My Sweet Marie

Archive for August 2012

This recipe has been passed down from my mother-in-law and is a family fave! It’s more of a stewp, than a soup tho! It is a meal in itself! My Ma-in-law would cook this up for her very large family on a cold fall or winter’s day, and it is well-remembered! I hope you enjoy it too!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 med.onion chopped
  • 1/2 c. celery diced
  • 1/2 pepper chopped (red,green, whatever color you like)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 can 280z tomatoes diced
  • 2 x 5 1/2 oz tomato paste
  • 4 cups broth beef or chicken
  • 2-4 hot peppers
  • 3 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 c. raw potatoes diced
  • 1 small cabbage chopped


  1. In a very large pot, saute the meat with onion,celery and peppers in oil till browned.
  2. Add all other ingredients except potatoes and cabbge.Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Now add the potatoes, cook uncovered,another 30 minutes. Fish out the hot peppers if used.
  3. Add the cabbage and simmer covered for 1 hour longer.
  4. Enjoy with a nice crusty bun!



For this recipe you can use any meat you like! It’s a basic recipe that can be manipulated to work with all kinds of meat! Feel free to add chunks of veggies like onions,mushrooms, peppers, zucchini to your kabobs as well!


  • 2-3 lbs of meat cut into chunks (chicken,pork,lamb,veal or beef)
  • 1/2 cup oil(olive or canola)
  • 1/2 cup soya sauce or tamari
  • 3 tbsp of brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 3 mashed garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp of grated ginger fresh
  • 2 tbsp of sherry or red wine


  1. Marinate the meat in a Ziploc bag for 2-12 hours. the longer the more tender.
  2. Place meat on skewers. If using wooden skewers be sure to soak them in cold water for a couple of hours before hand, so that they won’t burn on the Barbie.
  3. BBQ the meat on moderate heat, basting with the marinade.Cook to your liking.

I’m feeling like soup today so I think this is my pick today! It’s easy peasy, give it a go!!


  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 x 5oz cans of clams
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups of milk,cream or a combo of both(I’ll use almond and/or coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • chopped parsley fresh
  • bacon bits


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the bacon and onions till tender. Stir in the potatoes till browned lightly.
  2. drain the clams into a measure cup, add enough water to make 2 cups. Stir into the pot adding the clams and bay leaf as well. Boil for 10 minutes or so.
  3. Add in your milk or cream and heat thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper if you like.
  4. Discard the bay leaf.
  5. Serve hot with a sprinkle of parsley and some bacon bits on top!


This a favourite of Melanie’s that I have adapted to be gluten-free thanks to Kellogg’s GF Rice Krispies! Enjoy!


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups of gluten-free rice krispies cereal


  1. Melt the first three ingredients in a large microwave bowl. Stir till smooth.
  2. Stir in vanilla and cereal until completely coated.
  3. Press into a greased 8×8 pan.
  4. Chill for 1 hour and cut into squares.

*** these bars can be iced with melted chocolate chips(be sure they are gluten-free) or with this icing:

  • 1/4 cup melted marg or butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  1. Blend all together and spread over the chilled squares before cutting!
I actually got this recipe from and am happy to share it with you! Sometimes I need to go in search of a recipe if I am feeling like a little something new! So, if you cannot do gluten or corn or dairy, have at it!! Enjoy!


  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mashed banana (2-3 fresh or frozen bananas)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil , melted
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk – I used almond milk
  • 2 tbsp unpasteurized honey
  • 1/2 tsp gluten-free pure vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking soda
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper across both sides for easy lifting. Set aside.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl with a hand or stand mixer.
  3. Whisk dry ingredients in a small bowl. Once incorporated, add to the wet mix and mix until smooth.
  4. Drop batter into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack for 30-45 minutes before slicing and serving.
  6. Keep stored in the fridge for 3-5 days, or slice and place in the freezer.

You may have noticed that lately I haven’t posted many stories, or if I did, they were short! I have been very busy with my kiddies! I was the stand-in sitter for two weeks, for Melissa while Tasha was on holidays and well, that kept me quite busy! My game plan was to keep the kids really busy so we wouldn’t run into any problems, I forgot, they have way more energy than me!

We did splash pads, wading pools, Springbank park, my pool, visits to aunt Mel’s to play with Holly and Evie….we went to the gym, we did it all! Thank goodness it rained one day and we had to stay in and watch movies! I will forever be grateful for Blake’s naps too!

On Friday, we visited Aunt Mel,Holly and Evie! We were met by my sisters Marg and Monique and my mother! We had a patio picnic and we let the kids go wild! And wild they did! Marg and Monique spent a good chunk of time taking pics of it all, if you’re a Facebook friend, you’ve seen some of the pics! You will notice that Holly’s playhouse, something right out of the Hansel and Gretel storybook, is quite prominent in all the photos! That is because the kids love this house, it amuses them to no end!

If that wasn’t enough, on the weekend, we took care of Heidi and Blake so that Melissa and Dan could take a little reprieve in Toronto! We had some real chuckles but none better than when Blake stormed in my bedroom just as I was pulling up my underwear and he stated “Whoa, those are huge!” Ok I know my panties are bigger than Melissa’s but huge? Come on!! I noticed Denis couldn’t keep a straight face, really now!

And last Wednesday when I spent the day with Holly, we were playing in the backyard and I said “Careful Holly, I wouldn’t want you to fall and break a leg!”. Her reply was “Yeah cause we’ll have to get out the tape and glue!” What?? I thought I heard her wrong but no, that’s what she said!

Kids will say the funniest thing, without even knowing it, so pay close attention, a laugh is just around the corner!

Sweetest regards,

Sweet Marie


Several years ago, my sister Colette started a care-giver service in the Windsor area in support of seniors. She did really well in the Windsor area and then she married a Michigan man, and now resides there. She took up shop there and she is getting busy in the Oxford area, but always seem to make room for just one more!

When I lost my job in April, Colette started working on me, encouraging me to give it a go. It wasn’t until I was visiting my mother-in-law in June, where I made her a pot of soup and she was so grateful for it, that I thought, hey I could do this. After a few discussions with my mother regarding aging and a few more discussions with Colette that I decided to do like the Nike commercial and Just do it!

The services that I offer are : personal care , delicious home-cooked meals, care-giver relief, companionship, local errands, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, laundry, appointment accompaniment and all at affordable rates!

My goal is to keep seniors independent longer! Wouldn’t it be great if all seniors could live longer in their own homes. It’s not everyone that has eight kids to check on them and bring them a nice hot meal regularly! My plan is to be a stand-in daughter! I hope my clients would agree.

I’ve only just started and have just the one client and she is a doll! Today I cooked her up some lasagnas and portioned them out and froze them for her! Her house smelled awesome and she was thrilled to know she can have a homemade meal when she likes!

If you have someone who needs care or a little extra TLC, and they live in the London,Ontario area, please do write me! If you’re in Oxford, Michigan, then Colette is your gal! You would be surprised how much we can accomplish in just 4 hours!

I look forward to hearing your stories!

Sweet Marie