3 Ingredient Meatball Recipe ~ Slow Cooker




We went to my brother in law’s house for supper.

He had several slow cookers out with food. My son, Spencer, usually will not eat any meat with sauce on it because he wants ketchup. But he saw the meatballs and wanted to try them.

He ate 3 helpings of meatballs and at one point I had to tell him to save some for others.

I heard from my brother in law’s girlfriend the recipe and it is so simple, I had to share it with all of you while I make it today for my son!


3 Ingredient Meatball Recipe ~ Slow Cooker
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  • 1 bag of precooked meatballs. ( 2lbs)
  • 1 (425ml) Grape Jam
  • 1 (425ml) BBQ sauce.


  1. Place Meatballs in a slow cooker
  2. Add the grape jam
  3. add bbq sauce
  4. Stir sauces and meatballs around.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  6. Stir and serve. (Great alone or on top of rice)

Mini Rolo Cookies

I love doing a big bake at Christmas time and I will tell you this is one desert everyone loves!

If I don’t freeze a batch (hide it deep in the freezer) then there would be none for Christmas day!

If you make this recipe, come back and let me know how you liked it.




Mini Rolo Cookies
Author: Canadian Basics
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Serves: 75 cookies
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 75 mini Rolo chewy caramels
  • walnut halves for garnish (optional)
  1. Step 1: Combine flour, cocoa and baking soda.
  2. Step 2: In separate bowl, beat sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs.
  3. Step 3: Stir in flour/cocoa mixture.
  4. Step 4: Chill dough for 1 hour.
  5. Step 5: Shape about 1-1/2 tsp of dough around a mini Rolo, making sure Rolo is completely covered.
  6. (If you are using walnut halves just place them in a bowl and dip the ball of dough before you place it on the cookie sheet )
  7. Step 6: Cool on cookie sheet for 1 hour in fridge
  8. Step 7: Bake 7-8 minutes at 375ºF.
  9. Step 8: Cool on wire rack.
  10. Makes 75 cookies


Slow Cooker Apple Cake Recipe


Slow Cooker Apple Cake Recipe

A simple recipe to make anytime of the year! This Slow Cooker Apple Cake Recipe will become a family favourite! Experiment with different cake mixes and different fruit fillings.

In the comments of this post, let us know what you think when you try it!




Crock Pot Apple Cake Recipe
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  • Filling:
  • 21 oz. can of Apple filling (You can use any fruit filling you wish)
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. Brown Sugar
  • Batter:
  • 1/2 c. of sour cream
  • 18-20 oz of cake mix (you could also use muffin mix instead)
  • 1/2 cup of evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs {beaten}
  • 2 tsp. softened butter
  1. Mix all of the filling ingredients together first and put aside.
  2. Mix the batter ingredients together.
  3. Add the cooking spray generously in the crock pot, and add 1/2 of the filling to the bottom of the pot.
  4. Add a layer of the batter, followed by another layer of the filling.
  5. Continue that pattern until you are out of filling and batter.
  6. Set your slow cooker on high for 2 1/2 hours.
  7. Remove the lid, turn the cooker off, and let it cool for about 20 minutes.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe




With fall here, chicken noodle soup is a great meal to make up.

You can make it in batches and freeze it for a fast supper or easy lunch!

Check out this easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe.


Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup #Recipe
Cuisine: Supper
Author: Canadian Basics
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A great meal for a cold rainy day!
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup chopped celery
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • water
  • 2 cups chopped chicken (a great time to use left over chicken)
  • 3 cups egg noodles
  • 1-1/3 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter.
  2. Cook onion and celery in butter until just tender, 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in broth and stir in chicken, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add water until all the ingredients are covered with liquid.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before serving. Serve with a loaf of crusty bread.


Homemade Coffee Creamer


A lot of us use coffee creamer in our morning coffees.

It takes 15 chemicals to make up coffee creamer.

The best alternative is to make your own with 3 ingredients.

I am not able to have store bought creamer with my health diet for my kidney failure.

But with these recipes I can at least have cream in my coffee!

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14oz sweetened can of condensed milk

2 cups of milk

(optional) Add one of these to give the creamer a flavour:

1/3 cup flavoured syrup

Cocoa Powder

Vanilla Extract

Almond Extract


1/3 flavoured syrup

Mix together and enjoy!


2 tsps. Vanilla Extract- French Vanilla 

1 Tblsp Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Almond Extract- Strudel Cake

2 tbsps. chocolate syrup, 1 teaspoon instant coffee, 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract & 1 teaspoon almond extract – Irish Cream 

Experiment in making your own flavours!

Let us know what flavour you made and how!

10 Desert Ideas For Canada Day



Canada Day is one of my favourite holidays.

I love showing pride for our great country with my family and friends.

A great way to celebrate is through food.

Here are some easy to make deserts that are fun to make on Canada Day.


  1. Strawberry and Raspberry Jell-O Parfaits with Almond Whipped Cream ~ The Cookie Writer
  2. Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles ~ Bakers Royale
  3. Cheesecake Stuffed Raspberries ~ The Naked Kitchen
  4. Canada Day Layers Jell-O ~ Open Source Food
  5. Blueberries with Yogurt and Maple Syrup ~ Epicurious (Great on shortcake)
  6. Maple Cream Sandwich Cookies ~ All Day I Dream About Food
  7. Canadian Flag Rice Krispies Treats ~ Corrinna Johnson
  8. Strawberry Marshmallow Kabobs ~ Family Food and Travel
  9. Strawberry Custard Tarts (AKA Tim’s Tarts) ~ Rock Recipes
  10. Maple Cream Fudge ~ Thibeault’s Table


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10 Easy To Make Summer Recipes




The warmer weather is here and so is the need for easy to make meals because no one wants to be slaving over a hot stove during a heat wave.

Here are 10 great summer dishes that are quick and easy and perfect for the whole family.


  1. Cajun Shrimp and Rice from The Food Network
  2. Spicy Italian Ham and Cheese Cups from Kevin & Amanda
  3. Asian Brussel Sprout Slaw with Carrots and Almonds (Vegan) from Cookie & Kate
  4. BBQ Turkey Burgers from Six Sisters’ Stuff
  5. Double Decker Tropical Avocado Smoothie from Cooking Classy
  6. Bacon Ranch Chicken Pita Pizza from Yummy Healthy Easy
  7. Strawberry Turkey & Goat Cheese Panini from Eckert’s Family Recipes
  8. Black Bean Enchiladas from Garden Fresh Foodie
  9. Fruit Pizza from Pinch of Yum
  10. Loaded Baked Potato Salad from Closet Cooking



Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Chicken Dumplings


Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
Cuisine: Supper
Author: Canadian Basics
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A 5 ingredient meal that your whole family will love!!
  • 1 tube of Biscuits
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 10 oz. bag of Frozen Mixed Vegetables
  • 3 1/2 – 4lbs of shredded Chicken (already cooked)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper & kosher salt
  1. Set oven for 400 oF
  2. Combine chicken, vegetables, soup, salt & pepper in a bowl with 3/4 of a cup of milk.
  3. Transfer to an oven safe casserole dish.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes
  5. After 15 minutes put biscuits on a cookie sheet and bake them for 15 minutes until baked through.
  6. Remove both casserole dish and biscuits.
  7. Uncover casserole dish and place biscuits on top.
  8. Serve


Broccoli Salad ~ Great Potluck Recipe

I found this recipe a long time ago.

So I thought I would make it for my family.

And we loved it!

This is a great one to share! Feel free to hand it to your family and friends!


Broccoli Salad ~ Great Potluck Recipe
Cuisine: side dish
Author: Canadian Basics
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Great for potlucks or anytime (even a meal!)
  • 1.5 bunch broc cut in small pieces
  • 1/2 lb bacon cooked and cubed
  • Half-one red onion chopped
  • 1c cheddar cheese shredded
  • Mix all first ingredients together in a med mix bowl.
  • Dressing:
  • 1c mayo
  • 2 tbs vinegar
  • 1/4 c sugar
  1. Mix together then pour over salad, stir to cover, refrigerate for 2 hours or over night for best result!!

Copycat Bisquick #Recipe




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Bisquick is great for making items such as pancakes, waffles, cinnamon rolls etc.

But I find it can be sometimes hard to find up here in Canada and I don’t always get across the border to shop.

So here is a Copycat way to make your own Bisquick.

Copycat Bisquick #Recipe
Recipe Type: CopyCat Bisquick Recipe
Cuisine: To be used for cooking and baking
Author: Canadian Basics
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A copycat version of bisquick for when you don’t have it on hand.
  • 8 cups flour
  • 4 Tbs. Sugar
  • 4 Tbs. baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  1. Combine Flour, baking powder, salt in a large bowl, blending well. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles fine crumbs and is completely incorporated. Store in airtight container until needed.
  2. Makes approximately 9 cups (About the Equivalent of a 40 oz Box)
  3. **To make biscuits ~ use 2 1/4 c. Mix & 3/4 Cup of Milk, for drop biscuits (which don’t require rolling/cutting) increase milk to 1 c. Bake at 400F for 8-10 minutes