August Foodie Penpal

Foodie Penpal August

For those of you unfamiliar, Foodie Penpal is the brainchild of the lovely Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean. You sign up through Lindsay, then on the 5th of the month she sends you your match. You contact them and talk food. Then by the 15th of the month you send your package off to your match. On the last day of the month everyone posts their goodies on their blog, or if they don't blog they can share on facebook or twitter. It's a cool group and if you're not participating you should think about … [Read more...]

Pesto, Mozzarella Polenta Appetizers: Guest Post by Strands of my Life


Today's special guest is Suzanne from Strands of my Life. Suzanne is a wonderful cook and I always find myself in awe of the things she makes. She lives in New Zealand so obviously I am green with envy. I mean what a gorgeous place to live and be inspired in. Her home overlooks the sea, seriously, so jealous right now. I see my neighbours in the burbs when I look out my windows. I love Suzanne's style, she is very comfortable in the kitchen and knows her way around. She makes lots of wonderful … [Read more...]

Frito Pie Mac and Cheese: Guest Post by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Frito Pie Mac and Cheese by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Today's very special guest is Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. Susan cooks in a tiny kitchen but it's also really gorgeous and decked out in one of my fave colours in the world. I am also completely in love with her dog and think it's adorable that her blog design has her pug in it with her. To me that just speaks volumes about what an absolute sweetheart Susan really is. She has an impressive collection of Le Creuset that I am seriously envious of. Susan is a really talented … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday and Happy 20th Anniversary to Hubs

Check yourself Daisy! I'm watching you!

Happy Birthday Hubs! Happy 20th Anniversary Hubs! From out west... … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Doggie Biscuits: Guest Post by Hungry Couple

homemade dog treat

So today I have the sweetest, cutest possible guest post in the world for you. You will overdose on cuteness today. You will also laugh your butt off. I have the very talented, and wickedly witty Anita from Hungry Couple guest posting today. I met Anita through Foodbuzz and fell in love with her blog, and Anita herself. I would describe her as a bit snarky and sarcastic, which I am a huge fan of. I like funny blogs, ones that inject humour into things. I also love her cocktails which is weird … [Read more...]

Seafood Chowder 2.0: Guest Post by Movita Beaucoup

seafood chowder

Today we are hurtling towards Alberta in our SUV. So I've arranged guest posts for you while I'm away. I knew exactly who I wanted to kick off the festivities so I sent out an email to the one and only Movita Beaucoup. I heard back from her immediately which I took as a really good sign. I think she mumbled something like "cripes you mofo-ing pain in my ballet slippers, like I don't have enough frickin' crap to worry about right now" or something like that. Okay that's a total lie. But there … [Read more...]

Lunatic’s Top 10 Frozen Treats

frozen desserts

Today we are spending the day as a family. It's our last official day with all 4 of us living of under one roof. Hubs is not coming on our road trip with us. He has to work and since he's a contract worker he can't get time off. So today is our last day to hang out, maybe take some family pics and let's be honest Mom is probably going to bawl like a baby a whole bunch. Tomorrow we hit the road for our adventure to the wild west. So it's B-Dude's farewell to his dad and our last day to enjoy … [Read more...]

Lunatic’s Top 10 Slow Cooker Recipes

slow cooker

Another top 10 post for you all today. This one is one of my faves. Slow cooker recipes, I love my slow cooker. So much that I think I have 5 now, 4 once B-Dude leaves as I gave him one of my smaller ones. As most of you know we are headed off soon on a cross-country trip. So I needed to free up some time to pack for our trip and help B-Dude pack for his big move out west. We also wanted to lighten the load to spend more time together during our last week all living under one roof. So for … [Read more...]

Lunatic’s Top 10 Snack Recipes


Hi folks. So the week of top 10's rages on. We're only days away from impending vacation. The vacation in which one of use will not be returning home from. We will be leaving our son out west to start his new life out there. He will be finishing his schooling out west, working toward his PHD. So this week we have been packing and spending some much needed time together. Our last fleeting moments with all 4 of us living under one roof. I just want to soak it all in before life changes. As life … [Read more...]

Lunatic’s Top 10 Grill Recipes

recipe for the grill

Welcome to day 7 of the top 10 extravaganza. We are enjoying our down time, trying to spend some time together. There's also lots of prep for a trip like this. Just organizing the animals is like planning a summit. We have 1 horse, 1 dog, 3 cats, and 4 birds. So travelling poses lots of issues and lots of people to watch them all. Horsey will be cared for at the place we board her. Mini-me is friends with the owner's daughter so we've hired her to make sure Gingy gets worked every other day. … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday B-Dude and Lunatic’s Top 10 Recipes Chicks Dig

Clearly you will understand why B-Dude is moving so far away after you read this post!

  Okay so I have a wicked twisted sense of humour, what can I say. First: Happy Birthday B-Dude! The big 2-4, there's got to be some huge significance to that one in Canuck culture I would think. Any Bob and Doug fans out there? Honestly the theme song is now stuck in my head. I love those hosers way too much. Take off eh! … [Read more...]

Lunatic’s Top 10 No Bake Desserts

no bake desserts

Some of my readers are already aware that our family is leaving on an adventure soon. For those who aren't our son is moving across Canada to go to school. He will be doing his PHD out in Alberta. So we've decided to drive him out there as one final hurrah for our close-knit, totally dysfunctional family. There are tons of prep involved in a move like this, and a drive across the country like this. So I've decided to do something a little different the week before we leave. I need to free up … [Read more...]

Lunatic’s Top 10 Dessert Recipes

Dessert Recipes by Cravings of a Lunatic

So we're on day 4 of our top 10 experience. 10 days of top 10's. I know right. You are going to be so sick of top 10's by the time this is over. You may never want to watch Letterman again. Or read this blog. Yikes. I hope that's not what happens. Today we are 1 week away from our impending road trip. So one week left to whoop it up as a family. Quite likely we're packing right now. You have no idea how much stuff a young adult can cram in one bedroom. We will be filling the SUV to … [Read more...]

Lunatic’s Top 10 Ice Cream Recipes for Ice Cream Sundays

ice cream

A little over a week till we leave for vacation. I think I've got my ducks in a row. But then we always think we do right, then we get 2 days from home and realize we forgot the memory cards or enough undergarments or things like that. I've made my check lists. I'm checking them twice. I figure that's how Santa finds out who is naughty or nice. So in theory it should work for me too. Wish me luck I don't end up on the naughty list for forgetting something, um, vital. *blushes* Well since it's … [Read more...]

Turtle Waffles and Lunatic’s Top 10 Turtle Recipes

chocolate waffles

I have a special treat for you today. A new recipe and some old ones. Hope you enjoy the turtle extravaganza. You know me and turtles. It's a love affair like no other. Well except chocolate. And ice cream. And popcorn. And... … [Read more...]

Lunatic’s Top 10 Main Course Recipes

main course meals

I'm going to start off by letting you all know that I have something a little different planned for you over the next 10 days. As many of you know we're getting ready to move our son across Canada. We'll be leaving to drive him out west for school in about a week and a half. So in order to free up some time for things like packing and spending some much needed time together I've planned 10 days of top 10 posts. Kind of 10 days of recapping some of my favourite recipes on the blog. This seemed … [Read more...]

Burning Down The Kitchen with Juanita’s Cocina while making her Black Forest Ice Cream

ice cream

Hi folks. Welcome to another edition of Burning Down The Kitchen. This is a weekly series where I get the privilege of interviewing a fellow blogger. The series began when I realized I had bookmarked quite a few recipes from other bloggers but had not been making them. So this was a fun way to make their recipes and get to know them better in the process. It is one of my favourite series. … [Read more...]

Give a Girl a Grill: T-Bone Steak

grilled t-bone steak

Yah Baby! Sorry but I had to do it. It precluded the usual "hi folks". It had to be said. I don't even feel bad. Sort of the same way  I don't even feel bad I ate this whole freaking thing all by myself. What can I say, I was home alone and hungrier than a starving grizzly. Some girls eat more than salad. I ate beans too. I know right. I'm screaming "lady" right about now aren't I?  … [Read more...]

Burning Down The Kitchen with Tales of an Overtime Cook while making Peach Cream Cups

no bake dessert

Hi folks. Welcome to another edition of Burning Down The Kitchen. For those of you who are new here, this is a weekly series where I take a recipe I've bookmarked from a fellow blogger and take it for a test drive. I also get the absolute privilege each week of interviewing each blogger. I have to admit this is one of my favourite things I do each week. … [Read more...]

Lunatic Loves These Links

non alcohol drink

Hi folks. I thought an update on what's been happening around the blog and life in general is in order. I haven't posted a lunatic loves in 3 weeks so lots to tell you. Since you know Lunie loves her lists we'll do it that way. *grins* … [Read more...]