Archives for November 2010

Holiday Giveaway Week on Simple Bites


Its finally the week we’ve been waiting for: when we the editors of Simple Living Media get to give away thousands of dollars worth of prizes for our Home for the Holiday’s giveaway event!

I hope you’ll join in the fun. With 25 giveaways over the week, there’s a good chance you’ll win something!

I’m kicking things off with a giveaway from Scanpan – the top-of-the-line in non-stick cookware. Head on over to enter to win this cookware set, valued at over $700!
The giveaway is TODAY ONLY, so make haste. And good luck.

Stay tuned to Simple Bites all week as I’ll be handing out some of my favorite things – for the home, for kids, for mom and, of course, the kitchen.

Home Canning in the Winter Months: A Round-Up

Just because many of the farmers markets have closed down, and the roadside produce stands are boarded up for the winter, doesn’t mean we have to pack away our canning jars and declare the season over. There are still plenty of fun preserving projects to be relished (groaner!) during the darker months of the year.

In some ways, canning from November to May is more enjoyable than during the hectic summer months. The pressure in August to put up the season’s bounty before it spoils can take the fun out of it. In winter you can choose your recipes with leisure without fear of fruit over-ripening – plus the temptation for a nap in the sun or a trip to the beach is no longer a distraction!

Right now, fresh Canadian cranberries are in stores and I’m getting ready to simmer up a few batches of cranberry sauce. Perhaps after that I’ll plan an apple project, because we go through apple butter like, well, butter.

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WW: Cupcake Camp Montreal 2010














Your Thanksgiving Menu and What You Have to be Thankful For

We are home for Thanksgiving. Home as in I’m here in my house and not in the hospital with my six-year-old son, Kjell, which is a blessing in and of itself. Holidays in the hospital are never ideal. That said, this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for doctors who react quickly and carefully, ensuring that my son is happy and whole this holiday season.

I’m also thankful for all of the people in this wonderful online community, the friends I’ve made, the people who prayed and sent well wishes, kind words and so much more. I’m thankful for all of you for being there for us in spirit, even when you couldn’t be physically. We are amazed and touched and grateful. We are humbled this Thanksgiving for all the love that has been poured out on us.

And because no day would be complete without food to nourish the body, I’m thankful for all the aunts, uncles, cousins and siblings who are bringing food to our family Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Here is what I am looking forward to. [Read more…]

Homemade Fruit & Nut Crisps

I‘ve got a love/hate relationship with crackers. They’re an easy entertaining option – serve a box of rye crisps with a wedge of firm cheese and a handful of dried fruit and you’ve got a fast appetizer – and are mighty convenient for handing out to the kids while killing time in a line-up. But they have their drawbacks too.

Excessive packaging, nutritional failings, not to mention high cost, keep me from frequently stocking my pantry with store-bought crackers. In the past, when the holidays rolled around, I would get tempted to stash an assortment of crisps and crackers for entertaining, but now I make my own, thanks to this recipe for homemade crisps.

Homemade crackers? Isn’t that a lot of work?

Yes and no. Most homemade crackers require rolling out the dough and cutting each cracker individually, which can take some time. These crisps, however, are first baked as a loaf, then thinly sliced and toasted – no rolling required. I’m certain even the novice baker could turn out a successful batch – and once you taste them, there’s no going without!

These highly addicting fruit crisps are delicately flavored with buttermilk & honey, scented with fresh rosemary and contain just enough nuts & dried fruit to complement the rest of the accompaniments on the cheese board.

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