Kale Chips

Truth be told, I am not a “munchy” person. I don’t ever feel the need to sit down and demolish a bag of chips or a chocolate bar. I would honestly much rather have an apple. Sour candy on the other hand…

Anyways, kale is the biggest thing now a days, and for good reason. It is incredibly good for you AND delicious. I can devour an entire plate of kale chips, no problem. They are super easy to make, one bunch of kale makes a lot and besides the great taste, you feel good eating them.

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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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Kate Middleton: Best Looks

Anybody who knows me knows that I love the Royal family. I mean, I really love them. I think growing up in Canada, we have such a connection to the UK that you are bound to know all about the UK, their customs, and of course their Royal Family.

When I turned 20 I took a trip to London, UK with my grandparents and that entire trip just made my admiration with the Royal Family so much more prevalent.

One of my favourite people to follow in the family is Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. It is hard not to love the Duchess- she seems like such a genuinely sweet, kind person, and she really is the epitome of class.

One of the things I love about Kate Middleton is, girl knows how to dress. I mean I know she is “a face” of Royalty and needs to represent herself in a certain way, but there really isn’t an event or outing where she doesn’t look perfectly put together and classy. I don’t just love the way she dresses, but I love that she takes on a modern spin to her title. Of course she wears the best designers and the most beautiful pieces but she is known to be an outfit recycler- which I admire very much, especially in the position she is in. Kate Middleton really can go from casual to ballroom fancy and she looks great in it all.

In lieu of the Duchesses 36th birthday yesterday, I am celebrating with her best looks. These are 30 of my personal favourite looks worn by the Duchess throughout the years. Let me tell you, it was hard to choose just 30.

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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.