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Roundup: Apples In Every Meal

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It's not just a con­ve­nient snack, apples are a great addi­tion to a long list of recipes for any meal. And, if you've recently gone apple pick­ing, you need to deal with a whole lot of apples. Stop giv­ing them out to passer-by's and push­ing them on your neigh­bours, we've got an apple recipe for any meal you need to throw down. Except dessert. For God's sake, if you want a dessert idea, just eat a damn apple. Read more

Apple Week: Ginger Apple Skillet Crumble

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I made a lot of crum­bles this sum­mer with var­i­ous fruit com­bi­na­tions includ­ing blue­ber­ries, black­ber­ries, straw­ber­ries and peaches. It was my go-to dessert when­ever I enter­tained at the cot­tage. Since I enter­tained more than usual this year, we ate a lot of crum­ble, prob­a­bly too much. Oddly, we're not sick of it yet. Scar­lett couldn't wait to make one when we got a bas­ket of apples from a friend. I actu­ally couldn't wait either. After spend­ing the first few weeks of the new school year run­ning around like I was on fire, it felt good to slow down and just make a crum­ble. As I slowly moved about my kitchen mix­ing ingre­di­ents, for a moment, I could have sworn it was a lazy warm sum­mer after­noon but I was jogged from my day­dream when Scar­lett demanded that I spell the word "Wednes­day." Day­dream over, home­work on.

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Netflix & SPC: Mystery Mac and Cheese

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Now that fall has arrived, I’m set­tling back into my com­fort cook­ing and as much as I miss my BBQ burg­ers and cold sal­ads (water­melon straw­berry was my favorite this past sum­mer), I’m fully embrac­ing the lus­cious­ness of fall. In other words, I’m back to cram­ming my menu with hearty dishes like meat­loaf and mac and cheese. Read more

Netflix & SPC: The October Craft Mystery

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How often do you feel like you know what you’re doing as a par­ent? I mean, really, truly, you’ve-got-this con­fi­dence that you’re mak­ing the right deci­sions. I’d say for me, it’s about half the time. Some­times this divi­sion can be bro­ken up in time frames. Like, Julian has just started school and have I pre­pared him prop­erly for what he’s got to man­age when he’s there? Hmmm, really not sure. But in a cou­ple of weeks, I think I can guess that I'll feel like I’ll know bet­ter what time he should be going to bed, how much more prac­tice he needs with writ­ing his name, etc. Other times my clued-in/clueless split hap­pens within the same hour. No, I will not make another din­ner if Esme doesn’t like the one I made and I don’t know if I should let her pierce her ears when half of her friends have already done it. The truth is that no amount of study­ing par­ent­ing books, talk­ing to your friends, or scour­ing the inter­net makes chil­dren less of a mys­tery in cer­tain moments.

My cur­rent mys­ter­ies are like spooky book­ends. Why do four-year old boys need to make toi­let jokes part of every con­ver­sa­tion? How do seven-year old girls sud­denly know how to roll their eyes as a part of each mother-daughter exchange? I sus­pect that these clas­sic behav­iours will pass as unex­pect­edly as they arrived (if you’ve you’ve got five and eight-year olds and I’m wrong, just keep it to your­self, okay?). The other mys­ter­ies that have arrived in our home make me much hap­pier: Busy­town Myter­ies, for exam­ple. I’m old enough to remem­ber when Busy­town only lived in books. I loved pour­ing over them, with all their hilar­i­ous details. As I over­hear my kids watch­ing the new ver­sion on Net­flix I always catch myself singing along to the theme song. “Every­body all together, solve the mys­tery with Huckle. You can solve one tooooooooo.” Read more

The SPC Breakfast Planner

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From the moment I fin­ish my break­fast, I start think­ing about my next morn­ing meal. Ok, you got me, I start wor­ry­ing about din­ner but, once I've got that under con­trol, I go right back to think­ing about break­fast. Hands down, it's my favourite meal. So it's no won­der I always want to get it right. After all, if I don't have a good break­fast, then my day is off to a rot­ten start. I'm not sure if my daugh­ter feels the same way (I guess I should ask her) but, like other things, I assume she shares my feel­ings about the meal. (Obvi­ously, she hates walk­ing into class late too. I did.) There­fore, I try to make sure her break­fast is gives her enough energy for the day and has some­thing that I know makes her happy.

Eas­ier said than done, right? Dur­ing the week, going beyond the cereal bowl can be as dif­fi­cult a task as get­ting a 7 year-old to brush their teeth, I mean really brush them. It's why we give you our SPC break­fast plan­ner. We've got recipes you prob­a­bly expect like muffins as well as a few you prob­a­bly don't (good morn­ing, chia pud­ding!). We've also bro­ken every­thing down into cat­e­gories you under­stand: Grab And Go, 10 Min­utes Or Less and While You Sleep. So take what you need to sat­isfy your family's idea of the per­fect break­fast as well as get you out the door. I, for one, will be mak­ing the scones this week­end. After all, we're try­ing to get out of the house, on-time, with­out inci­dent, every sin­gle morn­ing too. Read more