Author Archives: Lisa Ng

Easy Beef and Cheese Empanadas

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beef and cheese empanadas

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and I plan on celebrating at home with my easy beef and cheese empanadas recipe. I have always loved empanadas, but I was always too intimidated to make them at home.

Well, I finally made them and I’ll tell you my little secret – I used refrigerated pie dough for my pastry instead of making it from scratch. It cuts down on so much of the prep time! That’s why this recipe is so easy to make, you could whip it up on a weeknight. (more…)

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Cherry Preserves

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A sponsored post.

Mother’s Day is just under a month away!

Instead of dealing with the chaos of brunch out, why not give Mom a little bit of serenity at home with a super fancy breakfast in bed? Say it with homemade with my super easy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Cherry Preserves. (more…)

7 Delicious Recipes for Weekend Brunch at Home

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Brunch is serious business.

You can opt to fight through the crowds and line-up with the tourists for a killer weekend brunch OR you can opt-out and create your own stellar brunch menu at home.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love going out for brunch, but more often then not – I’ve been craving lazy Sundays at home where I’m cooking, cleaning, blogging and meal prepping.

Here are a few easy brunch recipes and ideas for your weekend menu:  (more…)

The BEST Afternoon Tea in Toronto

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Since Mother’s Day is once again fast-approaching, I thought I would re-share my round-up of the best places for afternoon tea in Toronto. If you’re looking to get a reservation for Mother’s Day – STOP whatever you’re doing and call now! Places book up extra fast and if you can’t get the Sunday, consider meeting on the Saturday instead. Enjoy!

One of my favourite traditions for Mother’s Day is going for afternoon tea in Toronto with my sister and Mom along with Paul and his Mom. It’s a nice way for our parents to get caught up and a fun way to spend the afternoon together. We usually spoil our Moms with a small gift as well – see our 2014 + 2015 + 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas & Guide. But the point is – our presence together is the present and it’s the small, yet precious moments that we will look back on and cherish.

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Having toured and tasted my way through the tea rooms of Toronto, I proclaim these to be the best places for afternoon tea in the city: (more…)

8 Ways to Make Your Space Healthier

By: April + Michelle of Get Real Gurls

Have you made the commitment to a healthier and happier lifestyle?

In addition to meal prepping and making small changes, have you given any thought on how to make the space you live in a healthier place? If not, it’s time to clean up your environment and make your space healthier! (more…)

7 Ways to Relax on Your Day Off

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Since moving to Portland from Los Angeles last year, I have been re-introduced to a long, cold and rainy winter. With that, I’ve been cooking more of these comfort food recipes, finding rainy day activities in Portland and drinking A LOT of tea.  I drink a lot chamomile tea because I love the taste and the relaxing health benefits.

It’s a nice and comforting thing I look forward to when the weather is just miserable outside. We broke records in Portland for rainfall in the months of October, February and March so far! (more…)