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Warm Bacon and Caramelised Onion Dip

 Bacon and Caramelised Onion Dip is the ultimate appetizer! Simple to make, yet so flavourful and packed with sweet onion, smoky bacon and salty cheese. Perfect to pair with chips or veggies!   New Year's Eve is tomorrow night and with the lockdown, we don't have any plans to go out and celebrate. We will spend a quiet night at home, playing board games with the kids, maybe do a little karaoke and enjoying yummy snacks. I kind of feel like all I've been doing since Christmas Eve is eating, especially since yesterday was my birthday!  Sometimes you just need an awesome snack on a special occasion.  In the winter we are big fans of hot appetizers; dips in particular. Not only are they super easy to make, they are out of this world good. Everyone will go crazy over this one. Luxuriously creamy, with sweet caramelised onion, smoky bacon and salty cheese, this dip will be a hit every time you make it! Warm Bacon and Caramelised Onion Dip 12 oz cream cheese 1/3 up sour cream 10 s

You're the Star Blog Hop with HOME Features

This linky party is the perfect place to show off your creativity! Share your blog posts, for a chance to be featured next month!   WELCOME to the December 2020  " You're the Star " Blog Hop! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!! Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog: This Loaded Baked Potato Soup is packed full of your favourite baked potato flavours! Comforting, hearty and delicious! ________________________________________ WELCOME to  HOME feature week of the December 2020  " You're the STAR " blog hop! Meet your HOME week Hosts   This week is HOME feature week Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs: Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn Kippi @ Kippi at Home Liberty @ B4 and Afters Cindy @ Mom, the Lunch Lady This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU! There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-f

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

 Find all the flavours of a loaded baked potato, in this deliciously creamy and comforting soup! Since it doesn't look like I will be returning to work anytime soon, I need to make plans to stay busy during the day. I mean don't get me wrong, I love being able to watch TV series I've heard about on Netflix, but it gets a little boring at times. On the up side, it gives me tons of time to get into the kitchen and make dinner every night.  Now that Christmas is over, I can focus on cooking great dinners again. The week before Christmas was dedicated to baking, cleaning, decluttering.... so quick dinners were on the agenda. And we enjoyed the bountiful leftovers that came with Christmas. But now it's time to get back into the kitchen and get some comforting, hearty, winter grub on the table.  We ended up with a huge dumping of snow over Christmas (seriously it was almost to my knees by the time we decided to dig ourselves out on Boxing day), so a hearty stick to your bones

Meal Plan Sunday- Dec 27- Jan 2

Meal Planning is a great way to save time and money every week!   Merry Christmas!!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Though it was very different this year we had a lovely time. We had my SO's mom and nana over for dinner on Christmas Eve and stuffed ourselves silly with a seafood and pasta feast. The evening was spent talking, laughing and watching It's a Wonderful Life. Then Christmas day, we went to my SO's mom's house to celebrate with his sister, her partner and nana. We ate way too much with a delicious brunch consisting of lemon cranberry scones (made by me), a charcuterie board (made by me), waffles, hash-browns, and Christmas pancakes. Oh and you can't forget the mimosas!! Dinner was a team effort and I brought homemade rolls, homemade cranberry sauce, pie (cherry and pecan) and an assortment of Christmas cookies I had been making all month. We also had turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, rutabaga and corn. Again we stuffed ourselves silly and h

Molasses Banana Loaf

 This healthier version of banana bread is made with hearty whole wheat flour and sweetened with dark, rich, earthy molasses. A tasty twist on a classic snack! Ever since the kids were little, there has always been a stash of ripe bananas in my freezer. I can't escape it. Most of the time when I buy bananas the kids eat them in the matter of days. Then the next time I buy them, they are barely eaten and I'm left throwing them into the freezer. With all the Christmas baking I've been doing this month, I decided to make the kids something to snack on, so they would stop asking to eat my Christmas cookies.  Since we will be indulging on sweets in the next few days, I went the healthier route when making this loaf of banana bread. I was inspired by the Bear Paw snacks the kids use to eat when they were little, and sweetened my loaf with molasses. I love the rich deep flavour of molasses. It is also rich in iron, which is important since we are not the biggest meat eaters. Since

Honey Lemon Chicken and Rice

 Tender, juicy chicken breast cooked with rice and seasoned with honey and lemon, is a delicious twist on chicken and rice. Cooked in one pot, this recipe has dinner on the table in a snap! It's been 9 months since I left my cafeteria due to the pandemic. Having an auto immune disease has made this time somewhat stressful. While my family and I make sure to take necessary precautions when we need to go out, many people out there do not. As a result, we barely order out anymore. Which means I've pretty much been cooking dinner every night since March 13th. Now don't get me wrong, I love to cook, but sometimes I get bored with they foods my kids are happy to eat. Chicken and Rice has always been a hit in our house, but I decided I wanted to try something different using ingredients I had on hand.  We've always been big fans of chicken with lemon, so I wanted to incorporate lemon in this dish. To round out the flavours and lessen the bitterness I decided to add a bit of ho

You're the Star Blog Hop & FAMILY Features

  This linky party is the perfect place to show off your creativity! Share your blog posts, for a chance to be featured next month! Welcome to week#3 of the December 2020 " You're the Star " Blog Hop! Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog: My New Year's Eve menu will help us say good bye to this awful year and hopefully welcome a better year for us. ________________________________________ WELCOME to  FAMILY feature week of the December 2020 " You're the STAR " blog hop! Meet your FAMILY week Cohost   This week is FAMILY feature week Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs: Michelle @ Moms Are Frugal Kris @ Kris and Larry . com This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU! There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month.   The

New Year's Eve Menu- Shrimp Pasta with a Tomato White Wine Sauce

As 2020 comes to an end, many of us are hoping 2021 brings a better year. I am just grateful that I have my small family to celebrate with. Good food has always been a big part of our celebrations and I am looking forward to this New Years menu! I've never really been one to celebrate New Year's Eve. My parents were never much for parties growing up, and once I was married and moved away, my Ex husband worked every New Year's Eve. So ringing in the New Year was never high on my priority list. When I met my SO, we started going out on New Year's Eve. Usually to his sister's house, to play board games, beer pong, and have great conversations with friends and family. This year however with the pandemic, I'm sure our New Year's will be low key, just us and the kids. Since my SO is Italian, we eat a lot of seafood on special days such as Good Friday, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. I knew our menu had to include seafood in some way. One of my French Canadia

No Yeast Old Fashion Cinnamon Rolls

 These delicious cinnamon sticky rolls have been in my family for over 40 yrs. No yeast is required, so you can whip up a batch of these in no time. Still tender, sticky sweet and delicious! Ever since I can remember Mom would make these as a special treat. It wasn't too often, but every once in a while, we'd come home to these no yeast cinnamon rolls, as an after school snack. Growing up, this is what I thought cinnamon rolls were. I wasn't aware that there was a yeast version of cinnamon rolls. As much as I LOVE the yeast version, this no yeast version seems to make an appearance more frequently here at home.  Since there is no yeast in the dough, it does not need to rise for 30 minutes before being rolled out and baked. When I worked in the retirement home the residents were always excited when I made these cinnamon rolls. They said it reminded them of their childhood. It was amazing seeing how happy a simple recipe could make them. I don't make these very often and