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Favourite Halloween costume- it is that time of year!

Fun, Uncategorized - rossana - October 4, 2012

Halloween is coming up just around the corner. Do your kids have a favourite Halloween costume planned?  My daughter would start to think about her costume literally the week after Halloween – I loved her enthusiasm!

She came up with some pretty cool ideas and she would get them all together herself.  She must have caught that from my husband – he loved dressing up for Halloween – had elaborate costumes that he made himself – we finally got rid of some of them on our move back from Vancouver, but I am sure he is wishing we had kept them.  I remember one year, he decided he was going to be a Christmas tree – he looked great, awesome tree – only problem was that back then we didn’t have battery powered lights, so he had to stay close to a plug so his lights would work!

Here is one of the costumes we did manage to keep.

Favourite Halloween Costume

 

Do you have a favorite costume that you made up from your past or your child’s?

If you happen to have captured some awesome Halloween costumes and moments,  Nestle Canada  is sponsoring a great contest -> https://apps.facebook.com/myfavouritehalloween/  .  Enter to win grand prize of  $2000 of Chocolates for you and your street!  There will also be 5 weekly prizes drawn.

Make sure to like their page and just upload at least one (1) photograph of yourself, somebody or someone you know wearing a Halloween costume. You can enter as many times as you would like; you have until Oct 8th, then finalists will be  chosen by the judging panel.  They  will judge the entries based on a combination of the following judging criteria; the best that  demonstrate costume creativity, humour, scariness and originality. You will then be able to vote for your favourite FINALIST by October 22nd, the winner will be announced October 24th.  Unfortunately, this contest is only open to Canadians, except those in Quebec. Read rules and regulations.

Good luck !

 

 

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Celebrating Easter and Passover

Celebration, Holidays, Uncategorized - rossana - April 6, 2012

This weekend, Both Easter and Passover will be celebrated, but no matter which holiday you celebrate, there are many traditions that come with both.

 Food is an integral part of those traditions, but whether you are serving matzo & matzo ball soup and brisket, lamb or ham; it is a wonderful gathering and a time to enjoy family.

 Everyone has special memories surrounding certain foods, and this helps solidify all the relationships we have with each other. Easter and Passover  help to reinforce that.

 At our house, we celebrate Easter.  As a young girl, I remember going to church on Good Friday, and on Easter Sunday, but most of all, I remember all the food & all the family together.  We have slightly different traditions now as we integrate them with my husband’s family, but we still have the food and. the family get-together

One tradition that will never change is making sure everyone gets chocolate!  When our daughter was little, the Easter egg hunt was the highlight of the morning [it usually took all morning for her to find all the eggs] over the years, she has become much better & faster at  finding them [ or I became predictable 😉 ] . Even though she is a teen, she has asked for us to do that again this year, without the usual notes from the Easter Bunny. Well, we stopped that a few years ago… when we had to tell her that we were the Easter Bunny as well as Santa and the tooth fairy.

But at our house even the adults get chocolate – it is only fair! We just don’t have to go looking for it!  

Hope that whether you are celebrating Easter or Passover , you embrace and enjoy family [and the food].

 

 

Celebrating Easter and Passover

 

 

 

Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

 

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“Glory Days” and Chocolate

Sweets, Tasty Travels - Jennifer - November 12, 2011

Many moons ago, I went to college in a small town outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Back in September, I had the pleasure of road-tripping up to DePere with my college roommates and spending a weekend on and around the St. Norbert College campus where we all met.  I hadn’t been up there in 18 years, and was amazed how drastically things have changed.  Entire new buildings, amazing renovations, quadrupled tuition!  But it still felt great to visit our old dorms and apartments, to wander the academic buildings and see the names of professors from “our day” still teaching there, and to giggle with old friends like the teenagers we still feel we are.

And did I mention the food?  We met one old roommate for dinner in Milwaukee on our way up, and continued to eat our way through Green Bay and DePere for the next two days:  seafood, pizza, big breakfasts, brats & beer on campus.  It was not a weekend for the diet-conscious, for sure!  On our way out of town, we even managed to stop at Seroogy’s for some of the best chocolate around.

Now, I’m from Chicago, where Fannie May reigns supreme and it wouldn’t be a holiday if someone didn’t arrive with a box of Mint Meltaways or a Colonial Assortment.  But up in Northern Wisconsin, Seroogy’s has been the place for chocolates since 1899.  Who are we to overlook those credentials?  And just look what I found:

Aren’t they beautiful?  Truffles in milk or dark chocolate, and each of those is flavored:  lemon, orange, raspberry, etc.  I just keep thinking how great they would be on tables at a wedding or as a giveaway at an art exhibit, being that each one is a mini-work of art in itself.

In addition to chocolate, Seroogy’s also offers an assortment of novelty candies, including lots of Packer-themed sweets, and their own coffees.  They also carry the ubiquitous (at least in Green Bay) cheese-head hats and some other toys, like these cute little wind-up guys my roommate bought to bring home to her son in California.

Hopefully, it won’t take us another 18 years to get back up there.  But at least I know I can order from Seroogy’s online.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Favorite Valentines Day Treat

EZ Baking, Recipes - Kayla - February 14, 2010

 

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I started whipping this treat up on Valentines Day a afew years back for a dinner with friends. It was such a hit that I have been asked to make it each year. Serve it up for your sweety this Valentines Day!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 3 tablespoon(s) shortening
  • 3 tablespoon(s) margarine or butter, (see direction step 1)
  • 1/2 cup(s) margarine or butter, (see direction step 3)
  • 6 ounce(s) semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup(s) heavy or whipping cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • White-Chocolate Hearts, for garnish (see directions below)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In bowl, stir flour and salt. With pastry blender or two knives used scissor-fashion, cut in shortening and 3 tablespoons margarine or butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 3 tablespoons cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork just until mixture is moist enough to hold together.
  2. On floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll dough into an 11-inch round. Press dough onto bottom and up side of 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Trim edge even with rim of pan. With fork, prick dough in many places to prevent puffing and shrinking during baking. Line tart shell with foil and fill with pie weights, dried beans, or uncooked rice. Bake tart shell 15 minutes; remove foil with weights and bake 10 to 15 minutes longer until golden. Cool in pan on wire rack 15 minutes. Turn oven control to 350 degrees F.
  3. While crust is cooling, prepare filling: In 1-quart glass measuring cup, combine semisweet chocolate and 1/2 cup margarine or butter (1 stick); cover with waxed paper. In microwave oven, cook on High 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes until almost melted; stir until smooth. Stir in sugar and vanilla. In small bowl, with fork or wire whisk, lightly beat heavy or whipping cream and eggs. Blend some warm chocolate mixture into egg mixture; stir egg mixture back into chocolate mixture until blended.
  4. Pour warm chocolate mixture into tart shell. Bake 20 minutes or until custard is just set (center will appear jiggly).
  5. While tart is baking, prepare White-Chocolate Hearts (see below)
  6. Cool tart on wire rack; refrigerate to serve cold. Garnish with White-Chocolate Hearts.
  7. WHITE-CHOCOLATE HEARTS: With pencil, draw outline of 12 hearts, each about 1 1/2 inches all around, on piece of waxed paper. Place waxed paper, pencil-side down, on cookie sheet; tape to cookie sheet. Melt 1 1/2 ounces white chocolate*, coarsely chopped. Spoon warm white chocolate into small decorating bag with small writing tube; use to pipe heart-shaped outlines on waxed paper. Set aside to dry.
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