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Thank you for visiting my blog...and for allowing me to share with you my addiction. I love to collect recipes. I love to read cookbooks. I have been collecting recipes for as long as I can remember, and on any given day there are one or two (or more!) cookbooks residing on my nightstand!

This blog is chronicling my adventure as I fulfill my resolution of trying (at least) one new recipe each week. I hope that you enjoy!

I invite you to join me in my journey, simply by clicking the "Join this Site" link below. And please feel free to comment on any of the recipes, and pin away. Thanks, I look forward to sharing with you!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Lime Poke Cake

Lime Poke Cake | Addicted to RecipesWe hosted a family dinner a few days prior to St. Patrick's Day, and I wanted a fun, easy dessert to make to mark the occasion.  I didn't want to do a plain cake (though that would have been just fine too, there would have been no complaints from the family!) - I decided to put together a poke cake so that I could incorporate some green into the dessert.

Poke cakes can be so easy.  Like seriously easy. 

Mine was. 

And it was a hit with the crowd.  

Here is what I did:

1 white cake mix (plus applicable ingredients for the mix, such as eggs, oil, milk/water)
1 small box lime jello (3 oz/85 g)
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup ice cold water
Icing - use your favourite homemade recipe or store bought icing

Bake the white cake according to the package directions, in a 9 x 13 pan.  Allow to cool completely.

Once the cake is totally cooled, using a plastic spoon, poke holes in the top of the cake.

Prepare the jello mixture - dissolve the package of jello in 1 cup of boiling water.  Once dissolved, add the 1/2 cup of ice cold water and mix well.  

Once mixed / fully dissolved, slowly spoon  the jello mixture into the holes in the cake.  Cover the cake as evenly as possible.  Don't worry, there is plenty of the jello mix for the full cake, all is good!

Cover and refrigerate for several hours.  Prior to serving, ice the cake.  You'll see that I tinted my icing green for the St. Patrick's Day effect :-)

Serve and enjoy!

Store leftover cake covered in the fridge.

Another hit dessert that is just sooooo easy to make.  And fun to add some colour and different flavours to the cake itself.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Kellogg's Mini-Wheats #TryitHot Giveaway!

Kellogg's Mini-Wheats #TryitHot Giveaway | Addicted to Recipes
We are in BC and have been very fortunate to have enjoyed an early spring this year.  To be honest, I have been waiting for Mother Nature's "last blast" here, but I am starting to believe it might not come this year.  Many of our Canadian friends are still in the thick of winter - for some, they are experiencing crazy cold temperatures and others have boatloads of snow.  I am sure everyone is dreaming of greener, warmer days!

Until then, enter Kellogg's Mini-Wheats.  Have you ever tried your Mini-Wheats hot?  I had never thought about that until now, but hey, why not #TryitHot?!

My kids are crazy excited to try the Maple Flavour Mini-Wheats, and they were huge fans.  They love maple everything, so really. I had no doubt they would also love the cereal :-)

Before we get to the giveaway, I wanted to make sure to tell you to be sure to head over to  for all sorts of recipes and inspiration for your Mini-Wheats!

Here is YOUR chance to #TryitHot.  Kellogg's is offering one lucky Addicted to Recipes reader a $50 Kellogg's Min-Wheats Prize pack, which includes everything you see in the photo in this post.  Very cool!  Enter via the Rafflecopter below.  Contest open to Canadian residents only. 

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Meal Plan Monday

Hello friends!  How was your weekend?  Ours was great!  I think it is safe to say that spring has sprung around here - yippee!  I am anxious to get out in the garden, but I have been battling some hand issues since the start of the year that have been holing me back from some of my regular activities.  Good thing for helpers in the kitchen (even grating cheese causes me a fair bit of pain).  Slowly but surely whatever is going on with my hand is healing, but man is it frustrating!  (and YES, I have been to the Doctor and physiotherapist about it).

Enough of me griping!  LOL Here is this week's meal plan:

Sunday: BBQ Pork Chops, Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Kale Salad

Monday: BBQ Chicken, Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Caesar Salad

Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes, Kale Salad

Wednesday: Salmon, Grilled Vegetables, Kale Salad

Thursday: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo (I finally found a homemade Alfredo sauce that I like...recipe coming soon!) and Caesar Salad

Friday: Take out! (Our son's hockey playoffs are this weekend and after his 4 pm game I am volunteering at the raffle no cooking for me!) 

Saturday: Undecided!

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Meal Plan Monday

Hello friends! Happy Monday to you.  How was your weekend?  Mine was great!  It was our 9th wedding anniversary, and we were treated to a night away.  My parents looked after our kids for a night and we planned a 24 hour getaway.  It was so lovely!

Back now, and back to reality.  Here's this week's meal plan:

Monday: Leftover pizza (we had take-out last night)

Tuesday: Grilled chicken, baked broccoli and salad

Wednesday: Grilled pork chops, peas and perogies (our traditional "3P"'s a kid-pleaser!)

Thursday: Lasagne and salad (I'm making a big lasagne on Wednesday night, Thursday this week is a busy one with my hubby on the road for work and I have a PAC meeting in the early evening)

Friday: Leftover lasagne and salad (Fridays are hockey nights in our house, leftovers make for easy meal planning with the busy schedule!)

Saturday: Steak, Smashed Potatoes, Caesar Salad

What's on your menu this week?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Meal Plan Monday

Alrighty friends, I am back!

The break was much longer than anticipated, but the end of last year saw me focusing on other priorities - family members in need.  Much of the year, and especially the latter half saw heartbreak, deceit, pain, suffering, and a death.  My Grandfather passed away just before Christmas after a lengthy illness.  He is at peace now and has been reunited with my Grandmother.  And the other family member who was in need is now finally at a point where they can start rebuild their life and hopefully start to heal.

Even with all of that, I was still cooking away - my hubby, kids and I still had to eat, and I do still love trying new recipes.  Some things never change!  I am still a big planner when it comes to our meals.  So, figured I would start back into the blog with Meal Plan Monday!

Here is this week's meal plan:

Sunday - Rosemary Pepper Crusted Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Salad

Monday - Leftovers

Tuesday - Savoury Fish and Salad

Wednesday - Pork Chops, Perogies & Peas (3 "P" Night)

Thursday - Spaghetti & Salad (are you noticing a salad theme?  I m very lucky 
to have two kids who love their veggies, especially fresh in a salad!)

Friday - Chicken Courdon Swiss & Salad

Saturday - Out for dinner, it's our 9th wedding anniversary!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Flash #Giveaway! Kellogg's Innovation Prize Pack

Happy Sunday everyone!  

I hope that all is well with you!  It's another beautiful day here, the sun is shining, it's wonderfully warm, and my oldest is gone to hockey.  Yup, hockey.  Fall is around the corner and with fall comes a world of new things, including this new product line-up from Kellogg's!

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And, guess what?!  One lucky Addicted to Recipes reader is going to win a fabulous prize pack like this one from Kellogg's valued at $50!  Enter via the easy Rafflecopter below. Contest open to Canadian residents only...and is open for TODAY only!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Easy Sticky Honey Sesame Drumsticks

I'm always looking for an easy dinner to make for my boys, especially now that we are into the hot days of summer (record breaking heat wave last week!).  I saw this recipe in Canadian Living, and figured I needed to give it a try.  I did modify it to suit my plans - here is the recipe:

Easy Sticky Honey Sesame Drumsticks (source: Canadian Living, August 2013)
Easy Sticky Honey Sesame Chicken | Addicted to Recipes

8-10 chicken drumsticks
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
6 cloves garlic, minced
Sesame seeds (for garnish)
Green onions, sliced (for garnish)

In a bowl, whisk together the honey, sesame oil and soy sauce,  Add in the minced garlic and whisk again.  Pour the mixture into a resealable bag, add the chicken.  Seal the bag and put into the refrigerator.  Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 2 hours.  I put ours together in the morning and let sit in the marinade all day.

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a baking dish (parchment paper or tin foil) and place the chicken in the dish.  Pour the marinade over the chicken.  Place in oven and bake for abut 25 minutes (or until the chicken juice runs clear).  When done, remove from oven, put chicken onto a serving dish, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.  Serve and enjoy!

This is an EASY recipe, perfect for hot summer days (as long as you have a/c in the house!).  The flavour is nice, and the drumsticks are a beautiful golden colour when cooked.  We enjoyed these, and will make them again!