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Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 31st this year, and 2014 is the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese zodiac. When our family lived in downtown Vancouver, we lived a few blocks away from Chinatown, and I love all the Chinese New Year festivities. The parades were my daughter’s favourite part while I loved the food!

There are many traditions and superstitions when it comes to what to eat on Chinese New Year – certain foods give good luck and others are supposed to give bad luck. Long noodles represent longevity, jiaozi dumplings bring prosperity, while white foods are thought to bring bad luck. View Post

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I love anything with a streusel topping – coffee cake is typically the first thing I think of when I was something streusel-ly (is that a word? it should be!). The Banana Streusel muffins are delicious – one difference to this recipe is that you don’t mash the bananas – you slice the bananas!

When you bite into the muffins you get hit with this delicious cinnamon-sugar crunchy topping, a plump muffin and sweet slices of heaven. (Craving something chocolate? What about a spicy ginger molasses cookie?) View Post

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One of my favourite treats to eat with my latte is a Starbucks Ginger Molasses cookie – however, I don’t often make the trip to Starbucks anymore! With two kids in tow and a strict budget – we’re frugal now! – so I abuse my Breville Keurig Coffee Machine at home and bake these cookies when I can!

These cookies are so delicious, and very similar to the kind you’ll find at Starbucks. They are HUGE with a delicious sugary crunch and a soft, melt in your mouth buttery cookie center. Make these for friends or family because it’s hard to resist them! Enjoy! View Post

Cookies are my weakness, and whenever I’m craving them, I immediately think of these delicious Nutella chocolate chip cookies. I used to have these cookies are on constant rotation in my household – they are so popular I sometimes had to bake them three times a week!
(ps. 80 Ways to Eat Nutella!)

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These cookies satisfy any chocolate, crunchy and chewy craving you might possibly have. Almost like a regular chocolate chip cookie, but made special with the addition of Nutella, which is a pantry staple in our home. These are great for the holidays as a yummy indulgence or for a Christmas cookie exchange!

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Your family will inhale this delicious beef lasagna stew – essentially a deconstructed lasagna without all the hard work! At our house my daughter calls it ‘Homemade Chef Boyardee’, while I call it an EASY Lasagna recipe!

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I love homemade lasagna, especially when the weather starts turning cooler and I’m searching for something warm to eat. Lasagna is comforting and filling, layers of oozing cheese and meat and veggies – however it’s an ordeal that’s not always easy to accomplish! And with an 18-month old hanging off my legs in the kitchen, it seems an impossible task to begin!

Enter the Beef Lasagna Stew – or for little kids, call it Homemade Chef Boyardee, since that’s what it reminds me of, but WAY better tasting!! All the components of your favourite lasagna in an easy to eat bowl! View Post

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I found a healthy looking soup recipe on Smaller Sarah called Detox Soup, and it peaked my interest. With the cooler weather and all the rain that we’ve been having, it’s nice to come home and have a warm bowl of soup, cuddle under the blankets and sit in front of the fireplace. Of course, I’ve been wanting to make this Irish Onion Soup from the Fox & She, but figured that it wouldn’t exactly work with my diet…

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Full disclosure: Yes, the finished soup photographs horribly and looks like something gross. Green. Slimy. However – it is yummy! Also, although I bookmarked the detox soup from Smaller Sarah’s site on my laptop at home, I didn’t bother writing down the recipe or making a list when I went grocery shopping. View Post