Brown Sugar Coated Pecans


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...]

Mango, Strawberry and Spinach Smoothie with Hemp Hearts


Oh what a fun day today was. It was one of those days that things start going wrong early in the morning and carry out throughout the day. It started out this morning when I was walking towards the building that I work at and my card that I use to scan in to open doors broke, so it would not scan again. Not a big deal, luckily there were a couple people behind me whom I knew so they let me in. Next I go get some coffee, and we have these huge coffee machines where you can get all sort of gourmet … [Read more...]

Homemade Nutella Frappuccino


Nutella and I have a very close relationship. We've been together for a very long time, don't want to say exactly how many years because then you'll know my age, but let's just say since I was a kid. My husband also has a very tight relationship with Nutella. As a matter of fact, he thinks Nutella is medicine. He has a teaspoon of Nutella after every meal. You know the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away, well in our household it's a teaspoon of Nutella a day keeps the doctor … [Read more...]

Day 5: Pretzel Turtles


Welcome to Day 5 of 12 days of Christmas! First of all I don't usually make pretzel treats, but when I saw these I knew these were for my husband as his favorite chocolate are turtles. I knew this was meant to be. I know it's not really a cookie for my 12 days of cookies but it's close enough, it's a sweet treat, therefore it qualifies. Recently I've come to a conclusion. I love dark chocolate more than milk chocolate which is not a bad thing because dark chocolate is healthier for … [Read more...]

Miracle Child


There is a story that I'd like to share with you, a story I've been thinking about writing for over 3 years now. It's not a story about anything food related, it is merely a story about a child who overcame the greatest odds and survived. This child I'm speaking of is my little nephew, Nicholas. Nicholas was born Aug 31, 2010. He was 2 1/2 months premature and weighed just a little over 3 lbs when he was born. I'm not sure if you've ever seen a baby that small but when I first saw him I burst … [Read more...]

Jo Cooks: 40 Thanksgiving Recipes

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Well, it's that time of year again. At least here in Canada it is. Thanksgiving time. And as usual you wonder what to cook for this turkey dinner. For me this is a very busy time of year, I start cooking a day or two before the actual dinner. But I love it, because you know me, I love to cook and bake. I love to be in my kitchen, with the TV on, bread or pies baking in the oven, drinking my coffee and cooking away. So if you've run out of ideas, here's a few recipes that might help you out. … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Dip

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It's funny how small the world is sometimes. Remember my friend that gave me the sex in a pan recipe? I had actually lost touch with her for the past 5 years, pretty much since we moved to Calgary. I can't remember how or why it happened, the only reason I can think of now is that life happened. Since then I started this blog and what I learned the most during this process, is how small the world really is. Through this blog I have met people from  all over the world, through this blog I have … [Read more...]

Homemade Bounty Bars

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So these may not be the best looking bounty bars ever, but they taste just like the real thing! Trust me when I say that it doesn't matter what they look like. But first of all, if you've never had a bounty bar before, they are amazing, especially if you like coconut. I'm not sure if they sell these in the US, actually I think they're similar to Mounds in the US. Bounty bars are one of my husband's favorite chocolates, so I wanted to surprise him with these. They are so easy to make, it … [Read more...]

Saving and Printing Recipes on Jo Cooks with ZipList

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I'm really excited to share with you new features on Jo Cooks. Many times over the years, people have asked me how they could save their favorite recipes recipes from Jo Cooks to a personal recipe box. Now it's possible! Not only can you save and view your favorite recipes now, you can also create shopping lists, plan your meals and check for grocery deals in your area. This is all possible because of a partnership with a company called ZipList. You can now save your recipes by clicking on the … [Read more...]

Raspberry Fizz

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I don't know about where you live, but it's been hot here in Calgary this weekend and I have just the perfect non alcoholic, refreshing drink for that. This Raspberry fizz sure does the trick. It's sweet, it's tart from the grapefruit juice, it's fizzy, it's perfect. This recipe calls for Raspberry Syrup which you will be able to find in the coffee section of your grocery store. Now I only mention 8 oz of raspberry syrup for 4 servings but it totally depends on you and how sweet your like … [Read more...]

Redenbacher’s Ribbon O’ Fudge Bars

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Just like sex in a pan here's another retro recipe, this one from 1993 for Redenbacher's Ribbon O' Fudge Bars. I love these old forgotten recipes, though if you ask me 1993 doesn't seem like that long ago but it was 20 years ago. That just makes me feel old! Seriously, let's think about this recipe for a minute. We have 5 fantastic ingredients; popcorn, fudge, butter, mini marshmallows and butterscotch chips. I don't know about you but to me that spells sweet, sticky deliciousness. You can't … [Read more...]

2 Minute Microwavable Fudge with Pecans and Fleur de Sel

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Oh Fudge! Let's get right down to talking about fudge. I know you all love fudge and while these may not be the prettiest fudge pictures you've ever seen, I guarantee you this fudge is the easiest to make and most delicious fudge you'll ever eat. 2 minutes in the microwave! That's all it takes. You cannot screw this up. The ingredients are super simple, powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, a bit of milk and vanilla extract and voila! I even made this in my messy kitchen, which is still full of … [Read more...]