Tipsy Tuesday: Sandbanks Estate Winery


Hi All!

For this Tipsy Tuesday- I wanted to share one of my favourite wineries of the moment- Sandbanks Winery– and I have been loving their wines lately! I also visited the winery over my Christmas Holiday and it was beautiful (but I didn’t have a camera on me so I stole this pic from their website!)

I particularly like their red wines – these three being my fav:

I’m going to give you their description of the wines- since I am no connoisseur and have no idea how to properly describe them. lol

Baco Noir (can you tell this is my fav?- it didn’t even last long enough to take the picture!) 

Described as “A full-bodied red wine with intense plum and wild cherry flavours.Notes of toasted oak provide a lingering finish. Our signature wine.”                                                                
I really like this one for drinking before dinner, it is a little bit sweeter and just really nice on it’s own or with nice cheese!

Dunes 


Described as Rich, elegant and very well balanced red wine with intense aromas of raspberry, chocolate and red plum. Very versatile, always ready to be enjoyed at anytime.” 
– This one I can drink with our without food, but I like having it with steak or even pork- it’s nice drinking!

Shoreline


Described as “This rich bodied wine has red plum, raspberry and spice flavours with a vibrant finish of red cherry and vanilla. Pairs well with stews and red meat.”
– I would agree with the description- it does pair well with heavy foods since it is a little drier than the other two. We had this with roast-beef on Christmas with my grandparents and it was lovely!



Also when I was at the winery last- being all posh tasting wines with my fam, I tried this little aperitif – and I loved it- I am a big fan of black currant and it’s light and sweet and like juice but better lol

Seeing as it is pretty, pink and says love on it- it is a good choice for Valentine’s day coming up. Even if -like me- you are single and planning to drink it on a girls night, and you prefer to call it National Cake-Bingeing day!




Anyways, I just wanted to share that with you because I have been loving it lately – I also want to clarify that I do not get paid/sponsored to do this in any way- this is just a winery that I have visited and have been really enjoying their products for a while! And for that I wanted to give them some love! 

Hope you are having a very Tipsy Tuesday!

xo erin

Dog Socks


I came home to find that my mom had made our dog these:

Little work socks….. let me just say – death by cuteness-

Now she made these because he gets clumps of snow in his paw fur and it’s hard for him to walk very far in all the snow that we have right now. But I think the result is just too adorable not to share.

These have to be one of the most simple projects- they were made from an old pair of wool work socks that had a hole in them. Just a couple quick cuts and one quick seam and you have dog socks. It took one pair of socks to make these four little ones- using the top ribbing of the sock.

Now with Finn being super fluffy, I feel these give him the ‘marshmallow-toothpick look’ as I like to call it- where his body is the huge fluffy marshmallow and his feet are the little toothpicks. But oh my, is it SO CUTE to see him walking around the house in these.

So just in case you didn’t have enough cuteness in your life- here is a little more, and also a very simple sewing project!

Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday!

xo erin

Supper Sunday: Curried Pork Stew with Samosas


This has to be one of my all-time favourite meals that my mom makes- it is so delicious! It is a very indian-style dish and I love indian food it is probably my favourite. This is also quite a large batch- so if you make the full batch you will have enough for a couple family dinners or one big dinner and a few lunches! I love to make it up then freeze it in portions too for quick meals.

Curried Pork Stew

4 lbs pork tenderloin, cut into 1-2 inch cubes
2 tbsp coconut oil
salt & pepper

2 tbsp coconut oil
2 medium onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
5 tbsp curry paste (I do 3 hot and 2 mild of the brand I buy)
1-2 tbsp of chili sauce (or to taste- this is what really adds the spice!)

1 large (28 oz) can tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
parsley (for looks)

In the bottom of a large pot, heat the coconut oil. Sear the meat in batches, browning it on all sides and sprinkling it with salt and pepper. Once it is all seared remove it from the pot and leave to the side.

Now, with your pot on medium heat, add more coconut oil to the pot and throw in your onions, garlic and ginger, frying them for a couple of minutes. 

Then add your curry paste and chili sauce- I use these and love them:

Fry this all together until your onions softened and more translucent

Then throw your meat back into the pot and mix it all around and then add your tomatoes, chicken stock and salt, breaking up the tomatoes.

Bring this to a simmer, then let it simmer away on low on a back burner for 2 hours. When it is done add either dried or fresh parsley to bring out the colour – I don’t like parsley very much so I skip this step. – Now make your samosas!

Samosas

Pastry (whatever kind you like I used my pie crust, a half batch)

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp curry paste (or to taste)

4 cups (approx) cooked or fast cooking vegetables in small pieces
– I used:
1 cup baby spinach chopped
1/2 cup carrots cooked
2 cups cauliflower
1 cup mushrooms 
salt & pepper to taste

Fry the onion and garlic in the coconut oil. Add the curry paste and fry for a few more minutes. Add your cooked vegetables and salt and pepper to taste- mix it all up!

Now it is best to cool this mixture before you put it on the pastry, or else it will melt the pastry and make it difficult to work with- or just work fast lol!


I cut my pastry into fairly random shapes, and then put a couple large spoonfuls of the mixture in the middle and pull up all the sides and bringing it into a little package. These are fairly messy- they are not perfect looking and they are always a little random, but I think they look fine. But you can definitely make these any size or shape that you want, and depending on the type of pastry you are using they may look a little different anyways. 

Bake in the oven at 400 F for 20 minutes, or until light brown (this will depend slightly on the size of your samosas). Also you can fill your samosas with anything you like- other good veggie options are peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes & broccoli! 

Then I serve the pork over rice, the samosas on the side and I usually make a batch of my hummus to go with it and I like to fry up some pappadums – which are delicious and really makes it a full feast!

mmmmmm so good!

I know this probably isn’t the ‘right’ way to eat this- but I love to heap hummus and the pork over a piece of pappadum and eat it in bites like that- super tasty!

Hope you are all having a delicious Sunday!

xo erin

Wellness Wednesday: The Lean Machines


Hi All!

By now I am sure you have noticed my slight obsession with british YouTubers. And part of that obsession includes my favourite fitness channel: The Lean Machines.

I actually found this channel through the Pixiwoo sisters (BEST MAKE-UP ARTISTS EVER), and it is their younger brother & friend who are The Lean Machines. John & Leon – And let me tell you, they definitely live up to their name.

They make great, short, home and gym based work out videos some of my favs include: How to slim down your waist and strengthen your core!How to tone, shape and lift your bum and I loved their Christmas advent!

But more importantly than the fact that they are incredibly fit themselves and obviously know a thing or two about fitness (being personal trainers)- they are the most cheerful and encouraging guys ever!

They have such a great sense of humour and despite being incredibly fit- they don’t make you feel overwhelmed or intimidated- just really positive about the fact that you have goals and that you are doing something, rather than doing nothing. Which to me is the most important because I feel easily intimidated and insecure about my fitness level – and to have the message that ‘everything counts and doing something is always great and better than nothing’ is really good and motivational!!

Beyond their fitness videos they also have great videos about food and nutrition, and I think that their ideas and philosophy of food is spot on! They are also really good at explaining things in a way that is very informative while being informal and relatable. Some of my favourite nutrition based videos are: What should I be eating?, and Stay fit & healthy with our breakfast ideas!

They also do some fun bonus videos- just for entertainment and kicks- which are always nice to watch since they are funny and cheerful guys- and they are pretty interactive with their audience in the comments! Not to mention they are great at regularly uploading! What more could you want!

So that has been this Wellness Wednesday- I would highly recommend that you check these guys out!

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!

xo erin

Tipsy Treats Tuesday: Boozy Brownies!


So this Tuesday, my alcohol-related post is about these delicious treats! 

These cocoa brownies are so good! I have to say that I am generally a much bigger fan of cocoa based brownies, as I find them to be more fudgy and chocolate-y than ones that are made with chocolate.

These are SUPER simple and you can whip them up pretty quick!

Boozy Brownies

I got the basic recipe from one of my favourite food blogs Smitten Kitchen, but then I boozed it up!

10 tbsp of butter melted (which halfway between 1/2 a cup and 3/4- if you are like me and too lazy to actually measure 10 individual tbsps of butter)
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder 
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp Grand Marnier (or other liquor) 
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour

Mix the sugar and the cocoa powder and salt together in a large bowl. 

Add the melted butter and mix until it is all smooth and combined. While you are doing this it is also beneficial to play your favourite dance music extra loud and dance around your kitchen- or perhaps even take a shot of the liquor you are using on the brownies. 

Then add the booze and the eggs, mixing until combined. Salivate heavily over the smell coming from the mixture.

Then the flour goes in- mix until just combined. Pour into a greased 8X8 pan

You know what to do with that spatula! 

Bake at 325 F for 20- 25 mins, or until the outsides are a little more firm but the center is still soft!

Now this is a totally optional addition- 

While they are still quite warm, poke holes all through the top of your brownies & pour a shot of Grand Marnier all over them, letting it seep into the holes.

Make sure to use your favourite shot glass- mine happens to be one with the canadian flag on it that lights up when you hit it on the counter

Just to give them that EXTRA booze… lol 

These are SO SO good. If you are not into the whole orange-chocolate combination (you are crazy), you could use other liquors like baileys, or I don’t know- go crazy add a shot of tequila in there! lol

complimentary close-up of chocolate-y goodness:

Hope you all had a terrific Tuesday!! 

xo erin

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