Instant Pot Thai Green Curry Beef

When you’ve got a craving, forget take-out – go ahead and make it yourself! This is what I did when I was longing for the rich flavours of Thai Green Curry Beef.

Craving curry? Our recipe for Thai Green Curry Beef is made in the Instant Pot so it's easy and oh-so delicious!

Here I am, so proud – I’m finally following my goal to cook more.

I’m no stranger to the kitchen. In fact, I bake on a daily basis.

But, guys, here’s the thing – I am notorious for ordering food – and so is my husband. After a long day, there’s nothing like having someone serve you a hot meal – or, in this case, bring it to your door.

However, ordering take-out was burning a hole through our wallets. Plus, it took away the fun in cooking together – an activity we loved doing pre-parenthood.

Craving curry? Our recipe for Thai Green Curry Beef is made in the Instant Pot so it's easy and oh-so delicious!

So, as a couple, we decided it was time to ditch the delivery service, and cook more often together. Obviously, we haven’t completely abandoned the idea of ordering from our favourite restaurant, but we do it much less frequently.

Recently, I found myself craving my favourite Thai-inspired dish: Thai Green Beef Curry. Rather than heading over to the local restaurant to fulfill that craving, I researched and developed a recipe of my own.

Craving curry? Our recipe for Thai Green Curry Beef is made in the Instant Pot so it's easy and oh-so delicious!

It was incredibly satisfying to have it come out exactly how I planned. What’s great about cooking is the manipulation aspect when altering flavours, textures, etc., and create a dish exactly to your liking. While most Thai Green Beef Curry recipes tend to have have a strong kick of spice, I‘ve held back on certain ingredients to keep it on the milder side.

Here’s my take on it:

How to Make Thai Green Curry Beef in Your Instant Pot

Craving curry? Our recipe for Thai Green Curry Beef is made in the Instant Pot so it's easy and oh-so delicious!

 

Craving curry? Our recipe for Thai Green Curry Beef is made in the Instant Pot so it's easy and oh-so delicious!
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Instant Pot Thai Green Curry Beef

This Thai-inspired dish is full of flavour and made directly in your Instant Pot.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Green Curry, Instant Pot, Thai food

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb. stewing beef
  • 14 oz. coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp green curry paste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar packed
  • 1 lime cut in half
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini
  • coriander for garnishing

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to saute function and pour vegetable oil. Give it one minute to heat up.
  • Add chopped onion and minced garlic into the pot - stirring and mixing for about 3 minutes.
  • Add stewing beef and brown on all sides, this should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add half of your coconut milk and green curry. Stir until it starts to bubble.
  • Add the remainder of your coconut milk as well as your vegetable broth.
  • Close the lid of your Instant Pot and set on manual pressure, high, for 15 minutes.
  • Once the time is up, set for a 15 minute NPR.
  • As you wait for the pressure to release, prep your veggies by cutting your green pepper in strips (be sure to take out the center + seeds) and chop your zucchini.
  • Remove the lid from the Instant Pot.
  • Set the Instant Pot back to the saute function and add brown sugar, the juice of your lime, sliced green pepper, and chopped zucchini. Let cook for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off saute function and serve over a bed of rice. Garnish with coriander. Enjoy!

I shopped at our local Asian market for most of these ingredients. It made me extremely nostalgic going through the aisles, as this is where my mother did the majority of her grocery shopping when I was growing up.

All thanks to mama, I knew exactly what brands to reach for. She came over a day before I was making this dish. When she spotted my coconut milk in the pantry she said, “Oh good. You chose the good brand!” Safe to say, I was extremely proud.

Craving curry? Our recipe for Thai Green Curry Beef is made in the Instant Pot so it's easy and oh-so delicious!

Now, I have a whole jar of green curry in my fridge and I’ve got to figure out what to do with it! Any suggestions? Drop me a line in the comments below and I’ll try my best to feature it here on the blog!

Do you find yourself ordering take-out very often? What do you do to diminish this habit?

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Our Family’s Ultimate Guide to Fairmont le Château Montebello

Baby, it’s cold outside – but our recent stay at Fairmont le Château Montebello kept us warm, cozy and, of course, well-entertained (which my toddler surely appreciated).

A full review on one of Quebec's most beautiful resorts: Fairmont le Château Montebello

Here are a few reasons why Fairmont le Château Montebello has become a traditional getaway for our family.

 Thank you to Fairmont le Chaâteau Montebello for accommodating this wonderful trip! All opinions are 100% my own and I am so excited to share our family’s experience with you!

Last summer, we started visiting Fairmont le Château Montebello on a whim. Our family has always loved Fairmont hotels so, when we saw they had a property only over an hour away from Montreal, we were game. We figured it would be a great excuse for a quick getaway to go up north.

A full review on one of Quebec's most beautiful resorts: Fairmont le Château Montebello

We welcomed spring by visiting at the beginning of the month. Since we had already been a handful of times, I figured it was time to share with you our favourite parts of this resort:

Our Family’s Ultimate Guide to Fairmont le Château Montebello

Visiting Montebello at the start of spring was definitely a different experience for our family. We’re used to coming up during the summertime, when constantly outdoors and walking around Fairmont’s beautiful property.

During the spring, Quebec can still feel brisk. And, being further up north, there was still snow and a frozen lake. However, that didn’t stop us from having an amazing time! Moreover, it was the hotel’s slow season, which offered a completely different experience. With smaller crowds, there was a beautiful, peaceful quality to our trip.

Here are some things to consider for your next trip to Fairmont le Château Montebello:

Comfiest Accommodations

Fairmont le Château Montebello is best known for being the world’s largest log cabin; so you can bet that their rooms are extra cozy! They offer the best beds and fluffiest pillows for sleeping in. They even accommodate the little ones and provide them with tiny bathrobes – which are the cutest things you’ll ever see!

A full review on one of Quebec's most beautiful resorts: Fairmont le Château Montebello

A full review on one of Quebec's most beautiful resorts: Fairmont le Château Montebello

Because of the chilly weather, we spent a lot of time in our room – and we couldn’t complain. Sometimes, a good vacation means just hanging around and enjoying your family’s company.

A full review on one of Quebec's most beautiful resorts: Fairmont le Château Montebello

Let’s Go Swimming!

Their indoor pool area is quite impressive! It’s extremely large and has a generous amount of seating surrounding it. Also, there are two hot tubs that are ready to warm you right up! (Psst: they even offered kid-sized life jackets, so Leo and I were able to go for a good swim while daddy worked.)

A full review on one of Quebec's most beautiful resorts: Fairmont le Château Montebello A full review on one of Quebec's most beautiful resorts: Fairmont le Château Montebello

Beyond the Pool: More Activities!

You can find more than just an indoor pool on-site. Fairmont le Château Montebello is a luxury resort where activities come by the dozen: from ice skating to indoor tennis and squash, curling to à la carte spa treatments – there’s something for everyone. This is why we make it our family’s traditional getaway destination.

You can check out their activity guide here for more ideas.

Instagram Worthy

Being a content creator, I’m always on the lookout for our next best photo op. Whether you’re in their lavish main hall, filled with sofas and a central fireplace or in one of their beautiful rooms – there’ll surely be an opportunity to take the cutest photo for your next Instagram post!

A full review on one of Quebec's most beautiful resorts: Fairmont le Château Montebello

Delicious Meal Offerings

I’m really not kidding when I say they have it all. Being at Fairmont le Château Montebello is more than just staying at a hotel. You feel like you’re right at home – but with so much more to do!

Their meal offerings are impressive with a large restaurant, a bistro and – our family’s favourite – their delicious breakfast buffet. It’s safe to say is that we bring our appetite and forget about any diets when we visit.

A full review on one of Quebec's most beautiful resorts: Fairmont le Château Montebello

Tell me, have you ever visited Montebello? What Quebec cities have you visited?

A full review on one of Quebec's most beautiful resorts: Fairmont le Château Montebello

If you would like to see how we spend summer weekends at Fairmont le Château Montebello, check out my blog post here.

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Toddler Activity: How to Encourage Counting with Unicorns

Prevent boredom with this super cute toddler activity. Prevent toddler boredom with this ultra cute toddler activity: a unicorn printable!

You’ll feel the unicorn magic as soon as you start!

Toddlers are amazing. They’re full of energy, curiosity, and always on the lookout for their next adventure.

According to healthychildren.org, “Play is how your toddler explores and learns about the world.” And let me tell you – playing is a huge part of our family’s schedule.

Prevent toddler boredom with this ultra cute toddler activity: a unicorn printable!

I’m always on the hunt for new activities for my little guy. This is why today, I’m excited to share with you this super cute toddler activity: “Count the Unicorn Rainbows.”

Be sure to download your FREE printable here.

Toddler Activity: How to Encourage Counting with Unicorns

It’s really simple! All you have to do is print out my “Count the Unicorn Rainbow” activity on cardstock, cut, and assemble – ta-da! You’ve got a fun toddler activity full of unicorn cuteness.

Prevent toddler boredom with this ultra cute toddler activity: a unicorn printable! Prevent toddler boredom with this ultra cute toddler activity: a unicorn printable!

PBS states that, “Around 24 months, the average child uses a few number words without understanding quantity. […] On average, an older two-year-old understands the words ‘one’ and ‘two.’

Starting early is never harmful. When I play this game with Leo (who’s just a little over 2 years old), we will randomly draw a number together and then I hand him the corresponding number of rainbows, counting aloud as he inserts one into each unicorn box.

Prevent toddler boredom with this ultra cute toddler activity: a unicorn printable! Prevent toddler boredom with this ultra cute toddler activity: a unicorn printable!

This toddler activity is a great way to pass the time and avoid the dreaded “bored and restless” period of the day.

I’m thrilled that our latest toddler activity involves unicorns – if you know me, I’m totally obsessed with them. (Ahem, I mean have you seen my Unicorn Cupcakes and my Tri-Coloured Unicorn Cookies?)

Prevent toddler boredom with this ultra cute toddler activity: a unicorn printable!

So add some sparkle and colour to your next family activity. Let me know what you think of this fun Toddler Unicorn Printable – give it a try with your little one! It’s so much fun.

Prevent toddler boredom with this ultra cute toddler activity: a unicorn printable!

What’s your favourite toddler activity?

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Some of my Best Time Management Tips for WAHMs

Trying to find time to do it all? Here are some of my own time management tips that help me find the right balancing act in parenting.

Giving out my time management tips after being a WAHM for a year and a half. Hopefully, they'll help you, too!

Because we all have an insanely busy schedule.

When I took the leap a year ago and decided to work from home, I knew I was in for a ride. With a little one constantly by my side, I knew that being a WAHM also meant being a SAHM. Would I be able to handle it? Would I be able to focus on my career while being an attentive, caring mother?

Giving out my time management tips after being a WAHM for a year and a half. Hopefully, they'll help you, too!

I reflected on the time management tips I received throughout my education and various careers. In fact, as a former leader in retail, time management was key in running a well-oiled machine. I think experience in fast-paced industries (like fashion retail) has helped me in finding the right balance as a work-at-home-mom.

Here are some rules I live by:

WAHM Balancing Act: Some of my Best Time Management Tips

Lists for Productivity

Grab a pen, agenda, and a highlighter. Now, make them your best friends.

I thrive off of lists. I fill out my schedule, week by week, in order to prioritize projects and meet deadlines. Not to mention, the simple act of highlighting a completed task keeps me incredibly motivated. It’s a nice way to track how much you’ve done in a work day.

Routine is Key but Having a Plan B is Okay, Too

Kids thrive off routine. Heck, I love routine just as much as the next toddler.

As a family, we strive to keep an ongoing schedule. Sometimes though, things can go off track – and that’s totally okay. When I plan things out for the week, I always ask myself (about) the “what ifs”. Or, rather than panicking when things don’t go as planned, I think quickly and look for a new alternative.

Seeking Help

I’m lucky to have family nearby to help out. When I’m having a particularly hectic week, I’ve got a handful of loved ones who’ll swing by to lend a hand.

Remember, there’s never any shame in asking for help when you need it.

Giving out my time management tips after being a WAHM for a year and a half. Hopefully, they'll help you, too!

Schedule Breaks

I’ve learned that working for myself is hectic day-to-day. My schedule is always filled to the brim with projects and deadlines.

Over the last year, I’ve learned the importance in scheduling breaks, despite how busy I may be. I feel my best when I am well-rested and, therefore, my productivity levels shoot up. It also enables me to be a more hands-on parent.

For those of you who work from home, how do you handle it all? I’d love to hear about your time management tips – let’s discuss it in the comments below!
 

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How to Dress Up Your Easter Dessert with Candy Eggs

We can all agree – candy eggs are an essential part of Easter desserts.
A delicious batch of chocolate cupcakes adorned with a generous amount of mini candy eggs. Perfect for Easter!

We all deserve a sweet treat during this time of the year.

Oh – hey there, spring! How lovely of you to (finally) arrive!

In Montreal, winter tends to overstay its welcome. The end of March marks the start of the spring season and I get all excited and start looking out for the signs: flowers blooming, clearer skies, and leaves on trees.

You know what else I do?

I bake for the occasion.
A delicious batch of chocolate cupcakes adorned with a generous amount of mini candy eggs. Perfect for Easter!

I recently teamed up with one of my fave bloggers, Dawn of Cutefetti, and together we’ve showcased a couple of ways to jazz-up your Easter treats – using candy eggs, of course!

When I bake for Easter, I tend to gravitate towards Cadbury Mini Eggs. I have to admit, these little treats by Cadbury have become the epitome of the Easter holiday. Here’s how I used them to spruce-up my most recent cupcakes:

How to Dress Up Your Easter Dessert with Candy Eggs

12 of your favourite chocolate cupcakes (psst: you can check out my sure-fire recipe for chocolate cupcakes here)
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tbsp high-quality cocoa powder
2-3 tbsp milk
6-7 oz. brown fondant (you may also tint white fondant with a drop or two of brown gel food coloring)
cornstarch
48 candy eggs

Yields: One dozen decorated cupcakes

Before you start the decorating process, ensure your cupcakes are completely cool.
Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and milk on low speed.

Gradually increase the speed to high and continue beating. Your buttercream frosting is ready once all of the ingredients are well-combined and form semi-stiff peaks.

A delicious batch of chocolate cupcakes adorned with a generous amount of mini candy eggs. Perfect for Easter!

Scoop your buttercream into a piping bag and frost each cupcake.

Prepare your fondant by dividing them into 24 spheres, about ½ an inch in diameter.

Roll the fondant spheres into strips, about 7 inches in length.

A delicious batch of chocolate cupcakes adorned with a generous amount of mini candy eggs. Perfect for Easter!

Take two strips and twist them together.

Wrap a fondant twist around the circumference of each cupcake. Trim where necessary.

A delicious batch of chocolate cupcakes adorned with a generous amount of mini candy eggs. Perfect for Easter! A delicious batch of chocolate cupcakes adorned with a generous amount of mini candy eggs. Perfect for Easter!

Top the cupcakes with 4 candy eggs. Serve and enjoy!

You see? Just a few simple steps to create an Easter cupcake basket – and so many candy eggs to enjoy! Sweet, sweet, sweet!

A delicious batch of chocolate cupcakes adorned with a generous amount of mini candy eggs. Perfect for Easter!

Be sure to check out Dawn’s take on candy eggs! I swear, her creations make me drool: Every. Single. Tiiiiime!

Do you enjoy candy eggs? Are they available year-round in your neck of the woods?
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How to Dress Up Your Easter Dessert with Candy Eggs
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Bird's Nest Cupcakes with Candy Eggs

The cutest addition to your Easter sweet table: spruce-up your next batch of chocolate cupcakes with delicious candy eggs!
Keyword: candy eggs, Easter dessert
Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 12 of your favourite chocolate cupcakes
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 1 tbsp high-quality cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 6-7 oz. brown fondant
  • cornstarch
  • 48 candy eggs

Instructions

  • Before you start the decorating process, ensure your cupcakes are completely cool.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and milk on low speed.
  • Gradually increase the speed to high and continue beating. Your buttercream frosting is ready once all of the ingredients are well-combined and form semi-stiff peaks.
  • Scoop your buttercream into a piping bag and frost each cupcake.
  • Prepare your fondant by dividing them into 24 spheres, about ½ an inch in diameter.
  • Roll the fondant spheres into strips, about 7 inches in length.
  • Take two strips and twist them together.
  • Wrap a fondant twist around the circumference of each cupcake. Trim where necessary.
  • Top the cupcakes with 4 candy eggs. Serve and enjoy!

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5 Ways to Read More Often (Even if You’re a Busy Mama!)

Read more with these sure-fire tips; because everyone deserves to curl up with a big blanket and a good book once in a while.

Finding time to read more with 5 easy tips - no matter how busy your schedule is!

P.S.: All these tricks are keeping me on track for my reading challenge this year!

 Thank you to Chapters Indigo for providing me with “Five Feet Apart” as my second novel of 2019. All opinions are 100% my own and I am so excited to share my review with you!

At the start of every year, I set myself up with a number of books to read. However, since becoming a mother, my annual reading challenge has proven a bit more difficult. Prior to having kids, I could easily read 50 novels in the span of 12 months. But, with lifestyle changes and an unpredictable schedule, I’ve had to adjust accordingly.

Over the last couple of years, I lost sight of some of the things that I truly enjoyed doing – reading being one of them. As a part of my new self-care rituals and habits, I’ve put effort in giving myself more “me time.”

You know what? You should, too!

If you’re looking to read more, here are some methods that I use. There’s always time for a good book!

5 Ways to Read More Often

Nighttime Regime

Rather than skimming your phone before bed, whip out your current novel and get in some reading time then.

Hint: if it’s ‘lights out’ for everyone and a lamp would bother your partner, consider getting a mini clip-on light to facilitate this new reading habit.

Hit the Road with Your Books!

Our family is consistently on the road and since Joe is our primary driver, I take the passenger’s seat and have the advantage of down-time to read.

You can also do this if you take public transportation to work, school, etc. It’ll make the commute seem a lot quicker!

Set Aside Special ‘Me Time’

Work it out with your family to schedule some personal time for yourself. I like to hop in a warm bath and get lost in a good book! I find it relaxing and it is rewarding that I’m steps closer into achieving my reading goals.

During the summer months, I make my way to the local park and take a moment to read there.

Get Motivated!

As mentioned, I set myself up with reading goals at the beginning of each year. I use Goodreads to keep track of the books I’ve read and it really keeps me motivated.

You can even create your own tracker by jotting down your progress in a pretty notebook. I think lists and trackers help you to hold yourself accountable to reading on a more regular basis.

Finding time to read more with 5 easy tips - no matter how busy your schedule is!

Join a Book Club

If independent reading isn’t as motivating for you, then consider joining a book club! Again, in order to read more, there has to be some sort of accountability. Stories may be more interesting for you when you hear the opinions and perspectives of peers and friends.

Find a Book and Get Excited

It’s all about finding the right titles.

Whether I’m browsing my favourite book store or getting recommendations from my friends, I make sure to jot down a list of titles as potential future reads. Getting excited about my next novel gets me extra motivated to read more.

Regarding the progress for of my latest reading challenge, I’d say I’m definitely on track. In fact, I have wrapped up book number 2 (out of 12) and swept right through it; mainly because I was so excited about it.

Finding time to read more with 5 easy tips - no matter how busy your schedule is!

In this latest blog post, one of the book categories I wanted to dive into was a book turning into a motion picture, and so I have obtained my own copy of “Five Feet Apart.”

Inspiring, emotional, and pages filled with love; “Five Feet Apart” is an unexpected love story. Stella and Will are cystic fibrosis patients. With this condition, cystic fibrosis patients are told to stand at least six feet apart from each other. But Stella takes a leap of faith and ‘steals’ the extra foot – just like everything has been stolen from her since her diagnosis.

I’m so happy to claim “Five Feet Apart” as my second read for 2019. It actually made me reminiscent of reading Nicolas Sparks’ “A Walk to Remember” for the first time; mainly because of its heartbreaking yet inspiring plotline. Be sure to get your tissues out for this one.

I highly recommend “Five Feet Apart” and can’t wait for the motion picture, set for early spring, and starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse (yay!).

Mamas (and Papas), how do you find ways to read more?

The Cutest Easter Dessert: Spring Chick Cupcakes

Spring, is that you? To celebrate the upcoming season, we whipped up the cutest Easter dessert.

A cupcake with an easter chick made of fondant and candy eggs for the cutest Easter dessert.

Chirp, chirp!

Sometimes, all it takes is fondant, buttercream, and a bit of imagination to create your next sweet treat.

Okay, I’ll admit it. I have a huge sweet tooth. Huge. Humongous. Cavity-inducing. Most likely. And you know what? I have no shame.

All jokes aside, I love to bake. I love, love, LOVE it. Baking was a huge part of my upbringing and I’ve carried on my mom’s passion for desserts into my very own kitchen.

I’m a huge fan of cupcakes. There’s just something about decorating individual-sized cakes and bringing them to life with different elements and ingredients.

Now that Spring is on its way (but, ahem, can you come faster, please?), I decided to whip up a new Easter dessert – in cupcake-form, of course!

A cupcake with an easter chick made of fondant and candy eggs for the cutest Easter dessert.

My Spring Chick Cupcakes are fun to make and will be the center of attention for your upcoming Easter celebration.

 

How to Make the Cutest Easter Dessert: Spring Chick Cupcakes

12 vanilla cupcakes
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tbsp whole milk
4 oz. yellow fondant
1 oz. orange fondant
Black edible-ink marker
24-30 Easter candy eggs

Yields: One dozen cupcakes, decorated to look all cute for spring!

Wait! Before you start any sort of decorating, you have to make sure that your cupcakes are completely cool. If they’re still warm, your buttercream will slide off and just look icky!
You will first make the buttercream. To do so, use an electric mixer to beat the following ingredients: butter, confectioners’ sugar and milk.

When you beat these ingredients, you will want to start at low speed, just to get everything combined and soft. Then, gradually increase speed to high and beat until all ingredients are smooth and form semi-stiff peaks.

Scoop the buttercream into a piping bag. Attach Wilton tip #12 and frost the center of each cupcake.

A cupcake with an easter chick made of fondant and candy eggs for the cutest Easter dessert.

To prepare the fondant chicks, roll out 12 ovals from your yellow fondant, about 1 inch in size. Then roll out 12 spheres, about ½ an inch in size.

A cupcake with an easter chick made of fondant and candy eggs for the cutest Easter dessert.

Insert one oval into your toothpick, followed by the sphere. Using scissors, cut out a slit from each side of the oval-shaped fondant – these will act as your chick’s wings.

A cupcake with an easter chick made of fondant and candy eggs for the cutest Easter dessert.

Create 12 small spheres from your orange fondant and shape them into triangles. Place on the center of each circle sphere and press down – they will act as your chick’s beak.

Use your black marker to draw out two dots for eyes on each chick.

Insert one fondant chick into each cupcake. Top off with 2-3 candy eggs. Serve!

A cupcake with an easter chick made of fondant and candy eggs for the cutest Easter dessert. A cupcake with an easter chick made of fondant and candy eggs for the cutest Easter dessert.

A cupcake with an easter chick made of fondant and candy eggs for the cutest Easter dessert.
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Spring Chick Cupcakes

An easy cupcake idea for your upcoming Easter celebrations!
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Easter dessert
Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 12 vanilla cupcakes
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp whole milk
  • 4 oz. yellow fondant
  • 1 oz. orange fondant
  • Black marker with edible ink
  • 24-30 Easter candy eggs

Instructions

  • Ensure your cupcakes are completely cool before starting the decorating process
  • Make the buttercream by beating butter, confectioners' sugar, and milk with an electric mixer. Start on low and gradually increase to high.
  • Once ingredients are smooth and form semi-stiff peaks, scoop the buttercream into a piping bag. Attach Wilton tip #12 and frost the center of each cupcake.
  • To prepare the fondant chicks, roll out 12 ovals from your yellow fondant, about 1 inch in size. Then roll out 12 spheres, about ½ an inch in size.
  • Insert one oval into your toothpick, followed by the sphere. Using scissors, cut out a slit from each side of the oval-shaped fondant - these will act as your chick’s wings.
  • Create 12 small spheres from your orange fondant and shape them into triangles. Place on the center of each circle sphere and press down - they will act as your chick’s beak.
  • Use your black marker to draw out two dots for eyes on each chick.
  • Insert one fondant chick into each cupcake. Top off with 2-3 candy eggs. Serve!

Tell me: what are some of your favourite Easter desserts?

5 Family-Friendly Spring Break Activities

Spring Break – it’s about time you arrived!

Here's how to spend spring break with your little ones (and it includes a breakfast at Premiere Moisson!). I am so grateful to have partnered with Première Moisson for this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Thanks to Première Moisson for making this Spring Break a great one!

Here are a few family-friendly activities to keep you busy for the week:

As a youngin’, I remember counting down the minutes until Spring Break. The first week of March meant hanging out with my mom and partaking in all that fun stuff: baking up a storm, spending hours at the park, and even indulging in mall time! (Yes, the shopper in me started at an early age).

Spring break has evolved over time and now that I’m the mom, I’m constantly thinking of ways to keep the kiddo preoccupied, YouTube-and-iPad-free.

Sure, Leo is only in the toddler phase – so Spring Break may not have a huge impact on him. But, his two older cousins will surely spend time with us over the course of the week. So, I’ve thought of a few things that families can do together for the break.

Here's how to spend spring break with your little ones (and it includes a breakfast at Premiere Moisson!).

5 Family-Friendly Spring Break Activities

Board Games Galore

Let’s go “old school,” shall we? There’s nothing better than board game night with the fam. We adore the Pie Face Game – sure, it’s messy but Spring Break isn’t about being neat and tidy! Game on, everyone!

Schedule a Play Date

When school and work are in full-force, it’s hard to schedule play dates. We’ve been trying to book them with our buddies for months. But, with busy schedules (and going through bouts of colds and flus), it’s been hard to find the time.

Now that Spring Break is here, days are calmer and we have more time. Take advantage and try to see some friends!

Ice Cream Bar

I scream, you scream – we all scream for ice cream!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love planning parties. This Spring Break, why not invite some buddies over for an ice cream party? You can lay out a table with sweet treats such as sprinkles, cherries, chocolate chips, and whipped cream. Then, make it a free-for-all so everyone will have the chance to liven-up their ice cream with the toppings of their choice.

Museum Discoveries

Find a local museum and book a visit! It will give the family a chance to get out of the house to explore and learn.

Don’t forget to do your research! Many museums have special activities taking place for Spring Break.

But First, Breakfast!

Here's how to spend spring break with your little ones (and it includes a breakfast at Premiere Moisson!).

Now that we are Spring Break ready, it’s time to think of the most important meal of the day. Your family may have a morning routine down pat, but there’s something special going on at Première Moisson

Between March 4, 2019 and March 10, 2019, breakfast for kids at Première Moisson will be $3! Upon presentation of this coupon, your kiddos will have the choice between their ultra-tasty croissants, decadent chocolatines, or wide array of muffins; complete with one small carton of milk, glass of milk, or a 300 ml Oasis juice.

Here's how to spend spring break with your little ones (and it includes a breakfast at Premiere Moisson!).

This is the perfect chance to spend some quality time with the family. It’s a double win! Kiddos will be able to try Première Moisson’s finest pastries and mom and dad can enjoy a well-earned break!

I am all about Première Moisson. We love going there for our Sunday breakfasts or whenever we get the chance to host a party. We often turn to their products when we are looking to ‘wow’ our guests. (Psst: Remember the holiday party I once threw with all of their goodies?)

Don’t forget to grab your coupon. I hope you enjoy the best Spring Break, ever!

Here's how to spend spring break with your little ones (and it includes a breakfast at Premiere Moisson!).

What are you up to for spring break this year?

The Best Recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans

When you’re in need of a warm bowl of… well, anything, you can turn to this surefire recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans.

A tested and true recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans.

Whether served as a side or a main, this recipe tastes like sheer perfection.

Growing up, baked beans were always considered a breakfast side. Served along a plateful of scrambled eggs and bacon, baked beans were only treated as an afterthought throughout my upbringing.

Now, I’ve finally decided to give it the spotlight it deserves.

Last year, I decided to take the leap and buy my very own Instant Pot.

A tested and true recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans.

After the purchase, I felt pretty intimidated. I didn’t really understand what the Instant Pot was – a slow cooker? A porridge-maker? A glorified pressure cooker? How in the world do I work this thing?!

I scoured the net for recipes and tips. But after a couple of “burn” notifications, I realized that there was going to be a bit of a learning curve.

Fast forward to today, the Instant Pot has become an anchor in our family’s kitchen. I love the idea of putting together a meal one-pot style and my recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans offers exactly that.

Ladies and Gents, here is my recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans. Sure, they can serve as your next side for brunch, but try giving credit where credit is due. This baby deserves to be the main star for your next dinner party!

How to Make Instant Pot Baked Beans

Ingredients

A tested and true recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans.

  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup ham, cut into cubes
  • 1 340 ml can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 340 ml can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Salt, pepper, and sweet paprika to taste

Yields: 4 to 6 servings

Process

Set Instant Pot to the sauté function and add canola oil. Allow to heat for a minute.

Add chopped ham and sauté for about 2 minutes. (Helpful hint: be sure to use a wooden spoon – I find that using a wooden spoon while cooking in the Instant Pot keeps the inner pot from getting scratched.)

A tested and true recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans.

Turn off IP’s sauté function and add beans and water. Mix.

Add ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard on top. You want to avoid getting these ingredients on the bottom of your Instant Pot, so make sure to really just pour it on top.

A tested and true recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans.

Close the lid and set your IP manual pressure (high) for 8 minutes.

Once the time is up, allow for a 15-minute NPR.

Open the lid and stir while adding cherry tomatoes.

Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Serve in individual bowls.

A tested and true recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans.

A surefire recipe for Instant Pot baked beans - easy, frugal and the best dish you'll serve this week!
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The Best Recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans

When you’re needing a warm bowl of… well, anything, you can turn to this surefire recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans.
Keyword: Instant Pot, Instant Pot Baked Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup ham chopped
  • 1 can kidney beans 340 ml, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans pinto beans 340 ml each, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 10 cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • sweet paprika to taste

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to the sauté function and add canola oil. Allow to heat for a minute.
  • Add chopped ham and sauté for about 2 minutes.
  • Turn off IP’s sauté function and add beans and water. Mix.
  • Add ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard on top. 
  • Close the lid and set your IP manual pressure (high) for 8 minutes.
  • Once the time is up, allow for a 15-minute NPR.
  • Open the lid and stir while adding cherry tomatoes.
  • Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Serve in individual bowls.

5 Important Quotes to Keep You From Feeling Mom Guilt

Push all of those bad feelings aside. It’s time to stop the “Mom Guilt.”

When the feelings of mom guilt are overwhelming, here are a few quotes to remind you, mama, how special and amazing you are. Let's stand together!

Let’s stand together as proud mothers.

Last week, I shared my thoughts on approaching self-care. When I first entered parenthood, “mom guilt” ate away at me. As a result, I neglected to take care of myself and found that I was constantly exhausted and irritated.

Mom guilt can be hard to overcome. In today’s society, we’re pounded with loads of information. Not to mention, we strive to showcase an image of perfection – which can be a heavy weight to carry.

When the feelings of mom guilt are overwhelming, here are a few quotes to remind you, mama, how special and amazing you are. Let's stand together!

So this post is dedicated to you. Here are 5 quotes to live by when you’re feeling the heavy burden of mom guilt:

5 Important Quotes to Keep You From Feeling Mom Guilt

It’s Only Normal

“The very fact that you worry about being a good mom means that you already are one.” – Jodi Picoult

Never put yourself down: you are enough. Making mistakes and (sometimes) losing control of anything – the mess, your emotions, your thoughts – is only normal. In fact, it’s the whole (beautiful) part of being human. We are constantly changing – life is a learning experience.

When the feelings of mom guilt are overwhelming, here are a few quotes to remind you, mama, how special and amazing you are. Let's stand together!

You Can’t Do It All

“It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.” – Mother Teresa

We can’t clean the house and keep it perfect all the time. Your home is made for living. It won’t always be spotless – and that’s okay.

The love you apply in everything: your home cooked meal, the laundry you (struggle to) do, the career you work so hard for – these are all accomplishments. Don’t forget that.

Be There for Each Other

“As moms, we are in it together – raising the future. We are a tribe of future makers. So let’s support each other.” – Marissa Hermer

Before you judge another parent, remember how someone else always has their own story. Put yourself in their shoes.

When the feelings of mom guilt are overwhelming, here are a few quotes to remind you, mama, how special and amazing you are. Let's stand together!

There is power in numbers! Let’s be there for each other instead of against one another.

No One is Perfect

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill

All of your efforts – they won’t go unnoticed. Focus on the present and remember that no one is perfect. What you’re doing is absolutely amazing.

And the wise words of Kristen Bell…

“And when I look down, even now, at the extra skin on my belly, it’s a reminder that I’ve done something spectacular. It’s a reminder that I’m a superhero. And I’m proud of it.” – Kristen Bell

Mamas – how do you deal with mom guilt? What do you all do to take care of yourselves?

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