Reese’s New Found Treasures: Foodgawker.com

Reese’s New Found Treasures: Foodgawker.com

Hey Readers!

On another cruise around the Internet, I found this feast for my eyes! Foodgawker.com is a site that shows beautiful pictures of some amazing looking food.  It ranges from baked goods to raw foods, appetizers to entrées, this site is a foodie’s paradise!

If you’re a lover of food, or if you have a free moment during your workday, you should check out foodgawker.com!

I hope you enjoyed this new found treasure of mine!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Reese’s Fishing Adventure, 2013

Hey Readers!

Here in Ottawa, it is going to be a balmy -20°C, and I am LONGING for those warm, lazy days of summer.  Then the dusty ol’ light bulb flicked on in my head, and I remembered that I had forgotten all about my latest battle of wits versus the fish while I was visiting my boyfriend/partner’s parent’s home last summer, and I was transported back to that day on the boat.  Sure, I was sweating like crazy in my sweater to keep the mosquitoes at bay while wearing enough bug repellant to cover three people, but I enjoyed every minute on that boat!

On this trip, it was the same gang as last time, except my boyfriend/partner stayed behind to be with our little ones.  We all but duck taped my eldest daughter to her seat, as she loves going fishing, as is getting better at it each time she goes out.  Granndpa was at the helm of the boat, guiding us along the Napanee River that flows just minutes away from his home, and taking us to the prime fishing spots along the way.

Below are some shots of the scenery we had a chance to experience on our way to our first fishing spot.  There were some other fishing crews out on the river, too, trying to see if the fish were biting but  Grandpa was able to shake them off of our trail!

These are just some of the beautiful pics of scenery we had the advantage of being out on the Napanee River last summer.  This is not helping me deal with this freezing cold weather!
These are just some of the beautiful pics of scenery we had the advantage of being out on the Napanee River last summer. This is not helping me deal with this freezing cold weather!

Some of our casts were successful…

This was so much better than last year!  We lost a few while reeling them in, but we were proud of what we caught!
This was so much better than last year! We lost a few while reeling them in, but we were proud of what we caught!

while others were not.

Grandpa is showcasing our
Grandpa is showcasing our “Other Catch of the Day.” We caught a lot of weeds in our line.

We even had a few friends drop in for a visit.

Dragonflies are some of my favourite flying beings.  They are inspiring, and are a sign of positive change.  I guess my Lady Luck will smile down on me to get some fish!
Dragonflies are some of my favourite flying beings. They are inspiring, and are a sign of positive change. I guess my Lady Luck will smile down on me to get some fish!

Overall, it was a fabulous few hours fishing.  I am by no means the seasoned angler I want to be, but I am getting closer to this goal every time I cast my line!  I have to make a point to catch more than my fish-crazed daughter next time, or else I’ll hear the end of it!

Can’t wait for my trip this year!  I hope you enjoyed this little bit of summer, if only on your computer screen!  🙂

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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Reese’s Christmas Holidays Wrap-Up, 2013

Hey Readers!

I am so sad to see the Christmas holidays go by so quickly this past year.  I love that time of year.  Snow everywhere, lights decorating homes,  trees sprinkled with all kinds of ornaments, and people celebrating the season in so many different ways.

For my family, this was the first Christmas where my youngest two children, age two and one, were going to get to really have fun with the season now that they can both walk, eat and rip presents open pretty much on their own.  I wanted to share some of the fun we had this holiday season with you, Readers!

                                          Christmas Eve There's my little girl watching Google's Santa tracker as he was getting closer to our house.  Those were the snacks we left out for the Big Guy to thank him for leaving us gifts! I have to thank my friend, Sandy, for the great shortbread cookie recipe!
Christmas Eve
There’s my little girl watching Google’s Santa tracker as he was getting closer to our house. Those were the snacks we left out for the Big Guy to thank him for leaving us gifts! I have to thank my friend, Sandy, for the great shortbread cookie recipe!
                                           Merry Christmas! Santa did indeed visit our house!  You can tell by all of the gifts under the tree (our tree is half decorated because our kids like playing with the decorations), and by all of the eaten treats!  There are my little ones opening up their stockings and gifts after breakfast.  It was a crazy day!
Merry Christmas!
Santa did indeed visit our house! You can tell by all of the gifts under the tree (our tree is half decorated because our kids like playing with the decorations), and by all of the eaten treats! There are my little ones opening up their stockings and gifts after breakfast. It was a crazy day!
                                              New Year's Eve Well, it was a fun New Year's Eve had at my house, even though my eldest daughter and I were the only ones who made it to midnight!  To celebrate the occasion, my eldest and I tried out a new vanilla cake recipe to make cupcakes.  MY boyfriend/partner person took our Christmas tree out of its misery by relieving it of its duties a few hours early.  Those needles were just a fraction of what fell off over the past few weeks since we had it up.  Those were the headbands my eldest and I wore to get ourselves in the spirit of NYE, along with our outfits! Those pics were taken just minutes before midnight.
New Year’s Eve
Well, it was a fun New Year’s Eve had at my house, even though my eldest daughter and I were the only ones who made it to midnight! To celebrate the occasion, my eldest and I tried out a new vanilla cake recipe to make cupcakes. MY boyfriend/partner person took our Christmas tree out of its misery by relieving it of its duties a few hours early. Those needles were just a fraction of what fell off over the past few weeks since we had it up. Those were the headbands my eldest and I wore to get ourselves in the spirit of NYE, along with our outfits! Those pics were taken just minutes before midnight.

Well, those were just some of the pics that we took over the holidays.  I hope that you enjoyed viewing them!  We had an amazing time, and I can’t wait until Christmas/NYE this year!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

My Take on Easy Chocolate Snacking Cake! #Recipe

Hey, Readers!

I did it! I went back into the kitchen, this time in the spirit of Christmas.  As some of may know, it is one of my absolute favourite times of the year.  I love having plenty of treats around the house so that family and friends can fill their faces while celebrating the season.  I decided to try this recipe for Chocolate Snacking Squares after watching Canadian Living: Best Recipes Ever this holiday season, and now it is one of my family’s favourite treats to eat throughout the year!

After gathering all of the my ingredients (some of them were wrong like the sweetened cocoa powder and the demerara sugar), my eldest daughter and I threw on the Christmas specials on TV (you know, to add to our Christmas euphoria), and started baking up these little delights!

 

Here they are!  All cut into 36 mini cubes of snacking fun.  Yeah, I know, They're a bit crumbly, but highly addictive! I'm glad they were around this past holiday season.  I needed mini shots of chocolate every now and then.  Next time, I'll use icing or icing sugar to top them off.

 

These little squares of delight were really good!  I was so shocked as to how they came out. This recipe was a good one, and I plan on using again, and again, and again! Try it out for yourself, tweak it, and enjoy! Thanks, Canadian Living: Best Recipes Ever for sharing this recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/3 cups
  • (325 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL)
  • salt 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) vanilla
  • Icing sugar, (optional)
*NOTE – I leave out the baking soda whenever I make this recipe. The squares are a bit more dense, but so much more chocolaty! I also use the milk I have on hand from time to time when I cannot run out to the store to fetch some buttermilk.

Instructions:

In large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Press brown sugar through sieve; combine with dry ingredients.
Huh?
Add buttermilk, water, oil and vanilla; whisk until smooth.
Pour the mixture into greased 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan.
Ready for Baking?
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for about 35 minutes or until the centre is completely baked through after testing with a toothpick or a knife.Let cool.
Fresh Out of The Oven!
Dust with icing sugar (this step is optional).
Cut into squares.

The Finished Product!

Serves 36 small square pieces.

I hope that you enjoy these little chocolaty delights as much as we do, especially with a dollop of French Vanilla Ice Cream on the side!

Dish with me: What is your favourite treat to eat during the holidays?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese