Homemade Donairs

homemade donairs

When I was 20 years old, I took a year off from university and took off to Germany for 6 months of bible college.  Besides the fair bit of homesickness, it was a great experience.  It was really neat to live in Europe for 6 months, and I'm glad that I was able to do it. One of the foods I discovered while there were donairs, although the Turkish guy at the little corner place that sold them called them donar kebabs.  Since coming home I've learned that you can actually get them at plenty of ... read more

Vegetable Quinoa Stirfry

Vegetable quinoa stirfry

I'm rather late to the quinoa party.  I tried it for the first time about 6 months ago, and didn't really like it.  But I was determined to keep trying it, because it's just so darn healthy.  I really felt like I should like it. I think that it must be one of those things that tastes different depending on what it's made with.  I don't remember how I had it the first time, but I do remember not liking it at all.  Since then, it's been kind of hit and miss.  Sometimes I love it, sometimes I'd ... read more

Marbled Chocolate Grapefruit Muffins

Chocolate Grapefruit muffins

These chocolate grapefruit muffins may be closer to a cupcake.  For once in my life I didn't whole wheat them or decrease the sugar or try to healthy them up in any way, shape or form.  And they were delicious.  Super soft muffins with chocolate in every bite.  Plus the scent of grapefruit is a pleasant surprise, as you don't really expect grapefruit in a muffin. I decided to make these when I discovered a neglected grapefruit hidden away at the back of my fridge.  It was a bit overripe so I ... read more

DIY Candy Cupcake Toppers

DIY candy cupcake toppers

I love to decorate my kids birthday cakes.  Always have.  I think it's so much fun to take whatever idea they have for a theme and try to make something awesome for their birthday.  Over the years I've tried all sorts of stuff, from fondant to renting the character cake pans to making my own candy decorations.  That's what I did for this birthday. I first tried this technique a couple of years ago for my then 4 year olds Superhero party and my 6 year olds Princess party.  They had a joint ... read more

Greek Style Spinach Salad

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I used to think that Greek salad must be really difficult to make.  You know, on account of its deliciousness.  Then I saw my mother-in-law make it and discovered that the dressing is actually really simple.  Who knew that it was just a balsamic vinaigrette that made for such a great salad?  Actually I imagine everyone knew that, but for some reason it took me awhile! I'm pretty sure that my way of making Greek salad isn't too authentic, and you probably can't even call this a recipe, it's so ... read more