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Genoa Salami Salad with Spicy Hummus Dressing


Okay seriously this is my favourite salad to make, definitely in my top five recipes. I find that I only like salads if they eat more like a meal and less like rabbit food so I like to pack my salads with all sorts of goodies. The dressing for this salad is amazing! In all honesty I could eat it by the spoonful…. which sometimes I do because come on…. it’s just mostly yogurt and chick peas. Most dressings are what turn a salad from fresh to fattening so when I tried this dressing I was stoked. Not only is it guilt-free so I can literally drown my salad in it, but it’s creamy and full of flavor. It is my go-to salad in the summer when I’m craving something tangy and spicy! I also love the addition of a good quality cured meat when I get sick of chicken as the main meat source in my summer dishes. I like this salad even spicier so I usually grab a spicy genoa salami at my local Italian market too. Enjoy!

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Quick and Easy Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls


I occasionally have days when I’m feeling quite domesticated and the idea of hand making perogies or cabbage rolls crosses my mind. Then I remember that fact that I don’t have six hours of extra time just kicking around and I’m not a Polish Iron Chef, so I browse for the next recipe. But once I realized that if I simply deconstructed (aka…. lazy man cooking) the cabbage rolls, I could make them in a fraction of the time, without skimping on any of the flavor. So here you are…. quick any easy unstuffed cabbage rolls. I served mine over rice but you can easily mix it right in with the recipe. Enjoy! Continue reading

Let Them Play


I have spent many years around young children and if there is one thing I have learned about boys…. they will be boys. Full of life, full of adventure, but more than anything, full of energy. As an almost full time stay at home mom I have gladly taken on the responsibility of keeping my house tidy, paying the bills and making sure everything runs smoothly at home, but there is one thing I have always made plenty of time for. Giving my son Continue reading

Malaysian Sweet Potatoe Stew

IMG_0796  Maybe your New Years Resolutions have faded a little, or maybe you just need a little more motivation to keep going. Either way, if you are searching for some more exciting healthy recipes, this is the perfect fit. With fresh ingredients and no shortage of flavor, this stew is sure to leave you Continue reading

DIY Mercury Glass Mason Jars


Mercury glass home decor seems to be lining the shelves and popping up in interior design everywhere this year. Although mercury glass has been around forever, it seems like it’s really making it’s comeback. This classic metallic finish adds the perfect mix of modern, rustic, feminine, and masculine to any room. But a hefty price tag usually seems to be attached to these mercury glass items in designer stores. Problem solved!! You think I want to pay that price for something I can make myself…. I think not. So with a simple can of Looking Glass spray paint you can transform any regular glass item into a brand new piece… and for a fraction of the price! Continue reading

DIY Rock Magnets


These little rock magnets are the perfect little stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the holidays. They take less than 5 minutes to make, are super inexpensive and look cute decorating any fridge. I just bought a simple bag of polished decor rocks from the dollar store for $2, a set of small magnets for $2 and I already had the glue so I was able to make two dozen of them for less than $5! This diy craft is the perfect Continue reading

Sirloin Strip Sandwich


If you’re looking for a mouthwatering sandwich worthy of it’s place on a pub menu, look no further. This is my favorite steak sandwich recipe and considering that I am not much of a big meat eater, that says a lot in itself. This recipe is quick and easy but the end result is nothing short of delicious. Although the ingredients don’t sell themselves to be that exciting, whose to say that complicated equals great. Peanut butter and jam sandwiches never needed any fancy ingredients to be amazing? So if you are craving a hearty sandwich but don’t feel like adding inches to your waist line by induldging in a greasy fast food sandwich drowning in processed condiments then this is a must try on the menu this weekend! Enjoy!

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Almond Joy Energy Bites


Lately I’ve had a big sweet tooth by the time the afternoon rolls around. Maybe it’s the lack of sleep that leaves me needing an afternoon jolt of energy, or the fact that I’m chasing around my busy little boy, but either way this recipe is the solution. So instead of reaching for coffee, chocolate or processed sugar to fuel your body when your energy is low, Continue reading

DIY Whitewashed Fireplace

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Our fireplace has always been an eyesore for me. Although it was built very well in it’s day, no matter how much I scrubbed it, it still looked dingy and outdated. Time and time again, I tossed up the idea of completely painting over it white, but I didn’t feel as though it was the right structure and design to look polished in a solid color. So I just left it. Then a few weeks ago after taking pictures of a piece of furniture I had whitewashed, the idea struck. I could definitely whitewash my fireplace, or at least die trying. I did a test strip underneath the hearth which quickly turned into a two hour project. I used a white stain that was left over from painting our fences but any white paint would work, as long as you dilute it with a little water.  Make sure to clean the fireplace before hand with soapy water and a scrub brush and let dry overnight.

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Banana Coconut Greek Yogurt Muffins

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With the cooler mornings creeping in and the smell of autumn rolling through the valley, my kitchen is starting to look more enticing than the sandy beaches. Baking time! This is by far my favorite banana muffin recipe!! Unlike most muffins, this recipe contains no oil, butter or flour! Regular sugar is also not found in this recipe as coconut sugar takes its place. Coconut sugar is a much healthier option as it contains Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants. Not to mention that it has a lower glycemic index compared to table sugar. The greek yogurt also makes these tasty treats moist and tangy while adding extra protein. So who would say no to these muffins?! No guilt, no problem. But you’d never be able to tell that these are good for you judging by how delicious they are. Need I say more?! Continue reading