I love chocolate and banana together! They just go together...you know? You may remember a few weeks ago, I made these uber moist and delicious Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins which are so good! And these little bites are great too, but add the delicious crunch of pecans and they are to-the-moon and back dang awesome! With the addition of pecans, they taste as luxurious as a chocolate bar, but without all the fat & calories. I love these because not only are they tasty, but they are a small dessert or treat that doesn't have refined sugar or gluten. They are perfect for serving to kids or at a party. They require no baking, so are a nice hot weather dessert as well. And simple to make...and I love simple!
Anyone who knows me also knows how much I love chocolate. Chocolate bars, chocolate cake, brownies...basically chocolate in all forms. One treat that I have been enjoying since I was a kid is Coffee Crisp. It was one of my favourite bars in my Halloween bag of treats and I still like to grab a bar every once in a while at the grocery store. Did you know that Coffee Crisp is celebrating its 75th birthday this year? That's right...this bar has been a true Canadian original for 75 years. To celebrate this milestone, Coffee Crisp is introducing its delicious new limited edition Latte bar AND a fun new Uniquely Canadian Moments Contest. Of course, when I discovered a brand new Coffee Crisp flavour, I just had to make something yummy with it, so I decided on these crazy good brownies, which my kids have voted as their favorite treat so far this winter.
With Spring just around the corner, one thing that I always look forward to is treating myself to a new outfit and some new makeup in fresh colours. It's like a little treat to myself for making it through a long winter. Although I often buy new things for the kids because of growth spurts or wear and tear, I often go on wearing the same old things for too long, so some new clothing and cosmetics really brightens my mood and makes me feel happy. This year, I am looking forward to getting a fresh start for Spring with Murale and a fabulous & free cosmetics bag filled with over $385 worth of gorgeous goodies.
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Some of the things I can't wait to try in this special offer are some pretty new nail colours, along with skin care products. My skin is constantly changing and I love having the opportunity to try some products in trial sizes without having to commit to a full sized product and this is the perfect chance for me to try new things! Murale by Shoppers Drug Mart is Canada's beauty destination and provides Canadians with access to some of the world's best beauty brands. Murale carries a wide variety of prestige cosmetic brands including such exclusive names as: Eve Lom, Rodial, Darphin, Juice Beauty, Skyn Iceland and Monteil. And this Spring, Murale is offering 1 free cosmetic bag filled with 27 deluxe samples worth over $385 when you spend $100 or more in stores until March 7th, and online online until March 12, while supplies last. And each cosmetic Fab & Free bag will include a booklet with product information about each deluxe sample and an Optimum bounce back offer. The 'bounce back' offer is a terrific offer where you can receive 20,000 Optimum Points when you spend $125 or more before tax in-store at Murale on regular sized Fab & Free products from March 8 to April 4, 2014.
So if you are looking to freshen your look for Spring, now is a good time to start shopping at Murale to take advantage of this special offer of a pretty pouch filled with the very latest in skincare and cosmetics so that you can look your very best for Spring too! I love shopping for cosmetics when it's the season for free samples....it just gives me that giddy 'look-what-I-got-in-my-Christmas-sock' feeling!
Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, the opinions and language are all my own. and in no way do they reflect Shoppers Drug Mart.
Spring is the time when I start dreaming about using paint to make things beautiful again.
Over the winter, with lots of time spent indoors because of the cold, I start to notice what little pieces of furniture or decor items could be freshened up with a great new coat of paint.
I have spray paint and leftover paint cans in all sorts of colours and I love looking at my collection and playing a game of match this to that with colours.
It's so fun to re-imagine how things would look wearing a new coat of paint. So I have rounded up some really awesome paint projects to help get us all inspired to be creative with paint. I hope you find something that inspires you!
Now to get started, how about these $1 buckets from the dollar store that I made over with spray paint?
I adore strawberries. I eat homemade strawberry jam almost every day on an English muffin or toast. It's my jam...no pun intended. I enjoy any type of strawberry recipe...be it ice cream or cheesecake or just simple plain strawberry butter.
You will love this recipe. It's like whipping up a strawberry cloud of loveliness in 5 minutes. 5 minutes!
And this tasty delight can be enjoyed on biscuits, muffins, pancakes, waffles, and bread.
Or if you are like my son, you could just eat it out of a bowl as is. Until I swipe the bowl out of his hands and tell him to leave some for other people!
One thing that I look forward to every year is the watching the Oscars. My family loves to watch movies and we often debate and argue about what we think is the best movie of the year.We usually keep things casual around here and watching the Oscars in our jammies is 'modus operandi' in our house. And since the Sweetheart Munchie Mix I made for Valentine's Day was such a hit, I have had numerous requests to make it again. So I whipped up some 'Movie Munchie Mix' for Oscar night, with some different crunch added to the mix.
There is nothing we love more in winter for family togetherness than cuddling up with blankets and pillows and enjoying a delish hot appy and a good movie. With my kids being older and everyone having busy schedules, time together is very precious. And this appetizer is definitely a favourite, except this time I put a bit of a different twist on it with the help of some Patak's sauces by adding some curry to the skins and mixing up a crazy-good mango chutney sour cream dip. The blend of the spicy curry potato skins with the sweetness of the mango chutney is an absolutely amazing flavour combination, and it was a great way to mix in a little India for an Indian-themed movie night.
I know when you think of Disney Parks, you probably think of family fun, thrill rides and character breakfasts. Am I right? But did you know that there are also restaurants at Disneyland that offer fine dining experiences?
Yes! It's true!
As a self-declared foodie and home cook, I am here to tell you that there are a few restaurants at Disneyland that are top-notch and you won't want to miss!
I had the chance to visit two of these fine restaurants and they are definitely not-to-miss places!
The Napa Rose, located in the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland, offers the very best in seasonal flavours paired with an extensive list of the best in Californian wines.
Aaaah. Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. I have been asked for this recipe too many times to count! These muffins have a deep rich flavour and are so moist and delicious that you can't stop at just one! These muffins have traveled too...they've shown their sweet love to school lunches, gaggles of classroom children, hungry skating teams, sweaty hockey players, and neighbors too. They are just that typo 'o muffin that can show their love to anybody!
It was almost 5 years ago when we left our home one morning to go and choose a puppy, except that we came home with puppies. We are not exactly how this mission took such a wrong turn....whether it be the cute puppies or the cute kids, but we now had two little furry girls under our care. Our kids were beyond thrilled...and Molly & Rigley quickly became treasured little personalities in our family. And oh-the-fun we have had raising these two adorable little girls over these last five years...the cuddles, the walks, the laughs...we couldn't love them anymore than we already do! Did you know that February 20th is Love Your Pet Day? As part of the celebration for Love Your Pet Day on February 20th, Pets Plus Us is encouraging pet owners to help keep their cherished pets healthy and happy with an insurance plan for professional veterinarian care.
Late last summer, my daughter and I had the most amazing California adventure which took us to San Francisco, and then to the famed Napa Valley where we had the chance to visit & tour the beautiful Castello Di Amorosa Winery. The beauty of this winery surrounded us as soon as we stepped off of our van, and at every turn there were lovely vistas and vignettes. The "Castle of Love" is the vision and life-long dream of Dario Sattui, who wanted to create Italian-style wines within a 13th century medieval-inspired castle inspired by his love of his Italian heritage and his passion for medieval architecture. The castle took 15 years to construct, and there is no doubt when you arrive here that he achieved his dream of creating a medieval masterpiece.
You might know this about me already, but I am a HUGE magazine junkie! I mean so HUGE that they really need a NEW word for HUGE. So huge that there really should be a "Magazine Junkies Anonymous" group and I could be president. I have been a junkie for years and magazines can be found in every nook and cranny in our house!. This habit started when I was in University when I was looking for something light to read that was not a text book or academic...and magazines became my new best friends for light reading, inspiration and information.
I love the visual beauty of magazines and all of the short articles and tidbits contained within.
Rarely do I ever leave a grocery store without a copy of one of my favourite magazines...of which there are many. And this turns into a huge cost over time...along with the never-ending clutter of stacks of titles everywhere.
Happy Valentine's Day! I hope your day goes well! We don't exchange big gifts for Valentine's Day...only small things like chocolates, cards or homemade treats. One thing we do like to do is enjoy a meal together. With our kids being older now, sitting down to the table to have supper as a family doesn't happen as often as it should because of busy schedules. But when we do sit down, this Jalapeno Popper Chili warms out hearts up like nothing else! And this spin on chili is totally inspired by one of favourite appetizers....Jalapeno Poppers.
This recipe combines all of the flavours of our favourite appetizer and is very easy to put together. And adding some jalapeno poppers as a garnish is the perfect touch!
Jalapeno Popper Chili
1 lb. hamburger
1/2 cup onion, small dice
1 cup of barbecue sauce
1/2 cup chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
2 -798 ml cans of tomatoes
1-798 ml can of tomato sauce
1 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 398 ml can of kidney beans
1 398 ml can of beans in tomato sauce
1 brick of cream cheese
1 small can of jalapeno peppers, added to taste
Garnish: Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, green onion, jalapeno poppers
1. Fry hamburger in the bottom of a large pot until no longer pink. Add onion, chili powder, oregano and barbecue sauce and cook until onion is just translucent.
2. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, and bacon. Stir until mixed and let simmer on medium low heat for 30-45 minutes.
3. Add brick of cream cheese and stir in until completely melted into tomato/hamburger mixture.
4. Add jalapeno peppers and more chili powder to taste so that it suits your family.
5. Serve in bowls and garnish with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions and a jalapeno popper.
Mmmm. It is so good!
Enjoy this chili with some crusty bread and butter and a crisp green salad!
When I became a mom for the first time 17 years ago, one of the things I quickly learned was that my morning routine for hair and makeup needed to be simple & fast. It wasn't so easy to spend an hour+ on hair & makeup in the morning with an infant. Over time, I have learned that less can actually be more in terms of makeup, and I am a huge fan of starting with clean skin and then creating the 5 minute face. The "5 Minute Face" suits my lifestyle, while giving me the confidence to face the day ahead whether I am at home or out around town. That is why I am so pleased to be a part of #MarcelleMoms and bring you this giveaway of amazing products from Marcelle so that you can create your own "5 Minute Face".
It's February and that brings a lot of winter activities for those of us who have snow at this time of year! A lot of small communities and cities play host to various winter and skating carnivals during this month...in addition to whatever outdoor fun your family enjoys such as skiing,skating or tobogganing. Years ago, when my daughter first started skating as a little 4 year old, there was one parent who brought a hot chocolate basket to the rink for all of us to enjoy. I so appreciated that warm cup of hot chocolate. Since it's right in the middle of the time for the best winter fun, I created this basket of hot chocolate yummy-ness that can be taken anywhere!