Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunday Snacking

After a fun Christmas party out on Friday evening, we were all set for a quiet, relaxing weekend at home.


Other than Christopher making a couple of breakfasts (scrambled eggs, bacon, and truffle potatoes Saturday, and an omelet on Sunday), we didn't plan any other meals for the weekend.


We watched Christmas movies and TV, wrapped gifts, listened to Christmas music, and ate snacks all weekend.

 

This is a super busy month for both of us, so we'll probably do less cooking than usual for the rest of 2017.

Last week however, we did a bunch of cooking, including Asian noodles with bok choy:


Chicken Alfredo pizza:


And sausage soup loaded with kale:


Speaking of kale, I also had it in my breakfasts:


In order to make our meals easy this week we roasted a massive turkey this afternoon.


We made some gravy with the drippings, and then the meat and gravy went in the fridge to be used for lunches and dinner over the next few days.

How was your weekend?  Have you been snacking this month?  What is your favourite Christmas movie?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Festive Weekend

This past weekend I did a LOT of baking.  Christopher was my lovely assistant, and he did a great job of stirring, gathering ingredients, etc.

He also whipped up a gorgeous breakfast on Saturday, while I was working on the Christmas goodies.


These yogurt parfaits had coconut quinoa, pomegranate, plain Greek yogurt, and cacao nibs.


I made the following:

- chocolate mountains
- oatmeal bars
- chewy caramel bars
- cinnamon roll ups
- buttertarts
- shortbread
- Nanimo squares
- chocolates
- peanut butter blossoms
- peanut butter marshmallow squares
- snack mix (Bugles, pretzels, Shreddies etc.)
- caramel corn
- gingerbread spice mixture


By late afternoon we were done in the kitchen, and got to work on decorating the house.  When that was done, we spent the evening relaxing with snacks.  We had chicken wings, and a cream cheesy dip:


On Sunday morning Christopher made another lovely breakfast:


Then later he made peppermint lattes, and we enjoyed those with snacks.


We spent the day relaxing and wrapping gifts

In the evening I made a pot of beef stew, which we had for lunch for the first few days this week.


A weekend at home was exactly what we needed, and it was just right.

Have you done any holiday baking?  Any plans for holiday baking?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pretty Little Things: Gift Guide

Sometimes it's nice to give gifts that are pretty little things people might not normally buy for themselves.  I don't think I have ever bought myself a $20-$30 candle, but you better believe that I admire the ones in Chapters every time I am there, and appreciate it when my sister wraps one of these up in a gift for me (she knows all about pretty little things).

Sometimes it's nice to give or receive something impractical but beautiful ... something to treasure.

Here is my pretty little things gift guide:

1) Voluspa: Mokara Scalloped Edge, Embossed Glass Candle

 

This is my all-time favourite candle, and not only does it smell amazing, it's utterly beautiful.

Some features of this candle include:

- Coconut wax blend
- Sustainable, ecologically sound, pesticide-free manufacturing
- 100% cotton wicks
- No animal testing

Purchase here or here (picture credit to the Voluspa website).

2) S'well Water Bottles are all the rage right now.  If you're going to carry around a water bottle every where you go, you might as well carry a pretty water bottle.  Liberty London Fabrics, a luxury design retailer, collaborated with S'well on this beautiful collection of five water bottles.


These BPA-free stainless steel bottles keep cold liquids cold for 24 hours, and hot liquids hot for 12 hour.  They are available exclusively at Starbucks.  When the kind people at Starbucks offered to send me a gift card to pick out my own S'well bottle, I knew instantly which one I'd choose.  I just love this floral design.


So pretty.  

Purchase one at your nearest Starbucks.

3) L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Night Cream


Otherwise known as the best night cream.  I love it.  I am hooked.  This is a lovely, special gift for the girl who has everything.

Purchase here (picture credit to the L'Occitane website).

4) Victoria's Secret Lace Trim Satin Slip.


This is the most gorgeous little slip, that also makes the prettiest sleepwear ever.  PJs don't need to be frumpy onesies 😉💗

Purchase here (picture credit to the Victoria's Secret website).

5) Coach Sunburst Necklace


Simple, pretty, and reasonably priced.

Purchase here (picture credit to the Coach website).

6) Monogram Cheeseboard and Spreader


Cheeseboards are practical gifts, that add a pretty little touch the table when entertaining.

Purchase here (picture credit to the Chapters/Indigo website).

7) Hillberg and Berk Rose Gold Sparkle Ball Pendant

This necklace looks pretty with so many different outfits/ colours/ styles.  It is incredibly versatile, and a must-have when it comes to pretty little things.

Purchase here.

8) Melrose Charger Plates (Taupe)

Bowring carries may pretty little things, and these chargers are just plain elegant.


Purchase here (picture credit to the Bowring website).
 
9) Homemade Gingerbread Spice


If you want to make a pretty little gift for someone, perhaps for a secret Santa game, you could make up a batch of gingerbread spice, that can then be sprinkled over oatmeal, into pancake or waffle batter, on a latte, etc.

Homemade Gingerbread Spice Recipe (1 small jar)

2 T ground cinnamon
2 T ground ginger
2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves


10) Speaking of pretty little things ...

In order to feel like a pretty little thing yourself, beauty rest likely helps.  I wasn't one of those lucky kids that had a waterbed growing up, but you better believe I jumped at the chance to try a water pillow!


I had never heard of anything like it, until the people at Mediflow got in touch with me.  They sent me the Floating Comfort Pillow to try, and it blew my mind.  After filling it with three litres of water, I slept on it for a couple of nights, and was impressed.


I loved how it was soft, yet my head didn't sink all the way to the mattress like it does with other soft pillows.  You can fill it with varying amounts of water, depending on the firmness you desire.  It is very easy to fill, and there was no spillage as I filled it, nor after sleeping on it.  Also, in a peer-reviewed study, conducted at John Hopkins School of Medicine, this pillow was found to improve the quality of sleep

Christopher can't wait to give it a try too!
Purchase here.

What are your favourite pretty little things?  Do you still have some Christmas shopping to do?  Are you doing a secret Santa exchange, or something similar? 

(The S'well water bottle was provided to me by Starbucks; the pillow was provided to me by Mediflow; all opinions are my own).

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Within the Past Week

Rewind to Friday evening ...

Beet risotto for dinner:


On Saturday morning we grabbed a quick breakfast and coffee, before hitting the road to Saskatoon to spend some time with my mom.


When we arrived in Saskatoon we picked up breakfast for my mom, and made our way to her place.  We spent the day with her, taking a little break to go out and grab her some groceries and dinner.

Because we hadn't eaten since breakfast, we were quite hungry by the time we went for dinner, but also pretty wiped.  We wanted something delicious but fast, so we went to a new-to-us place, October.

 

They bring tea out right away, which we really enjoyed.


I ordered one of the ramen dishes, and Christopher had sashimi.


The food was really good, and it came out quickly.

The next day was spent with my mom again, before heading home in time for dinner.  Once home we made stuffed pasta shells, with enough for the next day's lunch too.


On Monday evening we made a recipe from Ricardo Magazine, shawarma-style chicken:


We served it with hummus, raw veggies, and pita:


Breakfast for dinner on Tuesday:


Since we had a lot of buttermilk to use up, we made and froze a pile of waffles.  I had one for breakfast this morning with whipped cream, pomegranate arils, and cacao.


Christopher's band was jamming tonight, so I worked on a grocery list for this weekend/ next week, and made supper for when he got home.  We had giant salads with raw kale, and roasted veggies on top.


And just like that, it's already Thursday tomorrow.

How is your week going so far?
Have you tried any new recipes lately?