Ashleigh F

Capital Grille-Inspired Coconut Cream Pie

capital grille coconut cream pie

Right or wrong, my husband and I are waaaaay past the getting-each-other-something-special-for -Valentine’s-Day stage. We had been growing more and more apathetic each year about our V Day gifts for one another and then a couple years ago, my husband put the final nail in the coffin when he came home with an arrangement that included featured fluorescent dip-dyed carnations. I about lost it and BEGGED him not to buy me anything for Valentine’s Day ever again. He has complied and I am happy to report that our marriage has recovered from the incident.

Anyway, while we don’t buy gifts for one another, I do try to go out of my way a little bit to show the guy that I love him, and usually that takes the form of cooking for him. His all time favorite dessert is the coconut cream pie at the Capital Grille. He loves it so much that we’ll sometimes make a special stop there after dining elsewhere to pick up this decadent dessert to take home. We’ll sit in bed, put on some crap show and chow down on the most coconutty pie you’ll ever taste. That’s romance right there. Read More

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