Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

#MeatlessMonday {GF} Falafel Casserole


I knew as soon as I got up yesterday morning what I wanted to make for #MeatlessMonday’s dinner: a falafel casserole.  Falafels are easiest eaten in a pita wrap, but A) we didn’t have pitas and B) I’m still trying my best to make suppers that don’t depend on simple carbs for their form or structure. Now, the problem was ... Read More »

Amazingly Simple Microwave Peanut Brittle


I know I posted this recipe two years ago, but it’s so great that I wanted to share it again!  When I think of peanut brittle, I usually think of boiling and sugar and candy thermometers…too much work. This recipe is done in less than 10 minutes in the microwave – SO easy!  And it tastes really good! Ingredients:1c. white ... Read More »

Bloggiversary #Giveaway: Win a $75 Prepaid VISA Gift Card!


Happy birthday to us happy birthday to us! Happy birthday, YouPinspireMe,  Happy birthday to us!  Hip Hip, Horray! Hip Hip, Horray! Hip Hip, Horray! Is it lame to sing Happy Birthday to yourself? Perhaps. But you know what makes it not lame? Celebrating by giving away a $75 Prepaid VISA Gift Card! That’s right – we’re doing the truly Dutch ... Read More »

Snowman Crafts


For some reason, our kids LOVE snowmen.  Drawing, building, reading about…they just love them!  So I thought I’d do a quick roundup of some of our favourite Snowmen crafts on Pinterest.  We’ll be busy building snowmen long before the snow is on the ground!! Snowman Puppets from The Chirping Moms – these are just adorable, and would be a lot ... Read More »

Ritz Cracker Dessert Squares


So who’s pumped about Christmas and the upcoming festivities? Right about now is a great time to get started on your Christmas baking, before all of the parties and kids concerts and recitals and family gatherings start. These squares are ALMOST no-bake – 10 minutes, and then another 2 to melt the chocolate. They’re fast, they’re easy, and they have 3 ... Read More »

MORE Christmas Sweets and Treats


As we’re heading into the Christmas season, there are certain things I love to bake.  Here are a few of our favourite from this past year.   Cinnamon Roll Bread Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts Cute little Snowman Cake – so simple! This fun Sugar Cone Christmas Tree Fudgy Brownies (No flour, no added sugar) Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Squares (Gluten-Free) ... Read More »

Chili on a Cornbread Waffle


 Does this not look absolutely amazing?  Chili, cheese, cornbread.  The ultimate fall comfort foods, served together like this?!! And it really was amazing, believe me.  Everyone in the family loved it, and we’re making it again tonight.  SO good!   This recipe can be as simple or complicated as you’d like it.  The original post from Bless This Mess  used ... Read More »

10 Simple DIY Christmas Trees


I love small decorative Christmas trees. I think I was first inspired by my sister-in-law, who had a gorgeous collection of unique and creative trees.  I started to collect a few here and there, mostly on clearance.  I’ll share a picture once I’ve got my decorations out – I’m pretty pleased with my collection. I love the idea of making ... Read More »

Travel Tip: Ziplock Bags + Tablets = Happy {Quiet} Kids!


We don’t have a DVD player in our van, and watching video is a last resort for us to quiet our kids.  However, since one Grandma is 2.5 hours east, and the other Oma is 2 hours west, and our kids never sleep in the van, videos provide a respite for all of us from time to time. Actually, we purchased ... Read More »