Friday, June 22, 2018

Nerf Wall

Welcome to the boys room or a mini man cave if you would like to call it!     We recently built onto our house and put 4 boys in one giant room, so with everyone sharing, we are using all the space we have with a purpose! This little piece of wall is where all their nerf guns and gear is being stored. 

We put this up for them at Christmas time and I was finding that even though we had a place to hang the nerf guns it always looked sloppy and not my hubby to the rescue.    He purchased some longer hooks to use and he had a brilliant idea of using green painters tape (as labels) so the kids could line up their guns to put them back in the proper place. 

This has been a huge game changer for the nerf wall remaining neat looking!  And it has made it so much easier for guest to help with the clean up when they are over.  

Another addition was the big blue pail that can now hang at the bottom of the board holding all the safety glasses, ammo packs, and accessories. 

Teacher Gift

Today is the last day of school for our kids.  HELLO SUMMER!!!    I always love giving the kids teachers a gift to thank them for the long hours and hard work they put into the school year.  This year I decided to give them each a gift of our homemade strawberry jam and I created these fun labels to go with it. 

I had some strawberry scrapbooking paper that I used to cover the tops of my jam jars.  The labels I printed out on card stock, punched a hole in the top and used burlap to tie it around the jar.   

Feel free to download these labels and use them for gifts as well.  If you would like to purchase the file without my water mark just message me. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Lemon Raspberry Muffins (with essential oil)

Spring is here and with this season comes all things LEMON!!!  I love the taste and smell of lemons so much!  During this time of year I am always in the kitchen experimenting with every type of lemon baked good and I think this year I nailed the prefect muffin combination!!!  I recently was gifted a Young Living Oil Starter kit and the addition of the lemon essential oil took the aroma and flavour over the top. 

Lemon Raspberry  Muffins

1 cup Milk
1 lemon juiced
2 Eggs
Zest of 1 whole lemon
2 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 salt
1 cups of raspberries (fresh or frozen)

Juice of a whole lemon
1/2 - 1 cup confectioners sugar


1.  Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 

2.  In a medium mixing bowl combine milk and the juice of a lemon and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Then mix in 2 eggs, zest of the lemon, essential oil, and oil. 

3. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. 

4. Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.  Fold in the raspberries. 

5.  Line a muffin tin or grease it well and fill about 2/3 full.  Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with few crumbs. 

The glaze

Whisk together juice from a lemon with confectioners sugar until a desired consistency.  Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes before drizzling with glaze. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Energy Bites

These no bake Energy Bites are so simple to make and they taste delicious.  You whip up a batch and pop them into the freezer.  When you are craving that prefect peanut butter and chocolate combo you take a few out and there you go the prefect protein snack for you. 

The original recipe is from Chef Savvy but I changed a few things so here is my recipe. 

Energy Bites

1 1/3 cup Peanut butter ( I like to use natural peanut butter) 
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (I prefer the mini ones)
2 cups of rolled oatmeal
1/2 cup of ground flax
1/2 cup of rice krispie cereal (I like the added crunch)
1/4 cup of honey 
A pinch (or two) of salt 

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Use a 1 Tbsp scoop to scoop them out and roll them into balls.  Put on a cookie sheet and place into the freezer.  When frozen put them into an airtight container or freezer bag and keep frozen. 

I like to keep a small container that fits 4 bites in the fridge for when I need a quick pick me up. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cast Iron Chicken Pot Pie

I have been doing a lot of cooking in this cast iron skillet lately and my last creation didn't disappoint our family.  I could have licked the skillet clean it was that delicious.   I didn't follow a recipe so I'm going to try to remember what I did so you have some basic steps to create your own creation.  

Start with some butter in your skillet and fry up onions and garlic.  Then add in your cubed potatoes and carrots and cook for 5 minutes.  Add in 2-3 cups of chicken broth ( I used homemade turkey stock), cover skillet and let cook for 10 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.

While that is cooking, prepare a box of stove top stuff according to the directions on the box.

In a small bowl mix 2 Tbsp of flour into 1/2 to 1 cup of cold chicken broth.  Add this mixture into your skillet (once your vegetables are done).  Stir for about 5 minutes or until broth thickens.  Add in any extra veggies you would like.  I put in frozen corn and peas and some left over roasted sweet potato cubes we had in the fridge.

For the chicken I used cooked chicken breast cut up into cubes.  You could use left over chicken or even a rotisserie chicken.   Add whatever chicken you are using to your delicious skillet.

Top with your stuffing and bake in the oven at 350 until bubbly and hot.  About 20 minutes.

Serve hot from the skillet.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Strawberry Pie

This strawberry pie is so easy to make and taste so delicious :)    All you need is a prepared pie crust, I usually use tender flake but I had a girl friend come over yesterday and make the pie crust then I made the filling.    The pie does need time to chill so it sets nicely so be sure to leave yourself lots of time cause you don't want a runny pie ;)  

Strawberry Pie
1 cup Sugar
3 Tbsp Corn Starch
1 Cup water
1 Cup of pureed berries
Squeeze of lemon juice

Whisk together the sugar and cornstarch in a medium size pot.  Then add water, pureed berries and squeeze of lemon juice.    Bring the mixture to a boil and allow it to boil for 1-2 minutes.  Remove mixture from heat. 

In a prepared pie shell that has been cooked.  Place 2 cups of fresh berries.  I tried to put them so the points of the berries where sticking up. Then pour your mixture over top of the pie.  

Let the pie cool and set for a couple of hours.  When you are ready to serve be sure to top with some fresh whipped cream. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Fun!

Summer is just around the corner!!!  I am so excited this is the last week of school.  Woohoo for no more packing lunches for a little while.    One thing our family does every summer is create a summer fun list.  

In the past years I did up our list on the computer and had it printed at Costco but over the years we have switched to brown paper that we doodle and colour our list out together. 

Summer Fun 2015

Summer Fun 2016

Summer 2017 

Now that we have been making a list for a few years I find it easy to create.  I always let the kids choose a few cool things from pinterest.  This can include an activity, such as make our own water colours and some yummy new treats like rootbeer float popsicles!!  

The key with doing a fun list isn't to stress yourself out and over book your summer.  You want to enjoy summer and have fun with your family and friends.  The thing I like about our list is it is stuff we like to do in the summer.  We live in such a beautiful province and we are surrounded by beautiful beaches, parks and the OCEAN that we always make a point when the weather is nice to get out and enjoy it.  The kids love having the list cause they look forward to the activities and treats we are going to enjoy.   

Here are a few of our favourites from over the years. 

We usually kick off our summer with strawberry season.  Our family always packs up and heads out to our local u-pick to get us some berries.   We make our own strawberry jam for the year.  We also love short cakes and a few years ago we were introduced to the strawberry s'more.  If you haven't tried these they should go on your list :) 

Put your marshmallow on your roasting stick then add a fresh strawberry on the top and roast to golden perfection. 

 Using celebration cookies (the dark chocolate ones are my favourite) sandwich your marshmallow and strawberry between the cookies and enjoy!

Just one sip of frozen hot chocolate from Second Cup and I was addicted!!!  This stuff is so rich and creamy but not so good for our frugal life!  So I created my own recipe for us to enjoy all summer long! 

This frozen fun will give you mamas a few hours of time to sit in the sun, read and drink up those frozen drinks!!!  

Making your own summer treats with the kids is so much fun!  Every year our kids love making these special treats ice cream sandwiches, Raspberry cheese cakes pops, Oreo Popsicles, Chocolate covered Strawberry popsicles and mamas secret popsicles

One of our favourite places to visit!   We love to camp here and we love to pack up and head there for the day!  Nothing like your toes in hot sand, breathing in the salty air and the cold water to cool you down! 

Early on in our marriage my husband actually invented his own holiday!  I know it sounds crazy but the stress of being married to a Dietitian just cracked him and he went out and brought white bread and Nutella into our home.  After a heated debate of he wasn't going to feed that to our 1 year old son he sprinkled M&Ms all over it and said I declare July 18th M&M on toast day.  It will be the day I eat fresh white bread with Nutella and M&Ms.  I caved and let him have this one day!  So now every July 18th we celebrate our holiday.  He even wrote a song for it that you can hear over on facebook @katescreativekitchen.  

It would not be summer if we didn't hear the sound of washer toss being played!  This has been a favourite game of mine since I was a little girl spending my summers in a camp ground!   So thankful in our early years of marriage this amazing husband of mine pulled over on the side of the road and purchased our own set from a local guy! 

We were married at the very end of summer so we always include a little mama and dad getaway on our summer bucket list!  This has been a very special time for us to get away for a couple of nights just the two of us to have fun!  One year we actually went to a water park and the zoo :) 

So do you make a bucket list?  Let me hear some of the fun things your family does. 
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