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Well, you may have noticed that it has been a while since I posted on here.  I totally have a legitimate excuse.  Our little family of two has become a family of 3!  Since our little lady arrived cooking has become more of chore than it was before – even when I was pregnant the idea of coming up with original recipes (and taking pictures and writing them out) for this blog just seemed like too much work.  When the little lady was a newborn we were living off of soups and stews that I froze before her birthday, now that’s she is eating solid food my time is spent making separate meals for her.  But, I miss blogging – I miss sharing about food – having conversations about good food, good cookbooks and good recipes so I want to continue working on this blog.  I don’t think I’ll be posting many original recipes on here but I will post about food related events, cookbook reviews, and maybe even some restaurant reviews sometime soon too.  Looking forward to getting back into the blogging world.  Cheers!

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Holiday celebrations

Mike and I celebrated the holidays in BC this year. Spending time with Mike’s family is always a lot of fun – we eat lots of chocolate, Mike’s mom makes us eggnog and we open our presents Christmas eve!  Mike’s hometown, Creston, is in the interior of the province and is a bit isolated.  So, while resting and relaxing we took full advantage of the local craft brewing scene.  We tried a few breweries and a couple of wineries

  1. Nelson brewing company – we tried the After dark and the Blackheart Oatmeal stout.  Usually I am not a fan of dark beers but these were pretty sweet.  Plus they were made with organic ingredients!
  2. Fernie brewing company – we tried their Sap Sucker – maple porter and their What the huck – huckleberry wheat.  The huckleberry wheat was too sweet for my taste but the maple porter hit all the right notes.
  3. Dead frog brewery – from Vancouver but we couldn’t resist the name Christmas Beeracle – it was pretty tasty.

We also tried some wine from two local wineries:  Skimmerhorn winery and Ballie-Grohman winery –both were amazing.

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Because of the holidays, I took a break from blogging so this thank you is long overdue.  Before traveling to visit family I received some amazing cookies from Claire at Thought provoked creation as part of the cookie exchange.  They were chocolatey and came in this cute frosty tin!  Claire – thank you so much for sending your cookies across the country to me!  They were really good!  (Sorry I didn’t get a better picture before I ate them all.)

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Work has been super stressful lately, but luckily for me I keep getting amazing packages of cookies in the mail from some wonderful bloggers!  Yesterday, after a long day of testing software I walked down to the post office with Mike and was handed a package from Heather @ New House, New Home, New Life!  She sent me delicious cinnamon cookies in the most beautiful package.  They even came with a lovely homemade card!  Again, I can’t tell you too much about the cookies because all the Cookie Exchangers will be blogging their recipes on December 12 but if you check back then I’ll link to Heather’s recipe.

Beautiful star shaped cinnamon cookies!

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This week was very stressful for me and I had a long day yesterday.  So, when I got home and Mike handed me a package from Canada Post it not only put me in a good mood but it also brightened my week!  Thanks to Eri @ It all tastes Greek to me I received a dozen delicious cookies.  As soon as I opened the box, my kitchen smelled amazing – I can’t tell you too much about the cookies because all the Cookie Exchangers will be blogging their recipes on December 12 (so check back then and I’ll link to Eri’s recipe).  But, I just wanted to send out a big thank you for kicking off the holiday season with a great start!

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Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2011

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011

So I just signed up for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2011.  I’m excited because now I have an excuse to bake a bunch of cookies before the holidays to “try out my recipes.”  I have one go-to recipe that I think will hold up in the mail and I will be brainstorming over the next couple of weeks for other recipes.  Plus, I will need to go shopping for pretty packing materials to send off my cookies – how exciting is that?!?

Do you have a cookie recipe that you want to share?  Want to join me in cookie swap?  Find more information about it here:  Love and Olive Oil Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2011.

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Bon Jovi’s Community Restaurant

I saw this story in a lot of places last week but I think it is really interesting so I wanted to share it with you too.  Jon Bon Jovi’s charitable foundation has opened a new restaurant in New Jersey called the Soul Kitchen.  The concept is simple and refreshing in the age of celebrity restaurants that charge an arm and leg for a meal.  Basically, the restaurant serves regional, organic cuisine with a pay-what-you-can pricing model.  I love this idea – so many people think organic meals are too expensive or that eating out means that they need to eat fast food to be able to afford it.  The idea that a community can come together to share a meal is such a positive one that I hope we see more of these restaurants in near future.

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