Strawberry Peach Sangria

Happy Labour Day Long weekend everyone!! Man I cannot believe this summer is coming to an end. It seems as though the older I get, the quicker the summers go by. Must have something to do with the fact that I am always on the run, trying to fit in as many life experiences as possible while we have the good weather. Andrew and I have been on quite a few hikes around Vancouver, gone camping, and enjoyed some much needed relaxing time up at his cabin. Overall, I would say this summer has definitely been one to remember – especially with Andrew and I getting engaged! So with this post, I would like to say cheers to a wonderful summer!

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Garden Risotto

Ever since I made my first batch of risotto I’ve been hooked. Now I am continually trying to find seasonal recipes to create and post because I don’t want to overwhelm this blog with risotto recipes. I wouldn’t necessarily really call it a summer meal but for me it’s an any time, any where, any day meal. Okay, we get it I love it so I’ll stop gushing over that now. This particular one is full of green goodness which is very summer-esque in my opinion.

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Skor Bar Ice Cream

After making these Skor bar cookies I could not help but dream about making Skor bar ice cream. It really is one of the best chocolate bars to be putting in baking, ice cream, trifle, or any dessert for that matter. They are a perfect blend of chocolate, caramel and crunch! Anyway, enough gushing about Skor bars…. I think what I like most about this ice cream is the almond extract. Normally, this ice cream is made with vanilla, but I find the Almond gives it a much more unique flavor.
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Cheesy Zucchini Lasagna Rolls

When you’re a pseudo-vegetarian like me, cooking meat starts to seem extremely daunting after a period of time. I’m not against eating it in any way but I very very extremely rarely cook it for myself. Therefore I find ways to incorporate vegetables where meat would typically go. Hence, when I came across these cheese and zucchini stuffed lasagna rolls I was instantly drawn to them. I found that replacing meat with zucchini gave this such an amazing fresh taste and I am now completely in love with these cute lasagna rolls.

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Sparkling Cherry Cocktail

Cherries, cherries, everywhere but not a drop to drink…. Hold on, there is! Remember that Cherry Vodka I made a while back, well not I’ve got a drink recipe for you to try it out! IF you love taking advantage of the summer’s abundance of cherries, this is the drink for you! Unfortunately, there is no turning this drink into a mocktail.

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Easiest, Skinny Marinara

Although tomato based sauces are not my favourite when it comes to pasta, their application goes a long way and it is definitely a staple in cooking. There are quite a few really good store-bought tomato sauces and one of our favourites is Raos. Let’s be honest though, store bought pasta sauces are extremely expensive compared to making it from scratch. I tend to find making from scratch daunting sometimes based on the amount of cooking shows I’ve seen that have glorified the all-mighty tomato sauce. But in reality it doesn’t have to be daunting at all.

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Spicy Pickled Beans

I love everything pickled. Perhaps this is why I am so fond of a good caeser, there is always some exciting picked vegetable in there! Pickled beets, pickled cucumbers, pickled garlic, pickled onions, pickled peppers, and of course pickled beans. No, I am not pregnant, in fact, I have always loved pickles, ever since I was a little girl. I specifically remember asking my mother if I could drink the pickle juice after we had finished eating a jar of her home made pickles. Gross I know, but at the time it sounded like a good idea!!
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Easy Cucumber Salad

Let’s be honest, no one wants to spend their summer slaving away in a hot kitchen to make elaborate meals in the scorching heat. For me anyways, summer is all about fast, easy and fresh foods. I like to spend as much time out and a bit and as little time cooking as I can. As much as I love cooking, being outdoors in the beautiful weather definitely trumps it. This cucumber salad recipe takes no time at all to prepare and is a great side for many meals.

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Healthy Road Trip Snacks: Recipe Roundup

If you’ve ever been on a long road trip you are probably well aware that one of the hardest things to do is eat healthy. With long days in the car and fast food being such a convenience when you’re on the road, you find yourself grabbing whatever unhealthy, cheap meal that comes your way. I’ve found that the easiest way to keep this unhealthy eating on road trips in check is by packing a lot of healthy, nutritious snacks. Adam and I have done a few long road trips in the States and are about to do another next week through the Canadian Rockies to Edmonton. I have compiled a list of some of our healthy snack recipes that will hopefully help you on your next road trip!

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DIY: Cherry Vodka and Cherry Vinegar

So I’ve got another cherry recipe for you today! This one is the easiest and maybe one of the most interesting recipes yet! I can not get enough of summer stone fruits. As soon as July hits, I find every excuse possible to buy fruit, bake with fruit, cook with fruit, and basically find any way possible to use as much local fruit as possible. As you know, I am all about eliminating waste in the kitchen, and this is a great way to do so!
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