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My Christmas Dinner. Booyah.

I love to cook! And it’s not often I get to cook a big, gigantic meal and I haven’t done this for a while, so I’m very excited. Also because it’s the first time Dustin & I are hosting Christmas supper, and on Christmas day! THAT’S A BIG DEAL.

This is going to take a few double rye’s.



Turkey with Bacon Sage Stuffing

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Meat Pie (or French Canadian Tourtiere, if you want to be fancy!)

Roasted Lemon Garlic Broccoli with Parmesean

Whipped Potatoes

Flaky Buns (Pillsbury- carbs in a tube!)

Cranberry Sauce

Salad my mom and sister are bringing

Cabbage rolls my Aunt is bringing

Apple + Lemon Merengue Pie (From the frozen foods section. Sue me.)


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The REAL Blair Witch House.

The directions were wrong. When you first assemble the house, the box stated to “Hold in place for 10 minutes.” Obviously they meant an HOUR, because that’s how long it took after it caved in twice and chunks of the roof fell off and I had to prop it up with books. The pictures resemble nothing of what sits on my dining room table. It’s like a creepy, abandoned farmhouse with half the roof gone, with gumdrops. Its the Blair Witch Gingerbread House.

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Chicken Parmesan with Pasta. Get out your Carb Lovin’ Sweatpants Again.

This is probably the most complex recipes I have attempted thus far.

A few years ago my mother compiled a family recipe book for all the girls in the family. (I know, she is totally sexist!)

This recipe was submitted by Holly, my cousin’s wife. I remember looking at it when I first got the recipe book and thinking “^((^%&@ Stars Batman, that’s alot of work!”

And it isn’t really. And it’s beyond amazing. Seriously. I could eat this every night. And it was the first time I ever made a really yummy homemade pasta sauce.


For the Tomato Sauce:

2 cans 798ml tomatoes
1 carrot
1/2 stalk celery
1/2 white onion
2 cloves garlic
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 tsp. each oregano, basil, salt & pepper
1/2 red or green pepper
1 jalapeno (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil

Finely chop onion, and in medium-sized pot, saute in olive oil for 5 min until lightly browned. Puree all other ingredients other than the onion and olive oil in blender. Add pureed ingredients to onions in pot and boil over medium heat, adding 1/4 cup olive oil. Continue to boil 10-20 min over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce and cover, allowing to simmer.

Making the Chicken Parmesan:

Chicken breasts (as many as you want)
eggs (1 for every 2 chicken breasts)
flour (to coat)
fine or medium bread crumbs (I just used crushed soup crackers!)
fine grated parmesan (about  1 tsp  for every chicken breast)
oregano and basil (1/8 tsp for every chicken breast)
tomato sauce (see above recipe)
grated mozzarella

On a cutting board, place chicken breast between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Using flat side of a meat tenderizer, gently beat each piece of chicken a bit being careful to keep it in one piece.
Place flour, egg and breadcrumbs in 3 separate bowls. Combine parmesan, oregano and basil with the bread crumb mixture.
Coat chicken breasts thoroughly in flour, then egg, then crumbs. Melt butter in pan on medium/low heat. Fry chicken in butter, adding more butter as necessary. 4 minutes each side (flipping twice) or until nicely browned with no pink remaining.
Preheat oven to 275F and place cooked chicken breasts in oven safe tray. Spoon tomato sauce over each breasts and top with grated cheese. Bake in oven until cheese is melted. Cook with your favourite pasts and serve with chicken on top of pasta with remaining tomato sauce.



I didn’t even get a photo of the plated result because I was too starving and excited to eat. But it looked delish and tasted 5437987654X better.



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Strangers & Mint

People are weird.
I’m trying to shop today, browsing in the office supplies aisle looking at recycled paper when a man in his fifties rounds the corner, sees Lillienne, and starts talking to her.
“Well, Hello! You have a book! Is it a good book?”
Lillienne is obviously stunned and I’m trying to figure out if I know this person or not. Nope.
“Yeah ha hah…” I said, or something like that, and pulled my cart with my child it in closer.
Later in the checkout line, the woman behinds me is having a full on conversation with Lillienne – one-sided of course because at this point Lillienne is looking from me to the woman with an expression that says “Who the frig is this?”  And then you have to be polite and small talk with someone while you buy a pepperoni stick for lunch.
And some people go right up to my child and touch her hair. Or her cheek.  Not cool. I don’t know you, don’t touch my child, sorry. Unless you ask me. Or buy me a Tim Horton’s first.
Note of interest: Tim Hortons has flavour shots. Am I the only one who is just finding out, or is this a new thing? Because it’s changed my life, people. Cafe Mocha? Boooring. Cafe Mocha with a MINT flavour shot? HAPPY BITHDAY!

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