A Beginner's Guide to Making Homemade Preserves

A Beginner's Guide to Making Homemade Preserves

A Beginners Guide to Making Homemade Preserves! Summer is in full swing, which means that finally there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the local farmer’s markets! And there’s no better way to get a taste of summer in the middle of winter than to preserve your own produce. Wondering how to make a real fruit, no cook or some simple preserves for beginners? Jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys .. what's the difference? And what's involved for the new cook? Come find out more, plus three of our favourite recipes, and a handful of awesome Preserving Resources! 

Tips for Cooking With Your Toddler, Plus 10 Easy Recipes!

Tips for Cooking With Your Toddler, Plus 10 Easy Recipes!

Kids of all ages love being involved in the kitchen! That includes toddlers, and the key is to find way to nurture their curiosity in the kitchen, develop their fine motor skills, and keep them safe while cooking.  Even better? You don't need special kids' kitchen supplies - just your regular cooking tools! Unlike school-aged kids, toddlers have a few more safety measures that parents and caregivers need to keep in mind when including them in the kitchen. This post includes tips for cooking with toddlers, followed by ten of our family's favourite healthy cooking for children recipes that are practice different fine motor skills and provide a variety of sensory experiences for little chefs. 

Grilled Potato Niçoise-Style Salad

Grilled Potato Niçoise-Style Salad

This Grilled Potato Niçoise-Style Salad is an easy recipe and healthy summer meal that is a perfect outdoor BBQ dinner idea for busy families! Warmer summer nights has our family cooking dinner recipes outside! This is a quick & easy dinner that allows the potatoes to cook in under 8 minutes by slicing them thinly. The Carisma potatoes by EarthFresh really shine in taste and texture for this grilled salad family meal. 

Family-Style Ploughman's Lunch

Family-Style Ploughman's Lunch

Are you thinking about trying to make that perfect meat and cheese platter for Father's Day or Dad's birthday? Maybe you're just searching for another easy summer meal, or family-friendly recipe that the whole family will enjoy and have fun with. A Family-Style Ploughman's Lunch, which is essentially a combined cheese board and charcuterie platter, is a easy and impressive looking meal that is delicious and will engage the whole family. Loaded with fruits, vegetables as well as whole grain crackers, breads and cheeses, there's something everyone will enjoy during this mealtime.

10 Tips for Shopping Farmer’s Markets Like a Meal Planning Pro!

10 Tips for Shopping Farmer’s Markets Like a Meal Planning Pro!

10 Tips for Shopping a Farmer's Market Like a Meal Planning Pro. The first full week of June each year is Local Food Week in Ontario, Canada. And personally, I like to make a pretty big deal about Local Food Week, in part because I grew up on a farm. As a family, we’ve been needing an activity that gets us outside and enjoying the fresh air. We love celebrating Local Food Week by visiting a farmers market stand or two, and building all of the fresh ingredients into our weekly food and meal plan. These 10 tips will help you determine how to build a flexible grocery list that uses seasonal ingredients, and allows you to shop for your groceries at the farmer's market without feeling over-purchasing or feeling overwhelmed. 

Cheddar Chive Whole Wheat Scones

Cheddar Chive Whole Wheat Scones

Cheddar Chive Whole Wheat Scones Recipe. This is one of the best whole wheat bread options I've experimented with in recent months that satisfies my family's request for a bread option alongside of their meals. It also helps round out menus on cool spring days where a soup is on the menu, or when we're having a salad meal. This quick recipe for scones draws on the spring flavour pairing of cheddar and chives together in this amazing whole wheat quick bread recipe. 

FREE Sizzling Summer e-Cookbook!

FREE Sizzling Summer e-Cookbook!

This Sizzling Summer e-Cookbook has great family-friendly recipes, including two of my favourite recipes from The Messy Little Kitchen, Easy Creamy Coleslaw and Beef Kofta Burgers. But I’ve also added in three additional recipes from my kitchen that have not been published on my blog, including Easy Moroccan Summer Salad, Mediterranean Grilled Chicken, and Summer Garden Pesto (with recipe suggestions to use that delicious pesto!). In this e-Cookbook you can also get recipes for Grapefruit Tequila Spritzers, Grilled Potato and Green Bean Salad, Summertime Kale Salad, Mango Sorbet, and some of the best burger recipes I’ve ever seen! Become a subscriber today and get your free e-Cookbook!

Grandma's Fruit Dump Cake

Grandma's Fruit Dump Cake

Grandma's Fruit Dump Cake. Don't let the name "dump cake" scare you off from trying this fast, easy, panty and meal-planning friendly cake! This delicious and easy dessert using seasonal fruit has been passed down now in my family for over 100 years must be one of the original dump cake recipes that are out there. Every time I have extra fruit that needs used up, I think about this quick and easy dump cake, which is very much like a cobbler mix, except with the topping being more of a decadent cake mixed with a delicious fruit layer on the bottom.

 

10 Meal Planning Tips to Save You Money

10 Meal Planning Tips to Save You Money

10 Meal Planning Tips to Save You Money. Are you looking for tips on how to start meal planning and manage a grocery list that will save your family money? This post has ten great tips that address how you stock your pantry, plan your meals and approach grocery shopping that will keep your family's food budget in check and save you money each week.

One Week Meal Plan of Easy Family Dinners (with a free Grocery List)

One Week Meal Plan of Easy Family Dinners (with a free Grocery List)

One Week Meal Plan of Easy Family Dinners (with Grocery List). Looking for a one week family-friendly meal plan, including recipes and a grocery list? Look no further! This post shared six delicious & easy meals for busy families, with varying cooking approaches that adapt t your schedule on weeknights. Included are recipes for 30 minute meals, slow cookers, and even an awesome sheet pan dinner. A complete grocery list is also included for all six meals that you can save for later to make your shopping a breeze.