By Jennell Dukovac, CanadianMomEh

With all the pumpkin recipes this time of year, I thought I would do something different; creamy pumpkin soup. I had never heard of it until two years ago when I was blessed with a bounty of pumpkins.

Sometimes a girls dreams can come true. Hockey. It’s in our blood. It’s in the water we drink and as Canadians, it’s in our hearts. Some of my earliest memories include my dad and his friends sitting around watching hockey on TV with the fireplace crackling and warm cups of chai steaming on the table. They’d laugh, yell at the television in Urdu/English and debate over how the Habs were playing.

My day as an Ottawa mom while Parliament was under attack.

By Nadia Azizullah, CanadianMomEh

The day started like any normal Wednesday; by hitting the snooze button three times to finally drag myself out of bed; prying my kids to wake up, prepping breakfast and school lunches as my coffee brewed. I took my sip of coffee and finally woke up then realized how little time was left. I encouraged my kids in a very “motherly manner” to speed up or they’ll be late for school. I had a lunch date with my nephew who was in from out of town and was to meet up with him at ByWard Market before shopping for my daughter’s field trip to Gatineau Park.

Blissdom Canada is an incredible experience that leaves even the wittiest, most creative writers at a loss for words when it comes time to summarize our experience. There are so many components to the blissful experience I recently shared with some 350 other social media influencers, professionals and supporters.

By Jennell Dukovac, CanadianMomeh

Here is a quick recipe for Apple Salsa that will have you licking your lips and wiping the bowl clean every time. It’s easy to make and very versatile. It pairs wonderfully with grilled or baked fish, chicken, veggies or simple tortilla chips.

Imagine planning the perfect vacation. You research, plan, save money, book time off of work, make all the necessary arrangements and finally it’s time. You get to your dream destination, have all your routes, activities and plans laid out but first you want to grab a quick bite to eat on your way to your hotel. Wanting to capture a taste of local flavours, you stop off at a street vendor and grab a local delicacy and eat it while looking over your itinerary for the next few days. What happens next may put a stop to your trip before you even unpack your bags. That grumbling feeling, the urgency and stop-the-action-before-it-starts sensation of traveller’s diarrhea.

Malala Yousafzai won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and I am over the moon. Today marks a major day for women’s rights, for Muslim women and for South Asian women.

Holidays are wonderful for spending time with friends, family and loved ones. In a country as diverse as our landscape, we are blessed to be surrounded by a multitude of cultures and religions. It is so easy to get preoccupied with life and not always make time for our neighbours. In fact, it’s not unheard of to have two families living next door to one another for years without even knowing each other’s names.

Who doesn’t love a good samosa? Those tender, flaky crusts filled with spicy potatoes and peas or sometimes deliciously seasoned ground beef. Our family grew up eating samosas and some of my earliest memories include licking the spicy goodness off my fingers at the dinner table. While samosas are delicious and a crowd favourite, the fact that they are normally fried is not quite as fun or healthy. Over the years, I’ve substituted the buttery fried dough for a simple puff pastry which is readily available at most grocery stores.

These easy Apple Turnovers are a Fall favourite in our household. I use the same packaged store bought puff pastry as I do with my baked samosas and the filling recipe below to make these delectable sweet bites. Who doesn’t love a good turnover in the Fall? Best of all they are SO simple to make. You’ll want to whip these up any time company comes over.

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