Friday, 24 February 2012

Twice Baked Potatoes

In the spirit of my new meal planning endeavour (more about that later) and trying to cook once for 2 or more meals, this is what we had with our amazing Alberta Beef tenderloin for supper last night.

The only thing I love more then baked potatoes, is twice baked potatoes. These require a bit more planning but are well worth the effort!

Twice Baked Potatoes
6 Baked Potatoes
1/4 cup Chopped Onion
3 Tbsp. Margarine
1 cup Sour Cream
1 1/2 cups grated Cheese
1/2 cup Bacon Bits

1. Wash potatoes and cut in 1/2. Season with a little salt & pepper, wrap in tinfoil. Bake in oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
2. Let potatoes cool a little (so you don't burn your hands), then scoop out the potato flesh into a bowl and mash.

3. In a skillet, saute the onion in the margarine. Add to mashed potatoes along with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits. Mix everything together.

4. Fill potato jackets with mixture.

5. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes until thoroughly heated.


Now, there is no way that my family will eat all 6 potatoes (or 12 halves), so I split the batch into 2 and froze half so we can have them at a later date. In hindsight, I should have split it into 3 batches of 4 potatoes each.

I am still experimenting with my Food Saver, so the potatoes got a little mushed when I vacuum sealed the bag.
It doesn't change the taste, just the presentation.

In the future, I think I will try freezing the potatoes on a tray and then putting them into the bag.

I also want to experiment with adding other ingredients, like broccoli, to the mixture.

All-in-all, it's still a win in my books!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012


Last week I went to the farm to visit my parents. On Friday Auntie Echo had a surprise for my kids...going bowling! My kids have never been bowling before and I have to say they were a little reluctant at first. Echo had to throw the first ball to show Blade how it's done, then coax him to throw the second. By the third, he was a pro.

Highlight of the night was watching Blade. He had quite the antics  to get the best performance from his ball, from jumping after throwing the ball to crouching over, hand on his hips. At on point he even pulled his (play) cell phone out of his pocket after throwing a ball and talked on it while the ball made the trip down the lane. He had a bit of time to chat, his ball didn't roll very fast. Sadly, I didn't get a chance to take a picture :(

Gemma took a lot more convincing to play. She mostly just wanted to hang out with Grandpa - it's hard to bowl when you have to counter-balance!

When I finally convinced her to try to throw a ball, I had to make sure to give it an extra push to make sure it was going to get all the way down the lane.

She did like seeing the pins fall down once it finally made it down there.

I just love that they had bowling shoes little enough for the kids.
All-in-all, it was a great evening with my family and something we'll have to do again soon.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

A Love Story

If you would have told me that I would meet my soul-mate and love of my life at 24 and marry him just 14 months later I would have laughed in your face and called you crazy! But that is exactly how it happened. As previously mentioned, Lachlan showed up in an unexpected place at an unexpected time from an unexpected location.

Tiny tidbit – my husband is Australian! Yes, he has that sexy Aussie accent and despite living in Canada for the last 7 years he hasn’t lost it. I believe that is all thanks to me, I told him if he loses that accent I am shipping him back J

So let’s rewind 7 years. I am a busy, hard-working, fun-loving 24 year old. I live with my sister, am studying for my Kinesiology degree and working 30+ hours a week at a tack store to pay for housing, school, food and other necessities. It has been a great summer and fall, with a lot of fun and numerous dates - nothing serious, just all fun and carefree. October arrives, my mood shifts. It’s not as fun anymore. In fact, on that momentous morning as my sister and I stood in the bathroom getting ready to go to work, I uttered these words:

“You know Erin, I’ve had a great time in the last few months, but I’m getting tired of this. I just want to find a really nice guy, that treats me really well, and get back into a serious relationship”

Less than 4 hours later, my husband walked into my life.