Thirsty Thursday: Cupcake

Cupcake: Californian Wine Review on the experimentalhousewife.com

Tried this great little blend on a whim! I was feeling like treating myself and was heading towards my usual indulgence Apothic when I noticed this little gem at $14.99 (two dollars cheaper than my lovely Apothic which I also highly reccomend).

I was drawn in by the name “Red Velvet” It was everything the label claimed and more – “Over-the-top aromas of chocolate, deep dark blackberries and luscious red fruits… [blah, blah, something about palettes]… with a hint of coconut and creamy mocha.”

Surprisingly I even found a bottle sitting on the counter of my wine-snob friend’s house the next day – so that always confirms it must be good!

Enjoy!
~Laura

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Caprese Chicken

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I’d bought some fresh mozzarella at the store, not sure why, but I did, so had to use it up, oh darn, eat cheese, yes please!

I was wanting a quick dinner, so looked on my pinterest board, and found this recipe for Caprese Chicken, so here goes. Continue reading

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – A classic

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So if you know me, you know that I have a huge sweet tooth. Every Sunday, I try to make a baked good for my husband, but also for my fellow co-workers who also benefit on Monday morning.

I hadn’t made cookies in a while, so decided to whip some up.

Delicious with a glass of milk, soy, almond milk, kahlua?, or whatever you want to drink with it. Continue reading

Avocado Tzatziki

Sundays in the winter often call for roast dinners and cozy meals – but this summer has been busy and lazy, and most Sundays we feed ourselves by indulging in takeout. Greek is always a healthy option, so it’s usually that or sushi that makes the Sunday delivery order.avocado tzatziki

Unfortunate for him (but great for me since I get two helpings of tzatziki) the boyfriend can’t have dairy – so we make him this version with avocado: Continue reading

Strawberry Brie Bruchetta

I had this recipe laying in wait on my pinterest board for quite some time – my dear boyfriend can’t eat dairy – so I was quite excited to have a ladies night opportunity to make it. The recipes I’ve found suggested goats cheese, but sometimes that can be an acquired taste and I love brie – so I adapted it to my own tastesstrawberry brie bruchetta

As you get to know me better – you’ll know I love things that are easy yet impressive: this recipe is no diffierent! Continue reading

Smoky Corn Chowder

Last weekend while I was perusing the farm market, I grabbed 6 ears of fresh corn on the cob from the local farm behind the market. 3 for $1 so why not. In a few weeks, it’ll soon be 10 for $1, and then I go corny for corn.

I had this recipe on my pinterest board, so decided I’d try it. I made a few alterations, which I’ve marked below.

Smoky Corn Chowder with Shrimp

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Olé, Steak Taco Night

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I was in LA a few months ago, and got on a huge mexican food  thing. One might say you can
actually eat too much mexican food, but my husband and I can prove you wrong.

To top the tacos off, they suggested homemade pickles which were delicious. I’ve never made
homemade pickles before, but they were super easy. I don’t think they are authentic or anything,
but now I’m thinking I could pickle just about anything.

For you cilantro haters, you could top with parsley, but I think that’s sacrilege.
Cilantro is great, so eat it NOW!

Find the recipe here, http://www.feastingathome.com/2013/05/grilled-steak-tacos-with-cilantro.html#.UYV0yCvF3T9

~ Charity

chicken burgers with strawberry sauce

IMG_1036I know, chicken and strawberries together on a bun, sounds weird, but once you bite into it, it’s delicious. I found the recipe amongst a few other burger ideas on pinterest from Women’s Health Magazine.

I had freshly picked strawberries in my fridge from the farm market and ground chicken in my freezer, so came together pretty easily.

They were really good, but next time, I think they need a bit of a kick in the actual patty, ie. red pepper flakes, cumin or a combination.

I really liked the mint combination with strawberries and balsamic. I used a balsamic reduction I had in the cupboard instead of just balsamic vinegar.  Continue reading

garage sale find

recyclingEvery Saturday ( as long as the weather is nice) I go garage saling with my mom in the ‘burbs’ of Tsawwassen. The etiquette of garage saling is that you never ever pay full price, or at least you try not to. It’s stuff you are trying to get rid of. It amazes that some people won’t sell off something that they’ve obviously decided that they no longer needed for a measly 25¢ off what they initially wanted.

This is newest pride and joy for taking leftovers to work. It is originally for Indian food and has three different sections all held together with a metal latch.

It’s easy to clean and travels great.

Best of all, there was a $3 price tag on it and I paid $1. Bargain!

~Charity