My Long Weekend According to my iPhone

1 // Friday's are for pizza and beer!
2 // Discovered Mary's Brigadeiro at Wednesday night's Williams Sonoma event. I hate to admit it, but I've been savouring them slowly, piece-by-piece for 6 days!
3 // What would a May 2-4 long weekend be without a BBQ?
4 // Loving how the dining room is coming together! With all the key pieces in place it's now time to accessorize!
5 // Picked up a new pair of Yoga Jeans at Jean Machine after winning their Instagram contest. By far my favourite brand of jeans... EVER!
6 // Browsed the Aberfoyle Antique Market on Sunday and was pleasantly surprised to find this cute little ice cream pop up!
7 // Small batch homemade ice cream? Yes please!
8 // Maddy spent most of Monday sleeping... must have been all that long weekend excitement.

Hope all my Canadian readers had a lovely long weekend! And to my American friends... don't you worry, yours is almost here!
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Homemade Coffee & Sugar Scrub

Look at that, Spring has finally arrived! Well, sort of. I'm going to try to ignore the fact that it snowed here on Sunday and happily enjoy the sunshine we are forecast to get this week! Ladeedaaa!
I don't know about you, but I find the winter months extremely harsh on my skin. The roughness, the cracking, the tightness... sooo not nice. It also doesn't help that my house is drier than the Sahara... and the fact that I love to take long boiling-hot showers. Yeah, not so great on the skin.
One remedy I found works really well is body scrub. But boy can those specialty scrubs get expensive! Worth it, but expensive! So I started to look into making my own... and wouldn't you know it, it's really fun and easy. What I love most is you can customize the scrub to your liking... coconut, lemon, earl grey tea... even coffee. And if you know me, you know how much I love coffee!
In this scrub the turbinado sugar and the ground coffee really exfoliate the skin while the coconut oil moisturizes. You're left with smooth and nourished skin that isn't greasy or sticky. So why not give it a try?

Homemade Coffee & Sugar Scrub

Ingredients
6 tbsp ground coffee
3 tbsp turbinado sugar
1 tbsp melted coconut oil

Directions
1. In a large bowl mix together coffee, sugar and coconut oil. Blend until oil is evenly distributed.
2. Spoon into air-tight jar, like these Weck Mold Jars from Williams Sonoma. Keep for up to 1 month.
What's great about this scrub is that it's super easy to make. So easy in fact I will be leading a small workshop for a group of bloggers at William Sonoma Yorkdale tonight (5:30pm to 8:00pm).

My co-hosts Lou and Jen will also share their knowledge at this French-inspired "Breakfast for Dinner" event. Lou will be making crepes with raspberry sauce and Jen will be demonstrating the ins & outs of table styling. If you are in the area make sure you stop by to say hello, or you can follow the event on social media using the hashtag #WSFrenchBreakfast.

Enjoy!
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Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken Burgers

Fact: May is my favourite month. Not because the flowers start to bloom and the trees begin to bud. Not because I can wake at 6 am and see the sun shining. And certainly not because I can now wear shoes rather than boots... although that does help a lot. May is my favourite month because it's National Burger Month
I have professed my love for homemade burgers many times on this blog... last summer it was a huge obsession... this summer it could very well escalate to a full-out compulsion... must. make. burgers! I mean, how in the world could you not love burgers? The opportunities and taste profiles are endless! Beef, chicken, turkey... even tofu and seafood can be made into burgers!
To kick-off burger month I wanted to create something subtle, yet flavourful. New, yet familiar. Simple, yet complex. Well, this Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken Burger with Peanut Slaw nails it! It takes ingredients your family already loves, like Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter (yeah, it's not just for toast!) and gives it a new twist! Just a few tablespoons take this burger from "alright" to "exceptional"... it's a massive upgrade! I love the versatility of peanut butter- with one jar, the inspiration is endless. If you’d like to see more recipes upgraded with Kraft Peanut Butter, visit www.sticktogether.ca.
Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken Burgers with Peanut Slaw
These delicious and unique burgers come together quickly, making them ideal for a busy weeknight meal. A fun twist on a classic peanut chicken recipe, your family will be asking for seconds!

Ingredients

Burgers:
1 lb. lean ground chicken
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
2 tbsp Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter
1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
Salt & Pepper
4 hamburger buns, toasted

Peanut Slaw:
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter
1/4 cup thinly sliced carrot
1/4 cup thinly sliced green cabbage
1/4 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
1/4 cup bean sprouts
2 green onions, chopped
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
4 tbsp chopped peanuts

Directions
1. In a large bowl thoroughly combine ground chicken, bread crumbs, cilantro, peanut butter, chili garlic sauce, and salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties. Cook on preheated grill for 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
2. Meanwhile, prepare the peanut slaw. In a large bowl whisk together oil, vinegar and peanut butter until emulsified. Add carrot, cabbage, sprouts, green onion, cilantro and peanuts, toss to combine.
3. Place cooked chicken patty on grilled or toasted bun. Top with a generous amount of peanut slaw. Serve warm.
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Disclaimer: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Kraft Heinz Canada ULC, the opinions and language are my own.
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Peanut Butter Tandoori Sweet Potatoes & Chickpeas

All throughout my childhood I enjoyed the quintessential "North American" diet. You know, Mac n’ Cheese, chicken fingers, sloppy joes, spaghetti and grilled cheese. Beyond the occasional trip for Chinese food, I had a pretty ho-hum food experience. And let me just say, a 1/2 inch ball of chicken covered in 2 inches of breading and slathered with an eerily glowing red sauce barely constitutes Chinese food. Sure it's tasty, but I wouldn't call it real Chinese. Anyway...
Living in a very small town, predominantly made up of farmers and Mennonites, made it very difficult to experience anything but the familiar. The corner grocery store sold lots of local produce, lunch meat, white bread and the typical packaged goods. Sadly, nothing much has changed... Twenty years later I still live in a small town and I am constantly astonished how only a small selection products grace the shelves of the International Food section.

It wasn't until 10th grade nutrition class did I get to experience food from another culture. I vividly remember the entire class hopping on the bus and travelling 30 minutes to Classic Indian in Waterloo. I was hesitant as the wait staff marched out the samosas, vindaloo, khorma, paneer, dal and naan, and as the beautiful aromas started to invade my nostrils, I knew I had to give it a try. From that moment on I knew I wanted to build a career in food.
This dish is an example of something I wish my mom would have prepared for me as a child. It's not too exotic, but it's enough to give a taste of something different. What I love about this recipe is that it's easy to prepare as a family. It also uses familiar ingredients that kids already love, like Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter (hey, it's not just for toast!). Just a few tablespoons take this dish from "ok" to "outstanding"... it's a serious upgrade.
Peanut Butter Tandoori Sweet Potatoes & Chickpeas

This not-so-typical Indian dish features spices that would normally be used on chicken or grilled meats, however in an effort to go meatless, the spice blend becomes a fragrant and flavour base for the sauce. Peanut butter adds a subtle nutty kick to this dish.

Ingredients
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2 in cubes
2 tbsp Tandoori Seasoning Blend
2 tbsp Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1 cup warm water
1 can low-sodium chickpeas, drained
1 diced roma tomato
2 cups basmati rice (prepared as per package directions)

Directions
1. To a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat add onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes until tender.
2. Add sweet potatoes, Tandoori seasoning and your Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter; stir for 1 minute, or until seasoning becomes fragrant and peanut butter is melted.
3. Add coconut milk and cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
4. Add warm water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until sweet potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.
5. Add chickpeas and tomato. Gentry stir to combine. Continue to simmer 3-5 minutes or until chickpeas are heated through.
6. Spoon over cooked basmati rice and serve with a side of garlic naan.

I know it might sound odd to add peanut butter to savoury dishes, but I've been doing it more and more these days. From Chicken Satay to Stir-Fry, Kraft Peanut Butter makes it easy for you and your family to make together, stick together.
And just when you thought it couldn't get any crazier around here (I mean putting peanut butter in this Indian dish might seem way bizaro to you), I have a burger recipe coming soon that also features Kraft Peanut Butter. Say whaaat?! Stay tuned!

For more recipes that celebrate the versatility of Kraft Peanut Butter visit sticktogether.ca.
Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Kraft Heinz Canada ULC , the opinions and language are my own.