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Strawberry Banana Ice

Desserts, Fruit, healthy "fast" food, Uncategorized - rossana - May 20, 2013

On those really hot days that you don’t want to do much of anything, it is always nice to have a few frozen strawberries and bananas around to throw in a blender and make a really nice cool treat out of, this Strawberry banana ice  is a favorite round here!

Recipe originally found at the Primal Home   and adapted here

Strawberry banana Ice

1 banana sliced and placed in freezer on tray to freeze

½ cup of strawberries, washed and cut in quarters and placed in freezer

tablespoon coconut milk [optional]

 

Once fruit it frozen, place in blender or food processor together  with coconut milk  if using and blend until smooth*, place in a bowls and serve immediately.  Absolutely love this on a hot afternoon, such a great pick me up and best part is that  it is all natural too!

*As an extra special treat, when I am having some chocolate cravings, I sometimes add in a tablespoon of cocoa as well while blending.

 

http;//www/coocooforcooking.com/strawberrybananaice

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Already thinking of our garden…

Cookies, Garden, Salad, Uncategorized, Vegetables - rossana - April 13, 2013

Do you have a garden in the summer where you grow your own vegetables?  We try to have one every year, but sometimes our crop leaves a lot to be desired! Some years we have such an abundance that I have to give some out to almost anyone who comes to our door! Other years, like last year our garden has produced such a poor crop that I pray that it  will hold out to the beginning of Sept, let alone have any to roast or make into sundried tomatoes.

Over the years, we have changed what we plant depending on how well we did with the crop the year before.  One year we tried corn, the soil seemed fine,but it just wasn’t  nutritionally dense enough I guess, it didn’t even make it to a foot in height!   We were hoping to have a really good crop like we did one year when we were out inVancouver. I remember how lovely it was to be abe to go out to the garden and pick a couple of fresh ears of corn for dinner, and oh was it soo good!

I have always loved fresh, organically grown vegetables, and that is one of the reasons we persevere.  There is also something therapeutic about working the earth and getting it ready for the seedlings and nurturing it along until you get to enjoy ‘the fruit of your labours’. So, even though our romaine wasn’t as good as in previous years, our tomato plants were less than healthy and our basil …well lt’s just say we didn’t get much pesto made, we will still have a garden this year .  My husband is already busy planning it all out!

There is nothing better than being able to walk out to your garden and pick a couple of beautiful sun-warmed tomatoes, and a few leaves of romaine to have for dinner! Can’t wait! 😉

 

Already thinkingof our garden

Some of last year's crop.

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The crock pot saves the day again

Dinner, Non-meat dishes, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Uncategorized - rossana - March 30, 2013

Having that great warm spell for a while was wonderful, although a bit of a tease . It has started to cool down again, with some hail and even wet snow in some areas around here. Definitely not what I wanted to see after those glorious warm sunny days! I guess the cold weather figured that we hadn’t had enough of the chilly air. Well, I decided that I would I would ward off some of that cool chill with a wonderful vegetable stew and pull out the crock pot. The great thing about this is that when you walk into the house after a long day, you are hit with an incredible aroma that starts your mouth watering instantly (well, it does me). I love using my slow/crock cooker, It makes getting dinner ready some nights very easy. You can actually use them for all kinds of things. Some people have even made cakes in them, although I haven’t tried this yet.

Vegetable stew

I put this on low and let it cook for about 6 hours

1 lrg can of ground tomatoes

200 g of elbow pasta

4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 cubes

1 Lg can of low sodium chick peas, rinsed and drained or 2 cups of cooked chick peas

1 cup of carrots cut in to 1/2 chunks

1/2 cup chopped red or green peppers

1/2 cup chopped green beans

Oregano, basil and garlic to season to taste

Add everything but beans and , let cook for 5 hours then add the beans and peppers for the last hour. I also add cinnamon to taste, just to add in some extra flavour  [I like the combination of garlc and cinnamon- quite interesting]. Once done to your liking, serve in bowls along side some french/italian bread . Really is that easy! :) Enjoy!

 

Crock Pot Vegetable stew

I added corn to this batch :)

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Halloween Treats

Halloween is favourite holiday around our house- as soon as one is done our daughter is thinking up a costume for the next year – this year she is going to go as the wicked queen from Once upon a time.  Can’t wait to see her all dressed up!
Along with dressing up she loves all the wonderful Halloween treats that go along with it.  One of My best go to places for great desserts any time of the year is Kraft Canada [well for pretty much anything] their website is filled with so many great tips and information.
The Kraft Canada website even has a page specifically dedicated to Halloween, it is full of amazing recipes, party ideas, decorations  and tips for a great Halloween party! They also have some great stencils that we can use on our pumpkin.

Halloween pumpkin stencils
After  they go out trick or treating, the kids will be coming back for some Halloween treats at our house. I took   a quick look at the site and I found some great snacks for them to have when they come back with loaded bags.  This is a Mummy cookie balls recipe I found that looks great and will be a hit with the kids. It is also one that I can easily make gluten free, so my daughter can enjoy along with her friends.

There are also some great games available  on the site that they can play! I think this will be a fun one:
Mummy Wrap:
Divide kids into teams of 3 (1 mummy, 1 wrapper, 1 un-wrapper). Each team gets 1 extra-large roll of toilet paper. This is a timed event, so instruct the kids that on your signal, one team member must wrap the “mummy” in toilet paper. When the roll is complete (and the mummy is mostly covered) the 2nd team member unwraps the mummy (no tearing the toilet paper, it has to be unrolled). The first team to finish, wins. This is a great activity, especially when you play it to fast-paced Halloween music.

Whatever it is that the kids have or play afterwards, make sure that they are safe when they are going out; have some reflective tape on their clothing [I get the glow in the dark neon bracelets and necklaces for them to wear  that way they also have  bit of a light source] and make sure there is a group of them going out together [teens don’t like you going with them] as well as making sure that they are carrying a cell phone to call if they need picking up or feel threatened in any way.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!  :)

 

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Weekend Breakfasts

Weekend Breakfasts

I don’t know about you but when the weekend rolls around I don’t always feel like getting up early to make up big weekend  breakfasts, I like lazing in bed as much as everybody. :) That is why it is great to be able to make breakfast ahead of time.  Whether you make up a strata or a fabulous French toast casserole the night before, whoever gets up first just has to take it out of the fridge, pop it in the oven at the desired temperature and have it ready for when the rest of the clan wakes up; no fuss, and no mess!

This works really well even for early mornings like Christmas, when the kids [so that means you too] are up early and they want to get to opening presents – you can pop it in the oven and just sit and enjoy the mayhem while breakfast is getting prepared.

Here is an easy brunch strata from Kraft Canada– If you are gluten free you can use GF bread instead of the regular bread.

This is a recipe that I have used in the past and has been a hit at Christmas time; it is very sweet and gooey, but oh so good! So if the kids aren’t hyper enough from all the unwrapping they have done on Christmas morning, they can get jump started on this recipe from allrecipes.com  :)

 

Enjoy, hope you get those extra zzz’s 😉

 

 

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Halloween Candy infographic

Desserts, Halloween, Information, Uncategorized - rossana - October 25, 2012

It always interests me how much Halloween candy and what type is consumed the most, take a look at this:

Halloween Candy infographic

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President’s Choice Products

Dinner, healthy "fast" food, Uncategorized - rossana - October 24, 2012

I have to admit, I love President’s Choice products.  So much so, that I when we moved to Vancouver years ago, I had to make a few calls before we left just to make sure that I would be able to get their products out there. And I made sure that our apartment was not more than 20 minutes away from the store!  I also get really excited when PC insiders report comes out – they are always full of great new products and some fabulous recipes. I am a bit geeky that way!
I like having things around in case we have people drop by unexpectedly, the PC 5 layer fiesta dip is perfect for this – it is all ready and looks amazing when you serve it [any of the dips are really amazing]– I also pick up some of the PC Sea Salt Kettle Style Tortilla Chips to serve along with them – they are a big hit!

Presidents Choice Products

Photo taken from President's Choice website

 


 They also have some great healthy items for a fast dinner on the go – here is one I like to get for my family:  the PC Chicken Breast Strips, they are fire roasted and fully cooked so they are ready to add to any salad, sandwich or wrap!
Do you have any favorite President’s Choice Products you would like to share?

 

Have any of  you been watching “Recipe to Riches”?  I love it!

 

President's Choice Products

Photo taken from President's Choice Website

 

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Canadian Beef and #SCCTO

Beef, Conference, Recipes, Uncategorized - rossana - October 12, 2012

One of the great sponsors of the ShesConnected conference {#SCCTO} is Canadian Beef Inc.  They are an independent national organization handling the marketing and promotion of the Canadian cattle and beef industry worldwide.

Did you know?

  • There are 83,000 farms and ranches with beef cattle across Canada.
  • The average beef cow herd size in Canada is 61.
  • There are a lot of small cattle farms with 61% of the farms having less than 47 cows.
  • Canada produced 3.4 billion pounds of beef in 2009.
  • Canadians eat 46 pounds (20.9 kg) of beef per person annually.
  • Canada is the 6th largest beef exporting country in the world.
  • Beef production contributed $23 billion to Canada’s economy in 2009.

Canadian Beef Inc. supports Canada’s 83,000 hard working beef farming families from coast to coast.  They are  an awesome organization!

This week, I will get to meet some of their team at the ShesConnected conference, and I am so excited! Along with being great sponsors of the conference they have done some great blogger outreach programs with ShesConnected.

Now, I love my beef and the fact that it is Canadian is even better, because when I buy Canadian beef, I know am helping to support some of those 83000 beef farmers we have here in Canada.  The best part of eating Canadian Beef?  Beef is all natural, so I can have it any time on my gluten free diet.  I love that – just natural!

Canadian beef is also nutrient rich; every bite of lean Canadian beef is packed with 14 essential nutrients. There are 34.6 g of protein in 100 grams of cooked, lean only Canadian beef. It is also naturally rich in iron that is easily absorbed by your body. Iron, is an essential mineral found in every cell in your body that helps builds red blood cells and keeps your cells working. So I know I am giving my family great nutrition when I serve beef.

Their website www.beefinfo.org  has hundreds of recipes, video cooking lessons, step-by-step cooking instructions, nutrition & health tips along with tons of nutritional information .  There is so much information available; they also have a monthly newsletter, Make it Beef Club. Definitely worth signing up for!

They also have a great blog, full of great information and they answer a lot of reader questions, such a great resource! So much great information and great recipes!

This is one I will have to try next time we have company over :

Lime-Chipotle Rotisserie Roast

Canadian Beef

Taken from the Canadian Beef Website

 

So if you are at the ShesConnected  Conference on October 19 and 20th,  please stop by and say hello to the lovely ladies from Canadian Beef and show them some love! 😉

See you at the conference!

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Favourite Halloween costume- it is that time of year!

Fun, Uncategorized - rossana - October 4, 2012

Halloween is coming up just around the corner. Do your kids have a favourite Halloween costume planned?  My daughter would start to think about her costume literally the week after Halloween – I loved her enthusiasm!

She came up with some pretty cool ideas and she would get them all together herself.  She must have caught that from my husband – he loved dressing up for Halloween – had elaborate costumes that he made himself – we finally got rid of some of them on our move back from Vancouver, but I am sure he is wishing we had kept them.  I remember one year, he decided he was going to be a Christmas tree – he looked great, awesome tree – only problem was that back then we didn’t have battery powered lights, so he had to stay close to a plug so his lights would work!

Here is one of the costumes we did manage to keep.

Favourite Halloween Costume

 

Do you have a favorite costume that you made up from your past or your child’s?

If you happen to have captured some awesome Halloween costumes and moments,  Nestle Canada  is sponsoring a great contest -> https://apps.facebook.com/myfavouritehalloween/  .  Enter to win grand prize of  $2000 of Chocolates for you and your street!  There will also be 5 weekly prizes drawn.

Make sure to like their page and just upload at least one (1) photograph of yourself, somebody or someone you know wearing a Halloween costume. You can enter as many times as you would like; you have until Oct 8th, then finalists will be  chosen by the judging panel.  They  will judge the entries based on a combination of the following judging criteria; the best that  demonstrate costume creativity, humour, scariness and originality. You will then be able to vote for your favourite FINALIST by October 22nd, the winner will be announced October 24th.  Unfortunately, this contest is only open to Canadians, except those in Quebec. Read rules and regulations.

Good luck !

 

 

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ShesConnected Conference, are you going? I am! #SCCTO

Conference, Uncategorized - rossana - September 20, 2012

It is that time of the year again,  kids are back at school, weather is cooling down, leaves are falling and SCCTO is almost here! So many of us look forward to this time of year – I  have to admit I can’t wait for the kids to get back to school – my mantra is the Staples theme song ‘It’s  the most wonderful time of the year’ ! But one of the other favorite things happening at this time is the ShesConnected Conference in Toronto.  This year it is being held Oct 19-20 at the Toronto Convention Center.  It is going to be an action packed 2 days filled with all kinds of great information and fun!

There are so many tracks for you to choose from, the  ShesConnected Conference agenda is  amazing! I am having a hard time deciding, they all look so good!  No matter what level of blogging you are at , there is something for everyone. There are also some amazing sponsors to talk to and get to know.  Make sure that you are prepared when talking to them and have a press kit  ready to hand to them.

Here is a link  provided by one  of the ShesConnected Conference ambassadors [Julia from Nugglemama] on building a media kit.

ShesConnected also  holds weekly chats  [#sheschat] on Twitter to help answers some questions you may have about attending conferences and  to get you prepared.  Make sure to join in on Mondays at 1pm and again at 9 pm if you missed the earlier time . It is a great time to “meet’ some of the #SCCTO Attendees before the conference and gather great info.

See you at #Sheschat on Monday! 😉

 

 

 

ShesConnected Conference, are you going? I am! #SCCTO

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