Friday, June 14, 2024

grocery shop - 3 trips to costco

not sold at costco - the northern lights in our backyard last month
 

april 26

pop, cinnamon toast cereal, strawberries, grapes, pico de gallo, queso dip, brie, fig truffles, doritos, miss vickis bbq chips, popcorn, mozzarella, a book, dishcloths, frozen bbq chicken pizza, eggs, quiche, hat, socks, laundry soap, heavenly hunks, tortillas, pizza kit, swiss rolls

$295

may 3

tortilla chips, greek yogurt, cinnamon toast cereal, mini pancakes, garlic seasoning, 2 books (one for moi, one for the girl), bagels, frozen chimichangas, blueberries, cheese puffs, salt and vinegar chips, strawberries, mango juice, biscoff spread

$161

may 8

juice boxes, lettuce, book, cucumbers, tomatos, strawberries, popcorn, heavenly hunks carrot cake, mini pancakes, shrimp and orzo salad 

$104

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Monday, May 20, 2024

grocery shop - fresh street market, april 14

 

peanut butter, clamato, popcorn twists, ice tea, coffee creamer, 2 cream cheese, juice, whole chicken, pork chops, romaine, crumpets, pizza bagels 

$76

Saturday, May 18, 2024

very good dinner - one pot chicken

 

 

Just look at how scrumptious that looks!  Easy too, and only a handful of ingredients needed.

The dinner was based on BBC Good Food's One Pot Garlic Chicken.  I made 2 changes - softened some minced onion and garlic in the pan before adding the chicken, and increased the stock by half - you know I like things soupy.  Serve with rice and peas for a fabulous dinner.

3 out of 4 family members enjoyed it, so hopefully we'll remember it and have it again.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Friday, May 10, 2024

Wednesday, May 08, 2024

DIY - Coffee creamer

 I unfortunately developed a habit over the past few years of liking iced coffee.  I might have mentioned in the past that I've never liked coffee, and it's true, I find it so bitter.  But add enough sugar and cream and ice and I'm all over that bad girl.

Which of course, is not good for you.  But that is beside the point right now.  This point is that it's not good for you, AND expensive AND full of additives to use commercially prepared coffee creamers, even though they are 1,000% delicious and come in all sorts of fun flavors.

BUT - you can also make them at home!

I did some googling, and there are basically 3 different bases you can use - condensed milk, cream, or coconut milk.  Then, add stuff - vanilla, cocoa powder, different extracts.

I made a coconut milk vanilla and maple syrup creamer and it was pretty tasty!  You have to blend the heck out of it to break up the creamy solids of the coconut milk, but if you get a glop of that in your cup, there are worse things that could happen.



Friday, May 03, 2024

3 really really good (and easy) desserts - Giant Chocolate Cookie, Biscoff Cheesecake and Double Chocolate Brownies

 


Sometimes I let my family pick out desserts they'd like to try for Sunday Dinners.  Mostly I don't, because I usually want to make something fast and hopefully cheap.  But The Girl picked out the giant chocolate chip cookie pictured above, and it was a winning move.  Baked just enough so it stays gorgeous and soft and chewy, it's super easy and delicious.

giant chocolate cookie with cacao nibs and flaky salt

Then, of course, it was  The Boy's turn to pick and he went with a traditional brownie.  So similar to his sisters pick, ingredient wise, and even taste wise, but different at the same time.

lee lees double chocolate chunk brownies

Lastly is THE BEST cheesecake possibly ever.  I would have to really really think if it's better than my mom's.  For now let's call it different, but just as good.  It's from Fitwaffle - 5 Ingredient Biscoff Cheesecake.

Base:
200g Lotus Biscuits, finely crushed
60g unsalted butter, melted
Filling:
500g cream cheese, room temp
150g Biscoff spread
100g icing sugar
Topping:
200g Biscoff spread, melted
2 Lotus biscuits, finely crushed
Tin size: 8x8”
 
Mix your crushed cookies and melted butter, and set aside 2 TB of the crumbs.  Please the rest into a parchment lined tin and press down firmly.  Refrigerate the tin while you beat together the filling ingredients until smooth.  Pour over the crust and smooth down.  Pour the melted biscoff over the top and sprinkle with crumbs.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours, until firm.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

dirty blue cheese dip

 ok, so not shockingly, this post starts with a story that I was on tik tok.....and found something tasty to try.  i know.  

so, i was on tik tock one day and saw a video from this lady who was trying to recreate the taste of a dirty martini with chips and cheese.  she took a miss vicki's salt and vinegar chip, schmeared it with blue cheese, and placed a slice of olive on top.  

i was drooling.  it sounded sooooo delicious i wanted to try it immediately.  i have never had a dirty martini but whatever!  all those sharp and salty flavors together?????  mmmmm.

i mentioned it to the mister that weekend and he agreed it sounded worth trying.  when we got to the store that weekend, i was thinking of more of a chip and dip than a canape-ish snack.  so we bought some blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, olives and miss vickis salt and vinegar chips.

that night when it was time, we chopped up some olives, crumbled some blue cheese and stirred them and some of the olive brine into some dressing.  

OMG.

it was AMAZING.  stinky and creamy from the cheese and the dressing, salty from the olives and then the THWACK of vinegar and crispness from the chip.  i could have eaten it all night.

we've made it twice since that night, one thicker with more blue cheese and less dressing,  and then back to the looser original version for the third, which is definitely my favorite.  

if you like blue cheese and olives you should definitely give this a try.



Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Monday, April 22, 2024

Friday, April 19, 2024

sunday dinner - copycat alice springs chicken

 I hardly go onto facebook any more.  Ever.  I'd love to delete it entirely, but not only does The Girls school and one of their activities communicate via fb, it's the only way I'm in contact with some family members, so I check in from time to time.

During one of my check ins, some random recipes posts popped up, and I found a couple of things that looked worth trying, including this copycat alice springs chicken recipe from Outback Steakhouse.  I THINK The Mister and I went to an Outback years and years ago in Edmonton.  We had the signature blooming onion, which was NOT very good, and I was super disappointed.  

I am sure neither of us ordered this chicken dish, and once I read the recipe to The Mister he was on board for it for Sunday Dinner.

It was really easy to put together, and SO GOOD.  Everyone, including the kids loved it, and the leftovers were all gone by the next day.  Almost unheard of in this house.