Zucchini Basil Spaghetti

Zucchini Basil Pasta

The good thing about Carl going out of town is that my grocery bill is literally cut in half. The bad news is I have 4 boys who will be teenagers before I know it, and this makes me realize that I don’t think we’ll be able to afford to feed them anything but noodles […]

Bacon Caesar Pasta Salad

Bacon Caesar Pasta Salad - the perfect hearty, crowd pleasing salad for any barbecue or a light dinner all on its own.

Summer’s officially over before I’m even getting a chance to tell you about the salad that’s been on repeat all summer over here. It’s still hot enough here for barbecues, but if it’s not where you are, you’re going to have to put this in your back pocket for next year. With two kids who don’t […]

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs

honey soy chicken thighs

Since we’re talking about thighs today, let’s talk about mine. Yesterday, I wore pants. It has been so hot, but enough forest fire smoke has blown in that the sun is essentially blocked, and yesterday was downright pleasant, both outside and in. While I pray for rain and for the safety of those brave firefighters […]

Chicken Avocado Pasta

Friends, it’s time I cut back on the blogging.  I got a new job I am so very excited about, but it means something has to give, and I’d really rather that something wasn’t sleep. I’m sure most of you, like me, find it absolutely horrifying that I could have chosen to have an abortion in Canada […]

Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie - ultimate comfort food! (from hiddenponies.com)

So we sold our house and are now busy looking to find a house to move to, and it’s all very exciting, but Pinterest is seriously taking over my life right now. I want to see every living room layout imaginable, preferably in colours I like, with a crawling child included for ease-of-manoeuvring reference. I want […]

Favourite Pancakes


I don’t know about you, but I am all about the practical gifts. Besides the standard socks, Carl has bought me my stand mixer, waffle maker, pastry brushes and blender on various occasions over the past few years. These are some of my favourite gifts because I get to use them all the time, he likes to use them since […]

One-Dish Oven-Baked Apple Crumble Pancake

One Dish Apple Pancake

When we were first married, I got up at 5:30 in the morning to get to work on time and was usually napping by 4 pm, while Carl rolled out of bed around 8:00 to head to classes at university, and then was busy till at least 11:00 at night, so we didn’t see a whole […]

Strawberry Chocolate Granola Wraps

Strawberry Chocolate Granola Wrap - the perfect breakfast or lunch on the go!

Today I’m talking about one of my favourite on-the-go breakfast or lunch recipes on The Lydia Life!  We eat these all the time and they are impossible to get sick of since the filling possibilities are endless (although I always have a soft spot for chocolate and strawberries).  They can be made days ahead and […]

Chicken Caesar Burgers

Healthy and easy chicken caesar burgers are cooked indoors, perfect all year round!

It’s still very much the middle of winter here, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about burgers.  At least, burgers that are made in the great INdoors! Even in the summer, when barbecue season is in full delicious swing, I sometimes make these burgers or similar ones inside.  I staunchly refuse to learn to […]

Ravioli & Sausage Lasagna

Ravioli Lasagna

Have you been watching any Olympics?  I hate the feeling of having the TV on during the day, but I can’t help but love the feats of strength and skill on constant display.  I just sit there and exclaim about the LEGS, the ARMS, the CORE STRENGTH!  The ski jumpers who can basically lay parallel […]