Roasted Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

We found this delicious looking recipe at and really wanted to share it with everyone. If you get the chance, check out her blog for lots of great recipes and ideas!

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I was looking for new side dish ideas, when I discovered roasted vegetables last year. They are so easy to make, and taste so much better than steamed or boiled vegetables. My favorites are the vegetables roasted with garlic and Parmesan cheese. We didn’t use Parmesan cheese much until several months ago, except for the can of grated cheese we occasionally used on spaghetti. We now keep both a can of grated and a bag of shredded Parmesan in the fridge all the time.

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Roasted Garlic Parmesan Broccoli is flavorful and delicious, and makes a wonderful side dish. It’s a perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken or steak and a baked potato, and makes for a quick and easy meal. And healthy to boot!

My recipe for Parmesan Roasted Green Beans is equally delicious!

This recipe is an adaption of several I found online. They all called for…

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni & Cheese

Last time we were at the grocery store Dillon saw a magazine cover picture for a bacon ranch macaroni…. I’m not sure he saw much after the word “bacon,” but he asked me if I could make it lol.  I made it on Wednesday for dinner. You can’t have enough comfort food recipes in my books, especially based on macaroni and cheese lol!  So here is the recipe for the Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese I made that day!



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Sticky Sweet Drumsticks

When we went grocery shopping the other day, chicken drumsticks were on sale. I bought a tray of them even though I had no clue how I was going to cook them.   I opted for an easy recipe, full of flavour and with a crispy, sticky drumstick in the end!

The boys really enjoyed them and there was enough of them to freeze for another Make Ahead meal…. Bonus!!!



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Hearty Beef Stew

With the colder weather coming, and it flipping SNOWING here already, I made a big pot of Beef Stew the other day for dinner and thought now was the perfect time to reblog this recipe for a good, stick to your ribs, comfort food Beef Stew that you can make in the crockpot!!

Oh Yes, They Did

Yesterday, with still feeling crappy, I threw a pot of stew in the crock pot to make for a quick and easy dinner.  This would have been great if I had remembered to turn on the crock pot!!!!  I went to make sure the veggies were all cooked around 4 pm and noticed the pot was cold.  First I thought something was wrong with it… then I realized I had plugged it in but hadn’t actually turned it on.  Not a pleasant surprise!  So, I turned it on high and hoped it would be ready for a later dinner!  Surprisingly enough, the stew was ready in time for a 7:30 meal.  Phew!

THEN…. up at 5 am this morning, my normal wake up time…. I let one of the dogs out to do his “business” and he came back in reeking of skunk!!!!  Not a good start to the day but I suppose…

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Polish Apple Cake (Szarlotka)

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This recipe was shared with me yesterday so I thought I would share it with all of you! Thank you to for such an awesome recipe!


Difficulty Level: Medium


  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 sticks of butter (250 g)
  • 1 egg+ 3 egg yolks

Mix all ingredients with your hands.

Spread 3/4 of the dough at the bottom of a pan and set it aside.


  • About 10 apples
  • 6 Tbsp of sugar (optional- depends on sweetness of apples)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp of ground cinnamon

Peel the apples and chop them into large cubes.

Put them them in a large pot along with the vanilla and cinnamon and just a tiny bit of water to cover the bottom of the pot.

Cook and stir occasionally until the apples are soft.


Set aside to cool. If the apples release a lot of juice and it doesn’t condense after cooling, drain the juice.

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Lemon Bars

I can’t remember the last time I made lemon squares, but they just seemed like such a good idea to make on Sunday when I had the itch to bake!  I made Lemon Bars, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Banana Bread for lunch snacks.

The lemon bars are like having a bite or two of lemon meringue pie but these are bite size, okay, maybe two bites, making them perfect to put in lunch boxes as a snack or just a quick delicious lemon snack break with coffee!

These would also make  brightly coloured and delicious addition to any Christmas dessert tray!



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