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DIY Pumpkin Spice (is easier than you think)

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Maybe you’ve run out of Pumpkin Spice. Or maybe you live in Canada and Starbucks has run out of pumpkin scones and it’s only halfway through October. Perhaps, you know, you live in Canada and can’t buy it here, like at all. Or it could be that you have a whole drawer full of spices and it just makes sense to make your own. What ever the reason, what are you waiting for? Pumpkin spice in T-minus 3 minutes The is probably the easiest recipe you’ll ever find on a blog. It takes about three mintues – maybe less. You…

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Lactose-Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake (with extra crumble)

mommydo.com Lactose-Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake

I love cake. And since I am quite lactose intolerant, if I don’t make it, I rarely get to eat it. That’s why I’m so excited about this Lactose-Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake with extra crumble. Of course, now that Natrel makes lactose-free butter here in Canada, it’s like it’s a whole new world. I have had some great success with vegan butter, but it’s not the real deal. While this cake does not have sour cream or butter milk, it’s still a lovely cake. I would definitely consider it lean closer to a pound cake consistency rather than fluffy birthday cake…

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Best Sandwich Bread Ever – Just Add Turkey

mommydo.com | The Best Sandwich Bread Ever, Seriously

Most people look forward to the big show at Thanksgiving. The main feast. But I think the sandwiches the day after are the best. This recipe is the Best Sandwich Bread Ever. It’s not the prettiest loaf, but it’s my favourite ever, just the same. The Best Sandwich Bread Ever is Not Pretty but… It is a bread machine recipe, which is what makes the loaves a little funny looking but I find, if you want to serve it with the big feast, putting the sliced bread on the table helps take eyes off the tall, slightly misshapen loaf. The key…

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Mommydo How-To: Maple Bacon Sriracha Popcorn

Super Bowl Sunday Maple Bacon Sriracha Popcorn It’s Superbowl Sunday which means it’s time for some super snacks. Popcorn has been my favourite snack for pretty much my whole life. And I’m always looking for ways to kick it up a notch. What better way than adding a maple bacon twist? I brought the sweet, spicy and salty together in this easy, yummy, maple bacon filled, forget-about-your-diet take on popcorn. It’s surprisingly simple to make. You need bacon, popcorn kernels, maple syrup, Sriracha sauce and a little coarse salt. Have a look! [wpvideo QjPSqQtb]   melanie

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Valentine Rice Krispie Treats

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Valentine Rice Krispie Treats I was lucky enough to win a Rice Krispies prize pack in the #treatsfortoys twitter party in December. I’m a big fan of the program where Rice Krispies donates money for toys for every toy shaped Rice Krispie Treat posted with #treatsfortoys. This year, the campaign raised $40,000. I thought I’d say Thank You for the amazing prize (which included a whole bunch of Rice Krispies AND a Visa gift card) by making a video of the first thing we made with the delivery. The whole family enjoyed these and I loved making my first food video.  …

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5 Faves Friday, These are a few of my favourite things...

5 Faves Friday: Kitchen Gadget Edition

We’re heading into holiday season! Which means a LOT of time in the kitchen. I truly love all the baking and cooking, but it’s so much more enjoyable with the right tools. Four of five of these are my go-to fav’s at home  – so much so that a few are starting to show some wear. If you’re looking for the right gadgets to get set for the holidays, these might be just what the head chef ordered. If you make meat, go into your gadget drawer. 1.Throw out your meat thermometer. Get one of these. It’s the OXO Good…

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Lactose-Free Apple Fritter Bread Recipe – Sunday. Morning. Must Eat.

slices of delicious lactose-free apple fritter loaf with sweet glaze

I found this little treat on Pinterest and went out and bought the ingredients ASAP. I was able to easily create a Lactose-Free Apple Fritter Bread Recipe, thanks to the lactose-free butter that is now available. I’ve been on a donut kick lately but making them at home seems like so. much. work. But then this glorious recipe came along…donut taste. Loaf work. No lactose? Genius. LACTOSE – FREE APPLE FRITTER BREAD RECIPE. Stop reading. Start baking now. This recipe adapted from Rumbly Tumbly, originally posted here back in 2013. I COULD HAVE BEEN EATING THIS SINCE 2013?   melanie

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When the going gets busy, the busy get slow-cookin’

mommydo.com | Melt-in-your-mouth slow cooker ribs | quick and easy and delicious ribs you make in your crockpot

I’ve been crazy busy these past few *gulp* months. I even broke my own smug ‘takeout only once every 2 weeks rule’ last week and had takeout (or takeout leftovers) EVERY NIGHT. So yesterday I hauled out the slow cooker to help pull me out of my ‘too busy to cook, to smug to eat any more takeout’ blues and try the recipe that produced these succulent beauties… Ribs? In a slow cooker? Oh yes I did. The meat was from our local shop Rowe Farms (so good) and the recipe from Food Network magazine. Easy. Seen here with oven…

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Drunken Italian Noodles and a Green Thumb

Mommydo.com | Drunken Italian Noodles |Easy pasta recipe that's perfect for entertaining | uses fresh ingredients | 30 min or less

I just realized I haven’t posted about these noodles. Wha? I can’t believe you could have been eating these for months and instead I’ve been keeping this AMAZING recipe to myself. I feel like a bit of a jerk about that. How good are they? I now have a plant – AN ACTUAL PLANT – so I always have fresh basil to make this specific recipe. So, so good. I’m pulling the recipe from here at The Cozy Apron. If you try them and like them as much as I do – (you know, ‘go out and get the only…

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Meal Plan Follow-Up: Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos

On Sunday, I talked about my new commitment to meal planning. I mentioned this weeks plan had me making Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos from this recipe from Dinner With Julie. Let me tell you, it is both easy and delicious. The meat is so tender and so tasty. Husband couldn’t believe it was a 5-ingredient dish! Took me maybe 10 minutes to get it ready – and that includes pulling the recipe up online and digging out the slow cooker. We made soft-shelled tacos with avocado, cheese (lactose-free for me), salsa and fresh tomato. It’s only as I type…

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