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Perfect Fall Snack: Carrot Cream Cheese Squares

I like to think of Labour Day weekend as the true last hurrah of summer before we fall into the best season EVER – FALL! With the kiddo’s heading back to fall, vacations wrapping up, and everyone basically getting back into the swing of things, you may be looking for a new recipe or two to shake up your meal prep. Well, have I got a recipe for you! This is the perfect treat to bake up on Sunday and then keep in the fridge for your hectic mornings, boxing up for lunch al-desko, an after school (or work) snack, or late night treat. My Mom is doing the Sugar Free September challenge so these carrot cream cheese squares have ZERO white sugar. In fact, the sweetness comes from lots and lots of carrots plus a dash of maple syrup and I even snuck in some granola for extra goodness.

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Low-carb Rice Paper Rolls – so fresh and SO easy!

Are you looking for a easy appetizer to bring along to a summer picnic? These rice paper rolls are not only deliciously easy to put together (no oven required!), they are fresh, savoury, crunchy and bursting with flavour. Did I mention these rolls are low carb too?! You may have had rice paper rolls at your favourite Vietnamese restaurant and wondered how they put these yummy little packets together. One of our friends gave us her family’s recipe and we couldn’t help but share it with our Trade and Charm followers. It’s now one of my favourite new dishes and the best possible thing you can eat if you’re trying to slim down for summer.

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Taste of Toronto 2017

Toronto is food festival wonderland during the summer. From brunch to tacos to wine, Toronto can’t get enough of small bites out in the sunshine. We’ve already shared our top list of the best bang for your buck summer food festivals this year. Taste of Toronto (not to be confused with Taste Toronto) was at the top of our list because its complement of heavy hitter restaurants meant that great food was practically guaranteed. Luckily, the weather held out for most of the day too. Taste of Toronto is truly a Foodie Paradise, practically bursting at the seams with Toronto’s greatest and newest restaurants – all in one place!

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The Best Carrot Cake Recipe, Ever. Period.

carrot cake dessert recipe DIY easy baking summer treats bakers bake healthy vegetables toronto chef cooking cooks best of Here’s what I believe: Cream cheese frosting is non-negotiable, nuts add great texture and flavour, and raisins don’t belong anywhere within a 2-mile radius of my carrot cake. The cold hard truth? I make the best carrot cake in the entire world. Universe. Galaxy. Get on the Jessica train, because I am about to blow your mind.

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Toronto Patios: Lunch at Mercatto and Drinks at Mascot

Toronto’s weather has been all over the map lately. We just can’t seem to settle down and get good and hot days in a row! The weather teases us with one or two days of sunshine and then turns cloudy, cold, and miserable the next. Last week we got a couple of true summer days, and as true Torontonians, Jessica and I made the most of it by wearing sun dresses and claiming a couple of seats on a patio for a working lunch. Then we rounded up the crew for even more patio time at the Porch for after work drinks. Patio life!

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Easy Peasy Week Night Dinner – Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

toronto recipe dinner easy ideas beef lettuce asian blog trade and charmWeekday dinner planning can be tough. Most days I spend my commute home taking a mental inventory of what ever is left in my fridge and trying to find a yummy, healthy, easy, quick, fresh recipe on pinterest for dinner. It’s a tall order. One of my boyfriend’s favourite meals is Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps inspired by  the awesome Gordon Ramsay. This was one of the first recipes we cooked together! Since then, we’ve adjusted and customized the recipe to make it perfect for us. Now I want to share it with you guys!

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Keep it Social: How to Succeed at Your New Years Fitness Resolutions


December 31st 2016: New YEAR, New YOU!
January 6th 2017: New Year, Old Routine
So, how is that New Year, New You fitness pledge going? Or, has it even begun?

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Lazy Saturday Morning

Today I was lucky enough to have a Lazy Saturday morning.

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