Can We Please Stop Calling Them Mocktails?

Mocktails

CAN WE PLEASE STOP CALLING THEM MOCKTAILS?

Mocktails. My latest fave: non boozy fun drinks. I’ve never been a big drinker and although yes, it’s fun to have cocktails, I also love being out with friends and getting to choose something yummy, creative and crafted with care. Without alcohol. Feeling refreshed without worrying about driving home or a headache tomorrow.

SO WHY DO WE GET FUNNY LOOKS?

I believe restaurants should stop using the word “mocktail”. We’re not kids ordering Shirley temples. We aren’t all pregnant. We are most certainly not lame for ordering non booze and no, it won’t affect your tips. We might just want something more than a club soda and we shouldn’t feel singled out for being “lame”. Yet somehow every single time I order a fun non boozy drink I find I get a funny look. Most of the time, they’ll repeat the order back to me and say “you know that’s non alcoholic right? Are you sure you don’t want the other kind”? No, no I don’t. But instead of just saying the drink name, I find myself having to explain my choice, as if not indulging is LAME. “Could I please have the non alcoholic mojito, I want something fun, but don’t really feel like alcohol”. 

Obviously I don’t feel like having alcohol or else I would have ordered some. Sigh.

Spiritfree Drinks Holy Roller

Gold Lion + Love Juice – Holy Roller, Austin, Texas

RESTAURANTS GETTING CREATIVE WITH NAMES

Most menus will still refer to the non alcoholic beverages as “mocktails”, but I think as more and more people are ordering them, we’re now hearing terms like N/A drinks, boozeless, pre-school, and anti-social (this one makes me laugh). That’s ok. Call them what you want but please have them on your menus and don’t look at us funny when we order them, automatically thinking we have issues. Kombucha and cold brews are now on tap at some pubs, so why can’t we have our quirky fun non spirits there too!

Raspberry Mojito

Raspberry Mojito from Browns Social House

Some of my favourites include:

  • Raspberry Mojito from Brown’s Social House. Super muddled mint and tons of raspberries, lots of chunky ice, simple syrup and bubbles. LOVE IT!
  • The Gold Lion from Holy Roller in Austin, Texas
  • Love Juice – also from Holy Roller in Austin…see MORE about Austin here!
  • ANY establishment that will serve a spiritfree MULE with real ginger beer, yes please!
Holy Roller Drink Menu

Spirit Free Cocktails from Holy Roller- Austin, Texas

Whatever your reason, please don’t feel you have to explain it to the servers. Order your NA drink with a smile. Let’s hope since they’ve been placed on the menu, they are happy you’re ordering something other than water! Next time you’re out, for a twist, skip the spirits and try a N/A, spiritfree beverage and let’s see how creative these menus really can get! #spiritfree #craftycocktails

Enjoy! Meg xo

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Peach + Cherry Crumble

Peach + Cherry Crumble

Who Wants Peach + Cherry Crumble!

Summer is here and so is one of the easiest and YUMMIEST desserts, a peach + cherry crumble! Juicy ripe peaches paired with slightly tart ruby red cherries, baked under a topping of almond sugar cookie struesel. Easy to make, guaranteed zero leftovers!

STEP 1 – Make sure your cherries and peaches are ripe!

Cherries

STEP 2- Fill your favourite 9×13 pan with sliced fruit

Peaches + Cherries

TIP: Make sure to spray your dish with non stick spray, or a swipe of good softened butter!

STEP 3- Sugar your fruit!

Sugared Peaches + cherries

STEP 4 -Make an almond sugar cookie streusel topping!

Crumble Topping

Once this is complete, pop into the oven and bake for 25 mins. Then add 2 more melted tbsp of butter, bake another 10 mins, and if you STILL want to see it a little more golden, broil for 3 mins or so, but do NOT take your eyes off it!

Recipe below, ENJOY! Meg xo

TIPS FROM ME TO YOU!

  • I am a super visual person, so I like to see the steps in a recipe, instead of just a finished product.
  • Bottom right, you’ll see the cookie “streusel” topping consistency. I didn’t use a spatula, I get right in there with my hands and make sure it’s nice and crumbly before I top my baking dish.
  • I also don’t worry about each peach and cherry piece being the exact same size. Rustic is in, PLUS they all melt and marry when in the oven.
  • Turbinado Sugar: I don’t own any but have been meaning to pick some up. This would make that crunchy sugar topping effect you see on fancy desserts. Mine was just reg sugar, but go nuts!

Steps to the Peach + Cherry Crumble

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Meg xo

PS – Want to take this to an even BIGGER LEVEL? Serve this with a little Brown Butter Salted Caramel Sauce!

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Peach + Cherry Crumble

Juicy peaches and tart cherries baked under a blanket of almond sugar cookie streusel topping makes this summertime crumble a SURE HIT with little to no leftovers!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Comfort Flavour
Keyword peach cherry crumble
Servings 6
Author Meg Tucker

Ingredients

  • 5 large peaches
  • 20 large cherries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup extra melted butter

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 350.

  2. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray, or swipe softened butter to coat.

  3. Slice peaches and cherries and fill the baking dish in one big mixed yummy layer. (overlap is encouraged).

  4. Sprinkle 1/2 c sugar over fruit.

  5. In a separate bowl combine 1/2c melted butter, flour, sugar, vanilla, almond, salt, baking powder. Get in there with your hands and bring it all together, it should look like a crumbly cookie dough.

  6. Top your sugared fruit with crumble, little bits, big blobs, until it's all gone! *You can eat one little piece if you must!

  7. Pop in the oven for 25 mins.

  8. Take out at the 25 min mark and see if it's bubbling. Then add about 2 tbsp melted butter to the top - just to take it to the next level. Oh wait, sprinkle a little more sugar on top too. Back in oven.

  9. Bake another 10 mins. If it's not bubbling and GOLDEN, turn on your broiler for NO MORE THAN 3 mins, and do not take your eyes off it!

  10. Take out of oven to cool, serve with whipped cream, ice cream or ON ITS OWN! Good luck having leftovers! Enjoy! Meg xo

Meg’s OMG Book Club July + August Pick

Meg's OMG Book Club July August Pick

MEG’S OMG BOOK CLUB JULY + AUGUST PICK!

Do you love to read?

What kind of book do you gravitate towards at the library or bookstore?

When was the last time you picked up a book and read it cover to cover?

SO many questions Meg. I am BEACH reads all the way. THRILLERS. Edge of your seat, OMG how is this NOT a movie type book. I’ve always been a big reader, but lately I find I spend more of my downtime with my beloved iPad than my books.

Join “Meg Tucker’s OMG Book Club”. Each month we read a thriller-edge-of-your-seat-how-is-this-not-a-movie book then at the end of the month we discuss in a FB livestream + IG Stories chat! 

Click to join!

OUR JULY + AUGUST PICK!

Summer is BUSY, so we are going to stretch July + August into 1 book. Some of our members have already devoured this one, I just started!

The One- John Marrs

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for. That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love. Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

Need more proof? Here’s what Chapters/Indigo says about it:

  • Wall Street Journal Best Science Fiction Book of 2018
  • “Just try to put this gripping thriller down once you pick it up.” —AARP
  • “A shock on every other page.” —Wall Street Journal

I got mine at CHAPTERS for around $11 and I know some members have picked it up at Costco!

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ABOUT MEG’S OMG BOOK CLUB!

Do you love to read?

What kind of book do you gravitate towards at the library or bookstore?

When was the last time you picked up a book and read it cover to cover?

SO many questions Meg. I am BEACH reads all the way. THRILLERS. Edge of your seat, OMG how is this NOT a movie type book. I’ve always been a big reader, but lately I find I spend more of my downtime with my beloved iPad than my books.

Join “Meg Tucker’s OMG Book Club”. Each month we read a thriller-edge-of-your-seat-how-is-this-not-a-movie book then at the end of the month we discuss in a FB livestream + IG Stories chat!

Missed our June pick? HERE YOU GO! 

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU CLICK HERE NOW! 

HAPPY SUMMER! Gotta go read!  

Enjoy! Meg xo

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Meg’s OMG Book Club June Pick!

Meg's OMG Book Club June Pick

MEG’S OMG BOOK CLUB JUNE PICK!

Do you love to read?

What kind of book do you gravitate towards at the library or bookstore?

When was the last time you picked up a book and read it cover to cover?

SO many questions Meg. I am BEACH reads all the way. THRILLERS. Edge of your seat, OMG how is this NOT a movie type book. I’ve always been a big reader, but lately I find I spend more of my downtime with my beloved iPad than my books.

Join “Meg Tucker’s OMG Book Club”. Each month we read a thriller-edge-of-your-seat-how-is-this-not-a-movie book then at the end of the month we discuss in a FB livestream + IG Stories chat! *our first livestream is Saturday June 8, 6pm MST. Click to join!

THIS GIRL IS CRAY.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton – “Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him. They are meant to be.The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants. True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…” .

Again, I picked this up at my local Chapters for around $15, I think right now it’s around $20. You can also probably reserve at your local library or borrow from a friend – it’s a VERY popular book! Make sure to pop into Costco if you’re a member too, some of our members are finding these picks there for a fraction of the price!

Whether you buy, borrow, or rent the book we are happy to have you join our little club. No pressure, no dues, no finicky meetings, just the LOVE of a good thriller followed by a good ole gab online!

To learn more about Meg’s OMG Book Club

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU CLICK HERE NOW!  Gotta go read!  

Enjoy! Meg xo

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Simple Summer Supper

Simple Summer Supper

Simple Summer Supper.

Wait. Do you call it supper or dinner? I think I say “let’s go out for dinner”, but we “eat supper at home”. Whether you call it dinner or supper I want to share how often we cook and how it’s a radically different schedule in the summer. We tend to go for a simple summer supper schedule. How about you?

Simple Summer Supper Schedule:

Monday: I cook for Gav and I.

Tuesday: We order pizza, as there are normally 50% off specials galore.

Wednesday: I cook for Gav and I.

Thursday: I cook for Gav and I.

Friday: We either order Skip the Dishes or eat leftovers.

Saturday: BBQ or a food project.

Sunday: BBQ or a food project.

Books for Days

Our tiny cookbook collection, used for “inspiration”.

Walk Me Through a Week…

What do I cook on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays? Year round I love things like homemade chicken soups, stews, pot pies, and roast chickens. Things get a little simpler in the summer. We still do a pot of good spaghetti sauce, but I will make an extra big pot then fill 3 to 4 containers and pop in freezer. In doing so I have completely cut out about 3 hours of standing over the stove. Simply thaw in fridge the night before, then reheat and make the pasta. Salad on the side and dinner is served!

Tacos happen a lot in our house, also year round. I am absolutely not opposed to the boxed kit, but we have been known to make our own tortillas using simple masa flour and water. We splurged on a tortilla press (I kid, it was under $30) and when Wade is home he takes over and makes about 40 soft corn shells. Then we can freeze and use at a later date!

Roast chicken? Sure we do it! Make 2, or better yet cook “beer can chicken style” on the bbq. We sub the beer though for 7-up, green tea, even iced tea! Make it simple but pack in the flavour. The leftovers go a long way too, add into a salad or serve with rice and veggies, yes please!

Speaking of veggies, who says you have to cook them? I love cutting up a whole platter of carrots, broccoli, celery and anything dunkable then you create a fun side dip! Equal parts mayo + sour cream + fresh dill and a splash of balsamic? DONE. Epicure bottles in your pantry? USE THEM IN THE SUMMER! Get creative!

What’s a Food Project?

The weekends are where we have some fun. Wade is home from work and almost always walks through the door armed with “an idea”. I am not kidding when I say he owns a little black book…for recipes. Things he sees on YouTube then wants to create, or recipes he’s used and tweaked to perfection. We have made homemade mozzarella (talk to me about ordering rennet tablets online), Wade always makes his own chili powder that involves grinding all the peppers with a coffee grinder, we do all our own pizzas on the bbq with a stone and we’ve even made our own BACON. It’s almost always Wade motivated and somehow I reap the benefits. But it’s an all day/all evening affair. No one said you can rush happiness.

So. In closing, I think it’s perfectly amazing to take every shortcut known in the summer. TIPS: Dig out the crockpot, a friend even suggested she uses hers in the garage so it doesn’t heat the house! *genius. BBQ as much as you can, and keep cool at all costs. You can still have amazing food and not spend all your time in the kitchen.

Happy Summer! Enjoy! Meg xo

How To Make Rice

How To Cook Rice

Do You Know How to Make Rice?

I would like to think most of us would say yes, but today I came home to find our 18 year old son Gavin had made some. Attempted.

In theory, butter and salt not withstanding, making rice has the basic steps that he pretty much nailed. Water. Boil. Rice. Cook. Eat. What I didn’t realize though was how his entire pot of rice was made based on “being in the next room” while we cook each night and not by me ever really showing him step by step methods. Shame on me.

When I saw the leftover Indian takeout sitting atop a MASSIVE bowl of extremely cooked rice, I asked him to repeat back to me step by step what he did. Not to be critical, I really wanted to see how he pulled this off.

The Conversation:

Me: “bud I am super proud you did it- tell me exactly how you got to this point, start from the beginning”.

Gav: “I got a pot. I added water”.

Me: How much water”?

Gav: “Around 2 cups”.

Me: “Ok, then how much rice”?

Gav: “Around a cup of dry rice, just for me”.

Me: “Then what”?

Gav: “I heated the water, added the rice and started stirring for a while”

Me: “what’s this wire strainer doing in the sink”?

Gav: “I used that to drain off all the water”.

Ok so he wasn’t THAT far off, but what he didn’t realize was that he was using Minute Rice. (1-1 ratio water to rice). Zero effort needed, he actually did WAY more work than necessary. He also said he didn’t add butter, or salt, and well the rice fell apart in the bowl. Yes my love, it was waterlogged. God bless him, he ate as much as he could and then proceeded to clean up the horrendous disaster in the kitchen. (I have never seen so many pots and utensils used to make rice in my life).

Make It Work

This was a perfect example of how he just made it work. He didn’t care that it was a little water logged. I don’t think he even realized it might be lacking seasoning, but he did it. And based on very little knowledge other than being in earshot of us cooking while he played Xbox in the living room over the years. But you know something? Lesson learned for me. This kid needs to do more cooking.

Don't be afraid

Wade is really good in teaching him certain kitchen techniques and has ALL the patience in the world, but I need to step back and give him a little instruction then just let him experiment. I don’t want to send him out into the world armed with only the knowledge of Ichiban and Kraft Dinner, although I might add he makes a mean fried egg on toast. I will also add that he can make grilled cheese too. I would say he can make quesadillas but his version of a little oil in the pan resulted in a fully deep-fried-smoke-alarm-going-off-delight. But the fact is, he wants to cook, he loves to try and that’s amazing.

Do your kids cook? Does your spouse/better half cook? Maybe it’s time we pass the torch while holding the fire extinguisher?

Meg xo

PS – Want to add to the rice? Have your kids make Chicken Taco Rollups tonight!

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I Want My Own Cooking Show

I Want My Own Cooking Show

I Want My Own Kids Cooking Show.

I want my own cooking show. Words I have repeated for as long as I can remember. I truly have always wanted to have my own TV show, whether that was a talk show (because talking is my favourite thing to do + I am nosy) or a cooking show (because, I love food and I love to teach). Moreover, I had really wanted to host a kids cooking show. Let’s be honest, kids are comedy in the purest form. No filter, little patience and REAL. My kind of show. When I returned home from MasterChef Canada I knew that “one day” I would somehow make it happen, I just didn’t realize it would become a reality less than 2 years later.

Let’s repeat those words. I want a cooking show. Simple in theory, almost an unsurmountable task in practice. Especially when you think about what goes into making one. Think about any cooking show we watch on TV. Then IMDB it and see that they literally have HUNDREDS on staff. When “insert anyone from Food Network” reaches for an ingredient, chances are they have been passed what’s been purchased, washed, chopped, diced and prepped by an entire team. I was a team of ME. Well while that’s not entirely true, for whatever reason that didn’t stop me from forging ahead with a plan to make this kids tv show happen.

What About Just One Bite?

I would need a name. Just One Bite seemed appropriate, although to this day I can’t remember who came up with it. I think my former co-host/brother Mike Alan one day in between songs on air. He’s still waiting for royalties I am sure…keep waiting Mikey! Just One Bite became our little show name and the core at which everything else was built around. The reason I loved that title was because it always came back to my motto for the show. “You can’t say you don’t like something, if you’ve never actually tried it. Come on, JUST ONE BITE”! 

Just One Bite Set Life

Meg Tucker: Access Producer

Next I would need someone to help me make this into an actual show! That’s when I approached Shaw TV in Red Deer, Alberta. I created 5 different show ideas , then took them to coffee and walked them through my pitch ideas. Luckily, Shaw was looking for Access Producers who would come with ideas and help build shows and of the 5,  Just One Bite peaked their interest. It seemed the most viable. It had kids. We could use local. It had family. It had heart. It checked all the boxes.

When I was given the green light, that meant a few things. Shaw would supply the film crew which included cameramen, floor director and director. Then in post, they would assist in the editing. Who are we kidding. I would sit with them while they did ALL the editing. My initial creative map, their technical wizardry. PS Melanie Timms is the greatest. Make that Melanie, Chloe, Jim, Kyle, Chas, Dave, and all the SHAW Volunteers. Amazing.

Ok wait. We haven’t even scratched the surface I need you to truly know how many hours goes into editing a half hour show. We are talking days. And days. And days. Every time you see someone’s mouth move, it has to be lined up with the actual audio/dialogue. When you have Meg + 4 kids on set, that’s 5 different audio tracks, 5 different angles of cameras being shot, 5 different levels, everything. Each syllable had to be matched. Colour coded. Colour corrected. White balanced. Properly lined up. Guys, this is massive.

Kids on set of Just One Bite

We Need a Just One Bite Set!

Now. Where would we shoot this? Well a few places immediately came to mind and after a location tour with Shaw, our final destination ending up being Trail Appliances in Red Deer, AB. Inside this massive appliance store, they housed a beautiful test kitchen, completely outfitted with top of the line equipment. We joked that I was going to just move in, I still miss it.

Trail also had a prep kitchen area that we used as our dressing room/food storage. The boardroom served as a kid wrangling tent and the store so graciously allowed us to shoot some of the episodes before they were open, so we had this incredible space all to ourselves. What we had to factor in however, was that it was still a store and largely in part a showroom. We couldn’t really move lighting or fridges or tables. That’s again where this gang from Shaw shone so brightly. They made it happen.

Just One Bite kids

Bring On the Kids!

Are you wondering yet when I was going to think about the kids for said cooking show? Right! Well, in our 2 seasons of Just One Bite, we grew. Season 1 we put a call out on Facebook and the kids came. Enough to fill the cast, all between the ages of 4 and 7. For season 2 we stepped it up and did a more formal casting call with Shaw. Kids and parents arrived in droves to a group audition, complete with judging panel to keep it fair and fun. We ended up getting another round of “mini foodies” and were set. AMAZING mini foodies I might add. Clever, smart, hilarious, zero filters, stage nerves, stage moms (no just kidding), and a TON of love. I still maintain I need to do a “Not So Mini Foodies” where are they now episode!

So now we film? No. I still needed supplies. Scripts. Shoot schedules. Production scripts. Safety training on set. Release documents. Press releases. Merch. Sponsors. A logo. A jingle. Rolling credits. Food. Duplicate food ready to go for the “magic of television”. Recipes. Clothing. Makeup. Hair. Hair for kids. Clothing for kids. Lunch on set. Volunteers. Ideas.

This was only scratching the surface.

Just One Bite Cast

Oh and did I mention I was also getting up at 3:45am every day to co-host our morning radio show? To say I was busy was an understatement, but I just kept swimming with the help of my ROCKSTAR hubby Wade and a TON of determination and support we somehow managed to pull it off.

For 2 SEASONS.

Creating a television show is one of the biggest undertakings of my entire life and without question the one thing I am most proud of achieving. Just One Bite is really my other baby. My little idea that happened.

Meg xo

Watch Just One Bite today!

Just One Bite On Set

5 Year Banana Bread

5 Year Banana Bread

5 Year Banana Bread?

5 year 5 banana bread? Well my banana bread certainly doesn’t take 5 years to make, it’s been in the works for 5 years. What started as a simple banana muffin recipe got tweaked, altered, things added, things removed and with an incredible deal on a pan at Winners, it’s merged into mini loaves straight from banana heaven. Bottom line, I have always loved banana bread. I remember as a kid that would be the one thing I march straight towards at a bake sale. Not a cupcake, not pie, but a piece of pre-buttered wrapped in cling wrap banana bread. The darker the better. Sweet, fragrant and HOMEMADE. Is there anything better? I think not!

What Makes This Banana Bread So Special?

Ready for my secret? Pure almond extract. And when I have them on hand, white chocolate chips. The chocolate chips are not mandatory, but if you want to get the desired result I wish you to have, please use good almond extract. I use a bottle that I grabbed, also at Winners. It’s almost like a baking paste or gel and it’s super thick concentrate. I want to say I measure, but that would be lying. I just let a little drop fall into the batter right before the final mix. The last thing I do is mix up the sugar and use one half white, and one half dark brown. I have tried all of one kind but this seems to just be the magic ratio.

I hope you love these as much as I do! I make minis as you can see, then before you know it, I’ve eaten the whole loaf. HEY! They’re mini!

5 Year Banana Bread

The ultimate banana muffin/bread experience. Decadent while not overly sweet, this bread is going to become your most shared "family" recipe!

Course Snack
Cuisine Comfort Flavour
Keyword banana

Ingredients

  • 2 c mashed bananas works out to be about 5
  • 1/2 c melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp good almond extract
  • 1/2 c white chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp melted butter to brush in pans
  • 1 c sugar (I use 1/2c brown, 1/2 c white)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. Brush your 12 muffin tin with melted butter. Or mini loaf pans. *You can use muffin liners if you wish!

  3. Mash your bananas, still leaving a few little chunks. Add your melted butter, sugar, vanilla, almond extract and eggs.

  4. Add to the wet, your flour, salt, baking powder + soda.

  5. Mix ONLY until everything is combined and you don't see any big patches of flour.

  6. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, until you see it start to puff up a bit, this means your baking powder is working.

  7. Fill up your tins or loaf pans with even amounts of batter, and pop in oven for ABOUT 25 mins for muffins, little longer for mini loaves. **Oven temps will vary.

  8. Let sit in tins for a few minutes then take out and let cool on a rack. Serve with maple or honey butter! Enjoy! Meg xo

TOOLS: Here is the mini loaf pan I use!

For another glorious muffin that I’ve been working on FOREVER…try my Meg’s Morning Muffins! Y-U-M.

Enjoy! Meg xo

The Sweet Life

Sweet

Do you have a sweet tooth?

Ahhhh, the Sweet Life. I like to tell people I don’t really have a sweet tooth, that I would normally choose a salty option for a treat, but that’s not entirely true. If I am being honest, I wouldn’t say no to any of these desserts above. Do you notice something about these choices though? Not a single one contains chocolate. See that’s where I know I am not in the majority. It’s not that I don’t like chocolate, but when given the option, I will always choose a non coco variety first. The 4 I picked were tough choices, each one has a very specific reason why they landed in my faves list.

Homemade old fashioned sugar donuts from a little bakery in North Rustico, PEI

This little gem of a bakery is called The Olde Village Bakery, in North Rustico, PEI. This little bakery has been around forever and at full capacity fits about 4 people touching shoulders. The sugared donuts sell out as quickly as they are dusted and put onto the shelf, along with seasonal fruit pies, trays of rolls and homemade bread to rival any grandma’s secret recipe. This place is just heaven. That’s it, that’s all.

Triple peanut butter cake made lovingly by my hubby Wadey.

Yes, that’s his ACTUAL cake in the photo. See, a little something about my Wadey, when he sees a project, he completes it to perfection, always. Carrying on a tradition that has existed in my family with my mom, the BIRTHDAY girl/boy gets to request his/her cake and the MOTHER has to do her best to make it happen. I will never forget (nor will she) that I requested a Baked Alaska for my 11th. WHAT 11 YEAR OLD KNOWS WHAT A BAKED ALASKA IS?? Nonetheless my amazing momma pulled it off. Pretty sure I just did it to stump her, but it wasn’t possible. Nor is it with Wadey. I found this wicked delight on Pinterest, along with 3 other flavour options, and he delivered not one but two for my September birthday a couple years ago. I almost cried. My mom was visiting at the time and pretty sure she almost did too. Wade = the perfect son she never had.

Churros for breakfast from Paradisus Cancun

Why? Because if you’re not at Disney you will get churros wherever you can! And breakfast? SURE! Why not! Delish.

Creme brulee from ANYWHERE YOU CAN SERVE ME CREME BRULEE.

That really is the truth. I think if I had to pick ONE dessert to make me the happiest, (Wadey cakes not withstanding), I would choose creme brulee. Creamy, rich pudding with the hard sugary layer you crack with a spoon as you savour each bite until you’ve licked the bowl or jar clean? YES PLEASE. CB all the way.

Ok, that’s my FAVE, what would YOU pick for a sweet treat? Share your ideas below! And in case you want to make one of my OTHER faves, try my Shortcut Flan. Not fussy, and will wow a crowd, any day of the week!

Enjoy! Meg xo

 

Summer of Cavendish

Summer of Cavendish

The Summer of Cavendish. Those words immediately make me stop and smile. Have you ever been to Prince Edward Island? Stop what you are doing and add it to your bucket list. Total population of the island: approximately 150,000. PEI might be the smallest province in Canada but definitely one of the most glorious. Red sand (yes, it really is), potatoes, lobster suppers, Anne of Green Gables. What more do you need?

Spending summer vacations in Cavendish

Growing up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, we used to rent a cottage in PEI for our summer vacations. It didn’t take long to get there, 3 hours tops with the ferry. See when we were little, we would drive to Moncton, then get to Borden and drive our cars onto the big ferry and in under an hour, land on PEI. In 1997, the ferry was replaced by a bridge. The Confederation Bridge. This made travel to the island even easier. Guys driving the 13km bridge in 10 minutes is reason enough to visit PEI. Imagine driving up, higher and higher until all you can see for hundreds of miles in all direction, is water. A little trippy, and definitely worth it. I still shake my head when I think of how it was even POSSIBLE for a crew to build a FREAKING BRIDGE OVER THE NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT!!

Once you arrive in PEI, you immediately are in vacation mode.

PEI has it all. You can see the original stage production of Anne of Green Gables at Confederation Centre and hit some of the yummiest restaurants in Charlottetown. We’ve always stayed in Cavendish, which is my fave spot on the island. PURE beach goodness. Rolling sand dunes, unbelievable beaches, lobster suppers and of course the famous Cavendish Boardwalk, full of shops, eateries and more!

OUR FAVE RESTAURANT: The Brickhouse Kitchen & Bar in Charlottetown. If you get to go, please order their award winning burger called The Brickinator: 7 oz beef, candied bacon, three cheese blend, butter leaf lettuce, onion rings, Brick sauce. TO DIE.

Vacation in PEI

Our Favourite Vacations!

Wade and I have stayed at a few places in PEI with our family.

The Gables of PEI – Absolutely amazing resort right in the heart of Stanley Bridge, not far from Cavendish.

Then 2 years ago we had the AMAZING pleasure of booking An Island Escape just minutes from Cavendish through VRBO. **everything is really close in PEI.

This home away from home is called “An Island Escape” and was absolutely incredible. Sleeps 6+, soaker tub, bbq, views for days and oh it’s one of the only properties on cavendish with it’s own pool! We created the greatest memories at this place and will absolutely be back! Thank you Melanie and family for being such amazing hosts!

An Island Escape

Whether you are traveling to camp, rent a cottage or stay at a bed and breakfast or resort, PEI has it all. Summer music festivals, concerts, plays, fresh produce, seafood, long table dinners, beaches for days, amazing food, pottery, artists, water sports and more. Do not hesitate to ask a Maritimer for their reccos, because chances are we all grew up going to this magical province and we want to share all our faves with you!

Here’s to your next incredible Summer on Cavendish!

PS – Nothing says summer more than Simple Strawberry Shortcake. We used to make this every summer in PEI, so you can make it while you plan YOUR vacation!

Enjoy! Meg xo

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