Christmas Chocolate Bark

When I was growing up, my mom actually made us anh advent calendar. Every year, she would fill it with awesome treats, and I would look forward to it every year! This year (now that I am moved out) I had to buy an advent calendar… I mean don’t get me wrong, Lindt chocolate is amazingly delicious, but it’s just not the same as opening up that classic home made advent calendar.

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Eggnog Loaf with Rum Glaze

This time of year I absolutely love having rum and eggnog. It’s usually best when you are watching a Christmas movie by the Christas tree. Living in appartment means we can’t have a real Christmas tree. We also totally don’t even have enough room to get a big tree. To compromise, I got a teeny tiny little tree for $1.25 from the dollar store. It might be tiny, but I decorated it up with lights, christmas balls and ribbon and I think it looks beautiful! Much like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree… Except it’s fake :)

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Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

So I went to get my hair dyed over the weekend… I wanted a nice blonde ombre (I have light brown hair). What I got what QUITE blonde… I mean much more blonde than I would have probably ever picked out. I’m still not actually sure what I think of it really… It’s going to take a serious adjustment to accept myself at this level of blondeness. I’m hoping the saying “Blondes have more fun” will start to be my life now. What does this have to do with biscotti? Well not really anything but I felt like I needed to share!

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Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

It’s Christmas time and all I want to eat is….salad? Okay, not at all – I want all the cookies and comfort food of the season and I want it all the time. However, some friends and I made a Thai-inspired dinner the other night and this salad was too good not to share. It’s rare that I find a salad that I absolutely love because well really salads aren’t usually the most exciting thing to have. The creamy peanut dressing and bright, crunchy vegetables in this one are totally worth it though.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Butternut Squash Soup

My gosh is it ever freezing in Vancouver…I mean literally! This morning when I walked to work it was -2 out!  That just doesn’t happen in Vancouver, us west coasters are not used to freezing temperatures.  One thing’s for sure, after a day of being cold, I like to warm up with a nice big bowl of soup! Growing up, I actually used to hate soups, especially ones with a tomato base. I have no idea why I hated soup to be honest.. because now it’s a staple in my diet during the winter. Now I love all soups, especially thick vegetable ones like this one!

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Low Fat Pumpkin Bread

First of all – Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers. After a LONG hiatus due to many things but mainly a 9 week journey to Europe (!!!) I am back. I could write a whole novel on my European experience and how amazing it was but I’ll spare you that for now. I can say however that the vast majority of the food I had was so so so delicious and I will definitely be taking inspiration from many dishes with me as we continue to blog. Expect lots of delicious Spanish, Italian and Greek influences coming to you soon. As soon as I returned though I had one thing and one thing only on my mind – pumpkin. After all, how could I let what left there is of the pumpkin season go to waste.

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Beet, Lentil and Orange Quinoa Salad

In the winter, I tend to gravitate towards eating soups, meat and roasted vegetables. I guess because they totally warm you up from the cold and wet Vancouver winters. Every once in a while, I do like to throw in a salad. Winter still offers great produce. Beets, along with other root vegetables are perfect when roasted up and stuck in a salad, and are still plentiful throughout the winter. Let’s also not forget about all the navel and mandarin oranges that pop out around November. I have had some seriously delicious oranges so far this year. Yum!
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Slow Cooker Stuffing with Sausage

It’s getting so close to Christmas!!! Well not really.. it’s still November… But hey American Thanksgiving is right around the corner isnt it?? Not that I celebrate with a turkey or anything, but for some reason I was really craving a big old roast chicken with stuffing and lots of it!!! You can’t fit nearly enough stuffing in a little chicken though, so I had to come up with another option. Alas, crock pot stuffing was born!! And it’s simply brilliant!
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Slow Cooker: Chicken Tangine

Blogging in the wintertime is definitely a challenge. Especially when you work full time. When I get up, it’s dark; when I walk to work the sun is hardly rising, and when I walk home from work, the sun is just about setting. Doesn’t make for much time to take photos when all the natural light is when I’m at work! This is when you have to get creative. That means making things and saving them for the weekend so you can sneak some of that natural light in… Or you know spending your whole weekend blogging? But hey who has time for that!
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