Joanna Anastasia


Pineapple confiture & my best canning tips

Pineapple confiture

Ever since I was a little girl we used to do preserves with my mom: from pickled cucumbers to marinated beets, homemade confitures and ready to serve ratatouille, we used to make them all. See, canning is a big part of my Polish heritage, and something that makes a home feel so much more cozy during the winter months! Sure, you can buy everything ready now, but the taste is just not the same. Not to mention the fact that while canning at home, you can really control all the ingredients and the nutritional value!

Pineapple confiture

Pineapple confiture

So while now, as a mom of three, I may not have time to make all the preserves I’d like to, still every year I do a little something. Earlier this month I made Polish cucumbers with my mom, and now I want to share with you my all time favorite Pineapple confiture recipe. See, Pineapple confiture is hard to find and if you do get it, it’s usually packed with sugar.

Now, my recipe is super easy to make, and it’s like sunshine in a jar!

Disclosure: this post was brought to you by Bernardin, all opinions remain my own.

Pineapple confiture

Canning is really easy, but you need to remember that it’s all about preparation and using the right tools for the job! I think that using the canning starter kit from Bernardin is the best way to get in to canning! Also, if you’re a busy mom like me, then you can divide it in two days: cook the fruits in the evening, and then the next day start canning.

What you’ll need for your own sunshine in a jar – aka Pineapple Confiture:

  • 2 large Pineapples
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • One package of Pectin

Start by cutting pineapple in large pieces,and then using a food processor or a blender turn it into a chunky pure. Pour to a large pan, add sugar and let cook until boiling. Turn down the heat to medium low and let it simmer for another 20 minutes. On the side mix Pectin with 3/4 cup of boiling water until dissolved, and then add it to the cooking pineapple mixture,mix it in well and then let it cook for 2 more minutes, and then take it off the heat. ( You can proceed to canning right away, or let it wait overnight – however in the morning when you’ll be ready make sure to heat it up but don’t let it boil. ) Now, follow the steps for canning attached to the Bernardin starter kit like I did.

Pineapple confiture

Pineapple confiture

Pineapple confiture

Pineapple confiturePineapple confiture

Pineapple confiture


You can use this Pineapple confiture for your morning toast, or as a part of a yummy yogurt Parfait! Though to be honest, it’s delicious straight from the jar!

Now, don’t you think that mornings are a bit better with a homemade confiture? Well, I thought so!

pineapple jam

Pineapple confiture

This post was brought to you by Bernardin, all opinions remain entirely my own. 




Peach Cinnamon Bagel French Toast

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
― A.A. MilnePeach cinnamon bagel french toast

My love language is breakfast at all times, and just like Pooh I like it on the sweet side. Preferably with a serving of warm, sweet and comforting french toast bake, like this Peach Cinnamon Bagel French Toast! Best thing about this dish is that thanks to the use of cinnamon raisin bagels it’s super easy to make, leaving you time to scroll through your favourite feed – or chase toddlers- whatever your morning routine is!

Also, you could do all the preparation the night before, and just pop it in the oven after waking up! Which makes for a perfect solution when hosting family or friends!


Peach cinnamon bagel french toast

Peach cinnamon bagel french toast

All you’ll need is:

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cinnamon raisin bagels
  • 1 cup milk ( or 35% cream )
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 spoon brown sugar
  • 3 ripe peaches ( or frozen )
  • 1 cup blueberries ( optional)

Cut the bagels in fours and place them in the baking dish. Mix eggs with milk ( or if you want a truly decadent french bake go for cream!) , vanilla essence and sugar, and pour the mixture over the bagels. Press the bagels in to the mixture so they can soak in all of it. Meanwhile cut peaches in slices, and place them in between bagels. Add blueberries and bake on 350 F for around 35- 45 minutes.

Remember to serve your Peach Cinnamon Bagel French Toast still warm, and preferably on a lazy weekend morning while surrounded with friends and family! Enjoy

Peach cinnamon bagel french toast

Peach cinnamon bagel french toast

Easy & perfect fluffy pancakes

Easy & perfect fluffy pancakes

I could have pancakes every day of the week, and I don’t think I would ever get bored with them; and these pancakes here are seriously so easy, perfect and fluffy every time we make them that they have become a staple in our home lately!

I love them best with the cream cheese vanilla souse and a home-made berry souse, or any type of fresh fruits. And while my kids are loving these pancakes with fruits and maple sirup on top, my hubby is a simple pancake and maple sirup fan – but we all agree that these are the fluffiest and perfect pancakes ever!

So if you’ve been looking for an easy and foolproof recipe for your perfect weekend breakfast, then here it is!

best fluffy pancakes

best fluffy pancakes

What you’ll need to make the fluffy pancakes :

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour

What you’ll need for the cream cheese vanilla souse:

  • 2/3 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 milk
  • 1/4 icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

What you’ll need for the berry fruit souse:

  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 2 tbsp sugar

How to make pancakes: In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Set aside. In another bowl mix together melted butter with milk and egg. Then gently and slowly add the dry ingredients and mix well together.

On a large pan melt some more butter, and bake your pancakes untill golden.

We usually keep them in the warm drawer of our oven to keep them warm and serve them all at once.

How to make cream cheese vanilla souse: Mix all the ingredients in your kitchen aid. Just make sure that your cream cheese is really soft!

How to make berry fruit souse: heat all the ingredients in a small pan until hot, or microwave for around 1 minute! I must say I usually go for the easiest second version!

best fluffy pancakesbest fluffy pancakes

best fluffy pancakes

Now if only every-morning could be a weekend morning, and if only I could have these pancakes every day!


Valentine’s day triple berry parfait

triple berry parfait

Today I have got together with a group of inspiring Canadian bloggers to bring to you the best of Valentines day ideas : 30 Valentine’s Day Ideas to Make, Bake and Create. You’ll find them all at the end of this post! 

So for me and my family,  Valentines day means sweet treats and everything pink! So this year I have decided to make a special healthy-ish treat for my girls that could be served as a special Valentine’s breakfast, or as an anytime treat!

To be honest, this recipe has come to life manly because I’m pregnant and obsessed with fresh smoothie bowls and I’m craving fruit desserts all day every day now! And because my girls love anything with a bit of whipped cream on it!

So this parfait is a mix of a thick very berry smoothie, with crushed chocolate chip cookies, whipped cream and fresh raspberries. And of course, the special ingredient is love !triple berry parfait

What you’ll need

For the smoothie layer:

  • one banana
  • one cup of strawberry greek yogurt
  • one cup of frozen mixed berries

For the cookie and cream layer:

  • your favourite chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies
  • one cup of cream with a teaspoon of sugar
  • fresh raspberries

Make your smoothie and set aside. Whip the cream. Crush the cookies. Wash the raspberries.

Now layer it all in small glasses, and don’t forget to be generous with cookies and cream!

triple berry parfait

triple berry parfait

Serve to your loved ones for breakfast – or eat alone, I won’t judge you! I already had two of these triple berry parfaits ! They were just too good!

triple berry parfait

Now come see other gorgeous Valentines day inspirations ! From decor to recipes to easy DIY projects, this tour has it all!

30 Valentine's Day Ideas to Make, Bake and Create

Valentine’s Day Cherry Pie by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life

Valentine’s Triple Berry Breakfast Parfait by Joanna at Lazy Moms Blog

Valentine’s Day Mini Bouquet with Printable Wrap by Lucy of Craftberry Bush

DIY Iron-On Mini Tote Bags for Galentine’s Day by Joann of Woman in Real Life

DIY Clay Valentine Heart Wall Hanging by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Valentine’s Day Smoothie Bowl by Kristeena of Motherhood in Stilettos

Chunky Crochet Heart Banner by Christina of The DIY Mommy

‘I’m Stuck On You Valentine’ Free Printable by Chandra of HashtagBlessed Blog

DIY Love Tees by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

Red Velvet Cheesecake by Kim of Kim Power Style

Custom Floral Dishware DIY with Temporary Tattoos by Christine of Amidst the Chaos

Valentine’s Day Keto Cheesecake by Thalita of The Learner Observer

How to Host a Mother/Daughter Galentine’s by Kelsey of Kelsey Diane Blog

Free Printable Farmhouse Style Valentine’s Day Cards by Shannon of AKA Design

GALentine’s Day Tea Party by Shauna of Satori Design for Living

Valentine Heart Necklace by Christine of The DIY Dreamer

Simple Valentine’s Day Decor by Alicia of A Burst of Beautiful

Valentine’s Sushi Recipe by Stefania of From the Playpen

Valentine’s Day Decor by Dannyelle of Life is a Party

Valentine Countdown for Kids by Heather of Raising Memories

Love Sign by Meagan of Row House Nest

Valentine’s Day Kindness Countdown Calendar by Jen of Rambling Renovators

Rustic Valentine’s Day Decor by Sarah of The Project Pile

Peach Raspberry Crisp by Brittany of My Daily Randomness

How to Make Pine Cone Roses by Jane & Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit

Handmade Paper Gift Boxes by Jessica of The Vanderveen House

DIY Valentine’s Day Pouch by Lidia of Design Inside the Box

Valentine Oreo Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home

Valentine’s Day Lunch Idea by Adriana of Chaos and Caffeine by Emily of daydreaming of elsewhere

Healthy breakfast on the go

healthy breakfast on the go

“One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.”
― Robert A. Heinlein

Before becoming a mom to these two little table-climbing monkeys, I used to have breakfast at 9 in the morning. Followed by a big cup of hot cappuccino. And if you’d asked me if I had time to sit and eat in peace I’d say, of course, who doesn’t? Well, a typical mother doesn’t that’s who! Whether it’s because of a crying baby, a running away toddler, or the kids being late for the school bus, moms are always the ones who either forget about their own breakfast entierly, either the ones who eat half burned toast while trying to dress a wiggly child.

So, even though we do know breakfast is important, we usually don’t eat it, am I right? I recently discovered that a study by Burnbrae Farms found out that 1 in 2 Canadians are not consistently eating breakfast, even though nearly all of them know eating a healthy breakfast is important! Well see, mom life isn’t easy.

breakfast on the go

breakfast on the go ideas

But I have recently also found a perfect solution: the EGG Bakes!™ crustless Quiche, that are made with all natural whole ingredients, real eggs and come in plenty of flavour combos to choose from. My favourites are the: “Cheddar, Mushroom and Bacon” and the “Garden Vegetable” ones!

And they take, wait for it,  90 second to prepare! They can be cooked from frozen in the microwave for 90 seconds and are a quick, protein-packed, nutritious breakfast, perfect for eating with one hand while trying to dress a toddler with another!

Though what I actually love about them the most, is that they have really helped me eat my healthy breakfast and stick to my New Year’s resolutions of taking care of my body more!


breakfast on the go

breakfast on the go

And last but not the least, they are really delicious, so much so, that these two little fussy girls of mine, started to demand some for them too! And once cooked they smell so amazing, that I have even served them over the weekend to my hubby and parents in law, and they all loved them!

breakfast on the go

So if you also struggle with the hectic mornings like I do, know that you’re not alone! We’re all in this together! But we can also get back on the Breakfast Bandwagon together !

So grab yourself a coupon for 1$ off here, and just take the mornings easy!

Because with these little yummy quiches, you can still eat healthy, and run after your kids in the morning, just like I do!

breakfast on the go

breakfast on the go



Disclosure: While this post was sponsored by Burnbrae Farms, all opinions remain entirely my own. 

Apple & peach chunky compote

Every year, as soon as the days start feeling as bit chillier and the fall starts peaking inn, we go apple picking with the family! And every year we end up with way too many apples! So this year, I decided to make something more than just a cake, something that I could pop in the fridge, something easy to make and of course delicious. I had some peaches on hand too, so here’s what I came up with: Chunky Apple and peach compote. With a subtile hint of vanilla, and a little bit of texture it’s the perfect accompaniment to your morning toast. And it;s even more amazing paired with some vanilla yoghurt and granola. Because mornings are just so much better when they start with an Apple and Peach comte parfait!

Here”s all you need:

  • 5 big apples
  • 4 large peaches
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3 table spoons brown sugar

Cut all the fruits in small cubes. Place them in a medium pan, add vanilla essence, brown sugar, and give it a stir. Cook over medium heat, occasionally steering doer around 10 minutes. Then turn down the heat, and cook for around 20 minutes on low heat.

Let it cool, and place in a closed container. You can keep it for up to two weeks in the fridge. Try it over fresh bread with butter or over a raisin brad toast! It’s so delicious!

 apple & peach compote

Or you can make a parfait! Because nothing say’s “have a great day” better than Parfait! And coffee of course, let’s not forget about coffee!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

Apple & peach compote parfait:

Pour a bit of apple and peach compote in to glasses, add yoghurt, granola, and top it with some more compote!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

This apple & peach compote is just amazing served as a parfait and soo good on toast too! And it's so easy to make!

So next time you’re going apple picking, and it seems like you have way too many apples, don’t worry, grab some peaches and make this apple and peach chunky compote instead!

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