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In Lifestyle, Recipe on
November 15, 2018

Super Delicious Banana Bread

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.

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In Lifestyle, Recipe on
October 18, 2018

Fall Soup Recipes

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.”

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In Recipe on
May 4, 2018

Cinco De Mayo Guacamole

Cinco De Mayo Guacamole

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!)

Ingredients:

  • 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:

  1. Cut open, pit and scoop out two avocados. Mash the avocado with a fork until smooth.
  2. Finely chop the red onion and tomato. I actually use a Tupperware chopper like this. It helps it get finely chopped up.
  3. Squeeze in juice of the lime. I like mine very lime-y so maybe start at half a lime first.
  4. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper to your taste.
  5. Enjoy and FIESTA!

The Bitchin' Housewife

P.S Check out my matching Super Easy Pineapple Salsa Recipe .

In Recipe on
April 20, 2018

A Must Have Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

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 eggs

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!

 

Mara Needham- Peace River, AB, Stay at home mom to 6 year old boy and 3.5 year old girl. Wife of 8 years. Unhealthy love of food and country music. Find her on Facebook & Instagram

In Lifestyle, Random Thoughts, Recipe on
April 13, 2018

5 Recipes to Celebrate National Pecan Day

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!

  1. Pecan Sticky Buns. I’m a BIG fan of cinnamon buns, especially the messy kind. This recipe from Allrecipes.com look messy and delish.
  2. This Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake from one of our founders, JustAnotherEdmontonMommy.com features the fantastic pecan!  
  3. 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!
  4. Yummly.com snazes up your Salmon with this Pecan Crusted Salmon.
  5. 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!

Edmonton's Child

In Lifestyle, Parenting on
March 5, 2018

Top Parenting Apps

As a bonafide app nerd I love all the different apps out there from photography and video trip planning and ordering pizza. I love me a good app. That being said, there are a LOT of apps out there for parents, so I’ve compiled my top parenting apps as well as some of the other Alberta Mama’s favourite apps that will help your life and not sit on your screen unused taking up precious storage space.

Apps for Pregnancy

The Bump

Device: Apple and Android.
Cost: Free
About:  From the people that helped you plan your wedding at TheKnot.com is The Bump.  The best part about this app, is seeing how big your baby is every week, and the development at every stage. Don’t we all want to know what that little avocado is doing this week? What kind of cool stuff are they growing this week?  There’s a community forum and contraction calculator, but really, I’m here for what the baby is up to.

 

Apps for Babies

My Smart Hands

Device: Apple and Android
Cost: Free & paid.
About: I first learned about My Smart Hands a few years ago when everyone was on Twitter (before Twitter became a place for trolls and Donald Trump) as the founder, Laura Berg was a regular on the Twitter and I’ve seen her speak at an event in Edmonton. There are several apps depending on whether you’re a newbie or an advanced

 

 

The Wonder Weeks

Device: Apple and Android
Cost: $3.99
About: It’s not a free app, but it’s cheaper than a Starbucks drink! The Wonder Weeks app does what The Bump does, but for babies. Track your babies development and be prepared for when your baby is about to make a developmental leap!

 

 

 

Apps for Saving Money

FLIPP

Device: Apple and Android
Cost: Free
About: It’s the flyers… but on your phone. No more cutting out coupons, no more flyers in the recycling!

StoCard

Device: Apple and Android
Cost: Free
About: Take back your wallet! Add all of your rewards cards into this app so you no longer need a giant wallet to hold them all.  There’s also an option to view flyers in the app in your neighbourhood!

Food Apps

 

Yummly

Device:
Cost: Free
About:  Yummly is a community-based app where you can share recipes and there are LOTS of recipes! You can search by popular or trending recipes, kid-friendly or seasonal recipes or for certain diets. My favourite part of the app is searching in the ingredients. For example, you’ve got chicken breasts and a can of tomatoes (always so many cans of tomatoes) and it will bring up recipes that have those ingredients in them! Boom, dinner is sorted.

 

 

Skip the Dishes

Device: Apple and Android
Cost: Free
About:  Skip the Dishes is a food delivery app, simply chose the restaurant from the app, order your food and boom, now you have dinner. The best part about this app is ordering breakfast from your bed on a Sunday, I thought I deserved some kind of award for that idea and still do.

 

Olio

Device: Apple and Android.
Cost: Free
About: Remember in the “olden days” when people used to go to their neighbours for a cup of sugar? Me neither, but my mother said it happened. Well, Olio is that thing that my mum said happened but in the tech age.  Olio connects neighbours by food sharing! Grown too many zucchinis’s in your garden? Pop them on Olio. Bought yet another can of tomatoes at the grocery store (I always do this), pop it on Olio and share your food with your neighbours.

 

Family Organization Apps

 

Cozi

Device: Apple and Android.
Cost: Free but has in-app purchases for an ad-free experience, or for premium services like a birthday tracker, importing contact and more notifications.
About: Cozi is the “all in one” family organizer with everything from a calendar, grocery lists, to do lists, recipes and a family journal.
Why we like it: Different colours for family members, the recipe feature and the lists! Lists means no more sticky notes all over the house! The kids can see the calendar from their devices so they know in advance when their dad is traveling for work or that it’s Tuesday and they have soccer.

 

Google Calendar

Device: Apple and Android
Cost: Free
About: There is nothing fancy about the Google calendar, especially when you compare it to Cozi, but its simplicity is its genius. Like Cozi, you can add multiple calendars, but what I like is that you can sync your work calendar as well. While I like that my kids can see what’s happening in the upcoming week, they don’t need to see that I have a work meeting at 1pm on a Wednesday, so I can keep that separate from their eyes.

 

In Health, Recipe on
November 30, 2017

Healthy Holiday Recipes

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.

  1. Eat Yourself Skinny’s Winter Kale and Quinoa Salad. The beautiful pomegranate seeds and kale make a festive color scheme!
  2. 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!

healthy holiday board

Board from IronHideWoodworks.com

 

Happy Holidays!!!!

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com

In Lifestyle, Recipe on
August 17, 2017

Sesame Green Bean Recipe

The summer harvest is beginning. Our gardens are lush with things like peas, tomatoes and beans. I love being able to pick from the garden and make something right away with it. This green bean recipe is super simple to make and has yummy healthy fats. The sesame oil adds a bit of nutty flavour, but if you don’t have any, olive oil works just perfectly. The way I cook the beans is all in one pan, since I don’t like doing any more dishes then I need to.

Ingredients:

  • Green beans
  • 0.5-1 tbsp of sesame oil. Olive oil can be a substitute is you don’t have any!
  • 1-2 tsp of sesame seeds
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

  1. Heat pan to medium heat.
  2. Add beans and water to the pan. This is my version of steaming them, saving a whole other pot that would need washing!
  3. Once the water has steamed/boiled out, add the sesame oil to the pan and cook until you see a bit of browning.
  4. Toss in sesame seeds and salt to taste and serve while still warm.

An easy side dish for dinner or in my case here lunch!

 

The Bitchin' Housewife

About the Author

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com