Distillery Christmas Markets

Toronto Distillery District Christmas Market

This weekend we checked out the Christmas Market in the Distillery District (which is also home to one of our top possible wedding venue options!). The day wasn’t very Christmas-y, since is was wet and mild, but the overwhelming crowds and overpriced wares put me right into the holiday spirit. Ba-humbug, right?  We still had a great time, and maybe we’ll squeeze in another visit when there’s a bit of snow on the ground.

The holidays are always a busy time, and things have been extra busy for me lately because I have a big deadline coming up at work. I’ve been doing a ton of crafting lately (including my mason jar gifts, and many more that I hope to share soon), so my apartment has been in perpetual disarray.

But this week I’ll be wrapping up my work project and my finished Christmas gifts, just in time to host a holiday dinner this weekend. We haven’t finalized the menu yet, but I’ve got some Christmukkah deliciousness in the works, for sure! Coming to my belly and blog soon :)

Toronto Distillery District Christmas Market

Toronto Distillery District Christmas Market

Toronto Distillery District Christmas Market

Toronto Distillery District Christmas Market

Homemade Chai Latte Mix

chai latte recipe

We’re really into the holiday season now! Days are short, but nights are long and busy with shopping, visiting, making, cooking, baking, eating, drinking.

I had bought these little bottles for something a few months ago, but didn’t end up using them, so I filled them up with a delicious homemade Chai Latte mix for gift add-ons.

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I used this Chai Latte mix recipe from Show Me the Yummy. Simply grind, assemble and stir.

I think this is wonderfully creamy made with water. But use milk or add a splash of booze for a sweet and perfectly spicy Chai Latte.

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chai latte recipe

chai latte recipe

A great tip to choose the right gift

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While Christmas shopping recently, my sister gave me the best tip for coming up with personal gift ideas. She suggests choosing a gift for the person he/she wants to be.

Rather than just trying to think of an item that your friend would like, try to start by thinking about who they are trying to or would like to be. Then choose a gift that supports that vision of themselves. Especially as we head into a new year, I thought it was such a brilliant way to approach gift giving!

How do you choose the right gift?

Mason Jar Gifts – DIY

mason jar gifts

My cupboards are overflowing with mason jars. My mason jar hoarding drives Mike completely crazy, but they’re just so useful. Each week, I stock my freezer with 6 to 8 mason jars full of my Green Glowing Smoothie, but I also use them to store leftovers and pantry items. They’re also great for making easy mason jar gifts.

For crafting, I especially love the pint-sized mason jar mugs, but any mason jar will work. I like to try to get all of my mason jars for under a dollar each, and have found lots at second hand stores, so each of these mason jar gifts works out to just a few bucks a pop.

A few coats of glass paint (I use this kind) is all it takes to transform those mason jars into inexpensive, personalized gifts.

                         gold painted mason jarwhite mason jar

A little paint and a light sanding for rustic mason jars for vases and organized desks.

painted mason jars

A few coats of chalkboard paint give this mason jar mug a modern look.

mason-jar-candle

Mason jars are also perfect for poured candles.

mason jar hot chocolate & baileys

And hot chocolate.

Gifts for your favourite cook { $10 or less }

Christmas is only one month away! Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? If not, don’t freak out! If you know someone that loves to spend time in the kitchen, then I have you covered with these cute gift ideas for your culinary-inclined friends.

I think some of these gifts would pair well with items you can easily pick up at the grocery store for a thoughtful gift that won’t break the bank.

Simply tie the ice cream scoops to a package of cookie dough. Or bundle the frother up with a bag of your favourite coffee beans. Know a serious garlic lover? I actually think it would be so cute to gift the stainless steel soap with a bunch of beautifully braided garlic.

What are you buying your favourite cooks?

 

gift guide - easy gift ideas for cooks (10 dollars or less)

A flour sack tea towel for wiping up spills, $8.50.

Ice cream scoops for dishing out cookie batter in 3 sizes, $9.90.

Stainless steel soap to rid hands of garlic smells, $7.93.

 A slim spatula for scraping down food processors while avoiding blades, $5.49.

An umbrella ring dish to keep jewels safe at the sink, $8.00.

spiralizer for carrot and zucchini noodles, $7.99.

A frother for almond milk lattes, $6.54.

Printable spice labels for a retro pantry, $6.00.

Add a scoop of love with this wooden heart spoon, $9.99.

Kimberly Snyder Glowing Lean Meal Plan | Week 3 Shopping Guide

weekly shopping guide

My Week 3 Shopping Guide is now available for download! Complete the form below to access the new shopping list.

If you haven’t gotten started with the Kimberly Snyder Glowing Lean Meal Plan yet, this download also includes everything you need to know to get started with Weeks 1 and 2, too.

My shopping guide provides a day-by-day schedule along with the ingredients you’ll need on hand for each day of the Kimberly Snyder Glowing Lean Meal Plan, so you can make sure you have everything you need on hand. The Shopping Guide also includes a shopping list for the week.

Remember, this Shopping Guide doesn’t contain any of Kimberly’s recipes. You’ll need to purchase the 30 Day Meal Plan to get all of her properly combined recipes.

To download, just enter your information in the form below to subscribe. You’ll receive an email requiring you to confirm your subscription, and then you’ll receive a link that will allow you to download the Week-by-Week Shopping Guide. If you already subscribed, you can simply return to the download page. If you’ve lost the link, just re-register by completing the form below.



Find out why I’m trying the Glowing Lean Meal Plan, and read about my experience so far.

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie (the mini version!)

mini turkey pot pies made with phyllo - thanksgiving leftovers!

These Leftover Turkey Pot Pies are so easy that even someone who is recovering from surgery and really shouldn’t be in the kitchen can do it. Ok, so if you are actually recovering from surgery then I don’t recommend it, but you can only watch so many episodes of Storage Wars and Say Yes to the Dress… I popped a couple extra pain pills and gingerly put together these mini pot pies using turkey from our Sugar-Free Thanksgiving that I’d frozen and phyllo leftover from my Shrimp and Sweet Potato Mousseline that I’d forgotten to re-freeze.

turkey pot pie - thanksgiving leftovers!

I used phyllo dough for these turkey pot pies, since I had it on hand, but it’s also lower in fat and calories than other pastry doughs. These leftover turkey pot pies can be made in a full-sized pie pan or in jumbo muffin tins. I made both, but I prefer the mini version. They’re cute, tasty and you can eat them with your hands. If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving next week then file away this recipe to use for your turkey leftovers. Might as well shove in any leftover stuffing or mashed potatoes, too.

For other leftovers ideas, check out the great recipes from Day 3 of #blogsgivingdinner.

turkey pot pie - thanksgiving leftovers!

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie (the mini version!)
 
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Use that leftover Thanksgiving turkey in these turkey pot pies wrapped in golden, flaky phyllo dough.
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough
  • ¼ cup fresh or frozen peas, carrots, beans
  • ¼ onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup shredded kale
  • 3 cups broth
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Heat a small amount of oil in a large pan over medium high heat
  3. Add celery and onions and cook until translucent
  4. Add remaining vegetables and cook for a few minutes
  5. Add 3 cups broth and flour, stir to combine well, and gently simmer to thicken before adding cooked turkey and season to taste
  6. Meanwhile, lightly grease a jumbo muffin tin or pie pan
  7. Gently brush oil onto one sheet of phyllo dough and layer with another sheet. Repeat until 4 sheets are layered
  8. Do the same with the remaining 4 sheets and (if making mini pies) cut each stack into 6 (you should have 12 squares of phyllo, each 4 sheets thick)
  9. Line muffin tin with phyllo sheet squares, and fill with turkey and vegetable mixture
  10. Bake for 10 minutes
  11. Remove from oven and top pies with remaining phyllo sheet squares and gently tuck edges
  12. Cut slits to allow steam to escape and return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes, or until tops are golden (watch carefully so they don't burn)
  13. Allow to cool slightly before removing from tins and serving

turkey pot pie - thanksgiving leftovers!

Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup

Poached pears with maple caramel syrup
Today I’m having surgery, so please send me some posi thoughts as you check out these delicious Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup! 

I love dessert, and I would rarely choose a fruit dessert over, say, chocolate fudge cake. But after a big Thanksgiving meal, these soft, mapley pears are the perfect healthy Thanksgiving dessert. And since it’s a holiday, definitely go for that scoop of coconut ice cream and a scattering of candied pecans. There’s no harm in making these early since a re-heating in the oven only deepens the caramel flavour, so that makes them ideal for a busy Thanksgiving.

If you’re more traditional, but still want a healthy Thanksgiving dessert, try my Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie. Naturally sweetened and topped with pumpkin nice cream, your guests will love it, and love you when you tell them that this healthy dessert is 100% free of added sugars.

Make sure you check out the rest of the #blogsgivingdinner menu for amazing dessert and after-dinner drink recipes. Also get some ideas for how to use up those leftovers.

poached pears

Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 firm pears, peeled (halve or quarter, if desired)
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fill a pot with enough wine and water to cover pears
  2. Add ½ cup sugar and bring to a boil
  3. Carefully slide in pears and reduce heat
  4. Simmer until pears are cooked through (test with a knife or skewer)
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool (if making in advance, store poached pears in their liquid and reheat before serving)
  6. Meanwhile, add syrup, sugar, and salt to a shallow sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat
  7. Reduce heat to medium and simmer to thicken, remove from heat
  8. Reheat sauce before serving and pour over pears
  9. Sprinkle with a light sprinkling of salt before serving

maple poached pears with walnuts

 

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Dessert

Grandma’s Pecan Pie from The Wetherills Say I Do

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting from My Cooking Spot

Gluten-Free Apple Berry Crumble from Twin Stripe

Paleo Pumpkin Pudding from Wit Wisdom Food

Cranberry Almond Coconut Bars from Love & Flour

Torched Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie with Olive & Sinclair Chocolate from The Local Forkful

Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup from Home at Six

Sweet Potato Pie from Think Fruitful

Nutella Pumpkin S’mores Tart from bethcakes

Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Spice Bars from I Cook. I Eat. It’s Life.

Drunken Pecan Pie Bars from The Speckled Palate

Butter Pecan Cupcakes from Glamour Girl Gourmet

After-Dinner Drinks

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider from A Savory Feast

Cranberry Bourbon Granita from Feast + West

Leftovers

Cheesy Potato Croquettes from Hello Little Home

Leftover Stuffed Egg Rolls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce from Cake ‘n’ Knife

Freezer-Friendly Turkey and Rice Casserole from Betty Becca

Stuffed Crescents with Thanksgiving Leftovers from My Cooking Spot

maple poached pears

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Cranberry Reduction

herb crusted pork tenderloin | Thanksgiving recipes On Monday, I shared my Shrimp and Sweet Potato Mousseline Thanksgiving appetizer. So continuing on with our Blogsgiving Dinner menu, on today’s menu we have an amazing assortment of recipes for delicious entrees, salads and side dishes! I generally like to keep things traditional for the holidays. For Thanksgiving, I like to stick to turkey and stuffing, yams and pumpkin pie. But when you get the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving more than once, that’s a great opportunity to pull out some twists for the holiday feast. This year, I roasted up a turkey for Sugar-Free Thanksgiving, so having gotten my fill of fowl, for #blogsgivingdinner I went with an Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin topped with orange-cranberry sauce, and served over buttery Parmesan polenta with oven-roasted vegetables. Check out some other Thanksgiving meal ideas below!

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Cranberry Reduction
 
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Instead of turkey, serve your Thanksgiving guests this Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin topped with orange-cranberry sauce, and served over buttery Parmesan polenta with oven-roasted vegetables.
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 1-1.5 lb pork tenderloin
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2.5 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Orange-Cranberry Sauce: 1 large orange (juiced), orange zest, ½ cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 475 F
  2. Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan, oil, mustard and herbs and spices in a bowl
  3. Mixture should hold together when pinched (add additional oil if necessary)
  4. Roll pork tenderloin in mixture until fully coated and place in roasting pan
  5. Roast at 475 F for 15 minutes
  6. Reduce heat to 400 F and roast for an additional 35-45 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 155 F
  7. Remove from oven, tent, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving
  8. Orange-Cranberry Sauce
  9. In a saucepan, combine zest, orange juice, sugar and ½ cup water and cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries, increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until cranberries are soft and sauce it thickened. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

blogsgiving dinner

Salads

Pomegranate & Goat Cheese Salad from Feast + West

Persimmon & Pear Salad from Wit Wisdom and Food

Roasted Butternut Squash & Gorgonzola Salad from Hello Little Home

Entrees

The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey from My Cooking Spot

Roasted Turducken from The Speckled Palate

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Orange-Cranberry Reduction from Home at Six

Beer Brined Turkey with Bacon Gravy from Cake ‘n’ Knife

Smoked Mushroom Steaks with Herbed Bread Crumbs (Vegan) from Betty Becca

Side Dish

Turkey, Apple & Sweet Potato Pot Pies from Love & Flour

Creamy Pumpkin Apple Pasta from My Cooking Spot

Mushroom Spinach Farro from Think Fruitful

Bacon and Cornbread Stuffing from Chez CateyLou

Sweet Potato Crunch from I Cook. I Eat. It’s Life.

Blue Cheese & Bacon Mashed Potatoes from A Savory Feast

Sausage Stuffing from the Wetherills Say I Do

Butternut Squash Grits from Homespun Seasonal Living

Wine

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings from Twin Stripe


herb crusted pork tenderloin | Thanksgiving

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING THAT WON’T BLOW YOUR DIET:

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  • Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey
  • Turkey Stock and Gravy
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Soup
  • Thanksgiving Stuffing (Dressing)
  • Turnip Sweet Potato Mash
  • ……….and Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie