I had a fabulous weekend.

Let me say that again.


On Saturday I enjoyed an amazing dinner at Far Niente with my brother and one of my dearest friends. The dinner was followed by the consummation of an adolescent dream: I saw Madonna in concert.

The 13-year-old within was overjoyed.

And Sunday … well Sunday actually topped Saturday as Mama Cream Puff and I spent a beautiful day in Niagara-on-the-Lake (oh, the fall colours!) shopping and enjoying some wonderful local food. We topped it off with a lovely tea at the Prince of Wales hotel.

Then I came home and baked a beautiful pie and tart.

The weather was just glorious; sunny and crisp with leaves everywhere.

Autumn, you truly are a gift!


So here’s hoping that this week is just as spectacular. To help get us all off on the right foot, I’m happy to post this luxurious Broccoli Soup with Cheddar Cheese as my Magazine Mondays post. I love broccoli soup with lots of melty cheddar … seriously … there’s not a lot that could make me happier on a Monday.

Have a beautiful week, everyone!


Note: Click here for the recipe for Broccoli Soup with Cheddar Cheese.

Joining me for this edition of Magazine Mondays is Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies who made soft pretzels and Wandering Coyote of ReTorte who made Sugar Cookies!

Remember, if you have a magazine recipe that you’ve finally tried, let me know and I’ll link to it!