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Tasty Tuesday – Pi Day & St Patrick’s Day

I love Pi Day so much! Pies are one of my favourite foods. Every country that I’ve lived in has pies of some sort that I love. The United States, of course, has fruit pies. Jamaica has patties & meatloaf. The UK has cheese and onion pasties & Cornish pasties. New Zealand meat pies. We also did a Pi Day for our oldest son when he turned 3.14 years. This year we will have a Pi Day for our youngest son. Pie, pie, pie! We also throw in a bit of education about what Pi is, but pie is the best part of it!

This year, I made a breakfast pie. I used this recipe. It wasn’t my favourite breakfast casserole-type thing I’ve ever had – it was a bit bland. It was still pretty tasty and definitely has possibilities for adding variety.

For lunch, I made a cheeseburger pie and it was so good! The boys really liked it and it was easy to make.

For dinner, I made New Zealand meat pies. They are fabulous!

For dessert, I made mini peach pies. They went fast! I think Colin ate at least four of them.

Moving on to St Patrick’s Day…

We had some friends round and I made shepherd’s pie and sautéed cabbage. For dessert, I made Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting. So very good!

For the kids, I made little pots of gold at the end of the rainbow using a plastic bucket and pipe cleaners.

I’m looking forward to our family St Patrick’s Day dinner with my parents tonight. Traditions are great!

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Tasty Tuesday – A Few Fall Favourites

I had a hankering for meat pie this week so I made a ground beef pot pie. I roughly followed this recipe. I didn’t use a packet gravy mix though, I made my own. I used ground beef instead of cubed & I used what vegetables I had on hand, corn, celery & carrots.

It was so yummy & easy to make.

I also wanted to share my go to recipe for roast chicken. It always turns out great. Crispy on the outside, moist & juicy on the inside. Only two ingredients – chicken & salt. I always plan to add herbs, but I love the simplicity of just the salt. It always takes longer than 50-60 minutes to cook – I would say it’s about 80 minutes in all, I measure the temperature and make sure its 180F.

I made a couple of new sweet treats. The first is pumpkin cupcakes. I saw the idea on Pinterest to use a box cake mix and mix it with a can of pumpkin – no other ingredients – to make a cake. I decided to try it out. I used a yellow cake mix, canned pumpkin & because I wanted to accentuate the pumpkin flavour, I added nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice & ground cloves. I chose to do cupcakes & topped them with caramel sauce & an acorn (made previously, here). I thought they turned out really well – they were moist & very appropriate for Fall. I loved the caramel sauce too.

Finally, I made some fun little pilgrim hat cookies, seen here. I used fudge stripe cookies & mini Reeses peanut butter cups. I attached them together & drew on them with writing icing.

Hope you have a tasty week!

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Tasty Tuesday – So Many Tasty Things!

It’s been a quiet week here in Bend, at least for my family. The boys have been a bit sick, so outings have been minimal. Which means lots of time to be cozy at home & try new recipes!

I made roast butternut squash to go with a crock pot roast that I did. The squash was lovely – I would have liked it to crisp up a bit, but I think that the water content is too high for it to do much crisping – it was super yummy though. I made a beef roast in the crockpot as well. I didn’t use a recipe, but I did put a can of cranberries in while it cooked – so very good. Crock pot roasts aren’t always pretty to photograph, but the truth is in the tasting!

I also mulled some apple cider. I looked at several recipes, but just kind of added things until I liked it. Here’s what I added to our hot cider:

  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves
  • nutmeg
  • all spice
  • lemon juice
  • lemon zest
  • splash of vanilla

It turned out quite lovely! I love mulled drinks – wine or cider. So warm & comforting as the weather gets colder.

Last week, I had down to make meatloaf on our weekly menu. I wanted something different though. I checked around Pinterest and found heaps of great recipes, but none were what I was really looking for. Then I had the idea of doing a Cheeseburger Meatloaf – I was going to just figure it out for myself & was so proud that I’d come up with this “original” idea. I decided to quickly Google it only to find tons of recipes. Sigh, so much for my originality. I went with the Paula Dean Recipe. I used ground turkey instead of beef & stuffing mix instead of bread crumbs. It was a hit! So yummy. Of course the true test of a good meatloaf is whether it makes good meatloaf sandwiches & boy, does this meatloaf pass the test!

For a weekend meal I made Taco Pizza using this recipe. I don’t have a hard time coming up with stuff to make during the week, it’s the weekends that are tough for me. Our plans are a bit more fluid on the weekends so I need recipes that take minimal planning and time. This Taco Pizza was easy to pull together & very tasty!

Finally, we had a Dessert Dash & Auction for the Moms group that I am involved in, Moms, Inc. I made a super fun cake that I call the Candy Cake. I didn’t have a lot of time to work on it, so I used a box cake mix. It is so easy & I found the idea on Pinterest. You start with any cake you like – frost it, add Kit Kat bars around the outside & fill the top with M&Ms. I tied a ribbon around it & it looked so fun. I hope the people who won it in the auction enjoyed it. Colin really wants me to make another one for us!

I hope you have a tasty week ahead!

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For the Love of the Foods of Fall

As the weather cools, my desire to actually cook is re-emerging. It’s nice. I feel healthier in the Fall & Winter as I tend to take more care in cooking. I made two recipes recently that I found on Pinterest. My love of Pinterest is well-documented. I even got my Mom hooked up to Pinterest last night.

I made Hasselback potatoes a couple of weeks ago & they were so good! Took way longer to cook than the recipe said, but well worth the wait.

Hasselback Potato

I also made slow cooker beef stew for dinner tonight. Super simple recipe & so very good. Beef stew is one of my favourites & this recipe did not disappoint. The wine added some lovely depth to the flavour. It meant opening a bottle of wine at 9 am, but never fear, I didn’t spend the day relaxing with a glass in hand.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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