Summer Eats 

I always love summer and what different foods It will bring, from the stuff coming out of the garden , the barbecue or our new smoker. I thought I would just share a few of my photos of some of the tasty food that I made for my family. 

Yummy homemade cinnamon buns for breakfast… 

Tasty rotisserie chicken with the barbecue spice blend with fresh herbs out of the garden

One of two of my post about mussels, we love mussels in our house and we went camping and decided to make them over the fire in a garlic white wine sauce.

Two of two post about my mussels.. lol

These ones are simply made on the stove and again a white wine garlic sauces. We always like to serve really crusty bread with her muscles to soak up all that yummy juice

Can’t say this one’s for the family this is for mom!!! I’m a sushi lover and in a small town we don’t get any variety so I learned to make it myself these are tempura shrimp rolls

Stay tuned for more!!!! 

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Beef jerky

So I begin my two day process of making my first batch of homemade beef jerky in our Bradley smoker. I’m gonna make two different kinds of sweet and spicy and then just a regular with coarse black pepper. 

As a kid and young adult I was fortunate enough to grow up with a mom who worked in a meat packing plant. She was amazing at making beef jerky,  pepperoni, smokies, sausages so I had lots of time to pick her brain on what recipes she uses and how I would smoke my meat so on so forth. 

The first thing I needed to do was get my meat, again coming from a farm background I’m gracious enough to get a third of the beef ever year from my parents and I have a freezer full of round roast and sirloin roast. I took out four good size roast out of my freezer and let them thaw slightly. 

When cutting my meat I like to cut it while it’s still slightly frozen that way I get nice slices and the meat is easier to work with. 

It is very important to have a very sharp knife if your hand cutting your slices. A slicing machine can also be used however I don’t have one of those yet. 

1/4 inch slices or whatever your preference is. 

My four roast gave me 6 1/2 pounds of meat which will produce both 3 pounds of jerky. Remember you lose 50% weight when dehydrating it.

I marinated my meat for over 24 hours in the refrigerator prior to smoking. 

I smoke my meat in my Bradley smoker making sure none of my slices were touching, which was very important if they’re touching any part that’s touching other meat won’t cook. 

I cooked for the first two hours from 160 Fahrenheit to 170 Fahrenheit and then for the last two hours I added light smoke and brought my temperature up to 175 this gave me a nice consistency of my jerky. 

Your jerky’s consistency should be that it bens without snapping. This was my first time making jerky, I was quite pleased with how well the Bradley smoker performed and how well my jerky came out.


Bradley Smoker MAGIC

I’m soooo blessed to share my birthday “week” lol…with my amazing husband and for the past ten year we have been celebrating together. 

This year we decided we would combine our birthday funds and purchase a Bradley Smoker. 

We couldn’t be more happy about our decision. We busted this lovely out of the box as soon as we got it home and got it well seasoned.  

Season your smoker for 2 1/2 hours with any kind of wood chips/ pucks prior to using it to smoke any foods

Please insure to follow all the manual instructions when using your Smoker. 

Like kids In a candy store we were eger to use itand not able to decided what to cook first….. so what do you do??? 


So what you see here is a market size whole chicken and two racks of baby back ribs.

To season the meat I used a spice blend of garlic powder, seasoning salt, black pepper paprika, sweet paprika, a pinch of thyme, oregano and Rosemary. 

I used about a quarter cup each of garlic powder and seasoning salt.  2 to 3 tablespoons each of black pepper, paprika and sweet paprika followed by about a tablespoon of thyme, oregano and Rosemary. Please keep in mind that this makes quite a bit of seasoning mix.

I had enough seasoning blend to aggressively season all the meat and have leftovers. 

I like to season my meats a good hour or two ahead of time so that the meat has time to absorb all the flavors.

I smoked the meat at 250f with mesquite smoker pucks for 4-5 hours. This allowed the ribs and the chicken to come out nice and tender. 

I did not mop my meat at all during the process with any sort of barbecue sauce. I simply did that as they were resting and they turned out amazing. 

I serve my lovely smoke meats with garlic mashed potatoes and a stirfry of seasonal vegetables. Of course a nice big glass of red wine… 😍

Rest your meat for a good 10 to 15 minutes prior to cutting this will help with tenderness and juiciness

I hope you enjoyed my barbecue blog and our inaugural use of our Bradley smoker. There will be many more recipes to come and many more goodies to share with you thank you


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All things garden and greenhouse!!! 

A few nights ago once the kids were in bed I decided it was time to start my flower planter and urn for the summer. I love gardening and have learned to teach myself how do have a green thumb. 

As most would find this to be a lot of work I find it relaxing. My garden and greenhouse is my “happy place.”

Two years ago I tilled up a portion of my massive yard and started my very first garden. Ever since have been feeding family our home grown veggies all summer long. 

I wanted to take my gardening to the next level and my husband and I build a big greenhouse by ups cycling pallets. As a greenhouse can be on the expensive side to purchase this was a cost efficient way to get one the size I wanted. 

The greenhouse houses my tomatoe planted and savory herbs as I also enjoy canning come fall. 

In Alberta our spring weather is also very unpredictable so my flowers also stay in until end of May. 

Planters and Urns

Over the years I’ve learned that buying the big beautiful planter already ready to go at the greenhouses can be very expensive. So I started making my own. When I first started I put mostly all flowers in my planters but has the years have gone by and I mixed in more and more filler plants. This saved my time on plucking the dead flowers out, which is require for new growth. 

Gardening is really a time for me to relax and have some me time. As a mom I really forget to take time for me and do the things I love. 

I can’t wait to share my greenhouse and garden progress through out the summer with you!!! 

Stay tune !!!!



National Pizza Party Day!!! 

Wow first Caesar day and now Pizza!!!!!! Some of my favorite eats…. yes eats …Caesar are a meal in itself!!!

Pizza is a treat in our house we enjoy making it from scratch. The kids love helping measure the flour and watching the dough rise. Special childhood moments I believe they will remember for a lifetime. However after a long day of garage sale hopping my princess is fast asleep and my prince stayed at Nana’s for a sleepover. 🙂😉 

Our Favorite quick pizza dough recipe… MUST TRY

The above link is a recipe for the best pizza dough recipe I have tried. It’s a quick rise only take 30mins and is truly amazing …. definitely in my must try list. 

Sooo adult theme pizza it is to honor national pizza party day !! Tonight menu is Seafood Alfredo with herb soft goat cheese  and a Ham / Salami with onions…. YESSSS ONIONS…..pizzas YUM 

Onions are always a staple in my cooking as they add tons of flavor. My kids tho aren’t as in love with them as me, soooo when I can put them on my pizzas in full visibility it’s a treat for this mommy. 

Once our pizzas are all prepped and made using that great pizza dough recipe above. 

The dough will make two 12inch pizzas. 

*** top your pizzas with whatever ingredients you love and as a busy mom of two I feel no shame in using a store bought pizza sauce***

We will cook them at 425f for 20 minutes.

And the results are yummy…. there nothing better then homemade pizzas!! Hand down worth the time.. 

Hope everyone enjoyed a slice today!!

Pizza Recipes to follow


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Feel good about yourself Friday….. 

Today’s blog is not about food or crafts it’s about feeling good in your own skin, loving who you are and seizing every day. As a woman who just recently got laid off from a job that I’ve been at for years it really took a toll on my self-esteem / confidence and with a young daughter at home I don’t want her to see me that way.  I want her to see me happy and in love with who I am, where I am and what I’m doing. 

I’m not the skinniest girl,  I’m not the prettiest girl but I am who I am and I want her to know that …it’s OK … So today feel Good Friday,  love who you are !!!! take tons of selfie and show off the beautiful you. 

Feel free to share your selfies in the comments!!! 


Side note …. first day I feel confident enough to put on bright lipstick, never in my life have I wore bright lipstick and today I am going to rock it!!!

Lip color is boysenberry by Beauticontrol. www.beauticontrol.com