Archives for the month of: April, 2013

Granola is a healthy snack to have plain, with yogurt or with any type of milk. I’ve tried many recipes but I would have to rate this as one of the best! The great part of granola is you can add whatever nuts and dried fruit you like to make it your own.

INGREDIENTS

1/8 cup flaxseeds

1 cup rye flakes

1 cup oat flakes

1 cup kamut flakes

1 cup wheat flakes

1 cup sliced raw nuts

1 cup spelt flakes

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup sucanat

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup canola oil

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup honey

pinch of salt

1 cup dried fruits – raisins, cranberries, blueberries

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. In a small pot on low heat mix honey, oil, vanilla, cinnamon and sucanat until it turns to liquid. Pour liquid over dry ingredients. Spread granola on a large tray with parchment paper. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes stirring frequently. Add dried fruits to granola mixture. Put in clear cellophane bag to give as a gift.

Enjoy!

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Scotch & Soda

Scotch & Soda is a clothing line from Amsterdam that we think is just great. The details they add to each piece is incredible from the embellishments to the stitching. We especially love these gold jeans. Dress them up or down depending on your mood.

http://scotch-soda.com

Dylan's Candy Bar

We went on a summer vacation last year to New York for a few days and one of the places that was on the top our list to visit was Dylan’s Candy Bar. The store is so unique with candy, fashion and café all in one. The mosaic of Dylan made out of candy was amazing. It’s a definite must see if you love candy and chocolate. http://www.dylanscandybar.com

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My kids love Italian food! This Spaghetti Meat Sauce recipe is a family favourite. I’ve tried many recipes but keep going back to this one. I use minced chicken instead of minced beef. 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup hot water

2 cubes beef bouillon

2 cubes chicken bouillon

1/2 pound ground lean beef or chicken

2 cups tomato sauce

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1 tbsp. cane sugar

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. chilli powder

1/2 tsp,sea salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 pound spaghetti

DIRECTIONS

Dissolve bouillon cubes in hot water and set aside. In a large skillet sauté onion and beef. Drain fat. Lower heat and add bouillon mix into beef. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste and stir. Then add sugar, oregano, chilli powder, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly cover and raise heat to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes. Serve over spaghetti.

Enjoy!

Blueberry Cobbler

We can finally say spring is here and what better way to celebrate the nicer weather then with a piece of blueberry cobbler. This is a delicious recipe my friend gave to me which always seems to turn out perfect each time I make it.

INGREDIENTS
3 cups fresh or frozen small blueberries
3 tbsp. cane sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour or spelt flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 pinch sea salt
1/2 cup butter, softened/unsalted
1/2 cup cane sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Prepare an 8′ square baking dish.
3. In a small bowl mix blueberries, 3 tbsp. sugar, and
orange juice and pour into baking dish.
4. In another bowl mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
5. In a mixing bowl cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until
light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add
flour mixture. Stir until combined. Drop batter with a
large spoon over blueberry mixture. Try to cover the
blueberry mixture.
6. Bake at 375F for 35 – 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

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Why is it that we can never get enough handbags in our wardrobe? Clear handbags are a summer staple. We found this adorable transparent Lacoste Tote in hot pink. It’s perfect for the beach or for shopping around town. For a cheaper and stylish look Forever 21 came out with this  transparent handbag for only $20.

Customized Converse

Did you know you can design and purchase your very own converse. It’s true! It is one of the greatest things you can do. You first click on create. Choose your style and then follow step by step what colours or patterns you want for each part of the shoe. You can even add a personal id to the shoe. Here is our creation.

These cookies are a great treat for coffee or tea and are guilt-free.  You can use the dough to make your initials or into any design.  What a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your children or grandchildren.

INGREDIENTS

3 eggs

1 cup raw sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

3 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. cinnamon mixed with 1/3 cup sugar

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350. Combine eggs, sugar and oil. Add flour, baking powder to the wet mixture. Mix until flour is blended. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make various shapes then dip into cinnamon sugar mixture and place on baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Crepes is a light meal that you can have sweet or savoury. I got this recipe from my dear friend who happens to be the best cook and baker. This recipe is a healthy version of crepes.

INGREDIENTS

2 large eggs

1 1/2 skim milk

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 tsp. sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Beat eggs in a large bowl. Add flour, milk, salt, and oil into the bowl. Mix until well combined. Heat a large size frying pan at medium heat with a touch of oil to coat. Take a paper towel to spread oil evenly. Pour 1/3 cup of the batter onto the frying pan and spread the batter. Once the edges start to lift gently flip over with a square spatula for another 10 seconds. Enjoy with any toppings from chocolate spread with bananas, fresh strawberries and sugar or shredded cheese.

Enjoy!

One of the hottest new colours for this season is periwinkle. And one of my favourite bag designers is Rebecca Minkoff. This bag can complete any outfit. It’s very chic, stylish and adorable! This 5-zip bag is definitely  perfection!!

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