Quick & Easy

Cheesy Poutine Bites #GayLeaMom

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As a Canadian, I grew up knowing that one of the best toppings for French Fries was cheese and gravy – that’s right, Poutine! While we didn’t have it often, it was such a treat any time I did eat it.  Those who are not familiar with poutine are missing out: warm, cheesy, melt-y, messy, and delicious!  There are all ... Read More »

Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

Looking for a light, spring-like treat to accompany this beautiful weather? These lemon squares are perfect for afternoon tea, a baby shower, or just a special treat.  They’re easy to make, too, which is great for baking with kids over Spring Break! The recipe doubles well, but make sure to bake it in separate pan, so it will bake evenly. ... Read More »

What to do with Leftover Birthday Cake

What to do with leftover birthday cake

I can’t say that I’ve ever had this problem before, but H-man’s birthday cake was so big that it’s taken us a week to demolish 3/4 of it – and by this point, it’s not as moist and delicious as it once was. The pirate ship design of the cake called for two 8 1/2 x 11 sheet cakes, so even ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Mini Spaghetti Pies #GayLeaMom

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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 »

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 »