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Fall Recipe | Cornmeal Muffins

Fall is officially upon us - woo hoo!

To celebrate, I am sharing a quick and easy cornmeal muffin recipe. These slightly sweet muffins are the perfect accompaniment for breakfast, brunch or on the go for a busy bee like myself as well kids!

Fun tip: add fresh blueberries or raspberries for added sweetness! Though to keep it on the savoury side, make some chili or pulled pork!


3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cup cornmeal
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp honey
1/2 cup oil
1 cup milk


In a large bowl, mix together corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add egg, oil, honey and milk; stir gently to combine. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

Bake at 350 degree F for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown and let cool for 10 minutes.

p.s. these Ikea silicon cup are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Make sure to grease them before hand with butter or olive oil if you do end up using them.

My go-to meal this fall with cornmeal muffins - slow cooker pork roast!


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Nairn's Oat Crackers & Cookies

With summer officially coming to an end today and fall upon us, school is back in session and we are all busy bees with little time to indulge healthily. That's where Nairn's comes into play - Nairn's Oat Crackers & Cookies is a great base to mix and match different toppings for snacks, dinner parties or casual nibbles. Produced in both sweet and savoury variations, rough and smooth in texture, with or without fruit or seeds, they provide the perfect balance to a busy schedule without ever compromising on taste. Nairn's is truly versatile - simple, wholesome and healthy.

This Scottish brand of over 100 years has perfected their oat recipe to a tee. Each Nairn's products comes perfectly portioned, wrapped packs making them easy to slip into your bag or lunch box for freshness on the go. The difficult part is which one to choose as your base and what tasty topping you're going to pile it up with! There's a variety to choose from - oatcakes, oat biscuits, oaty bakes and gluten free products, all of which do not contain any artificial colourings, flavours or preservatives.

Whether you're a student, stay at home mum or on the go business woman, you can rely on Nairn's products to provide a great natural way to get the energy you need to make the most of your day. Nairn's farming family care passionately about the food they produce and use only the very best natural ingredients. So you don't have to worry about artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners. All natural baby!

Nairn’s Oat Crackers and Cookies are available in seven delicious flavours, all made from wheat free recipes with whole grain oats. They are high in fibre and naturally energizing to keep you going throughout the day.

Of the seven available, three stood out particularly: Cheese Oat Crackers, Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies and Mixed Berries Oat Cookies. 

You gotta try them! 

Scottish Organic Oat Crackers
Nairn’s makes Organic Oat Crackers with organic oats grown to the Soil Association’s strict guidelines. There are so many organic whole grain oats packed into these oatcakes there’s simply not much room for anything else.

Whether you’re snacking on the go or eating leisurely at home, these guilt-free Organic Oat Crackers are healthier for both you – and the environment.

Scottish Cheese Oat Crackers
Some things are just made for each other — strawberries and cream, peanut butter and banana, oatcakes and cheese. Our versatile Cheese Oat Crackers are made with mature cheddar cheese, whole grain oats, and very little else.

Scottish Oat Crackers, Roughly Milled
Nairn’s Rough Oat Crackers are so seriously oaty,  it’s no surprise they are the most popular Oat Crackers. The tempting toasted oat flavour of these Rough Oatcakes is the perfect accompaniment to many sweet or savoury toppings. Why not try them with a cheese board instead of your usual cracker?

Scottish Crisp Baked Oat Crackers with Sunflower Seeds
Full of flavour with a delicious crunch from sunflower seeds, Nairn’s Oat Crackers with Sunflower Seeds provide lots of oaty goodness in a tasty, light and crispy cracker.

These crackers are high in fiber and full of complex carbohydrates, giving you a natural boost and helping you get the most out of your day. These crackers are ideal for those wishing to limit or avoid wheat in their diet.

Stem Ginger Oat Cookies
Nairn’s Stem Ginger Oat Cookies are bursting with flavour. Baked with stem and ground ginger, these little oaty cookies pack a real gingery punch. These award-winning cookies are made with whole grain oats that slowly release energy, making them a healthier alternative for the whole family.

Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies
Dark chocolate chips combined with crunchy oats in these Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies are a truly indulgent treat. Yet they are made with whole grain oats and absolutely no hydrogenated fat making them a guilt-free, healthier option.

Mixed Berries Oat Cookies
Nairn’s Mixed Berries Oat Cookies are full of dried cranberries and flavoured with raspberry. These award-winning fruity cookies are literally bursting with flavour. They’re perfect as an after-school treat and indulgent enough to savour with your afternoon coffee.

Other Yummy Toppings:

{Cucumber & Cheddar Cheese Topping}

{Mango & Feta Salsa Topping}

Must try recipe: Peanut Caramel Cheesecake

Availability in Canada
Nairn’s Oat Crackers and Cookies are available at major grocery stores across Canada, including Loblaws, London Drugs, Sobeys, Metro, Foodland, Longo’s, Highland Farms, Whole Foods Market, Overwaitea, and independent health food stores.


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Fall Recipe | Apple Crisp

Brr! The last few days have been quite chilly hence why I have already started sipping on warm apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes and baking up a storm in my kitchen with all the apples I picked last weekend. So I have an announcement to make, fall is here and here to stay or well I hope it is. As one of my favourite seasons, I correlate fall with everything cozy.

Today we are celebrating with apple crisp - a basic dessert perfect for sharing with friends and family:


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Peel, core, and slice the apples into small wedges.

6 apples
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp of lemon juice
1/2 cup of brown sugar

Blend salt, lemon juice and brown sugar into sliced apples in a casserole dish.

1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened

Mix the above ingredients and sprinkle over top the apples.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes uncovered, or until apples are soft. Remove from oven and let stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Stay tuned for more fall recipes!


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Taste of Kingston | Ribfest & Craft Beer Show

We all know ribs aren't my favourite item to nibble on - but BBQ sauce, that's a whole other story! This past weekend September 5-7, 2014, the 2nd annual Kingston Ribfest & Craft Beer Show took place in the great atmosphere of Memorial Centre Park. Admission was free while donations to the Partners in Mission Food Bank were accepted at the gate. It was the perfect event for friends, students back in town and families.

{Silver Bullet Bar.B.Q}

Among the Ribbers present were Crabby's BBQ Shack, Ribs Royale, Silver Bullet Bar.B.Q, Smokehouse Bandits and Texas Rangers.

Other vendors included:

BeaverTails Thousand Islands
Colossal Onion
Funnel Cake Express
Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream
Ontario Corn Roasters
Pappy's Soda Poutine Krazee

As voted by the Kingston judges, the results for 2014 were:

Best Ribs
 1. Smokehouse Bandits 2. Crabby’s BBQ 3. Silver Bullet

Best Sauce  
1. Smokehouse Bandits 2. Crabby’s BBQ 3. Silver Bullet

Best Chicken 
1. Smokehouse Bandits 2. Texas Rangers 3. Silver Bullet

Folks were also able to sample more than 50 different brands from these great craft breweries such as MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co., Mill Street Brewery, Big Rig Brewery as well as Thornbury Cider.

{Ribs Royale}

Though I did not devourer copious amounts of ribs while my partner did, I sampled pulled pork and chicken!

{Texas Ranger}

{Smokehouse Bandit}

{Crabby's B.B.Q Shack}

{Pappy's Olde Fashion Soda Pop Co.

{Colossal Onion}

{The Deliciousness of Ribfest 2014}

See you next year! Remember to bring cash if you do go!


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Food Trucks | Kingston, Ontario

The best new food trucks in Kingston represent an entire new model of street food in our city. From seasonally inspired comfort food to a play on mexican food, this wave of new food trucks has elevated street food in Kingston to new heights that were unimaginable only a few years back. If you've never been to a food truck, what are you waiting for?

Here are the top food trucks and their locations:

Farm Girl

Regular Location | City Park, Downtown Kingston

Must Try | Farm Girl Beef Dip Sandwich & Panko Crusted Mac N Cheese Fritters

{Farm Girl}

{Farm Girl}

Two Nuts in a Food Truck

Regular Location | Place D’Arms & Wellington St, Downtown Kingston

Must Try | Bonkers Cheese Steak

{Two Nuts in a Food Truck}

Mission St. North

Regular Location | 14 Garrett St., Downtown Kingston

Must Try | Cabos Tacos & Yucutan Chicken Burrito

Burrito Bunker

Regular Location | Gardiners Rd, Uptown Kingston

Must Try | Colonel Cluck & Sergeant Sinful


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Top 5 Sushi | Kingston, Ontario

Sushi cravings or indulgences happen to the most of us and Kingston has a few worthy spots that mean serious business. So whether you're a local or tourist, make it a mission to go on an adventurous culinary experience. Step outside the box and try something new - especially sushi!

In no particular order:

Sima Sushi

66 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L 1A5 | (613) 542-8040 | www.simasushi.ca


499 Princess St, kington ON K7L 1C3 | (613) 549-0956 | www.izumokingston.com

Jina Sushi

409 Johnson St, Kingston, ON K7L 1Z1 | (613) 766-7026 | www.jinasushi.com

Kenko Sushi

743 Bayridge Dr, Kingston, ON K7P 1S2 | 613) 507-6777 | www.kenkokingston.com

Akira Restaurant

83 Aberfoyle Rd, Kingston, ON K7M 7T2 | (613) 767-7664

Worth mentioning as this place is new to Kingston:

Sushibar Da

354 King St E, Kingston, ON K7L 1A4 | (613) 544-6278 | www.kingstonsushihouse.ca

What's your favourite sushi spot in Kingston?


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