Shallot and Parmesan Potato Waffles

I’ve been happily taking care of my favorite dog Mysty while Andrew’s parents are away.  I absolutely love having a doggy companion, and have honestly wanted my own dog since I was about 3 years old!  Mysty is such a good girl that my boss actually let me bring her to work for 3 whole days!! The other two days Andrew was actually home so she literally didn’t have to be home at all. (Lucky her).  When I had at her at work, my coworkers were exchanging dog horror stories of dogs that got into mischief when left alone.  Whether it was ripping diapers to shreds, or eating a whole chocolate cake and having to rush to the vet, I felt pretty fortunate that Mysty is such an amazing dog and wouldn’t get into trouble like that while she was left alone.  Just after I was thinking that, I left Mysty alone for about 30 minutes while I popped out to the grocery store to grab a bunch of kale.  Since she as such a good girl, I gave her a dentastick out of the bag, and left for the store.  When I came back, I noticed Mysty looking pretty guilty and not coming to greet me with her usual excitement.  Instead she walked up to me and laid down and rolled over onto her back, like she does when she’s in trouble.  I walked past her to see a shredded plastic bag that must have had around 15 Dentasticks in it, now completely EMPTY! I guess dogs will be dogs and even the best ones make mistakes sometimes!!  I must say it was pretty funny to see how she knew exactly what she had done wrong, and was completely submissive.  Do you have any good mischievous dog stories to share?
Parmesan and Shallot Potato Waffles

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Boulettes in Homemade Marinara

I’ve been making a ton of amazing dinner recipes lately, but unfortunately haven’t been sharing many of them. As I’ve said before, it’s hard to photograph dinners in the winter because by the time I get to eating them, it’s pitch black out! I was quite excited when Sabatier Canada contacted me to develop a recipe for them. It gave me the excuse I needed to make this on the weekend so I could “shed some light” on this amazing recipe. This recipe is one that my mom and I developed together after trying some delicious meatballs at the Victoria Public Market. I’ve never had just meatballs on their own until then, and man is it ever delicious! Of course you can pair this with some spaghetti or linguini noodles if you are a big pasta person.

Boulettes in Homemade Marinara | Everybody Loves Pretty
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Chocolate Orange Biscotti

I’ve never been a very good creative writer, and sometimes I find it hard to write a blurb along with my recipes.  I am a very visual person, and have a pretty analytical mind.  I love taking photos and filling my posts with them, but when it comes to writing a blurb, I’m almost always stumped.  My writing has always been very to the point, and I don’t tend to like to add in a lot of “fluff.”  Perhaps this year I will try to tell better stories, and challenge myself to give you a more interesting read along with my pretty photos, and yummy recipes.  Oh and sorry I haven’t posted in a while! My weekends have been full of friends and family for the last little while, and since there is not a ton of light in the winter, weekends are the only time I can photograph my food!

Chocolate Orange Biscotti

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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and were able to spend lots of time with your family! I know I did! It was so lovely to go back to Victoria for about a week to see all my family and most of my friends! There is nothing better than spending time with your family over the holidays. Although I really do prefer Christmas to visit family and not to receive presents, I got some super awesome gifts this year! Some of my favorites include a le creuset casserole dish, waffle maker, gorgeous pottery dishes, Sorel snowboots and snowshoes! I can’t wait to get both into the kitchen, and outdoors (aka my 2 favorite places to be).
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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Christmas Eve! What cookies will you be leaving out for Santa this year? I bet he would love to have one of these double chocolate peppermint cookies!  In fact, I think Santa would even give you extra presents after eating one of these chewy Christmas cookies!  Even if you aren’t leaving these cookies out for Santa, I think bringing them to your holiday parties would make your friends and family very happy!

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Easy Gingerbread Cookies

Decorating gingerbread houses is something my brother and I used to do every year! Instead of buying a gingerbread house to decorate however, my mom would always make the gingerbread. Since I’m not living at home anymore, I decided to start decorating gingerbread cookies instead of making a whole gingerbread house. I can tell you right now that decorating 50+ cookies is one heck of a lot of a work and takes a long time!! So I think next year I will be inviting a bunch of girls over to help me decorate all the cookies. This would be a great recipe to use with your little kiddies and get them to use their creativity to decorate as well. Even if you choose not to decorate, these cookies are delicious and beautiful!

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Cranberry Orange Scones

I had a wonderful quick and busy trip to Victoria this past weekend to visit with my family! I really do miss being within driving distance to my family, but it makes it all the more special when I go to visit! My favorite part of Christmas is of course getting together with my family and spending time with them. I was so happy when my mom told me that they waited until I was home to put up and decorate our Christmas tree! We have a tradition of ordering pizza (we rarely order pizza) and decorating the Christmas tree and while watching Christmas movies. It’s always so much fun and really gets me into the Christmas spirit!

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Pear Gingerbread Cake

This year, I am not really feelin the pumpkin desserts… I think I OD’d on pumpkin desserts last year, and this year I am all about the gingerbread! Well, gingerbread, cranberry, and peppermint actually. So really all the other delicious holiday treats! I think this pear gingerbread cake is one that you can enjoy not only near Christmas (although it’s pretty perfect for a holiday party), but at any other time of the year! We have 2 pear trees in my childhood backyard, and eating pears always reminds me of our fall harvest.

Pear Gingerbread Cake | Everybody Loves Pretty
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Candy Cane Cookies

Happy December 1st!!! I can FINALLY start celebrating Christmas, although it seems as though everyone else in the world started on November 1st.  Every time I walk into a mall or store, it’s completely decked out in decorations, lights and music.  I’ve always made it my motto to not celebrate Christmas until December 1st so that I don’t dilute the magic of Christmas!  Even though I’ve already started my Christmas shopping… But how could I not with all those Black Friday deals!!  It’s a bit weird how Canada has adopted USA’s black Friday deals, as it never used to be a day of sales up here until a couple years ago… Now almost every store has comparable deals to Boxing day!!  Does this mean the states will adopt Boxing day?? Who knows.
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Simple Iced Sugar Cookies

I have never actually made sugar cookies before, so please excuse my poor first attempt! I think decorating cookies is a true art, and one that you may not get on the first go! Have no fear! It’s just a cookie! And regardless of the looks, they will always at least taste good! I think the trick is finding youtube videos to help you get a good understanding of what the consistency of the icing should look like! I think mine was a tad too thick.. Oops! Well I will know what to do differently next time – Add more water! Seriously what did we do before youtube! It is so fabulous for demonstrations and showing you how to do something you have never done before. So when in doubt – just youtube!
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