Fresh-tasting and sparkling, this strawberry pineapple sangria is the perfect summer drink! This delicious summer drink recipe includes a virgin option that’s just as refreshing. [Read more…]
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These flavourful, no-bake energy balls are easy to make and provide lots of healthy fats and protein. This mix of peanut butter, oats, coconut and chocolate is a satisfying and delicious snack on the go! [Read more…]
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to share not only some gift ideas that you could give your own mom, but some that you could give to yourself! These strawberry & lavender scones are decadent, delicious, and something that you our your significant other could prepare the day before Mother’s Day so that they’re ready for your own breakfast in bed. [Read more…]
I know I’m about four years behind on this food trend, but have you ever tried making overnight oats? It’s so easy, and the resulting breakfast is nutritious, tasty, quick and oh-so-customizable! Let me show you how to make overnight oats using my favourite recipe and a couple of variations. [Read more…]
Winter is a great time of year to practice making homemade comfort food. One of our favourites? Pasta! Have you ever tried making fresh, homemade pasta? Once you make it, you might have a hard time going back to the store bought variety! It’s so tender and delicious, and it might be a lot easier to make than you think. Let me show you how to make homemade pasta at home. [Read more…]
Christina Dennis is an Edmonton area blogger and YouTuber with a passion for creating home decor, DIY and lifestyle content. Her award-winning blog, TheDIYMommy.com, has become more than just a hobby – it’s now a full time job that allows Christina to work with brands all across the world and connect with people through crafty workshops and videos. Christina and her husband Sean, owner of The Greenovator Corp general contracting company, are a creative DIY duo that undertook the renovation of a 1992 travel trailer this Spring. Armed with their combined knowledge of construction and design, they transformed the camper into a trendy oasis for their family of five, and they’re excited to share the process of the renovation on the Edmonton Renovation Show main stage this year.
Christina & Sean will be on the Edmonton Renovation Show 2018 Main Stage on:
Friday, January 26 @ 3:00pm MST
Saturday, January 27 @ 7:00pm MST
There’s no better morning than Christmas Day morning to spend a little extra time making a spectacular breakfast or brunch dish. This cinnamon Christmas breakfast wreath not only looks beautiful, but it tastes delicious too! The ingredients in this sweet bread recipe are ones that most people enjoy – including young children – so it’s a great item to serve to the whole family on Christmas morning. Read on to learn how to make this beautiful cinnamon Christmas breakfast wreath, and make sure to visit all of the other delicious Christmas breakfast recipes by my blogging friends at the end of this post. [Read more…]
We LOVE baking in our house, especially when it’s CHRISTMAS BAKING! It’s such a fun and relaxing activity for me, and my girls enjoy it too. They’re all very interested in how recipes are put together, and they love to decorate cookies. After several years of Christmas baking, I’ve come to love a few recipes that we make year after year. These Christmas cookie recipes – gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies & whipped shortbread cookies – are staples in our home, and today I want to share our special recipes with YOU! I’ll also show you how I bulk bake them & get them done early so that you can relax over the holidays. [Read more…]
It’s no contest – my favourite appetizer for Christmas time is baked brie. I adore cheese, and a wheel of brie all goey & yummy right from the oven is at the top of my list! For the last few years, I’ve made the same recipe, but this year I wanted to try something new. Meet my newest baked brie concoction: cranberry pecan baked brie. And if you want more appetizer recipes for all of your holiday gatherings this year, make sure to slide down to the bottom of this post for more ideas from my blogging friends. [Read more…]
Have you ever tried those “Aussie Bites” from Costco? SO addicting. They’re like little mini cakelets (that’s a word in my books) filled with all sorts of flavourful ingredients like oats, coconut and dried fruit. I consider them to be mostly healthy, and they are such a filling snack. I thought they’d be fun to try to recreate, but in a cookie format. I modified a Aussie Bites knockoff recipe, added some cookie-ish ingredients to it and the result was YUM. [Read more…]
School has begun, dance class has started, work’s in full swing, so that means… it’s slow cooker season! I enjoy using a slow cooker to prep suppers in Fall and Winter to save time, but still cook something tasty and nutritious. Today, I’m sharing with you my ultimate favourite slow cooker recipe: honey garlic chicken with peppers. It’s incredibly flavourful, and it’s so simple to prepare. Simply set it up after lunch, and you’ll be able to enjoy it over rice at suppertime. Want even more supper inspo? Make sure to scroll down to the end of this post for more slow cooker recipes from my Canadian blogging friends. [Read more…]
One of my girls’ favourite things to play with is homemade slime. They love the texture of it, they love to squish it in their hands, they love to hide little toys in it, and they love to make it with me! We’ve been trying all sorts of DIY slime recipes together this summer, and this fluffy unicorn slime is our ultimate favourite slime to make. [Read more…]
Last summer we discovered how to make no-churn ice cream, and it was incredible! You don’t need any special kitchen tools to make this kind of ice cream, and it tastes so rich and delicious. Here’s my strawberry cheesecake no churn ice cream recipe. It’s decadent and easy to make! [Read more…]
I’m a huge sucker for one dish or all-in-one meals, and I love food cooked on the BBQ even more! This dinner recipe idea combines both of these into one foil wrapped package. With the help of Esurance, let me share with you this easy prep BBQ chicken & veggie foil packets recipe plus some general back yard safety tips as you enjoy the summer outside! [Read more…]
As much as I love a good rhubarb pie, sometimes (well, most of the time!) I don’t have time to make one. Enter this delicious and incredibly fast rhubarb crisp recipe! It has all of the tart and sweet goodness of a pie, but it’s really quick to prepare. If you have an abundance of rhubarb in the garden like I do, this makes for a really great last-minute dessert that will wow your guests (or kids)! [Read more…]
This past weekend, we decided to try making a fun and colourful “unicorn” milkshake complete with sprinkles and whipped cream. A certain unicorn drink took over social media last week, so I was inspired to try to concoct my own drink at home that was just as magical but used simple ingredients that we had on hand. [Read more…]
Does your family love banana bread as much as mine does? It’s such a great snack to have handy, and my girls love it in their lunches. I’ve been baking it for years, and just the other day I realized I’ve never shared my tried and true recipe with you all. It’s my no-fail, always-works, so-yummy banana bread recipe with lots of delicious, natural ingredients. You can bake it with traditional brown sugar, or try it with my new favourite sweetener: Lantic-Rogers Organic Coconut Sugar. [Read more…]
Our family eats chicken a lot, so it’s nice to be able to branch out into different protein options when I’m planning easy weekday dinners. This easy honey garlic shrimp is a lot simpler to cook than it looks, and it has so much flavour! We love how it pairs with steamed vegetables like broccoli, and it’s perfect with a side of Minute Rice. Let me show you how easy it is to make this dish. [Read more…]
I love cooking flavourful dishes for supper, but I don’t always have the time to cook something that requires a lot of ingredients and time. Between the kids homework, dance class, chores, reading, and all of the other things that come with normal family life during the precious hours between school and bedtime, I need to stick with quick and easy suppers. The other day, I had the desire to make some decadent and creamy mushroom risotto. If you’ve ever tried risotto, you’ll know how comforting and delicious this rice dish tastes. So yummy! With the help of Minute Rice and my taste buds, I was able to come up with a method to make a mock risotto that tastes just as creamy as the real thing but takes much less time to make. Let me show you how easy it is to make this chicken and mushroom mock risotto! [Read more…]
I’ve only ever heard of beignets from the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog. My girls enjoy that movie, and our dear heroine, Tiana, makes beignets in her New Orleans Cafe. Recently, I was curious about what they were exactly, and then when I found out that they were essentially baby donuts smothered in icing sugar, I was sold. We HAD to make these, and we had to make them for Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is huge in our house – it’s Little C’s favourite holiday of the year – so finding the perfect treat for the day is a must. Let me show you how to make heart shaped beignets that I hope would make Tiana proud. [Read more…]
This simple craft is a great activity to do with your kids this winter – you can get messy together, and then feed the birds around your yard! Making these DIY bird feeder ornaments is easy. All you’ll need are some ordinary ingredients, some metal cookie cutters, and a bunch of helping hands. [Read more…]
Not only is Streuselkuchen a fun word to say, but it’s one of my favourite German treats! This crumb cake brings back so many wonderful memories for me. My mom, one of my aunts, or my Grandma would always bring it to all of our extended family gatherings – especially around Christmas time. This is a coffee cake with a sweet yeast dough base and a crispy, sweet crumb topping. It’s great as a brunch dish, or with coffee after supper. Let me show you how to make German Crumb Cake AKA Streuselkuchen! [Read more…]
I finally had a day last week to bake, and it was wonderful. I’ve missed baking. I find it so relaxing!
(Note: This recipe & blog post was originally published in November of 2013 and I’ve now updated it with new photos! So, no, I’m not currently pregnant but I AM craving cake.)
It’s slightly dangerous, though. I’m a huge fan of eating baked goods too. This marble bundt cake I made last week only lasted a couple of days. I’ll say that’s due to my hungry hubby and not my pregnant, cake-loving self. Yes. That’s it. [Read more…]
It’s hard to find lunches and suppers to make that are both fast and nutritious. Often, it’s one or the other but not both! One way I’ve found to cut down on cooking time is to steam foods in my Panasonic Steam Convection Oven. It’s a really quick way to cook foods like veggies and fish, and the results are really tender and tasty – especially if you seal your food up in a parchment paper packet. Yum! One of my latest favourites? Steamed lemon pepper fish and asparagus packets. I can prep these in no time at all, and steaming them in the packet locks all the flavours in. Let me show you how easy it is to make these fish & asparagus packets. They’re such a quick and nutritious option for lunch or dinner!
Picture this: a chocolate chip cookie with a crispy, buttery outside and a moist and fluffy inside. With a “secret ingredient”, that’s what kind of cookie you’ll be eating with my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe! [Read more…]
Did you know that it’s totally OK for your home decor style (and skill level!) to slowly evolve over time? I think everyone’s does as they grow and change. My home decor style has certainly evolved over the last few years as we’ve settled into the new home that we built and I’ve become better at sorting out what works for my family and for me. Today, I’m sharing with you the key elements of my “modern boho country” living room style, how it’s evolved, and how you too can sort out what your decor style is too!
Raise your hand if you’re a fellow coffee loving mama! The stuff keeps me alive some days – especially during my afternoon slump. In the summer, it’s often too hot to drink hot coffee, so this cold brew coffee is a fabulous alternative! I’ve finally learned how to make a tasty cold brew coffee, so let me share it with you today in this video tutorial. [Read more…]
It’s always helpful to have some super-quick and nutritious lunch ideas on hand – especially for these summer months! If you roast and chop a supply of chicken breast in advance, this delicious Greek rice bowl with Minute Rice’s Whole Grain Brown Rice Ready to Serve Cups can be prepped in 5 minutes or less. It’s such a tasty lunch option, and oh-so-quick to make. [Read more…]
The DIY Mommy is coming to the Spring Edmonton Woman’s Show! Join her for daily presentations covering topics such as:
- DIY Fun: 12 Kids Toys You Can Make For Almost-Free
- DIY Room-By-Room: Clever Décor Ideas You Can Do Yourself For Every Room of Your Home
- Rise of the Mommy Blogger: How to Make an Income at Home
Christina Dennis, also known as the DIY Mommy, has been blogging from her house on the prairie near Edmonton since 2009. On her blog, Christina writes about making things for “mommy, for baby and for home”. She recently fell head over heels for home styling and design when she and her husband took on their biggest DIY project ever – building their custom home in 2013. Christina’s been honoured to have her work featured in home décor publications and she has appeared on TV as a DIY expert. In 2015, Christina was named Western Canada’s Next Home Stylist. On any given day, you’ll find Christina doing everything from sewing some drapes to painting trim to drawing silly pictures with her daughters.
Christina will be speaking on the DIY stage at the Lloydminster Home, Garden, Sports & Leisure Tradeshow 2016.
She’ll be on the Spectrum Restoration DIY Stage on Friday, April 1st at 2:30 + 6:30pm, Saturday, April 2nd at 11:30am + 2:30pm and Sunday, April 3rd at 12:30 and 2:30pm.
Christina will be giving three different presentations:
2016 Trends: Low Budget Decorating, High Style Results
DIY Room By Room: Home Decor You Can Make Yourself
Pretty & Practical: Decorating with Kids in Mind
Lloydminster’s largest tradeshow for home, garden, sport, and leisure, April 1-3, 2016. The show features home renovation and decorating, garden and landscaping, home product and services, sporting and tourism, as well as the Sellers RV indoor sale.
Christina Dennis, also known as The DIY Mommy, has been blogging from her house on the prairie near Edmonton since 2009. On her blog, Christina writes about making things for “mommy, or baby and for home”. She recently fell head over heels for home styling and design when she and her husband took on their biggest DIY project ever, building their custom home in 2013. Christina’s been honoured to have her work featured in home decor publications and she’s appeared on TV as a DIY expert. In 2015, Christina was named Western Canada’s Next Home Stylist. On any given day, you’ll find Christina doing everything from sewing some drapes to painting trim to drawing silly pictures with her daughters.
Christina will be presenting on the main stage at the Edmonton Home + Garden Show on Satruday, March 19th at 11am and 7pm and on Sunday, March 20th at 1pm. We’d love to see you there!
2016 Trends: Low Budget Decorating, High Style Results
Are you curious to know what the trends are this year in home decor? Do you want a stylish look to your home but have a limited budget? With help from The Brick, The DIY Mommy, Christina Dennis, will share with you some of 2016’s most exciting trends in home decorating along with some design and DIY secrets on how you can execute them on a budget. Whether your style is vintage chic or modern minimalist, you’ll learn how to get high style results at a low price point.
Use my code “DIY” to get 2 for 1 tickets to the Edmonton Home + Garden Show this weekend! https://www.microspec.com/
Christina Dennis, also known as The DIY Mommy, has been blogging from her house on the prairie near Edmonton since 2009. On her blog, Christina writes about making things for “mommy, for baby and for home”. She recently fell head over heels for home styling and design when she and her husband took on their biggest DIY project ever – building their custom home in 2013. Christina’s been honoured to have her work featured in home decor publications and she’s appeared on TV as a DIY expert. On any given day, you’ll find Christina doing everything from sewing some drapes to painting trim to drawing silly pictures with her daughters.
I have good intentions every week. Really, I do. Some weeks I’ll even start off by sitting down at my computer and making a real, live meal plan for family suppers. However, life gets busy. Near the end of the week I feel tired and sometimes a little stressed out from all of the family activities, the home office work, the chores, and the cooking that needs to be done. That’s when dinners start to slide and we’ll pick up a pizza in town or have pancakes for supper. There is something that I’ve found helps our family to avoid these unhealthy dinner slumps, though – it’s learning QUICK ways to make healthy suppers! Today I want to share with you one of our latest favourite suppers (or lunches) that is so quick to make and nutritious too. It’s our fast & easy whole grain chicken burritos. [Read more…]