Monday, January 8, 2024

Fall/ Winter Recipe Collection

The fall and winter season here in Canada brings cold weather outside and hot warm comfort food into the kitchen.  Here is my list of 40 fall/winter meals that I will be using this season to create my monthly meal plans faster.  

1.  Roast Chicken

2. Meat balls

3. Meat loaf

4. Shepards pie 

5. Sloppy Joes on these delicious buns 

6. Spaghetti

7. Chili

Big pot of chili served with the most delicious Skillet Corn Bread

Using up left over chili and serving with Nachos and Cornbread. 

8. Tacos

These can be done lots of different ways.  

Tacos in hard, soft and tortilla bowls 

Walking Tacos adds a fun twist on this meal 

Or make it a big old pile of taco salad

9. Fast and Frugal (our favourite is Mac, hamburger and tomato) 

10. Sunday Night Beef Stew

11. Beef and Broccoli

12. Asian Beef Bowls

13. Pork Fajitas

14. Pulled Pork

15. Brown Sugar spiced pork

16. Slow cooker pork lion roast

Slow cooker pork served with roasted vegetables winter salad and apple sacue

17. Bangers and Mash Or Sausage Bake

Sausage bake 

18. Sweet and Sour Pork or Chicken (Chinese fakeout)

19. Honey Baked Chicken

20. Chicken and Broccoli casserole

There are a lot of recipes on the internet for this!  But we love one that has Mayo and a little curry powder it in. 

21. Butter Chicken

22. Masaman Curry Chicken

23. Pad Thai (fakeout)

24. Chicken Pot Pie

25. Sticky Chicken Legs

26. Ham Supper

31. Baked Beans

34. Sliders

35. Fish and Chips

36. Chicken Burgers

37. Fried Chicken and Waffles

It doesn't need to be fancy! hahah.. sometimes its homemade waffles with Janes chicken nuggest 

38. Nacho Night

40.  Quesadillas

42.  Chicken pot pie spaghetti,  Just make this filling and serve over spaghetti noodles

44. Tomato Soup and Cheesy Bread 

45. Chicken Friot _ This recipe is so delicious

46.  Sausage Penne Pasta

48. Chicken fajita bowls

49. Chili Dogs - this is a great way to use up that leftover chili

50.  KD because when my teens babysit this is what they love to make for supper. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Valentine's Day Sugar Coookies

This is our most favourite roll out sugar cookie recipe!  It does require to be chilled in the fridge before rolling out so make sure you take that into consideration.   

When rolling out this dough I do it on floured parchment paper to help with the clean up and I use 2 paint sticks on either side of the dough so that each cookie has the same thickness and bakes the same. 


The frosting recipe can be found over At Sally's Baking Addiction ( I love all her recipes) 

These sweet conversation hearts go perfect on our Valentine's Day charcuterie board. 


Friday, June 24, 2022

New Brunswick Staycation 2022


Welcome to my New Brunswick Staycation guide!!!   I am so excited to give you a great list of places for you, your families and friends to visit this summer.  

With all the Staycation talk I had to pick up one of these beautifully created t-shirts, made right here in Saint John NB, to wear while we are out exploring.  The shirt is so soft, comfortable and of course cute.  It comes in LOTS of different colours and 3 different designs to choice from.  Head on over to Lenni + Auld to check out her collection! 

Buckle up get ready to EXPLORE NB

Welsford falls

This path has a great rope rail to help you navigate your way down to the falls. 

You can't tell in the photo above but 3 of us are rocking EAST COAST Lifestyle !!!   Their clothing is a great quality, fashionable and great for adventuring.  Head on over Here if you want to grab yourself some !  ALSO you can use this code (ECKIDS) for 20% off your entire purchase until June 1st! 

A great hike for young kids!  Short, kid friendly and beautiful. 

and how fun is it that there is a little swing by the falls! 

Chamcook Mountain 

 The view at the top of this trail was spectacular!  We packed a picnic lunch to enjoy at the top and lucky for us there was a picnic table.  You definitely want to check it out while you are down in Charlotte county. 

And can we just take a minute to bring up the fact that we showed up totally twinning!!!  That is when you know you are besties! hahah.  These amazing workout pants are from Costco.  I love them because of the deep pockets that hold my phone.  Also my top is from Costco and came in a 2 pack.   An important thing to remember about adventuring and hiking is dress in layers and these denim shirts are great for that.  And lets keep the sun off our faces with these hot pink hats and Beautycounter Sunscreen. 

Duck Pound Beach

Such a fun place to walk and explore.  The kids loved flying their kites there and lots of families love to explore the rocks and even enjoy little camp fires.  There are also a few nice walking trails around this beach for older hikers. 

Chocolate Town

Welcome to my sweet little home town of St. Stephen.  There are so many great things to do in this cute community.  

The Five Kings restaurant is located in the old train station.  The atmosphere is lovely, the staff was great and we all enjoyed our food very much! 

The soup of the day (homemade tomato basil) and a crispy chicken wrap was very tasty! 

Tour the front street of this cute community and be sure to visit both the Chocolate Museum and Ganong Chocolatier

You can NOT leave the town without a shopping spree at Spree!!!  This is by far the best boutique around and is owned by an amazing mother daughter duo!!!  

There are two great spots to stop and enjoy ice cream when visiting this boarder town.  The Oakbay Snack and Dairy Bar and Scoops. 

Saint John

Irving Nature Park offers a variety of trails, the ocean, beautiful scenery, and places to picnic!!!    It is right off the highway so if you are on a long drive it is a great spot to stop and stretch those legs. 


When are family is all home we love getting out (as couples) to do something fun together!!!  
Woodchucks axe throwing was a very entertaining evening!  It's located uptown in Saint John which made it very easy to hit up any restaurant afterwards! 

Area 506

 This is a great spot to go with some friends, or a hot date, to grab lunch and do a little shopping.  They have some great evening events as well that are worth checking out. 


Hit up your local swimming pool for  a fun afternoon!!!   I try to do this at least twice a summer.  I love watching the kids slide down the water slides and swim with their friends.  

The Fundy Trail 

On your way to the Fundy Trail you MUST stop at the ShipYard Cafe for a hot drink (I love a good coffee in the morning, an ice coffee in the afternoon and a Fundy Fog in the evening) and a delicious baked good.  

This year we got a 5 day pass to the Fundy trail to try to explore more parts :)  Here are a few of the fun things you can see there.  

The beautiful Suspension Footbridge

This is also a fun spot to stop and swim

(more of a rocky beach so you might want water shoes)

(Great Sandy Beach for kids)

St Martins

After a busy day hiking the Fundy Trail we LOVE to stop at St Martins to enjoy supper at the CAVES restaurant, personally the sea food platter and fish and chips are family favourites. 

Stopping at Octopus Ice Cream for a delicious treat was the perfect way to end our lunch date.  

It smelt heavenly in here as they were making their famous homemade waffle cones. 

They had so many choices for ice cream (both hard and soft) also you can enjoy floats, sundaes and banana splits. 

I am very excited that this summer I will be enjoying a night away at the beautiful Pinewood Escapes which is only a 15 minute drive away from all my favourite things in St. Martins!   If you are looking for a little getaway on a private lake with paddle boards and a hot tub, this is the place for you! 

St Andrews By the Sea

Enjoy exploring the Ocean floor at low tide with the family! 

There are so many delicious restaurants to eat at!   I am a lover of sea food, especially Lobster rolls and this one did not disappoint. 

While visiting this beautiful community you MUST treat yourself to a Tall Toms homemade Lemonade or a Sussex ice cream cone!  

Honeybeans Coffee Shop is a MUST stop !!!  The Salty Maritimer Latte is my FAVOURITE and really you can't go wrong with any of their baked goods. 

This place is so beautiful in every season!!!!  It's family friendly, romantic get away friendly and mamas weekend away friendly!  

The outdoor and indoor pools are great for relaxing in and they offer lots of extra activities to enjoy. Like renting a bike, outside camp fire pits, a beautiful wrap around deck to enjoy dining on and lots of fun lawn games. 

Be sure to to enjoy a meal at the Braxton's Restaurant located on site because the food is delicious!!!  

St. George 

One of my favourite beaches is located here!  Canal Beach is a beautiful sandy beach, the water is clear, there is are swings and a small volley ball court. 

If you are in this area YOU MUST stop by Petes Dairy Bar for ice cream!  

A special treat down here is sea glass beach!  It's definitely a place you want to explore. 

The Green Pig Country Market

The New Brunswick Sunflower Festival was absolutely breathtakingSunflowers are my favourite flowers!!!  They were my wedding flowers 17 years ago when we got married so I have had this festival on my bucket list for a few years and it did not disappoint!!!  I am happy that just Micah and I went there together cause I don't think the kids would have appreciated it like I did.  

There were so many photo opt stations set up it was an Instagram dream ;)  And with your admission you got to cut down a beautiful flower to take home. 

In September (which is technically still summer) they have the BEST corn maze!!!  I actually can't believe how muddy it was in there....a few shoes got very stuck, but we made it out and every one had a lot of fun!  They have a lot of activities for elementary aged kids to do.  You can enjoy a picnic lunch there and try out the pumpkin blaster!!  


Moncton has a lot of fun things to do.  Defiantly try to get in a visit a the Moncton Zoo

Any time you are driving by Sussex you seriously need to get off the high way and head to Jones General Store for the BIGGEST ice cream scoops ever!  Can you tell I know where all the good ice cream places are?  hahah

New River Beach 

Seriously this beach is one of my favourite places to go in the summer months. The most beautiful beach and great camp ground.   Good friends of mine usually grab pizza from the local Pizza Hut shop out there and even enjoy supper on the beach.   We did this for Fathers Day this year and it was amazing.  We spent the afternoon on the beach, then changed up to play at the play ground and enjoy pizza with a beautiful view. 

This beautiful place is mintues from New River Beach and definitely worth the stop in to see it.  

Shamrock Suites 

Spending the night in a train car...yes please.   Adventure on the rails has everything you needed.  Encompassing an entire train car, with two double bunkees, one queen bunkee, a kitchenette with continental breakfast, a private bathroom and a sitting area with games!!!  

Here are a few things to do while you are in that area of the province. 

Make a trip to Hartland to see the World's Longest Covered Bridge

And please have some flannel packed up so you can swing by the World's Large Axe 

Touring Covered Bridge Potato chip factory is one place I want to get to this summer!  How fun does it look. 


Biddington's Hideway is the most AMAZING getaway!!!  WE loved it so much we are booked to go back this year !!!

This was the BEST spot for our annual staff retreat, we call it!  Where we goal set for another year, take time to connect just the two of us, have fun together and of course do a lot of eating out!  

We picked up delicious baked goods from La Boulangerie Leger Bakery

Route 66 is a small little diner but it had the BEST lobster roll !!!  

Captin Dans is located on the wharf so we ate outside on the patio to enjoy the stunning view. The Lobster burger was a hit for me!  

Nothing better than enjoying great food by the ocean!!!  Love that this restaurant  is located right at Parlee beach!  The lobster roll, fries and burger were VERY delicious. 

And enjoy a doughnut ice cream sandwich for dessert! 

Aboiteau Beach was by far my favourite experience.  I don't know if it was that it was a very HOT summer day (thank you heatwave), or that the water was so warm (we aren't use to that here) or the fact that it was just the two of us, but whatever it was this beach is AMAZING!!!  

What an exciting summer we will have !!!!  If you wanted to check out more places to visit you can see my other Summer in NB list .   

Also I love following these two NB adventurer; The East Coast Mermaid has amazing resources for Maritime traveling and Le Petite Watson for all your Saint John adventures.   And if you have kids you MUST go check out these 101 things (1-50 here and 51-101 here) to do with kids in NB this summer ! 

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