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

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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 »

Italian Roasted Eggplant Salad – Summer Supper Salads

Show of hands: Who LOVES slaving over the hot stove to make dinner on a hot summer day? Alright, if you put your hand up, I know you’re a lying liar what lies at midnight.  The answer is: no one. No one likes making dinner on hot sticky summer days. Unfortunately, we all still have to eat, even if we don’t really feel like ... Read More »

Dairy-Free Homemade Ice Cream Sundaes #GayLeaMom

Dairy free Ice Cream Sundaes

One of the best parts of summer is the sweet treats – popsicles, freezies, and of course, ice cream! But those delicious treats are often unhealthy, and shouldn’t be eaten on a regular basis.  That’s why my family loves our dairy-free, homemade, healthy “ice cream.” One simple ingredient – frozen bananas!! Because it is so simple and healthy, you can feel free ... Read More »