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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Veggie & Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts #Cheesefest

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You know that old children's song, "And the fork ran away with the spoon?"  Well. I really think we have  been lied to all these years. I am pretty sure that the fork ran away with the cheese. I mean, who would want to run away with a boring old spoon when you could have cheese?   If there is one ingredient that I can count on that my whole family will love...it's cheese. I don't even have to think twice about sprinkling cheese into any dish because I know that it will be loved and swooned over. Sometimes, when I feel like I am making the same plain old tired meal yet again, I just have to add some cheese and presto...I feel like the dish is immediately more interesting and flavourful.
We eat chicken a few times a week. Sometimes I really have to wrack my brain about ways to serve it that is different from the last time I served chicken. This week, the chicken ran away with the cheese in this gorgeously tasty veggie & cheese stuffed chicken breast. I took a little time to add some Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese & veggies to some butterflied chicken breasts and then sprinkled it with Kraft 100% Shredded Parmesan Cheese. It was beyond scrumptious! This recipe is delicious any night of the week and perfect for entertaining as well! Here is the recipe so you can create this delicious chicken and cheesy dish at home.
 

Veggie & Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Ingredients:
 
1 chicken breast per person, sliced through the middle to create a butterfly and pounded thin
3-4 asparagus spears for each breast
A handful of spinach per breast
Kraft Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese
Kraft Italian dressing, 1/2 cup
olive and salt & pepper
Cajun or chicken seasoning
Kraft 100% Shredded Parmesan Cheese
fresh lemon, if desired
 

To make:
 
1. In a shallow dish, add spinach and asparagus with 1/2 cup of Kraft Italian dressing and let marinate for a few minutes.
2. Lay chicken breasts out on cutting board. Add a few asparagus spears and spinach to each as shown. Top with a 1/2 inch thick slice of Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese.
3. Roll up chicken breasts and secure with toothpicks or kitchen twine. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper and Cajun or chicken spice, and squeeze with a bit of fresh lemon if desired.
4. Roast in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle breasts with Kraft 100% Shredded Parmesan Cheese. Place back in oven for 10-15 minutes.
With the Kraft 100% Parmesan Shredded Cheese sprinkled over the breasts for the last 15 minutes of baking, the chicken has tasty cheesy goodness on the outside.
This makes such a pretty plate when served with a big salad and slices of lemon.
Looking for recipe inspiration for cheese dishes?  From March 19 to April 9, Loblaws will be celebrating and showcasing cheese for the Kraft Cheesefest. During Kraft Cheesefest, you will find lots of recipe inspiration and savings on your favourite Kraft cheese products in store!
 

Here are the Kraft cheese products taking part in Cheesefest:

  • Kraft Singles Process Cheese Product
  • Kraft Cheeze Whiz Cheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Dips
  • Philadephia Brick Cream Cheese
  • Philadelphia Cooking Crème Cream Cheese Product
  • Kraft Dinner Macaroni and Cheese
  • Cracker Barrel Block Cheese
  • Kraft 100% Parmesan Shredded Cheese
  • Velveeta Process Cheese Product
  • MacLaren's Imperial Cold Pack Cheese Product
  • Cracker Barrel Snacking Cheese
  • Cracker Barrel Natural Cheese
Melted, grated, shaved or baked...no matter how you add it, cheese makes everything taste better! So make your forks and your family happy and give them cheese!
To see more delicious recipes made with Kraft Cheese, follow #Cheesefest on Twitter & Facebook.
 

Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Kraft. However, as always, I only partner with brands that I love and use in my own home. Kraft is a staple in our house. All opinions are my own.
 





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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Nest Cookies For Easter & #EggsForEaster Twitter Party on March 26 +Giveaway! #BBFEggs

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If there is one thing that I love more than Christmas baking, it's Easter baking. I adore the soft and happy feel of pastel colors and adding those colours to baking treats is something that I completely love. These Nest Cookies for Easter marry a soft and tasty cookie flavoured with the taste of delicious eggs and butter with a coconut 'nest' and candy-coated chocolate eggs to create a cookie that embodies everything that Easter is about...new beginnings, new life, growth and renewal. To me, the egg symbolizes all of those wonderful things about this time of year, and it really is a time to celebrate.
These Nest Cookies are very easy to make and decorating the cookies is the perfect family time activity. And even though the decorating might involve lots of tasting and sampling, hanging out with family is what makes it all worthwhile.
Nest Cookies for Easter
{makes approx. 2,5 dozen}

Ingredients
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1.5 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

To decorate:
1.5 cups vanilla frosting
1.5 cups shredded sweetened coconut
yellow food colouring
candy coated chocolate eggs

To make:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
2. In separate bowl, stir together flour, salt and baking powder. Add to sugar mixture and blend well.
3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Dent each ball with the top of a bottle cap to make a place for the nest.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are just golden brown.
5. While cookies are baking, mix a few drops of yellow food colouring into coconut to may 'hay' for nests.
6. When cookies are cool, add a small amount of vanilla frosting to 'nest'. Sprinkle yellow coconut on top of frosting and decorate with candy-coated eggs.
Now you have some beautiful cookies that are perfect for sharing and giving!
Easter baking is so FUN!
Have you visited Burnbrae Farms' Recipe Nest?
It's a wonderful resource filled with so many tasty recipes using eggs.
With March being Nutrition month, it's a great time to add more egg dishes to your diet, since eggs are the perfect protein and can easily been part of any meal...be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Just check out these delicious meal ideas featured on the RECIPE NEST:
I am so excited to share with you that Burnbrae Farms will be hosting a #EggsForEasterTwitter Party on March 26, with over $1000 in fabulous prizes from Hamilton Beach & Burnbrae Farms including:


Grand Prize Pack from Hamilton Beach & Burnbrae Farms – value: $400
  • Hamilton Beach Stack & Snap 12 Cup Food Processor
  • Hamilton Beach 2 Speed Hand Blender
  • Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer
  • BBF Gift Pack including merchandise & coupons and $25 MasterCard Gift Card
Other Prizes:

4 Burnbrae Farms $125 gift packs
3 Hamilton Beach $50 prize packs

For more great recipes and information, please follow Burnbrae Farms here:
Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Pinterest || YouTube

Here are some of my other recipes inspired by the goodness of eggs!

Disclosure: I am participating in the Burnbrae Farms campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own. 


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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Cheesy Beef Lasagna

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One of my husband's specialties is homemade lasagna. Often on a Saturday, he will get busy making a big pot of meat sauce and boil lasagna noodles with the radio blasting and his off-key voice singing along. I love days like this because I know at the end of the day, there will be lasagna ready for dinner, with an additional 2-3 lasagnas ready for the freezer.

Because of this,  I have to admit that I haven't made lasagna for quite a few years...like ions ago. Like maybe when perms were still in. A looooong time. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I tried this Cheesy Beef Lasagna recipe from the Cook with Campbells recipe collection.
 
This recipe was so easy to make and I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with Campbell's Condensed Tomato Basil Oregano Soup. It has a depth of flavour that is a wonderful addition to any dish.  I also used it in the recipe for Classic Weeknight Tacos and it was delicious!
I highly recommend this recipe as it was really tasty and delicious!

Cheesy Beef Lasagna

Ingredients



Meat Sauce:
2 tsp (10 mL)olive oil
2 cups (500 mL)onion, chopped
2 cups (500 mL)mushrooms, sliced
2 clovesgarlic, chopped
3 lbs (1.3 kg)lean ground beef
2 tbsp (30 mL)chili powder
3 cans (852 mL)Campbell's® Condensed Tomato Basil Oregano Soup
3 cups (750 mL)Campbell's® Ready to Use No Salt Added Beef Broth
Cheese Mixture:
4 cups (1 L)light ricotta cheese
3 cups (750 mL)mozzarella, shredded
1 cup (250 mL)Parmesan, grated
2eggs
12oven ready lasagna noodles (uncooked)
1 tsp (5 mL)black pepper

Directions

1. Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes until the vegetables caramelize.
2. Add the garlic and ground beef and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes or until the beef is well browned. Add the chili powder and continue to sauté for 2 minutes.
3. Add the soup and cook for 5 minutes. Add broth and continue to cook for 10 minutes or until the meat is cooked. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, half of the mozzarella cheese, eggs and black pepper. Mix Well.
5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spread 2 cups of the meat sauce in the bottom of a 9” x 13” pan. Layer 4 lasagna noodles on top, overlapping noodles slightly to cover the bottom.
6. Spread half of the cheese mixture over noodles. Layer with 2 ½ cups of meat sauce and 4 lasagna noodles.
7. Spread the remaining cheese mixture on top of the second layer of noodles, layer with 2 ½ cups of meat sauce and 4 lasagna noodles.
8. Spread the remaining meat sauce on lasagna noodles, top with parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese.
9. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 375°F.
10. Uncover and continue to bake for 15 minutes until the top is golden and bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.


This lasagna makes an amazing and very-filling meal for a family!
Serve with a salad for a complete meal that is so comforting!

Don't forget to check out Campbell's on these channels for mouth-watering inspiration!

For more amazing Campbell's meal ideas perfect for busy families, check out these tasty recipes that I have made:

Disclosure: I am part of the Campbell Company of Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are mine.
  
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Flying This March Break? Follow These Airport Security Screening Tips To Make Travelling A Breeze!

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If you’re like the thousands of Canadians who will take to the air for a vacation this spring break, the Canadian Air Transport Security (CATSA) has advice that will help you go through security in no time! So no matter what age or stage your family may be in, follow these helpful tips to help you pack and breeze through airport security to get your trip off to a great, stress-free start!

Family Friendly Tips

 



    
Good news! When you’re travelling with children under the age of two, you can bring liquids such as milk, breast milk and juice that exceed the 100ml restrictions in carry-on baggage. Just have the containers ready to present to screening officers for a quick inspection.  For older kids, solid foods such as apples, granola bars and sandwiches can go in your carry-on without restrictions.

Before you leave for the airport, make sure everyone is wearing easy-to-remove outerwear and avoid clothes with metal clasps or snaps that may trigger the metal detector. 

At the airport, get boarding passes ready and check for a Family/Special Needs lane. They offer extra space to accommodate larger items like strollers and car seats.

 Pack Your Sunscreen Properly


              
Whether you’re heading for the Caribbean or staying in Canada, sunscreen is a popular must-bring item. Just don’t get burned at security with an over-sized bottle in your carry-on bag  Small bottles under 100ml are fine, but bigger bottles need to be packed in your checked baggage.    


Check Your Large Sports Gear



                          
Planning to race down a mountain, brave the waves or challenge the pins? You can bring large sports equipment like surfboards, snowboards, skis and golf clubs with you on your trip. Just make sure you check these items in with your airline. If you have questions about checked baggage restrictions or extra charges, contact your airline before you travel.
                                                            


Know The Rules For Duty-Free



               
Parting with duty-free purchases is no fun. All duty-free liquids, aerosols and gels (e.g., alcohol, perfume) in your carry-on bags are subject to screening and must be properly sealed in an official security bag, accompanied by a receipt. These bags should be provided by duty-free retailers. If you have a connecting flight in Canada on your return trip, make sure your bag is the real deal.  Even better – place your duty-free items in your checked baggage.

For more tips to help you breeze through security this spring break, visit CATSA at catsa.gc.ca, on Twitter (@catsa_gc) or Pinterest (CATSAGC).

Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by CASTSA. However, all opinions are 100% mine.


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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Spring Cleaning With Hoover Air™ Cordless Vacuum

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I was so happy to see the calendar turn to March on the weekend because that means that Spring will soon be here! Already I am noticing more hours of daylight with the sun rising earlier in the morning and setting later at night. 
My husband notices the difference driving to work which makes him happy!
With Spring coming, that means that it will soon be time to do a little spring cleaning here and there. Spring also brings more mud and gravel into the house which means that the floors will need to be vacuumed a bit more often to keep up with it all. 
I was so happy when I was contacted to try out the new Hooover Air™ Cordless Vacuum. Did someone just say cordless? Yes cordless.
Can I just first say how much I am loving this new cordless technology? It makes vacuuming the whole house a breeze because you can just move from room to room without having to stop and move the cord to a different power outlet. I have used this vacuum for a few months now...trying it out on carpets, rugs and hard floors and it does a tremendous job of removing everyday dirt and dust.Weighing just under 10 pounds, it gives powerful cleaning for the whole home.
 It also comes with not 1, but 2 LithiumLife™ batteries. This means that you can vacuum for up to 50 minutes before you run out of battery power. Having two batteries is wonderful because sometimes I want to vacuum the whole house at once and two batteries are needed to do this job.
The batteries only take 3 hours to charge, and whether the batter is 25% charged or 100% charged, you will get powerful cleaning until the charge runs out.
Another feature I love about the Hoover Cordless Air is that no vacuum bags are required as it comes with a large 1 litre dirt cup that is easy to remove and empty, while the filter just needs to be rinsed under running water to be maintained. 
It also comes with all of the attachments needed to clean stairs and furniture so that you can use this convenient technology for every cleaning job in your home! It also comes with a 5 year limited warranty, and there is a live chat available on the Hoover website
This powerful little vacuum, with it's two batteries, is an amazing helper to have for cleaning.
My two teenagers even love how easy it is to grab and use in their bedrooms.

The new cordless technology in the this Hoover vacuum is brilliant. Cleaning is not my favourite chore, so I welcome anything that makes cleaning easier and faster.This one vacuum gives all the cleaning power needed for floors, furniture, stairs and dusting and is easy to use and store away until it is needed again!

Disclosure: I was provided with the Hoover Air™ Cordless Vacuum for purposes of review. However, all opinions are my own. As always, I only partner with brands that I love and use in my own home. 

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