Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Cards and Pubs

I come from a very competitive family. No matter what time of night it is or how tired any of us are, we all become overly competitive when it comes to winning games. This weekend my family and I took a vacation to Parksville and spent the nights eating at a cute English pub and playing cards. We had lots of fun laughing with each other and enjoying some good traditional English food. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Ketchup Container Cupcakes

 Yes ketchup containers. Not only are ketchup containers the perfect size for a cupcake but they also are ideal if you don't own a cupcake pan. These bad boys fit into the oven on a plain baking tray no problem. This week I had to make thirty six cupcakes for a special event so I decided to go with a plain chocolate cupcake topped with pink or white plain buttercream frosting. 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Prosciutto Wrapped Bread Sticks

Ever since we went to Italy a couple years back, my family has been completely in love with the taste of prosciutto. Almost every trip to the grocery store includes picking up a few slices. With inspiration from pinterest I wrapped small pieces of fresh prosciutto around some yummy soft homemade breadsticks that I made. The combination of the warm and crusty bread with the chewy meat was wonderful, and created a perfect and simple appetizer.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Five Things To Love

{While visiting family on Vancouver Island this weekend I stumbled upon a really cute farmers market, I had to control myself and and try to not spend all of my money. I did buy these three soaps flavoured ginger ale, orange and pink grapefruit all made from goats milk} 

{I love sand dollars! I found so many on Raft Trevor Beach this week while I was on vacation with my family. I also learned about the Legend of the Sand Dollar which is so cute}  

{This summer I have been visiting the library SO much. I finally discovered the Nicholas Sparks section and found "The Choice". So far its a really good read, I totally recommend it to everyone who likes a good cheesy romance novels!} 

{A mud mask I picked up at the drugstore this week. I love the packaging and the mask. It worked so well and left my skin feeling super clean and fresh, not to mention the price was super low!}

{Call me the crazy cat lady! I fell in love with these shoes at first sight, they are so cute and they fit me perfectly!}

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Gingerbread Cake

To celebrate my Dad's 50th birthday this year I went with his favourite and a classic, Gingerbread Cake. Its a super moist cake with lots of flavour and warmth. I love to pair it with vanilla bean ice cream and some chocolate covered strawberries when I get the chance!  I got the recipe from one of our dear family friends who used to own a bakery. Last night we served it with vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate and pistachio covered strawberries and a fruit skewer. Yummy!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Rosemary Pineapple Scallop Skewers

One of my favourite parts about summer is all the fruit that is ripe and in season as well as all the herbs that are finally growing fresh in our garden. I got inspiration for this post from a picture I saw recently on pinterest, showing a skewer made with fruit, fish and some herbs. I decided to do my own take on it by pairing up rosemary, pineapple and scallops. Ideally I would have preferred to use mini scallops but because I couldn't find any I used large scallops that I cut in half during prep. I used a piece of rosemary as the skewer base and then added pan seared scallops and fresh pineapple on top. 

Friday, 12 July 2013

Avocado Balsamic Toast

 Its the perfect snack. Avocado and balsamic smothered on top of a warm piece of buttered toast. For this recipe I chose to use a balsamic reduction with the avocado, but a light balsamic dressing or vinaigrette would work just the same. I used my old ghetto toaster that my family has had FOREVER. Its missing a couple numbers and sometimes burns my toast, but I love it. I love to add ground black pepper or even salsa on top as well to give this open sandwich an extra taste and spice! 

Thursday, 11 July 2013

The First Garden Party Of The Summer

 In honour of my dad turning fifty this week, my family threw a small garden party with some of our closest friends to celebrate him and his successful fifty years. My sister has the amazing talent of decorating and she did a wonderful job turning our backyard into the ideal party location after giving my mom and I detailed lists of what to search for and buy at Ikea last week. After running aimlessly around the kitchen preparing all sorts of food and appetizers prior to the day of the party, saturday night came quickly bringing along with it the perfect weather for a garden party, minus a few mosquitos. The party started early evening with all sorts of different appetizers being passed around and conversations going. We ate the night away starting with lamb chops, a quinoa salad, pineapple scallop skewer and greek tzatziki and finished it with a dessert plate of gingerbread cake, fruit, chocolate and pistachios.  It was a lovely night that will definitely be remembered. 

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Strawberries

Its finally strawberry season, also known as the best season! The only thing better than eating strawberries fresh is eating strawberries fresh WITH chocolate and nuts. After washing and drying each strawberry, I dipped them into melted chocolate and then added some chopped nuts on top for an extra crunch! Let the strawberries cool on parchment paper while the chocolate hardens. I used dark chocolate paired with unshelled pistachios but any combination of nuts and chocolate would taste amazing and perfect for a simple summer treat. 


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Parmesan and Asiago Breadsticks

Nothing compares to the taste of homemade bread. Its always so delicious, especially when you add cheese! Today I made bread sticks topped with parmesan and asiago cheese as a wonderful side dish that will compliment any meal. They're so soft and would be perfect for a dinner party or fancy meal that you might be planning this summer! 

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Olive Oil and Rosemary Party Favours


Party favours are one of my favourite parts of summer get togethers! For my dad's fiftieth this weekend I decided to copy some adorable bottles of olive oil and rosemary I saw in Bride Magazine a few months back to send home as a gift with each family after the party. My dad loves cooking and I thought these simple take home gifts would be a perfect way to end our garden party saturday. They were super easy to make, I used extra virgin olive oil, rosemary from my garden and glass bottles I found whilst shopping at Michaels.