Christmas in Canada

Christmas  Celebrations

Someone special making his entrance on Christmas morning. Neil Diamond’s Christmas album had to be playing, by request.

 

 

I hope all of you had a lovely holiday.  As this week was a little different, I decided to share some moments from my holiday with you, and a few recipes that we enjoyed along the way.  It was such a treat to spend the week with my family- it was definitely the greatest gift this year!  Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Raspberry Almond Muffins

Raspberry Almond Muffins

I recently joined a group of nutrition-focused bloggers, the Recipe Redux.  Each month we are challenged to create a healthy recipe that fits within the theme.  This month’s theme, “Grab a Book and Cook,” challenged us to open one of our cookbooks to either page 42 or 142, and makeover the recipe.  Since it’s the holidays, I opened my Butter Baked Goods Cookbook by Rosie Daykin and found a delicious (but, definitely butter packed, hence the title of the book) rhubard almond muffin recipe. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate This Week: December 14-20

Happy Holidays!  This week was somewhat hectic getting ready to travel back up North for Christmas.  Doug and I will be spending Christmas with my family in Vancouver, AND I am SO excited to see them.  Typically on Christmas, my aunt, uncle and cousins from Victoria spend Christmas with us.  We take turns each year as to which family travels to the other’s house.  As little kids, we always wanted to experience Christmas morning at our own houses, and therefore left the travel to Christmas Day.  This usually involved rushing to a ferry and overall was not the most pleasant experience. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Marilea’s Cinnamon Rolls

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When I spent Christmas with Doug’s family a couple years ago, I woke up to the aroma of his mom’s cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning.  These cinnamon rolls are a crucial part to their Christmas traditions.  Last year, Marilea shared the recipe with me and I was able to share them with my family.  Of course, my family loved them as well.  I plan to make them for Christmas morning this year, but I wanted to share the recipe with you in advance so you may be able to enjoy them as well! Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate this Week: December 7-13

 

This week is all about keeping it simple- and healthy.  With the holidays around the corner, heavy lunches, treats and adult beverages are in abundance- so- I decided to keep all of my meals this week on the healthier side.  Don’t worry, there will definitely be some indulgences along the way, which I will tell you all about later 🙂 Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Neapolitan Squares

Neapolitan Squares

This square recipe has made many appearances on our Christmas cookie platter for many years.  I love this recipe because it is so different from the typical offerings on a Christmas cookie platter, and is very eye-catching.  This square would also be very pretty at a baby shower or birthday party.  The recipe comes from an old family friend. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate this Week: November 30- December 6

IMG_1981After Thanksgiving, I was looking to take a major break from cooking this week, hence the slow cooker recipe.  Since buying a slow cooker, I knew I had to try a pulled pork recipe, as it is one of Doug’s favorites.  Myself, I’m not the hugest pork/beef person.  Now, this isn’t for nutritional reasons, but because I simply never enjoyed the taste of either… and then… I moved to the SIMG_1993outh.  The barbeque is pretty out of this world.  I’m still picky with my meats, but have grown a liking to pulled pork (especially with some good coleslaw, beans and cornbread).  Anyways, tired of turkey, we tried our hand at a slow cooker pulled pork recipe.  Wow- was it delicious- and so easy.  I immediately shared the recipe with my Mom, who made the recipe this past week.  My family agreed- it was a winner.

Also- don’t forget to enter my giveaway that ends this Tuesday.  Check out my last post “Gift Ideas” for details.  Make sure you tag me in your post!

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Gift Ideas for the Cook in Your Life

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Stuck on gift ideas for your loved ones?

With the holidays around the corner, I wanted to share some of my favorite kitchen tools/gadgets.  Kitchen tools also work great as stocking stuffers. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.