Friday, 12 September 2014

29!

It's my 29th birthday today! I have a few celebrations planned with friends and family this weekend, but as I get older I find myself caring less about a big party and more about spending quality time with the people I love in any capacity.

Have a wonderful weekend! The snow is almost gone and it's going to be beautiful!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Sausage and Corn Chowder

This is me, sitting on a patio in Canmore on Sunday- with no jacket.



This is my front yard as of this morning.

What the?! I know that this freak snowfall isn't going to last, but it didn't stop me from craving some fall comfort food.


With a fridge stocked with fresh veggies from my father-in-law's garden and freezer overflowing with deer sausage from brother, soup seemed like the perfect meal.

Sausage and Corn Chowder

1/2 lb sausage, removed from casing
5 medium potatoes
1/2 cup carrots
1 stalk celery
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
2 cups frozen or canned corn
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 c. Milk
Salt
Pepper
Cornstarch*

In a pot on medium high heat, cook sausage. Depending on the fat content, you may want to drain afterwards. If it's not overly fatty, add a bit of oil to the pot and add carrots, celery, onions, garlic and corn. Cook until onions are translucent. Add broth and bring to a boil. Cook for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through. Add milk and sausage and allow to simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

*This didn't thicken up as I had planned (I'm assuming it's because I used skim milk) so I took a bit of broth out and whisked in about 3 tbsp. of cornstarch. Once I added it back into the soup and allowed it to simmer, it thickened up perfectly.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Nova Scotia

People have asked me what my favorite part of our trip was and it's tough to say. Even though I loved the whole thing, I really loved Nova Scotia. Halifax is such a great city- very chill with lots of cool restaurants and bars, the Annapolis Valley is stunning and full of wineries, the South Shore is how I picture the Maritimes in my mind with all its gorgeous little waterfront towns and boats everywhere. Ugh. Take me back!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Magdalen Islands

We picked up Eric's sister, Dori, in Halifax and took a little road trip to PEI to catch the ferry to the Magdalen Islands. Because we left things until the last minute, we were only able to catch the 2am ferry from Souris. Luckily, Eric was a hero and managed to get us a cabin which made the ferry ride much more pleasant and we woke up to the sun rising over the ocean. Not too shabby!




Thursday, 28 August 2014

Newfoundland

St. John's is an amazing city. It's so gorgeous with all it's historic buildings and colorfully painted homes. We spent most of our days just walking down by the harbor.

Here are some photos* of our time spent there.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Frozen Herbs

Before we went on our trip, Eric's Dad sent us home with a big pile of fresh herbs from his garden. Knowing that we wouldn't have time to use or dry them before we left, I quickly Googled how to freeze herbs and found the idea of preserving them in olive oil over at The Kitchn.

I chopped the herbs and placed about 2 tsp. of each one in an ice cube tray. I poured enough oil over to cover the herbs and froze them for a few hours. Once they were solid, I popped them out of the ice cube trays and into labelled freezer bags.




Tuesday, 19 August 2014

One Year!

We're back from our trip! I'll post some details and photos soon.

Eric and I celebrated our first anniversary on Sunday. It's been an incredible year full of laughs and love and it flew by! I can't tell you how much I look forward to the years to come.

Here are a few more of our wedding photos if you'd like to see. It makes me so happy to look through them and remember that amazing day.