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Lemon Scones with Lemon Curd Glaze

Make these Lemon Scones and serve them with Lemon Curd Glaze!  A delicious and very lemony treat! – – – – – – – So before we get to the lemon scones, can we just talk about this turquoise baking sheet for a second?  Seriously, LOOK at it.  Have you ever seen a more gorgeous pan?  I saw it at Winners and had to have it, I mean how could I not? I envisioned all kinds of baking that I could make on it, and how pretty it would look in pictures…a food blogger is always thinking about food pictures and props, all the dang time.  I no longer just see dishes when I’m shopping, I see them as food props, and imagine them in blog and Instagram posts!  It’s a sickness I tell you.  😉 I decided to christen this pan with a delicious batch of lemon scones…the yellow with the turquoise?!  Oh heck yes.  But most importantly these scones are so scrumptious.  I love all kinds of scones, strawberry white chocolate, hot cross scones, eggnog scones, pumpkin, vanilla white chocolate…you name it.  But the best of them all?  These lemon scones.  With the lemon curd glaze.  You have to make […]

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Kendall-Jackson Winery Tour

A tour of the Kendall-Jackson Vineyard.  This tour is gorgeous, delicious and a must see! – – – – – – – Last summer on our epic California-bound road trip, one of my favourite stops was the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens.  As you may know I have been working with Kendall-Jackson for a while now, making delicious recipes to share with our readers, so when I knew we were going to be in the area, I had to visit. So on a sunny beautiful California day, my husband and I set out for the wine estate and gardens, excited for a garden tour, vineyard tour and food and wine pairings with the amazing Kendall-Jackson personnel I work with. As soon as we arrived we were in love with this place!  The main building just invites you in, with promises of a great time. But before you even really get started, we had to take a tour of the main gardens at the front of the building.  Flowers, fountains, garden paths, benches…all inviting you in to enjoy it all. Beautiful! While we were there the grapes were in veraison, which means that it was almost time for harvest!  It was really […]

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Crockpot Beef Dip Recipe

A delicious and classic beef dip recipe that you can make in your crockpot or slow cooker! – – – – – – Beef dip is a quintessential classic comfort food.  As a kid, every time we would go out for dinner the first thing I would look for on the menu was beef dip.  There is something so delicious about a bun filled with tender meat and onions, dipped in a flavourful au jus.  So good. Even now as an adult I will often order a beef dip…one of the best ones I have ever had was from a little restaurant in Revelstoke, BC called Three Bears.  It’s gone now, but I will never forget their beef dip…it was smothered in cooked red peppers, onions and horseradish.  When I took my first bite I was MIND BLOWN at the peppers and horseradish, as I only ever had a beef dip served in it’s classic form.  Now I can’t eat a beef dip without them. This recipe is made in the crockpot which I love because I can have dinner pretty much ready by 10 in the morning, and I have all day to let it cook and get all […]

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Tips For Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood

Tips and tidbits to make your visit to Universal Studios Hollywood a little easier! – – – – – – Last summer on our gigantic California road trip, we made a stop in LA to take in all the major attractions, and the first place we visited was Universal Studios Hollywood!  This place was by far one of my most favourite of the summer, and we can’t wait to go again, especially now that Harry Potter has opened up, and The Walking Dead is coming! It was such a great day that I wanted to share a bit of our visit with you, then at the bottom of this post I’ve got some tips for making the most of your own visit to this amazing park should you go! This park is amazing.  It’s so interesting to see how movies are made and see movie and TV sets from our favourite shows.  The park also has some of the best rides we were on this summer…it’s a fantastic place and we can’t wait to go back. There is a lot to see and do here at Universal, so we arrived as soon as it opened and left when it closed, so needless […]

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Visiting Alcatraz Island

On our California road trip, we stopped in to tour Alcatraz Island.  Come have a glimpse of this incredible place, and get some tips to make your visit more enjoyable! – – – – – – After our drive along the Oregon Coast, our next stop was San Fransisco.  I love this area so much…the wharf, the food, the hills, the Golden Gate Bridge, the ocean, the wineries, Alcatraz…there is so much to do in this beautiful area. One of our most memorable and favourite experiences on our California road trip was our visit to Alcatraz Island.  The kids and my husband & I enjoyed it so much…it’s really one of the neatest places I’ve ever visited. Alcatraz Island is managed by the National Park Service and is located in the San Fransisco Bay, about 2 km offshore. To get to Alcatraz Island you have to take a ferry from Pier 33 over to the island which takes about 10 – 15 minutes.  This is a good time to get some really great photos of Alcatraz as you approach. The history of Alcatraz is so interesting…not only did it serve as a state penitentiary from 1933 until 1963 and was home to […]

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