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Stranger Things Cake

I’m freaking out about a few things these days…one of them being the new season of Stranger Things (OMG!) and the is finding the perfect Halloween costume (stay tuned for a Trade and Charm Halloween costume retrospective)! Who doesn’t love Stranger Things? The kids are so adorable and the show is the perfect way to get things spooky-ba-ba-dooky this Halloween. My Stranger Things sheet cake is literally the easiest thing to pull together (I did it while getting my costume ready!) but it’s so impressive that people were taking pics of it all night!

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Easy As Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving snuck up on me this year. With temperatures that belong in the dead of July who could think about turkey, stuffing, and gravy? But the heat wave has finally broken and now I can finally embrace Thanksgiving in all it’s glory. Nothing says Thanksgiving to me than my mom’s stuffing and pumpkin pie! Unfortunately, the stuffing recipe is a fiercely guarded family secret (sorry!) but my pumpkin pie recipe is sooo easy I can’t resist sharing it with you!

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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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Dinner Party 101

Dinner parties are odd ducks. Just say the word “dinner party” and I imagine a 1950s housewife serving perfect meatloaf to guests in a formal dining room. Boring, stuffy, and so old-fashioned right? Lame as it may sound, once you hit the age when you’d rather have appys and a cocktail rather than a red solo cup full of tequila and some pizza, playing hostess and entertaining friends for a night-in can actually be fun! Having a grown-up dinner party, without feeling too grown-up, is all about focusing on a few key details and keeping things simple. Here’s how I throw a fun, delicious, memorable gathering without any of the stuffiness…or the fear.

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Feeling Super Sweet: Penotti Cookie Butter Lava Cake and Homemade Ice Cream!

Boy oh boy are you guys in for a treat today! Two words: Cookie. Butter. Cookie butter. Do you know about this stuff? If you don’t, you definitely need to familiarize yourself with this crazy confection invented by the some seriously epicurious Europeans. Penotti Canada’s range of cookie butter is freakin’ phenomenal, and it basically tastes as it sounds – like spreadable cookies you can eat on ANYTHING. Hello! Can I get a heck yea for spreadable cookies?! Jess and I discovered cookie butter on a euro-trip a few years ago and its always been a special European treat not available at home. So when Penotti Canada asked us to taste test their new cookie butter range available in Canada and share with our readers, we were thrilled!

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Easy Easter Cake

Happy Easter! In our family, Easter is a busy time. We run from church to family get togethers all weekend long. On top of all that, our dad’s birthday falls on Easter this year! There’s nothing better than bringing a beautifully homemade birthday cake to celebrate a special person – anyone can buy a cake but only you can make it extra sweet by making it yourself! Now this cake is light, yummy and quite pretty. It can do double duty as a birthday cake or a cake for any special occasion that you want to impress. Hop on in!

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Suns Out Buns Out – Cinnamon Buns with Le Dolci

le dolci toronto best of bakery cinnamon bun things to do class trinity bellwoods trade and charmWhat on earth could possibly be better than an ooey-gooey cinnamon bun? Fresh from the oven, a million buttery layers, cascading with icing tucked into every crevice cinnamon buns. That’s what. Now imagine making these babies at home!! Imagine no more, lovelies! Le Dolci is about to make your dreams come true.

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Happiness is… Pancakes. Happy Pancake Tuesday!

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There are only two reasons this girl gets excited for a Tuesday in the year. The first, half-price Tuesday movies, and second, PANCAKE TUESDAY! A.K.A Shrove Tuesday, A.K.A Mardi Gras, A.K.A Fat Tuesday. You get the picture. It’s a day when all the stars align, and we are shamelessly allowed to dig in, dig deep, and pig out, with no ragrats!

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