I buy banana’s A LOT. They’re full of all the good vitamins and potassium and most importantly I don’t have to do anything to prepare them for kids snacks, they’re just there…waiting to be eaten. I love that fruit is an easy snack. Unfortunately, many bananas in my house go uneaten so we have lots of browning bananas hanging around the kitchen. This is where delicious banana bread comes in.
It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year! It’s SOUP SEASON!!!!!! Soups are great for cold days, can be frozen or made in big batches. We asked our contributors to give us their favourite, “tried and true” soup recipes and Kat from Tiny Campfire and Dionne from Refined Imperfection shared with us, their “go to’s.”
Turkey may be the star of the meal this weekend but we thought we would have some fun and share with you a fun, easy pumpkin spice cocktail to serve your guests!
My husband and I do a thing called Cocktail Monday (you can see some of our ideas by following me on Instagram here or searching the #cocktailMonday hashtag) where each week we take turns making a cocktail. We love how it starts the week with some fun and it has become a great way to connect and hang out just the two of us every week.
August is halfway done which means Farmers Markets (and maybe even your own garden!) are bursting with fresh, delicious produce. But what should you do with all these veggies once you bring them home? We’ve made the easiest salad using all market ingredients with a dressing so easy we guarantee you already have everything you need in your pantry. Not only is this recipe easy, it keeps in the fridge for a while making it the perfect make-ahead meal for BBQ’s, work lunches, and picnics in the park.
Summer Potluck Recipes
Ah the communal potluck. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ or a group camping trip, summer potlucks are great. Everyone pitches in dividing up the workload PLUS you get to try all kind of different things! We picked our top 5 favourite summer potluck recipes for you next get together inspiration!
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!