Everyday Cooking: New Canadian Cookbook Author Sandra Katanic

everyday cooking

Do you ever set goals and dreams? Perhaps ones that you think are so far out of reach, but you put them out there anyhow? Sandra Katanic of Everyday Cooking is one of those people who inspires others to go after their dreams and to never look back. “Dream and Believe in Yourself” Sandra Katanic Last night, I spent an incredible evening with Sandra Katanic, her friends and family, celebrating the launch of her very first cookbook: Everyday Cooking Real Food | Real People | Real Life. The event took place at Willow Springs Winery in Stouffville in a beautiful, … Continue reading

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes for Birthdays {Giveaway}

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Birthday parties are a wonderful celebration, however birthday food can often be a challenge, especially if some of the guests need gluten free treats. This is why I was super excited when I came across this Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe that has now become my “go-to” chocolate cake recipe. And now, I have turned it into Birthday Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes. Last year, at the Green Living Show, I came across Quinta Quinoa, a Canadian Quinoa producer. Actually, I was very intrigued when I learned that not only are they Canadian, but they are also in Ontario.   Quinoa … Continue reading

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

My husband enjoys getting creative in the kitchen and he is quite good at it too! This recipe for Mexican Rice is an excellent side dish for tacos, fajitas or any Mexican dish. I’m not going to lie either, it’s also a great way to get a bit more veggies into the kids without them complaining – parenting win, thanks hubby! A Mexican Rice side dish can go with many meals: Ribs Beef Taquitos and Taquito Pie to name a few. My kids love rice so much that we could probably get away with serving it at every meal. That … Continue reading

Healthy Granola Bars ~ 2 Ways

Healthy Granola Bars

These Healthy Granola Bars are kid and Mom approved and can easily become a school friendly snack too! Oh, and an added bonus, they take less than 10 minutes to throw together and a quick bake in the oven. This Mama can wake up at 6:30 in the morning, and have the breakfast cookie version on the table for 7! Yes, I feel like I wear a super Mom cape sometimes! I am not ashamed to celebrate those rare moments and you shouldn’t be either!   This Healthy Granola Bar recipe can be actually made in three ways: bars, squares … Continue reading

Pumpkin Pasta

Pumpkin Pasta

I wouldn’t consider myself adventurous when it comes to food, however since meeting Chef Sandra Katanic, I have been introduced to some incredible dishes that I never would have tried. Her Pumpkin Pasta is such a delicious dish and you won’t believe just how easy it is to make! Pumpkin is such a versatile fruit. Yes, did you know that pumpkin is technically a fruit?! Pumpkin Pasta is rich and creamy with a hint of sweetness. You can make your own roasted pumpkin or if you’re in more of a rush, this quick and easy meal can be made in … Continue reading

Super Moist and Delicious Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Gluten-Free-Chocolate-Cake

I will be honest with you, when I first heard that this gluten free chocolate cake was super moist and delicious, I wasn’t sure what to think because it contained QUINOA. I’m honestly not a huge fan of quinoa, but you cannot taste it in this cake, not even a little bit! You know when you find a recipe that you love so much that it becomes your “go to” recipe? I have another chocolate cake recipe that was my “go to” recipe, but I have since then discovered this one and I’m in love! This gluten free chocolate cake … Continue reading

Simply Shortbread Cookie Recipe {Natrel Greatest Dessert Exchange}

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

This Shortbread Cookie Recipe is so easy to make and the cookies always turn out delicious! You can serve these cookies plain OR they can be decorated in a variety of ways including holiday sprinkles, maraschino cherries or chocolate! Shortbread is one of my all time favourite types of cookies! Shortbread Cookie Recipe   Print Cook time 30 mins Total time 30 mins   Shortbread is a classic Christmas cookie. Author: Multi-Testing Mommy Recipe type: dessert Ingredients 1 cup Natrel lactose free or organic butter, softened ½ cup sifted icing sugar ½ cup sifted cornstarch 1½ cups flour Instructions In … Continue reading

Cherry Shortbread Squares

Cherry Shortbread Squares

I love to bake, especially for the holidays! I also like to EAT baking; this is my weakness. One of my favourite holiday treats are these Cherry Shortbread Squares. I’m a huge fan of cherries, but love shortbread too; this makes the perfect combination! I will warn you that you may want to freeze these once made, otherwise they may disappear much too fast, or at least that is what happens in my house! Cherry Shortbread Squares are to be a sure hit this holiday season! They are also the perfect baking to do with little helpers! INGREDIENTS Base: 1.5 … Continue reading

Overnight Oats and Blueberries in a Jar

Overnight Oats

Mornings are always a huge rush around our house AND everyone seems to want something different for breakfast. Because of this, I’ve learned how to pre-make breakfast, enough to cover us for a few days at a time. Along with smoothies, one breakfast meal that I prepare is “Mommy’s special eggs” (perhaps I’ll share that recipe another time) and lately my daughter and I have been enjoying Overnight Oats and Blueberries in a Jar with NO ADDED SUGAR! My favourite ingredient (aside from the blueberries, of course) in these overnight oats are the chia seeds. My favourite chia seeds to … Continue reading

Taquito Pie … Mmmm…

Taquito Pie

When I learned that hubby and my son had made Taquito Pie while my daughter and I were at a vendor show sharing about Norwex and greener cleaning, I was very eager to have it for dinner! Just over a year ago, my hubby came up with this recipe for Beef Taquitos. They were immediately a hit in our family and they make a great freezable meal too! As delicious as they are – preparing them can be a wee bit time consuming with all of the rolling of tech taquito, so his latest version, instead of calling Taquito Pie, … Continue reading