Canada Day Cupcakes

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I made these Canada Day themed cupcakes inspired by Giada DeLaurentiisBlack and White Cupcakes. Obviously instead of chocolate I added red food colour to half the batter. They turned out awesome and very festive! Continue reading


Cooking Fail: The Worst Way to Make Homemade Juice

Homemade Apple Juice Fail | leave it to JoyI wanted to make homemade juice. I had been given some apples from my parent’s apple tree and I didn’t know what to do with them – there was so many!! That said, I don’t have a juicer. But the internet has information on everything, so I started to look for alternative methods. And wouldn’t you know it, I found one!

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This weekend I began the week long process to make the best ever pumpkin seeds. I cannot wait to eat these!

One of the many reasons to love fall.

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I know this is late in the season and you probably threw out or ate your pumpkin seeds already, but this is really for me. I NEED to remember how to make these for next year. They were absolutely amazing, crunchy, spicy, salty, Amazing.

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Pumpkin Spice Muffin Fail

Muffin, oatmeal, flax, flat, no rise,  baking modificationsSo, my muffin fail isn’t a complete fail. They are REALLY delicious, full of fiber, super moist, and they have an awesome spice pallet. I did do some modifications, and they did not rise. They are completely flat. You can find the original recipe on All Recipes here. I did do some pretty drastic modifications, because I  got lazy and the internet was not pulling up exactly what I wanted. I wanted pumpkin, I wanted oatmeal, I wanted flax, and I wanted coffee. I know – picky picky picky!

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The Best Homemade Peanut Sauce

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I love Asian fusion, I love all the flavours, the depth and spice. One thing that you need for a good fresh roll, or a good noodle bowl is a delicious peanut sauce! I have tried recipe after recipe of peanut sauce and this one is exactly what I want. Since finding it I’ve tried a few other peanut sauces and nothing compares to this and nothing in the store (that I was able to find) compares either. Some of you may also be interested to know – it’s peanut free and incredibly easy!

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Zucchini Couscous Lasagna Casserole

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I am so excited to tell you about my latest recipe added to my rotation.  Zucchini Couscous Lasagna Casserole! Yum! I based it off of a recipe from but the sauce needed a little something so I improvised. Also, I really like Israeli couscous as opposed to the ground up bits, so I modified it to accommodate that as well.

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Shakshuka: Easy Traditional Baked Eggs

shakshuka | leave it to JoyI am so excited to tell you about my latest foodie find, Shakshuka. I love eggs, they are very nutritious, delicious, affordable, and they are super quick! So when my husband saw this on Reddit I had to try it. This Shakshuka costs me about $3.00 and it will feed me and the husband for a meal with a single egg left over for a snack. Continue reading