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Creamy Eggnog Rice Pudding

Creamy Eggnog Rice Pudding

After Gavin’s birthday (which is at the end of November-he turned 29!), we generally start getting things ready for Christmas.  This year, it seems like things have been going by way too quickly-I don’t have a tree yet, and I’ve only baked a small amount for the blog!  I’m slightly saddened by this, but there’s still time! J  I have so many ideas and so little time. But we will see!  Sometimes I work better under pressure;)

Saturday, November 6, 2014

Cranberry & Almond Butter Tarts

Butter tarts are one of the most quintessential treats to have at Christmas time.  Of course, it’s generally consumed when everyone is already so full and can’t possibly think of eating anything else…..but you manage to squeeze in one (or two) anyway.  And then you regret this decision immediately as you curl up in the fetal position.  Yeah, I’ve been in that situation before!  And I would do it again, over and overJ

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Slow Cooker Beef  & Vegetable Minestrone

At the risk of sounding like a whiner, it’s SOO frickin’ cold outside!  I can’t stand these rapid temperature drops-it’s been so hard to properly adjust.  It was way below -20 this morning, and I didn’t want to leave the house.   But, we did anyway and froze out butts off.  I think my only savior was keeping this soup in mind-knowing it would warm me up for days on end! J

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Apple Crumb Cake

I’m all about making a fancy cake and decorating it to the nines, but sometimes it’s nice to make a cake where you don’t and it still knocks your socks off anyways.   This cake is simple yet incredibly crowd pleasing.  I’ve made this cake plenty of times already and everyone loves it each time.  The cake batter is layered with apple slices then topped with a perfect crumb layer-so scrumptious! 

I seem to be working a ton and haven’t been posting as much as I want-please be patient and stay tuned! xoxo

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Eating Local: Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwiches

I try and get my food as local as possible.  I’m not perfect, and I do fail with this at times, but I’m starting to get into the habit of always having this on the back of my mind when I enter the grocery store. Small changes can make a big difference in the long run.

There’s nothing that makes me more giddy and excited when I can create a meal with fresh, local ingredients.  Northern BC has a short growing season so there’s a little bit of a challenge with that.  But, there’s even more of a challenge during the winter months.  I love supporting local restaurants, especially ones that use ingredients from local farmers.  My dad has been a huge donator of freshly grown veggies, eggs & chicken to this household.  We purchase our beef locally (& yearly) and enjoy the benefits year round.  Farming was important growing up and my parents continue to inspire me constantly.  I’m always learning from them!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Scones

The past couple weeks have been filled with a whirlwind of activity.  Consequently, the blog has suffered big time as a result.  But, it’s been a great month filled with plenty of work, overtime + family time on Vancouver Island, and attending a conference with like-minded people.  The next week will be incredibly busy, and I need to keep it ‘hush-hush’ until after it’s done.  I can’t wait to share with you what it is!

Last weekend Marlina and I attended the FBC 2014 Conference. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s the Canadian Food Bloggers annual conference. There were over 140 attendees with incredible list of guest speakers.  I think my favorites of the weekend were Robin Esrock (The Great Canadian Bucket List), Matt Armendariz (Food Photographer) & Adam Pearson (Food Stylist) AND the elusive Thug Kitchen!  I’ve learned so much from the conference, and even though I currently don’t plan on monetizing my blog it has inspired me to find a focus and to try and make it better.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

After a very, very long work week, I was in desperate need of some baking therapy.  I had quite a bit of pumpkin left over from a baking experiment last week, so it had to be something pumpkin related.  I’m not complaining!  These were a total no brainer.  I don’t have too many days off to enjoy, so I figured I’d better have something that would cheer me up in the morning. J Something to indulge in anyways!

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