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Groceries to Stock Up on During Holiday Sales

Groceries to stock up on during holiday sales

We are entering my favourite time of the year – Thanksgiving, then my birthday, Halloween, and then Christmas!  Lots of fun family time, and lots of GREAT food!! There are a few grocery items that are often really cheap during the week or two heading up to these holidays. These items are great to use for any meal, not just ... Read More »

Christmas Dessert Recipe: Broken Window Glass Cake

Christmas Dessert Recipes: Broken Window Glass Cake

I know, I know – Christmas already?! Two things: 1) this dessert has been sitting in my Drafts folder since last January and I want to make sure that I don’t forget about this season! and 2) Christmas isn’t as far away as you might think!  As with many of my favourite recipes that I post here, this Christmas dessert recipe ... Read More »

Meal Plan Menu Monday: Week 1 (October 5-11)

Featured Meal-Plan-Menu-1

Why wait until January to make a new resolution? My most recent resolution is to get back into meal planning – both for budgeting and for time management.  I’ve always liked the idea of meal planning, and I absolutely love having a Meal Plan Menu to work from, but, without fail, I run out of meal ideas for my meal ... Read More »

10 Minute Cheddar Cheese Sauce #GayLeaMom

10 Minute Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Now that school has started, life has gotten a lot busier and more scheduled. Not only is there school and homework, but there are birthday parties, sports, piano lessons, and evening kids’ clubs. So with this busyness in life, I love simple but delicious meal ideas. This 10 Minute Cheddar Cheese sauce is so quick to make, and is so ... Read More »

Ground Beef Hack – Simplifying Dinner Prep

Ground beef dinner hack

I love making life easier. Any sort of tip or trick to make meal prep faster and easier is great to learn. And while I love cooking meals and casseroles with ground beef, it takes a certain amount of forethought. Get the meat out the night before. Thaw it in the fridge. Put it in the frying pan and start ... Read More »

No-Bake Chocolate Cookies – #GayLeaMom

These not-bake chocolate cookies are perfect for an after-school snack! #GayLeaMom

Even though summer is almost over, we are heading into another week of hot, sticky weather. We haven’t had too much of it this summer, so I am not complaining (especially since it will be cold enough very soon). But the hot weather is not great for baking. I love finding “no-bake” options for snacks and treats. The recipe for these ... Read More »

Summer Supper Salads: Trudy’s Apple Beet Salad {aka Pink Salad}

Trudy's Apple Beet Salad, AKA Pink Salad: Summer Suppers

The first time I ever encountered beets was on one of my first visits to my now-mother-in-law’s house. She was preparing dinner, and one of the dishes that she and Brian made together was what they called “Pink Salad.”  I was hesitant, to say the least, about eating this pastel-coloured salad that combined cooked beets, hard-boiled eggs, and apples.   ... Read More »

Taco Salad & Giveaway #GayLeaMom

Taco salad - perfect for picnics

We love summer here at our house. We change gears from the fast-paced school days to some laid-back summer fun days! One of our favourite day trips is to head out to the beach. We pack a lot of snacks and spend most of the day there. Everyone has a great time and comes home exhausted! With these laid-back days, ... Read More »