Of note: Happy Holidays


I was going to create some gift guides for the blog this year, but honestly, I came across so many well curated ones already that I don’t think I could top! See what I mean:

For the gal who likes to be cozy. Or do you know an “Ultimate Girlie Girl?”

Stocking stuffers under $20

Or try your hand at these DIY gifts.

For the kids: Modern Mama’s top 5 gifts.

Gifts that bring positivity and mindfulness

Gifts for the local (YEG) foodie

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Of Note: 20/11/15


American readers might be spending the weekend preparing for Thanksgiving, which is on Thursday. Re-visit this post for some decor, menu and last minute dessert ideas.

An older link but still loving these 10 DIYs for Thanksgiving– all of which look amazing!

For Canadian readers, this might be more appropriate for your weekend –  99 ways to get ready for the holidays.


This weekend…

Make: anything with Revive’s 5 Best Holiday Foods. Will continue to cook with these for the rest of winter!

Scroll: through this list of 66 Instagram Accounts helping make a change in the world’s food system.

Read: By the fire. Re-visiting this classic

Sip: Need a new mocktail idea? Try this tea spritzer.

Buy: So many stores are starting their Black Friday deals early – Two of note: joefresh.com all week, Chapters starting on Thursday


As someone who has to spend a lot of time on the internet for work, I come across some pretty awesome links, ideas, photos, items, etc. and thought why keep these all to myself? Every so often I post a curated list of all the awesomeness! See past editions here.

Nine things to do this Fall in Edmonton


☐ Take a nature walk through the River Valley, and be sure to bring a camera!

☐ Get lost in the corn maze (but only until Oct.18th.)

☐ There’s so much to do when you visit the pumpkin patch at Prairie Gardens. (until Nov.1)

☐ Speaking of pumpkins, toasting the seeds is such a yummy tradition!

☐ Get a head start on Christmas, at Cory Christopher‘s gorgeous studio. Starts November 5th.

☐ Ride em cowboy! Enjoy Rodeo Week Nov.7-15.

☐ The John Janzen Nature Centre will be hosting its first Dream Catcher event on November 15th.

☐ Enjoy a night of entertainment, and eating, with a side of mystery at Fort Edmonton.

☐ Shameless self promotion – Host a par-tea with me!


Quinoa Breakfast Bowl


This is not really a recipe, rather a template for endless combinations. Listed below is how I prefer this bowl for Fall/Winter.

(makes 2)


  • 1/2 cup quinoa dry
  • splash of almond or coconut milk
  • spices, to taste (I used cinnamon and nutmeg; pumpkin pie spice would also be lovely in Fall, and lemon zest great for Spring)
  • 2 Tbsp raisins, or any dried fruit
  • 2 Tbsp sliced almonds, or any nut
  • 1-2 Tbsp of shredded coconut
  • sweetener, if desired


  1. Cook quinoa according to package, add the spices too and sweetener if using. Try half water, half milk, or all milk for extra creaminess
  2. Once cook time is up, fluff with fork and add raisins and cover pot with lid to allow moisture to plump up dried fruit. Let stand 5 minutes
  3. Add almonds, coconut and splash milk of choice to blend toppings together.


Would love to hear/see your creations. Message me on Twitter or post @oncalliesplate on Instagram.

Gluten free, Dairy free Pumpkin Pie Custard

A couple years ago I shared the recipe for my Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie on City and Dale, and a little story about her and our family gatherings (boy do I miss both.)

Pumpkin remains my favourite pie but what I didn’t share is that I only really like the filling!

My lovely Aunt Colette brought me a wonderful postpartum treat – she tweaked Grandma’s recipe to make it a custard and gave me a huge casserole dish full! Luckily I have her permission to share it with you:

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Pumpkin Pie Custard



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