Huge massive thank you to all who tuned into Visit The Bridge House Party on Friday night!! I had a ton of fun navigating my very first FB LIVE ~ and sharing some delicious & doable recipes the whole family can enjoy (and create together)! Recipes are posted below – note: in the video I mixed up ratios of coconut oil & sugar (for body scrub) – I actually do: 2 part (granulated sugar) : 1 part (softened) coconut oil and 1 tsp (approx) finely grated orange zest (recipe below). You are welcome to play around with the oil/sugar ratio – to what feels best on your skin.

If you recreate any of these recipes ~ use hashtag: #InCharsKitchen I’d love to follow along and see what everyone is cooking up! You can also tune into ‘In Char’s Kitchen’ on YourTv Muskoka. On each episode of ICK ~ I cook up a storm with amazing Muskoka locals (click here for a sneak peek).

For more info about Comfort Bakeshop Boredom Buster Cookie Kits ~ click here.

House Party Day 3 – Bon Appetit

House Party Day 3 – Bon Appetit from Char’s Kitchen!

Posted by Visit The Bridge – Bracebridge Tourism on Friday, March 27, 2020

Char’s Clustery Spiced ‘Stay At Home’ Granola

A delicious and nutritious homemade breakfast ~ perfect excuse to use up all those pantry staple ingredients.

Note: you can easily halve this recipe as I often do. Why? Because it’s so darn good that I tend to eat it all in one sitting…..the more I make, the more I eat…..hahaha!!!

4 cups (1 L) large flake rolled oats

⅔ cup (150 mL) nuts (*I use peanuts but you can use: almonds, pecans or cashews)

⅔ cup (150 mL) pumpkin seeds (*or shelled sunflower seeds)

½ tsp (2 mL) salt

2 tsp (10 mL) ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) ground ginger 

¼ tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg and ground cardamom (*optional)

pinch cloves

⅔ cup (150 mL) melted coconut oil (*or vegetable oil)

½ cup (125 mL) Muskoka Maple Syrup (*or honey)

1 tbsp (15 mL) finely grated orange zest

1 tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract


1 cup (250 mL) chopped pitted dates (*or dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried blueberries or sliced dried apricots)

3 tbsp (45 mL) Char’s Magic Seed Mix (ground flax, chia seeds and hemp seeds)

Pre-heat oven to 350 F (180 C). Stir together all ingredients (except for garnishes) until well combined. Place mixture on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or between two smaller baking sheets). Press mixture down into a large rectangle ‘cookie’ (approx ¼ inch thick (refer to FB video)). Place in centre of pre-heated oven and bake for approx 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Using a thin spatula flip granola (*you will likely have to flip in sections). Using your hands press granola back to reform ‘cookie’. Bake for an additional 10 to 12 minutes (approx) or until granola is lightly golden. Remove from oven and cool completely on baking sheet. **TIP: For a super clustery granola ~ let granola sit on baking sheet for at least 2 hours (ideally overnight) before touching it** Once granola has set – break into clusters. Add dried fruit and Char’s Magic Seed Mix. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks (but it won’t last that long!!). Makes approx 8 cups (2 L).

Char’s Citrus Coconut Body Scrub

Three ingredients, eco friendly and edible (although, it’s not meant to eat – ha!)! 

1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar

½ cup (125 mL) softened coconut oil

1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated orange zest 

Stir together all ingredients (I like using the back of a wooden spoon and pressing mixture into the sides of the bowl – to make sure sugar and coconut oil become evenly combined). Place in a 250 mL (or two, 125 mL) mason jar(s) with lid. Tie with decorative ribbon and homemade label. How to use: use as a body exfoliator and/or face scrub – works best on wet skin (ideally use in bath or shower). Leaves your skin feeling soft, exfoliated and hydrated.    

Char’s Ultimate Leftover Supper Sandwich ~ click here for recipe.

Charmaine is the host of “In Char’s Kitchen” on YourTV Muskoka and regular guest on: Rogers Daytime OttawaCTV Morning Live OttawaCHCH Morning LiveBreakfast Television What She Said Radio sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food, cooking and fitness.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys; Tyler & Colgan.

Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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