• Jul 01

    CANADA DAY MAPLE BACON WHISKEY ICE CREAM

    July 1, 2014 • 12:30 pm

    Just a note....MOST of my recipes are pretty fool proof and simple… the only recipe that is a bit complicated is my bolgnaise and now.. this… BUT i am telling you its DAMN worth the patience and wait.. this recipe is OUT of this world amazingggggg…. ENJOY!!!!! 

    Ingredients

    4 cups of whipping cream
    1 cup of whole milk 
    1 tsp of vanilla 
    3 large eggs
    1 large egg yolk 
    1/4 cup of sugar
    1 cup of maple syrup
    1/2 pound of cooked bacon pieces 
    1 cup of reduced canadian whiskey 
    1 teaspoon of bacon fat

    Directions

    In a sauce pan, reduce whiskey (be careful for the flame) for about half an hour.  Remove from heat, add Maple Syrup & continue to reduce for about another 15 minutes. 

    While whiskey sauce is reducing, combine milk, vanilla and cream in another medium saucepan bring the mixture to a slow boil over medium heat reduce to LOW and simmer for 30 minutes.

    While your two above mixtures are simmering, in a bowl combine eggs, yolks & sugar & mix with a hand mixture until it becomes thick like mayonnaise (this helps the ice cream get its chewy texture) 

    Ok now… here is the important part … add hot milk mixture to egg mixture VERY slowly  so as not to cook the eggs too fast. (about 1 cup at a time) with the hand mixer keep pouring in one cup at a time while you mix the two mixtures together. Once all mixed together pour it all back in the pan to slowly cook, add the bacon fat at this point (stirring often) the mixture until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

    Pour into a bowl, cover and let chill for 30 minutes. 

    WHEW … ok NOW your mixture is ready for the ice cream machine.  pour the chilled custard into the ice cream machine (I use cuisinart) and turn on. After about 15 minutes, SLOWLY add the maple whiskey mixture (hopefully it ribbons for you!) and then add the bacon!

    Let it continue to churn for about another 15 minutes… and ENJOY!!! i put mine into a lined bread pan and left over night so it got REALLY hard (the way I like my ice cream) 

    SERVE and enjoy! (imagine this on pancakes or waffles in the morning!?!?!? YUMMMM)

     

    Try out this recipe and let me know how it turns out!!!!!

    HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!

    xo

    Jilly

     

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  • Jul 01

    My Bachelorette Recap: Episode 7

    July 1, 2014 • 10:00 am

    Wow, we’re already a week before HOME TOWN DATES!!!! This season is going by SOOO fast! This week, they were in Brussels, yet another super duper romantic city!! Did this episode have a WHOLE LOT of making out OR WHAT????? Andi sure knows what she wants!!! The connections with the remaining gents became a little more obvious this week, and Andi definitely showed more of her feelings and opened up about who she’s really falling for….and I have to say, I don’t know if I agree with all of her decisions!! I also felt quite bored throughout this episode...did you guys?!?!?!

    Her first one-on-one date with Marcus went extremely well, and he’s still my front-runner. They’re just SOO DARN CUTE together, and it’s obvious that he would be an amazing, dedicated husband and father, especially because he’s learned from his father’s mistakes.

    I’m still not really feeling Josh, and I don’t know why Andi is falling so hard for him! What does everyone see that I don’t?? It took him sooo long to tell Andi he was falling in love with her, and I think might have just said it because she put him under pressure.

    Nick’s relationship with Andi is pretty hard to understand. She said that if she were to describe it in one word, it would be “passion”. Clearly, making out and kissing is their favourite pastime…but isn’t that similar to Andi and Juan Pablo’s relationship????? I didn’t like the fact that Nick snuck around…but he knew he waned to see her, so he looked for her, found her, and convinced her to hang out for a while. It’s happened time and time again on The Bachelor/Bachelorette, so it was bound to happen this season!!!! I feel like Nick and Andi don’t do much conversing or have any in-depth conversations! She says that she can “feel” how he feels about her through his kisses, but I mean c’mon….ANY guy with passion can make you believe you’re the apple of his eye!!!!!

    It was pretty entertaining to watch the guys vent and gossip about Nick as he walked into the room and heard what they were saying. BY FAR most awkward moment of this entire episode when nobody would break the ice!!!! It’s funny that all of the men feel something fishy about Nick just like I do…but maybe I feel that way because the guys keep saying he’s there for the wrong reasons – all strategy no Andi. What are your feelings about Nick???

    YAYYYY Chris made the cut!! Brian and Dylan just weren’t connecting with Andi on the level that everyone else is, so much so that I forgot about them halfway through this episode because they just don’t stand out!!! It was definitely time for them to GO HOME!

    I’m excited to see what next week has in store for HOME TOWN dates!!!! Can’t wait to see what these guys’ families are like!

     

    Until next week…

     

    Xo

    Jilly

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  • Jun 30

    Pretty Estates

    June 30, 2014 • 10:00 am

    Well, it's CANADA DAY tomorrow, and there's no better way to pay tribute on the blog than to show Canada's spectacular beauty!!!! For our big two year anniversary, Justin arranged for us to stay at Pretty Estates...and it was an ABSOLUTE DREAM!!!! The inn was right up my alley from the 1920s, and Betty Anne, the owner was such a delight! The cabins are SO private and serene...they bring you breaky in the am in a little picnic basket!!! SO CUTE! It's a GREAT place to spend the weekend to just read, play golf (they have a course there) lie by the pool, relax, have dinner, brunch….and snuggle!!!!!  

     

    HAPPY CANADA DAY, CANADA!!! You are ONE beautiful country!!!! If you'd like more information on Pretty Estates, head here!

    xo

    Jilly

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  • Jun 27

    Food Friday: Canada's Cocktail

    June 27, 2014 • 10:00 am

    HAPPY CANADA DAY LONG WEEKEND my beautiful Canadians!!!!! What better way to celebrate this weekend than with CANADA'S OFFICIAL COCKTAIL?!?! Sharing a suuuuper delicious classic recipe with all of you!! Americans, if you're not familiar with this cocktail, it is similar to a Bloody Mary, but ooooohhhh soo much more delicious!!!!! Try it this weekend!

    Ingredients

    4 oz. Clamato juice to taste

    1 (or 2!!) oz. Vodka - DOESN'T need to be premium vodka! Don't waste that in your caesars ;)

    Fresh salt and pepper to taste

    1 dash of olive juice for an extra kick!

    3 dashes Worcestershire sauce (if you like yours muddy!)

    2 dashes Hot sauce (if you like spice)

    Squeeze of lemon juice

    Garnish

    Celery salt

    Lime wedges

    Pickled asparagus

    Pepperocinis

    Cheese of your choice!

    Directions

    1. Pour one to two tablespoons of celery salt onto a side plate and shake it out until you have an even surface. Rim your glass with a lime wedge and dip your glass into the celery salt. Turn until the entire rim is covered. Lift and tap off the excess!

    2. Fill your glass with ice. Add all ingredients over the ice, stir well, and add your garnishes!

     

    Your Canadian caesar is ready to serve!!!! HAPPY CANADA DAY LONG WEEKEND, CANADA! Cheers!!!!!!

    xo

    Jilly

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  • Jun 26

    Pantry Styling

    June 26, 2014 • 10:00 am

    For those of us lucky enough to have a big pantry, styling it to look presentable can be pretty daunting! Today, I'm touring this year's PNE Prize Home pantry and sharing a few styling tips on how to make the most of your pantry, both functionally and aesthetically!

    1. First off, if you have the room, don't restrict your pantry to housing strictly food. Be sure to include tons of accessories! I love to include vintage finds, stacked plates, mugs, glasses, and some of my favourite cookbooks!

    2. Farm fresh eggs should not be hidden!! Store them in your pantry and put them on display for easy access and a beautiful vignette! If you do a lot of baking, I'm sure you know that room temperature eggs make for the BEST results!!

    3. For produce that does not require refrigeration, lower shelves of the pantry are an ideal, cool place to store them. Think onions, potatoes and fruits!

    4. Be sure to mix different textures throughout the space. In this pantry, I've used different baskets, crates and bins of different materials. In this case, rustic works best!

    5. Mason jars and vintage glass bottles are an excellent way to functionally and neatly fill your pantry shelves. In this space, I used various sizes of Bernardin mason jars filled with miscellaneous non-parishables. They are a great way to style your space!!! Speaking of which, today is the LAST day to bid on my customized signed #jarsfromthestars Bernardin mason jar! Proceeds from the auction go towards supporting Community Food Centres Canada! Be sure to head here for your chance to be the lucky bidder!!!!

    Hope you loved the pantry tour of this year's PNE Prize Home! BIG thanks to Janis Nicolay for these lovely photos!!! Any tips you have for styling a pantry??? I would love to hear how you make the most of your space!

     

    xo

    Jilly

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  • Jun 25

    Wedding Dress Shopping

    June 25, 2014 • 10:00 am

    HORRAYYYY for hump day!!! A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to fulfill one of my bridesmaids duties and join my beautiful girlfriends in Alberta to go wedding dress shopping!!!! These days I love mixing different pastels and prints - such an easy way to transition into this summer weather! I wanted to be comfortable yet chic, and this blue tunic did just that! And how could I resist this fedora??? It's the cherry on top...literally!!!

    Hat: Aritzia (similar) /  Tunic: Aritzia (similar) / Watch: Michael Kors / Bow Earrings: Kate Spade / Heels: Kristin Cavalleri for Chinese Laundry / Clutch: Gerard Darel / iPhone Case: Kate Spade

     

     

    xo

    Jilly

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