Make it Monday

Hello friends, I’m currently pounding out this post at swimming lessons, but at least I’m getting it done. Ha! 

Last night, I threw together one of my favorite slow cooker suppers together- chicken divan. The only person in the house that dislikes it is my husband- and, that’s only because he dislikes cooked broccoli.  This recipe is nutritious and packed full of protein. To make it yourself, find the recipe here.

*Note- I can’t find the recipe I used from Company’s Coming online, so I chose one that sounded delish. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

Hello friends! It’s make it Monday. How does a new recipe sound?

Now that fall has arrived, my slow cooker will start getting its seasonal workout. I tend to use it more during the cold fall and winter months than I do over the summer, and I’ve quickly built up a list of favorite slow cooked meals. My favorite dessert list is substantially shorter, and it’s that recipe I’ll share with you today. (Our favorite slow cooked dessert recipe is only one recipe long, so far). What are your favorite treats that come from your crockpot/slow cooker?

Om nom nom…Apple Crisp! Is there nothing more fall than having an apple crisp for dessert?! I think not. I’m planning to make it again (third time already, in the last month) for Thanksgiving. Eep- so excited!

Here’s the recipe link. If you make it, let me know! I’d love to know what you think of this wonderful dessert!

Make it Monday

Hello friends! 

I am not a huge fan of seeds. I don’t often eat sunflower seeds or any others, for that matter. And, if I find them in bread (such as whole grain types), I flat out refuse to eat them. It grosses me out. The texture, the taste…no thanks.

There’s flaxseed in the recipe I’m sharing with you today. That wouldn’t generally be an issue, except for the feelings I have towards seeds that I outlined above. 

Having said that, I put my reservations aside and gave it a try. And, I’m happy to report that I don’t mind this recipe at all- and neither do my kids! Score!

Did you know flaxseed is very high in fibre? 3 TBSP of flaxseed equals 8 grams of fibre, or 32% of your total daily requirement for fibre intake. Hello?! (Facts straight from the nutritional info on the side of the package).

I found this Oatmeal Energy Bites recipe on Pinterest, which was originally pinned by @Hip2save. The pros for this recipe? It’s no bake, all natural ingredients (or can be), is full of fibre and protein and has chocolate in it for those of you that have a sweet tooth, like me. 
The only con? Waiting an hour for them to chill before you can eat them. I’d send them in my kids’ lunches if they weren’t in a nut aware school. I suppose I should make more, since I finished the last two last night. Pro: they make great bedtime snacks!

Make it Monday

Happy Monday, dear friends!

As promised, I have my Grilled Tuna Melt to share with you. If you’re tired of your usual, run of the mill grilled cheese sandwich, then give this recipe a try. It’s great to eat on days you don’t particularly feel like cooking or days that are miserable and cold.  Like yesterday lol. Last night, it dropped to 0° C overnight. Summer is most definitely gone from here!

Instead of typing out the entire recipe here, I’ll just include the Pinterest link to this delicious sandwich. 

Next week, I’ll share a new, tasty and healthy recipe that you and your kids are sure to love snacking on! Mine do- and it has flax seed in it. (I wasn’t sure I was a fan until I tried this recipe). 

Stay tuned for my next Make it Monday post!

Make it Monday

I’m still itching to share my Grilled Tuna Melt Recipe, and I’m hoping that’ll be next weeks’ post, but for now, I’ll share one that’s purely comfort food. 

Banana loaf! (Or, as we call it in our house, banana bread!)

I’ve had two medium bananas sitting in my freezer since the end of July; I figured now was the time to use them up. It’s cold and rainy here these days, and it filled a small portion of a long and boring day at home with the twins yesterday. 

This recipe came from a recipe book that was given to us on our wedding day. It’s pretty tasty! The recipe called for chopped walnuts (optional, of course), but I substituted them for chocolate chips. I’m not a fan of walnuts. 

Banana Loaf 

1 3/4 C flour 

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 C butter (I used margarine)

2/3 C white sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 C banana, mashed

1/2 C chopped walnuts, optional
Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt in bowl. Cream together butter, sugar, then add eggs in a separate bowl. Add mashed banana and flour mixture to creamed butter mixture. Stir in walnuts, if desired. Pour into greased Loaf pan. Leave stand in pan for 20 minutes, then bake at 350°F for 50 minutes. 

Enjoy!

How do you like to spend cold and rainy days at your home?

Make it Monday 

Hello, friends.

I’m really excited to share today’s Make it Monday post.  I’ve mentioned this recipe a couple times now, and it’s time I finally shared it!

Truth be told, I finally just made it (which enabled me to take a picture of it), so now I can share it!

This recipe, called Mac Chicken Cacciatore, is another wonderful Kraft Canada creation. It was an instant favorite in my household (though my kids like trying to tell me they hate chicken in their macaroni), and it’s always gobbled up. Quick and easy is key in my household!

Making this meal is easy peasy. Make your Kraft Dinner as per the instructions found on the box. In the meantime, once your chicken is thawed, cut breasts into bite-sized cubes, then brown in a skillet. Season as you like. 

Next, mix cooked chicken into your Kraft Dinner, along with some salsa (I usually mix roughly a 1/2 cup into ours- I make two boxes of KD so there’s enough for all 4 of us to eat).

Voila! Dinner is served! Steamed broccoli pairs nicely with this dish, as does carrots or a salad. 

Bon appétit!

 

Make It Monday 

Are you a smoothie lover? Have you ever made your own smoothies?

I scored big time when I came across a couple Kraft Canada smoothies- I hit the jackpot with the Kraft Peanut Butter Banana smoothie and the Green- Protein smoothie (recipe coming next week). 

The recipe that I pinned says it’s vegetarian and gluten free, for those that prefer a cleaner food choice.

My kids LOVE this smoothie- it has chocolate milk in it (I make my own using 1% milk and chocolate syrup. That way I can control/monitor how rich it is); that’s their first favorite food. Their second favorite food is bananas. I really enjoy it too! The chocolate flavor appeals to my sweet tooth but the bananas in it packs a bunch of healthy nutrients and a nice balance to the sweetness of the chocolate. 

SO tasty– especially in my little Coca-Cola glass! 

Perfect for a snack or for breakfast, I highly recommend trying this smoothie- it tastes good with strawberries in it, too! 

Try it, I dare you!

Make it Monday 

Hi everyone!

One of my favorite places to turn to when I’m looking for inspiration in the kitchen is Kraft Canada. Their recipes are quick to make, easy to throw together and taste delicious. 

Another favorite tool for finding inspiration is most everyone’s favorite online tool as well- Pinterest. I have sooo many recipes pinned, I may as well try them out. 

Today’s recipe comes from Pinterest. Sorry, I’m not real glamorous and I won’t wow you with recipes I created myself. This will just be a real simple post with real simple recipes I’ve found, tried and want to share with you. I hope you understand- and enjoy!

Late last week, I felt inspired to do some baking, but I didn’t want to bake cookies. Boring. I wanted to bake something else, but didn’t have the ingredients for any of the recipes I thought looked great- until I came across Cinnamon Sour Cream Loaf (link at the end of this post). The original recipe was saved from Inspired by Charm by Michael Wurm Jr. 

Oh yum. And sour cream? I just happened to have a lot of it!

Before throwing it in the oven.

After baking for an hour. 

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is!

The only thing I’d do different the next time I bake this is bake it at a slightly lower temperature for a little longer (or just slightly less at the recommended temperature). It came out quite well done, though the centre was somewhat moist. Overall, it was very tasty, and it got the seal of approval from both my kids and my dear friends’ eldest daughter. (Hubs and I thoroughly enjoyed it, too!)

Now for the best part- the recipe! (Clicking the link will take you directly to the recipe).

Cinnamon Sour Cream Loaf
If you try this recipe, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Make it Monday 

Hi everyone, how are you doing?

Mondays had been scheduled for sharing ctmh with you, and you may have noticed those posts have dropped off as of late.

I have been struggling as a consultant- I’ve been fighting a losing battle building up a client base and weathering the economic downturn we’re experiencing here in Alberta.

I can’t afford to keep my status active by placing orders for just myself, so I have let my status slide. I am still active right now, thanks to my dear friend and only customer, but she may not be able to place orders much longer, either.

I’m not here to complain- I’m at total peace with this. I can still purchase scrappy supplies, I’ll just do it elsewhere- when I’m able to afford it!

So, instead of sharing crafty ctmh inspiration, I’m going to start sharing foodie crafty inspiration on Mondays, which I’ll call Make it Monday. 

Stay tuned next week for my first recipe!

Recipe Sharing

I’ve been tossing this idea over in my brain for a few weeks, and now I’m looking for some input!

As you are aware, I am a fairly creative person. I share scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, the occasional project life layout and off the page project, and more recently planners and snail mail. All different creative methods, but still creative nonetheless. 

Is sharing the occasional recipe (my favorite ones, for that matter), something that would interest you, my friends and readers? If so, please comment below! 

I’m asking, because cooking and baking is another item that falls under art- creative being the umbrella term. I have a ton of recipes saved to my Pinterest; I don’t want them to sit, pinned but untouched, so plan to try a new recipe every so often  (once monthly, maybe), and if it’s a hit with my family, re-home it on my fave tried and true recipes board. If we like it- even if we don’t- I’ll share our thoughts and the outcome of our baking and cooking endeavors.

These recipes will all be kid and family friendly. Simple is also key! (I have a smoothie recipe I’m dying to share that’s just 3 measly ingredients- and super delicious!) 

So please, let me know your thoughts!