Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kickstarter Update for March

It feels like spring is on its way here! We are experiencing a very early melt here in Northern BC and if I am lucky, I will have a somewhat green Easter!

Construction on the kitchen is plugging along. We had hoped it would be complete by now but we had a major delay with counters and the sink. It is all coming together and delays are common in construction when you live in a remote area. We don't have a major building store with a huge abundance of choices here, so we rely on items being shipped or on traveling to pick things up.

Plumbing and electrical are complete and the flooring is being installed next week. We will rush to try and paint before then. Then we wait on the counters and sinks, being shipping from the lower mainland, so hopefully over spring break we will be able to start installing everything.

While the kitchen may be moving slower than planned, business is growing quickly. We have more wholesale customers this spring than every before and are looking to expand across Northern BC. We also are looking forward to our outdoor farmers' market starting up again in May. I know that some of you are fans from the market and I really look forward to seeing you this spring and summer. I will be offering new products this spring and summer at the farmers' market so please stop by and have a sample!

Finally, rewards are shipping out weekly! The end of March will be the end of our regular rewards, with some backers opting for a delayed shipping/pick-up of rewards in the summer. I have heard back from some of my backers and I thank you for your kind and positive feedback about the product. If you haven't received your package yet, hang tight, it is being whipped, cut, bagged, and boxed over the next 2 weeks for sure. Also, I am feeling rather generous and doubling the amount of marshmallows in the rewards I am shipping out. Just because I really want to share the marshmallow love!

Thanks again to everyone for your continued support!

Happy spring!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dinner Made Easy {blog series} & GIVEAWAY

It has been fun sharing our tips and recipes for simplifying family dinners. I have found so many of you on Instagram and love following along with your families and cooking.

Today I am sharing my last recipe for what to do with the leftover roast chicken. I first posted this meal on Instagram, and received so many comments and questions.

Stuff Your Own Taco is one of our favorite meals. This is also a great way to get some veggies and protein in kids while they have fun making their tacos. I also use this as an opportunity to use up leftovers and stray veggies and condiments.

Easy Chicken Tacos

  • Shred the white meat from your leftover roast chicken and place in a skillet
  • Warm over medium heat, sauteeing for a few minutes
  • Stir in your favorite salsa, approximately 4 tablespoons, more if you like it really saucy
  • Warm through and serve with your tacos shells and condiments
Stuff Your Own Taco
  • Shred cheese, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, or other veggies
  • Chop peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, or other toppings
  • Place salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or other favorite taco condiments in small bowls with spoons
  • Warm tortillas or taco shells
  • Bring all the fixings to the table, family style, with spoons for serving and allow everyone to make their own taco

As a thank you to my Instagram fans, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY on Instagram today. Head on over and follow me to find out more about what I am giving away!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Family Dinner Made Easy- the Plan {blog series}

My Dinner Made Easy strategy is all around planning. When I started planning our weekly meals, not only did I remove almost all of the panic of what to cook for dinner, we started saving a lot of money.

We do the bulk of our grocery shopping on the weekend. This is because we like to shop at our farmers' market, many of the grocery stores have deals on the weekend, and that is when we are in town to shop. When we lived in the city I preferred mid-week shopping. Whenever it is that you like to shop, draft a plan before you go and it will make things much easier. The more that you do it, the easier it gets.

Creating a Menu for the Week
I look at the week and start with evenings when I need to consider time and ease. A busy weeknight due to kids' activities or a commitment will be scheduled first with something quick and easy, or a plan for leftovers or something from the freezer. Then I look at the nights when I have more time to cook and I plan meals around what we have in our fridge, freezer, and pantry. I start with perishables that need to be used up- soups, stir fry, one pan roasting- these are all good strategies to use up food. I also save bits and pieces for pizza night, making stock, or reserve herbs and cheese for baking.

Next, I plan other meals and choose them based on time to prepare, variety, and cost of ingredients. I would say we have about a dozen entrees per season that are the go-to dishes, but I also like to try something new each week, even if it is something super simple.

Apart from leftovers, the freezer, and make-ahead meals, another super solution to dinner is Breakfast! We love breakfast for dinner and eggs are such an amazing meal any time of day.

The Plan this Week
Here is our menu this week (I will be sharing some of these recipes later on too!)

Sunday- Roast Chicken Dinner (with an extra chicken to use later in the week)
Monday- Pasta- a simple Bolognese
Tuesday- Chinese Food- we are having friends over and I am using the extra chicken to make a hoisin chicken dish, a veg stir fry, and steamed rice. They are bringing wonton soup!
Wednesday- Soup- made from the chicken from Sunday, veg, and noodles. Served with homemade bread.
Thursday- Tourtiere- Last week I made this from the new cookbook Brown Eggs and Jam Jars. The recipe makes 2 so I froze one pie. We loved it so much we put it on the menu this week.
Friday- PIZZA!!!
Saturday- French Picnic- we love picking up food from the farmers' market for an easy dinner- fresh bread, cheese, preserves, and maybe some sausage to grill up.

Later this week I will share a few of the recipes listed above. Try planning your menu for next week and give yourself some time to think about it and make your shopping list from it.