Foodie Friday (ish)~ Sparkling Unicorn

Ohh what lovely weather we are having, I am addicted to this sunshine (even though I know it won’t last…rain is in our near future). I had to share this post a day early, that way you can make sure you have everything you need to MAKE IT!

This past weekend was mothers day and I decided to host my momma and sister for an afternoon brunch, loaded with yummy food and a super tasty new drink!

Honestly is there a better way to show someone you appreciate them? I mean…food and DRINKS!?  It was such a giant hit that I brought all the stuff to make them again the next day for lunch with my in-laws…again, LOVED by everyone! Gosh I just love when a new recipe takes off with success, I cannot wait to restock some of my ingredients so I can make it again all summer (and I am already thinking of great variations!).

Sooo, let’s start with a shot of our yummy brunch…

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Yup, Eggs Benny with peameal bacon and a nice side of steamed asparagus…also notice the tasty cup of fruit to freshen our palates…mmm take me back!

Okay, okay…so what is this Sparkling Unicorn I speak of?

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I bet I know exactly what you are thinking…What on EARTH are those red things in the drink?! We will get to that…for now all you need to know is that it is a 3 ingredient drink that you can enjoy all summer! It is so incredibly light (and fizzy) and is super refreshing. We all had a second glass (or more…) that’s how yummy it is! And if you don’t like a boozy drink than this is DEFINITELY  for you! You can’t taste the alcohol in it at all! Uh-Oh!

Go ahead, click here for the recipe to make it and let me know what you think (and if you have any variations you can think of!).

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Foodie Friday- Cake Pops!!

How fun and cute are these?! I loveeee making cake pops, and have officially  crowned myself the cake-pop-queen of the family (I swear my ego is only slightly bloated) 🙂 I am often asked to make my cake pops for the events in our families, which is why I have deemed myself so!

When I first started making them I used one of those “Cake Pop Pans”…now, STOP right there! DO NOT go out and buy yourself one of these! My cake pops were huge, although uniform in size, and often quite dry…because you are restricted with the pan as far as how much batter to put in each mold I found it just wasn’t meeting my standards. So I set off on making them by hand! Sounds daunting right?? WRONG! The hardest part about making the cake pops is picking what colour chocolate you want to coat them in, I promise!

The best thing too is that you can use a boxed cake mix and store bought icing, so really all you have to do is cook em and decorate! EASY! You can get super creative with them too, if you want, or keep them simple like I tend to. On one occasion I made Toy Story themed cake pops for my nephews 5th birthday, and although super difficult to do, the look on his face was more than worth it!

I will suggest to you, if you will be making them often, to invest in a nice cake pop stand…I started out using floral foam and covering it in wrapping paper to match the occasion, but let me tell you that stuff aint cheap! My cake pop stand was around $10 and is super cute (as you’ll see in the post).

Well, happy baking! I hope you enjoy, and let me know if you make them for your next event ❤

Foodie Friday- Delicious Coconut Cream Pie!

Ohhh my word, THIS pie!!! I decided to make this for our family Easter dinner (both families…so I made it twice!) as I wanted to try something different than my usual chocolate desserts…and I really wanted to make it from scratch! I have made a coconut cream pie before using one of those boxed mixes for the filling, which was WAY too SWEET, and I knew that I wanted a pie with a creamy coconut filling that wasn’t artificial tasting.

So my friends, I present to you, the ultra dreamy and creamy Coconut Cream Pie!!! It was devoured by both our families (thank God as I really didn’t want any leftovers to fill my tummy!!) and was really quite simple to make. The most difficult part of this pie is not eating all the custard filling before it makes it into the pie shell 🙂

Enjoy ❤

Foodie Friday~ Creamy Carbonara

Oh here we go!! Spring in the air calls for a classic Pasta Carbonara…a yummy pasta dish with bacon, cheese, eggs, and peas (well in MY version anyway!). It is probably one of the easiest pasta dishes to make and it tastes like you spent hours making it! Sooo much flavour in only 15 minutes of time.

Many people may shy away from it because of the “raw” egg factor, but I promise you they cook once they hit the steaming pasta and hot bacon mixture! It is sure to be a yummy hit for your family this weekend, and like I said it only takes 15 minutes from START to FINISH (what could be better!).

With Spring comes BIG changes!

With the gorgeous temps today I feel inspired to share with ya’ll one of the projects going on in our household this past month! I don’t know about you, but warmer temps combined with glorious sunshine make me motivated to tackle the biggest projects in the house (typically ones that I have pushed under the rug for 5-6 months!).

Before the holidays my hubby and I had discussed the idea of “gifts” and what we wanted to do (we ALWAYS set a budget…I guess that comes from working in the financial industry for me). And this year we both decided that we didn’t want to “waste” our hard earned money on things we would just put into a drawer and pull out in 5 years when we do a garage sale…so what did we decide to do? A “custom-built” walk-in closet! Ooo, this was something I had wanted for years, and knew it wouldn’t be too difficult to convince my hubby (I may have used the “If we get the closet done just think of how much more space YOU will have, my stuff will be soooo organized it’ll leave tons of room for you!“). It isn’t that far of a stretch…I SWEAR he does have more room now…I just still have MORE 🙂

Anyways, check out the pic below for a sneak peek at before… YIKES! Please don’t judge me…I swear to you I am organized in other areas of my life…just not in there…ha! I will be doing the final post/page in another week or two, I am just getting the final touches (i.e. nicer bins for storage, shoe bins, tie holders etc)…if you’re gonna do it you may as well do it RIGHT the first time!

 

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Foodie Friday- Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry

*A day early…YIPPIE!!!*

 

Hey ya’ll!! I am so sorry I was unable to post last week (or even give an update)! We were in the process of having our services switched over and were without our WiFi for a couple of days. On a positive note, we are saving soooo much money a month from this one little switch…*hint* it includes an Android box!!

Ok, enough with the boring stuff (maybe I’ll post up about it in a couple of weeks), but for today we will be making my Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry…Mmm Mmm! I whipped this one up using things I had in the pantry already, mixing the sweet and spicy to create a dish that both me and my hubby loved! Thankfully when I make meals I always make more than I know we will eat in one sitting, it lets us devour the dishes we LOVE, and saves some for lunches the next day! Win win!

So click away friends, be inspired and remember, you can switch out the meat and veggies for ones you have on hand at home…be creative! After all, everybody needs a little creativity in their lives ❤

Party Time!

With it being such a gloomy day today, I thought I would reach back in my vault of crafts a little bit and share with ya’ll how to make a fabulous Birthday Number out of paint chips!

This was a task I had taken on for my nieces 2nd birthday back in October, telling my sister in law I wanted to make a special number for her cake and goodie table. The theme was Bubble Guppies so I went with nice hues of blue for the ocean effect…I think it turned out GREAT! And do you want to know the best part? You only need to buy one thing…yup ONE! Take a look at the page and get started on your very own number (or word, or design…) for your next event!

Everybody needs a little more creativity in their lives ❤ Enjoy!

Foodie Friday- Cinnamon Rolls!!

Foodie Friday is back! This is our first one for 2016 and I thought I would finally share those Cinnamon Rolls I keep bragging about! You guys are going to ❤ them!

They may seem a little intimidating by the list of ingredients, but trust me, 90% of it you have in your cupboards RIGHT NOW! The nice thing about them is that you make them the day before, so if you have a special event coming up or a Sunday guest, you can make them and forget about them!

I’ll keep it short so you can stop drooling…wipe it up from your keyboard will you?! Enjoy these my friends!

 

Happy New Year!

Back to reality…2016 has been here for a couple of weeks now, the snow is piling up outside and my hands are itching to get back in the kitchen and make some goodies to post for ya’ll to enjoy!

This year I decided not to make any “silly” resolutions like, I’m going to lose 20 pounds by February…or, I’m going to workout two times a day and fit into my honeymoon bikini (from 5 years ago!) and instead am choosing more grounded resolutions that I know I can achieve! Things like, I will take the time to do 5 minutes of deep breathing today, or I will stop and appreciate the nature around me at least once a day! Another huge one for me this year is to take the time I need to relax and de-stress to help lower my everyday anxiety…something that is going to be so much easier thanks to my family for getting me a large selection of adult colouring books for Christmas! I was so excited with each one I opened as I could just feel my stress melting away before even picking up a marker (I’ll post up some pictures once I get a few more done!). This is not to bash anyone who is doing the weight-loss resolutions, in fact, more power to you! I have just realized over the years that this is not one I stick to, and come December 31st I am depressed at the lack of achievements.

With that being said…I have a delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake that I want to share with you! I made this the other week for our Ukrainian Christmas get together with my dad, and it was a yummy hit!

So Happy 2016 to you! May this be a year filled with love, happiness and creativity for all of my readers and followers ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 3!!

Are you overloaded on sweets yet? I know, silly question right!? You can never have enough goodies this time of year! It seems as though everyday you get another invite to a dinner or cocktail party, at least you’ll be prepared with a tasty tray of sweets.

You have ten days left after today’s post, I hope you are finding some inspiration for your Christmas goodies 🙂

Today’s post is…Peanut Butter Squares! Crunchy goodness, filled with the delicious taste of peanut butter, and topped with a nice hard icing! These are perfect on any tray, and have such a wonderful burst of flavour, best enjoyed with a nice glass of milk! The best part? I guarantee that you have all the ingredients you need already waiting in your pantry…so what are you waiting for?!

Enjoy ❤