Tap & Barrel Coal Harbor

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Last Thursday, the boys and I headed downtown to visit Chris on his lunch break. There was no way I was driving down. so the three of us hopped on the Skytrain and headed down. Let me tell you - I was crossing my fingers that these boys would be on their best behavior. We went right through nap time - and I was by myself with both of them. No stroller - nothing. James and Graham were more than thrilled to ride the Skytrain. James couldn't contain his excitement and Graham just wanted to look out the window. When we got off the train we all held hands off we went to find Daddy. Chris' lunch is stupidly short, so by the time we got to him we only got to see him for about 10 minutes, but that didn't matter. The boys were so happy to see their Dad and Chris always loves seeing them while at work. The boys were grumbling about being hungry, so I took them to one of my favorite places to eat - Tap & Barrel. Now, I've talked about Tap before, and how much I love going … [Continue reading]

McCormicks Spread the Love Valentine’s Day Winner!

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After many amazing submissions into the Valentine's Day KitchenAid giveaway, McCormick has chosen the winner for the Pink KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer Before I announce, I wanted to thank each and everyone of you, who the time and submitted their Valentine's Day inspired recipes. They all sound delicious and probably taste even better. So without further ado, the winner is..... Janet and her Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Chocolate Avocado Mousse 1 ripe avocado (not too ripe, not unripe) [mine was 1 cup] 2 tbsp agave nectar, or to taste 5 tbsp cocoa powder pinch cinnamon pinch cardamom 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice 1. Blend all ingredients, except water, in a food processor until smooth. Taste and adjust as necessary. You may want to stop here for a lovely pudding. If you want it lighter and fluffier, slowly drizzle in the water. Serves 2. Huge congratulations to you Janet! I hope you enjoy your new Pink KitchenAid stand mixer and thank you for the great … [Continue reading]

Slow Cooker Beef Dip with Au Jus

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I'm going to get this out there and say, I hate cooking large slabs of meat. I hate cooking whole chickens, pork butts, roasts - I'm just not a fan. But some of my favorite meals involve cooking large cuts of meat. So I am getting over it. My Dad loved beef dip and au jus. He always used the BBQ and his rotisserie, like for everything, so this is an homage to him. I don't have a rotisserie on the BBQ, nor do I want one, so I used my slow cooker to make this amazingly simple beef dip. Cheap round roast of beef, some spices, water and time. That's all it took.   What you will need: Round roast of beef - I can't tell you size, I just bought whatever was on sale 2 cups water 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. garlic salt 1 1/2 tsp. seasoning salt 3 whole cloves of garlic; smashed 2 large onion; sliced 2 Tbsp. butter French rolls 1 can beef consume In a slow cooker add the meat (mine was frozen - still turned out … [Continue reading]

Week Seven

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Week Seven of Snapshot Sunday.. posted on Sunday! This week I felt like I had some more inspiration. The boys and I got out more, we did things that I normally wouldn't do - like traveling downtown on the Skytrain, by myself, with both of them. Now that was an adventure. James even got in on some of these photos this week! I feel like I am getting out of the rut I was in when it comes to my writing and my photography. I think I may ask some friends if they want to go out and do a photoshoot, just for the hell of it. Anyways, here's week seven of Snapshot Sunday!   02/15/15 We've had gorgeous weather in Vancouver, so we have been spending a lot of time outside. I am so thankful that we have a yard the boys can play in.   02/16/15 Spring is on the way here in Vancouver (did I already say that last week?) Well it's even more noticeable this week. Colors are popping up everywhere and I love it! Bring on warmer weather and lush … [Continue reading]

Chocolate Cupcake with Mixed Berry Buttercream

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Who doesn't love a good chocolate cupcake with fresh buttercream frosting? Cake is my weakness - for real. I can never turn down cake. Especially a chocolate cupcake. I'll eat it any time of the … [Continue reading]

Snapshot Sunday Week Six

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I'm late again! I'm in a bit of a funk, so bear with me. I am trying to catch up on missed work, so I thought I would get this post out first, and then work on the food. This week it's all about … [Continue reading]

Helpful Home Buying Tips with #RBCFirstHome

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Looking to buy your first home? Not too sure where to start?  The task can be daunting, stressful and exciting all at the same time. I know this all too well! If you are looking at buying your … [Continue reading]

Biscuits and Gravy

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When I was thirteen, I spent two weeks during Summer vacation on the road with my Dad - and by on the road I mean, in an eighteen wheeler. We headed out from Vancouver, BC all the way to Peachtree … [Continue reading]

Snapshot Sunday on Wednesday

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Yes, I am doing my snapshot Sunday on Wednesday... why?  Because we were out of town and I really didn't feel like coming home and racing to get it done for Tuesday. So, here it is... on … [Continue reading]

From Scratch Raspberry Marshmallows

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I am a marshmallow junkie - just putting that out there. If I make hot chocolate, there is bound to be a good, healthy handful in said cup. I have made s'mores knowing that the boy are not all to keen … [Continue reading]