Weekend Links

Dark Chocolate Lentil Balls


It's sunny and so cold in Ottawa today. I don't feel like going to the grocery store but I have to because my son is coming to visit us this week. He is doing his Masters at Queen's University and next week is Reading Week. I can't wait to have all my children home. We will celebrate Valentine's Day and my husband's birthday this week. On family day I will make Ricardo's Chinese Fondue, it's so good. I might make my Best Meat Lasagna for Valentine's Day. For dessert I think everyone will enjoy a chocolate fondue. This time I will make it with Toblerone Swiss Milk chocolate. It's so easy to make, all you have to do is melt the chocolate with cream. We fight over bananas and strawberries when we have chocolate fondue.

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Quick Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Quick Vietnamese Noodle Soup

We like this Vietnamese Noodle Soup in the house. When you don't have all day to make your beef broth and you are craving this soup just use store-bought. It's quick to make and delicious! We like a big bowl of this soup, with chewy noodles and slices of beef fondue on a cold, winter evening. 


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Weekend Links - {and a Tim Hortons Gift Card GIVEAWAY}

Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake


SWEETS:
It's World Nutella Day today. If you are crazy about Nutella make this Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake. It's finger licking good! 

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GIVEAWAY: Win a $100 #PrepaidMyWay Gift Card

When you have three children you always have a list of things to buy for them, but sometimes you forget about yourself. Like many moms, I like to treat myself once in a while. For a couple of years I have been receiving prepaid cards and I like to save them for something special. I make a wish list and try to stay within budget. When I'm ready to go shopping, I know that I have the funds to pay because I have put aside my prepaid gift cards. One of the advantages of having these cards is that I can make my purchases online or in store and I don't have to spend it all at the same store. The other thing that I like is that I can bring them on trips anywhere in the world. Recently I was in Florida and used one of my cards to buy myself something special.

#PrepaidMyWay Gift Card




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Weekend Links

Super Detox With 30+ Easy Smoothie Recipes
The Best of this Life

We had a lot of fun during the holidays with my family, we ate and drank too much. Now it's time to get back on track. This week I went snowshoeing two times. It's a good workout and it felt so good to be outside. In the next couple weeks I'll be taking my walks on the beach. More to come!


SMOOTHIES:
At this time of the year we like to go back to healthy eating and drinking. We like to make smoothies, they are quick to make and delicious. For 30+ smoothies recipes please visit The Best of this Life.

Want more smoothie recipes:
-Try this Anti-Bloat Smoothie from Happy Healthy Mama
-Breakfast Energy Smoothie from Deliciously Sprinkled
-Blueberry Muffin Smoothie from Five heart Home
-Power Smoothie from Tastes Better From Scratch
-Sunshine Smoothie from La Cuisine d'Hélène

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Warm Cheese and Bacon Dip

Warm Cheese and Bacon Dip

When visiting my blog you will only find recipes that I cooked and baked in my kitchen. I am lucky to have 'tasters'. I will share recipes with ingredients that we use in my home. You'll find lot's of recipe with cheese, cream cheese on my blog like this delicious Warm Cheese and Bacon Dip. Besides cheese it has bacon, green onions and jalapeños, which I added to the recipe because we like spicy food. It adds a quick to this dip. I like to serve my warm dips with Tortillas chips but you would eat this dip with veggies or crackers.

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GIVEAWAY: Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

This morning it's cold and snowy outside. It's the perfect weather to prepare a meal in the slow cooker. One of my favorite recipe to make in the slow cooker is Curry Chicken. I like it when my kitchen is filled by the aroma of spices. Recently I made The Best Salted Caramel in my slow cooker and I was surprised how easy it was to make and delicious. If you like to make homemade gifts during the year, you should try my recipe.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Part 2 - {and a GIVEAWAY}

Here's my Holiday Gift Guide: Part 2. You can read Part 1 here.

GIFT CARDS:
Everybody is talking about Star Wars at the moment. I remember when I watched the first movie, one of my favourite characters was R2-D2. Because the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, is out now, you could give your loved ones a gift card to a movie theatre. I'm sure that a Netflix gift card would also be appreciated.

Other gift cards that people like to receive are Subway, Starbucks, and Tim Hortons. My dad likes McDonald's gift cards because he likes to go there for his morning coffee.

For the music fans I would offer them a Spotify gift card.


MUSIC:

Adele's tour tickets have sold out in minutes. If you have a fan of Adele in your family, like me, give them her new CD: 25.

Adele CD

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Venice, Italy

As we are approaching the holidays we like to spend time with our children, play games and share delicious meals. Part of our traditions, in my home, is that my children get together in December to decorate the tree. We buy a real one every year and it smells so good in the house. They put the music on and they have a good time.


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The Best Salted Caramel - {and a GIVEAWAY}

Salted Caramel


The title says it all, this is The Best Salted Caramel that I have ever made. And it's the easiest also. Believe me! And I made it in my new slow cooker. I've been using slow cookers for more than 25 years. I actually own four. I have three in my house and one in our RV. I usually make soups, chicken recipes, rice and other meals in my slow cookers but I have never made dessert before. For the holidays, I like to give homemade goodies to friends and family. I guess I have a bit of Martha Stewart inside me! Yesterday it crossed my mind that this year I should make Salted Caramel, but I did not want to stand by the stove and stir the sauce for 10 minutes. While I was on the phone with a blogger friend, I placed all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and could talk with her without worrying about burning the caramel. That's how I like it! It can be intimidating to make salted caramel because when you make it on the stovetop you really have to be watch it or it will not be edible.


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Spiced Apple Cake with a Brown Sugar Sauce and Spiced Whipped Cream - {and a GIVEAWAY}

Spiced Apple Cake with a Brown Sugar Sauce and Spiced Whipped Cream


This week, after a long walk in the woods, I made the best Spiced Apple Cake with a Brown Sugar Sauce and Spiced Whipped Cream. My husband could not wait for me to finish taking my pictures of my cake to have a big piece. By the look of his face I knew that the cake was good. This cake is so moist and it has just the right amount of spices. It's best to serve warm but if you have some cake left for breakfast the next day, don't hesitate to eat your cake at room temperature. It will be as good, as long as you warm the brown sugar sauce in the microwave before serving.  We will be hosting my family on New Year's Eve and I think they will enjoy this dessert. They have a sweet tooth and my dad loves whipped cream. Who doesn't?


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Travelling, studying and living abroad has its ups and downs. We have friends working in different countries around the world who have family back in Canada. My son also went to Hong Kong for an international exchange a couple of years ago. As a mom, I wanted to make sure that he always had access to funds during the time that he lived abroad. You never know when an emergency will come up and you'll need to access money really quickly.

Hong Kong

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