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Cool Finds Friday

It’s been a busy busy week. I meant to post another recipe today but SOMEBODY decided to plan a last minute get together at our house for today. So now we have 6-8 people from SOMEBODY’s work coming over tonight for pizza and drinks. I wouldn’t have minded if he had told me more in advance as then I could have planned and made some yummy appies. Still thinking of what I could possibly make tonight in the span of um….. half an hour. Probably baked brie but that requires a trip to the grocery store. Might whip up some easy fudge. At any rate, that meant that last night was spent cleaning instead of editing photos and writing up a post. You can all blame my husband for that. Instead you get a Cool Finds Friday post, which is a lot quicker to produce.

This week has also been interesting because I’ve been trying to make more social connections through well social media. I hope to make some good foodie friends soon!

In other news, Monday will be the start of my first blog contest ever!!!! So excited for this! I think you guys will like this one. This one is available for Canadians only as it’s a Canadian thing. Yes I know it’s kind of backwards to most blog giveaways. Sorry international friends, but I hope to have more giveaways for you in the future.

Oh I’m sorry, did you come to this post expecting some cool finds instead of my ramblings? Well then here you go!


Cheddar-Jalapeno Cornbread

So when Mr. Ketchup and I were on our way out to our new home, we had this amazing jalapeno-cheddar cornbread and since then I’ve wanted to recreate it but have been lazy as you kind of need something hearty to go with it. Like chili or something. Anyways, I think that these would probably be pretty close to what I had.


I’ve also totally become obsessed with the idea of hot chocolate truffle balls. Just plop them into some hot milk and you’ve got fantastic hot chocolate. Such an AMAZING idea!


Since I love pasts so much, I’m always looking for different but easy-ish takes on recipes. This recipe looks like something you’d find at a restaurant for sure!



Speaking of different takes on stuff, check out that pie! And those little Christmas tree decorations! So adorable!


These cheese truffles from How Sweet It Is also look like the perfect Christmas appetizers that I COULD have made had SOMEONE not told me the last second about hosting a get-together. That boy really can’t plan!

Friday Finds: Spring and Easter Edition

Hope you all have had another awesome week! It’s been pretty great around the Ketchup household because Mr. Ketchup is back home  and it’s actually his birthday today so we are going out to a local restaurant that’s one of his favorites  Fun times will be had by all. Oh, and welcome to spring! Some of you may not know this, but where I live is pretty mild, and we hardly get any snow in the winter (maybe a couple of days) and we get lots of rain. Similar to Seattle really. Anyways, our local weather welcomed us to spring with a wind storm that knocked out our power, and hail two days in a row. Thanks a lot spring! I think it’s just revenge as we had been making fun of people living in the rest of the country who all seem to still have snow while we had temperatures around 10 degrees Celsius (about 50 degrees Fahrenheit for my American friends). Ah well, C’est La Vie. In the foodie world, I’ve seen numerous spring/Easter recipes popping up all over the place so I’m going to share a few of those with you today.


Whole Grain Carrot Muffins

It wouldn’t be Easter without carrots of course. These Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins are both healthy and delicious.


Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Easter Eggs from

And it REALLY isn’t Easter without eggs and chocolate. Combine them both with these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Easter Eggs. These and Cadbury Mini Eggs are hands down my favourite Easter treat. I’ll let you in on a secret. When I was little, I used to swap the Cadbury Cream Eggs out of my basket and into my sisters and steal my favourites. Don’t tell her I said that though.




This is a cheesecake cake. Better yet, it’s a Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Cake. Yum! Ever since I have heard of the concept of cheesecake cakes I’ve wanted to make one. I really need more special occasions so I can make more cake.


Zeppole recipe

Zeppole aren’t really Easter, but they are spring-like. They are traditionally eaten by the Italian’s on St. Joseph’s Day every March 19th. I’ve never heard of them before but they look delicious! I need to find out if Nonna Ketchup can make these.



Coconut is another huge Easter flavour. Aren’t these Lemon Macaroon Nests adorable?