Date-Rhubarb Squares

A healthy snack or quick breakfast! A great way to use up rhubarb from your garden without adding any extra sugar. The dates add all the sweetening needed. Full of good stuff and very little added sugar! Easy to prepare and will last several days in the fridge. You...

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Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies have only recently become a favorite of mine. Over Christmas, I tried one at Anita’s Organic in Chilliwack. They were so delicious and for weeks I’d been thinking of making Ginger Cookies … and finally did yesterday! After doing some Ginger Cookie...

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Easy, Delicious Baby Back Pork Ribs

(I remembered to take a photo before I popped the ribs in the oven, but forgot afterwords. Thus, this photo from TheBittenWord on Flickr.) Our friends, Jenny and Steve, introduced us to this easy way of cooking delicious pork baby back ribs. My husband and I love...

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Flo’s Homemade Salsa

Flo’s Homemade Salsa

My mother-in-law, Florence, has made jars of salsa for me each year for closer to twenty years, until last year. Last year I decided it was time for me to start making my own, using her recipe. The main difference between Mom's recipe and mine is that I don't peel the...

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Natural Facial Mask Made With Coffee & Honey

Looking for a homemade facial that uses natural ingredients to exfoliate, tighten and firm your skin? Here's one that uses ground coffee and honey. It provides a gentle facial scrub, lightly exfoliating your skin, and it leaves your face and neck feeling soft and...

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Santa Fe Salad with Cajun Chicken

Santa Fe Salad with Cajun Chicken

My favourite salad at Earl's Restaurant is their Santa Fe Chicken Salad. This recipe is delicious, and my best attempt to copy their version. This recipe was gleaned from looking at other recipes on the Internet, enjoying the Santa Fe Chicken Salad at Earl's, and...

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Azaleas & Rhododendrons As Cut Flowers

Do you have Azaleas and Rhododendrons in your garden? Do you ever think of cutting them for displaying inside of your home? My husband and I have both Azaleas and Rhododendrons on our property - at least nine of them. A few Azaleas and the rest are Rhodos. All but two...

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How To Keep Cut Tulips Standing Tall

I love tulips! I haven't always, but over the years I've learned to love them, even though they tend to droop over not long after being cut. At least they did until last week! Don't Forget To Prick Them With A Pin One of my neighbours dropped off a thank you bouquet...

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Delicious Brownies Made With Chickpeas

A friend recently introduced me to chocolate chip cookies made with chickpeas. They were so good I decided to try whipping up some brownies made with chickpeas. I also used some ground flax ... but no flour. These delicious chickpea brownies are the result! They are...

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Salmon Fish Cakes with Sweet Potatoes

These are the best salmon fish cakes (or any other kind of fish cakes) I've ever made! My sister raves about fish cakes and I've always been a "I can take them or leave them" kind of gal. I don't make them often and when I do I find I'm tweaking the recipe to make...

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Caesar Salad

A variation of Garlic Lover’s Caesar Salad ... and my new favourite Caesar. An easy to prepare and tasty Caesar Salad recipe. Ingredients - 2 - 3 anchovie fillets 6 to 8 garlic cloves 2 egg yolks 1/2 - 3/4 cup (125 - 185 ml) olive oil 1 tbsp (15 ml) Dijon 2 tsp red...

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Freezing Avocados

My sister introduced me to freezing avocados that are ripe or getting beyond ripe, when you're not ready to use them right away. I admit, I was skeptical! But it is surprisingly true! You can freeze avocados, pull them from the freezer and they're as good as the day...

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Thai Basil Garlic Chicken

This simple and tasty recipe was inspired by Holy Basil Chicken. A seasoning package, found at the Pad Thai Restaurant in Pitt Meadows, BC. Serve over plain rice or stir fried rice. Ingredients for Thai Basil Garlic Chicken Basil Cooking Sauce - 2 tbsp (30 ml)...

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Homemade Apple Pie

I use Tenderflake for the pastry, using 25% wholewheat flour and 75% all-purpose flour. I find this adds a bit of goodness (whole wheat) to the pie while not impacting the flakiness of the crust. The Tenderflake recipe gives me 3 double (top and bottom) pie shells and...

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Caramel Popcorn

This recipe for Caramel Popcorn comes from my brother-in-law, Ken Smith. Ken has been making this Caramel Popcorn at Christmas for over 20 years. It's a huge hit  and something my husband and I look forward to receiving every Christmas! Ingredients for Caramel Popcorn...

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Butter Tarts

This delicious and simple recipe for Butter Tarts originated with my mother-in-law, Florence. A favourite at Christmas! You can make the Butter Tarts with nuts and raisins or make Butter Pecan Tarts, by adding more nuts and eliminating the raisins...

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Nanaimo Bars

My mother-in-law's recipe for Nanaimo Bars. Easy to pull together and delicious. A Christmas favorite! Nanaimo Bars[/caption] Ingredients for Nanaimo Bars Nanaimo Bars Base - 1/2 cup (125 ml) butter 1/4 cup (60 ml) white sugar 1/4 cup (60 ml) cocoa 1 egg 1 tsp (5 ml)...

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Carrot Cake with Butter Cream Cheese Icing

A moist and delicious Carrot Cake with Butter Cream Cheese Icing. Ingredients for Carrot Cake 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 1/4 cups (310 ml) olive oil 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla 3 cups (750 ml) grated carrots 2 cups (500 ml) flour (half white and half wholewheat, or 100% whole...

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Brownies with Walnuts

This is super simple, delicious and relatively healthy (coconut oil, flax, oat bran, nuts).  A great recipe for times when you crave something sweet and don’t have a lot of time to bake. Ingredients for Brownies with Walnuts 3/4 cup (185 ml) coconut oil or butter 2...

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Making Bread!

(Looking for the bread recipe, skip my ramblings and go to the end of the page for the details.) Over the years making bread is something I've often 'talked' about doing. In fact, more than 20 years ago my brother promised to buy me a bread maker if I ever got married...

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Easy Pesto Recipe

This is an easy Pesto recipe! Simply toss all of the ingredients in a food processor and process on low speed. A bit of pulsing the contents can help the basil work it's way throughout the mixture a bit more easily too. Easy Pesto Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups (500 ml)...

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Sweet and Sour Pork

Preparing Sweet and Sour Pork is easy and the results of the recipe are delicious! Ingredients: 2 tbsp (30 ml) grapeseed or vegetable oil 2 to 4 pork chops, or a pork tenderloin roast sliced into thickness desired or into stew size chunks garlic powder, to taste...

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Veggie Lo Mein

My sister Linda introduced me to this Lo Mein dish, and my husband and I love it! The base for the recipe comes from No-Pain Lo Mein by Rachel Ray ... and, of course, I've  made it my own. See below. I've made both Kung Pao Chicken and rice, as well as Sweet and Sour...

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Rhubarb Coffee Cake

A delicious and easy to make Coffee Cake for those who enjoy rhubarb. Ingredients for Rhubarb Coffee Cake 1.5 cups (375 ml) flour (white, whole wheat) | Optional: replace  1 tablespoon of flour with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ground flax seed 2 tsp (10 ml) baking powder 1...

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Easy Kung Pao Chicken

My sister-in-law, Laura, made Kung Pao Chicken for my father-in-law's birthday dinner. She pointed me to an AllRecipes.com Kung Pao Chicken recipe and from there I created my own rendition of Kung Pao Chicken - and it is delicious! Served with your favourite rice,...

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Pesto Chicken Quesadillas

This Pesto Chicken Quesadilla recipe is inspired by the Cactus Club restaurant. A friend took me there for lunch a few weeks back and we shared a salad and their Pesto Chicken Quesadilla with yam fries. YUM!! Afterwards, I was determined to recreate Quesadilla recipe...

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Easy Garlic Sour Cream Dip

This is simple dip to make and works with chips, fresh veggies and quesadillas. It also lasts for at least a few days in the fridge. Easy Garlic Sour Cream Dip Ingredients: 2 cups no-fat or low-fat sour cream (works with regular sour cream too) 4 to 10 crushed garlic...

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