Monthly Archives: June 2016

A mom retreat

June-30During Father’s Day weekend, I had a really great opportunity to go away for a mother’s retreat. I know it’s a bit ironic that I did this during Father’s Day weekend, but I really do think that having a good mental space is a gift to my husband. I also didn’t feel so bad since Josh absolutely loves 1-on-1 time with Joseph 🙂 Continue reading


The most perfect lasagna, garlic butter, and Nanaimo bars


For Josh’s 28th birthday, I was literally in the kitchen for 3 days straight, preparing food for him. He comes from a French Canadian background, so his love language is food and drink. His favorite foods include lasagna, garlic bread, Caesar salad, and Nanaimo bars. Plus, he likes eating them around a table with friends, talking with his hands and drinking alcoholic beverages. I love him, and I especially love when he is in his element, so I really wanted to make this the best birthday dinner yet! Continue reading

Recipe #2: Classic Bran Muffins | The Brisson Family Cookbook

Classic Bran Muffins

I know bran muffins aren’t everybody’s thing. Plus there is the added debate about raisins or no raisins. Personally, I love bran muffins. With raisins. It is so comforting to bite into a warm, soft, pillowy muffin with a hint of sweetness. Mm!!

So here is my 2nd official recipe for our family cookbook…a good ol’ classic bran muffin. These are pretty perfect. Believe me. Even my husband approves! Continue reading

My trip to PEI (not as bad as I thought)


In my head I had it worked out that Joseph would scream for the entire 4-hour car ride to PEI and back, he would never sleep during our trip, I would go a little nuts from being the primary caregiver for an entire week, we wouldn’t have any fun, and I would largely regret my decision to take Joseph to PEI while Josh was away for work.

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Recipe #1 Key Lime Pie | The Brisson Family Cookbook

Key Lime Pie

My first official entry into our Brisson Family Cookbook is……Key Lime Pie!

While these chocolate chip cookies are the winner for 1st recipe to have been made successfully 3 times, they get eaten so quickly that I haven’t been able to take a good picture of them! So, Key Lime Pie wins as first official entry 🙂 Continue reading

All is well (with my kitchen herb garden)

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My attempt t growing seedlings from scratch may have failed, but I didn’t spend too much time being sad over it. I went to Walmart and bought some herbs for 3$ each. While I was there, I also bought 5 adorable glass planters. Over all, I am just so happy with them. Basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley and sage. They look so pretty sitting on my windowsill. Even though we live in a basement condo, we have such a wonderful big window by our kitchen. This corner makes me so happy 🙂 Continue reading

The Best of: May 2016

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We started announcing to everyone about the new baby!

Can you believe it’s June tomorrow?! I think I say the same thing at the end of every month: how did this month go by so quickly?!

How can I sum up May? Well, I think one word I would use is: baking. I did a lot of baking this month. This is a good thing, because baking means I am in a good mood and my life is going well enough that I can find the mental energy to follow a recipe. Josh always knows when I’m feeling great because there are always muffins in the house. Also, we decided that we wanted to make a family cookbook…so added motivation to find those perfect recipes!

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