Beef Bourguignon: Crock Pot Style

Beef Bourguignon: Crock Pot Style

I am a firm believer that you should always satisfy a food craving... so when beef bourguignon was on my mind - I made the damn dish. I knew it would be a pain in the ass to make - pearl onions are the enemy - but it's so damn good, I couldn't help myself. A traditional French dish, this Beef Bourguignon recipe has tender chunks of beef, that have been simmered in a beef and red wine stock, along with carrots, mushrooms and pearl onions. One of my favorite Winter dishes to make...and eat. What you will need: 2 Tbsp. bacon fat 3 lbs stewing beef; cut into 1 inch cubes 2 small onions; diced 2 carrots; peeled and sliced into rounds 4 cloves garlic; minced 1 tsp. thyme 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper 2 Tbsp. tomato paste (or 4 Tbsp. plain tomato sauce) 1/4 cup flour 1 1/2 cups dry red wine 1 cup beef stock 2 bay leaves 2 cups pearl onion 1 Tbsp. butter 3 cups sliced mushrooms In a large skillet over medium/high heat, add 1 Tbsp of the bacon fat to … [Continue reading]

Memories on Canvas

memories on Canvas

  Fact: I have at least 12,000 photos saved to my computer. Yes - 12,000 photos. I have been going through them, and categorizing them, for what seems like forever and for Christmas this year, I was going to treat myself to a new canvas print. There was one photo in particular of the boys that I wanted to have made up. I snapped it back in September, and it has been one of my favorite moments this year. When my good friends over at CanvasPop contacted me to see if I was interested in reviewing a canvas print, I couldn't pass up on their offer. I was able to choose a 16 x 24 canvas, and could choose any photo that my heart desired - their site is very, very simple to use. I mean, my Mom could even use it. It took ten clicks of my mouse, and BAM, my canvas print was being created, and shipped. I have looked at other sites, but CanvasPop was so easy, and straightforward to use. It takes no time at all! Choose what you want to print - canvas print, photo … [Continue reading]

Shepherd’s Pie


Now that the cold weather is here, my cooking usually consists of comfort foods - and foods that are quick and simple to make. My mom taught me how to cook a Shepherd's Pie at a young age. There really isn't much to it - some ground beef, some frozen veggies, gravy and potatoes. It's perfect for when you have guests over, or just when you are craving comfort food. There are a bunch of variations out there, but this is my recipe, and I make it the same way, every time. What you will need: 4 large russet potatoes (I always have left over mashed potatoes) 2 Tbsp. butter 3 Tbsp. milk 1 lb lean ground beef 1 Tbsp. oil 1 medium onion; diced 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables salt and pepper to taste 2 packages gravy mix; made per directions on package; Approx. 2 cups (Feel free to use homemade if you have it) Preheat oven to 350° Peel and quarter potatoes, boil until fork tender. Mash with butter and milk and set aside. In a large skillet, brown the … [Continue reading]

Snapshot Sunday: Week Forty Six


I don't really have much to say today - There has been a death in the family - and I'm just not in the mood to write. I however wanted to get something up today - so here is week forty six of Snapshot Sunday... enjoy. 11/15/15   11/16/15   11/17/15   11/18/15   11/19/15   11/20/15   11/21/15 … [Continue reading]

Life Captured on Film – Summer 2015

Summer Film 04

Back in August I wrote about our Osoyoos trip. I said that there were missing photos due to them being on film - well, I FINALLY got around to getting said film developed - finally. Only took three … [Continue reading]

Simple Crispy Pork Cutlets


I shared this crispy pork cutlets recipe awhile ago - but the photos are horrible. I mean - down right terrible! So I thought I would share again. These are a childhood favorite of mine. Super … [Continue reading]

Remembrance Day at the Suspension Bridge

Cap Bridge River

I seem to document our family trips, but then totally forget to share our photos ( or I get lazy... depends on the day) - like when we spent Remembrance Day at the Suspension Bridge in North … [Continue reading]

Snapshot Sunday: Week Forty Five


What a friggen day! I feel like I haven't had much time to sit and just be. So the week sorta just flew by. We had a family day on Remembrance day, and Friday I totally didn't have to adult for the … [Continue reading]

Metrin Skincare

5 Step System

As a teenager, I struggled all throughout high school with bad skin. I must have tried everything under the sun, prescriptions included, and it was either too harsh for my sensitive skin, or not … [Continue reading]

Soft & Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies


It's baking season! Seriously - now that it's November, I'm getting a head start on my Christmas baking. These soft and chewy snickerdoodle cookies are up first. Soft, chewy, sweet and oh so … [Continue reading]