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Recipe || As easy Spanish Olive Tapenade ||#CanadasTopPick #OlivesfromSpainCA #Sponsor

Looking for an easy appetizer this holiday season? I wanted to share my famous Spanish Olive Tapenade that my family always looks forward to. It’s fast, easy and sure to wow your guests with some festive Spanish cooking flair this Christmas. Happy Holidays!

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SPANISH OLIVE TAPENADE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup pitted Gordal Spanish Olives 
  • 1 cup pitted Hojiblanca Spanish Olives
  • 2 tablespoons crushed feta cheese
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

PREPARATION

In a food processor, combine all the ingredients except the olive oil and lemon juice. Using the pulse button, process until coarsely chopped and well blended. Continue to process, slowly adding the olive oil and lemon juice. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a covered container for later use. A Spanish Olive Tapenade can be kept up to 1 week, refrigerated and covered

Serving Suggestions:

Serve it on bread. Love it on top of baked salmon fillets. Serve on top of soft goat cheese. Perfect addition to any charcuterie boards. 

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Event Recap|| Cooking With Style || Featuring @duchessbakeshop at @Manulifeplace #AD #exclusivelyedmonton #yeg #duchessbakeshop

I had the honour of hosting this year’s Cooking with Style at Manulife Place. Along side Edmonton-based cookbook author, Giselle Courteau of The Duchess Bakeshop we demoed one of her popular recipes from her cookbook; the oh so delicious macaron. I learned quite a few tips along the way but a few stood out to me. The first, weight your flour, DO NOT measure! And you gotta bang that pan once you’ll pipped to get them flat and even. Simple tips that can help get you that perfect dessert.

After the demo of course the audience got to sample Giselle’s creations and she signed her cook book. It’s an amazing guide to bringing the french menu we love at Duchess into your own home. What a perfect holiday gift!

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Looking for delicious healthy meal ingredients delivered to your door? || @HelloFreshCA #partner

I’ve mentioned on my Instagram stories how convenient this food delivery service really is but honestly, it’s been a life saver this past month. We’ve been so busy with the holidays and the thought of dragging the kids to the grocery store throughout the week makes me anxious. Hello Fresh has saved the day. We like to cook and eat fresh meals… that’s why we have an ALL Frigde. That’s right folks we don’t have a freezer in our kitchen, just a fridge so we have tons of room for fresh ingredients to cook meals. With that being said, we grocery shop constantly to have fresh ingredient’s and this becomes difficult in the winter with the little ones. If you haven’t heard of Hello Fresh here’s the 411:

Hello Fresh creates amazing recipes for you! 

Every week our chefs create amazing recipes for you with photos of every step for you to cook quick, delicious, nutritious meals at home. And yes, they are easy as they say they are! Fast and more importantly healthy and balanced. We are loving the meals as a family. 

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They supply everything you need to cook that recipe. And they even start the prep work by pre-measuring and pre-cutting the ingredients for you! They then deliver everything straight to your door at no extra cost.

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Holiday Dining || Simple Decor Ideas with @Thebrick #AD

6250324B-90BD-4F6A-BF08-1C2A43BAC60F4D18D93C-D453-416F-9A11-956757F48E3ABA829EAF-DEBC-4FF7-8DDC-1553FFDFB2A5Server || Dining Set || Rug || Wall Scones ( In store find from The Brick) 4727962C-8CC9-4E50-9DB6-471172B343F6It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I simple love the holidays. Since posting our dining set up on my IG stories I’ve gotten quite a few questions about our minimalist take on decorations. Honestly, I’m loving it. Not only is it cost efficent, I still feel like we’ve captured that festive feel without breaking the bank. The key to my Modern Minimalist Christmas style: great furniture to begin with! You don’t need tons of seasonal decorations to get a room looking great when it already looks amazing. We went with dining set from The Brick mainly because I loved the look of it. But also, the padded leather chairs are comfortable and wipeable for the kids. The Bari set is so stylish and clearly became the focal point of our room. 7A02BCF7-D3DB-4239-9AB8-6C8BBA2EEDE3We added fresh greenery to our Jade Server for that festive look and unreal smell. For more of a festive scent to the room, I added seasonal candles to those mazing black honey comb candle holders I found in store from The Brick. To keep with the minimalist theme, I stored away our table clothe, running and napkins in the Jade Server for a decluttered look. Simple and chic without breaking the bank on an over the top tablescape.

Lastly, I added a sparse garland to the picture and some geo shaped decorations to the light fixture. It only took me a few minutes to get so much visual impact with just a handful of seasonal decorations.

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#PCOrganicsBaby Nutritious organic ingredients that taste great too? My Secret to a Success Self-feeder #AD @Preschoice #PCO

B32785D9-7684-4746-853E-24B7EAB7E305Since Alastair was born over 4 years ago, I’ve trusted in President’s Choice Organic baby food options. It was a lifesaver for us at the time. I was overwhelmed by the usual daily mom tasks: cooking, cleaning, taking care of a new baby, nap schedules… the list goes on. Purchasing this product line at the time completely freed us up as parents to get the quality time I wanted to spend with him without the crazy food preparing hustle. And it still included nutritious organic ingredients which was so important to us as a family. Their product line is completely mobile, so I could throw a few options in his baby bag and get out of the house with no fear of looming meal times.FFF7AE39-4409-40B3-BDA3-0CDAFAD93EC1

Fast forward, 3.5 years and we are still using PC Organics for Alastair and now his little sister Harper. She’s entered the age of self feeding, thus far she has been loving the mini rice cakes, fruit and oats bars and of course the original puréed pouches. Their new product line fits our busy on the go lifestyle and helps me get nutritious ingredients into them throughout the day. From park dates to coffee shop meetings, both my little guys love these products and help me keep them nourished, healthy and happy.

Here are some of our favourite organic foods perfect for little hands:

Rice Cakes 

Multigrain O’s

Fruit & Oat bars in Blueberry Apple 

Have you tried the PC Organic Baby line with your self-feeder yet?

Disclosure: I have partner with YMC and PC Organics Baby and have received compensation. But my thoughts and opinions remain my own.