Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Hello everyone!  I know its been a while.  Things have been a bit hectic as of late on the home-front.  My eldest has recently been diagnosed with Adhd and sensory issues.  Its been a bit of a challenge with adjusting to school but I am happy to say he is now in a specialized program that he is doing very well in :)  Happy boy = happy mama.    With everything going on it has brought a lot of ups and downs but one thing is certain I know we will all get through this rough patch.      

One thing i have been doing more of is spending more time with the boys.    And this year I am again part of Netflix #streamteam which means many more movie nights for us.   For me movies have always been comforting something to take me away from daily stresses.   I was so very excited to see that Netflix had released The Adventure of Puss and Boots!   The world’s greatest fighter, lover and milk connoisseur springs into action with comical tales that take him to exotic locations, filled with unforgettable characters. As Puss embarks on adventures that are the stuff of legend, nothing can stand in the way of this swashbuckling hero … except a hairball! Puss in Boots is a great example of an enduring and entertaining children’s tale based on a book.    

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The boys and I had such an amazing time watching it and eating some good old comfort food that reminded me of my childhood .   What you ask? Chocolate Zucchini Bread.   

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Just like Nana use to make
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Ingredients
  1. 2 small zucchini, unpeeled and grated
  2. 1 1/2 cups of all purpose or bread flour
  3. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  4. 2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 1 cup sugar
  9. 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 3/4 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease mini loaf pans, or loaf pan.
  3. Grate zucchini, squeeze out as much liquid as possible with a kitchen towel
  4. combine flour, cocoa, baking powder , salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  5. Cream sugar and but term add eggs one at a time, add vanilla until smooth.
  6. Stir in flour mixture 1/4 cup then stir in half of the milk, repeat until combined.
  7. Lastly stir in zucchini.
  8. Bake in centre of oven until a toothpick or knife inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean approx 40 mins/
  9. Let stand 10 mins then move to a rack to cool
Notes
  1. Enjoy!
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Holiday Entertaining made easy : Mimosas and Honey, Pecan Oats

Holidays mean many visitors.  And when all the hustle and bustle is done brunch may be in your near future.   Now I have to admit I am a huge fan of Mimosa’s I mean who isn’t really.  The folks over at town hall provided me with a bottle of Summerhill Cipes Brut which won “Sparkling Wine of the Year” 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships.  Now if that doesn’t peak your interest this should.   Cipes Brut is a beautiful Riesling and Chardonnay based traditional method sparkling wine with aromas of apple, lime, pear, almonds and grapefruit. On the palate Cipes Brut exhibits crisp acidity, a soft, creamy mousse, and a long finish.  Delicious!   This wine was the perfect choice for some amazing mimosas and the oatmeal was a perfect pairing.   Like what you see share on twitter and Facebook ” Brunch made easy #BCWine @shaunna13 @summerhillwine http://wp.me/p3QhWf-ma ”

 

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Honey / Pecan Oatmeal
A perfect brunch idea for you and your family. Even better when paired with Mimosa's
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup honey
  2. 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  3. 2 tbsp cinnamon
  4. 2 tsp cardamom
  5. 1/4 cup raisons
  6. 1/2 cup of steel cut oats
  7. 1 orange pieced into segments
  8. 1/2 cup pecans
  9. Mimosa's
  10. Orange juice
  11. sparkling white wine or champagne
  12. triple sec
Instructions
  1. combine honey, almond milk, cinnamon, cardamom and oats into pot cook on medium low until desired consistency. Add raisons in the last few minutes of cooking.
  2. Top with pecans and oranges. Enjoy!
  3. Mimosa's
  4. fill 1/2 champagne flute with wine and orange juice
  5. float triple sec.
  6. top with raspberry or a slice of orange
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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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