Grown-Up Grilled Cheese with a Touch of Honey

Grown-Up Grilled Cheese with Honey

This grilled cheese is all grown up! Filled with a creamy mixture of Gruyere and Fontina cheeses, a sprinkling of basil and a drizzle of sweet honey, it’s a sophisticated treat for lovers of sweet and savoury!

I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to make recipes with 90 minute prep and cooking times. We eat out more often than I like, but I really try to make the effort to provide my family with nutritious foods – scratch that, actually! To be honest, I make an effort for my kids and make sure they have nutritious meals, and my husband and I are left on the backburner! …Oops.

Why Grown-Up Grilled Cheese?

With our busy schedules, we’re not always home at the same time – or my husband says he’s not hungry, I end up eating what my youngest doesn’t eat, and there goes another missed meal opportunity where we end up digging into a bag of chocolate-covered almonds at eight o’clock at night.

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Sooo, I’m trying to change that up and make TIME for cooking, which includes planning meals ahead of time, prepping food when I can, and actually sitting down to eat! Imagine that? My life feels like it’s going through this hilarious circle of crazy right now. I can’t wait for it to slow down!

This grown-up grilled cheese is the perfect balance of a quick, easy-to-make meal with hearty and complex flavours that make it feel like it’s gourmet. Or upscale. Or that you’re not just eating grilled cheese in your kitchen, but you’re actually sitting down to eat a meal with a fresh salad and you’re ADULTING successfully.

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But seriously, the combination of Fontina and Gruyere in this grown-up grilled cheese, made with Dempster’s Honey Wheat Bread, is creamy, and dreamy, and sweet and savoury… Add a simple salad to your plate and you have a deliciously, grown-up grilled cheese that easy and quick to make! Plus, this pairs super well with a Sauvignon Blanc or a Lager, too!

This grown-up grilled cheese with a touch of honey is perfect for lunch or dinner, and it’s one of our favourite simple and easy indulgences. I love using Dempster’s Honey Wheat Bread because it’s made with real Canadian Honey and toasts up super nice for this grown-up grilled cheese! It’s a great thickness for grilled cheese – it holds up really well when you grill it!

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Grown-Up Grilled Cheese
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A grown-up grilled cheese that's savoury and sweet!
Ingredients
  • Butter (for spreading on bread)
  • ½ cup Fontina cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp Basil, chopped thin
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 4 slices of Dempster's Honey Wheat Bread
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill/griddle or frying pan on medium heat (depending on heat source).
  2. Butter both sides of bread, and place on top of each other.
  3. Put half the cheeses on one sandwich, and use half for the other.
  4. Sprinkle with basil and drizzle with honey.
  5. Grill your sandwich to perfection and enjoy!
Grown-Up Grilled Cheese with Honey

Dempster’s Honey Wheat Bread is only available for a limited time! It’s made with real Canadian Honey and contains no artificial colours or flavours! Follow Dempster’s on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to learn more!

What’s your favourite grown-up grilled cheese combination?

Grown-Up Grilled Cheese with HoneyDisclosure: This post was sponsored by Dempster’s. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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Honey Yogurt & Avocado Toast Recipe

Honey Yogurt Avocado Toast Recipe

I know mornings are hectic in my house – yours too? Let’s just all agree that mornings can be crazy and it feels like we don’t have enough time to make a healthy, nutritious breakfast… but that doesn’t have to be the case!

I have been so hooked on starting each and every morning with a delicious breakfast and toast is one of my staples! I love to jazz it up with different toppings and get creative with it! Making time for breakfast every day is easy with this Honey, Yogurt & Avocado Toast recipe made with Dempster’s Honey Wheat bread!

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This is the perfect breakfast for me! It combines my favourite ingredients like wild honey, greek yogurt, and avocado! It may sound like an odd combination, but it’s absolutely lovely together, especially with a sprinkling of flaked sea salt to bring it altogether!

Busy mornings are no excuse to forgo nutritious foods, and with Dempster’s Honey Wheat bread added to the mix, my kids and I love to make delicious toasts for brekkie!

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Honey Yogurt & Avocado Toast Recipe
 
A different kind of avocado on toast recipe!
Ingredients
  • 1 slice Dempster’s Honey Wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey, plus more for drizzling
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ medium avocado
  • Flaky salt, such as Maldon, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Toast the bread to desired level.
  2. While the bread is toasting, mix the yogurt, 1 teaspoon honey, and vanilla extract together.
  3. Spread the yogurt mixture on the bread.
  4. Cut the avocado into ¼-inch-thick slices and lay the slices, overlapping slightly, to completely cover the yogurt.
  5. Drizzle with more honey and sprinkle with the salt.
Honey Yogurt Avocado Toast Recipe

There you have it – sweet honey, creamy avocado and yogurt, and the perfect warmth and crunch from Dempster’s Honey Wheat bread makes for the perfect breakfast. What’s your favourite toast toppings?

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How to Brew the Best Cup of Coffee

How to Make French Press Coffee

So… if you’re anything like me, I can safely assume that you’re a busy person who loves their caffeine! Am I right? Well, if that’s the case then you’re in luck because I’m showing you how to brew the BEST cup of coffee using Bulletproof Coffee Beans.

There’s a certain method to brewing the cup of coffee, and what’s beautiful is that it can be a little different for everyone! I have been so hooked on starting every morning with a cup of coffee made with Bulletproof Coffee Beans – and let me tell you why!

How to Make French Press Coffee

Why Bulletproof Coffee Beans Are My Favourite

I love the flavour of coffee… I love watching it slowly roast in a Chemex or a French Press… For me, it’s not about chugging back a double-double and calling it a day – for me, drinking coffee is enjoying the process of making coffee and savoring every last sip of it! It’s a simple pleasure.

Also Check Out: Does Bulletproof Coffee Really Work? This Mama Puts it to the Test!

That’s why Bulletproof Coffee Beans are my favourite to use when I’m making a cup of coffee. Not only do they make a seriously delicious cup of joe, but Bulletproof Coffee Beans are some of the highest quality beans you can get, with a focus on being a pure coffee bean, lab-tested to minimize mold toxins (yep, mold is in so many coffee beans!). I love that the flavour of the coffee is mellow but rich!

How to Make French Press Coffee

How To Make The Perfect Cup of Coffee

 I love making coffee in my French Press, it’s one of the easiest ways to make great coffee. To make coffee in the French Press with Bulletproof Coffee Beans, first you have to GRIND them into  evenly-sized grains of coffee, that are on the larger size (think bread crumb sized!).

How to Make French Press Coffee

How to Make French Press Coffee

Then add to your French Press, but how much do you add? Trust me, as a coffee geek and mother of two, making coffee became an obsession that I couldn’t spend too much time googling! I like my coffee on the stronger side, so I add a touch extra to my French Press!

Here is a cheat sheet for how much coffee to add to your French Press, and remember that coffee beans are measured before grinding:

  • 1 serving – 1 cup water (8 fl oz) – 2 tablespoons coffee beans
  • 2 servings – 2 cups water (16 fl oz) – ¼ cup coffee beans
  • 4 servings – 4 cups water (32 fl oz) – ½ cup coffee beans
  • 8 servings – 8 cups water (64 fl oz) – 1 cup coffee beans

How to Make French Press Coffee

How to Make French Press Coffee

Now to brew the most perfect cup of coffee, add your desired amount of ground coffee into your French Press, and add the coordinating amount of boiled water. Be sure to let the water sit for a minute before pouring it in! If the water’s too hot – the coffee can get bitter!

Now gently STIR the brew and then STEEP for 4 minutes – the steeping time is totally up to you and your taste buds, but 4-4.5 minutes is pretty much standard! Now PLUNGE the press all the way to the bottom – POUR yourself a cup and savour the delicious coffee that you just made!

Quick tip: Don’t let the coffee sit in the French Press for too long as it will become bitter – if you made a ton of coffee, pour it in a carafe to keep it warm and bitter-free!

How to Make French Press Coffee

How to Make French Press Coffee

What’s your favourite way to make coffee? I admit I used to be a huge fan of those single-brew coffee machines, because I thought using a French Press would be too hard – BOY was I wrong! Using a French Press to make coffee is super easy, inexpensive, and saves the environment when considering the ‘other’ types of coffee makers!

I love brewing Bulletproof Coffee Beans because they’re pure, mold-free, and delicious! The coffee has a rich flavour without any acidity that I find in other brands. It’s easy on my stomach and it’s become a staple in my every day coffee brewing!

Follow Bulletproof Coffee on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn more about Bulletproof Coffee Beans!

How to Make French Press Coffee

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How to Make Sure Picky Eaters Get The Nutrition They Need #FocusOnTheFacts

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This year we’ve made a conscious effort as a family to eat healthy, nutritious foods, and to do so, we’ve included our children in choosing our the foods we eat. But how do you make sure that the picky eater is getting the nutrition he needs?

Our younger son is a picky eater – meaning he could easily survive off cheeseburgers, pizza, and crackers. It’s a struggle to get him to eat fruits and veggies, so I have to get creative when it comes to making meals, and being sure to choose the right snacks.

We want to have our kids choosing nutritious foods, instead of foods that simply appear healthy – and how do we do that? By teaching them how to check the Nutrition Facts on food! The Nutrition Facts table (NFt) is found on most packaged food products in Canada, including our favourite breakfast cereals, canned goods, and frozen foods. The Nutrition Facts table is KEY in helping you choose the nutritious choice for your growing kids!

While our son is still too young to read, our 11 year old is excited to teach her brother all about the Nutrition Facts table and help our picky eater choose nutritious foods!

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The Nutrition Facts table is very easy to use, once you get the hang of it! It gives you information on:

  • serving size
  • calories
  • % of DV (daily value)

 

It’s easy to compare food using the Nutrition Facts table! First check on the serving size when comparing packaged foods, compare the calories based on serving size, and look at the percentage of daily value of nutrients found found in each food.

The % of DV works like this: 5% or less is a little, 15% or more is a lot – so check to see if the food has the nutrients you’re looking for, like fibre, protein, and vitamins! Doing this can help you decide if the food is a nutritious choose for your and your family – and especially for your picky eater!

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Foods high in sugar, sodium, and saturated + trans fats are not ones I would prefer for my picky eater to choose. It’s easy to compare products right in the grocery store if you take a few moments to consider the nutritional value in the food you choose.

You can learn more about making informed food choices by heading to the Focus on the Facts website and taking the quiz for a chance to win a $300 grocery gift card!

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It can be tricky to make sure that your family is getting the nutrition they require, especially when someone is a picky eater! That’s why I try to get them involved with food choices, and I try to educate them so that they can make their own choices as they grow up!

Do you read the Nutrition Facts table when choosing your food? How do you make nutritious choices for your family?

And head over to Focus on the Facts to test your knowledge and enter to win a $300 Grocery Gift Card!

 

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Slow Cooker Mulled Wine Recipe

Mulled Wine Slow Cooker Recipe

I remember the first time I tried mulled wine… a few years ago, J & I went to Montreal for New Years Eve. It was a bit of a luxurious weekend – we stayed at The W Hotel, got all dressed up, had a 5-star dinner, and danced all night long… But every single time we stepped outdoors to explore the city, we instantly regretted our decision. It was freezing cold. With temperatures hitting -30°C (for you Americans that’s -22ºF) we would race from the Metro to the Cafe and back, upon my insistence, of course, that we explore the city…

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So… when you’re running around a frozen city in the attempt to stay warm, and a sign pops up: “Try Our Hot Wine” – you do it. Even if you’re not a red wine drinker. Even if you’ve never had it before. Even if you enter the cafe and the place is deserted and multi-coloured and flourescent and wannabe retro in a non-cute kitsch sorta way. You put out an intention to get warm and here is your answer! Hot Wine.

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Ah, relief from the cold. Hot wine, s’il vous plait!

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Ever since that first sip, I fell in love with mulled wine. It’s especially perfect when you’re absolutely frozen to the bone, but just as nice when enjoyed with appetizers, cozy and warm! It’s the perfect drink to serve during a holiday party or a casual meet-up with friends. I like to make my mulled wine in a crockpot or slow cooker, so that while I’m getting ready the whole house fills up with the delicious scent of cloves, nutmeg, berries, and cinnamon. It’s just as easy to make over the stove, but if the pot isn’t watched closely, it may boil, which will boil the alcohol out of it – and then what’s the point….!

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine Recipe

A well-made charcuterie board is the perfect thing to serve guests when you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. It’s always wise to have a few unique items on hand to throw together a plate. My favourite items on a charcuterie plate? Prosciutto, German Salami, dried figs and apricots, crackers, fresh baguette slices, berries or and fresh fruit, olives, pickles, nuts, and a few cheeses that make things interesting. My last cheese purchase was a ‘Cheddar Cheese Goat Cheese with Maple Syrup’ – it was amazing.

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine Recipe

For dessert? S’mores do the trick – made in the toaster oven, of course! Quick, easy, and cozy is the trick for cold winter nights! Bowls full of chocolate-covered almonds, pretzels, and spiced popcorn is always nice to have around as well. Entertaining doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful if you have these tricks up your sleeve!

You will notice in the recipe I don’t specify a type of red wine to use, because honestly it doesn’t matter. If you know your red wines, choose what you like! If you don’t know red wines, you can ask for something on the ‘fruity’ side, but any Cabernet, Chianti, or even Zinfandel will do. You can use a mixture of both, if you’re making a large batch! The brandy is also optional, but it adds a nice flavour and warmth to the mulled wine, I highly recommend it!

Mulled Wine Slow Cooker Recipe

 

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Slow Cooker Mulled Wine Recipe
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A warm and cozy mulled wine made in a slow cooker!
Ingredients
  • 1-2 bottles of red wine
  • ⅓ - ½ cup of brandy (optional)
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar (can sub with honey or maple syrup)
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 anise stars
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Garnishes: cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and fresh cranberries
Instructions
  1. Put wine, brandy, orange juice, cranberries and sugar into slow cooker, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  2. Zest, then quarter, the oranges, placing into slow cooker.
  3. Add cloves, anise, and cinnamon sticks (bonus: put in a cheesecloth for easy clean-up) into slow cooker.
  4. Cook on LOW for 2-3 hours. Ensure mixture does not boil.
  5. Serve in mugs and garnish with cinnamon stick, orange slices and fresh cranberries.
 

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine Recipe

 

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