Author Archives: Lisa Ng

7 Easy Recipes To Try This Winter

Trying to get cozy?

It seriously feels like winter already, even though the official date isn’t until a month away. When the weather gets cold, I’m always craving big warm bowls of comfort food that make the house smell amazing. I’ve been experimenting with a couple different recipes lately – here are a few to definitely try out this winter:

1) Chicken Soup with Dumplings

Soup has to be one of my all-time favourite foods and this hearty bowl of homemade chicken soupwith big chewy dumplings does the trick for me. Make a big pot at the start of the week and throw it into a cute thermos for work the next day. This soup is also super quick to prepare and is a great weeknight meal. (more…)

Weekend Getaway: Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

silver state falls guide

Looking for a SWEET weekend getaway from Portland, Oregon? Paul and I headed about an hour south east of the city last month and came upon the treasure that is Silver State Falls Park. Oregon seriously brings its A game when it comes to our state parks and this own is often cited as the crown jewel.

Do bring a jacket as a lot of the trails are under tree canopy and it can get chilly. We also encountered a bit of rain on our hike, so waterproof gear is key as well as solid running or hiking shoes as the paths can be slippery and uneven.

Here’s what we got up to on our weekend away!

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Weekend Brunch: Jack’s BBQ – Seattle

Brisket Brunch

Let me start off by saying – I love BBQ.

Growing up on the East Coast, BBQ meant having a party with your friends and family that involved hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on an actual BBQ. I did not discover the art of ‘barbeque’ style meat until I spent more time in the US, sampling the different styles found in St. Louis, Texas and the West Coast.

Now the BBQ I’m talking about is the slow-cooking of meat over low, indirect heat, by smoking the meat over wood or charcoal. Now THIS is what I’ve been missing out on my whole life. Perfect tender chunks of perfectly flavoured choice cuts of meat – not hot dogs! (more…)

5 Ways To Keep Your Energy Levels Up During the Day

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I don’t know what it is, but things have been crazy here since we got our vacation rental up and running – coupled with a family visit.

I’ve been keeping busy with my freelance clients, blogging, running our rental, and planning get-togethers with family and friends. It’s hard to find time to fit everything in while aiming to cook a meal from scratch, making sure I’m hitting the gym for 30 minutes, and trying to get my 10,000+ steps. (more…)

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry-Sauce-Recipe

I originally shared this recipe last year, but thought it would be good timing for me to re-post again as everyone is getting ready for the upcoming holiday season and Thanksgiving!

Canadian Thanksgiving is on the horizon and American Thanksgiving is not far behind. I’m already collecting recipes for things I might want to cook for the big feast. I thought I would share my recipe for homemade cranberry sauce for those of you also planning ahead. It is so easy to make, that you’ll never want to open a can again.

This year, my parents are flying into Portland for a visit and staying for about 3-4 weeks to baby-sit BINGO while we have a bit of traveling booked on our calendar. So we will likely do a very small celebration in the city with the four of us before Paul and I head out to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Zion National Park + Bryce Canyon!

Gobble gobble! Bookmark, pin or print this recipe for your Thanksgiving menu.

Bring to boil 1 cup of water + 1 cup of sugar. Make sure the sugar is fully dissolved before you add ONE 12 oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries.

Cranberry-Sauce-Thanksgiving

Simmer for 8-10 minutes until the cranberries begin to burst (more…)

Fancy Night Out at Ringside Steakhouse – Portland

ringside steakhouse portland

The weather has been getting cooler and I’m craving all sorts of comfort food these days.

We have a super fancy old-school steakhouse in Downtown Portland that’s great for date nights, celebrations or when our parents are in town. Ringside Steakhouse Uptown on W. Burnside has been a Portland fixture for the last 73 years. (more…)