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Strawberry Shortcake (a Canada Day dessert!)

Strawberry Shortcake (a Canada Day dessert!)

Is it a coincidence that Canada Day falls right in the middle of strawberry season, or is it destiny? It's probably both. Last year, I made Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake for Canada Day and it was a big hit with the family, but this year, for Canada's 150th birthday, I'm going with something light, fun, fruity + interactive that's perfect for a sit-down dinner or backyard barbecue.
June 30, 2017 by Emily Pauley
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Overnight in an oTENTik

Overnight in an oTENTik

It's summer in Ottawa, it's Canada's 150th birthday, and there is so much to explore + discover! It seems like there's something new to do every weekend, and we're definitely staying busy. Last weekend's adventure was a night staying in an oTENTik along the Rideau Canal. Never heard of an oTENTik before? Basically, it's a cross between a tent and a cabin. There's a porch, wooden floor, and bunkbeds built in, but the walls and top are all covered with vinyl sheeting like a tent. Check out this page from Parks Canada for more info + to make your own reservation! 
June 29, 2017 by Emily Pauley

S'mores Bars

I haven't posted a recipe in a while, and I've got a million excuses: haven't been cooking much, haven't made my own recipes, trying to eat healthier so I'm making less cookies, lately all my cooking has been just for 2 people which makes for weird recipe proportions!
March 27, 2017 by Emily Pauley
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Politeness: The Canadian Curse

Canadians are well known for being a particularly polite people. We hold doors, we say “sorry”, we kindly wave pedestrians across the street (even when we have the right of way). But today I want to share with you a stunning realization: politeness is, in fact, a debilitating condition that Canadians suffer through on a daily basis.
March 13, 2017 by Emily Pauley

Built Storm Tough

As we say goodbye to the month of February, we must also say farewell to our most recent crop of Winter snow storms, Canada’s only natural resource that is in no fear of ever being exported. Yes, unlike Westeros, where Winter never seems to come, ours never wants to leave, forcing Canadians throughout the country to make a fire, bundle up in Long John’s and start complaining. But hey, I guess you can’t be called the Great White North for nothing.
February 27, 2017 by Dakota Pauley

Apple Pie

Mom's homemade apple pie was always a huge hit in our house. The smell when you walked in was so overwhelmingly delicious. You would instantly crave all things apple and cinnamon. 

Emily and I went apple picking a few weeks back, and despite our efforts to get a small bag, we still ended up with way more than the two of us could ever eat. So we decided to recreate a couple family favourites, starting with mom's apple pie. If you're looking for ways to use up some apples, definitely give this one a try!

October 22, 2016 by Justin Pauley
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Tomato + Herb Bruschetta

Summer has drawn to a close, and our cherry tomato plant has left us with many sweet and ripe tomatoes! I wanted to share another yummy, yet simple, tomato recipe that I love for using up fresh tomatoes like this. Bruschetta is a simple Italian appetizer consisting of a chopped tomato salad on slices of toasted bread, and it takes just minutes to throw together. I can't promise my recipe is traditional or authentic, but I can promise that it's easy and delicious!
October 12, 2016 by Emily Pauley
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Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini is absolutely one of my favourite veggies. It's notorious for taking over gardens, and growing to outrageous sizes, but I don't mind when it's so delicious! Our tiny urban balcony garden didn't have room for monster zucchini this year (or zucchini at all, for that matter), so we've been taking advantage of the great deals on fresh produce from the vendors down in Byward Market - 5 medium zucchini for just $2! So now the question is: what do I make?
October 07, 2016 by Emily Pauley
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Cherry Tomatoes, Caprese Salad + Balsamic Reduction

I love gardening, and grew up with a huge yard with plenty of space for flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Moving to Ottawa presented a challenge: how can I have a garden in a very limited urban space? The answer: a small container garden on the balcony of our 4th floor, downtown apartment. Of course, I did have to scale the garden down, so we picked out some flower planters for colour, a few of our favourite herbs (parsley, chives, basil, + parsley), and one cherry tomato plant that has turned into a giant, 4-foot, tomato-producing monster.
August 22, 2016 by Emily Pauley
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Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake

I love Nanaimo bars, I love cheesecake, and I love recipe mashups! So, for Canada Day, I made a NANAIMO BAR CHEESECAKE. It's unique, Canadian, and totally yummy.

My initial inspiration for this mashup came from this recipe by Kraft Canada. However, I wanted to switch out their chocolate crust for a more traditional Nanaimo Bar crust, and also scale the recipe down because even with the in-laws in town for Canada Day, there are only 5 Pauleys and a 9x9 pan was plenty for us (especially since Momma Pauley made strawberry shortcake too!).

July 25, 2016 by Emily Pauley
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