What's Cooking - Pumpkin Loaf

Pumpkin Loaf

When taking long walks in the woods, at this time of the year, I love the colours of the leaves and the crisp air. Fall is my favourite season and I like to spend more time in the kitchen baking. I visited the farm stand close to my home, and could not stop looking at the fresh vegetables and fruits that they sell. I bought apples, they are so good that I can eat two or three a day. For this month's Kraft Canada #WhatsCooking assignment I could not decide what recipe to make because they all look delicious. Since Thanksgiving is coming and I wanted to try new pumpkin recipe, I baked a Layered Pumpkin Loaf. 


Beef and Beer Stew

beef and beer stew

The past couple days we have been camping. We love to be in the woods at this time of the year. We decided to visit a Sépaq in Québec. It's a network of national parks, wildlife reserves and tourist resorts. The Plaisance National Park is only one hour away from home along the Ottawa River. You can see Canada Geese, ducks, herons, ospreys and other species. We camped during the week and it was so quiet. We took long walks in the woods and enjoyed a campfires at night. We love being outdoors and relaxing. When we go camping I like to make food ahead of time and when it's time for dinner we only have to reheat our meal. During our stay we enjoyed a nice lentil soup and a Sausage and Fennel pasta.


Banana Bites + Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway

banana bites

I am a big fan of food blogger Angela Liddon and was excited when I received a copy of her beautiful cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook. It features 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow From the Inside Out. I am not a vegan but absolutely love her cookbook because I love to try everything and to make healthy meals during the week. In this cookbook she uses real food ingredients. 


Date Squares

date squares

When my parents come visit they have to drive three hours. They usually stay for one or two nights. I usually prepare my desserts in advance and they always request my date squares. I have to admit that I also love them. Sometimes I make a batch, cut it in small squares and freeze them for when I crave this dessert. 


Frozen Fruit Smoothie - #HealingMix

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

For the past few weeks most of the blogs and magazines I have been reading are talking about back-to-school. But for some parents the reality is different. Some mothers just had a baby and they don't think about school yet. My sister-in-law just had a baby boy three weeks ago. Her pregnancy went really well, it was her first child, and baby Zack came to this world in just a couple hours of labour. Like all moms she wants to offer what is best for hew newborn and she is breastfeeding. This part is not going so great. Zack is hungry every two hours and she has been having complications. She is exhausted, does not sleep well and can't recover. Luckily for her she has great support in her town and she has joined a mother's group.