Autumn Beef Stew Recipe

I love hardy soups and stews do you? I hope this recipe brings the meaning of comfort and cozy to a new level in your life. My family loves my beef stew. It’s delicious and hardy and it brings comfort to those cold Autumn days. Enjoy!


1lb – 12 oz of Stewing beef or strip loin chopped in cubes. I used the last pieces from a whole strip loin.

8 Cups of Beef Broth

1 Cup chopped carrots

1 Cup chopped celery

1 Yellow Onion finely chopped

1tsp salt

1tsp pepper

5 Cups chopped Potatoes

2 Bay leaves

1 All spice ball

2 garlic cloves minced

1/4 tsp mint

1/4 tsp basil

1 tbs flour and 1tsp gravy powder (mix with a little beef broth and add it at the end of cooking as a thickening agent)


I made my own beef broth but feel free to use store bought. I made my broth with scraps of beef, onion, carrots, celery and the same spices in the recipe.

  1. Boil your meat for 15 min in your stock and clean off the foam/dirty froth that forms on the top of your pot. Just spoon it out until there is no foam.
  2. Add all the spices and veggies to your pot and cook for 35 min.
  3. Turn pot off and in a little bowl mix 1 tbs flour and 1tsp gravy powder with some beef broth. Make sure you have no clumps add it to the soup and mix.

This soup tastes even better the next day! So delicious!


Best Day To Cook: Easy Delicious Food At Home Part 1

I have a lot of lovely cook books in my collection and I’ve only tried a few recipes from them. It’s so funny but I love reading and looking at the pictures but never actually make any of them. It takes time to shop the ingredients and cook food that you hope your whole family will love. But I really want to make a change and I want to introduce more flavours and ingredients to my family. I want to explore more flavours and textures. I look forward to sharing my cook book journey with you. I hope you enjoy my post and future posts and I hope to inspire you to start cooking easy, delicious recipes at home.

I will start with my newest purchase. I was watching the Netflix series “Down to Earth” and in one of the episodes a lovely chef was featured. Her name is Ella Woodward and she is the writer for * Deliciously Ella. I tried a lot of her recipes and I absolutely love this cook book. Easy to follow recipes with simple ingredients that are so good for you. I’m not a Vegan but I do love eating healthy and I’m really enjoying this book. I feel that everyone can enjoy this book and not just Vegans.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Chunky Italian Soup Pg. 141

The recipes that I made are as follows:

Pan Fried balsamic tomatoes Pg. 30

Chunky Italian Soup Pg. 141

Nut Butter chocolate chip cookies Pg.

Crunchy Mexican Salad Pg. 125

the Dressing & Dip from the Crunchy Mexican Salad is a huge success at our home. Pg. 125

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Pg. 206

Tahini Cookies Pg. 194

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

The chocolate chip banana bread is absolutely moist and delicious. I love it so much and it’s so simple and easy to make. It tastes wonderful and I will be using this recipe for my banana bread from now on. My family loves it.

Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies didn’t last long at all. Delicious!

Crunchy Mexican Salad

I love the dressing of course and so did the family. The church to this salad is lovely and the dressing is perfection.

Pan Fried Balsamic Tomatoes

If you haven’t pan fried tomatoes with onions with balsamic vinegar you need to try this. It’s absolutely delicious! My mouth waters every time I think about this recipe.

Tahini Cookies

The first cookies to finish in a matter of seconds!

Dressing & Dip from the “Crunchy Mexican Salad” recipe on pg. 125

The famous dip that my family asks for every other day is from the “Crunchy Mexican Salad” dressing/dip on Pg. 125. My husband and children do not like cilantro and there is a handful of it in this recipe and they love it! My husband also doesn’t like creamy consistency and creamy recipes but he LOVES this dip/dressing. A favourite!

Overall I love this * cook book and I will be making all the recipes. I’ve never been this excited for a cook book. I will continue sharing more recipes and cook books from my collection with you. I am very exited! Thank you so much for reading my blog post. Have a lovely day!

*Referral Link. I added a link to the book. If you purchase the book I make commission from Reward Style.

I give this book a 5/5 on my cook book list.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Delicious Pierogies! Peter and Pat’s Pierogies Available At Costco Canada -#GIVEAWAY!

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Today’s Menu includes very flavourful and tasty Pierogies!


Peter & Pat’s Pierogies Launched in Canada!
Made with 100% Real Potato and 100% Natural Ingredients!
I’m beyond excited to share with you this delicous post because I really enjoy a good pierogie do you? I’m a huge fan of Peter & Pat’s Pierogies because they are really delicious especially the Bacon and Cheddar Cheese pierogies which you can find across Canada at all COSTCO stores.
They are 100% real mashed potato filling mixed with 100% real, savoury bacon and 100% premium yellow cheddar cheese and seasonings. I absolutely love eating my pierogies with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of salt and pepper also some garlic salt and topped with parsley. They are super easy to prepare. I just boil them for 4 to 5 min and that’s it! You can also pan fry them to give them a crispy golden exterior. Yummy!
These pierogies are so incredible and by far my favourite. I love eating them as an appetizer also serving them as hors d’oeuvres by cutting them in half.
They are soft and creamy and very mouth watering. The flavour of the cheese and bacon really come through and are very delicious.

Have you tried pierogies before? I highly recommend them!

Here is a little information about Peter and Pat’s Pierogies:


Peter & Pat’s Pierogies have officially launched in Costco locations across Canada.  These are no ordinary pierogies, Peter & Pat use a 60-year-old family recipe, made with 100% real potato, 100% natural ingredients and 100% family tradition.

Peter & Pat grew their love for traditional Eastern European food into a thriving catering business in the Northeast United States over the last 20 years.  Everybody’s favorite has always been their pierogies, which are delicately crafted potato filled dumplings. People loved them so much that they have now become a top seller in the United States and is why they have now officially launched in Costco locations across Canada.

Pierogies are low fat, low cholesterol, all-natural, and made with no preservatives. Boil or Pan-Fry these up in just 8 minutes for a great snack or meal anytime.

As per prep instruction, Pierogies can be boiled or pan-fried in just minutes (the most recommended methods). They can also be deep-fried, steamed, or micro waved.  Pierogies should be cooked from frozen (most recommended), or from partially thawed.

Peter & Pat have launched their famous Potato, Bacon and Cheddar Cheese pierogies at Costco locations across Canada.  They are 100% real mashed potato filling mixed with 100% real, savory bacon and 100% premium yellow cheddar cheese and seasonings.



I’ve kindly partnered up with the incredible PR for Peter and Pat’s Pierogies to bring you an awesome giveaway so that you can go and buy these lovely pierogies or anything you like from Costco!

Here is your chance to WIN a  $50.00 Gift Card for COSTCO!

This Giveaway is for CANADA and USA residents only.

I hope you join the giveaway by filling out the rafflecopter below!

Good luck to you all and thank you!

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Neal Brothers Spread Goodness Close to Home!


“Giving back to our roots has always been a priority for the Neal Brothers brand”

-Peter Neal, Co-Owner, Neal Brothers.

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to bring you a review for Neal Brothers Extremely Tasty Maple Bacon Kettle Chips and Himalayan Sea Salt Kettle Chips. I kindly accepted to review the new line of non-GMO verified, all natural kettle-cooked chips because one, I love food and two I like to support Canadians. What makes me really happy is giving to a good cause and helping others. The Neal Brothers are giving back and here is how they are doing it:

Neal Brothers Foods Proves that “Food Is Family by spreading goodness close to home this Holiday Season. Fifty Percent of proceeds from the Cookbook Featuring 37 Canadian “Food Fighters” to Go Towards Community Food Centers Canada. Goodness celebrates 37 good food fighters from across Canada-chefs, entrepreneurs, growers, and food activists who believe that good, healthy food should be accessible to all. Each of their stories underlines the simple truth: food has the power to enrich lives and build strong communities. Believers that everyone should be able to access food, healthy food and eat well, Neal Brothers donate 50% of the profits from Goodness to Community Food Centres Canada.

I feel that this cause is so important and I’m very grateful to spread the news and hopefully to help out as much as I can. If you would like to help check out Goodness Recipes & Stories cook book.



I really like the Neal Brothers Extremely Tasty Kettle Chips. They are not too greasy and they indeed are very  flavourful. I love the Himalayan Sea Salt and find them not too salty but they have just the right amount of salt. These make great scoops for dips because they have the perfect strength and crunch. I love these with salsa and hummus but I also enjoy them with my chilli! Truly satisfying and the perfect crunchy texture. The Maple Bacon Kettle chips didn’t last long at all. I honestly like them so much I ate them all in one sitting and I’m not sorry at all! They have the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Totally delicious and perfect for parties and also for watching a movie. Delicious and the flavour is amazing! I also love using the maple bacon chips for ice cream topping.


Neal Brothers Foods is a gourmet Canadian Food company founded in Aurora, Ontario by brothers Peter and Chris Neal. The brothers started in their family kitchen in 1998, Neal Brothers Foods was founded out of passion for great tasting, “better for you” snacks. Their commitment has always been, and remains steadily to offer food products that are healthier than the norm, using the best ingredients to achieve that, no matter the cost. One of the most popular items in the Neal Brothers lineup, all-natural, non-GMO, kettle -cooked chips are now available in the U.S. Along with the line of chips they also have tortilla chips, gourmet mayonnaise, organic popcorn and sauces that include dressing and salsas.

We started Neal Brothers in the spring of 1988 with the idea that we could offer food products that were better than what was currently on the market. We wanted to use a combination of more natural ingredients, good value, and sexier packaging to give consumers more choice from the typical offerings of the national brands and expensive imports of the day. Our commitment has always been, and remains steadily, to offer food products that were healthier than the norm, using the best ingredients to achieve that, no matter the cost. In the early 1990’s, we searched hard to find organic ingredients because we believed in the whole concept and importance of eating organic in order to live healthier today and equally as important, to sustain the environment in the future. Organic ingredients were not readily available for our manufacturing needs at the time but as they became available over the years, we added more and more organic items to our Neal Brothers lineup. – NEAL BROTHERS

I hope you check out the book Goodness Recipes & Stories because 50% of the proceeds go toward Community Food Centres.

Goodness Recipes & Stories  can be purchased online at Amazon or in Longos and Loblaws stores. 

Thank you so much to the Neal Brothers/Media for the wonderful samples.

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*PR Samples. Not an AD. Not Sponsored.



Delightful Holiday Sweets and Treats!


Happy Holidays my wonderful friends. I wish you the very best this Holiday Season and a Happy and wonderful New Year! This is the most beautiful time of the year when I can indulge in many treats and yummy desserts and not feel bad about it. Actually this is not a rule for me. I actually feel this way all year round! haha! Today I’ve created three easy lovely recipes for the holidays and I hope you try them out. The first one is Mincemeat Pies. Did you know they don’t have meat in them? The second is a Almond Milk Vanilla Chai Latte and the last one is yummy Rocky Road Chocolate Squares. 


Almond Milk Vanilla Chai Latte


2 Cups of Plain unsweetened Almond Milk

(Feel free to use what ever almond milk you like.)

2 Tazo Chai tea bags

2 Tbs Honey

1 Star Anise

1/4 Tsp Pure Vanilla extract

2 Cinnamon Sticks (One for warming up and one for decoration)

A pinch of Cinnamon

A pinch of nutmeg


Add everything to a pot and slowly warm it up. Do not boil it. EnjoY!

Mince Pies

A mince pie is a sweet pie of British origin, filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called “mincemeat”, that is traditionally served during the Christmas season… -Wikipedia

1 Package of Presidents choice Puff Pastry

1 Jar of Presidents Choice Mincemeat Pie filling

1 Apple finely chopped

Icing Sugar to sprikle

12 Cup Muffin Pan

Pam Spray or oil to grease the muffin pan. (Very little)



Preheat oven to 350°F

Gently grease the muffin pan. I used a little oil. You can use Pam or butter. Very lightly.

Chop up the apple and add it to the mincemeat pie filling.

Roll out the puff pastry and cut 12 circles to fit each muffin cup.

Make sure the puff pastry comes up the sides of the muffin cups.

Add a 1 tbs of minced meat filling in each muffin cup.

Take the second puff pastry and cut out 12 stars.

Place each star on top of each mincemeat pie and gently press each corner of the star to the pastry. This is just so that it attaches to it.

*Try not to stretch the stars and best to use puff pastry when it’s very cold.

Place in oven for 25 min or until golden brown.

Let them cool before topping them with icing sugar.


Rocky Road Chocolate Bars!


450gms of Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate

3 Cups Mini Marshmallows

3 Cups broken up Biscuits

1 Can 300ml of Condensed Sweet Milk

1/3 Cup Golden Syrup

1 Cup of Cherries (I used Maraschino Cherries but its better to use Glace Cherries)

1 Cup of Nuts of your choice. I used Mixed Nuts.

You can also add a little Grand Marnier in the mixture. (LOVE Grand Marnier!)

Icing Sugar


I used a double boiler on medium heat to melt my chocolate slowly.

When the chocolate is melted add the condensed milk and syrup and mix.

Turn heat off and add all the ingredients. Mix well and add the marshmallows last.

Place Mixture in a pan that has been lined with parchment paper and cool in the fridge.

When cooled cut into squares and dust with icing sugar.


I hope you enjoy the recipes.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! holiday-blog-ending