Father's Day Pizza Party + The Home Depot Canada Giveaway

Ain't no party like a pizza party! No seriously. Is there anything better than a table completely adorned with a variety of meats, cheeses, sauces and vegetables ready to be spread across fresh homemade dough? Exactly. I didn't think so!
There is just something so exciting and rewarding about thoughtfully dressing a pizza until it's the epitome of perfection. My love for a good homemade pizza started at a young age. I remember sitting around my kitchen table with my dad, two sisters, and step mom meticulously building our mini pizzas. First the sauce. Then the pepperoni. Lastly a mitt-full of mozzarella (yeah, my tastes were pretty basic back then). And in the oven they'd go.
I have to say, the family pizza party was one of my favourite dinners... in fact, it still is! So this Father's Day I am honouring my dad by combining two of his favourite things: pizza and BBQ'ing.
Have you ever made a pizza on the BBQ? I've had my fair share of grilled pizza fails... dough slipping through the grates, crispy bottoms with raw tops.... and then there's the completely burned to a crisp. That's why I was so excited to get my hands on Bakerstone's BBQ Pizza Oven from The Home Depot Canada.
This slick little unit raises the temperature of the outdoor grill to that of a wood burning pizza oven so your pizza cooks in less than 5 minutes and is perfectly crisp! And the possibilities are endless! Classic margherita pizza. Spicy sausage pizza. Vegetarian pizza. They all cook up beautifully in the Bakerstone Pizza Oven!
Now onto the fun stuff.... It's giveaway time!
// The Home Depot Canada Father's Day Bakerstone Giveaway \\
Did you know Father's Day is this Sunday? Have you bought dad a gift yet? Well you are in luck, I have teamed up with The Home Depot Canada to offer you the chance to win a Bakerstone Pizza Oven that will surely impress any BBQ obsessed dad!
Prize: A Bakerstone Pizza Oven from The Home Depot Canada (valued at $129)
To Enter: Answer this question... What's your favourite pizza topping?
Contact Deets: Don't forget to leave an email address!
Open To: Canada Only (excluding Quebec)
Closes: Father's Day, Sunday June 19th at 11:50am. Winner will be randomly selected, and announced on this post shortly thereafter.
Bonus Entries: Post about this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Leave a separate comment telling me you have done so.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada. I was provided with the Bakerstone Pizza Oven for this post. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own. Good luck!

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!

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

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

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.


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!


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

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.