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Affordable, Garfield-Approved Rolled Lasagna Recipe (Bonus: Hidden Veggies!)

Lasagna roll ups in the pan

Do you have a Garfield in your life? Someone who can’t resist a heaping plate of lasagna? I do! I’m married to a man who behaves just like the famous cartoon feline when it comes to this classic Italian dish.

But as much as my husband loves traditional lasagna, there’s one variation that has managed to make it to day three in our house: rolled lasagna.

The beauty of rolled lasagna is that it’s made up of individual portions, meaning you can control exactly how much you make and serve. This not only helps to prevent overeating, but also ensures that there will be leftovers for the next day (or two!). And lasagna is always better on day two.

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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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5 Favourite Summer Potluck Recipes

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!

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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

25 fun + delicious Christmas Baking Recipes


Christmas Baking

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  

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.


Just Another Edmonton Mommy

Fall Cooking

Work, school, after-school activities, the cool weather coming – it’s all a recipe for mealtime stress. We’ve found some great some great ideas that are sure to be quick, easy and delicious.

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What’s for Dinner?

By Christina

I found myself laughing earlier today … giving a close friend, and new mom, encouragement that ‘feeding gets quicker and more efficient’ … then I spent an hour and twenty minutes with my nine-month-old twins at the kitchen table working on 4 noodles of pasta, a strawberry, and a few tablespoons of butternut squash. HA!

The solids stage is fun, satisfying, and definitely feels like progress is being made – but it is also time consuming. Time before planning out what these kids are going to eat, time during to let them explore, investigate, and finish their meal, and time after cleaning up the mess (that’s on them, on you, on the high chairs, and on the floor … or, if you have dogs, let them help with the floor).

I spent a few weekends ago cooking up a storm while my parents were over so I would have plenty in the freezer. It was going to be our first time for a few new foods and all were big successes with the boys. I remarked to my husband that there is definitely a feeling of accomplishment and pride when your little one loves the food you’ve prepared – one that I personally found similar to the feeling I get knowing I’m nourishing these dudes through my milk too. Exclusive pumping is hard work but I definitely am proud of myself for sticking with it – and now as we move to the next phase I am feeling similar pride about trying to pre-prepare as much healthy food as I can (which is a nice feeling for a mom during this weaning phase).

So … what’s for dinner tonight (and, maybe every night for the next week)? Turkey and pumpkin nuggets. In my opinion, this is a great way to introduce turkey to your hungry little person. It is a hit over at Chez Pilarski.

My recipe isn’t measured, because, if you’re a new mom you aren’t measuring, you are slapping things together and praying for the best.

Heat oven to 400 degrees

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

  • 1 can of pure pumpkin
  • 2 packages of lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • A chug or two of olive oil
  • Sprinkling of cinnamon
  • 1 cup-ish of oats

Mix it all up well in a large bowl and then form nugget sized meatballs.

Let cook for 15 mins. And let cool.

This batch made me 68 … and for my twins, that means about 10 meals (and remember if you have a singleton that’s double the meals for you!). Yay!!

I freeze them in individual servings over here, serve at room temperature, and help the boys by breaking them apart into bite sized portions.

So, to my friend – yes, feeding BM does get easier and quicker but before you know it you’re on to solids and that’s a whole new adventure. An adventure that is wrapped up in all the fun, frustration, and accomplishment (for mom and baby) that breastfeeding was. 😉

Happy cooking ladies (and gents)! And share your recipes with me in the comments – I find the internet doesn’t have a ton of fast and practical recipes for this age and stage and I’m always looking for new ideas.

Talk soon AB Mamas!

About me:
Christina Pilarski is a mom of twins. Her boys were born in September 2016 and she knows they will only keep getting louder, quicker, smarter, and more fun! She runs her own public relations firm, CIPR Communications, and she is the true definition of #momboss. Born and raised in Calgary and now raising her family there too; she loves the outdoors, politics, her two dogs, and her partner (in life and business – Peter!). Find Christina on;