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. 

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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.

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5 tasty Ryvita Toppings - (& a Giveaway)

5 Tasty Ryvita Toppings #TopItUp - La Cuisine d'Helene

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. 

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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!

#LetsDoPicnic

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Quick and Easy Summer Meals Ideas


Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Do you ever struggle to put a meal on your table every day? If I was asking you to pick one night of the week where you are the most busy, what would it be? For us it's Thursday night because during the afternoon I volunteer at my local food bank and I get home late. Sometimes I dream of coming home and finding a chef in my kitchen, but in real life it never happens. And let me tell you that my sons and husband don't play chef often either. They prefer to eat and help with the dishes.


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Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola, quick and easy to make! - La Cuisine d'Hélène

Do you like granola? Why not make your own? This recipe is very easy, it's simply oats, nuts, seeds and coconut flakes mixed with oil and maple syrup. I don't add a lot of maple syrup because I don't want my granola to be too sweet but you could add more. Personally, I also don't like a lot of stuff in my granola, but you could add cranberries, raisins or dark chocolate chips once it's cooled. In some recipes they say to add the nuts just five minutes before the end of baking, but I do it at the beginning because I like my nuts to be crunchy. I store my granola in Mason jars in the fridge and it will easily keep for two weeks. It's so good on top of yogurt, with almond milk, or on top of compote. As a snack yesterday I made rhubarb compote, added a couple tablespoons of granola and it was delicious. My son liked this mix so much that he said he would be the one making the granola next time using my recipe!

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Join the #RBCFirstHome Twitter Party!

#RBCFirstHome Twitter Party

Are you planning to buy your first home? It's a huge decision and you probably have tons of questions. It could be legal questions, financial questions, or anything else. You are taking a risk and you should have experts answers your questions.

On Tuesday, June 16 at 8:30 pm ET join the #RBCFirstHome chat. Even if you are buying your second or third home or you are invited to submit your home-buying questions. RBC has a team of experts that will take care of answering your questions. They invited a Lawyer, Realtor, Design, Home Experts and Mortgage experts to participate in the chat as well.

As a thank you for joining the chat you will have a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 gift cards.

Hope to see you on Tuesday!



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Rhubarb Muffins

Rhubarb Muffins


It's rhubarb season! My aunt called me this week and said that she was making a cake with rhubarb from her garden. She actually baked two because her daughter likes the cake with rhubarb only and my uncle prefers a mix of rhubarb and strawberries. He told her that it was sweeter. Personally, I don't mix other fruits with my rhubarb because I like the sour taste of it. I also make rhubarb compote and once cooked I add a splash of maple syrup. It's so good over ice cream or yogurt. Last week I made this delicious Shrimps dish with Pure Infused Maple Syrup with Chipotle and Lemongrass and this week I'm trying a different kind of maple syrup in these muffins. They are so good!

What desserts do you like to bake with rhubarb?

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Shrimps with Chipotle & Lemongrass Maple Syrup

Shrimps with Chipotle & Lemongrass Maple Syrup


Did I ever tell you that I love my job as a food blogger? I get to try amazing products from reputable companies and share it with you. Not too long ago I received a package of five bottles of Pure Infused Maple Syrup. The challenge was to make a recipe using one of their products. First, let me tell you that they know how to package their maple syrup. Look at these bottles. They are gorgeous! And now let's get serious, the flavors are intoxicating. We're talking real maple syrup, infused with Vanilla, Cinnamon & Star Anise that you could drizzle over ice cream, add to your smoothies or your yogurt.  They also have Cinnamon, Nutmeg & Cloves, which pairs well with apples and is tasty on roasted root vegetables. Their Pure Infused Maple Syrup with Ginger & Apple Vinegar would be delicious in my Waldorf Salad. I like their maple syrup so much that I could take my bath in it. The Lavender & Chai would be perfect!

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What's Cooking - Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy Granola Bars

It's finally camping season in Ontario. I love camping and when my youngest son was three years old we bought our first tent. It was fun, for a while, but over the years we gradually upgraded to an RV.  For me, camping is all about being outdoors and taking the time to unwind. One year, after we sold our home in April in British Columbia, we decided to go on a camping trip for a couple of months across America. Along the way, we stopped at different campgrounds and my favorite ones are always National Parks, they are spectacular. Being in the woods is so therapeutic.

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