Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oreo Cupcakes = Delicious

Hi folks! I just realized that I haven’t posted since last Friday, oh dear! Once again, things are busy. At what point can I expect my life to slow down a bit? Not a lot, just a little bit? Never? Oh, and it’s all by my own doing? Yeah, probably.

But to be honest I don’t know if I would want my life any other way! Things are good :)

In addition to the usual things that keep me busy, (in no particular order ;) work, blogging, dogs, actually seeing my husband at some point in the day, family, friends, a cousin staying with us for a while, cakes and cupcakes for friends and their life events, a new camera to play with, and who knows what else) I have also decided to take on the Joseph Pilates Challenge at Embody Pilates, a Pilates studio in my neighborhood. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

White Artichoke Spinach Pizza

One of our favourite weeknight meals is pizza.  It is quick, you can throw just about anything on it, and everyone loves pizza!

This pizza from Katie at GoodLife Eats takes some of our favourite items and puts them together to produce an insanely tasty pizza. Artichokes, spinach, cheese, and a creamy pizza sauce, yum!.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pear Carpaccio, Toasted Pecans and Parmesan Salad

I stumbled upon this recipe while looking for new salad ideas last week and it just looked so delicious! Right now pears are so juicy and this seemed like a great way to incorporate them into a quick weeknight meal.

While the original recipe looks amazing, I had to make a lot of changes based on what was available at our local Italian market as it was way to cold outside to truck on over to the grocery store for the remaining ingredients.  In the end what resulted was a delicious and light salad that is simply fantastic!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hello Kitty Cupcakes II

I made Hello Kitty cupcakes a year ago for a 1-year birthday party, and this year I was asked to do another set for another little girl's birthday! I will be a pro at drawing Hello Kitty faces before I know it :) I still have to google Hello Kitty images each time I need to make something like this, I am so out of the loop on what is 'in' for kids these days.  Rainbow Brite is still cool, right? No? huh.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Our Favourite Cinnamon Rolls

While I still love everything that Ree from cooks, I think we have found a new cinnamon bun recipe that we enjoy just a little bit more than her famous cinnamon buns. I'm so sorry Ree! It's nothing personal, if everyone liked the exact same things then life wouldn't be interesting, right?

This new recipe I found on and we have adjusted it over the last few months to suit our tastes.  I whipped these up for our Christmas brunch and they were a huge success! Everyone had one on their plate, I don't think I have ever seen a dozen cinnamon buns disappear so quickly.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

One of my favourite quick snacks to whip up is still hummus.  It is tasty, easy, and good for you too!  It is also super versatile. You can serve it with nacho chips, crackers, vegetables, as a spread on pizzas, and who knows what else!

I had a jar of roasted red peppers in my refrigerator so I decided to throw some into my hummus and it turned out delicious!  Feel free to play with the recipe, you can add all sorts of spices and other vegetables to change up the taste.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Spicy Peanut Noodles with Chicken

Happy New Years Everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of love and laughter, and have a wonderful 2012 ahead of you.

Right now the internets are bursting with New Years resolutions, dieting plans, exercise plans, motivational pictures and phrases, etc, etc, etc. It is enough to make one feel a little on the chubby side!