Category Archives: Food & Drink

Lifestyle || #McHappyDay || Giving back never tasted so good. #partner #cause

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I want to preface this with the fact that I didn’t get paid to create this post, instead it’s a charity I feel very passionate about. I’ve partnered with McDonald’s to spread the news about McHappy Day this May. Each year, $1 of each hot McCafé beverage, Big Mac or Happy Meal purchase goes towards Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) as well as other local children’s charities across Canada. When a child is sick or injured a family needs support and that’s when RMHC lends a helping hand across Canada. It’s a cause that has made an impact in the lives of Canadian families with sick children since 1981. Join me May 3rd to make a difference! Continue reading

Food || Greek Tacos || A family friendly recipe with @TheBrick & @GEappliancesCA #partner

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I’ve got a little helper in the kitchen for this quick and easy recipe our family loves. We recently added the GE Series 30″ Free-Standing Double Convection Range to our kitchen and I couldn’t be more excited to share how we are grilling indoors without the use of a BBQ! With it’s duel purpose oval centre burner I can easily grill directly on the extra large cast iron griddle. It gives me the versatility of a chef with multi levels of heat ranging from the slightest melt or simmer to a full on grill or fast boil. It’s easily becoming my favourite appliance in the house.

For this recipe we grilled our steaks directly on the stove top and seamlessly transferred the cast iron griddle into the gliding rack to finish the steaks in an evenly heated convection oven. It was that simple.

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Easily one of our family favourites the past year is this greek fusion taco recipe. Perfect as a summer dinner or a fancy appetizer for larger scale events. Fire up the GE stove top grill and get your sizzle on! 

You’ll Need: 2 large grilling steaks, 1 small container of mini tomatoes of your choice (yellow heirloom pictured) , goat feta, cucumber, Epicure’s Souvlaki Seasoning, greek yogurt, spiral slicer and a cast iron grill.

What You’ll Need To Do: 

1) Dice tomatoes, crumble cheese and finely cut cucumber. I used a spiral vegetable slicer on my cucumber.

2) Season steaks with Epicure’s Souvlaki seasoning.

3) Sear steaks on stove top high heat. I try to get all sides 1-2 minutes each, depending on thickness. I finish in the oven for 5 minutes at 400 (Celsius). You are going for a medium rare or personal preference.

4) Allow steaks to rest for 5 minutes, then cut into thin strips.

5) Serve all ingredients on a warmed soft taco.

Variations: Can be served on warmed peta bread. Tzatziki flavoured greek yogurt is great as a sauce. (Pictured below)

Ready in 20 minutes!

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Lifestyle || Want to #haveaball with MALTESERS ® candy? || #partner

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Daily life is filled with pressures, tasks and deadlines. MALTESERS® candy wants you to look on the light side of life, take a much needed break and #HaveABall. How? Try one of the MALTESERS® Challenges throughout the year! I’m joining in the fun with The Chopstick Challenge.

What you’ll need: 

MALTESERS®, pair of chopsticks, bowl, and a plate.

 How it works: 

Fill a bowl with MALTESERS® candy, then use your chopsticks to pick them up one by one and move them to your empty plate. Race against your friends and family to see how many MALTESERS® you can move from the bowl to the plate in 30 seconds. My results were less-than-stellar, apparently I need to brush up on my chopstick skills!

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Lifestyle || #FPplayday || My Event Recap… #partner

Early this year I was approached by Fisher-Price® to help spread the word on the importance of unstructured play.  A recent survey from Fisher-Price®, found that nearly all Canadian parents surveyed (90 per cent) agree overscheduling children’s activities can be overwhelming to them as well as to their children (86 per cent). Along those lines, the majority of parents (80 per cent) believe childhood today is more complicated than it should be. This concept really spoke to me as a parent and even had me reflecting on my own childhood. I was blessed to have parents that found a really great balance between free time to play and structured community based activities in my life. Looking back, this balance really had a positive impact on my ability to grow my identity, deal with stress and build self-confidence.

By giving children toys that have been designed to encourage physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive skills and imagination, a lot of what parents seek is right there on the floor.I’m so excited to partner with Fisher-Price® to encourage families to Play More! The truth is, we need to give kids time to just be kids, am I right?

Some of you may have noticed from my IG stories that I hosted a good old fashion Play Day at my home with local moms to encourage this playful concept. Below is my event recap, including my decor! But don’t feel pressured if you were to host your own Play Day with your mommy friends to go to the extremes I did. In the end, it’s all about toys, snacks, drinks, and unstructured play time! It’s that easy, share your play moments on social media with #FPPlayDay to play along.

To help you get Play Day ready I’m giving away a Fisher-Price® toy prize pack valued at approximately $375 CDN. For an entry, simply subscribe to my blog by email on the sidebar, and leave a comment telling me your fav Fisher-Price® toy!

And be sure to check back on the blog as I’ll be sharing tips to get your little ones playing, new product news and more exciting toys and gear throughout the year.

Closes this Sunday at 11pm MST. No cash value. For more ways to enterry head to my Instagram account and look for one of these photos for all the info.

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