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The Best Chicken Salad Recipe Ever

Who ever coined the expression "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" was obviously standing over a stove in July when they said it. The heat here the last few days has been oppressive (as a good Canadian though, I swear that's not a complaint). When it's this hot though, my stove stays off and I look for light, refreshing, cold meals. That's why I'm sharing the best chicken salad recipe with you, so that you too … [Read More...]

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Five Best Summer Hostess Gifts

An old standby for any hostess is a bottle of her favourite wine, or yours if you have ulterior motives and if her usual wine selection leaves you parched. Traditional gift options range from flowers to jars of ingredients for delicious desserts to candles, and these are all welcome gifts, but since this is summer and the living is easy… let’s not make our hostesses actually do anything and give them something they can enjoy right o … [Read More...]

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Best Children’s Book Series from 3 to 13

To say I am giddy (and proud) to be raising a new generation of bookworms is an understatement. I spent a good portion of my childhood hidden behind a book, and I still can’t fall asleep without reading a couple of chapters each night. My oldest daughter flew through the Harry Potter box set in the third grade (and then read the series 25 more times). My son has inherited my read-before-sleep habit and loves a good chapter book w … [Read More...]

Summer Camp Alternatives

I Can’t Afford Summer Camp, So What the Hell Do I Do With These Kids?

Summer camp is like orthodontic care: it's a great idea in theory; it can change a child's life; and it is very, very expensive. So, if you are like me (read: poor ) I sympathize. As much as I'd love to send my kids away to the wild north woods of Ontario for several fun-filled weeks, it just isn't going to happen because my daughter's new braces cost the same as one hundred years at camp and our orthodontist wouldn't even … [Read More...]

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best chicken salad recipe

The Best Chicken Salad Recipe Ever

Who ever coined the expression "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" was obviously standing over a stove in July when they said it. The heat here the last few days has been oppressive (as a good Canadian though, I swear that's not a complaint). When it's this hot though, my stove stays off and I look for light, refreshing, cold meals. That's why … [Read More...]

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Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Homemade Lemonade

I am not a food purist by any stretch. Not everything has to be from scratch and convenience foods can and do make my life a whole lot easier when it comes to cooking. However, do NOT mess with me on lemonade, ok? Simply put, store bought lemonade has never and will never taste as good as homemade. I'm going to share my mom's recipe for Easy Homemade Lemonade … [Read More...]

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Highly Addictive Creamy Jalapeno Dip

I was first introduced to this Creamy Jalapeno Dip by my friend Tara who declared it the "best dip ever". I was skeptical until I tried it, but in the end couldn't disagree with her. It was totally addictive. Unfortunately we don't have a Chuy's in Canada so when she came to visit me, I decided to try and recreate it for her. I was sort of successful, this Creamy … [Read More...]

butter chicken wraps

Butter Chicken Wraps

Summer is officially here and for me that means kids. Lot of kids. They tend to gravitate to our house and I'm 100% good with it except that I serve way more lunches during the summer than I do the whole school year! I keep a steady supply of frozen pizzas and hot dogs on hand but of all the meals I serve these Butter Chicken Wraps are a clear fan favourite. I'm … [Read More...]

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best chicken salad recipe

The Best Chicken Salad Recipe Ever

Who ever coined the expression "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" was obviously standing over a stove in July when they said it. The heat here the last few days has been oppressive (as a good Canadian … [Read More...]

bombay potatoes

Foil Pack Bombay Potatoes

I'll have to admit that when the summer rolls around I tend to think that Indian food becomes a little too heavy for the season. I tend to think of all those rich, delicious sauces as comfort food and so in the past I … [Read More...]

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Summer Weekend Getaway in Toronto

The problem with summer is this. You have kids off for two months and parents who still have to work full-time jobs. How on earth are you supposed to fit summertime fun and family time with a schedule like that? Weekend … [Read More...]

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Alight at Night Delights

I was feeling less than enthusiastic about the holidays this year. I have an inordinate amount of work on my plate right now, plus a typical holiday schedule packed with parties and engagements and so I've been feeling … [Read More...]

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