Hot Crossed Buns

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Traditional Hot Crossed Buns with a cream cheese icing, brushed with a sweet syrup and filled with juicy raisins. Perfect for your Easter brunch. I almost forgot all about Easter! Me who loves all holidays and plans for them way in advance, create my menu and get all excited way before the holiday! How is this possible? Well I've been super busy at work and honestly Easter was the last thing on my mind. And to top it off I have a sore throat. But I'm here to make it up to you all and … [Read more...]

Easy Beef Lasagna

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Oh hi there! I so glad you came to join me in my culinary adventures because I have a super easy recipe to share with you. If you're like me, you're probably scared to make lasagna because of all the work it takes, boil the noodles, make the sauce, assemble the lasagna and bake it. This recipe is a lot simpler and it makes for a fabulous weeknight dinner. So let me start by saying that I'm not a lasagna virgin. I've been making lasagna for a long time now and every single time, although I love … [Read more...]

Baked Breaded Cauliflower Florets

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Crispy cauliflower pieces breaded with Panko breadcrumbs and baked to perfection. Not only are these delicious but they are super healthy and good for you. It's the weekend, so it's time to relax and be silly again. I live for weekends, to have time off, relax and be with my family. And it continues to be gorgeous outside which I am just over the moon with happiness because this means this weekend we are going to go for a drive in the mountains and hopefully get some beautiful pictures. … [Read more...]

Pancetta and Gruyere Breakfast Pizza

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As I sit here to write this post and look at these pizza pictures I remember the first time I ever had pizza. I was about 11 or 12 years old at a restaurant in Timisoara with my family. This was when Romania used to be communist and foods like this were not common. Eating at restaurants was not a common thing for us. Back then we had rations on oil and sugar, so it was not often my mom would indulge in baking. Baking was for special occasions like the holidays. But that day was a summer day and … [Read more...]

Spicy New Orleans Shrimp

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I am not a winter person, yet here I find myself in Calgary where it's winter 10 months out of the year. Granted the 2 months out of the year that we do have a summer, has got to be the best weather in the whole wide world. While it's true that I don't enjoy sweating in extreme hot weather as the hot and humid weather we used to have when we lived in Southern Ontario, the summers here are perfect. As I long for one of those perfect summer weekends to have a family barbecue where you could grill … [Read more...]

Finnish Cardamom Rolls

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A few years ago when I visited my mother in law in Romania, she taught me along with my sister in law how to make our popular walnut bread. I had written the recipe in my little notebook I had taken with me to write all my mother in law's recipes and have treasured it since, as well as have shared it with you all. Ever since then I have conquered one of what has to be a miracle in the culinary world. I have learned to make that walnut bread myself. I have been scared of making it all my life. … [Read more...]

Corn and Chive Pancakes with Bacon and Eggs

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I have the perfect weekend breakfast for you. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love these pancakes. They're savory pancakes packed with corn and chives and so freaking delicious. This right here is the breakfast of champions. Now I don't know about you, but I'm a breakfast kind of person. I could eat breakfast food all day long. As a matter of fact there have been quite a few times that we've had eggs for dinner and let me tell you they are great. This breakfast right here though is … [Read more...]

No Bake Banana Pudding Dessert

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I have to tell you I have been exhausted lately.  I've been working on this project at work for the past year and a half and it's finally coming to fruition in the next couple months, and I couldn't be any happier. I just want it over and done with. I want to do something else. Thank God I have this blog because I feel that this blog is what keeps me sane. And the husband of course. It's not that my job is physical, quite the contrary, I work in IT so I have an office job. I am mentally … [Read more...]

Crockpot Thai Chicken Thighs

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There I was this morning in my kitchen staring at these chicken thighs and wondering what I'm going to cook. Yes sometimes even I run out of ideas. As I kept staring at those thighs I got a brilliant idea. The crockpot would be my tool of choice. Now I just needed a sauce to go with the chicken. I open the fridge and stare at it. The jar of peanut butter was right there staring me back in the face. Last night the hand model made me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and when he put it back he … [Read more...]

Brown Sugar Coated Pecans

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We went to Costco today. Every single time I go there I feel like a kid in a candy store, I want everything. But in smaller sizes. Everything is so big, huge bags, huge boxes, but everything looks so good. I have to practice a lot of self control because there's only 2 of us. But one thing I love to buy at Costco is their pecans. I love pecans. Pecans are good for you, full of health benefits. They're rich source of energy and full of antioxidants and vitamins. But most of all they are pretty … [Read more...]

Sweet and Sour Chicken

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I'm sure somewhere in the world it's warm and sunny and people are wearing their shorts  or short  skirts and flip flops. I envy those people! I wonder does anyone envy me? The snow mountains in front of the house getting bigger instead of melting, snowing every day, wearing my thick winter jacket, snow boots and all? Anyone? There must be some snow bunnies out there. If you do envy my cold snowy weather can we switch? Now I have to tell you about one of my all time favorite foods. Chicken of … [Read more...]

Twice Baked Potato Slices

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There's something totally delicious about these potatoes. It's called BACON. We know bacon makes everything better, and it totally does in this recipe. Not that these potatoes wouldn't be delicious on their own, aka no bacon, but bacon brings a whole new flavor dimension. To anything. Bacon is where it's at. Just remember that I am a bacon enthusiast, so bacon really does rock my world. And my dog's. Totally rocks my dog's world. So just embrace bacon. But these potato slices, my friends, are … [Read more...]