Cooking

From the Kitchen to the CEO: Halifax Mom Patty Howard

From the Kitchen to the CEO: Halifax Mom Patty Howard

When Patty Howard started her own catering company during her maternity leave eleven years ago, she expected it to be a part-time business where she would cater a couple of events a month.

Instead, as she says, things “blew up” within the first year.

“The wave came and I had to decide, am I going to ride this wave and see where this goes or am I going to say ‘oh no’ and back off?” she says. “I decided to ride the wave.”

Cookie Baking with Little Helpers (including three great recipes to try this year!)

Cookie Baking with Little Helpers (including three great recipes to try this year!)

Christmas and baking go together like Santa and his elves. When you have kids you want to include them in the process and there are safe and fun ways to do so from a young age. I’m sharing three family-friendly recipes (and suggested parts that kids of all ages can help with) to kick off your holiday baking binge this year!

Seven Tips to Make Cooking with your Preschooler FUN!

Seven Tips to Make Cooking with your Preschooler FUN!

Cooking with children from a young age can help them learn basic counting and reading skills, grasp the concept of following directions, develop their fine motor skills, and, the thing most parents are focused on around food at that age, encourage an adventurous palate.

Buuuutt... I KNOW, it's also a lot of work to cook with a preschooler. Trust me, I get it. I know the idea of allowing them "help" can seem like it will take too much time. I've discovered, however, that if you plan ahead a bit and go into it with the right attitude, it can be a wonderful experience for both of you.

Maud Lewis Inspired Greeting Cards and Cookies

Maud Lewis Inspired Greeting Cards and Cookies

If you're a Maritimer, well, actually, even if you're NOT a Maritimer, you've likely heard of Maud Lewis, especially after that blockbuster movie last year profiling her life. Her distinctive folk art and fascinating life story makes her a memorable artist, and she is particularly appealing to children.

This month's pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club is Maud Lewis 1 2 3. It's a board book filled with images of her colourful iconic paintings that encourages children to count items found in each piece of art (ex. 10 roofs, 4 blue tulips). One of the things we loved about this book was it's a bit of an I Spy style book so my children were both immediately drawn to it. We've talked about who Maud Lewis was and her impact on the Nova Scotia art scene and we were inspired to create two reading extension activities from this book to explore their natural interest in her style of painting and her life story - one Christmas card one, and one Christmas cookie one!

HelloFresh Meal Delivery Service Expands to Halifax

HelloFresh Meal Delivery Service Expands to Halifax

When I heard about HelloFresh expanding to Halifax I was SUPER excited. Like telling all my friends: "GUYS, they deliver all the ingredients right to your DOOR. NO grocery store, NO wasted food!" It seemed too good to be true and that was the reaction of most of my friends. So I decided to test it out for you (I know, I'm a giver. It was all for you guys).

Wine and Pancakes: Cooking with Kids

Wine and Pancakes: Cooking with Kids

I recently found out that my four year old daughter knows how to make pancake batter (from scratch) by herself. She knows the ingredients she needs, the measuring tools to gather and what order everything goes in the bowl. She learned how to do it at her grandparents’ house.

After hearing about this my mind immediately jumped to an image of myself relaxing with a glass of wine while my two kids whip up dinner. I reached out to Wendy MacCallum, a Halifax nutrition consultant and author of two cookbooks for families, to see if she had any tips on how soon this fantasy could become a reality. 

How to Plan Meals & Make a Grocery List Like a BOSS

How to Plan Meals & Make a Grocery List Like a BOSS

Meal planning is a challenge for even the most organized person (I speak from experience here). Once you throw in jobs and kids and other responsibilities it gets even harder to find the time to plan your weekly meals and create a shopping list that ensures you have everything you need for the week. Then I figured out a system that simplified this process and the task became a BREEZE.