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Homemade Holiday Irish Cream (WARNING: This recipe will change your life!)

I am not even going to get into the many reasons that I have neglected this blog and all my followers for so long…let’s just say that I’m back and ready to inspire, cook, drink and be merry.

Last night I got together with a couple of my gal pals to do make some goodies for Christmas. We each decided to make a liqueur to give away my choice was Homemade Irish Cream! Needless to say it turned out better than I imagined  and I PROMISE you that you will never ever buy pre bottled Irish Cream again!

Ingredients List: 

  • 1 cup 18% cream
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk (1can)
  • 1 2/3 C Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 2 Tbsp Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract (I skipped this entirely)

The Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and set on high speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate. Shake before using

Homemade Holiday Irish Cream: 

Step 1-The Fixings for Irish Cream

Step 1-The Fixings for Irish Cream

Step 2-Add your ingredients and Blend

Step 2-Add your ingredients and Blend

Step 3-Bottle and sample

Step 3-Bottle and sample

Happy Festivus!

Happy Festivus!

Bring this amazing drink to your next holiday party, give away as gifts or just enjoy at home with your loved ones!

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

 

 

Coconut Shrimp

Friday, Todd and I were enjoying our weekly lunch date trying to figure out a hang out spot for our friend Amy who is visiting from Far far Away. Anyway, it’s Halloween weekend and the parties for enthusiast are plentiful. I have never really been interested in Halloween as an adult (***i do love seeing kids enjoying the holiday! My favorite thing to do is hand out candy and chat with the children. No house=no candy giving) and I especially dislike costumes. I figured a good compromise would be to hold a dinner for Amy and friends as a sort of pre-Halloween party feast and all the other freaks that don’t “do” Halloween would have a refuge post dinner to be merry and drink without the pressure of costumes and what not while the others went off to party their goblin butts off.

So in the spirit of excess Todd and I came up with an epic deep fry plan. Menu items include: Pickles, Spring Rolls, Samosas, Tortellini, Ribs, a Duck, Okra, CHips, Anything we can deep fry and a personal fav: Coconut Shrimp.

Ingredients List:

  • 1 lbs Shrimp (Shells Removed and De Veined)
  • 1 Cup shredded and unsweetned Coconut
  • 1 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Panko Crumbs
  • 1 small can of Coconut Milk
  • 1 Egg

****Click on the picture for a closer look at how to make Coconut Shrimp:

The night was a huge success and everyone enjoyed the deep fry fest. Personal favorites: The onion ring starters and Todd’s Dry Ribs! I hope that everyone is enjoying this sunny Sunday Afternoon and cooking up a feast.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Vegan Pumpkin Loaf

Cleanse Day 6, Success Rate: 80%: I have been to the gym everyday except for Thursday and I have gone to yoga 2 times on top of that. Thursday was a terrible day for the cleanse, I woke up feeling really tired and low energy; Fastforward to 8:00pm and a visit from my sister and a long line up for dinner at Fresh and it made it easy to talk myself into a martini and dinner at Il Fornello.  Anyway, a few hours off the cleanse train didn’t hurt me, although I do feel a bit lame about giving in, but clearly my body was craving vodka, sausage, pasta and cheese (i think it was probably  a matter of life and death!) and so…I indulged. I woke up Friday morning and jumped right back on and am going strong.  Today, I am heading to a clothing swap at my gal pal Kelly’s place and I promise promise promise not to indulge in Mimosas’ and Chips! Since it is the end of October, I thought I would cook up something seasonal and festive: a Vegan Pumpkin Loaf.

Ingredients List:

  • 1 & 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1 cup  Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp All Spice
  • 1 14 oz can of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • Handful of Pumpkin Seeds

****Click on the picture for a closer look at how to make the Vegan Pumpkin Loaf:

I love fall, so many delicious recipes. Any plans for Halloween?  Tell me about em and of course about what you’re eating!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa


Chocolate and Beet Loaf

My friend Erin brought over a whole bunch of goodies from her garden, including a bunch of beets. I love beets and usually just boil them and have them on hand to snack on or throw in a salad. Yesterday, I was online getting some food ideas for dinner and stumbled across the idea of a beet and chocolate cupcake.  Here’s my take on this great recipe…You will be amazed at how moist the beets make this loaf and you will be shocked at the flavour. SO DELICIOUS!

Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Sunflower Oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup cooked and grated beets

****Click on the picture for a closer look at how to make a Chocolate and Beet Loaf:

I am really excited that Thanksgiving is coming up, it’s my favorite holiday and I will be heading to Northern Ontario to visit with family and friends.  But first, I get to see Jesus Christ Superstar at the Stratford Festival! Just a thought, but you should WOW your people with this Chocolate and Beet cake at your Thanksgiving Festivities…

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Pumpkin Hummus

This afternoon, I am hosting a fall mixer. I have been away most of the summer and I am finally able to catch up with friends and what better way to catch up, than with all of them at once.  I am serving an array of fall  themed food and hopefully I will be able to post some pics of the different offerings.  But at the risk of photo blogging the mixer fails…I figured I would to share this recipe with the world and give you a preview of the day’s treats.

Ingredients List:

  • 1 large can (28 oz) garbanzo beans (chick peas)
  •  ***save 1/4 cup of the chick pea water and add if you are having trouble blending your mixture!)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
  • the juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • salt and pepper to taste

****Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Pumpkin Hummus:

This delicious fall themed recipe takes minutes to make and will seriously rock your world. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds.

On another note, I’m totally hooked on this blog:  (Under The Hill), it is thought provoking, funny, heart breaking and informative. A genuine perspective on the government, the people of Canada and world issues. Please take a moment to check it out!

Happy Sunday!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Lime and Black Pepper BBQ’ed Corn

Sunday in Toronto….33 degree’s! What better way to enjoy the heat than to have a sizzling summer soiree with friends.

I’m prepping a whole BBQ menu but the Lime and Black Pepper BBQed Corn is going to be the dish that everyone is going to want to make themselves! It’s so easy and it’s a really delicious and unique way to serve your grilled corn. Trust me you will not be disappointed.

Ingredients List:  Makes 8 servings.

  • 4 cobs of corn cut in half
  • 3 limes
  • A healthy amount of pepper

*Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Lime & Black Peppers BBQ Corn:

Along with the corn. I served 3 different types of Cheese that I got while I was in The County. I am totally in love with Fifth Town’s Petal Luna Hard Goat Cheese. It is incredible!

Anyway, I hope you get to jump in a lake, a pool, in a sprinkler…something to beat the heat.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Piper’s Phyllo Pie

On July 2nd, my friends welcomed a gorgeous baby girl named Piper into this world. Yesterday, I had the chance to meet her. Rather than stuffed animals or diapers I decided to bring them the gift of food. Here is the recipe for one of my offerings, a Prosciutto and Asparagus Phyllo Pie:

Ingredients List:

  • 1/2 cup of goat cheese
  • 10 stalks of Asparagus chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of chopped red onions
  • 10 sheets phyllo dough
  • 8 slices of Prosciutto roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

**Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Piper’s Phyllo Pie:

I’m off to PEC for the final week of Amelia, The Girl Who Wants to Fly!

Enjoy the heat!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa