30% OFF of Food and Drink Books at @DKCanada Right NOW!

One of our favourite book publishers is DK Canada!

Food and Drink Books from DK Canada DEAL

Right now, and for a limited time only, you can receive 30% off of Food and Drink Books from DK Canada. They have a large variety of books to choose from! Perhaps it is a good time to start your Holiday Shopping....just saying!

Super Cute Simple Skeleton Cookies from @MakeMeCakeMe

Last week, we shared some adorable Ghost Cookies and today we have another cute idea for how to decorate Halloween Cookies!

Aren't these Skeleton Cookies ADORABLE?!

If you don't think you're talented enough to make these cookies, think again! You should read more about Michelle from Make Me Cake Me and you will feel inspired. You will see where her skill level started only a year ago and how far she has come!

Ghost Cookies out of Tulips from @MakeMeCakeMe for #Halloween

Do you know those beautifully decorated sugar cookies that you see in bakery windows?

Well, I've recently discovered a blogger who has taught herself how to make them. She is very humble and I would LOVE for you to give her some love and let her know just how beautiful her creations really are, because they truly are a masterpiece.

Please visit Make Me Cake Me to see Michelle's story!


These adorable little Ghost Cookies can found at Make Me Cake Me.
Can you believe that little ghost cutie is made out of a small tulip cookie cutter? Brilliant!

Hey #Canadians, Have You Tried Amoré Beverage?

Amoré Beverage is the rich nutty flavour of almonds mixed with the creaminess of dairy, a perfect combination!

I would imagine it would be really great to bake with Amoré! What do you think?


Do you want to win an Amoré Gift Basket? (ARV $75)

Are You Heading to the @DeliciousShow This Weekend in #Toronto? #DFS13 {#GIVEAWAY}

Get ready to sauté, sizzle and simmer the weekend away at the Delicious Show!


I think this show was made for us! Who wouldn't want to sample, sip and purchase new products from hundreds of exhibitors?

At the show, you can:
  • Sample, sip, and purchase new products from hundreds of exhibitors.
  • Experience live cooking demos, tastings, and hands-on workshops.
  • Attend presentations and book signings hosting world renowned culinary genii on the Food Network Celebrity Kitchen presented by The Home Depot Canada, including Martha Stewart, Chuck Hughes, Nadia G, Michael Smith, Mark McEwan, David Rocco, Rose Reisman, Brian Gluckstein, and more.

Checking out the exhibitors at a show is the biggest highlight with so many amazing (and some very unique) vendors all relating to food. I can't wait to visit Cutco, Holy Crap, Krups, Nature's Finest Cheesecake, Just a Pinch, Purdy's Chocolate, The Pampered Chef.....ok, the honest truth is I can't wait to see each and every exhibitor! I just love shows like this.

Whether you go on your own, with your family or with a girlfriend, this show needs to be added to your "to-do" list for the weekend!

I'm all over meeting some of Food Network's celebrities! Two of my favourites are Rose Reisman for her healthy recipe ideas and Michael Smith because of his laid back personality and his simple yet unique cooking style.

IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!
We are hosting a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a Michael Smith Cookbook and some P&G products to help keep their kitchen clean in a Kitchen Prize Pack valued at $50! To enter, visit our Michael Smith Giveaway!

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DFS13 Dates & Hours:
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 11am to 10pm
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 10am to 7pm
Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 10am to 6pm

Location:
Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place
195 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto, ON

Help Us welcome @VillaggioBread to Twitter with a Party #GroceryGondola

It's no secret that I LOVE French Toast! We have a couple of recipes for French Toast here on Canadian Moms Cook that we like to make for our families. Sometimes we have it for a weekend breakfast and we even have been known to have it for an easy weekday dinner too.

Our Simple French Toast would be SO delicious if made with Villaggio Bread!

I highly doubt that a bag of Villagio Bread would go stale, but if it does, it would make AMAZING Bacon Wrapped French Toast!

My next French Toast project will definitely have to be the one below because my mouth is literally watering just thinking of it.....


Just thinking of the thickly sliced, Italian style bread is making me want to run out to the store to pick some up to have French Toast tonight for dinner.......but, I won't and do you know the ONLY reason why? Because the honest truth is: we had French Toast last night for dinner!

Will you join me in welcoming @VillagioBread to twitter on Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 8pm EST? There will be lots of great conversation, fun and of course, prizes!

RSVP HERE:

Please be sure to enter your Twitter Handle “@yourTwitterhandle” in the Link/Blog Title field, and your Twitter URL “www.twitter.com/yourtwitterhandle” in the Link Field.

Stuffing Meatballs

A really simple way to make meatballs, they taste great and a fun change up from the ordinary!

Recipe - Stuffing Meatballs


Ingredients 
  • approx 1lb of uncooked ground beef
  • 1 box of stove top type stuffing, I like the turkey flavours
  • 1/2C warm water
  • a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper

Step 1
Pour the dried stuffing into a large bowl, mix with 1/2C warm water

Step 2
Add your ground beef to the bowl, top with salt and pepper and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Step 3
Mix with your hand until it comes together and form into balls

Step 4


Place on a sided cookie sheet, or a casserole dish, or I use a throw away lasagne type pan

Step 5
Bake at 375 for approx 30 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through

Serve on spaghetti, on noodles and butter, with mashed potatoes, on a bun, with rice, any number of ways!


Family Thoughts


Everyone loves these - very kid friendly as well! They are so versatile they can be a side dish, a main dish, part of a pasta dish, on a sandwich, the possibilities are endless!

DIY Dried Hydrangea Centrepiece {Tips and Tricks Tuesday}

No, this is not a recipe nor a food idea, but good tasting food is often surrounded by beauitful decor, right?

The holiday season is quickly approaching us. Read below for ideas for how to decorate your holiday table!

Now is the time to bring in hydrangea flowers to dry them.

Dried Hydrangeas have many uses!

  • Leave in a vase as a dried arrangement. They will last until next fall. Then toss them out and dry new ones.
  • Cut flower stems short and gently place in your Christmas tree.
  • Place flowers around a grape vine wreath.
  • Tuck among other decorations on a mantle or down the centre of a dining table.
  • They can even be spray painted gold, silver or any other colour.


How to dry Hydrangeas:


  1. Cut the desired length. Remove the leaves gently.
  2. Smash the bottom few inches or slit with scissors. This allows water to be drawn up into the flower efficiently.
  3. Put into a vase with only a couple of inches of water. Just let them sit in the vase for several days until the water is gone.
  4. They need to dry slowly or they will wilt.
TIP for Next Year: If you want the hydrangeas to look greenish with no pink, pick them in September before they start to change colour.

Crashed Potatoes

This recipe has been floating around Facebook for a couple weeks and I decided to try it out for myself - check it out!

Recipe - Crashed Potatoes


Ingredients 
  • small red skinned potatoes
  • 1T oil
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic powder
  • oregano
  • italian seasoning
  • parmesan cheese

Step 1
Boil potatoes until fork tender

Step 2
Lay the potatoes on a cookie sheet and "crash" them with a fork or potato masher

Step 3
Drizzle oil over potatoes

Step 4
Top with salt and pepper, garlic powder, oregano, italian seasoning and then parmesan cheese

Step 5
Bake at 425 for approx 20 minutes, serve hot

Alternative
Instead of the garlic and seasonings try seasoned salt or montreal steak spice!



Family Thoughts






Everyone loves these, even the kiddos!  A new way to get potatoes on the table and fun to experiment with.


Win a @ChefMichaelSmith Recipe book AND MORE! {#GIVEAWAY}

Are you a recipe book junkie like me? I LOVE flipping through new recipe books and flagging the pages of recipes I would like to try! Recently, I received a copy of Michael Smith's Back to Basics recipe book and I have enjoyed reading through his simple recipes with a twist and am looking forward to trying out a few myself!

Enter to win....
Prize: Ultimate Kitchen Prize Pack (ARV$50)
Chef Michael Smith Recipe Book: Back to Basics
A supply of Cascade Platinum Pacs
Dawn Platinum
Bounty Select-A-Size (8 roll pack)


I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Brown Sugar Glaze

Thinking about a ham for Thanksgiving instead of a turkey? If you don't have a lot of time to prep a big meal, having a big bone-in ham can still provide a fantastic, special occasion feel to a meal without a lot of prep work. When I cook a ham I love to add this yummy glaze on top, it's great to drizzle over leftover ham you are heating up too.

Recipe- Brown Sugar Glaze


Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1C brown sugar

Step 1
Melt stick of butter in a sauce pan over medium heat

Step 2
Add brown sugar and stir until smooth

Step 3
When ham has about 15 minutes left pour over the ham and pop it back in the oven uncovered

Alternative
Can also microwave the butter and stir in the brown sugar if you don't have room on the stove, it will be smoother and thicker if done on the stove though



Family Thoughts 


We think this makes the best tasting ham around, love to use it with a spiral ham as it drops down into the slices.

EASY Real Gourd Place Cards for Thanksgiving {Tuesday Tip}

My Mom always decorates the most beautiful holiday tables! She really is a creative woman and I do look up to her creative abilities.

Real gourd place cards make easy and fun decorations for your Thanksgiving table.


Directions:
  1. Wind half of a pipe cleaner around a pencil.
  2. Cut out a leaf shape from stiff paper (card stock is ideal).
  3. Write the person's name or initial on the leaf.
  4. Pierce one end of the leaf with a meat scewer or something sharp.
  5. Push the pipe cleaner through the hole a wee bit.
  6. Place leaf on the gourd stem.

Here is the finished table:

To go along with your Thanksgiving meal, why not try this amazingly delicious and moist pumpkin cake for DESSERT!

This upcoming weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada!
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?
What are you thankful for?

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

When I saw this post on The Pioneer Woman I knew I had to try it - oatmeal, brown sugar, how could you go wrong!

Recipe

Found on The Pioneer Woman in her well written, easy to follow steps.

Our Changes

I used light brown sugar instead of dark since that's what I had, seemed good to us!

Family Thoughts


Delicious!  Everyone loves these, they pack great to share with friends, a big hit!

Make Carving Your Turkey Easier this Thanksgiving {Tips and Tricks Tuesday}

Picture this....

You've spent all day in the kitchen, preparing a beautiful Thanksgiving meal. It's time to carve the turkey and with the first cut into the turkey, your platter goes flying onto the floor.

No one wants this! If this happened to me, I'd likely cry!

Here is a tip for preventing this from happening...


Today's Tip:

Make Carving Your Turkey Easier

Put a piece of rug hug underneath your platter before carving to prevent the platter from sliding all over the counter.

Small pieces of rug hug can be purchased at the Dollar Store.

If you don't have any on hand, even placing the platter on a towel might make things easier.

Don't know what "rug hug" is?
It's that holey, foamy type material that is used to prevent rugs and carpets from slipping around on hard surfaces.

Extra Rug Hug Tips:
  1. You can use rug hug to prevent plates sliding around on chargers too, directly on the dining room table! You know, the fancy, extra large plates that you can purchase to put underneath your dinner plates? When you go to cut your food, your plate goes slipping off the platter. If you place a small square of rug hug underneath the dinner plate, this won't happen any more.
  2. Rug Hug also helps when you can't open up a jar!

Thanks to my Mom for these great tips!
~amanda
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