Five Alive Carrot Cake + Pre-Made Snack Cake Mix

Five ALIVE Carrot Cake

A BAKING MISTAKE SOMETIMES MAKES THE BEST PRODUCT!   I have a long story about this Five Alive Carrot Cake and how it all came together but I’ll keep it as brief as possible since I know you will want to rush to the kitchen to start making it. Trust me when I say it won’t last long and you’ll know what I mean once you take your first bite. If you’re looking for some easy cake recipes that you can make ahead to take to summer parties or back-yard BBQ’s with your family and friends this Five Alive Carrot Cake travels well. Yesterday I noticed that there were no snacks in the house as the kids have been eating me out of house and home. This is not unusual at the moment as both boys are growing like weeds and they are always hungry. On a whim I decided that I would make a banana loaf as I used the one I had stashed in the freezer for soccer practice as a snack last week. Having looked in the fridge (remember I said the boys were growing like weeds) only to find no bananas left meant I wasn’t making […]

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (Low-Carb, Sugar-Free)

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HOMEMADE SUGAR-FREE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS THAT SATISFY   You’re looking at a dark chocolate peanut butter cup recipe that is so good you can’t even tell they are a low-carb, sugar-free treat. If you enjoy a low-carb lifestyle and are craving something sweet these chocolate peanut butter cups will cure all. I don’t always eat low-carb and it was hard for me to stop at eating just one of these beauties which are similar to Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups that you can buy at just about every shop. I’m not even a huge peanut butter fan as I didn’t grow up on it like my wife did but when you mix it with chocolate something magical seems to happen. Ya, you know what I mean. My wife and I made these about 3 weeks ago now after she was in serious need of fulfilling her sweet tooth after dinner. Over Christmas we make a chocolate peanut butter ball recipe which is famous with just about anyone we’ve fed them to. We took that concept and created the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups but we made them in large size muffin liners re-create the Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup. A nice chocolate […]

I’m Not Spending A Dime On My Wife For Mother’s Day : The Saturday Weekend Review #171

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  REACH INTO YOUR HEART AND PULL OUT LOVE NOT MONEY   Now that my wife is a mother and I’m a father we have become part of the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day elite but both of us have chosen not to budget any money for these special days and I’ll tell you why. Everywhere I turn there is another store sign, flyer or online advertisement for Mother’s Day must-have gifts such as Jewellery, Trips, Candle-Lit Dinners, Fresh Flowers, Hand-made chocolates, Day at the Spa. I’m not against any of these extravagant Mother’s Day gifts but to me it seems to take away from the purpose of the day, to celebrate our mother. Not everyone has their mother with them but they are still celebrated with memories and a deep love from with-in the heart. These are some of the ways we need to celebrate Mother’s Day, not lavish gifts. Certainly you could do both but there are plenty of ways to say I love you Mom that doesn’t have to cost you a small fortune. When is Mother’s Day? This year Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8, 2016 in Canada. My wife is simple and frugal which […]

Baked Frittata with Mozzarella and Fennel Greens (Low-Carb)

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NUTRITIOUS EGGS ARE INEXPENSIVE AND GOOD ANY TIME OF DAY   Ever since my wife started making changes to her diet to incorporate the low-carb methodology we’ve been working on new recipes like this baked frittata with mozzarella and fennel greens also known as fennel fronds. If you have never tried fennel before you must dive in and spend the few dollars  to buy one. Fennel is crunchy like celery but has an anise flavour too it that is gorgeous to eat raw, in salads or you can roast, grill and saute it. For this baked frittata recipe I only used the fennel greens as opposed to just the fennel bulb since most people don’t know what to use the fronds for and toss them in the garbage. You can use the fennel fronds to infuse water to make a healthy tea, fennel infused oil, stuffed in fish or to make a lovely soup stock. The sky really is the limit if you love the flavour of fennel fronds when cooking and adding it to your favourite recipes. How to clean fennel When I use the fennel bulb I chop the tough stems like cabbage after I slice the fennel […]

The Best Oopsie Bread Stuffed with Pulled Pork (Low-Carb)

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OOPSIE IS A LOW-CARB BREAD REPLACEMENT THAT IS TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM!   If you haven’t eaten bread in months and you crave it THIS is the easiest and tastiest alternative in my opinion. I’m not a low-carb eater but my wife is and I’m the guinea pig who helps her create recipes and has to taste them first like this Oopsie Bread which I gave 5 stars. Don’t worry if you are thrown off by the captivating name of Oopsie bread because I was as well. My wife came to me one day and said the her friend who is also on a low-carb diet made this recipe for low-carb bread called, Oopsie bread. I said, Oopsie what? You probably did too BUT let me tell you even the skeptic in me was changed once I tucked into that delicious low-carb crock-pot pulled pork on 2 Oopsie bread rolls. Where does the Oopsie Bread name come from? I did a little research hoping to find out about Oopsie bread and just as the name suggests it was made as a mistake but a mistake that has made non-bread eaters rejoice. If it were me the recipe would be […]

The Best Cream of Celery Soup (Easy and Frugal)

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HOMEMADE SOUP IS NOT JUST FOR WINTER   If you love cream based soups and have extra celery kicking around the refrigerator that needs using up this cream of celery soup will wake up your taste-buds and surprise your wallet. While I was looking in the refrigerator the other day I noticed that we had celery that desperately needed using up. Although I don’t mind eating raw celery with some cream cheese or a dip of some kind I wasn’t quite sure about cooking celery. I’ve added celery to a roast dinner or into the crock-pot to add flavour to my crock-pot creations but never have I mustered up a cooked celery recipe before. In order to use an ingredient you must understand what it is first.   What is celery?   Celery (Apium graveolens) is a cultivated plant, variety in the family Apiaceae, commonly used as a vegetable. Depending on location and cultivar, either its stalks or its hypocotyl are eaten and used in cooking. In North America the dominant variety most commonly available in trade is “celery”, whose stalks are eaten raw, or as an ingredient in salads, or as a flavoring in soups, stews, and pot roasts. […]

The Best Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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HOME BAKED GOODIES THAT REMIND YOU OF YOUR CHILDHOOD   One of my favourite types of cookies growing up were old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies which I would help my mum make in the kitchen at least once every couple of weeks. Most of all I remember the smells of all the spices and dipping my finger in the black treacle for a little taste. I don’t know many kids who aren’t fans of eating cookies and most parents enjoy creating cookies as one of the first recipes they teach their kids. I’ve already taught our son how to make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and he’s not even two yet. I’m sure he’ll forget all about it but I have photos to prove he loved mixing and squashing the cookies with a fork. Memories are a good thing. I’ve posted two oatmeal raisin cookie recipes that I’ve created on the blog over the years which I can easily say stack up to being some of the best I’ve made especially the Oatmeal Raisin Spiced Rum Cookies which are to die for. Since we’ve got the little guy now and he loves oatmeal raisin cookies too I wanted to make something […]

Last-minute Chicken Corn Soup

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DON’T WASTE ANY TIME…GET COOKING!   My go-to nutritious soup when I feel like an easy night of cooking has to be this Chinese inspired last-minute chicken corn soup packed full of flavour. Chicken corn soup is traditional specifically in southwest China, India and other countries where corn is a staple in many diets. Corn is also fairly inexpensive to buy and for this recipe I use one can of creamed corn. If you don’t have or can’t buy creamed corn you can simply whiz up a can of peaches and cream corn with a splash of cream and a touch of sugar. For the adventurous cook you can make your own creamed corn. Related: Homemade Creamed Corn (Martha Stewart) I’ve made many chicken noodle soup recipes over the years but as a busy mother and wife sometimes it’s nice to have a short-cut chicken noodle soup especially on a cold winter day. If you’re looking for a healthy chicken noodle soup that is packed full of flavour and loaded with sweet corn that can be made in a jiffy, this is a recipe you’ll want to tuck away. If eating out is out of the question because you’re trying […]

Your Texting Addiction Could Cost You Your Job : The Saturday Weekend Review : #162

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LEAVE YOUR SMARTPHONE ALONE   Texting, hail to the new normal of our world where looking down is more important than life itself. Is texting making you less human? For many people the answer is yes because the smartphone addiction is a hard habit to break. Why oh why have we not learned that texting is an evil that can instantly cost you your life, someone else’s life or your job. Do you ever catch yourself saying this? It will never happen to me. I will never get caught. No one is watching. It was only a second. It takes only a second, to die or get injured. One second! You can never take that second back. As a new parent I’m skeptical to leave our son with anyone because these days I wonder what kind of care he would get. I’m sure I’ll get over it but any parent will tell you they worry about their child even when they are not with them. If you bring your child to daycare or any other activity that requires someone to watch your child you want to make sure they are 100% protected from harm. Accidents do happen but when they […]

Anytime Sausage Egg Pie

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A SAVOURY PIE THAT YOU CAN ENJOY FOR ANY MEAL OF THE DAY   If you enjou sausages, eggs and pie this anytime sausage egg pie is a great addition to your weekly meal plan as it freezes well plus you eat it anytime you’d like. Now that’s homemade cooking convenience. This week was all about cleaning out the freezer to get it ready for another freezer inventory so I make sure we are using up the food and it’s not getting freezer burned. Since the kids were back to school and the husband off to work after the holiday it meant time for recipe creations in the kitchen with no distractions. Since the house was quiet and I was relishing the time to myself I had realized around 11 am that I had forgotten to take something out of the freezer for dinner. Into the freezer I went to search for some sausage meat which is the same sausage meat I make my delicious British sausage rolls. Once I decide on something to take out of the freezer I then must come up with a recipe for it. This forces me to think of a new recipe that I […]

No-Bake Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Squares (Low-Carb)

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A SUGAR-FREE DESSERT RECIPE FOR ALL OCCASIONS   Not everyone can enjoy sugar-laced treats especially when there is a holiday such as a Birthday, Christmas, Easter and even Valentine’s Day. There are however some amazing sugar-free peanut butter squares that I want to share with you today that I adapted from a recipe I found online. My wife no longer consumes sugar and with Valentine’s Day coming up I wanted to surprise her with something sweet that I knew she would love. She’s a peanut butter enthusiast even though I’m not the biggest fan I must say that these sugar-free peanut butter squares are pretty amazing. It’s important that you buy unsweetened, no-salt peanut butter for the recipe. Peanut butter traditionally has quite a bit of sugar so make sure you read the labels carefully. How much sugar is in peanut butter? Even though your sugar-free peanut butter is only crushed nuts you will still have 1 gram of natural sugar per tablespoon (15g) and 3 grams of carbohydrate. If you can buy organic peanut butter that is unsweetened and just crushed peanuts…even better. You’ll pay around $5-6 a jar. The coconut oil we use is Grace premium virgin coconut […]

Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts For Valentine’s Day

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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF LOVE AND SWEETS   We love jam tarts of just about any description in our home so when a special occasion pops up like Valentine’s Day I don’t mind baking up a few batches for my family and friends. This Queen of hearts jam tarts recipe boasts a beautiful pastry filled with either raspberry or strawberry jam followed by a light dusting of  icing-sugar. If you’ve ever wanted to create your own jam tarts, today I will show you how easily I was able to make my recipe and how you can do the same in your kitchen. Most men and women are scrambling at the last-minute to get a Valentine’s Day card and treats but with a bit of planning you can make these Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts for Valentine’s Day and your loved one will love you even more…if that is even possible. Other simple Valentine’s Day recipes for him or her which you can make and add to a Valentine’s Day Gourmet Basket, Bake Sale or for guests. Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Cherry Cheesecake Blueberry Cheesecake 5 minute Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge Cherry Pie Minis Coconut Custard Tarts […]