This is one of my all-time ‘get in the holiday spirit’ Christmas market. I love going at night and seeing all the lights twinkle at this market in The Distillery District. There are lots of warm beverages and refreshments for sale to keep you warm. If it gets too chilly, pop into a gallery to see some local art or into a restaurant for a glass of wine.
It’s worth a second visit during the day if you can swing it! The vibe is more family-like with lots of fun photo ops. Don’t forget to pop into all the local shops and visit the booths for a little Christmas shopping. November 16 – December 23, 2017Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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.
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! Continue reading →
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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.Continue reading →
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.