Raspberry Galette  {A Pretty Life} Feature

Raspberry Galette

This Raspberry Galette is a simple and delicious dessert idea!  Use a pre-made puff pastry crust to save time!  So good. – – – – – – – I love raspberries so much.  Growing up I remember picking fresh raspberries from giant bushes at my grandparents farm, then taking them back in the house to dip in the sugar drawer, then eating them doused in cream.  Seriously one of my lifes best childhood memories…farmhouse drawers full of sugar and fresh berries…dreamy.  Now I find it hard to eat raspberries any way other than fresh…can you blame me though? But lately I’ve been craving raspberries baked into a pie…like craving in a bad way (my mind works in mysterious ways).  So I decided to bake a raspberry galette, because galettes are the fastest and easiest way to a delicious homemade pie.  I really love galettes because they are way less pressure to make than a traditional pie…there is no fuss making a crust and the crust doesn’t have to look perfect.  In fact, it’s the rustic look of galettes that I love the best.  That and the fact that you can buy the crust. Yes, buy the crust.  I will never, ever, in the history […]

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Cherry & Wine Compote with Goat Cheese Feature

Delicious Fruit and Cheese Appetizer Ideas

Delicious fruit and cheese appetizer ideas for your next get together! – – – – – – – Is there any better flavour combination than fruit with cheese?  Brie with berries?  Goat cheese with cherries?  Peach chutneys, strawberry compotes and raspberries with cheese?  Is your mouth watering yet?  Fruit and cheese appetizers are wonderful served in the summer on a warm and sunny deck with your favourite glass of wine!  They are easy to make, and are definite crowd pleasers.  So to tantalize your tastebuds, I’ve put together some Fruit and Cheese Appetizer Ideas for you to try! I’m sharing the recipe for this Cherry & Wine Compote served with Goat Cheese over on the Kendall-Jackson blog today!  This appetizer is so delicious served on baguette slices.  The fresh cherries in this recipe are simmered with red wine and a sprig of fresh rosemary…it’s delicious! – – – – – – I shared this Puff Pastry Baked Brie with Blueberry Chutney recipe on the Kendall-Jackson blog a couple of years ago, and it’s still one of my most favourite appetizers.  I love love the Brie baked right into the puff pastry.  Decadent and delish! – – – – – – This recipe for Figs with Ricotta […]

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One Dish Roasted Sticky BBQ Chicken Dinner 2

One Dish Roasted Sticky BBQ Chicken Dinner

This One Dish Roasted Sticky BBQ Chicken Dinner is a quick and delicious meal idea!  In less than an hour it can be on your table! – – – – – – I’ve been sitting here for almost 2 hours trying to write this post, but I can’t seem to summon up the energy.  Ever have those days?  All I really want to do right now is sit on my couch and continue with my Gilmore Girls marathon…I’m on season 6 and am determined to finish it before the reunion show comes out.  What I really should be doing is writing for my blog, cleaning the mess I’m staring at, then I should make the raspberry and cream Bundt cake I’ve been planning for ages, but…the…couch…is…so…comfortable. Actually now that I think about it, this is kind of a good segue into this chicken dish.  It’s recipes like this that save me on days like today…throw all the ingredients into one dish, bake it, then eat it.  Everyone gets fed a healthy home cooked meal with minimal effort. I’m a big fan of one pot dishes for roasted chicken.  Chicken and vegetables roast together perfectly, with both being cooked and done at the […]

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Festive Onion Casserole  {A Pretty Life}2

Festive Onion Casserole

Today I’m sharing a recipe and story from my Mom…moms have the best treasure trove of recipes!  My Mom is an amazing cook, and so much of my childhood memories are of delicious home cooked meals, and homemade treats, which I credit to my love of being in the kitchen as well.  Her love of feeding us healthy home cooked food, has been passed along to me, and it’s a gift that I will always be thankful for.   Before we get to her recipe you should meet my Mom.  Did you know that she also has a blog?  Yes she does, and it’s beautiful…she writes at Keeping With The Times, and shares stunning photography, recipes and craft ideas.  We are a lot alike, in that we love photography, gardening, home making, food and cooking. One of my most favourite Mom-made dishes ever, is this Festive Onion Casserole.  If you love onions, you will probably love this dish…the onions which are naturally sweet go perfectly with the parmesan cheese crust…so delicious.  It’s so good that I just have to share it with you.  As a matter of fact, we had it last night with roasted chicken!  Yum. Now a little background about this […]

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Spread Kindness Like Glitter

Be Kind

I’m posting something today that is very different from what I usually post, but it was something I felt like doing, so I did.  Right now in my province of Alberta, the city of Fort McMurray (80,000+ people) have been displaced by wildfires.  80,000+ people.  SO many people with nothing left, everything taken by fire.  It’s unimaginable.  One of the most amazing outcomes of this ongoing tragedy is the kindness that has spread as people reach out to help from all corners of our country.  People opening their homes and hearts and kitchens and wallets to help people they don’t even know…this has been amazing to witness.  A ray of hope for people going through the worst times of their lives. And a good reminder to always practice kindness. Be kind.  It’s so simple.  I hope we never forget to be kind.  I want us to always remember how necessary it is to be kind, how being kind can change the world.  Being kind is as simple as letting someone in while driving, smiling at someone, asking how a person is doing, reaching out to a friend of family member to say hi, baking a cake for a displaced family, donating to the […]

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