lemony basil chicken pasta

IMG_0655I’m not one to get mushy and make cards, but now that we have a daughter, I find myself making cards and doing a lot more handmade projects for presents. Valentine’s Day was no exception. Daddy got a homemade heart card using lots of tape as our little one loves tape. Apparently, tape can fix anything that’s broken.

After a nap and the rain settling down a bit in the afternoon, I whipped up this really great pasta dish for dinner. It was really fast too. I marinated the chicken breasts the night before, so all I had to do was boil the pasta and make the sauce. I also steamed some asparagus cause I’m crazy like that.

The original recipe calls for cream and half and half, but since I made cinnamon buns for breakfast, I thought we’d cool it slightly with the calories, so I made the sauce with about 1/3 cup of half and half and 0% plain greek yogourt. My husband said that this meal was a keeper and to keep it in the rotation. My daughter ate a lot of the chicken too. Wasn’t a fan of the lemony pasta, so she got plain pasta with butter on it, snooze! Continue reading

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peanutee buckwheat noodles with tofu and prawns

peanutee buckwheat noodles with tofu and prawns

peanutee buckwheat noodle bowl

I had a hankering for buckwheat soba noodles, so along came this recipe. I wanted some tofu, but I also wanted prawns, so why not combine both. If you are vegetarian, feel free to omit the prawns of course.

This recipe looks like there’s lots of steps, but if you do some prep in the morning like I do since I have a toddler running around and she’s not one to entertain herself yet for hours by herself, jeez, she’s so selfish. For this reason, I tend to do a lot of prep in the morning, so that when we get back from our afternoon outing after her nap, I can quickly whip up dinner while she plays or hangs off my leg. Continue reading

cuban chicken bowl

cuban chicken bowl

cuban chicken bowl

It’s been quite a long time since we were in Cuba, but from what I remember there wasn’t that much seasoning on the food. There were lots of beans and pork and plantains, and oh ya, mojitos. How I miss thee! So when I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest, I thought it looked really tasty and flavourful, so obviously, I made it.

I prepped the chicken the night before to marinate and chopped up and put into bowls most of the other things the morning of, so that I could get it all ready for dinner once my daughter and I got back from the park.

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crockpot french onion soup

crockpot french onion soup

crockpot french onion soup

I woke up last Saturday morning to gray, overcast skies, so thought it was as good a time as any to grab the crockpot and make some french onion soup.

By about 2pm, the sun was shining and it was really warm out, but by dinner time it was beginning to cool down again, and having been out all day shopping for new jeans for my husband, it was nice to come home to dinner pretty much ready. This is why I love the crockpot.

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chicken gyros

IMG_1138I had a craving for greek/mediterrean food, so along came chicken gyros last weekend. Easy to make and again, allows my husband to use the bbq, but could also be done in a pan on the stove.

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buttermilk chicken drumsticks

My husband loves to bbq, enough said! If there’s a way he can make a meal onto the grill, then he’s happy. Summer pretty much means at least one meal a week is bbq’d. Pretty soon this will be at least one crockpot meal a week.

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taco stuffed peppers

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It’s the last long weekend of the summer and after my husband and his friend attended the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer game, I had a few friends, plus my husband and our friend Mike, over for mexican style stuffed peppers.

A great week night dinner as well as they are simple and delicious and can be easily adapted to fit what’s in your cupboards.

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Caprese Chicken

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I’d bought some fresh mozzarella at the store, not sure why, but I did, so had to use it up, oh darn, eat cheese, yes please!

I was wanting a quick dinner, so looked on my pinterest board, and found this recipe for Caprese Chicken, so here goes. Continue reading

Smoky Corn Chowder

Last weekend while I was perusing the farm market, I grabbed 6 ears of fresh corn on the cob from the local farm behind the market. 3 for $1 so why not. In a few weeks, it’ll soon be 10 for $1, and then I go corny for corn.

I had this recipe on my pinterest board, so decided I’d try it. I made a few alterations, which I’ve marked below.

Smoky Corn Chowder with Shrimp

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garage sale find

recyclingEvery Saturday ( as long as the weather is nice) I go garage saling with my mom in the ‘burbs’ of Tsawwassen. The etiquette of garage saling is that you never ever pay full price, or at least you try not to. It’s stuff you are trying to get rid of. It amazes that some people won’t sell off something that they’ve obviously decided that they no longer needed for a measly 25¢ off what they initially wanted.

This is newest pride and joy for taking leftovers to work. It is originally for Indian food and has three different sections all held together with a metal latch.

It’s easy to clean and travels great.

Best of all, there was a $3 price tag on it and I paid $1. Bargain!

~Charity