Mulled Wine : Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

 

Mulled Wine: Holiday Entertaining Made Easy 

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One thing i have always enjoyed about Christmas is having company over and enjoying a glass of wine.  This week I thought I would do something a little different.  What better way to add a little warmth to your holiday party with mulled wine.  Simple and delicious this beverage will warm everyone up this holiday season.   Now the people over at Town Hall Brands sent me over a bottle of Serendipity Red Handed to give a try, i have to tell you this is now one of my favourite wines.   A well-balanced wine with a long chocolate finish. This wine has strong smells of vanilla, mocha and a toffee type of caramel. Fruit notes of plum, cherry, blueberry and strawberry round out your taste.  Now not only is it delicious but its a BC Wine that’s extremely affordable, you just can’t go wrong with this one. 

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Mulled Wine for the holidays with #BCWine @shaunna13 @Winespiration recipe here: http://wp.me/p3QhWf-m1

 

Mulled Wine
A great way to warm up this holiday season
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup brandy
  2. 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  3. 1/4 cup honey
  4. 2 cinnamon sticks
  5. 1 medium lemon sliced
  6. 1 medium orange sliced
  7. orange zest
  8. 2 tsp of fresh grated ginger
  9. 4 whole cloves
  10. 1/2 tsp allspice
  11. 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  12. Combine ingredients and cook on low in crock pot for 4 hours .. serve warm with a cinnamon stick
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot
  2. let simmer for an hour on low
  3. serve warm
  4. garnish with cinnamon stick
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Holiday Entertaining Made Easy: Chicken, Mushrooms and Leeks in White Wine Sauce

The Holiday season is such a wonderful time of the year filled with friends and family.  Having people over or going out to holiday party’s seem to be the norm at my home during this time of year so having something easy and delicious to make is so important. This year I have teamed up with Town Hall Brands to bring you some fantastic holiday entertaining meal ideas.  What better then something that will wow your guests then Chicken, Mushrooms and Leeks in white wine sauce.  For this recipe I chose Mt Boucherie Winerys Pinot Gris.  I am a huge fan of BC wines and this one did not disappoint.  Fruit forward with aromas of fresh pears, apple and melon followed by a hint of citrus and honey on the palate it complimented the meal nicely. ( I may or may have not had a glass while cooking which I highly recommend  ) 

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Like what you see share with your friends and family on twitter and Facebook. “Chicken with Leeks from @Shaunna13 is perfect with #BCWine @mtboucheriewine Pinot Gris. Full recipe here: http://ow.ly/FoJ7d 

 

Chicken, Mushrooms and Leeks in White Wine Sauce
Cooking with wine is easier then you think.
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Ingredients
  1. (2 oz) butter or coconut oil
  2. 2 sliced leeks
  3. 1/2 cup mushrooms
  4. salt and pepper
  5. 1/2 cup - 1 cup white wine (Mt Boucherie Winerys Pinot Gris)
  6. 1/2 cup chicken stock
  7. 1/2 cup of cream
  8. 2 tbsp lime juice
  9. 2 tbsp flour or corn starch
  10. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Sear chicken breasts in a large pan cook for approx 10 mins
  2. Add the wine and stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Turn chicken over during cooking process.
  3. Add leeks and mushrooms
  4. When chicken is cooked remove chicken, leeks and mushrooms from pan set aside
  5. Boil the cooking liquid until it is reduced by half.
  6. Stir the cream into the cooking liquid and boil until reduced by about half again.
  7. Whisk in flour or corn starch to thicken
  8. Stir in the lime juice and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Top chicken with white wine sauce and enjoy!
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Ladies getaway: My #Escape2Victoria

Ladies Getaway: My #Escape2Victoria 

Vacations are far and few between for this lady but I finally got to experience a little R&R a couple of weeks ago with the lovely Eschelle of Mumfection.   

When was your last getaway?

 

We hopped on the ferry to Victoria and headed to the amazing Hotel Grand Pacific.   It was a fantastic trip over to the island beautiful scenery and company.    We decided to go carless on this trip and I have to admit it was the best choice we could have made.  Walking on to the ferry made for no waits and the coach dropped us off two blocks from the hotel. 

We finally arrived at the hotel and were warmly greeted by the staff  and received our room keys.  I was famished so we headed up to our room to get ready to grab a cocktail and a late dinner.

If you followed our travels you know how excited we were with our room.  It was stunning, with two queen beds, a sitting room and as Eschelle exclaimed not one but two balconies!  Below is a short video I took of the room when we arrived. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Beautiful right? 

Not only was the room stunning but our view.  It was amazing to wake up every day and look out at the harbour and the parliament buildings.

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 After getting ready we headed down to the Pacific Lounge for some cocktails and dinner.  We planned our next days over a delicious meal and then headed off to bed for the best sleep of our lives.  6 pillows enough said.  

 

 

 

 

  Stay tuned for more of our #Escape2Victoria

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Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Goat Cheese and Rosemary Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

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Sometimes the best meals are the simplest.  My boys don’t always eat their meals so I thought I would incorporate something that they love into dinner.  And the result was perfection.   

Goat Cheese and Rosemary Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Sometimes the simplest meals are the best. Goat Cheese and Rosemary Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pork tenderloin
  2. 1/2 cup goat cheese
  3. 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  4. 1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  5. salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Slice down the centre of your pork tenderloin about half way
  3. season with salt and pepper
  4. Stuff with goat cheese and a some rosemary leaves
  5. Lay the rest of the sprigs of rosemary on top of your pork
  6. sprinkle thyme leaves on top
  7. take a few toothpicks and place in pork to close the top
  8. Cover with foil and cook for about 35 mins
  9. Uncover and cook for another 10-15 mins or until done
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Crock Pot Orange Cranberry Chicken

Crock Pot Orange Cranberry Chicken

 

This chicken is pretty fantastic if I do say so myself.  Two of my favourite flavours orange and cranberry make for a wonderful combination. 

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Crock Pot Orange Cranberry Chicken
Moist and delicious
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Ingredients
  1. 5 boneless chicken breasts
  2. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  3. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  4. 2 tsp ground ginger or fresh grated ginger
  5. 1 tbsp orange zest
  6. salt/pepper
  7. 1 onion chopped
  8. 2 cloves of garlic
  9. 1 cup whole cranberries
  10. 1/2 cup orange juice
  11. 3 tablespoons maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine spices rub on chicken
  2. place chicken breasts in slow cooker
  3. add onion and garlic
  4. add orange juice, cranberries ,maple syrup and top with orange zest
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs
Notes
  1. After chicken is done remove from crock pot
  2. add a 2 tbsp of flour with water and mix with liquid until thick.
  3. Serve as a sauce over your chicken
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My Kids Said What?

Having children can be interesting. Sometimes you just have to laugh or shake your head.   Here are a few things I have caught my boys saying. 

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My Kids Said What?

 

1:    5yr old: Hey mom I kapluted.   Me: you what?  5yr old: I Kapluted!  Me: what is that 5 yr old: I didn’t quite fart  Me: ummm Ok?  

2:  At the dinner table. 

 5yr old: Mom I’m full.   Me: your full already  5yr old: Well my food section is full, my milk section isn’t.

3:  3yr old walks up to me and whips IT out.

  3yr old: My penis is big and its bigger.  Me: thats great put it away.  ( sigh boys )

4: 5yr old chewing on the end of a string.  

  Me: oh your the one who’s been chewing on that  5yr old: yup I’m a ninja, ninja Nathaniel.   Me: Oh I didn’t know you were.  5yr old: Yes I ate a Ninja.  Me: You ate a Ninja?  5yr old: Yes, that is how you become a Ninja.  

5:  3yr old while we are walking

3yr old: What is that?   Dad: That is my chest, Austin.  3yr old: I have breasts too. 

6:  While Mommy was watching Burlesque

5yr old: Mom i don’t like how they are dancing, they are wiggling their bums. Ewwwwwwww.  I’m going to my room.

7. While having a playdate

5yr old:  Mom, Max said a bad word.  He said what the F***.   Me: Nathaniel we don’t say that word.   5yr old: I’m not saying it, I’m just telling you what he said.

My #Escape2Victoria

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#Escape2Victoria

I have some exciting news to share with you all.   Eschelle From over at Mumfection and I are heading over to Victoria from Oct 14th-16th for a ladies getaway!!  We will be staying at the beautiful Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria who has graciously said they would host us. 

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  The Hotel Grand Pacific is the perfect place for our #Escape2Victoria.   I honestly I couldn’t think of a better place for a getaway that is much-needed by both of us. Facing the Inner Harbour and adjacent to the Legislature, the Hotel Grand Pacific is 2 blocks from the downtown restaurant and shopping scene and 5 blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf, a working harbour surrounded by an array of food kiosks, unique shops and ecotour adventures.

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The Perfect Getaway

Not only am I excited to get a bit of girl time but I so excited about this hotel. 

1: The Rooms

They are stunning!  We will be staying in a pacific room and suite.  A private balcony a breathtaking view of the Inner Harbour, and a sitting room perfect for a late night chat over a bottle of wine.   Perfection! 

2: The Food  

Where to begin.  The Hotel Grand Pacific,
has unique dining experiences– one for every appetite and mood.  For casual fare featuring local, seasonal ingredients The Hotel Grand Pacific is a destination spot.  Four different dining experiences

The Pacific Restaurant & Terrace is a popular choice, especially for outdoor dining in the sun. 

The Pacific Lounge.  For West Coast casual fare, cozy cocktails, light lunches. Sit at the bar or grab a lounge chair and table and dive into a wide selection of spirits, scotch, wine, beer and more.

The Mark.  This Victoria private dining room boasts exclusive privacy and award winning service. The menu offers dynamically styled cuisine locally influenced by Vancouver Island and the Pacific Northwest.

The Courtyard Cafe. Organic free-trade specialty coffees and teas, house made baked goods, fresh paninis and more–The Courtyard Café is a great spot for grab-and-go sustenance throughout the day.

 The menus are extensive and I can’t wait to try as much as I can! 

3: West Coast Afternoon Tea

  Their afternoon tea pairs Asian influences with local, sustainable ingredients.  Their tea program is heavily influenced by Asian culture, consisting of a custom mix of single-estate teas and blends.  Their Teas are curated in the same way that a sommelier chooses a wine list, and they work very closely with Silk Road Tea Company’s resident Tea master Daniela Cubelic on both the selection and the presentation.  It sounds like it will be heavenly so excited.

4: Cocktails  

How could I not mention their cocktails.  The hotel has numerous tea sodas and cocktails. One worth mentioning is their Sunday Breakfast cocktail.  The Bacon Tea Cocktail  it combines bourbon with maple syrup infused with Silk Road Lapsang Souchong tea and muddled basil topped with a crispy bacon garnish.  You had me at Bacon!

5: Eco Friendly

It is the first full-service hotel in Victoria to receive a rating of “Four Green Keys” by the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program, First hotel in Victoria to install eight solar panels on its roof as part of a thermal water-heating system, AND First hotel in Canada to launch an EcoFit program.

And I haven’t even mentioned their spa services! Now if this isn’t enough to get a girl excited I don’t know what is.   We will be leaving on October the 14th for our #Escape2Victoria be sure to follow our hashtag to join us on our adventure. 

 

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