rice Krispies Mummy – Grab some of the already made Rice Krispie treats or make your own, dip in white chocolate, and add some eyes! It’s that easy, and the kids will love it!
Zombie Dirt Cake Cups – If you’re having a zombie theme, this dessert is the perfect touch – complete with a hand coming out of the ground. Just like the Worms in Dirt above, this is a super easy dessert to make!
Swamp Potion – A Halloween celebration isn’t complete without something to drink and this swamp potion is the perfect addition. Easy to make and a fun colour kids AND adults will love this!
Halloween Hot Chocolate – Whether you’re making this as a treat for a Halloween party or just at home kids will love the hot chocolate dyed in fun and spooky colours!
Halloween Candy Shake – Add you Ice Cream and Orange pop together and then let you guests add whatever candy they want! Chocolate, marshmallows and whipped cream is just a few ideas for ingredients! Save this for after Halloween too. so that you can make a special treat and use up the Halloween candy too!
Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte – If you’re throwing a Haloween Party for some adults instead this is one great spiked drink to make. Of course, this can be made as non-alcoholic too! Simply eliminate the vanilla vodka.