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Thank you for visiting my blog...and for allowing me to share with you my addiction. I love to collect recipes. I love to read cookbooks. I have been collecting recipes for as long as I can remember, and on any given day there are one or two (or more!) cookbooks residing on my nightstand!

This blog is chronicling my adventure as I fulfill my resolution of trying (at least) one new recipe each week. I hope that you enjoy!

I invite you to join me in my journey, simply by clicking the "Join this Site" link below. And please feel free to comment on any of the recipes, and pin away. Thanks, I look forward to sharing with you!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Meal Plan Monday

Hello friends!  How was your weekend?  Ours was great!  I think it is safe to say that spring has sprung around here - yippee!  I am anxious to get out in the garden, but I have been battling some hand issues since the start of the year that have been holing me back from some of my regular activities.  Good thing for helpers in the kitchen (even grating cheese causes me a fair bit of pain).  Slowly but surely whatever is going on with my hand is healing, but man is it frustrating!  (and YES, I have been to the Doctor and physiotherapist about it).

Enough of me griping!  LOL Here is this week's meal plan:

Sunday: BBQ Pork Chops, Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Kale Salad

Monday: BBQ Chicken, Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Caesar Salad

Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes, Kale Salad

Wednesday: Salmon, Grilled Vegetables, Kale Salad

Thursday: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo (I finally found a homemade Alfredo sauce that I like...recipe coming soon!) and Caesar Salad

Friday: Take out! (Our son's hockey playoffs are this weekend and after his 4 pm game I am volunteering at the raffle no cooking for me!) 

Saturday: Undecided!

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Meal Plan Monday

Hello friends! Happy Monday to you.  How was your weekend?  Mine was great!  It was our 9th wedding anniversary, and we were treated to a night away.  My parents looked after our kids for a night and we planned a 24 hour getaway.  It was so lovely!

Back now, and back to reality.  Here's this week's meal plan:

Monday: Leftover pizza (we had take-out last night)

Tuesday: Grilled chicken, baked broccoli and salad

Wednesday: Grilled pork chops, peas and perogies (our traditional "3P"'s a kid-pleaser!)

Thursday: Lasagne and salad (I'm making a big lasagne on Wednesday night, Thursday this week is a busy one with my hubby on the road for work and I have a PAC meeting in the early evening)

Friday: Leftover lasagne and salad (Fridays are hockey nights in our house, leftovers make for easy meal planning with the busy schedule!)

Saturday: Steak, Smashed Potatoes, Caesar Salad

What's on your menu this week?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Meal Plan Monday

Alrighty friends, I am back!

The break was much longer than anticipated, but the end of last year saw me focusing on other priorities - family members in need.  Much of the year, and especially the latter half saw heartbreak, deceit, pain, suffering, and a death.  My Grandfather passed away just before Christmas after a lengthy illness.  He is at peace now and has been reunited with my Grandmother.  And the other family member who was in need is now finally at a point where they can start rebuild their life and hopefully start to heal.

Even with all of that, I was still cooking away - my hubby, kids and I still had to eat, and I do still love trying new recipes.  Some things never change!  I am still a big planner when it comes to our meals.  So, figured I would start back into the blog with Meal Plan Monday!

Here is this week's meal plan:

Sunday - Rosemary Pepper Crusted Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Salad

Monday - Leftovers

Tuesday - Savoury Fish and Salad

Wednesday - Pork Chops, Perogies & Peas (3 "P" Night)

Thursday - Spaghetti & Salad (are you noticing a salad theme?  I m very lucky 
to have two kids who love their veggies, especially fresh in a salad!)

Friday - Chicken Courdon Swiss & Salad

Saturday - Out for dinner, it's our 9th wedding anniversary!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Happy Sunday everyone!  

I hope that all is well with you!  It's another beautiful day here, the sun is shining, it's wonderfully warm, and my oldest is gone to hockey.  Yup, hockey.  Fall is around the corner and with fall comes a world of new things, including this new product line-up from Kellogg's!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Easy Sticky Honey Sesame Drumsticks

I'm always looking for an easy dinner to make for my boys, especially now that we are into the hot days of summer (record breaking heat wave last week!).  I saw this recipe in Canadian Living, and figured I needed to give it a try.  I did modify it to suit my plans - here is the recipe:

Easy Sticky Honey Sesame Drumsticks (source: Canadian Living, August 2013)
Easy Sticky Honey Sesame Chicken | Addicted to Recipes

8-10 chicken drumsticks
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
6 cloves garlic, minced
Sesame seeds (for garnish)
Green onions, sliced (for garnish)

In a bowl, whisk together the honey, sesame oil and soy sauce,  Add in the minced garlic and whisk again.  Pour the mixture into a resealable bag, add the chicken.  Seal the bag and put into the refrigerator.  Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 2 hours.  I put ours together in the morning and let sit in the marinade all day.

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a baking dish (parchment paper or tin foil) and place the chicken in the dish.  Pour the marinade over the chicken.  Place in oven and bake for abut 25 minutes (or until the chicken juice runs clear).  When done, remove from oven, put chicken onto a serving dish, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.  Serve and enjoy!

This is an EASY recipe, perfect for hot summer days (as long as you have a/c in the house!).  The flavour is nice, and the drumsticks are a beautiful golden colour when cooked.  We enjoyed these, and will make them again!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Strawberry Lemonade

We are in the midst of a heat wave here, record setting temperatures!  Yesterday, it was 44 celsius in our back yard (that's 111 F!).  I love the heat of summer, though not the fires that come with the heat.  Here's hoping for some rain (lightening free) to help our forest fire fighters in their battles around the province.

Today's Throwback Thursday recipe is for Strawberry Lemonade.  Love making fresh lemonade for my family...check out the recipe here!

Strawberry Lemonade | Addicted to Recipes

Mom's Peanut Butter Bars

Growing up, my Mom often made us great treats for dessert.  Whether it was her chocolate chip cookies (secret family recipe!) or her cinnamon buns, we were lucky to have a Mom who liked to bake.  Another of our favourites were her Peanut Butter Bars (think Reese Peanut Butter Cups, but homemade) - she's been making these for us since we were kids.  It's easy to make, no baking required.  I used natural peanut butter and it turned out the same as using regular peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Bars (Source: My Mom's Recipe Binder)
Peanut Butter Bars | Addicted to Recipes

2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup butter, melted
1 - 1 1/4 cups peanut butter
1 3/4 cups icing sugar
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

In a large bowl, mix together the graham crumbs, melted butter, peanut butter and icing sugar.  Press firmly into a wax paper lined 8x8 or 9x13 pan (depending on how thick you like your layers - bigger pan = thinner layers).  Put into the fridge to start to set, about 10 minutes.  Remove from fridge, melt chocolate chips, pour over the peanut butter layer.  Return to the refrigerator, allow the chocolate to start to set, approximately 10-15 minutes.  Remove from the fridge again, cut into squares (must do this now, or once the chocolate is completely set it will crack when you try to cut the bars later).  Keep refrigerated.  These also freeze well.

These are a long-time favourite treat of mine!  Super easy to make.  As mentioned, I made these using natural peanut butter this time, and they turned out the same as using regular peanut butter - yay!