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Easy Entertaining #LMDConnector

2nd June 2013

One of the things I love about the summer is the easy entertaining.

With the hot weather, it’s all about barbecues and lighter fare like salads and dips. And cocktails of course – let’s not forget the joy of a cold bevvie!!

Even if you’re no Martha (line forms directly behind me), you can still have a great together with some yummy, homemade options for everyone.

Another great thing about entertaining this time of year is that so many of the cold options can be made ahead of time and then set out just before everyone arrives – that equals a more relaxed event for you and time to just enjoy the day with your guests. Nothing is worse than not being able to enjoy your company because you’re stuck in the kitchen the entire time.

My go-to options for a summer get together are:

  • Various salads including pasta salad, green salads, and bean salads – all cold options.
  • Dips like tzatziki, hummus, taramosalata and an olive tapenade
  • Fresh bread and flat bread (which is like a large, crusty cracker and perfect for dips).
  • Fresh veggies and fruit
  • Little bowls of feta, olives and roasted red pepper
  • Fresh salsa which will be nice with tortilla chips or freshly barbecued meat
Pasta salads are always my favorite thing to make because they’re just easy (said the lazy cook). You can add anything to them, and they’re also a great way to offer a vegetarian option at your table as well.
My pasta salads always include an olive-oil based dressing, feta, tomato and other fresh veggies and for those I really love, I’ll add bacon too.

If you’re looking for some great recipes to serve up this summer, check out the Life Made Delicious website for tons of options!!

You can find them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Eat Well With The Nutrition Facts Education Campaign #LMDConnector

2nd April 2013

The Nutrition Facts Education Campaign (NFEC) and ‘Eat Well’ is an initiative by the Government of Canada that promotes healthy eating and living for all Canadians. As a blogger for the Life Made Delicious program, and supported by General Mills, I’m happy to share the details of this great program with you.

The site provides tons of great information and tips to help families live healthy and achieve their goals. Their section Eat Well Central has several areas to explore, including:

  • Cooking and Meal Planning Tips
  • Grocery Shopping Tips
  • Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide
  • Use The Nutrition Facts Table
  • Healthy Grocery Shopping With Kids
  • Healthy Eating For Kids On The Go
With two young kids, the kids’ sections really interest me the most right now. They provide tons of great ideas and tips to help foster a healthy lifestyle for your children. I really like that they offer sample menus for kids of various ages as well. I think their suggestions for how to get young kids to eat healthy are really helpful and they can definitely apply to any age:

  • Offer small amounts of food throughout the day. One food guide serving of a food group can be divided up into smaller amounts and served throughout the day. For example, half a Food Guide Serving of meat and alternatives can be served at two different meals (like one egg at lunch, and about 30 g (1 oz.) of chicken for dinner).
  • Don’t restrict nutritious foods because of their fat content. Offer a variety of nutritious foods, including some choices that contain fat (like milk, peanut butter, and avocado).
  • Satisfy thirst with water. Encourage your children to drink water to quench their thirst and replenish body fluids.
  • Offer vegetables and fruit more often than juice. Whole fruits and veggies have more vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
  • Offer 500 mL (2 cups) of milk every day. This will help kids meet their vitamin D needs to help their bones grow strong.
  • Limit foods and drinks high in calories, fat, sugar, and salt (sodium), like cookies, chips, and soft drinks.
  • Be a good role model. Your children will be more likely to enjoy a variety of foods and try new foods if you do.
  • Let kids choose amounts for themselves. Although you are responsible to pick which foods are served throughout the day, let your children decide how much they eat.
  • Offer new foods often. Kids will be kids!If they reject an unfamiliar food the first time, offer it again later. The more often children are exposed to new foods, the more likely they are to accept them.
There is so much info on the site that it’s really worth checking out for yourself. You’ll even find some great videos too. Make sure to check out their more about the campaign on Facebook too.


Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Oscars Dessert Party #LMDConnector

30th January 2013

I’m not a big football fan so the odds of a Superbowl party this year are out.

However, I am planning to watch the Oscars on February 24th (despite Seth MacFarlane being the host – blah) and what better way to enjoy the Oscars then with a Prosecco and Desserts party!

Nothing beats a cold glass of Prosecco, and I think a dessert party takes the pressure off the host (especially if the host, ie. me gets performance anxiety when it comes to throwing the perfect party). The nice thing about having just desserts is that everything can be made beforehand and then set up on a lovely table that I and the guests can enjoy throughout the evening. It would be a drag to miss the show because you’re running back and forth pulling things out of the oven, etc.

As an #LMDConnector, I can tell you that the Life Made Delicious website is an excellent resource for some great dessert recipes that are easy to make!

Here are some of my favorites:

CAKE BONBONS (Cake pops without the stick)

BOURBON CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

TOFFEE BAR COOKIES

TIRAMISU SQUARES (YUM)

RED VELVET CUPCAKES

RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS

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Will you be throwing an Oscar party this year?  What will you be serving??

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

It Is All About The Apps #LMDConnector

29th November 2012

We just spent a great weekend watching football and the Toronto Argonauts win the Grey Cup (look at our cute tees!). The kids and their dad were super excited about it and they had a great time.

The man’s only request was cold drinks and plenty of apps. I’m no Martha, but apps I can do.

The little one was happy with cheese and crackers and apple slices, while the boys had a variety of bites.

– Nachos are always a safe bet – chips, chicken or beef , shredded cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and salsa.

– Quesadillas are so easy and yum – we like chicken, corn, cheese and salsa in ours.

– Bacon wrapped scallops are the husband’s favorite but bacon wrapped anything seems to win every time.

– Mozzarella Sticks

– Shrimp rings and popcorn shrimp and shrimp gumbo and (insert Forrest Gump reference here).

Let’s just say we were app happy over here this past weekend. What are your go to apps and if you don’t have any, I don’t believe you.

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Fall Slow Cooking #LMDConnector

30th September 2012

I love this time of year because I’m someone that appreciates cardigans and warm blankets and a hearty hot meal.

I never like to admit this but I’m not much of a cook. I’m good with a few things like casseroles, quesadillas, omelettes, and the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever had (thanks to my Martha Stewart recipe). But for the most part, I’m a big fail in the kitchen department. The fact that I have the pickiest eaters for kids doesn’t help things either.

However, I was gifted a slow cooker for my mom a while back and it’s great and I’ve been trying to use it lately – definitely need to use it more often. I think this time of year is a great time to use a slow cooker much more often, especially with the busier schedules. Now that the kids are back in school, we have strict 8 p.m. bedtime, which means dinner has to happen about 5:30p.m. I also have a husband that loves to come home to a hot meal on the table and I try to oblige him every so often. (I make him bbq in the dead of winter only sometimes.)

My go-to cookbook for my crockpot is the Canadian Living Slow Cooker Collection cookbook. It’s great and I’ve had great successes with the recipes I’ve tried so far. My favorite was the three-bean chili – very yummy although it was meatless, so the husband wasn’t that much of a fan. His favorite? Pot roast – he would eat it every day if I made it for him.

So if you’re looking for me, I’ll be in my kitchen throwing some things in my crockpot and hoping it’s tasty enough for my brood.

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Do you use a crockpot? Any advice? Do you have a favorite meal or crockpot cookbook? Would love your suggestions!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

 

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