Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

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This crockpot chicken noodle soup is a classic and hearty soup, requiring minimal effort giving you tender chicken, loads of noodles and a delicious broth. Today we had a very quiet day at home since we celebrated Easter yesterday at my sister's house. I was not in the mood to really cook anything but with it being Easter and all I decided to make a pork roast but what I was really craving is some chicken noodle soup. Growing up, chicken noodle soup was very common to have with our Sunday … [Read more...]

Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu

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This gnocchi with mushroom ragu is a super easy dinner that's ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for any night of the week. Remember I told you I work in IT (Information Technology)? I've been a systems analyst/software developer all my life, for almost 20 years. Stop guessing my age! Would you believe it if I told you that in all that time I never used a Mac computer? Kind of hard to believe. I've always been a Windows gal. There really is something to be said about teaching old dogs new … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Crockpot Parmesan Honey Pork Roast

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I missed my crockpot! I haven't used it in a few weeks and every time I'm in the kitchen and I see it on the counter, it makes me feel guilty. How can a crockpot make me feel guilty? So I promised it that this weekend I was going to give it a good use. And I did! You may think that Parmesan and honey might be a weird combination, and it might be, but there's also soy sauce in there, basil, garlic powder and salt, so when you mix it all together, somehow it works. And when you cook the pork … [Read more...]

Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

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How are you all doing? Ready for a simple recipe that's gluten free, low carb and really easy to make? I hope you are because this recipe is a winner and a keeper. I'm really excited to tell you about this recipe. I have made cauliflower pizza crust before but at that time I felt that there were maybe just too many ingredients in the crust. I wanted a different easier version. And I was craving cheesy breadsticks so this is how I ended up making this. I don't think this recipe could get any … [Read more...]

Baked Spaghetti Casserole

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This is what I'm talking about! Loads of spaghetti smothered in ricotta cheese and sour cream, topped with meaty spaghetti sauce and baked to perfection! You were saying? Uh yes, this is the weeknight dinner you have all been waiting for! This is the dinner everyone will come to, the kids, the spouse, the neighbors, the friends. Don't worry there's enough here to go around for everyone. Here I go again making food for a dozen when there's only 2 of us. But you know what, for once this is … [Read more...]

Chicken and Veggie Pasta Casserole

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Happy Tuesday or Wednesday or whatever day it is wherever you are! It's the middle of the week  and this week has been rough! You know why? I'll tell you why, 3 words, that's why. Daylight Saving Time! Why oh why do we have to have daylight saving time? I'm OK when we gain an hour but when we lose an hour well my life turns upside down. Not to mention the poor dog. You think I have a hard time getting out of bed on the Monday after daylight saving time? I'm nothing compared to my dog. You … [Read more...]