Gettin' Sloppy With Dinner Two Ways!
A few weeks ago, I decided to make Sloppy Joes for dinner. Even from skillet to plate, Sloppy Joes are an easy, quick weeknight meal. But having a perfectly delicious recipe for Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, going that route just made sense to me. Besides....meal prep using the slow cooker has SO many perks! A few minutes of work and then I can forget about dinner until it's time to serve, I can use the 'free' time to pamper myself in whatever manner I chose AND despite being only
The Simple Pleasures of Marinara: Pesto Meatloaf with Marinara Sauce!
The other day, I found myself at home with 2 two year olds, one of which wasn't feeling so great due to possible ear infection, molar teething and/or a cold, and my 82 year old mom. My plan at the start of the day was to go grocery shopping but taking that motley crew to the grocery store was one daunting task that I was willing to avoid at all costs. I knew I was low on some of my go-to staples but that didn't change the fact that supper had to be cooked. What to do, what to
Summertime Sunday Dinner: Applewood Smoked Rotisserie Prime Rib Roast!
In my last post about Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken, I wrote about all of the things that had been going on in our life in the preceding months, adding that it was time to settle back to the business of 'normal' life. Little did I know at the time that life still had a few more doozie curve balls to throw our way. After 8 weeks of renovations, my parents moved into the brand spanking new above-ground in-law suite in our beautiful new (to us) home on June 5th. Two weeks later, m
Saving Time With Slow Cooker Pepper Steak!
This past weekend the clocks sprang ahead one hour, Don't get me wrong....usually I'm all over that because it's the first indicator that spring is on the way and spring is my favorite season of all because it holds the promise of summer. But this week is when we officially take ownership of our new home which means packing everything up, moving it to our new home and then unpacking it all. Sunday evening, I was a mess due to the time change - for whatever reason, my internal
Channelling My Inner Popeye With Lasagna Florentine! TOOT TOOT!
I've been on a bit of a spinach kick lately, adding it to just about everything we've eaten in the past week or so. I guess you could say I've been channelling my inner Popeye! But even without Popeye's recommendation, spinach contains more nutrients per calorie than any other food on earth. Make no wonder that one can of the green stuff and Popeye was transformed into a muscle poppin' tornado of energy! Spinach is loaded with vitamins like A, K, D and E and a host of trace m
I Came, I Saw, I Stir-Fried: Beef Stir-Fry with Vermicelli
Last weekend, I was on one of my 'Adventures in the Produce Department' strolls at my local grocery store when I suddenly saw this perculiar, light green colored, cucumberish vegetable that I had never seen before. It was, according to the item tag where is was placed and my subsequent research, a bitter melon, aka. bitter gourd, bitter squash or balsam pear. I had never heard of either of these things and had absolutely NO idea what it would taste like, but in my head, I hea
Dine and Dash: Veal Scallopini in Pesto Sauce
Yesterday was one of those days when, despite the best of intentions and meticulous planning, (ok, not so much with the meticulous planning but certainly, as always, with the very best of intentions) time got away from me. I was left with only 50 minutes to prep, cook, serve and eat before my husband and I had to dash out the door to meet our realtor at yet another house that could conceivably put our house hunt to an end. While at the grocery store, my eyes fell upon some lo
If You Can Dream It, You Can Eat It! Mediterranean Steak Sandwich
Dreaming is a pretty neat phenomenom. Sometimes I dream I can fly and other times, I can leap tall buildings in a single bound. But yesterday morning when I woke, although I couldn't remember all of the details of my dream, I could still smell the aroma of Mediterranean seasonings and remembered I was making Mediterranean Steak Sandwiches in my dream. You might think that makes me a tad weird - I like to think I dabble in quirky. I've come to realize that if I can dream it, I
Hearty and Healthied-Up Perfect Pot Roast!
Is it just me or do Christmas and New Year's come and go quicker with each passing year? It seems I spend a couple of months prepping for the occasion and then, in a blink of an eye, it's all over and it's time to refocus on regular life. Yes, dear friends, those days of staying up way past midnight, poppin' back Christmas bonbons like they were, well, candy, belting back conspicuously delicious concoctions and lounging around in your pjs until well past noon have come and go
These Are A Few of My Favorite Things!
As 2014 comes to a close, I decided to reflect on this past year. It's been a phenonmenal year for us, jam-packed with adventures, milestones and some pretty darn good eats! In June of 2014, this blog sprang to life and since that time, we've had over 10,000 page views from 15 countries - not too shabby for a small town girl on an island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean! I want to thank each and every one of you for humouring me by reading my rants, um, I mean, 'blogs'! I