Home Sweet Home

My heart is full today.

You see, about a month ago, my husband and I made the decision to leave this house and make the move back to my hometown, a little town that I love very much.

But now as I sit here in this house, surrounded by bare walls and boxes of our things, things that have surrounded us here for nearly a decade, I have a heavy heart. This house has been our home, and it’s been a good home – the house where we welcomed our puppy, the house we came home to after our wedding, the house where we’ve welcomed friends and family for dinners and celebrations and conversation, and the house we brought our daughter home to. This place holds so many happy memories.

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It is bittersweet to be leaving this house behind, but we’ll be taking all of those happy memories with us, and we’re looking forward to making many more. That’s the beautiful thing about memories – they follow you wherever you go. While this will mean a major change in our lives, I know that this change is a positive one.

I am happy to be moving back to my hometown, the place I really consider home. I am thrilled that we’ll be raising our baby girl there, surrounded by family, friends, and familiar faces and places. I’m thrilled that she’ll grow up where I did – where I can show her all of the great places to ride a bike, where she’ll learn to swim, where family is only a five minute drive away, where she’ll walk the same school halls that I did, and where she’ll grow up to drive the same streets over and over on a Saturday night with her friends. I know that doesn’t sound like any big deal to a lot of people, but to me it means everything.

Less than a week to go.

Change is good, friends. We’re ready. We’ll see you soon.

Game Time Munchies: [Recipe] Loaded Potato Chips

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This coming Sunday is Superbowl Sunday, Superbowl XLIX.

XLIX — extra licks?

You’ll enjoy the extra licks off your fingers if you make some of these indulgent loaded potato chips for game time. Maybe you’re just looking for another way to eat your #stormchips . We are getting more snow in the Maritimes this weekend, after all. Warm crunchy potato chips loaded up with everything you like on a baked potato. Ten minutes and DONE.

I really enjoy Superbowl Sunday. I’m not a regular football watcher, but I do enjoy watching football when I take the time to watch. I also actually understand the game, so don’t go thinking that I watch just because I think the uniforms are pretty. It’s much more than that. I like the well choreographed touchdown celebrations too. And the Superbowl Half Time Show, most years.

These loaded potato chips are much less a recipe than a snack idea. I’m planting the idea in your head, and it’s your responsibility to take it and run with it. Maybe you’d rather make BBQ chicken potato chips, or buffalo chicken and blue cheese potato chips – see where you can go with this? Go crazy with your favourite flavour combinations.

I used crinkle cut kettle chips for the potato chips here. I recommend using a thicker cut potato chip, or something that will stand up to holding the toppings. I also bought pre-cooked and crumbled bacon, and shredded cheese to make my life easier. One can’t be wasting time frying bacon when there’s serious snacking to be done, am I right?

Enjoy those Superbowl parties this weekend, y’animals!

Go Seahawks! When that twelfth man shows up at your party, feed him well.

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[Recipe] Loaded Potato Chips

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shredded cheese
cooked bacon, chopped
sour cream
green onions, chopped

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Preheat oven to 400F.

Spread out the potato chips on a large baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper to make clean up easier.

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Sprinkle cheese and bacon liberally over the potato chips.

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Bake in the hot oven for 5-8 minutes, until the chips are warm, the cheese has melted, and everything’s nice and sizzly.

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Sprinkle with chopped green onions and place a dollop or two of sour cream in the middle of the chips, for dipping.

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12 Days of Christmas, Day 12: Disney’s French Toast Loaf

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French toast that is make ahead and bakes as a loaf? YES, please!

It’s no secret that my husband and I are Disney fans, big ones. When I get a chance to have a little piece of Disney at home, I certainly do. The original recipe for this french toast loaf is a Disney recipe from the Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom in Disney World.

When I found this recipe, I thought it would be the perfect thing to have for breakfast on Christmas morning. It’s something that is easy to throw together the night before, and it bakes in the morning while you’re drinking a warm drink and enjoying your family. Perfect.

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12 Days of Christmas, Day 11: [Recipe] Hello Dolly Squares

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Hello Dolly squares. A classic in our family. This recipe reminds me of my Auntie Donna, as this is her recipe. Even with an entire can of sweetened condensed milk, these squares aren’t nearly as sweet as she is. She is a very special lady to me, and holds a big space in my heart.

My husband is so crazy about these treats that he actually asked me how to make them himself and used to on the regular. Considering he isn’t much of a guy for sweets, that’s saying a lot about how good these squares are.

Hello Dollies – a firm graham crumb base, topped with chocolate, pecans, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk. Simple and to the point. One of my husband’s favourites. I’m sure they’ll be one of yours too.

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12 Days of Christmas, Day 10: [Recipe] Vegetable Spread

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This vegetable spread is ridiculously tasty. Let’s not tippy toe around it, it’s amazing. It originally came to me as a sandwich spread from my friend Jenn. It’s a recipe of her mom’s and when I heard about how good it was, I had to ask Jenn to get it for me. Thanks Jenn!

This vegetable spread is a cream cheese and whipped dressing base, and filled with lots of colourful vegetables. The combination is just so good. It works as a sandwich filling, a dip, or just if you’re looking to put a shmear of something on a bagel. So versatile. We’ve enjoyed it spread on a warm baguette too.

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