On Halloween night after giving out all of the trick-or-treating candy, we drove over to our friend Barb‘s house to pick up some rhubarb from her that she had frozen from the summertime. I couldn’t wait to try out the Sparkling Rhubarb Jelly recipe. First I cooked and strained the rhubarb into jelly bags. Look at the incredible ruby colour!
Tonight I pulled these Kiwi Greenshell Mussels that I’ve been keeping in my freezer for a couple of weeks. I am always a little hesitant about cooking mussels, clams, or oysters at home just because I haven’t been trained into how to cook them. However, when we found these pre-cooked mussels at Superstore for only $5.99 we thought we would try it out. The green shell is a little bit weird at first probably because green food should only be designated to green leafy vegetables. I decided to cook them in a luscious tomato sauce. Lots of fresh garlic and onion. Mmm.
Tossed with some gluten-free brown rice pasta this was a great meal that I would definitely make again. Maybe next time I will do a white wine sauce with fresh greens or a giant seafood feast with lemon butter sauce.
Halloween! Today I got up and made more delicious treats in wonderful jars. I made Sweet Bread & Butter Pickles and Classic Blueberry Jam. Making these goodies is quite like icing a cake, very meditative and relaxing.
The Blueberries went a long way and I made several yummy jars of the Classic Jam. The Pickles turned out great too! I shared them with my family along with the Sweet Red Pepper Jelly. A new favourite for sure.
I had also promised my Dad I would bring him some of my Caramel Pecan Corn for a treat. I love making the Caramel Corn. So delicious and sugary. I threw a little bag of it in my lunch for a tasty snack.
When we arrived at my parents house, my Mom had just finished roasting these tiny delicious potatoes. Honestly, the size of a golf ball or smaller, these bite size potatoes were so crispy on the outside and crusted with fine spices. The inside was so soft and sweet. A great addition to the amazing Prime Rib my Mom cooked for our amazing Halloween Family Dinner.
Here is Byron working on his masterpiece Pumpkin! He did a great job — it looked fabulous on my Parents’ front step.
I love my Mom’s front step. The spooky black birds on the black wire tree and the amazing twinkling black Halloween wreath! They also had these creepy bags of bones hanging from the roof and a blinking tiny pumpkin in the flower pot on the wall! Amazing. I have two heroes: My Mom and Martha Stewart.
Today I started my new hobby — canning! I am so excited to say that it was fun, pretty darn easy, and also going to be delicious!!! First I made sweet red pepper jelly, especially for my Mom because I know she loves it so much. I only made 3 1/2 pint jars but I can see myself making some more batches of this in the near future. What a great holiday gift for friends in family!
Look at how juicy, luscious, and red these peppers are!
I had a little break after the red pepper jelly and we went out for a drive and ended up picking up a bunch of produce and more jars. For my second venture I decided to try pickles. Mmm, I love pickles. These were pretty simple to make as well and I actually ended up making a lot more than I thought I would. I made 7 – 1/2 pint jars of the sweet pickles. 3 of them were not sealed properly so they are in the fridge for use but the other 4 will go in the pantry for parties and burgers!
Check out my finished product of the pickles. Looks pretty authentic to me! I tasted a hot one real quick to make sure I was on the right track and it tasted EXACTLY like store-bought pickles — but better. I am so excited to share these with everyone. My next projects will involve apples, blueberries, cranberries, and tea. Yes, tea. One of the canning books I have has a great recipe for tea jelly and you can use pretty much any tea you want. They suggest Earl Grey but I have a ton of the Starbucks PASSION tea which I think would be so tasty on buttered toast. I will have to update on that later! Have a great Halloween weekend! xo
Last weekend when we went to Canmore, we visited this cute bookstore that had a great cookbook section. I stumbled across a great book all about Canning & Preserving. It is called Canning For A New Generation. This has been something I have been thinking about learning how to do for a long time now so I took a snapshot of the book and when I got home I ordered it online (anything to save a couple dollars — or more like $18).
The next day Byron was doing some grocery shopping and came across another book all about canning and brought it home for me. Now I have two great books to start my new hobby. I started reading them last night and there is so much great information! What inspiring creations. I can’t wait to start.
We went to Canadian Tire yesterday and managed to pick up all of the supplies for only $75 including a case of new jars. I am going to start next weekend by making my Mom’s favourite kind of preserve, red pepper jelly! Just in time for beautiful late autumn meals and giftgiving. I expect to move onto a jam by the next weekend and slowly go from there. I can’t wait to have a pantry stocked with beautifully coloured jars full of delicious things to eat and share with my friends and family. xo
Since we missed Thanksgiving with my family last weekend, we had to rectify that immediately and they hosted a dinner last night. It was a such a beautiful sunny day, Byron and I decided to drive out to Canmore through the mountains to look at the shops and have a coffee.
We hurried back to Calgary in time for the dinner at my parents! Two homemade pecan pies in tow and as well as our excitement for Mad Men!
i love my Mom’s dining room! so gorgeous! don’t you love the pale blue pumpkin? its real!
gorgeous floral design.
My Mom is an amazing cook and she made a spectacular feast for us all this Sunday evening! Cornish game hens, jalapeno & havarti stuffed baked potatoes, classic stuffing (that I also made last weekend!) and a beautiful fresh Greek salad. I made Pecan Pie for dessert and we watched the Season Finale of Mad Men.
What a perfect meal! xoxo
I made a delicious veggie lasagna, complete with artichokes & spinach.
these are the most amazing little veggies ever. mini summer squash. roast em up all nice and they are just like butter in your mouth. i hope i can track some more of these down before winter hits. so yum.
byron made me breakfast in bed this saturday! glutenfree waffles, fresh peaches, and homemade strawberry syrup. thanks honey!
off to my parents for thanksgiving feast #2 tonight. yum yum!
This past weekend was heavenly. Byron and I were so happy to get out of the city and visit our friends Jen & John and their two adorable daughters Regan & Caleigh in Trail, B.C. And it was all in the name of Thanksgiving! One of my favourite holidays of all. Blair & Lauren also joined us along with our friend Lucky. They arrived a day before us so they were nice and settled in once we arrived.
The drive to Trail was beautiful. Alberta is incredibly gorgeous when the sun is just coming over the horizon. The autumn colours were breathtaking. And of course, British Columbia is breathtaking on its own. So lush and green, I love it!
When we arrived, delicious quesadillas were being prepared by Blair & Lauren as well as some amazing cheesy nachos. What a wonderful way to be greeted! I also met their friend Spencer and his two sons who would be joining us for the Smoke-Eaters Hockey Game that night. And what a game that was! It was Penticton versus Trail. I was secretly cheering for Penticton because I kind of want to move there someday. The wine! The fruit! Anyways, I went and bought a Smokies baseball hat to prove my support, but apparently it wasn’t enough. Penticton Vees ended up winning and then it was time for Karaoke!
Karaoke was so much fun, of course I didn’t sing. I need practice before I delve into the karaoke land! But Mr. Honey sang “Teenage Kicks” by the Undertones which was awesome. I will have to post the video on here once I get it uploaded. Such a cute song. love! We were pretty exhausted after the long day of driving so we headed back to the house a bit early and hit the hay.
Thanksgiving! Have I mentioned how much I love Thanksgiving? We all went out for breakfast after drinking copious amounts of coffee and Baileys all morning, but I didn’t end up eating much in order to save myself for the epic meal later this day. And I mean epic. More than four people cooking this yummy meal! So exciting!
A few of the lovelies I hung out with this weekend: