A lesson in determination… and, pie dough. (chef’s apple crumble recipe also included)


I don’t think I have actually baked a pie from scratch before; unless “baking”  with your mom as a kid counts …

What I am finding out though, not having baked a pie before is the last of my problems.  I have been trying to get this post out since, Canadian Thanksgiving. Continue reading

Beet Top Pesto


It never occurred to me that at some point in my lifetime I would be eating beet tops.  I’m trying to remember the first time I ever ate beets but I think in the last four weeks… my first four weeks back to work as a mom, has tried me harder than ever before.

If heading back to work after being home with your baby girl for 13 months isn’t hard enough we endured a few other milestones (both good, sad and in between) which are normally stressful in their own right.  I don’t know yet if we have turned a corner (it doesn’t feel like it, yet, I think we have a few more speed bumps in sight) but what I do know, sharing is caring, so in the spirit of all things yummy I have for you chef’s beet top pesto!


  • 5-6 cups Beet Top Greens (just the green leaves from approximately 2 bunches of beets)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • Salt, to taste


Toss the greens, walnuts, garlic cloves, and lemon juice and zest in a blender or food processor. Blend them all together until everything is chopped up. With the blender or food processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the sauce is smooth. Season to taste with salt (start with a couple pinches).


Depending how many people you will be feeding will determine how you use and store the amount it makes.  For us a ziploc baggy full gives us enough for 2 people if mixed with pasta.  We are big eaters here so it may be slightly different for everyone.  I think we made about 5 baggy’s worth.

Freeze, it eat fresh it definitely won’t be the traditional pesto you’re used to.  Which in a way is … refreshing.  Take in all the goodness beets and its tops provide and know that you’re actually not wasting any part of it.  Pretty amazing stuff.



Two recipes and one Brownie Bake-Off to remember!

Don’t you love it when the universe is secretly plotting against you?  As a new mom I am learning to right and left jab that universe out of my way, one mishap at a time.

So my bake-off attempt was (ugh) successful, it just came with a lot of… potholes?  So the pure fact that no one was scarred physically (I can’t speak about emotionally) makes me pretty darn happy.

The purpose behind this bake-off was two-fold, first Continue reading