Homemade Pork Dumplings with Cabbage

Homemade Pork Gyoza with Cabbage

I have had a many dumplings in my life, but I never, ever attempted to make them at home. They look waay too difficult to make, and I am not a patient person when it comes to finnicky.. things. These pork and cabbage dumplings were fantastic, after they were made. Soft and chewy, with just the right amount of filling and seasoning - but damn, they were a bugger to make. Now don't go running off just yet - after a dozen or so dumplings, it got easier. I googled "How to pleat a dumpling" and there were many videos and step by step instructions on the web. So look at those before.. it will lessen the stress! After they were all made, I froze whatever fresh ones we were not going to eat. They will make a great appy at this years Christmas eve party.. So, if you are ready to make these delicious dumplings, check out the recipe below, and enjoy. What you will need: 48 dumpling wrappers 1/2 head savoy cabbage; shredded and chopped fine 1 lbs. ground pork 4 green onions; … [Continue reading]

Crock Pot Pear Butter Recipe

Crock Pot Pear Butter

This recipe for crock pot pear butter was one I was dying to try my hand at. I have seen apple butter done in the crock pot, so I thought why not try pear butter? I had a whole bunch of pears just sitting around getting ripe and thought, what an easy way to use these up. Apple butter didn't seem too hard to make, so I just went with it. I wanted to keep the flavour of the pears without masking them with cinnamon and what not, so I decided to pair (ha!) the pears with some vanilla extract and orange peel. I tested it with lemon and it was just a little too tart for my liking. I used mandarin oranges (because that's all I had) and I loved the way the pear and orange flavors mingled together. Getting the right consistency was the trick, but by adding small amounts of the cooking liquid back whilst blending, you can create a perfect, creamy and smooth pear butter.   What you will need: 3 pounds of ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks ½ cup water 1 tsp. … [Continue reading]

The Benefits of the 20-20-20 Rule

The Benefits of the 20-20-20 Rule

Let's chat about eye care, and how you can utilize the 20-20-20 rule in your day to day life. You see, healthy eyes are very important to me. When I was a little girl, I developed a lazy eye. It was corrected when I was four with surgery, followed by blocking and finally with glasses. I even have the scar to prove it. I was lucky that it was caught at a young age and that it was treatable. Had my Mom not taken my sister and I to see an Optometrist, like the friendly ones at Image Optometry, I could have worse vision than I do now, and my sister may not have any vision at all. Since both my husband and I wear glasses, we knew taking the boys at an early age to see an Optometrist was a good idea. Now, the boys love playing their video games and watching their T.V. shows. They have this uncanny way to zone right out. You know the scenario I am talking about; eyes looking forward, mouths slightly hanging open, eyes trained at the large television screen… Zombified. I swear my oldest … [Continue reading]

Hearty Dill Pickle Soup

Hearty Dill Pickle Soup

I took a page from the Nobel Pig when I saw their video for Dill Pickle Soup... Let's get something straight here, I love me a good sour soup. Growing up sour rye soup was probably my favorite soup in the whole world, so when this dill pickle soup recipe came up I just had to make it. Pickles are a hot commodity in this house. I feel like we eat a lot of dill pickles. We love em deep fried, in a grilled cheese sandwich, and late at night on a cracker with some smooth peanut butter.. Yes you read that right, pickles and peanut butter... don't knock it till you try it. So making a dill pickle soup didn't seem that crazy. I didn't have chicken stock, so instead I used my homemade turkey bone broth, didn't use quite as much pickle juice and added more potatoes. Cholula sauce was used rather than the traditional cayenne pepper. What you are left with is a hearty soup that has a bit of a kick to it, and all the dill pickle flavour. What you will need: 4 1/2 cups turkey bone … [Continue reading]

Deep Fried Mushrooms with Super Sauce

Deep Fried Mushrooms with Super Sauce

If you've been around for a while you know I love deep fried foods and these deep fried mushrooms are no different. I served them up with 'super sauce', and hot diggity damn, they are delicious. Even … [Continue reading]

Mel & Duncan | Wedding

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Mel & Duncan | August 13th, 2016 “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu I shot a wedding waaaay back in August for my … [Continue reading]

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I have reached a point where I am now hiding vegetables in foods just so my nuggets get veggies in their diet - like these double chocolate zucchini muffins. While they are sweet and chocolaty, there … [Continue reading]

No Bake Cranberry Granola Bars

No Bake Cranberry Granola Bars

My boys are big fans of granola bars, and these no bake cranberry granola bars are simple to whip up at home, and taste even better than the store bought ones. I personally love the tartness from the … [Continue reading]

Raincoast Trading Wild Sockeye Salmon Hash

Raincoast Trading Wild Sockeye Salmon Hash

I'm partnering up with Raincoast Trading to not only bring you a delicious Sockeye Salmon hash recipe, but to also talk about the Vancouver based company that has been selling my favorite wild seafood … [Continue reading]

Thanksgiving Classic – Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Rosemary Roasted Turkey *This post is sponsored by Lonsdale Quay Market. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. I can remember the first time I ever volunteered to host Thanksgiving … [Continue reading]