Lunch at the Winery!

What better thing to do on a beautiful Friday afternoon then have a delicious lunch with a couple of my best girlfriends at one of our local wineries?! Maybe follow that lunch up with a wine tasting? Sounds like a plan!  That is exactly what I was fortunate enough to do a few weeks back and it was fabulous.  My two girlfriends and I met up at the Bacchus Bistro at the Chaberton Estate Winery.  We sat out on their lovely little back patio in the sunshine with a glass of wine and a light lunch.  When we finished up our meals we unanimously decided that we were not finished visiting yet and should probably stroll over to the wine shop and do a quick tasting ;))

For the wine tasting you get to choose from 4 of their available offered monthly selections for a fee of $5.00.  Upon purchase of a bottle, the fee is waived.  I am a fan of sweeter white wines and their Reserve Siegerrebe is one of my favourites!  Quite honestly, I enjoy most of their wines.  Let’s just say I have yet to pay the tasting fee on any of my visits as I tend to leave with a few bottles in hand!  Chaberton is one of my favourite local spots to go.

I have a couple more wineries close to home that I plan to visit before the summer is over… Stay tuned!

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If you have any favourite sweeter whites or Rosés to suggest to me, I am always looking for new favourite wines!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Mixing up a Kentucky Mule!

My husband recently returned from a work trip.  When I asked what the best part of his trip was, he told me that it was being introduced to the Kentucky Mule… not exactly the response I was expecting!  I thought he might actually mention something work related… lol!  Neither of us had heard of this drink before.  A Kentucky Mule is a take on the popular and delicious Moscow Mule which I was already well acquainted with ;))  It is a super refreshing drink that consists of ginger beer, lime, mint and vodka.  To switch it from a Moscow to a Kentucky, all you have to do is substitute Bourbon for Vodka.

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Ingredients:

  • Ginger beer
  • Lime
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Bourbon (it’s a Kentucky Mule after all)
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Directions:

Throw some mint leaves and 1/2 of a lime into a shaker and muddle together

Add ice, along with 1 oz to 1 1/2 oz of bourbon, then give a good shake to mix all those flavours together

Pour into a copper mug

Add 4 to 5 oz of your favourite chilled ginger beer

Garnish with a few mint leaves and a lime wedge

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Hopefully you have a chance to enjoy this delicious & refreshing drink this summer!

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Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

A Day at the Cidery!

Cider TastingMy girlfriends and I are always looking for fun restaurants and activities for when we get to steal a couple of hours away from our beloved children.  A few weeks ago one of them suggested we should go cider tasting sometime.  I didn’t even realize that there was a local cidery where we could do that… I love cider, so imagine my excitement!  Turns out that I am not super out of the loop…. the Cidery only opened their doors in May 2016 and I have been pretty tied up the last few years having babies… lol.  Well wouldn’t you know, the stars aligned for us and we were able to both have a few hours free on a beautiful Sunday morning.  We decided this would be the perfect opportunity to make a trip to the  Fraser Valley Cider Company!  The moment we walked in I knew that I was in love.  The tasting room was full of rustic charm and so many cute details.  The tasting was a good deal as well… only $4.00 or waived if you purchased a bottle (which obviously we did!)  The staff was so lovely and knowledgeable and the ciders were seriously delicious.  We decided to order a charcuterie plate and a bottle of the Rosy (a raspberry infused cider) and sat outside in the picnic area to enjoy it.  An added bonus is that everything they offer to eat and drink is locally sourced… as I love to shop local & support small businesses!Cider Tasting RoomCider Tasting RoomStyle Files TastingStyle Files TastingStyle Files Cider TastingStyle Files Cider Tasting

We both loved the ciders we tasted and had such an awesome time there.  If you are looking for something fun to do one weekend (they are currently only open Friday, Saturday, Sunday) I definitely recommend a trip to the Fraser Valley Cider Company!  My husband had asked me to bring him home a bottle of my favourite… I couldn’t decide so I had to buy one of each… lol.  With the exception of the sold out Elderflower Cider… they were just in the middle of brewing a new batch.  Guess I will have to make another trip back soon…..  ;))

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My Outift Details:

Linen Sundress // Sandals similar here // Sunglasses // Bar Pendant Necklace

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Shannon xx

 

Nutella Ice Cream!!

Once in a while you come across a recipe that is so delicious that you cannot believe it is low fat…. this is NOT that recipe… lol!  That being said, it is sinfully delicious and worth every decadent calorie I promise!  You have to indulge on occasion right?!  It is a simple recipe (only 3 ingredients & 4 steps) to make Nutella Ice Cream and you can do it without an ice cream maker.  My children (and hubby!) seriously go crazy for it.  It is easy enough that the oldest two kids love helping me make it.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup Nutella

Directions:

  1. Whip the cream
  2. Mix / whisk the condensed milk & Nutella together
  3. Fold the Nutella mixture into the whip cream until it forms a smooth consistency
  4. Scoop your mix into a freezer safe container, and place in your freezer for at least 7 hours

 

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(See what I mean? My husband snuck a spoonful before I could even take the picture!!!)

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This mixture could also be placed into the fridge and served as a chilled mousse, however frozen it is an incredibly smooth ice cream.

 

If you like a little texture in your ice cream, feel free to add a few chopped peanuts, or hazelnuts when folding in the Nutella with the whip cream.

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I hope you enjoy…

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

Sweet Strawberries!

One of our favourite Spring/ Summer activities to do as a family is to go strawberry picking.  We are pretty lucky where we live, in that we have a few local fields to choose from.  So far this year we have only made it to Krause Berry Farms as the U-Pick fields were delayed due to the extended cold and wet weather we were having earlier here in the lower mainland.  My oldest son LOVES berries and digging in the dirt, so it is literally one of the perfect activities for him.  It is a great way to get the kids outside and they love knowing that they are eating the strawberries they picked themselves!

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My outfit details: Overalls  //  Shoes  //  Tank

I seriously love these overalls & I own this tank in almost every colour… :))

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Another great thing about most U-Picks is they have expanded beyond just berry picking.  Krause for instance, has a winery and restaurant, market (if you prefer to buy already picked berries) bakery and playground for the kids.  We can easily spend a few hours there!  I am looking forward to whipping up all sorts of yummy things with all of our fresh berries, stay tuned!

I would love to hear what some of your favourite family friendly activities are if you want to leave me a note in the comments.

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

How to Make Easy & Delicious Frosé

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Last summer while I was pregnant with my second baby, it felt like all of my girlfriends spent the sunny nights sitting on patios drinking delicious, boozy cocktails right in front of me! OK, they weren’t actually that cruel to do it intentionally, but flipping through Instagram while I was 8 months along taking solace next to my air conditioner at home it sure felt like it… lol! So you know what I am going to be doing on the hot summer nights this year? Drink delicious, boozy cocktails on patios… yippee!!!!!! This being said, I am still a mother to three young children, so I most likely will not be out drinking these delicious concoctions on restaurant patios, but on my own deck at home after my precious babes are in bed.  This is where my new favourite cocktail comes into play… Frosé! (also knows as Frozen Rosé.)  This yummy drink is super easy to make and requires very few ingredients.  It does require a bit of pre planning in that you have to freeze your wine the night before.. or at least the morning of.  I am a rosé lover so this particular cocktail is right up my alley!  I have seen a few different recommended ways to make this beautiful, pink adult slushy and have experimented and tweaked it to my personal preference below…

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Ingredients:

  • 1 750 ml bottle of Rosé wine (remember, the colour will lighten during the freezing process so I prefer to choose a bottle that is a darker pink to start)
  • 1 oz of Vodka
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 oz of lemon juice

Directions:

Pour rosé into ice cube trays (I have also seen it frozen in a ziplock bag, I personally prefer the ice cube route) & place in the freezer overnight (or for at least 8 hours)

  • Combine water & sugar in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil & stir until sugar has dissolved
  • Add strawberries to the water/ sugar mix & place in fridge to cool for at least 30 minutes
  • Once cooled, strain the strawberry mixture to make your strawberry simple syrup
  • Place frozen rosé, vodka & 6-8 tablespoons of your simple syrup & lemon juice into a blender & mix until smooth
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Ta-da! Now it’s time to enjoy your pretty pink, delicious adult slushy!  This drink is seriously so yummy & surprisingly, not overly sweet :)) Pour into your favourite cocktail glasses & if you feel like jazzing them up, garnish with some strawberries, a mint leaf or a sparkly sugared rim!

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While I was experimenting with this recipe I also had raspberries on hand so I tried a simple syrup made with them instead of strawberries, it was also delicious.  I plan to play around with other fruit combinations this summer so I will keep you posted :))

I would love suggestions for other yummy summer cocktails if you want to leave me a note below!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Girlfriend Getaways Are Good For the Soul

I have always thought of my girlfriends as my crown jewels.  I am very fortunate to be blessed with a group of incredible women in my life.  (It is definitely a bonus that our husbands all like each other too!)  I treasure these women like an extension of my family.  Unfortunately I do not get to see them as often as I would like to, as we are all moms, step moms, working and busy with day to day life!  I am sure that everyone can identify with this.  When we do get to see each other it’s usually over a quick cup of coffee at one of our houses while we are herding our children, trying to encourage them to share their favourite Paw Patrol toy while not spilling their drink all over a brand new couch!  Distracted to say the least.  This is where the very necessary girls weekend comes in.  We had to pick the date a couple months ahead of time to find a two day period where we were all free, but we did it!  It was going to be my first time away overnight from my baby, so we decided to stick pretty close to home.  We are lucky enough to be less then a two hour drive from beautiful Whistler, B.C. so we chose that as our destination.

On the way there we decided to do the Train Wreck hike that we had heard was pretty cool.  It is essentially a derailed train that the forest has grown up around.  The cars have all been covered in graffiti, making it almost like a museum in nature.  It was a simple hike and i would definitely recommend it as something to see!  We grabbed a quick plate of nachos and an iced cold Grapefruit Ale from the Whistler Brewing Company when we were finished, before heading to Whistler Village to check into our condo.

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We lucked out and the weather was gorgeous for our weekend.  We spent the afternoon and evening having snacks and cocktails on various patios throughout the village.  A word of advice my friends… stick to flat shoes!  Throw on a cute pair of birkenstocks, (yes they are back in style!) flip-flops or slides with your sundress.  We witnessed way too many woman almost bailing as they maneuvered the cobblestones in sky high heels through the village.  Whistler has a pretty casual vibe, that is one of the things I love about it.

One of my girlfriends had put together the most spectacular charcuterie platter so we headed back to our room to devour it, drink wine and share stories.  (After changing into our matching TNA leggings we picked up at Aritzia… comfort is key lol!) It was so nice for us to hang out, laugh and catch up uninterrupted!

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The next morning we went out for a delicious, caloric breakfast at the Wild Wood.  I highly recommend the Florentine Benedict, although next time I will be only ordering a half order as sadly I couldn’t finish it!  Breakfast is always my favourite meal to go out for.  I love sitting with a coffee, mimosa and something to eat that I could never cook for myself.  I could brunch for hours.  (I am always accepting recommendations for favourite restaurants!) After breakfast we decided to go and relax at Alta Lake.  Whistler has no shortage of incredible, scenic lakes to choose from.  It was the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate.  IMG_8522IMG_8524

Our trip was quick and we were only gone one night, but I feel like we had so much quality time together.  We had some serious, hurt your stomach and make you cry laughs!  It was awesome.  There has already been discussion that we need to make this an annual thing. One weekend away together a year.  Next time we are thinking wine tours in the Okanagan…

I would love to hear where you go for your weekends away and any suggestions or tips!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx