I’m Back

Wow… so I couldn’t get on this for the longest time cause I had lost my password – damn things… I have a thousand of them and can never remember them – ugh.

Today ended up being a “snow day” – so as a teacher, I stay home when there is no school. The kids and I stay in our Jammie’s all day and I usually find cool things to cook. So keeping with tradition, I started researching what to cook.

I said to myself… ” I should try logging into WordPress again ” and for whatever reason, it worked. Now looking at my last post, which was in March 2017, a LOT has happened in our lives.

In May 2017, my Mike died. None of us saw it coming… he committed suicide.

Cooking was something we loved to do together, and gathering around the table was his favourite thing to do. So, after he died, we just couldn’t do it. We got rid of the table. I threw out a lot of kitchenware and we really didn’t have great appetites for a long time. One day this fall my 14 year old son asked me when we were going to start eating better again…. wow, slap of reality right there. I was having a hard time keeping it together let alone get back to cooking but the guilt of not being a good enough mother took over ( I know I’m a good mama, just didn’t feel it at the time ) and I put myself through the motions. We got a new dining table made for us and when it arrived we were all to scared to sit at it.

Fast forward to the Christmas holidays. I went to Italy on kind of a healing trip. Mike had booked it before he died so I wanted to follow through with his plans. I’m in Florence, eating incredible food and my son texted me…. ” Mom, I’ve done a lot of research and I’ve decided I want to start eating only plant based foods. I want to be a vegan.”

Holy geez… I better get my act together. Vegan food is a lot of work!!! What the heck is he doing to me!

I have him to thank cause I’m cooking a lot more now and I realized how much I missed it.

So my first post back has two recipes in it. Vegan protein balls AND non-vegan Asian Turkey Meatballs 😜.

Vegan Protein Balls

1 cup of rolled oats

1/2 cup natural peanut butter ( we used crunchy )

2 scoops of chocolate protein – we found a vegan one

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup sunflower seeds ( unsalted )

2 Tblsp chia seeds

A splash of cashew milk – just to help it stick

Mix it all up and roll into balls and refrigerate

Asian Turkey Meatballs

Two pounds of Turkey

1 1/4 cups of Panko breadcrumbs

1 egg

3 large cloves of garlic

2 green onions chopped

1 tsp of sesame oil

2 TBSP soy seasoning – we used Braggs

Mix all this up and roll into 24 balls- put them on a cookie sheet and bake at 400F for about 20 min- but check em and make sure they are cooked through. Ain’t nobody got time for raw turkey lol

Sauce

1/2 cup hoisin sauce

1/4 cup of soy seasoning

2 tsp sesame oil

Toss the balls in the sauce and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds 😜❤️ yummo

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Sea Bass braised with Parsley Butter


So coming from Cape Breton, this chick has eaten a heck of a lot of fish – shellfish, jigged fish, brook fish, river fish, sea fish..,, a friggin lot of fish….. However I had never had bass!!! Man was I ever missing out! Just awesome!!!! Here is a simple yet awesome recipe to BBQ 🙂 

Ingredients 

2 pounds of bass filets 

1 tsp. Paprika 

1 tsp. Garlic powder

1 tsp. Onion powder

1/4 tsp. Lemon pepper

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp. Ground pepper

Mix up the spices and rub all over the fillets 

Spray a BBQ pan ( one with holes in it ) and place the fillets on it.

Melt up 4 TBSP butter and add 2 cloves of garlic with a TBSP of chopped parsley 

Put the pan on the Barbie and cook one side for 7 mins / flip and braise with butter mixture for 5 min….

All done!!! We served it wig a baked potato and maple glazed carrots … Mmmmm 

Easy Beef Jerky

My son likes beef jerky and often gets it at the gas stations when we are traveling.my parents got us a dehydrator for Christmas 2 years ago and I’ve made beef jerky before with the spice mixes provided but we used them all up so I had to research a homemade mix… Man there are a lot of different ones out there! I found a few that I fused together to create this one 🙂 easy and not much work to make! 


Slice a pound and a half of flank steak. Slice it really thin and try to keep the slices even so they all cook the same. 

A nice sharp knife is key and cut opposite the grain of the steak so it doesn’t fall apart.

Mix up;

1/4 cup of Braggs Liquid Soy Seasoning 

2 TBSP of Worchestershire Sauce

2 TBSP maple sugar ( brown if you don’t have maple)

2 TSP sea salt

1 TSP black pepper

1 TSP onion powder

1 TSP garlic powder

1 TSP paprika 

Pour over steak slices and evenly coat. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours. I just put it in over night 

Now if you have a dehydrator, then lay out the steak and set it at the highest setting … Usually 160F and run it for about 4-5 hours.

If you don’t have a dehydrator you can lay it out on baking sheets and put it in your oven on the highest rack and bake at 150 for at least 4-5 hours. Just check the consistency at around 4 hours . It will all depend on how thick you sliced your steak! 

Enjoy… Hide from people if you want it to last! 

Breakfast Pizza

So… I tried this for the first time this morning and yup … Blog worthy! And healthy! My life has been a train wreck lately and I need to get back on track so you’ll be seeing a lot more blogging in the next little while 🙂 feedback is always welcomed !! Please!!! 


The standard bacon eggs and toast are a fav in this house but I have to come up with something better! I concocted this gem this morning…. So good! And so many combos can work! 

1 whole wheat pita

Spread with a TBSP of garlic scape pesto ( any pesto will do!) 

Sprinkle a little chopped onion

1 scrambled egg

2 slices of sliced Black Forest ham… I tore it up into little bits. I used ….


A few cherry tomatoes sliced up 

2 TBSP of crumbled feta 
Broil at 400F for about 6-7 min and eat! Yummy!