Cheese + Chive Hash Brown Waffles

So for the first time in 33 years I FINALLY own a waffle maker!

Now, I literally want to make everything into waffles!!

I started off with plain old waffles, then cake mix waffles and NOW!!

Hash brown waffles

Cheesy hash brown waffles!!

These delicious beauties are crunchy and cheesy.

They’re perfect topped with chives and sour cream or with a fried egg! They are great for any meal of the day, but definitely perfect for breakfast or brunch!

You can whip these up super quick and I promise they’ll be a hit!

Hash brown waffles

Join my waffle obsession, and make these this weekend!

  • 2 Cups of shredded potatoes (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup fresh chopped chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste

If using fresh potatoes, place shredded potatoes in a paper towel an squeeze out extra moisture. This will prevent your waffle from being soggy!

  1. In a large bowl whisk together your eggs and milk.
  2. Add in your potatoes, cheese, chives salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Place about a Cup of the mixture in your greased waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
  4. Too with extra chives, sour cream or a fried egg and enjoy!

No if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to go turn more foods into waffles…… lol!

But seriously I am…




A Sweet twist on a breakfast classic with Arla Cheese

February 9th is #NationalBagelDay and who doesn’t love the classic cream cheese on a bagel

Who doesn’t love this classic for breakfast, lunch…. or lets be honest it makes a great quick dinner too!

What better way to celebrate this day than with our self serve “bagel bar!”

The kids love being able to make their own breakfast and choose their own toppings. I love that they can do it themselves … for the most part at least!

Also, let’s keep it real, whenever I can actually eat my own breakfast while it’s still warm, it’s definitely a momwin!

While we always make sure to have the traditional smoked salmon with all the trimmings… the kids usually aren’t the biggest fans!

One thing they can never resist is my cinnamon – honey crunch cream cheese! It tastes like a dessert but is perfectly acceptable for breakfast! I like to use Arla Lactose Free Cream Cheese.

This cream cheese is so smooth and creamy! It makes it easy and spreadable for even the littlest hands!

I also love that it’s only made with 5 ingredients that are 100% all natural! Even though it’s Lactose free, you still get all the nutritional benefits without the lactose!

Growing up with family members that are lactose intolerant, we always struggled to find quality and delicious foods that everyone could enjoy without sacrificing taste.

With this, there’s no sacrifice and all delicious rich flavour!

Celebrate this delicious month with this yummy recipe! I guarantee it will turn into a breakfast favourite!

Cinnamon- Honey Crunch cream cheese

  • 2 (200 g) containers of Arla Lactose Free Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp crushed walnuts
  1. In a medium bowl mix all your ingredients together, until well blended.
  2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes to firm up.

Serve immediately on your favourite flavour of bagels… or just eat it right out of the container, like I may or may not have…



**This post was sponsored by Arla cheese. As always the opinions expressed are my own and true.**

Cake mix chocolate zucchini bread

So, Cake mix “hacks” have been some of my favourites lately! They’re so great when you need a quick dessert with minimal effort!

The possibilities are endless!

Of course when you can whip up a dessert that’s delicious, quick AND can sneak some veggies into your kiddies tummies, without a fight…. talk about a major win!

Cake mix zucchini bread

Give this super chocolatey moist zucchini bread a try! I promise it will be a new go to dessert!

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 Cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 large, or 2 medium zucchini’s shredded

Preheat oven to 350, and grease a loaf pan

  1. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, cinnamon, milk, oil and eggs until well combined. With no lumps.
  2. Add zucchini and mix well.
  3. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Let cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Cake mix zucchini bread

The kids had no idea they were eating zucchini and literally Inhaled their slices!

Give it a try today!



Cinnamon Candied Nuts

Candied nuts

Around here, having something to snack on is a must!

These nuts are so easy to whip up, you’ll always want to have them on hand!

They’re amazing on their own, but also perfect for topping your Ice cream , cupcakes or cakes!

They are definitely versatile, if you can keep them around long enough!

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 lb of walnuts
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 300, grease a large baking pan

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together your egg white, water and vanilla.
  2. Add in your nuts, mixing until well coated.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the: sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add into your nut mixture. Mixing well.
  4. Spread your mixture on the baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, mixing once half way through.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool before serving!



Mac + Cheese Muffins

These little “muffins” are perfect for so many uses!

A great dinner side dish, perfect for school lunches and even good appetizer for a party!

You can go for the classic mac and cheese or add in something extra to give them a new twist!

All of these options are hits in our house! (Some have even made eating veggies easier!)

  • bacon (precooked) and jalapeno (as pictured above)
  • ham
  • broccoli
  • pepperoni
  • peas

The possibilities and combinations are endless!

  • 2 1/2 Cups elbow macaroni
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Cup milk
  • 2 1/2 Cups cheddar cheese

Preheat 375, grease a 12 cup muffin tin.

  1.  Cook your macaroni in a large pot of boiling water, for approx 8 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium pan on medium heat. Melt your butter. Once melted add your mustard, flour, salt and pepper. Whisk well for 1 min until lumps are gone.
  3. Gradually add your milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and stir until thickened and smooth. (approx 3-4 min) Then remove from heat.
  4. Add 2 Cups of your cheese to the mixture, and stir until completely melted.
  5. Drain your macaroni and return to the pot. Pour your cheese sauce over the pasta. (This is when you would add your special add on)
  6. Mix well, until completely coated.
  7. Divide your pasta evenly among your muffin cups and top with the extra cheese.
  8. Bake for 20 mins.
  9. Let stand for at least 15 mins, before removing from pan.



Classic Sugar Cookies

classic sugar cookies

I’m definitely feeling the Christmas spirit these days!

Any excuse to bake and make delicious treats, you know I’ll find it!

I usually try to start my baking about a month before, starting with these super simple sugar cookies. These classic are a family favorite. You can do so much with them. Roll them out and use cookie cutters, mix in some sprinkles for more festive cookies. Or even dip them in chocolate! the only limit is your imagination!

They’re perfect for baking a freezing a head of time. When you need them you just defrost and serve!

I would however, recommend that you freeze them before decorating. When you defrost them, you can add your icing and sprinkles just as though they were freshly baked!

classic sugar cookies

To create these super cute treats, I had the help of some handy gadgets from Kitchen Stuff Plus  ! This mini Piping ball comes in a set of two, with 6 decorating tips! It makes icing a breeze! For me silicone mats are a must! They guarantee your sweet treats won’t stick to your pan, and These ones come in a set of 3 and already have all your spacing measured out for you !

Of course it wouldn’t be the holidays without super cute cookies! Kitchen Stuff plus has a huge selection of cookie cutters and These are just a few of the adorable holiday options! Whichever shape you choose these cookies are always a hit, and I guarantee they won’t last long! Especially when placed on that adorable milk and cookies set also available at Kitchen Stuff Plus !

classic sugar cookies

  • 1 Cup butter, softened (not melted)
  •  1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Almond extract
  • 3 Cups All purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. In a large bowl, using a mixer, the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add in your egg and vanilla, beat until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together your dry ingredients. Your Flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
  4. Add your flour mixture to your wet ingredients 1/3 at a time. lightly mixing in between additions.
  5. Roll your dough into a ball and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350, and place your silicone mat on your baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  7. Roll your dough out onto a lightly floured surface, to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.
  8. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.
  9. Allow cookies to cool on your baking sheet for 2 minutes, then remove and finish cooling on a rack. once cooled decorate as desired!

I hope these treats add a little holiday magic to your day!



(This post was made in partnership with Kitchen Stuff Plus, as always my opinions are my own and true!)

Making Time for me with Arla Cheese

For me, the fall is like the unofficial start to the year.

It’s a time to reset, and get back on track after a summer spent putting fun first.

It’s always the busiest time of year in our house. The Fall brings back to school schedules and routines, weeknight sports and dance practices. Early mornings, grumpy kids and one tired mama!

With all the hustle and bustle, I always try to take a little time for myself. Some days it’s hard to find the time, but once Emilia is down for her nap…. it’s time for me to treat myself! It’s so important to take a step back, and focus on myself for even just a few minutes a day. It’s all about finding that balance friends, without it you’ll definitely burn yourself out!

making time for me

You all know me, food is my love language! What better way to take some me time, than to sit down with a good snack! This recipe is quick to prep but delivers a big punch!

So when it’s time for me to catch up on blogging, my favorite shows or lets face it… do absolutely nothing! This snack has quickly become one of my go to recipes!

cheesy havarti jalapeno dip

This delicious cheesy jalapeno dip pairs perfectly with veggies, pita bread and of course tortilla chips and uses Arla Jalapeno Havarti as its base, which gives it a creamy smooth texture with a little kick!

cheesy havarti jalapeno dip

Next time you need a little snack time inspiration give this one a try! You can thank me later!

cheesy havarti jalapeno dip

Cheesy Jalapeno Dip

  • 1 200g block of Arla Jalapeno Havarti  (cubed)
  • 2 Tbsp of flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Cup of milk
  • 3 Tbsp of canned chopped green chilies
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onion (optional)
  1. In a small sauce pan, on medium heat, melt butter.
  2. Once melted, whisk in your flour. Whisking until smooth, and lightly golden. (about 3-4 minutes)
  3. Pour in your milk and continue to whisk until smooth. Cook and mix until mixture starts to thicken. (about 3 minutes)
  4. Reduce your heat to low. Add your cubed cheese and chilies. Stir until cheese is completely melted. (1-2 minutes)
  5. Remove from heat, top with green onion and serve with your favorite snacks!

There you have it!

5 Steps to the perfect afternoon pick me up snack!
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Always remember to take a time out, just for yourself.

You deserve it!



This post was sponsored by Arla cheese, as always my opinions are true and my own


Herb + Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

herb and garlic scalloped potatoes

You say potato, I say…… GIVE THEM ALL TO ME!

Because I literally never met a potato recipe I didn’t like!

This recipe is definitely perfect for the holidays and for the cooler temps that have come along with it! It’s cozy comfort food at it’s finest.

The perfect Thanksgiving side dish. So good… you might even want to ditch the mashed and switch to scalloped!

  • Approx 5 lbs yukon gold potatoes, washed.
  • 2 Cups heavy cream
  • 1 340g tub herb and garlic cream cheese
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp greated parmeasan, for garnish.

pre heat oven to 400

Precook potatoes in your microwave to speed up cooking time. Place the potatoes in your microwave and cook for 4-6 minutes

  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat your cream cheese, heavy cream, salt and pepper on medium heat. Stir until mixture is smooth and cheese is melted. Set aside.
  2. Slice your potatoes, about 1/8 of an inch thick.
  3. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  4. Make your first layer of potato slices, then pour on just enough sauce to cover. Repeat layering potato slices and sauce until all potatoes are layered.
  5. Bake for 30 mins, then top with Parmesan cheese. Cook for another 10 minutes, until potatoes are golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.

It’s creamy, It’s cheesy and it’s absolutely delicious!

Give it a try, and I promise It will be an instant dinner favorite!







Cheesy Twists

cheesy bread twists

Who need boring old bread sticks and rolls at dinner time?

Not me, that’s for sure!

As I continue sharing my favorite sides and appetizers perfect for your Thanksgiving meal, how could I ever leave out the bread!

I’m a definite carbaholic….. Is that a thing?

I need ALL the bread and I can never eat a meal without it!

This variation on a bread stick, is a nice change from the norm. It looks fancy, so your guests will think you spent way more time on them than you did!

Also they’re covered in cheese! Inside AND out….. HELLOOOO that alone makes it a must try!

Frankie named these beauties and I think it’s more than fitting. Give these Cheesy Twists a try tonight!

cheesy bread twists

  • 1 Sheet of Puff pastry
  • 1/3 Cup Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesean cheese
  • 3 Cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 large egg, beaten

preheat oven to 425

  1. In a small bowl, mix together both cheeses, garlic and basil.
  2. On a clean dry surface, spread out your puff pastry. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush some of your beaten egg on the whole sheet.
  3. Sprinkle your cheese mixture on half of the dough, fold the dough in half covering the cheese covered side.
  4. Brush egg onto the top of your folded pastry and sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture.
  5. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut your pastry into 1 cm wide strips.
  6. One by one twist the strips slightly, and place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  7. Brush your twists with remaining egg.
  8. Bake for about 15 mins, or until twists are lightly browned.
  9. Allow to cool 2 mins and serve

These are now VERY highly requested at dinner time and a definite family favorite!



Bacon Cheddar Savory Bread Pudding

It’s October!

That means: cooler weather, cozy comfort food and for us Canadians… Thanksgiving!

I have a confession to make.

I’m definitely not brave enough to take on the Thanksgiving turkey!

I feel like it’s the centerpiece of whole dinner! The make or break!

So for now, I’ll leave that one up to my mom and mother in law. I will however still whip up some quick, easy and delicious side dishes!

I’ve teamed up with Kitchen Stuff Plus to share some quick and easy side dishes using their amazing bake and serve ware!

This recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving brunch, or even a dinner where you have a guest, who isn’t a fan of stuffing…. Insert GASP!!! Yes that person actually exists, That person is my son!

savory bread pudding

This savory bread pudding is a definite crowd pleaser!

  • 4 Cups bread cubes (I used a crusty italian loaf)
  • 1/3 Cup precooked and chopped bacon
  • 3/4 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1/4 Cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

preheat oven to 350

  1. Grease a large square baking dish
  2. Place your bread, bacon and half of your shredded cheese in the dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, butter, basil and salt.
  4. Pour your milk mixture over the bread and cheese in the baking dish. Press down all the bread cubes, insuring they are coated.
  5. Bake uncovered, for 45- 50 minutes. Or until lightly puffed up.
  6. Remove from oven and top with remaining cheese. Allow to cool for 5 mins and serve warm!

savory bread pudding

Bacon, cheese and bread…. Can it get any better?