08
Dec

Creative Food Plate: Winter Birdie at the Feeder

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One thing my daughter and I love to do every Winter is feed the birds. We have feeders at most of our trees and we love watching what birds we get. This creative food plate was inspired by that. It’s my latest creative food plate for Monoprix. Go check it out on their facebook page.

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07
Dec

White Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallows

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Are you looking for an amazing tasting, but incredibly easy Christmas treat? Look no further! I made these awesome white chocolate peppermint marshmallows for Kirsten’s Christmas party last night, and they were a huge hit. They took about 10 minutes to make a whole tray of them, and it took less than that for the tray to be cleaned. This will definitely be on the regular rotation for when you need a delicious treat fast. Here’s the recipe…

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What You’ll Need

35 large marshmallows
1 white chocolate melting bar
1 package of candy canes

How To Make It

1. Place your large marshmallows on a tray.

2. Break your white chocolate melting bar into small pieces and place it in a microwave safe container. Microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted, stirring between each interval.

3. Unwrap your candy canes and place them in a sealed plastic bag. Using a mallet, crush the candy canes into small pieces.

4. Dip the marshmallows in the dish of melted white chocolate, covering the top half of the marshmallow and place back on the tray.

5. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle crushed candy cane pieces on top. Repeat until finished\.

6. Refrigerate for 5 minutes for the chocolate to harden.

Enjoy!

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06
Dec

Campbell’s Chicken Tetrazzini

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This is a super hectic time of year with the kid’s extracurriculars, school concerts, holiday parties, and Christmas preparations. During this crazy time of year, it’s sometimes difficult to fit in healthy home-cooked meals for your family too. I can totally relate with that. I need recipes that are easy to prepare, and delicious for my family. I am honoured to be a Campbell’s soup ambassador and I have the opportunity to try several recipes from the Campbell’s website and share them with you guys. I love Campbell’s soup recipes because they are “simple to make, easy to love.” When I picked this recipe to try, it sounded and looked delicious. I was a little concerned that my kids might not like it because of the visible spinach and mushrooms. They were hesitant to try it at first, but once they did, they loved it. Kirsten practically licked her plate clean and both kids told me that this can definitely go on our regular meal rotation. The recipe makes a large portion which I love because then I have leftovers the next day – which is an even better time saver! Here’s the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

2 cans (568 mL) CAMPBELL’S® Condensed Low Fat Cream of Chicken soup

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3 cups (750 mL) roasted chicken, shredded
1.25 cups (310 mL) milk
1/2 cup (125 mL) parmesan cheese, grated
1 tsp (5 mL) onion powder
1 tsp (5 mL) garlic powder
1 tsp (5 mL) Italian seasoning
6 oz (170g) mushrooms, sliced thin
1 cup (250 mL) fresh spinach, loosely packed
4 cups (1 L) hot cooked penne (about ½ of a 1lb package)
1/4 cup (60 mL) bread crumbs
1/4 cup (60 mL) mozzarella, grated

HOW TO MAKE IT

1. Combine all ingredients except bread crumbs and mozzarella in a large bowl and mix well. Transfer to a 3 liter casserole dish.

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2. Mix bread crumbs and mozzarella and sprinkle evenly over dish. Transfer to a pre-heated oven and bake for 20 minutes at 375°F (190°C) or until casserole is bubbling and topping is browned.

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3. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

See the full recipe on the Campbell’s website.

Campbell’s Holiday Secrets Exposed

This year, Campbell’s wants you to expose your holiday secrets! You can visit http://campbellsholidaysecrets.ca/ where you can share your embarrassing holiday dinners, kitchen disasters, browse confessions, as
well as find holiday hacks and recipes for making the holidays run smoothly. Definitely check it out and share your own holiday confessions.

“Disclosure: I am part of the Campbell Company of Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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03
Dec

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids

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I don’t know about you, but my fridge is always overflowing with leftovers. I’m not complaining because I love having leftovers. I love cooking larger portions and having leftovers to pack for mine and my hubby’s lunch for work, or even having enough leftover for the next night’s dinner. It’s a huge time-saver and I am all about time-saving. I also love pre-washing and cutting fruits and veggies and storing them in the fridge so that my kids can grab a healthy snack whenever they like. What I don’t like is searching through the cupboards for the right sized containers and then trying to find a lid that will fit the container I choose. Sometimes my food storage cupboard is a total mess and it’s nearly impossible to find what I’m looking for. Talk about frustrating! Rubbermaid has a fantastic solution for this problem – Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids.

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Storing your leftovers just got a whole lot easier! Easy Find Lids not only snap together in a stack for mess-free storage, but they can also snap right to the bottom of the container so you can always find the lid you need! The containers come in graduated sizes too, so they stack together nicely for the most compact storage. Your food storage cabinet and your organizational skills are going to love you!

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Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids and containers are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe and are BPA-free. They make food storage and transportation a cinch.

“Disclosure: I am part of the Rubbermaid Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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29
Nov

American Girl Dollhouse – Bedroom

Happy Saturday everyone! Tonight I will be sharing the 4th room in our American Girl dollhouse that I made. The dollhouse is thrifty and adorable and Kirsten just loves it. This dollhouse is for Kirsten’s American Girl, Ellie, but would work great for any 18 inch doll. The room we’ll be sharing tonight is Ellie’s bedroom.

Click on the links below to see the previous rooms we have revealed:

American Girl Dollhouse

American Girl Dollhouse – Dining Room

American Girl Dollhouse – Living Room

American Girl Dollhouse – Living Room 2

Here’s a quick look at the dollhouse:

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The bedroom is the middle room in the left sided bookshelf. I’ve had many people request that I take pictures of Ellie in the dollhouse so that they can get an idea of how everything fits. I promise I will do that in the near future and post the pictures soon in an upcoming post.

For now, here’s the bedroom:

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Let’s get to the details of how I decorated this room…

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The bed was part of Kirsten’s Christmas gift last year. Her room was owl-themed at the time, so I also had a seller on Etsy make me some adorable owl bedding. There are loads of seller’s on Etsy who make adorable bedding beds for American girl dolls. They are pretty reasonable in price too. I paid $29.99 for the set and it included a mattress, comforter and 3 pillows. The bed was purchased from Amazon and was about $45. They are definitely not the thriftiest of items in our dollhouse, but we already had them on hand because they were part of Kirsten’s Christmas gift last year.

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Next up is a cute bedside table for Ellie’s bed. I picked up this thrify little find at our local thrift store for a cool $1.99. I’m not even entirely sure what it was originally intended to be, but it is absolutely perfect doll-sized furniture for a bedside table. I gave it a quick spray of white spray paint and called it a day. Kirsten loves storing things in the drawers too.

That’s it for furniture. Here are some of the accessories that I used…

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I used the white locker light chandelier in Ellie’s bedroom. It takes batteries and it actually works. You can see them working in the full dollhouse picture above. I used double-sided sticky tape to attach it to the ceiling. I purchased the locker chandelier at back-to-school time at Walmart for $11.99.

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I got these adorable owl keychains at the dollar store for $1.25 each. I cut off the tags and the keychain clip and they made awesome owl pillows for Ellie’s bed. They go perfectly with her owl-themed bedroom!

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These cute accessories are stored on Ellie’s bedside table and I purchased them at Michael’s. I got the alarm clock (that actually works) at back to school time for just a few dollars after using my coupon. It’s perfect 18-inch doll size and do you notice the owls on it?! It was meant to be. The colourful owls are actually lipgloss containers that I purchased in the party section of Michael’s. They were half price so I only paid a couple dollars each. They look great in the bedroom!

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I purchased the white letter ‘E’ for Ellie at Michael’s as well. It was also a couple dollars and looks great hanging above her bed. The pink doily was purchased in the dollar section at Michael’s and I’ve used it as a bedroom rug.

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Kirsten insisted that Ellie have a pet bird. We found this adorable birdcage at Michael’s too – can you tell we love Michael’s?! LOL. It was about $5.00 and the sequin birdies were on clearance. The birdies have since broke (I think I know why they were on clearance), but Kirsten has filled the birdcage with another sturdier toy bird.

Here’s a picture of Ellie with the birdcage so you can get a good idea of it’s size…

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Here are some frames that I purchased from Michael’s in the dollar section. We used the yellow frame in Ellie’s bedroom and I printed a cute owl picture to put in it. I hung the frame to the wall using a jeweled pushpin that is pictured below from the dollar store.

Lastly, here’s a picture of some of the accessories I purchased from the dollarstore. For this room, look at the pink baskets that come in a set of 3 for $1.00. These make perfect laundry baskets for the bedroom and they come in lots of different colours. I’ll be showcasing the other accessories in other rooms.

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Here are links to some of the supplies I used to make this room – I did purchase the bookcases from Amazon and they are fabulous and also the bed. The other items were not purchased from Amazon but I will leave you the links on Amazon in case you are interested…

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