Lemon Spaghetti…With Shrimp

IMG_0219It’s the summertime and I want to be outside as much as possible, meaning I want to be in the kitchen as little as possible!  Enter lemon spaghetti with shrimp. It’s one of my go-to meals because it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.  Plus, I always have shrimp in the freezer.  My family loves this dish and I make it a couple of times a month.

I first saw this recipe on Everyday Italian with Giada de Laurentiis on the Food Network.  I must have talked about the show a lot because that Mother’s Day, I received Giada’s Everyday Italian cookbook.

A few months later, we were visiting my sister-in-law and I made lemon spaghetti for dinner when company was coming.  Everybody loved it, down to the toddler who ate only the lemon spaghetti!  It’s still a favorite at my sister-in-law’s house.

IMG_0216The recipe is so easy that you don’t really need the book.  I play around with the measurements sometimes and it still tastes great every time.

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How To Host A Fun & Easy Christmas Coffee Morning

Christmas Coffee Morning - Self-Serve Tea and Coffee
Christmas Coffee Morning – Self-Serve Tea and Coffee

The days leading up to Christmas are some of the busiest of the year.  They are also the most festive days on which to entertain.

Last week, I hosted a Christmas coffee morning for some of the moms at my kids’ school.  It’s something I have done in the past and all the moms enjoy taking time out to relax and catch up before the holiday break.

Christmas Coffee Morning - All Kinds of Goodies
Christmas Coffee Morning – All Kinds of Goodies

For me, it is a chance to invite friends over while my house is somewhat clean and orderly!  Plus, it’s decorated for Christmas, which makes entertaining that much easier and more fun. It’s also easy in that the season sets the theme for everything from Christmas doilies, napkins and serving dishes to Christmas-themed centerpieces.

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Vegetables with Lemon Oil – Easy

IMG_6682On busy school nights, I admit that preparing supper can be a challenge. I am always looking for short cuts and neat ways to shave time off my food prep and clean up. There is a fancy grocery store in my area and, after school, we go in to buy some fresh bread for dinner. Often, there are tasting tables. In particular, there is a tasting table for oils and vinegars. And, my kids and I cannot stay away. Continue reading

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A Weekend Brunch

A Weekend Brunch photo copyright 2015 Alex R
A Weekend Brunch
photo copyright 2015 Alex R

My parents recently visited from overseas for 3 weeks. It was great!  They live in a part of the world where heavy meals are usually lunch-time meals and dinner meals tend to be much lighter fare.

Our North American lifestyle was hard to change during this period: because the kids were in school, their lunches were light and so they needed a substantial dinner meal. So, my poor parents had to eat heavy meals at dinner to accommodate their hosts.

On the weekends, I thought I would try and balance things out by treating them to a North American brunch! Continue reading

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