January 13, 2014

Soup’s on

There is nothing like a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter’s day to warm your bones and fill your belly. My family’s favourite soups this winter have been a hearty chicken noodle, a yummy beef barley and a decadent butternut squash curry soup. I love that I got a chance to use my crockpot, dumping in ingredients the night before or the morning of. I love that feeling of walking away from the meal knowing that the hard part is done. I love that feeling of my family walking through the door, stopping, taking an appreciative sniff of the air, the slow smile on their lips and the twinkle that I get in my eye when I tell them, ‘Soup’s on’.

Hearty winter soups

beef barley

butternut squash curry soup


July 20, 2013

Summer eats and drinks

One of the greater pleasures of summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and the various combinations of gastronomic delights you can develop. Here are some of my inspirations for summer eats and drinks. I’m reminded of the famous quote by Virginia Woolf which says, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”  So enjoy this summer, living well and dining well. Bon Appétit.


summer salad



Summer eats and drinks For more  meal ideas and for the links to these gastronomic delights, please check out my epic foodie board @ http://pinterest.com/epicmom/epic-foodie/

March 26, 2013

Quick and Easy Granola Crisp

In anticipation of my beach getaway, I’ve been trying not to stuff myself full of sweets. Can I tell you how difficult that is when you have an intense sweet tooth?  One of my favourite dessert is strawberry rhubarb crisp and lately I’ve been modifying the recipe to make it a bit more healthy and kinder to my waistline.  Bye bye for now butter, my old faithful friend; and a hearty hello to this low fat version of an old classic.  I call it my Quick and Easy Granola Crisp.  I hope you enjoy.


1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup frozen mangoes
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 cups granola



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the frozen berries, mangoes and raisins then pour into an eight inch square baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the apple juice, flour, and pumpkin pie spice. Pour over the fruit. Sprinkle the granola evenly over the fruit and lightly press down.
  3. Bake until hot and bubbly, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm.


Bon Appétit

September 18, 2012

Fantastic fall foods

I love fall foods! There’s nothing like eating a yummy, warm bowl of soup on a cold, rainy day. What about biting into baked butternut squash slathered in maple syrup or brown sugar. Fall foods are fantastic, just check these out.

Acorn Squash with Apple & Sausage Stuffing with Apple Glaze


Source: jamhands.net via Epic on Pinterest


Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Soup

Source: bonbonbreak.com via Epic on Pinterest


Squash in a squash boat



Apple Cider Caramel Cookies


Pumpkin based desserts




So what is your favourite fall food?  Leave a comment below to let us know!

July 29, 2012

Playful Grounds

As many of you know, my three year old starts kindergarten in September. She’s ecstatic about going to school, however we’re apprehensive about this big transition for our little girl. So when my friend Shy sent me an email about a ‘preparing your child for junior kindergarten’ workshop, hubby and I signed up right away.

The workshop was offered by Cherrie from NuBaby. She did a wonderful job giving us lots of information, tips and helping to ease our fears. She was so awesome that I did’t want to hoard the info for myself but had to find a way to share it with you too. So please check back in a few weeks for Cherrie’s top 5 tips for ‘preparing your child for junior kindergarten’.

The workshop was hosted by a local Toronto parent and tot hot spot called Playful Grounds. The owners are Tera and Davina. Davina was manning the shop when we arrived and she made us feel completely welcome.  The other parents hanging out there were super friendly, there were lots of toys for kids to play with and take it from me, the food was really great!  There was a good variety of different foods and drinks on the menu, including vegan muffins and cupcakes. On the main menu there were chicken pesto or vegetable paninis, Bagel and Lox (locally cured salmon), Quinoa salad marinated with cucumber, tomato and mint along with hand bagged teas, specialty coffees and even alcohol. From the mini menu, your kiddies can enjoy a cheese pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches with apple slices or nutella and banana sandwiches and they can add a Kiju Juice Box to their meal which comes in a variety of flavours. The presentation of the meals was also impeccable.

Let me ask you this, where else in the city can you walk into a cafe, park your stroller, go to a free informational workshop, enjoy a great tasting brunch with your family, have a pleasant chat with the other patrons and hang out with your hubby while your kids play independently? The answer is, only at Playful Grounds.

When we were leaving, my three year old asked, “Wow mommy, that was fun! When can we go back again?” Need I say more? Playful Grounds was a huge hit with our entire family and we’re sure it will be a huge hit with yours too!

Playful Grounds: 605 College Street

(416) 645-0484