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Summer Dill & Cucumber Salad

Summer Dill & Cucumber Salad is also an Eastern European salad called “Mizeria”. The flavours of cucumber and dill blend together perfectly to make a fresh tasting cuke salad.



Yesterday was an exciting day for the little boys in this house. We went to the mall and waited for 3 1/2 hours to meet Matt Murray and the Stanley cup. Most of you know my boys all play hockey and love all things hockey, so this was exciting for them. Matt Murray is the goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins and they Won the Stanley Cup this year. Since Matt is from my hometown he brought the cup here for the locals to enjoy too. (See some pics on my Instagram)

Anyhow, I grew up eating this “Mizeria” salad quite often. We had this all year long though, not just in the summer. My dad made it most of the time if I recall correctly. And it’s actually quite simple. Only a few ingredients. It tastes fresh and summery and is simply delightful.

Summer Dill Cucumber Salad


Summer Dill Cucumber Salad

You can slice the cucumbers with a knife. I happen to have a mandolin slicer, so I used the thin setting to slice it. 

Summer Dill Cucumber Salad


Add some chopped fresh dill and green onions, mix in the sour cream dressing and that’s it. Super simple right? Perfect for a BBQ side dish.

Thanks for stopping by friends!


Summer Dill & Cucumber Salad (Mizeria)
  1. 2 cucumbers peeled and sliced
  2. 2 tbsps chopped fresh dill
  3. 1 tbsp thinly sliced green onions
  4. 1/2 cup sour cream
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. pepper to taste
  1. Peel and slice cucumbers place in salad bowl
  2. Add chopped dill and sliced green onions
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together sour cream, salt and pepper
  4. Pour dressing over cucumbers and mix it up
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Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken

Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken is the perfect blend of flavours to make an unforgettable pulled chicken sandwich
Sweet & smoky mustard pulled chicken


I was so organized yesterday. I made a grocery list, dropped off the kids at a playdate, made it to the grocery store with my littlest one, and got all my groceries. As I’m just about at the checkout I realize I forgot something.

This ALWAYS happens to me.

So I head back to the produce department, where I run into the boys’ piano teacher. We chat for a few minutes about how grocery shopping is such a pain sometimes. I tell her about this amazing grocery store in Minneapolis I went to that you can shop online from. You add items to your cart just like in the real life store. You checkout online and then you pull up to a drive thru to pick up your order!!!

A DRIVE THRU!!! (enter heavenly song)

We both talk about how amazing this concept is and how we’d love to have it in our town. We finish chatting and part ways. It’s at that moment that I realize my wish for this grocery store has only gotten stronger. I totally forgot what I needed, and I was done with zig zagging around the store so I left.

Point proven. If you bring a grocery store to my town where I can drive thru and pick up my order without going in, you’re my hero!

I want to grocery shop in my pyjamas on my couch. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. Why can’t I have a drive through grocery store near me?? 🙁

Anyhow, on to something that makes me happy. My house has been smelling divine all day long. These Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken sandwiches turned out better than I could have imagined and you’re going to love this recipe.

Sweet & Smoky Pulled Chicken (1 of 1)

All you have to do is place the chicken breasts in the crock pot…

Sweet & Smoky Pulled Chicken-2 (1 of 1)

Make a batch of my Sweet & Smoky Mustard Barbecue Sauce…. (when I first tasted the sauce it had a kick to it, but that mellows out after its been cooking for a while)

Sweet & Smoky Pulled Chicken-3 (1 of 1)

Pour about 3/4 of it over the chicken…..

Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken

Let it cook on high 3-4 hours or low 8-10 hours…

Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken

Shred the chicken up with a fork or two forks and add the rest of the sauce.

Sweet & smoky mustard pulled chicken



P.S I’m sure that using pork would work just as well. 🙂

Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken
  1. 6 chicken breasts
  2. 2/3 cup prepared mustard
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/2 cup white sugar
  5. 2 tbsp chili powder
  6. 1/8 tsp black pepper
  7. 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1 tsp liquid smoke
  9. 1tsp soy sauce
  10. 2tbsp butter
  1. Place chicken breasts in a crockpot and turn on
  2. In a saucepan combine mustard, sugars, chili powder, black pepper, liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Pour 3/4 of the sauce over the chicken and cook on low 8-10 hrs or high 3-4 hrs
  4. Shred chicken using fork and add remaining sauce
  5. Serve on kaiser bun with cheddar cheese and crispy onions
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Chicken Roll Ups

Chicken roll ups are so super easy to make and are a favourite in our house for dinner

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Happy Sunday everyone! Yesterday was our 11th wedding anniversary so I got a nice little break from cooking. We visited a quaint little town only an hour and a half south from us called Grand Marais. I finally knocked off an item on my bucket list. We went Kayaking in Lake Superior. It was so beautiful. I’ll post a few pictures soon. But for now I’ve got a great recipe for you that I made the other night.

If you have chicken in the freezer, you’re going to want to pull that out. Right now.

Kids are funny. Actually adults are funny too. When I make a grilled chicken breast and serve it for dinner with the exact same side dishes you see in the picture above, dinner is “boring” only half gets eaten…yadda yadda. But you take that exact same chicken add two ingredients to it, roll it up and suddenly this is “the best ever”. I’m guilty of the same thing…haha. Sometimes it takes just one or two extra ingredients to take dinner from boring to exciting. That’s what we all want from our food right? some excitement. Anyhow, my kids love this recipe and I’m sure you guys will too.


Chicken roll ups

I defrosted the chicken in the microwave a wee bit too much. Oh well. It’s still fine.
Chicken roll ups-4 (1 of 1)

You can basically put as much or as little cream cheese inside as you want. I like a lot.

Chicken roll ups-2 (1 of 1)

These babies already look delish.

Chicken roll ups

Done and done. These will be gone before you know it. Give them a try. I promise they won’t disappoint.


Chicken Roll Ups
  1. 6 chicken breasts
  2. 1 package of cream cheese (cold)
  3. 1 packet of Shake and Bake
  4. tooth picks
  1. 1. Butterfly cut your chicken all the way through (so you have 2 identical but thinner pieces)
  2. 2. Place about a tablespoon or so of cream cheese in the middle
  3. 3. Roll the chicken up and secure with a toothpick
  4. 4. Toss them in the Shake and Bake baggie to coat them (you can use homemade shake and bake too)
  5. 5. Place them on a foil lined pan and bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes
  1. If you have larger chicken breasts you may be able to but them into smaller pieces to get more rolls out of them.
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Reese’s Pieces Cookie Cakes with Nutella Buttercream

These Reese’s Pieces Cookie Cakes with Nutella Buttercream are to die for. I’m serious they are absolutely heavenly. A soft baked cookie with with Nutella buttercream frosting and crumbled Reese’s Pieces on top. 

Reece's cookie cakes-xx (1 of 1)

Howdy ho friends! I have come up with a beauty of a recipe. This one I’ll have to credit to the kiddos.

Do you ever go to the grocery store with the kids? You know what that’s like. Well, when I go with all 4 of my boys it’s chaos. Food if flying off the shelves into my grocery cart. I look away for a second and there’s random stuff in there. I should really pay someone to watch the kids and I would still come out with more money at the end of the day than when I take those food demolishing monsters to the grocery store.

This time it was these Mini Reese’s Pieces and Nutella that made the cut in my grocery cart.

I came up with these soft baked Reese’s Pieces Cookies with Nutella buttercream. They are quite easy to make and are so yummy. I highly recommend you give these a try. No joke, when my husband’s friend tried these he had no words. They’re that good. (not to toot my own horn…lol)

The kids also like to try and “help” when I’m baking in the kitchen. Their favourite was the “cookie sandwich” in the pictures below. It’s absolutely monstrous. But such a guilty pleasure.