Category: Food

Suzy Q Doughnuts

9 March, 2012 (11:39) | Food | By: beachmama

Oh my another food post and it is so much the opposite of the last one!  This one is all about Doughnuts. Yummy, delicious doughnuts. It all started two weeks ago, actually I think we were at Blissdom when we saw the tweet with the Maple Bacon doughnut, then a few more people were talking about stopping at Suzy Q’s for doughnuts.  And then my friend Justin, who tweeted that first Maple Bacon, and I were going to meet for coffee, so I said, “Hey let’s grab some donuts first!” “Big mistake, big, huge” ~ Pretty Woman

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I saved my calories all week, leading up to Thursday. Because Suzy Q’s is only open Thursday to Sunday, so I had to gear up for it.  Then, lovely person that I am, I waited until the whole family was here to share them.  I didn’t even cheat before they all got home for supper.  I even made them finish their lasagna first. Then we opened the box (well I had opened it earlier so I could snap these photos, but I put them all back and didn’t lick my fingers, knowing that would lead to an empty box).
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Oh My!  It was a fight. We had two Froot Loop, Two Coconut (good thing Dad wasn’t here) one Sugar and one Maple Bacon. And four of us, forget the eldest he was at work, his loss (kidding we saved him some). So we did what any parent, who also wanted to taste all of them, would do we cut them in halves and shared. We all loved the Froot Loop and Coconut. We were a little iffy on the Maple Bacon, but I am thinking if we had had it fresh at breakfast with coffee, it would have been a whole different story.  And the sugar one, was divine. Just the right amount of sugar to coat a very simple doughnut.
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I forgot what truly fresh baked doughnuts tasted like, not the ones you get at coffee shops but true honest to goodness doughnuts, ones I remember from when I was a kid. Delicious.  So if you are in town, be sure to make a date to stop in at Suzy Q’s and grab some doughnuts they are divine and I am just glad they are not within walking distance because I would be in big trouble.
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*On a fun sidenote, Suzy Q’s is actually located right across the street from a house I lived in back when I was 19/20! Back then there were no funky coffee shops, just car lots and garages. It is so fun to see that neighbourhood changed and growing since I lived there… some… twent… few.. years ago.

Our Favorite Pumpkin Bread

7 November, 2011 (15:26) | Food, Recipes | By: beachmama

Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures, it is still Fall. And Fall usually means all things pumpkin around here. I realized yesterday that I hadn’t made some Pumpkin Bread yet, so I had to remedy the situation. With a little help from Apple, we were knee deep in Pumpkin Bread and thankfully she loves it too!

Here is a quick and easy recipe for Pumpkin Bread, best enjoyed with a hot coffee or tea and while enjoying a bit of Fall sunshine.

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Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground ginger or cloves (I add both!!)

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs

1/3 cup shortening

1 cup all purpose flour

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Directions:

  1. Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl (or the bowl of your mixer) combine 1c. flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Once combined add pumpkin, mild, eggs and shortening. Beat with mixer on low speed until fully blended. Add the other 1 cup of flour; beat until blended.
  3. Pour batter into pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 60 – 65 minutes.  Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, remove loaf from pan.
  4. Enjoy with or without butter :)

Notes: I normally make a double batch at once in my Kitchen Aid mixer. If you don’t have a large mixer, I would do it one at a time. I usually buy the large can of pumpkin which makes two and a bit loaves, so if you have room in your freezer, and think it will actually last long enough in there, go for it!  Another note, if you like walnuts and raisins both can be added to this recipe and make for a delightful addition. I do use the walnuts once in a while, and raisins if I want Hubby to love it. But to send to school for a snack I keep all the nuts away and just send it with a little butter and an extra heaping of love.

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Chicken Wellington Recipe

2 September, 2011 (12:43) | Food, Recipes | By: beachmama

During a recent Twitter party, I got chatting with a new follower about a Chicken Wellington Recipe that is a family favorite. She was wondering how easy it was to make since she is always looking for new recipes to try.  I knew I was making it last night for my Mom’s 65th Birthday, so why not blog the recipe so others can enjoy as well.

The first time is always the hardest with any recipe, but honestly it really is super easy and impresses people makes you look like you slaved all day long. My Mom has been making this recipe for many years so I don’t know where it came from, some fabulous magazine no doubt.

Chicken Wellington

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And I had to pick up this wine for supper, I had no idea what it tasted like, but somehow it called out to me from the shelves.  In the end it was quite nice, a Rosé from South Africa. Refreshing on a warm day.
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Ingredients (makes 16 according to recipe, however I seem to only get 8 and some for the kids, I must use large Chicken breasts)

  • 8 Boneless skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2c dry white wine
  • 2tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 lb mushrooms, very finely chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/4 c butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 packages (two whole boxes) frozen puffed pastry
  • Bearnaise Sauce

Directions:

  1. Place chicken breasts in a large cake pan or jelly roll pan. Season with salt and pepper, pour white wine and oil to pan. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until chickent is firm to touch. Allow chicken to cool or at the very least rest in on a paper towel before wrapping for a few minutes.
  2. While the chicken is cooking sauté chopped mushrooms and onion in butter  until soft, in a large skillet. Season with salt. Let cool for a few minutes.

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3. Thaw frozen puff pastry. Roll out pastry into long rectangles (I get four rectangles per box) using flour if needed.
4. Place one piece of chicken on the rectangle of pastry, spoon some mushroom mixture on top, wrap the pastry over the chicken and seal with a fork.

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5.When all chicken breasts are wrapped, place on a large cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 375 for 40 minutes.
6.Serve with Bearnaise Sauce and Wild Rice.

Wild Rice Almondine

Follow directions on your box of Wild Rice. When the rice is ready stir in sautéd onions and sliced almonds with a 1/4 c of white wine. Let simmer until wine has evaporated and serve.

Always follow with a fabulous dessert, preferably birthday cake, but any dessert will do.

Happy Birthday Mom!!
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Well Hello There Old Friend

27 May, 2011 (12:30) | About Me, Fitness, Food, Summer | By: beachmama

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After struggling for way too long to lose the last ten pounds after Apple was born, I am happy to announce…

They are gone.

They have been gone for a few days now but I really didn’t want to believe it until today.  Today I am wearing pants I haven’t worn in five years and I unearthed a box of my favorite summer clothes.  In it I was able to dig out five skirts, four pairs of pants and three shorts.  All of which haven’t seen a summers day in five years, minimum.

As overjoyed as I am I am not stopping here.  I still have another box of cute summer dresses that require at least five more pounds, if not seven to be gone from this body and I am determined to bring them on our summer holidays this year so I will keep on doing what I am doing in the hopes that I will get to unearth those other favorites. It hasn’t been easy for sure, but I am confident that I can keep on going. I will let you know when I get there.

Lunch

1 February, 2011 (14:58) | Food, Meal Planning, Photography | By: beachmama

Lunch

Since Apple is a huge fan of Cream of Mushroom soup it would seem that was all we were eating for lunch for a very long time. The last few weeks, however, I have been cutting back on carbs and trying to introduce new fun things for lunch and dinner.  Last week I made two meals that I have never made before, Chili and Pad Thai Chicken.  The Chili was a huge hit and Hubby liked the Pad Thai, but I could have done without.

This week I have now introduced another two things, one is Steel Cut Oatmeal for breakfast. Some of the ladies on Twitter were talking about making it in their crock pot last week, so I set it up last night and the Oatmeal was ready when I woke up this morning. A little stuck to the bottom of the pot but I think either I needed a tad bit more water or I needed to stay up an hour later. Either way it was a delicious way to start the morning.

Today, I decided that Apple and I were not going to have Cream of Mushroom soup but Avacado sandwiches made with fresh mulit-grain bread from the bakery.  Apple wanted hers in a bowl instead of as a sandwich so I thought I would join her too.  I am happy that she loves Avacado so much as it is really so good for you.

Now for the rest of the week.  Meal planning continues, last night was fettucini with home made meat sauce and garlic toast.

Tonight is swimming, so it is usually light fare: Pork Tenderloin with rice

Wednesday: Irish Stew

Thursday: Mandarin Chicken

Friday: Homemade Pizza

And hopefully, I will get to add a few more fun things in there for lunch as well.

Snacktime

13 October, 2010 (16:02) | Food, Health | By: beachmama

In the effort to shake things up here chez BeachMama, I have started increasing the fresh fruit we serve. I find quite often, I buy the fruit and nobody eats it. Today when I was at Ikea I saw these pretty blue dishes and I could just see the fruit sitting in them begging to be photographed then eaten.

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No sooner did I have the fruit in the dishes that the kids were asking me for them. Apparently it appeals to children to have fruit in a pretty bowl as well. They have each polished off a bowl of grapes and are now working on the strawberries.

Strawberries! Here’s hoping that we can continue this much healthier snack trend. Next attempt, veggies!
Any tips or suggestions on how you get your kids to eat fruits and vegetables would be much appreciated.

A Random Act of Cupcakes

13 August, 2010 (15:28) | Food, Kindness, Photography, Randomness, Thank You | By: beachmama

I was hit!

I have known Cupcake Cowgrrl for a few years now, we have met on occasion but mostly we have connected through blogging. Through our love of being crafty, baking and photography.  I have to say that Cupcake Cowgrrl surpasses me on all levels, but if we had met when I had no kids and lots of free time, I would like to think that we would have been fast friends.  Hanging out at a pub, enjoying a beer and talking about our next crafty project.

I have watched Cupcake Cowgrrl bake for a few years now, admired all the cupcakes she has displayed on her blog and even tried a few icing recipes. But, I had never tasted one of her cupcakes, just admired from afar and hoped that one day I would get the chance to taste one.

Then on Monday Cupcake Cowgrrl was tweeting about having the fixings for some lavender infused blackberry cupcakes.   Or something to that effect.  I told her she was free to drop some off for me, totally joking of course.  Well she decided that I should be hit with her Random Act of Cupcakes and delivered a sweet box of deliciousness right to my door.

The Random Act of Cupcakes started at the beginning of the summer, I think and she has been spreading her love of cupcakes and baking around for others to enjoy. I was so thankful to be a recipient.  Believe me when I say, they are so much tastier than they look.  These are just photos, but honestly they are like little bites of Heaven and I am so thankful that I was hit

Thank you Cupcake Cowgrrl!

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After Vacation with a Giveaway

26 July, 2010 (21:38) | Blog Tour, Food, Giveaway, The Beach | By: beachmama

Not sure about all of you, but when we go on vacation we not only enjoy our favorite beach and the wonderful ocean, but we also enjoy all our favorite treats.  And by treats I mean we had two weeks of all our favorite foods and then some.  We ate pizza, ice cream, frozen yogurt, beer, french fries, chocolate, chips … and the list could go on and on and on…

I also realized this year that when you walk with small children that aren’t in a stroller you don’t burn off as many calories as you do when you can walk as fast as you want.  Apparently our years of walking the boards fast and burning off all our treats are gone for now.

When we returned home, I was not happy with myself at all.  I hate to admit it, but I was feeling a little chubby and after working so hard all Spring to decrease the chub I was pretty mad. The good news is that I had been chosen to participate in the Mom Central Under-Way blog tour.  Mom Central seems to know what I need when I need it and a week after coming home from the beach a box arrived at the door.

In it were samples of the underWAY supplement drink.  I was quite excited to try these out as they are infused with HeroFiber and heart-healthy vitamins, works naturally to suppress your appetite and quench your thirst. And boy did I need help suppressing my appetite.  In two short weeks I became very accustom to extra snacks, well extra, ha,  I snacked pretty much all day long. underWay is great!  I received four bottles of grape and four of acai-pomegranate and you wouldn’t know by taste that they were healthy supplement drinks. At just 20 calories per bottle I didn’t mind having a bottle in between my glasses of water.  And since they are great for rehydration I made sure to have one after my run.

Here are a few extra benefits of underWay drinks:

  • there are no preservatives, sodium or caffeine
  • one serving delivers almost a third of your daily recommended intake of fibre
  • only has 10 calories and 2 grams of carbs per 8oz serving (each bottle is two servings)

In addition to the eight bottles of underWay, I also received a case of samples of Smart for Life products.  There were cookies, cupcakes, crunch, cereal, soup, bagels and shakes.  And WOW!  I was only asked to try the product and let you know what I thought.   But, I went one step further.  In my case I had enough product for five days of the Smart for Life Cookie Diet so I decided to give it a try and see what the results would be. In five days I lost 7lbs.

Now, I know that a couple (ok three) of those pounds were from the beach but the other four were ones that I wanted gone before I left for the beach. But, that was enough for me to tell that it is certainly worth a try.  In addition to losing 7lbs, I felt fantastic.  I chose to not be too strict on myself for my dinners, so I ate the Smart for Life products (with lots of water) all day long as directed then I ate dinner with the family.  I tried not to eat many carbs but didn’t make it super strict. Fabulous.  The cookies and cupcakes were great, they are moist and tasty and I was totally surprised.  So surprised that I went to Costco on Saturday and bought a case of cookies and a case of drinks so I could keep it up for the next week and see what happened.  Either way they are a great meal replacement or low-calorie dessert at only 90 calories for a cookie or muffin.

And as an added bonus, I get to give TEN of my readers a case, courtesy of Mom Central,  just like the one I received (which apparently I forgot to take a picture of) so you too could try out underWAY and Smart for Life.  All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me why you would like to try underWAY or Smart for Life products and you will be entered to win. Contest open to Canadian residents only (sorry to my friends from the South).Readers may enter the contest on multiple blogs but are only eligible to win once as part of the underWAY blog tour contest. Contest closes August 4th.

Disclosure – I am participating in the underWAY program by Mom Central on behalf of Better Health Beverage, LLC. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Apple Dip

29 April, 2010 (20:41) | Food, Photography, Recipes | By: beachmama

Apple Dip

1 pkg Cream Cheese

1/4c Brown Sugar

1/2c Powdered Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

Crushed Scor Pieces

Mix together first four ingredients with a hand blender. Stir in Skor pieces.

I made this last night for Book Club and it was such a hit that I thought I would share it with you all.  Enjoy!

Chocolat

15 February, 2010 (21:49) | Field Trips, Food, Yummy Mummy Club | By: beachmama

With all the running around we had last week, playing hooky and enjoying fun with cousins things around here seem pretty quiet today.  Except of course for the cough J has and the ringing in my ears that I may have to see the Doctor about tomorrow.

I just couldn’t go another day without sharing my chocolate adventure with you.  On Saturday night, I was pleased to be one of the Yummy Mummy’s that was able to attend a Chocolate Demonstration at Le Cordon Bleu  on Laurier. I was finally able to meet Loukia and Rebecca in real life and they are both just as sweet as I imagined them to be, it seems like we have known each other forever yet only just met. I was too sick to attend many of the other events that were going on, but there was no way I was going to miss this.  And we did make it to Snowflake Kingdom on Sunday, only running into two other Yummy Mummy’s.

But, Saturday afternoon, it was all about the chocolate.

I would like to introduce you to Chef Christian Faure MOF.  He is an exquisite demonstrator.  He was fun and willing to share his secrets on making chocolates.  I have to admit that I used to make chocolates, but I would make the ganache and then dip them.  This was all about the mold and WOW! If I can send the children out to their Grandma’s for an afternoon  I will make some of these up.  Although I guess if I am prepared properly I could do it during a naptime, but I think that the kids would be wanting all the chocolate. I have always wanted to attend classes at Le Cordon Bleu and after just this one demonstration, I am sure I will be asking for classes as gifts for the next few birthdays and Christmases.

Chef Christian started with this…

Some of the finest chocolate, good just like this if you want, but wait until you add a little of this…

This is a caramel filling.  There was also Pistachio Cream and Ice Wine Ganache. And may I say, they were divine.  Chef Christian also showed us how to make a flower and some bowls with some very simple techniques.  And if I had only known it was this simple, I would have done it a long time ago.

Now excuse me while I go help Hubby fix the treadmill, I am going to be needing it very soon.