Yogurt Snack

Admittedly, this is a really weird snack (or dessert, or breakfast). It derived from having the 3am munchies and having next to nothing in the fridge. Regardless, it’s yummy and a great way to make you think your indulging in something that isn’t that great for you, when really, it’s totally fine! I don’t even have a name for this concoction yet, so, we’ll just dive right on in.

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Good Eats: Smoke BBQ, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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If you are a fan of BBQ, you need to check out this joint. I don’t want to say I am a BBQ expert, but I have had my fair share of BBQ dishes thanks to my husband, who may just be an expert. Between the two of us we love good BBQ, but honestly it’s a hard “cuisine” to master and to find a really good BBQ joint can be a task. A friend of ours, who is fairly knowledgeable in all things BBQ, suggested Smoke BBQ in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At first appearance it looks tiny and like it is a mediocre BBQ joint, but, as they say, don’t judge a book by it’s cover! This place has some bomb BBQ and even better, amazing southern sides. My favourite meal to get is the smoked chicken wings with baked beans, baked mac n’ cheese and cornbread. I know. Yum.

Let’s start with the wings: they are smoked, and fried. Whaaa? This results in the most perfect, crispy exterior and moist (yes, I hate that word too I just couldn’t think of a better replacement) interior. They actually don’t put a BBQ sauce on the wings and they leave it up to you to choose between their selection of sauces (the Carolina Gold and their Original BBQ sauce are my picks). I actually love that there is no sauce on it though. You can really get a feel for that crispy, salty skin, and then you can go back and forth dipping into the various kinds of BBQ sauce. It’s money! Next, the baked beans are made with root beer. If you really think of the complexity and flavours that are in root beer then you will realize using them to make baked beans is such an ingenious idea that I am so mad I didn’t think of it first. The root beer gives the beans a smoky, spiced flavor that is out of this world. The mac n’ cheese…first of all you can’t really mess up mac n’ cheese and if you do you should be incarcerated. Smoke just takes this simple dish and does it really well. It’s extra cheesy deliciousness. Finally, their cornbread is so moist (that damn word again), and perfectly crumbly. My daughter goes nuts over it! To top it off they serve it with cinnamon butter. My mouth is seriously watering.

If you’re a fan of BBQ, do yourself a favour and go check them out! They are located at: 3351 NE 32nd Street. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries may have to be my favourite Holiday “dish” to make. Within ten minutes of cooking cranberries my entire kitchen smells like Christmas. I have used my moms cranberry recipe for years but have found myself constantly adding or changing things here and there to create my own version. This particular cranberry sauce is best made ahead of time (I suggest a few days) just so all the flavours really marinate and blend together. You can keep this cranberry sauce in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks after you make it. With this sauce on hand you could have left over turkey sandwiches for weeks! Enjoy! xx

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Shrimp Boil Packets on the BBQ!

Last night we decided we really wanted to try and do our own shrimp boil! Yum right?! BUT instead of doing it the traditional way in a big ol’ pot, we opted for the grill.

I am happy to say it turned out AWESOME. We did it in two separate batches, just so that we could tweak the second batch as it was a learning experience and our first experiment!

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Tip Tuesday: Salad Dressing as Marinade

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Something that seems to be an arch nemesis of all at home cooks is chicken. It’s boring. Right? Really, it is something that most families eat a few times a week because it is affordable, a good source of protein and its easy in terms of actually cooking it.

It is really difficult to come up with new creative chicken ideas- especially ones that don’t make your chicken dry. In the last 6 months or so, Tyler has been set on eating chicken as much as we can…like…Monday-Thursday. No boy, no. But, with that being said I have incorporated it more. I don’t really know why he wants to eat so much chicken. Gains, or some bologna? I don’t know. But either way, I had to force myself to come up with some new chicken dishes and expand my repertoire.

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Tip Tuesday: New Starbucks Drink Option

I like going to Starbucks as much as the next white girl in Ugg boots, but with that being said, I’m not obsessed with it. In fact, I rarely get one of the oh so popular frappacino, machiatto, latte, blah blah.

My drink of choice might sound a bit strange, but trust me, give it a try.

I order a Steamed Milk with Caramel. WHAT?! No she didn’t. Take back her Ugg boots.

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Here me out, first of all, the reason I started drinking it was because I used to only go to Starbucks at night and I didn’t want caffeine to keep me up all night. Let’s face it, hot milk is great for going to bed.

The caramel aspect gives it that Starbucks-esque type flavouring, and the steamed milk adds a delicious nutty flavour. So it’s a great option for getting the Starbucks feel, without all the caffeine!

DOUBLE TIP: It is an awesome alternative for pregnant women! Caffeine is not a friend of the soon to be mama, but it is a hard thing to cut back on. So, this is a really good option to give the illusion that you’re still getting your drink from your local Starbucks without all the nonsense that you don’t need!