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Friends Only

Canada: Proud Canadian







This is not just a blog to me. My friends list, is just that: my friends list. If you like my recipes, but don't care about the person behind them, you can bookmark my recipe post and skip the whole adding thing. It is updated as I post new recipes, so you will not miss anything new.

If you're going to add me and then drop me the next day because OMG I didn't comment to your first post that shows up on my friends page, then please don't waste my time. I don't comment on every post, and I don't expect you to comment on every post of mine.

On that same note, if you can make up your mind that you just don't like me after 1 or 2 days, I'd rather you don't add me. Take the time to go through my user info to get a feel for who I am and what I'm about now, before you add.

The majority of people added to my list, stay on my list. Most of my lj friends have been around since I created this journal. I don't do friends cuts or make people jump through hoops to stay on my list ("Comment if you want to stay!"), but I do eventually cut people who haven't updated in several months.

If you've given me some time and we just don't click, fair enough! You can remove me as easily as you added me. I'd prefer you comment to let me know that you've removed me, just as a courtesy, but of course you don't have to.

I post a LOT of pictures (sometimes videos) of our daughters. I always use the lj-cut, but if this bothers you, then again, please don't add me.

If you read all that and still want to add me, please comment! I am currently happy with the number of friends I've made here, but I always add new people who seem awesome. I will not add random adders - By that I mean, if you add me, please tell me! If I have no clue who you are and you've never commented to me, I will not add you back.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and I look forward to getting to know you!





My Recipe Collection

Food: Cheesecake
Updated on 02 Jan 11

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Food: chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate chip cookies is one of those fall back on recipes. As such, I thought it would be a good idea to add a tried and true recipe to my collection. These cookies are fantastic! They are soft, and remain so the next day if you store them right. Simple and delicious!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Peanut Butter Brownies

Food: chocolate
For the peanut butter & chocolate lovers! This is another recipe I created from inspiration from various recipes to put them all in one delicious square.

Peanut Butter Brownies

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Sour Cream Doughnuts

Food: Cheesecake
This has to be the easier doughnut recipe out there. And they taste amazing! There is no yeast, no rising time, no shaping, no rolling, no kneading, no nothing! You throw everything into a bowl, stir, and immediately start frying. Easy peasy! I saw Anna Olsen make these on her show and had to make them. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

Sour Cream Doughnuts

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NOTE: If you don't have buttermilk, you can make a substitute for 1/2 cup: Place half a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the 1/2 cup line. Let stand for five minute, then use.


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Food: baking
I saw this Hershey's recipe in a magazine and wanted to make it right away. I bought some Chipits Skor Toffee Bits when we bought groceries, but I failed to read over the whole recipe... We did not have cream cheese or whipping cream, and I was not able to go back out for some. What was I to do? I googled and had no such luck finding anything *just so*, so I took inspiration from other recipes and created these. This is a keeper for sure! They are crunchy and sweet with a firm chocolate filling. My kids eat the chocolate out first. lol

Toffee Thumbprint Cookies with Chocolate Filling

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I still want to try the Hershey's version. I bet the cream cheese adds a whole new dimension!


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Friends Cut

Canada: Proud Canadian
Had a post written up, deleted it, trying again...

No offence if I cut you. I just didn't think you clicked with me anymore, or you never updated your LJ. I feel like I give a lot of myself in here, and when I get nothing back, something's gotta give.

If you're still here, thank you. I love you. :)

Butter Tarts

Canada: Proud Canadian
We have had such a craving for these things! I think I finally cured it. Which is good because I am all out of ingredients to make any more. lol These are such a delicious treat! They are a tradition in Canada. For my American friends, a butter tart is like a miniature pecan pie. I grew up on them with raisins, which I like to think is the traditional kind of butter tart. Only later in life did I discover that you can buy these with pecans, walnuts, or even plain. My husband's preferred type is plain. I like 'em plain or with pecans. I don't mind the raisins, but I'd rather skip 'em if given the choice.


These are two of the plain ones.

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Peanut Blossom Cookies

Canada: Proud Canadian
This is such a fun recipe to make with kids. There's making the dough, rolling the dough into balls, rolling the balls in sugar, and then squishing in the chocolates. My daughter loved it. And the cookies taste so good. They were still soft and delicious the next day.



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Doubly Chocolate Cookies

Canada: Proud Canadian
These cookies were excellent! It's a double chocolate recipe, but I chose this one because I wanted something chocolatey, but didn't have chocolate chips, so we made chocolate peanut butter chip cookies. They are very moist, soft, and brownie-like. Holy freakin' awesome stuff! Normally I use real unsalted butter for baking, but I didn't have any so I used the cheapest margarine ever and they still turned out so so sooooo good!



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Friends Cut

Canada: Proud Canadian
Sorry, I don't normally make a big friends cut like this, but back in Nov & Dec my friends list greatly expanded. Not every friendship was destined to last, and I am finding myself with less and less time for the internet these days. I was recently cut by a long time friend on here, so I guess that sort of sparked it. LJ is LJ and after awhile, new journals replace the old forgotten ones. So the cycle goes.

If you feel this was in error let me know why and I'll consider trying again.

Add Me?

Canada: Proud Canadian
Hello new friends!

This is a public announcement:

I recently cross-posted an add_me post in a few communities. I just wanted to let everyone know that I am not getting my notifications from LJ. If you saw my post and decided to add me, please let me know! I am only adding back those who have commented to me somewhere and expressed interest in being friends.

This does not apply to you if I've already added you. lol If you're already on my friends list, please read this intro post to get a more in depth view into my life.

Thanks, and welcome to my world!

Hellllllllllooooooooooo

Canada: Proud Canadian
We have been looking for this song since we first heard it on CBC's Laugh Out Loud on November 1st. I remember the day because we were in the car on our way to the UnHalloween Party. The only problem finding the song was, we could only remember half of one line that repeated over and over in our heads. The rest of the line came to me last night, and my husband found it for me just a minute ago. Now I can share it with you. Sabrina Jalees did warn that her show was about earworms. Now you have been warned too. lol

"Trevor" by George Westerholm


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Three year old saves brother's life

Canada: Proud Canadian
I read this news article last week and it really touched me. I think everyone should read this and smile. It will give your day a boost. :) (This is local news.)

Three year old saves brother's life

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8GB Zune Kit

Canada: Proud Canadian
Update to my previous public post: http://minxy-baby.livejournal.com/463081.html

My free 8GB Zune Kit from Matchstick came today!!!!


8GB Zune Kit - Free from Matchstick!
8GB Zune Kit - Free from Matchstick!



Free Zune!

Canada: Proud Canadian
I just got a call from Matchstick and I qualified to receive a free Zune! Canadian friends, please follow this link and see if you qualify too!

http://www.matchstick.ca/mp3/

I will post an update when I recieve the MP3 player.

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Raspberry Butter Braid

Canada: Proud Canadian
Someone posted about Butter Braids last week. Just the name sounded delicious. I searched around trying to find a recipe for it, and was beginning to think this bread is a secret! I found 2 recipes that were close to what I thought it should be, and mashed them together.

I had wanted to do a creamy filling, but alas I was out of heavy cream and did not want to make a trip to the store on this rainy day. So I pulled out my husband's favourite raspberry jam to use instead.

I had intended to freeze the second loaf for when he comes home on leave next month, but I think I am going to have to bake more fresh for him. My daughter (15 months) and I already ate a third of one when it came out of the oven. She kept asking me for more. lol I think when I do this again for my husband, I'll experiment with a peanut butter & jam (no glaze) version for him and myself, and bake another jam one for my daughter.

The bread is very soft. The inside of the loaf just melts in your mouth. The outside has a crust from the egg wash. It's lightly sweet on its own, and sweeter with the jam and glaze. I should have used a knife to cut it neatly, but I was impatient and just tore it apart as it was cooling. Delicious!






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Brie En Croute

Canada: Proud Canadian
So tonight is my second last night with my husband. He's leaving the country for several months and I have been trying to make every dinner special. He is going to miss our fine Canadian foods.

Tonight I made Brie En Croute. I think I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.






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Barbeque Meatloaf

Canada: Proud Canadian
I watched Paula Deen make this one night and I had to make it immediately. This is now a regular dish in our house, and it’s the only meatloaf I make. It truly is delicious and such a simple meal to cook. My husband is leaving the country and requested I make this for him before he goes. Boy, is he going to miss my cooking.



I don’t know what’s better… a slice of this fresh out of the oven, or a sloppy meatloaf sandwich made with the leftovers.



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Vanilla Rosemary Chicken

Canada: Proud Canadian
I created this recipe when I was thinking about Valentine’s and creating unique flavours of food. I remembered hearing about using vanilla in a savoury dish many moons ago. I was eager to try it out, but could not find a recipe that would work for me. So I made this chicken dish using ingredients from my pantry, and it was amazing! It was exactly what I wanted, and even better than I could have imagined. It was so flavourful, and you could really taste the vanilla. The chicken was nice and moist. My husband said his favourite part was the skin.




Vanilla Rosemary Chicken

Serves: 2

INGREDIENTS
    1 vanilla bean
    1 teaspoon dried rosemary
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    salt & pepper
    1/4 cup honey
    1 minced clove of garlic
    enough chicken for 2 people (I use two 1/4 chickens)

DIRECTIONS

Split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds. (Toss the empty bean pod in a bowl of sugar to make vanilla sugar, so as not to waste.) Mix the vanilla seeds together with the rest of the ingredients (minus the chicken) in a large bowl. Toss in chicken parts and rub the marinade all over the chicken. I let it marinate for a couple of hours, but I’ve also given it just a half hour to marinate with great results. The longer you let it marinate, the more flavourful it is.

Put the chicken in a preheated 355°F oven for 45 minutes and baste with the leftover marinade every 15 minutes.

Enjoy!


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New Blog

Canada: Proud Canadian
My new blog is:

*drum roll please*

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ZestEasy.com!

Go check it out! I wrote my first blog entry today. :D The layout will change eventually. I don't know CSS at all, so my husband will be working on that whenever he gets time... which might not be for 7.5 months.

Here's the syndicated LJ version if you want to add it your friends list: zesteasy

I'm still going to be blogging here. I am hoping to do a more professional type blog over there. LJ will still contain all my personal day to day life ramblings.

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Free Kashi Granola Bars

Canada: Proud Canadian
Proper update coming soon... Have lots of work to do before company comes tonight. In the meantime...


Free box of Kashi Granola Bars (Canada only). Go here and register for the coupon: http://www.foodforchange.ca

I had a bitch of a time getting their form to work. It kept saying the security code timed out after 120 seconds, but I am on high speed and am pretty fast typer. Eventually I got it to work by hitting enter on the keyboard... anytime I clicked "Next" I got an error.

Enjoy!

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Weekend Baking

Canada: Proud Canadian

Macaroons
Macaroons
These are really good! Nice and soft, chewy and coconutty, and I dipped them in chocolate for good measure. :D
Chocolate Fudge Covered Marshmallows
Chocolate Fudge Covered Marshmallows
Oh my, these were heavenly. Soft marshmallows covered in buttery chocolate fudge. They do take 2 days to finish, so it's a lot of work, but well worth the effort. It makes about double the amount of marshmallow cream you need, so now I have some extra to use with ice cream or cake or something. The marshmallows were simple enough to make, just very sticky to work with. I can definitely see myself making just the marshmallows alone for hot chocolate, or the marshmallow cream to use on cakes. The fudge is very rich and not something we would normally eat often. But definitely a nice treat now and then.


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Tortillas

Canada: Proud Canadian
These tortillas are a little thicker than store bought ones. They make 6 inch rounds, but I rolled them even thinner than called for to get approximately 8 inch rounds. They roll up best when they are still warm, but not piping hot out of the pan. They are great for roll-ups, or even as a layered casserole. I made a beef roll-up type of dish with them and they turned out great, nice and soft and chewy after they soaked up my sauce in the oven. Delicious! I made a plain cheese and veggie one for my 1 year old daughter and she loved it!

This is the first recipe I tried and it worked out well. They are much easier to make than I had imagined. One day I will try tortillas again using a different recipe to see how it comapres in terms of texture and thickness. This was my first try and I don't want to say these are the best when there could be a better recipe out there. Next time I also might try experimenting with whole wheat and maybe seasonings.



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Let's make a deal, Canada!

Canada: Proud Canadian
Thanks so much to one of my Canadian friends, two_step, for the information on free stuff. I just had to pass it on to the rest of my Canadian LJ friends.

Futura Program - Do your everyday grocery shopping and get free money on select products (most of which you probably already buy) to put towards Retirement Savings, Education Savings, Student Loan Repayment, or Charitable Giving. Just save your UPC codes and shop at participating stores.

I think that has to be the coolest fucking thing I've ever heard. I'm just pissed off I didn't know about it before Serenity was born! All the Heinz and Pampers products I bought in the last year, man!

Every coupon clipping Canadian should also be aware of Save.ca. Select the coupons you want and they will be mailed to your house. I usually receive them in a matter of days. Very handy!

Blogs: I have come across a couple decent blogs that focus on free stuff, like coupons and samples, for Canadians. I have made syndicated feeds for 2 websites that I think stand out: cdn_free_stuff and smart_canucks. Now I can read their updates straight from my friends page and never miss an offer.

If you know of anymore websites or programs out there, please let me know and I will update this public entry for my Canadian readers.

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Canada: Proud Canadian
This ice cream is nice and light, closer to that "store bought" taste, but better. :) I've made vanilla ice cream before, but it started with a custard base which makes for a very rich and heavy ice cream. The custard based ice creams are good when you want something decadent, and in small portions. The ice cream is good at any time!

The original recipe makes 6 quarts. I halved it to fit my ice cream maker.



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Homemade Glazed Doughnuts

Canada: Proud Canadian
I got the urge to make doughnuts last night. I don't know what came over me. I've never made them before, but I just had to try. And OMG these were the BEST glazed doughnuts I've ever had. Ever. My husband thinks so too. I'm defintely filing this recipe away.


Homemade Glazed Doughnuts
Homemade Glazed Doughnuts



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prevent-it.ca Not for the faint of heart

Canada: Proud Canadian
I HATE the commercials these guys put out. They are so graphic. They make me cringe every time.

This is the most current one, or at least the one that always seems to be on:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=noFCekWiUGE

Another one:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0Haa4QImf40

Another:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=uniqmkPeaZ4

I hate this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf_LWq88H5I

One more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb22mvWavsc

You might be able to find more on their website, but I can only find creepy cartoon people.

::shudders::

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