Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

{GF} Spicy Sausage Cocktail Meatballs


I made these meatballs this weekend for a babyshower. Come to think of it, it probably wasn’t the best option to make, since the new mother as well as the host of the shower don’t eat pork and, well, these are pork meatballs, but that just meant there were more for the rest of us. There’s going to be a theme ... Read More »

Must Watch Christmas Movies


Can you name all of the movies in the collage above? If not, it’s high time that you take a look at the list below! As soon as the ‘cold’ winds start to blow in the Autumn, my head turns to the upcoming Christmas season. I can’t help it – it’s just always been in me. I love the beginning of ... Read More »

Tuna Dippers


We’ve been making these for years – they are such an easy meal (especially if you’ve forgotten to take meat out to thaw!), and it is a great way to sneak extra veggies to your kids. We often make it as part of a dipping supper (all finger foods, all dippable) – the kids love it! This is a great alternative ... Read More »

Free Movies at Cineplex!


We love taking the kids to the movie theatre, but it can cost a fortune!  Here’s some information about Community Day at Cineplex:  free movies with cheap concession prices – with proceeds going to the Canadian Olympic Foundation!  November 16.  See website for showtimes and details. Read More »

Oven-Roasted Cabbage


I’m a big fan of buying what’s in season, and when I went to the store last week, apparently cabbage was in season! I bought a HUGE head for  $.99 – it was massive! Even after removing a few of the outside leaves, I was left with a lot of cabbage.    I knew we were going to make a ... Read More »

{GF} Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats


We did some last-minute Halloween treats today – Pumpkin / Jack-o-Lantern Rice Krispies Treats!  My little man is not yet 3, but I’m doing my best to get him helping me in the kitchen with something almost every day. He doesn’t do a lot yet – dumps measuring cup-fulls of ingredients into the mixing bowls, helps me stir things together, ... Read More »

Bundt Pan “Pumpkin” Cake


I first saw this cake on a pin from A Merrier World, and have been looking for an excuse to try it out ever since!  We went to Sarnia to visit my mother in law for her birthday last weekend, and since we’re the only kids left in the province, I try to make her a cake.  Everyone likes having ... Read More »

Apple Corer Tip


I shared this briefly  in my Apple post.  It was a fun way we discovered to send apples to school or work without them turning brown.  The boys call them “magic” apples – you take off the rubber band, and they fall open.   All you do is use the slice the apple almost to the bottom, so the skin ... Read More »

Why I Love My Dehydrator


I got my dehydrator from a friend a few years ago, and I love it.  There are so many different things you can do with a dehydrator.  FruitWe love to do apples, bananas, peaches, strawberries and blueberries.  There are lots more that we haven’t tried yet.  It’s really nice when you find a whole bunch of fruit on clearance (ie. bananas) ... Read More »

Creepy Halloween Chain Craft


I learned how to make these chains years ago when I worked at the library, and we needed to decorate for Halloween.  The other kind of loop paper chains get kind of boring after a while, and these ones look really neat.  They’re pretty easy to make, and would look great in a classroom or in your windows! All you ... Read More »