snacks

  • vegetable puff pastry bites. May 20, 2015 - i have only recently discovered the fun of butter puff pastry! i know, i know i admit i have been under a rock of sorts!    truth be told, i thought they were full of all sorts of yucky ingredients, but it actually isn’t. i found some easy all-ready-to-go frozen puff pastry  at the grocery […]
  • donut round up! May 11, 2015 -   i feel it is my responsibility to add this warning above. you may want to get a cloth or tissue for wiping the drool off of your chin. just sayin”! donut are making a kind of come back. they can be as easy or as complicated to make as you wish; there are countless […]
  • yummy roasted chickpeas. April 29, 2015 -   i made a carrot ginger soup for my weekly soup exchange and i wanted to include something yummy with the soup, other than my usual parsley or cilantro garnish… and then it hit me.. KAPOW… roasted chickpeas! it’s the easiest, yummiest add-on ever!  ok, so here we go. i was pretty generous with my […]
  • fancy birthday popcorn! February 21, 2015 - we celebrated a 7th birthday here on february 14th. yes, our sweet bear is getting bigger by the day! he wanted to take something yummy to school to share with his classmates and i am not a huge fan of sending cupcakes; they are sweet and junky and full allergens, so not all kids can […]
  • wontons for dinner! January 9, 2015 -   after all the sweet and heavy foods of the christmas holidays, my taste buds have been craving all kinds of other flavours and textures. so, after surviving the the saturday after new years at the grocery store, i decided to spend two hours on the kitchen preparing food for my family. i’m not a […]
  • uuni riisipuuro/ oven baked rice pudding December 23, 2014 -   my family adores rice pudding. during the christmas holidays it’s a treat that we gobble up a lot of. it’s easy to make and for me always reminds of my childhood christmases back home in finland.     i got this recipe from a finnish blogger, hellapoliisi. it’s super easy, simple and delicious! since […]
  • blueberry oatmeal muffin donuts! April 7, 2014 -     um, YUM! these delightful rings of goodness are the perfect after school snack. a friend shared this muffin recipe with me, which she got from the food network.uk and, as usual i made the recipe my own with a few changes!   INGREDIENTS: 2 cups rolled oats 1 1/2 cups whole milk 1 1/2 cups flour 1 […]
  • how to make fruit sushi! February 20, 2014 - my kids LOVE sushi! their favourite is the raw salmon. but, a lot of kids don’t share their enthusiasm for this japanese cuisine, so that’s why for bear’s 6th birthday i decided to make his class at school some yummy fruit sushi! i prefer these treats to cupcakes and cookies, as there are less concerns […]
  • cranberry blueberry bars. December 18, 2013 - i found this delicious recipe from smitten kitchen, but tweaked it to fit the flavours i had in my cupboards. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup cold unsalted butter 1 egg or egg substitute 1/4 teaspoon salt orange zest 4 cups cranberries and blueberries combined 1/2 […]
  • perfect fall apple recipes! September 4, 2013 - fall has arrived. the kids are officially back to school. the trees are starting to slowly change colour and lose their leaves. people are taking about going apple picking and there’s even a crispness in the air on some mornings, oh yes, fall has definitely arrived. this time of year i like to use my oven a […]
  • yoghurt parfaits! June 11, 2013 - my kids love to eat treats, but i’m not keen on letting them eat too much sugar. so, i decided to get creative and take ingredients that we often have at home anyway and just combine them in to something fancy. kids love fancy! INGREDIENTS: greek style yoghurt in your favourite flavour granola or cereal hemp seeds […]
  • bear’s 5th birthday :: the loot bags. February 13, 2013 - BIRTHDAY WEEK! truth be told, i kinda loath the whole loot bag idea, but it is what it is and i have to work with the system. in years passed, we have made some kind of non-edible gift for our friends to take home. we’ve sent our friends and family home with magnets, bow ties, […]
  • almond butter & apple snacks! February 4, 2013 - we are not a peanut butter family, instead we are an almond butter family. growing up in finland, we never had peanut butter. it’s just not a part of the diet there, the way it is here in canada. my kids don’t really like peanut butter, even though i’ve purchased different kinds to try and encourage them […]
  • pizza pops! October 16, 2012 - bear complains that he doesn’t have enough time to eat at school. he is an excruciatingly slow eater at home and i’m sure at school he is even slower, as he gets distracted so easily. i’ve tried to figure out how to fill him with lots of good calories, fats and energy, without loading him up on […]
  • tomato n’ cheese sami’s. October 2, 2012 - these are the perfect sami’s for lunch on a cold, damp fall afternoon.  all you need is bread of any kind, butter, cheese of any kind, tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh ground sea salt n’ pepper. i buttered each piece of bread first, layered some thinly sliced extra old cheddar cheese, then i placed the […]
  • healthy quinoa patties for dinner! September 17, 2012 - i have been looking on pinterest for more interesting lunch ideas for bear. he loves wraps and sandwiches just fine, but they look pretty plain and no amount of avocado will jazz things up enough! while pinning, i stumbled upon this recipe for quinoa patties from an aussie food blog, cook republic. yum! we have […]
  • layers of yummy. September 12, 2012 - don’t you just love smoothies? i’ve been on a bit of a smoothie kick as it’s a great breakfast boost for the kids and the perfect way to get that needed protein into them. especially now that bear is in JK all day!i check the fridge for various  fruits bits, veggie chunks and other possible smoothie ingredients. […]
  • baking (blueberry) peach ring things. July 20, 2012 - it’s that time of year again when fresh ontario peaches are in the markets. yum! today with the cooler temperatures i was inspired to get my baking groove on. so, we got busy and a little messy with baking THESE today, kinda. i got the idea from tiffanie over at cornerblog. i was too lazy to find the […]
  • granola bars. March 4, 2012 - i’ve decided to make our own granola bars, again. the packaged ones are so full of additives and unnecessary junk my family does not need. i checked out a couple of recipes from here and here, but ultimately made my own version as i didn’t have the right ingredients or patience for some of the steps..so, here we […]
  • ho! ho! holiday traditions! December 18, 2011 - i am desperately trying to incorporate finnish christmas traditions into our canadian holiday season. i find food is an easy and fun way to do that.. on the weekend i made some joulupuuro, translated as christmas porridge, which i think is basically rice pudding for all you english speakers. i also made some kiisseli to […]
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