Ashleigh F

Clementine & Thyme Gin Cocktail (Vermont-Inspired)

 

Clementine and Thyme Gin Cocktail

Ahhhh….Vermont. It never gets old. For such a tiny state, it’s amazing how much Vermont has to offer. Countless outdoor adventuring opportunities, a food and drink scene in Burlington (and elsewhere in VT) that rivals cities ten or twenty times its size, culture, history, you name it. We just took our fourth trip up there  (in less than 16 months – eek!) and this time hit the ski area of Jay Peak (more on that another day) and then spent the tail end of our trip in Burlington and ate our way through the city. Read More

Glamping….in January…with kids

glamping with kids

Camping – or, should I say, looking at pictures of tents and campers on Pinterest – has become my daughter’s obsession lately. After her bedtime story, she begs to look at pictures of tents, camper renovations and pretty campsites on my phone. I have to admit, I’ve gotten pretty into it too … and my daughter and I are currently trying to talk my husband into getting a camper. He reminds me, of course, that we’ve never been camping. I acknowledge this truth in that but remind him that I am from Canada, and so camping is something that will come quite naturally to me.  He wasn’t so sure, so I knew my daughter and I needed to prove ourselves.

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Smoked Gouda, Butternut Squash & Bacon Stuffed Shells

smoked gouda butternut squash bacon stuffed shells

Things have been prettttttty sloooow around here. Sorry about that, the holidays are always crazy and we’re not organized enough to plan and write posts months ahead of time. We’ll get there. Really. One of many New Year’s resolutions is to post a bit more regularly, so hopefully we’ll make good on that. 

I wasn’t planning on doing a recipe post … I was hoping to start 2017 with a brilliant and innovative DIY project, but this dinner turned out so well that I just had to write it up, before I forgot about it. 

This recipe was inspired by leftovers. After hosting several holiday gatherings, we were absolutely drowning in leftover cheese. Since I hate waste, I was brainstorming ways to use it up, ideally in the form of make-ahead freezer meals so that we wouldn’t have to eat 20 pounds of cheese all at once. With the butternut squash and spinach, this recipe is hearty, relatively healthy and super easy to pull out of the freezer and warm up on a cold winter’s night! Read More

DIY Wooden Gift Box

DIY Wooden Gift Box, with Craft Cocktail Ingredients It’s no secret around here that we’re pretty obsessed with finding the next best craft cocktail. I recently realized that there are now cocktail ingredient subscription boxes available – and am seriously considering signing up for one as a Christmas gift for my husband. Actually, I realized, it’s really a perfect Christmas gift for a lot of people. A box of interesting liquors and fresh ingredients to make new cocktails? Who wouldn’t want that?! Read More

Nana’s Pumpkin & Raisin Muffins

pumpkin raisin muffins

My nana was a lot of wonderful things in her life, but a cook/baker she was not … with the exception of her perfecting precisely three recipes. The first being her Yorkshire pudding (she was born and raised in Yorkshire, so I think you kind of have to know how to make the pudding), the second being her oatmeal raisin cookies, and the third being these pumpkin and raisin muffins. While most of us don’t bust out the pumpkin recipes till September, October or November, Nana would make these all year round. She was famous for them. They’re unbelievably moist, probably because they call for FOUR eggs, and more vegetable oil than I’d care to acknowledge. Totally worth it though.

I see a lot of pumpkin recipes with chocolate incorporated and I’ve always had the hardest time wrapping my head around that concept. It just doesn’t sound right (or good) to me. Baked pumpkin goods, if made with an accompanying feature ingredient, should be made with raisins, NOT chocolate chips…..IMHO. Why? Because that’s how Nana did it and she never steered me wrong. Read More