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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Peanut butter Oat bites 


A quick and easy treat to keep handy 🙂 I do these up and keep them in a container in the freezer. Healthy and a great grab for a zap of energy 🙂 

2 cups of oats 

1 mashed banana

1/2 cup of peanut butter 

1/3 cup of honey

1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

Mix it all up good and chill for 10-15 min then form into 1 inch balls ( it makes anywheres from 30-40 balls ) It’s very sticky so they don’t have to roll perfectly 🙂 

Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and put the pan in the freezer. Freeze for 30 min or so and then put in a container ( put parchment paper in between layers of them so they don’t stick ) and place back in freezer – take them out as ya “need” them 🙂 

Christmas treats

”Tis the season for baking 🙂 We are having fun making treats and giving them away 🙂 

Candied Almonds 


1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 TBsp cinnamon 

2 cups almonds 

Mix water, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Add almonds and stir. Keep stirring until all of the water has evaporated – the pour the candied nuts onto a cookie sheet to cool.


They make great gifts – unless a 13 year old boy in your house, eats them all! 

Chocolate toffee candy 


I have been making this for over 15 years 🙂 simple and yummy! 

1 1/2 cups butter

1 1/2 cups sugar 

1/2 tsp vanilla 

Cook in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir continuously until it reaches 295 on a candy thermometer ( not any longer or it will scorch. ) 

Pour into a greased pan and top with 2 cups of chocolate chips. Let the chocolate melt and spread it. Sprinkle sea salt 

Cool and break up 🙂 

Bits and Bytes, Christmas candy and strawberry ice 

Treats treats and more treats! 

It’s that time of year and although I have been going hard core gluten and dairy free… I do have 4 and sometimes 5 (Jaclyn qualifies as a family member ) who need treats for Christmas…. and with two snow days in a row…. we have had lots of time to get er done! So here are 3 great treats for the holidays 🙂 (I’ll probably have to make more lol )

Bits and Bytes 


1 bag of pretzel sticks 

2 boxes of cheese sticks or nibs ( I used one of both )

1 box of shreddies

1 box of honey nut cheerios 

Mix that all up in a bigggggg roasting pan 

Melt 1 pound of butter ( I know right? It’s a lot – but it’s a big pan!! )

Add

1 TBsp  garlic powder

2 TBsp worchestire sauce 

2 heaping tsp onion salt

2 heaping tsp. celery salt 

Mixer up and pour over the bites 🙂 toss around and then bake at 250F for an hour and a half – mix up every 1/2 hour 🙂 

Strawberry Ice ( this is the kids absolute favourite dessert! ) 


Base 

2 cups of graham crumbs

2 TBsp brown sugar 

1/2 cup of melted Butter 

Mix it up and press it into the bottom of a 9×13 pan – bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes

Topping

1 big brick of cream cheese 

2 cups of white sugar 

Blend with a hand mixer 

Blend in 1 big tub of cool whip 

Fold in 1-2 cups of frozen strawberries ( really any frozen fruit will do but my kids prefer strawberries 

Christmas Candy

This is the candy from my childhood. My mother always bought a bag of this at Christmas time 🙂 a very sentimental taste lol


We called them Barley candy – I have no idea why lol 

I got the tin candy molds at Scoop and Save… do NOT use chocolate molds! 

2 cups of white sugar 

2/3 cup of white corn syrup

3/4 cup of water 

1-2 drops of food colouring ( I have red and green paste and it rocks ) 

Mix the sugar, syrup and water in a sauce pan at high heat and keep stirring until mixture reaches 300F on a candy thermometer. Take off the stove and let it settle a bit till the bubbles stop. Mix in your colour to your desired shade and then pour into the moulds. 

Let things cool and pop those yummys out! 
Enjoy!!!