Archive | February, 2017

Cream of Mushroom Soup with Wild Rice

Cream of Mushroom Soup with Wild Rice

This is one of the many recipes filling my freezer to the brim right now. I have actually never filled my own freezer with food, despite having done it for many others, and I have to admit, it’s pretty awesome.

Cream of Mushroom Soup with Wild Rice

Having a tiny baby has made me a meal preparing ninja. I was always pretty fast but now, I know my time is limited and there are other things that need to get done too, so I am quick and stealth and usually wearing all black (because that’s what colour my sweatpants are).

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A Little News…

Hi guys!

I’m just dropping in to let you know we have a tiny new addition around here. She arrived with a little bit of drama and has been the most peaceful, sweet baby we could have asked for. I’m the only dramatic one now, crying when we got home from the hospital because she was already getting too big too fast and didn’t fit into any of her newborn clothes.

There is no recipe this week so that we can spend our time sleeping, feeding and staring at her. We have already done some (very careful) cooking together (she’s a natural) (more tears) and have some good stuff coming up. We will be back next week!

xo
Dana

Red & Black Velvet Brownies

Red Velvet Black Bean Brownies

I’ve never thought of Valentine’s Day as a particularly romantic holiday. Thanks to TV and Archie comics, I knew that it was supposed to be, but that’s not ever how it’s seemed to me. I think it’s because we celebrated it as a family my whole life, even back when boys were gross.

Red Velvet Black Bean BrowniesRed Velvet Black Bean Brownies

It represented love for sure, we all loved each other and had a special dinner together that night (fondue, most likely) (have I mentioned how much my Mom ruled?) and my Stepdad would bring us all home chocolate and cinnamon hearts. So it has always meant love and chocolate, not too far off what Hallmark is telling us, but I kind of love it.

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Spiced Pear Baked Steel-cut Oatmeal

Spiced Pear Baked Steel-cut Oatmeal

I know I’ve mentioned it here before, but I don’t have the warmest feelings towards traditional oatmeal. I think it is because I was ruined by those instant packs as a kid. You know, the ones you rip open, pour into a bowl, observe with excitement all of the sugar mixed in with the oats and add tepid water to? Bonus points if there were pictures of cute animals on the pouches.

As a semi-adult making my own oatmeal and realizing how much actual sugar I needed to add to make it taste like the stuff I was familiar with was sort of embarrassing and so I just lay off it altogether.

Spiced Pear Baked Steel-cut Oatmeal

My husband loves it though and will order it any time we go out for breakfast and even make it when he’s feeling inspired. So when we went surfing a few months ago (baby belly and I were surf-watching/walking/reading), I knew we were staying in a place with a questionable kitchen situation (a kettle) so I decided to try something. I filled a big mason jar with instant (not ideal) oats, chia, hemp hearts, dried fruit and lots of warming spices (as seen in this recipe) and shook it up.

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