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Batch Baking – Why and How You Should Do It!

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If you are like me, you don’t always get around to baking or cooking from scratch.  There is always something going on, and getting out all the ingredients and dishes takes so much time.  Then there’s the clean-up afterwards – nobody likes that part. So instead of cooking or baking, we buy pre-packaged, processed foods that are more expensive and ... Read More »

Dairy Free Cream Puffs #GayLeaMom

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I’ve done a lot of baking over the years, but I’ve always been intimidated by fancy pastries. I can manage cookies, cakes and pies, but anything beyond that is beyond me! But after an adventure making campfire eclairs with my sister, using just a few ingredients, we thought we should adapt that to an oven recipe. We also decided to ... Read More »

Easy Chocolate Strawberry Hearts

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and I’ve been trying to figure out what I should make for dinner & dessert – now that we’ve got two kids and less money, we’ll probably be staying at home for dinner. I admit – this is one of those Pinterest projects that I saw when I first got onto Pinterest and thought, “Wow! That ... Read More »

Easy and HEALTHY Valentine’s Treats

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Just a quick post from me today. I was reading the class updates from my youngest boys, and the teacher wants to celebrate Valentine’s day this Wednesday! So that means getting all the card written out, and snacks planned ahead. I was trying to think of fun, healthy Valentine’s treats to send along, but I ran out of inspiration. I ... Read More »

Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe: Just Chocolate + Milk

2 Ingredient Hot Chocolate Recipe

My kids love hot chocolate. Like, a LOT. It probably has something to do with the fact that we have 2 things in the house that they get in their cups: 1) Water 2) Milk.  Juice is for Grandma’s house or picnics. Pop (soda) is…pretty much only present once a year at the extended family Christmas celebration.  So when I tell ... Read More »

Mini Spaghetti Pies #GayLeaMom


With the pace of our lives these days, we are all about quick! We love casseroles and crockpot dishes – pretty much anything you can throw together in one pot, bake, and enjoy! And fortunately for me, the kids prefer those kinds of meals to the traditional meat, potatoes and veggies meal.  So when I heard of the idea of ... Read More »

Gluten Free Crepes that Look, Act, and Taste like the Real Deal!

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I’ve been going through wheat-free breakfast recipes lately to try to figure out other options for my favourite meal of the day – options that don’t make me regret what I ate when I step on the scale later that day. One of my favourite breakfast dishes is pancakes, and one of my favourite pancakes is a crepe. Naturally, I ... Read More »

Green Pineapple Smoothie with Cashews (Why are Cashews Good for You?)

Green Pineapple Cashew Smoothie - Easy Healthy Breakfast Idea

I know. Cashews in smoothies? WEIRD. Except, not weird! When you’ve got a power blender, the cashews get blended right in with everything and there’s no grains left at ALL! Besides adding just a hint of a pleasant nuttiness, cashews are really good for you and make a healthy breakfast even better for your heart and bones! WHY are cashews good for you? By ... Read More »

Sour Cream Apple Crisp Bars & KitchenAid Giveaway #GayLeaMom

Sour Cream Apple Crisp Bars

Our family has always loved apple crisp. And my 7-year old often tells me that the one thing that would make it better would be vanilla ice cream on top! Well, isn’t everything better with ice cream on top?!! We don’t often have ice cream in the house, so I thought I’d experiment with a way of getting that vanilla-y, ... Read More »