Easy Pizza Buttons plus a $350 Cash Giveaway #backtoschool

Pizza Buttons | Easy to make and perfect for back to school!

Easy to make and perfect for back to school! I love easy recipes. I think my regular readers know that at this point. I love finding ways to make quick food because I have a super busy family. With kids in University and a hubby who never knows if he will have to stay late at work I have learned to roll with the punches. I try to have some wicked easy recipes I can make when life gets out of hand. Which is almost daily around here. Especially when school starts back. My daughter's … [Read more...]

Mini Taco Pizza Bites and a Back To School Visit to Staples Back To School Centre

Mini Taco Pizza Bites | Super easy to make and perfect for back to school, and for lunches.

With "Back to School" approaching, I thought I'd share a quick recipe to keep the kids and adults happy. Especially after a productive day Back to School shopping at Staples! I had the pleasure of shopping at Staples Canada for a sponsored post recently. Staples sent me a gift card to go Back to School shopping in their Back to School Centre. It's a cool thing when you can choose to either shop online or in store. We opted to hit the store, live and in person. We had a game plan before … [Read more...]

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Tart

Strawberry No Bake Cheesecake Tart | This No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Tart is super easy to make and perfect for summer.

This No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Tart is super easy to make and perfect for summer. The base is crushed Nilla Wafers, the filling is a simple no bake cheesecake mixture, and the topping is macerated fresh strawberries.  By now you probably realize I adore no bake cheesecake. Well, let's be honest here, I love any kind of cheesecake. During the hot summer months my go to dessert is always some kind of no bake cheesecake. Strawberry just happens to be one of our favourites. My daughter's … [Read more...]

Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto | Shop @AuroraImporting New Online Store

Penne with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto | This pasta is simple to make yet packed with flavour. Quick to make and sure to be a hit with family and friends!

This pasta is simple to make yet packed with flavour. Quick, tasty and sure to be a hit with family and friends! I love pasta. I mean absolutely, positively, completely love it. These days it's not politely correct to say how much you love carbs, but I'm saying it here today. I will scream it from the rooftops. I love carbs. More than life itself. I know they say home is where the heart is. Quite frankly I think they should change that saying to "home is where the carbs are". At least … [Read more...]

Easy Steak and Peppers

Easy Steak and Peppers | Easy to make steak and pepper recipe. Loaded with peppers, onion and shallots.

Easy to make steak and pepper recipe. Loaded with peppers, onion and shallots. Okay, I will admit I have a slight obsession with steak. It may run deeper than a slight obsession at this point. I just cannot help myself. Perfectly cooked steak combined with onions, shallots, and tons of peppers. Who could possibly resist? Not me. I feel like my readers must think we live like kings and queens. We really don't. I just tend to buy beef in bulk, then I'm suppose to freeze it and space it out … [Read more...]

Easy Steak Stir Fry | #Review of 5 Piece Wüsthof Knife Set

Steak Stir Fry | Cravings of a Lunatic | Simple recipe for steak stir fry and a giveaway for a 5 Piece Wüsthof Knife Set

A simple recipe for steak stir fry that will wow your guests and become a family favourite. This is my daughter's special recipe, one she requests often.  Let me start by saying I have an amazing giveaway for you today. I was lucky enough to receive a 5 Piece Wüsthof Knife Set to review last month. Let's just say I've been having far too much fun playing with knives. They sent me the Wüsthof Classic 5-piece Studio Block Set to try out.  It's been an absolute joy to take these knives for a … [Read more...]

Strawberry Brownie Parfaits

Strawberry Brownie Parfaits | Cravings of a Lunatic | Simple dessert recipe anyone can make quickly. A real crowd pleaser!

Simple recipe to make Strawberry Brownie Parfaits topped with strawberry flavoured cream cheese whipped cream. You're going to love this dessert! One of the perks of being a food blogger is having food blogger friends who start up their own businesses. Not going to lie, its a huge bonus that comes with the job. My friend Heidi of Young Grasshopper is one of those friends. She started a business called Not So Simple Syrup. She asked if I'd like to try it out. Of course I jumped at the … [Read more...]

Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joe Casserole | Cravings of a Lunatic | A simple way to make a quick Sloppy Joe Casserole that will have your family begging for more!

This is an easy to make Sloppy Joe Casserole that is perfect for a busy family on the go! If you love sloppy joes, and who doesn't, this is a way to make them fast! The thing I like the most about fall is being able to turn on my oven. During the summer months I never turn my oven on. Like never, ever, ever. Nope. Not going to happen. Our a/c blows, and not in a good way so from about May/June till about September/October that sucker stays off. If it's hot out I'm grilling. While I love to … [Read more...]

Steak Fajitas with Drunken Peppers

Steak Fajitas with Drunken Peppers | Cravings of a Lunatic | Simple recipe for an amazing dinner. This is our new favourite!

Flank Steak cooked to perfection. plus peppers cooked to perfection (then simmered in alcohol) equals sheer perfection for dinner. This recipe is a new family favourite.  Absolutely easy and delicious! This recipe is adapted from Sunny Anderson's recipe for Flank Steak Fajitas with Chimichurri and Drunken Peppers. I love Sunny Anderson, her cooking style and temperament suit me well. So when my friend, Aly from Cooking in Stilettos mentioned on Facebook she was waiting in line to meet Sunny I … [Read more...]

Crostini with Ricotta, Fresh Cherries and Pistachios

Crostini with Fresh Ricotta, Fresh Cherries and Pistachios

This crostini recipe uses fresh ricotta, fresh cherries and chopped pistachios. The flavour combination of cherries and pistachios is my ultimate favourite. I cannot get enough dishes that include them both. Try it for yourself. It's super easy to make and something you can whip up in a snap! I love cherry season so much. Cherries are my favourite fruit by far. I can eat them all day long and nothing else. I love any kind of cherry. My personal favourite is Rainier Cherries but it can be hard … [Read more...]

Summer Berry Vanilla Bean Parfaits with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

Summer Berry Vanilla Bean Fruit Salad with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream by Cravings of a Lunatic

Perfectly easy to make Summer Berry Parfaits that use Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup to flavour the berries. The Vanilla Bean Berries are then poured over top light and fluffy sponge cake and topped with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream. This dessert is incredibly easy to make and bursting with summer flavours with a hint of vanilla for that extra wow factor. Make this for your family today.  I am so in love with vanilla bean whipped cream right now. I can't help myself. I'm putting it on everything. I … [Read more...]

Pizza Pasta #flavorsofsummer

Pizza Pasta | Cravings of a Lunatic

Okay I need to be honest with you here. I love a good picnic... but... I'm a hot food kind of gal. I'm not saying I never eat cold food but given the choice I almost always opt for hot cold, including pastas. I have a tried and true cold one I bring to picnics. Everyone loves it, including me. But typically you'll find me hovering by the hot section of any picnic or potluck. I like my food hot and my desserts cold. Unless the dessert is cobbler, then it has to be hot. Okay clearly … [Read more...]

Red, White & Blueberry Parfaits #HolidayFoodParty

Red White and Blueberry Parfaits by Cravings of a Lunatic

I just love strawberry season. There's an just something about the smell of fresh berries. It reminds me of my childhood. You know, back when I was a young hooligan and used to steal strawberries out of my dad's strawberry patch. My brothers and me would swim all day, then wander into the strawberry patch whenever the mood struck us. We would eat them hot, right off the vine. Then we'd all feign innocence when Dad came home after work and complained how useless his efforts to make a strawberry … [Read more...]

Angel Hair Pasta with Shallots, Garlic, Broccoli & Lemon aka Farmers Market Pasta #WeekdaySupper

Angel Hair Pasta with Shallots, Garlic, Broccoli & Lemon by Cravings of a Lunatic

This recipe is something I've whipped up in various forms over the years. I've made versions with almost every kind of vegetable on earth. This is just one of those simple recipes that's perfect for any week day. It's easy to make and can be on the table in under 30 minutes. Perfect for all you busy people out there. It's chock full of yumminess. I have a serious weakness for shallots and garlic. I try to use them as often as possible. They're good for you and they just amp up the flavour of … [Read more...]

Coconut Whipped Cream and Cherry Parfaits: Guest Post for Crumb

Coconut Whipped Cream And Cherry Parfaits by Cravings of a Lunatic

This simple and quick dessert looks really impressive. It also tastes super decadent, and people will adore you when they try it. What I love about this is how easy it is. There's just something so satisfying to me about tricking people into thinking you spent all day on a dessert when you really only spent a few minutes. I have no idea what that says about me on a personal level, but I get a charge out of pulling the wool over people's eyes on occasion. Don't judge. I'm a huge cherry fanatic, … [Read more...]

Potato and Bacon Hash

Bacon and Potato Hash by Cravings of a Lunatic

Welcome to Brunch Week. Today's recipe is an over the top, fill your belly, lay on the couch afterward kind of breakfast. So it's essentially the PERFECT breakfast right. It has yummy taters, and BACON. Yah, you bet your sweet butt it's got bacon. Cuz bacon rules. … [Read more...]

Coconut Cream Cookie Stacks | Burning Down The Kitchen with Curry and Comfort

Coconut Cream Cookie Stacks by Cravings of a Lunatic

I just love easy recipe so much. I can't help myself, any chance I get to whip up a quick dessert I jump at it. I'd like to say there's some complicated or honourable reason for it.... but... I just like tricking people. There I said it. I love the idea of people thinking a recipe took a long time to make. I encourage people to think I spent hours in my kitchen working long, tiresome hours in order to satisfy their sweet tooth, and widen their waistlines. I love the feeling of bursting … [Read more...]

Meyer Lemon and Blueberry Bars

Lemon and Blueberry Bar

More Meyer Lemon Madness. I just love these sweet little lemons. I do not, however, love juicing the meyer lemons. Hubs picked me up 10 bags of meyer lemons. I picked up a case of regular lemons. Then I realized I had close to 100 lemons and not enough upper body strength to juice them all. I spent a few days scoping out juicers. I decided not to buy one. Then I came home and looked at my massive pile of lemons.... and I hopped back in my SUV and hightailed it back to the city. I grabbed … [Read more...]

Meyer Lemon Bars | Burning Down The Kitchen with “From Valerie’s Kitchen”

Meyer Lemon Bars by Cravings of a Lunatic 3

More Meyer Lemon Madness for you today. I whipped up some incredibly tangy and delicious Meyer Lemon Bars. Then I ate the whole batch. Okay, okay, so not the whole batch.... I left 1 bar for hubs to try... And 1 bar for mini-me to try... I'm a giver people! Today I also have the distinct pleasure of sharing an interview with you. The amazingly talented Valerie of From Valerie's Kitchen agreed to be my next willing victim in the Burning Down The Kitchen Series. This lady is … [Read more...]

Cream Cheese Candies #SundaySupper

Banana Cream Cheese Candies by Cravings of a Lunatic

I swear there are some recipes that are just so easy you just want to keep them to yourself... but that would be wrong! You might also want to hoard the fruits of your labour and not share your goodies with anyone else... but that would be wrong! You should share them with the world and your family... but I totally didn't share them with anyone... well except you... … [Read more...]