Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Galettes

Mini Strawberry Rhubarb Galettes

These mini strawberry rhubarb galettes were so damn simple to make and so delicious!. Strawberry rhubarb is one of my favorite pie fillings - I love the sweetness of the berries, with the slight tartness of the rhubarb. I wanted to make a large galette, but then I thought I could share with friends, so I made mini ones. I used frozen puff pastry, and super fresh strawberries and rhubarb - I topped them off with a honey whip cream and - my lawd! They were so good. What you will need: 5 cups total of diced strawberries & rhubarb (I used 2.5 each) 1 package puff pastry (the box I use has two sheets) 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 egg white + 1 Tbsp. water 2 Tbsp. decorating sugar 2 Tbsp. apple jelly; melted Roll out puff pastry (12 x 12) and cut into 9 squares. Do this with the other sheet as well. 18 total Preheat oven  to 475°F - line two baking sheets with parchment paper Chop the strawberries and rhubarb into bite size pieces and place … [Continue reading]

Salon Quality in the Home with Xtava

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Let's talk hair care - because when it comes to my hair, I need all the help I can get. It's limp, volume-less and fried. Blow drying is the only way I can add life into my hair, and even doing that causes damage. I have tried many hair dryers in my 29 years and the Allure Professional Ionic Ceramic hair dryer from xtava tops them all. With its lightweight frame and Ionic Ceramic technology the this professional hair dryer gives you salon quality at home. I have been using the Allure Hair dryer from xtava for a few weeks now and I must say, it has cut down my drying time in almost half, leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and full of volume. With its Ionic Ceramic technology, I don't have to worry about frizz and fly aways. I love using the concentrated nozzle (not shown, but included) to get right up at my roots for that extra oomph of volume. The Allure Hair dryer features two speeds and three temperature setting and includes a cold shot button as well. Having … [Continue reading]

Refreshing Blood Orange Gin and Tonic

Blood Orange Gin and TOnic

Gin and tonic is my drink of choice - wedge of lime added to it; perfect refresher drink. While browsing the produce section a few weeks ago, I came across some beautiful blood oranges and picked up a few. I ate one, and then ate and drank the others. Yes, drank the others. This refreshing blood orange gin and tonic is a great Summery drink, that can be made with alcohol or make it a virgin! What you will need: Makes two double drinks juice from one ripe blood orange ice tonic water 4 oz. favorite gin lime for garnish Place ice in a glass tumbler - I prefer short glasses Place 2 oz of gin into each of the cups, split the orange juice between each glass. Add tonic, give it a little stir, garnish and enjoy! Refreshing Blood Orange Gin and Tonic   Print Prep time 2 mins Total time 2 mins   A refreshing twist on gin & tonic. Fresh squeezed blood orange juice, paired with tonic and premium gin. A great refreshing drink for summer! … [Continue reading]

Healthy Snacking with Brothers All Natural

Brothers All Natural

My boys love to snack - I mean LOVE to snack. I really lucked out too, because they seem to gravitate towards healthy snacks, like apple slices, strawberries, and bananas.  But when certain fruits are not in season, I have to find alternatives for them, or pay crazy prices. These freeze dried fruit crisps from Brothers-All-Natural are a great alternative when my boys favorite fruits are not in season. What are Brothers All Natural fruit crisps? Fruit Crisps are 100% real fruit, peeled, sliced and gently freeze-dried into a light, flavorful chip-like "crisp" - all made with no added sugar or preservatives. Fruit Crisps contain zero grams of fat and sodium, and are only 30-80 calories per serving (depending upon the fruit). Brothers All Natural fruit crisps are Gluten Free Soy Free Peanut & Tree Nut Free Kosher Non GMO Vegan No preservatives No additives No sugar added We've all been snacking on the Brothers All Natural crisps for a couple of weeks … [Continue reading]

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Brownies

Rhubarb Cream Cheese Brownies

These scrumptious looking rhubarb cream cheese brownies come straight out of the June issue of Canadian Living. I took one look over the recipe, realized I had everything I needed, and went to … [Continue reading]

A Walk Through Campbell Valley Park| Family

Campbell Valley Park

Back in March, I attended the birth of Abigail - and a few weeks ago her Mom and I, along with big sister Elizabeth took a walk through Campbell Valley park for a little sisters session. I had never … [Continue reading]

Lime and Coconut Rice

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This lime and coconut rice was the perfect side dish to my chicken satay recipe. I was wanted to jazz up our plain old rice, so I decided to try a new recipe. The boys are big rice fans, so I thought … [Continue reading]

Summer Strawberry Chicken Salad

Summer Strawberry Chicken Salad

Summer is a comin' and I could not be more happy! My cooking style changes in the Summer - and salads, like this Strawberry Chicken Salad make their way on to our menu. I more recently became a fan … [Continue reading]

Crispy Onion Strings

Crispy Onion Strings

These crispy onion strings pair perfectly with pulled pork sandwiches, on top of a green bean casserole, or as is... you know.. for a snack! I had made pulled pork sandwich for dinner one night a … [Continue reading]

Steak Frites with Mushrooms & Blue Cheese Dressing

Steak Frites with Mushrooms and Blue Cheese Dressing

I love days when I have a random recipe idea pop into my head - its usually around lunch time because I'm standing there at the fridge, both doors open asking myself, what the hell am I going to have … [Continue reading]