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Nutella Buttercream Icing

An easy peasy recipe for Nutella Buttercream

Nutella Buttercream

Hi guys, here’s the Nutella Buttercream recipe I used for my Reece’s Pieces Cookie Cakes. Obviously Nutella goes with just about everything, so you can use this for so many other recipes. Add it to cookies, cakes, cupcakes, or just eat it from the bowl…hehe.


Nutella Buttercream

You can basically add as much or as little Nutella as you want. More will enhance the Nutella flavour. Mmmmnnnnn. Nutellllllllla.

Nutella Buttercream Icing
  1. 1 cup salted butter at room temp.
  2. 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 3 tbsp milk or cream
  5. 1/2 cup-1 cup of Nutella (depending on how much flavour you want)
  1. 1. Cream your butter in a mixer with a whisk attachment
  2. 2. add icing sugar 1 cup at a time
  3. 3. add vanilla and milk until combined
  4. 4. add Nutella and whip together
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Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam that’s so easy to make and tastes like fresh strawberries. You’ll wonder why you ever bought store bought jam in the first place.

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One year for Christmas, a relative of mine gave me some baking and a jar of jam. Since I love having toast with butter and jam sometimes (my oldest son thinks this is gross, why wouldn’t I just use peanut butter?) I dove right into that jar of jam. I’m telling you, I don’t know why I’ve never tasted jam like this before but I was sold. I was never buying store bought jam again. This jam tasted so fresh. I could still taste the freshness of the berries right from the berry patch. Something store bought jam simply cannot compare to. So when July rolled around (that’s when Strawberries are in season way up here in Canada) I bought my jam making supplies. All you need is right here in the picture below. 

I make the freezer jam version. I think that’s what keeps the berries tasting like they’re freshly picked. I don’t care for boiling them down like they do in the cooked version.

This recipe is right from the Certo pectin box. Each brand may have different quantities so check to make sure before you buy a different brand and use this recipe. You’ll have to use the recipe on whatever box of pectin you buy. Jam can be finicky like that. I can easily get too watery if you don’t follow directions.

You can make extra to give away to friends and neighbours. They’ll think you spent hours on making jam, and be totally impressed. 

Try this Strawberry Jam recipe out. I promise you’ll never buy another jar of jam again. 

Happy jamming friends!


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Freshly picked


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Strawberry jam-9 (1 of 1)And there it is, my favourite way to have jam. With butter.

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Strawberry Jam
  1. 1 1/3 cups crushed strawberries
  2. 4 cups granulated sugar
  3. 1 pouch CERTO liquid pectin
  4. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  1. 1. In a large mixing bowl stir together fruit and sugar.
  2. 2. Let stand 10 minutes
  3. 3. Add CERTO liquid pectin and lemon juice. Stir for 3 mins.
  4. 4. Put into clean containers filling up to 1/4 inch from rim. Cover with lids. Leave at room temperature for 24 hours until set.
  5. Freeze (keep a jar in the fridge for immediate use)
  1. This recipe is right from the CERTO box
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Layered Taco Dip

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The holiday weekend is here. Since I live just 40 minutes from the Canada/U.S border we usually like to celebrate both Canada Day and Independence Day. It’s great…two times the fun. I like to plan a day or two in advance what we plan on eating for the holiday weekend. Everything is planned around food. 

One of the most coveted recipes in our house is the layered taco dip. There are dozens of variations of this recipe, but this is our favourite. And actually this time I forgot the taco seasoning mix. My hubby was devastated….for a moment. Until I realized that I could probably make a homemade taco seasoning mix. So I did just that with this recipe (minus the oregano). It was perfect. I won’t need to buy another package of taco seasoning mix again.

You can totally add or take off the toppings you want or don’t want and it is actually ok the next day as well. This time it didn’t make it to the leftovers department of the fridge 🙁

Make sure you’ve got lots of tortilla chips on hand.

Happy Holiday Weekend Everyone!




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In one bowl mix together your refried beans, salsa, cumin and garlic powder. 
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In another bowl mix together your sour cream and taco seasoning mix.


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Spread the refried bean mixture on the first layer then the sour cream mixture on the second layer.

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My favourite part, sprinkle with shredded cheese.


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Add chopped tomatoes and green onions. I had to go easy on the green onions because of the kids. You can add Olives, lettuce, peppers, avocados. Just about any Mexican style ingredient you want.

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Scoop some of this yummy taco dip onto a plate or eat it right from the platter if you want. I did both 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, Amanda 

Layered Taco Dip
  1. 1 can refried beans
  2. 1 cup salsa
  3. 1 tsp cumin
  4. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1 pint sour cream
  6. 1 package taco seasoning
  7. fresh diced tomatoes
  8. 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  9. 1/2 cup monterey jack cheese
  10. 3 green onions
  1. 1st layer- Mix salsa, beans, cumin, and garlic powder in a bowl. Then spread on a platter.
  2. 2nd layer- Mix sour cream and taco seasoning. Spread on top of first layer.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese
  4. Top with diced tomatoes and then green onions
  5. Refrigerate until ready to use
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Easy Pizza Snack



School is officially out for the summer and this Easy Pizza Snack mix recipe might be exactly what you need to keep in your fridge for a quick, easy, and healthy meal or snack.

I don’t know about you guys, but with four boys in the house, I am getting getting really sick of fetching snacks every two seconds. Especially in the summer, who feels like being stuck in the kitchen. Boys sure do eat A LOT, and we always seem to be on the go so snack time can be kind of stressful. This pizza snack recipe will cut down your time in the kitchen for when snack time rolls around and fill those hungry bellies. I have even used it for a quick lunch. It’s kind of like a mini pizza except much healthier being homemade.

You can store it in a jar or container in the fridge for up to two weeks. If it doesn’t get gobbled up before that. 

There are so many topping variations you guys could try. I have a few more for next time. I’m thinking artichoke, caramelized onion and asiago cheese…yum yum. You can never have too many snack recipes stashed away.




Cut up all the ingredients you plan on using for the pizza mix. I made my own homemade pizza sauce as well. But you can use canned just as well.



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Mix it all up

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Don’t these jars look so easy? My kids are picky so I had to make a couple of batches minus onion and mushrooms. 

Easy pizza mix snack recipe

Pop these babies in the oven and snack time is ready. 

Easy Pizza Snack
  1. 8 oz tin tomato sauce
  2. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  3. dash of garlic salt, paprika, oregano, or pizza spice
  4. pepperoni
  5. 1/2 lb grated cheddar cheese
  6. 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  7. 1 small onion
  8. 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
  9. 1/2 can chopped mushrooms
  10. some olives and crumbled bacon
  1. Mix well; store in fridge. Will keep for up to 2 weeks. Spread on french bread, rolls or hamburger buns. Broil for 4 to 6 minutes.
  1. You can make a couple of jars of this mix and separate according to what "toppings" you like on your pizza.
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