Greek Yogurt Jalapeño Guacamole - What's Cooking?

Greek Yogurt Jalapeño Guacamole

In the summer I just love to stop at farmers' stand along the road and buy what they have freshly picked that day. I know how hard they work because I was raised on a farm myself. After supper, my mom would tell us that our dessert was to go work in the vegetable garden. We had a big one. At the time, we did not realize how lucky we were to be able to just go outside and pick our own veggies. I still remember how amazing a freshly picked tomato smells and tastes. It so good I can't even describe it! We often had different kinds of vegetable sandwiches for lunch: one day was cucumber, the next tomato or radishes. It was delicious!


Sweet Potatoes with Salt and Olive Oil - {and a GIVEAWAY}

Sweet Potatoes with Salt and Olive Oil

If you're like me, I'm sure at some point you've asked yourself if you needed a dehydrator. Years ago they were very popular and to be completely honest, I bought one and used it only a couple of times. Because we were moving all the time from province to province, I eventually decided to give it to someone. Did I regret my decision over the years? Maybe a few times. Having said that, I recently received a Hamilton Beach Food Dehydrator and that completely changed my mind. My first impression was that this model looked much nicer than my old dehydrator. Because we love to eat healthy, I have been buying Terra Chips instead of chips for my evening snacks. They're really good but also pricey, so I only buy a bag every once in a while. It will come at no surprise to you that the first time I used my dehydrator I tried to make Sweet Potatoes. Actually, I wanted to dehydrate Taro or Yuca but could not find them in any of the three stores I usually shop at. I might have to go to an ethnic grocery store in town to find them.


Protect your Family with Mortgage Critical Illness Insurance

It's hard to talk about illness because you don't want it to happen to your loved ones and you don't want anyone around you getting sick. In the past years, unfortunately, we lost family members to cancer. One of them was in excellent shape and we never saw it coming. He had to battle cancer for years. When a person is critically sick, it has drastic effects on families, not only mentally, but also financially. It does change your lifestyle and you will encounter unexpected expenses.

I remember when my husband and I got married, years ago, we had a dream of owning a house one day. The first couple years of our marriage we rented homes and we put some money aside in a savings account for our down payment. All I could think about was having a property in our name to raise our family of three children. It took five years of savings before we were ready to enter the housing market. I was so excited, and at the same time, so nervous to be making such an investment. I definitely lost some sleep over it. You know that feeling of having knots in your stomach, because you're not sure you're making the right decision, and you don't want to forget anything the day you sign the important documents in the lawyer's office? We were borrowing a lot of money and one of the things that crossed my mind was: what if one of us becomes sick and we can't make our payments for our mortgage? We were young and healthy, but you never know what could happen. Even if you do feel great one day, your health can change pretty quickly at times, and you could be diagnosed with something completely unexpected.

At the time, I tried to read as much as I could about what kind of insurance to get in case something were to happen to us but it was hard to get good information. Things have changed over the years, and now, thanks to the internet, you can do research on mortgage insurance and make a clear, informed decision to protect your family. It's so important.


What's Cooking? - Antipasto Loaf

Antipasto Loaf

It was my daughter's birthday yesterday, so I took her to a local restaurant for lunch. It seems like it was only yesterday that I gave birth to her on a very hot summer day in Edmonton, Alberta. Now she is a grown woman. She is funny, smart, and I always tell her that she is my favourite daughter (my other kids are boys!). Having a summer baby meant that we spent a lot of time outside. We enjoyed taking her to parks, we always brought a big blanket and picnic basket. Since she was our first child, it was easy to take her everywhere with us.


#LetsDoPicnic with Maple Leaf Foods Twitter Party!

The last summer food-themed Twitter Party was a success with many amazing brands attending! Of course there's another one coming up next week!


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

HopCity LawnChair Classic Weisser Beer

I hope you are all enjoying your summer. I went to Bluesfest, last night, and saw Deep Purple. It was very good and the weather was perfect for an outside concert.

I like to try different kind of beers and when I go to LCBO I always come home with different ones. I bought this HopCity LawnChair Classic Weisse because I liked the look of the can. It looks so summer. It's a Bavarian style Hefeweizen and has a nice golden colour. It's an unfiltered wheat beer with the right balance of spicy notes. It's refreshing. Will I buy it again? Yes!


Vanilla Ice Cream - {and a GIVEAWAY}

Delicious smooth, creamy Vanilla Ice Cream

How do you like your ice cream? What about your family? It's finally summer, which means and it's that time of the year again when it's so nice and warm out that you feel the urge to eat a special, refreshing treat. If you're like me, then you don't want to buy a different kind of ice cream for everyone. That's why I like my new Ice Cream Maker. You start with a basic recipe and you can add anything you like to personalize it for each taste. 


Layered Black Bean Mexican Dip - What's Cooking?

Layered Black Bean Mexican Dip - La Cuisine d'Hélène

This past week we have been enjoying some time away from our daily life and went camping in a Sépaq in Québec. They are national parks and have been recognized as protected areas. I like that they have nice trails for walking and biking. You can also do some canoeing. There is so much to discover in these beautiful parks, it's so peaceful.

Before leaving on our trip, I tried a new recipe that we liked a lot from Kraft Canada. I made this Layered Black Bean Mexican Dip twice already. Since it's summer, I don't want to use the oven too much and I like to make quick meals at nights, but they still have to be nutritious and tasty. Because we eat with our eyes, I like how this dip turned out visually. And on top of that it's vegetarian, make it to please your family and friends that don't want to eat meat or for Meatless Mondays. I have a feeling that if I bring this dip to a family gathering it will be gone in no time. It would also be a great recipe to make for Canada Day.


5 tasty Ryvita Toppings - (& a Giveaway)

In the summer we enjoy our backyard a lot. It's small, but we designed it well to use all of the space. We planted trees, perennials and herbs. We like to gather on the patio for drinks, food and to play games. My family enjoys a good steak or sausages on the BBQ. I like a casual approach to entertaining and I want my guests to have fun and relax. 


Say Hello to Summer and #LetsDoPicnic with Maple Leaf Foods!

Today we woke up and it was warm and sunny outside, which means it's finally Summer! It's time to celebrate in joining a big Twitter Party with your favourite brands - @MapleLeafFoods@PepsiCanada@WonderBreadCA@LaysCanada and @TostitosCanada for the #LetsDoPicnic Twitter Party on Wednesday, June 24th at 8pm EDT!