July 15, 2016

Cream Cheese Icing

I'm having a horrible day.  Several weeks back I turned on the Auto Uploader setting in my Flickr account so the photos from my phone would just automatically upload to my account.  However, I realized that it didn't auto sync, thus if I deleted it from my phone, it wouldn't delete from my Flickr albums.  I found this somewhat annoying to have to delete from my phone and then from my Flickr album thus I decided to stop auto uploading the photos.

I then decided I wanted to just remove the Auto Uploader album from my Flickr account and just leave it for photos that I purposely upload to Flickr.  I google searched how to delete albums from Flickr, since it isn't intuitive from their interface.  This is where things went very, very badly.  I was sure I chose the auto uploader album and hit yes to delete all.  Unfortunately, it deleted ALL MY PHOTOS.  My entire photostream!  I'm not sure how I chose Photostream Album instead of Auto Uploader Album but I must have. Now my blog has no pictures since the photos where grabbed from my Flickr photostream.  I am in tears.  I sent an email to Flickr, begging them to restore my photostream.  I'm not sure if they can even do that but it is worth asking since I am beside myself.  I feel like a giant idiot.

So in light of my chaos this morning I thought I'd post about the Cream Cheese Icing I made for my hubby's birthday cake last month.  Because you know, cake and icing are comfort foods, there to assist your soul when things go bad.

Oh, how I wish there was a big cake full of frosting in front of me right now.

***insert sobbing sounds here***


My husband's favorite cake is probably cheesecake but I already had prepared chocolate layer cakes in the freezer so I decided to make cream cheese icing instead.  I had this vision of making a multi-layer chocolate cake with thick cream cheese layers as I have seen before in magazines and online.  I decided to wing it, because that is what I do sometimes. I was already super busy prepping for guests arriving  I'm not sure what I was thinking because I could have google searched recipes but I often just go for it and have my friends/family be my guinea pigs.  Most of the time it works out for me, sometimes not.  This time it actually did!  This cake has 1 KILOGRAM of cream cheese!  Sometimes you really do need to go big or go home!  Though I admit, the whole time I was stressing out thinking that the cake would deflate or the icing would just run down the side with every passing hour it sat waiting to be served.  I prepped it in the morning and walked away until I served it in the evening.  Here it is, in all it's glory,  1 KILOGRAM of CREAM CHEESE!!!

My mother in law told me about Dr. Oetker. Whip It the week before, that she uses it to stabilize her whipping cream, so this is where my idea of my stabilized cream cheese came to mind .  I figured I could use it to stabilize my cream cheese.  I used spreadable cream cheese, I'm sure you can use regular cream cheese but you might need to change ratios.


June 23, 2016

Loblaws CityMarket, Brewery District, Edmonton

Loblaws City Market. Brewery District, Edmonton, YEG

I often tell people that Loblaws should hire me cuz I'm their biggest fan.  People look at me strange but I'm serious. Don't talk bad about my Superstore.  As an avid home cook, Me love you long time!

I loved them back when they were an ugly-painted warehouse box store, loading up my discount no name products in my gigantic shopping carts.  I have not had a product I disliked from their President's Choice line.  Black label, oh yeah!  Healthy Blue Menu- in my cart! Not to mention their in-store Guiding Stars marketing, love it!   I have always loved the "spend $250 and get a $25 gift card" coupon because those years when I had babies, BOTH in diapers, that came in real handy.  Every time I use my PC Plus card and it's time to redeem, I thank Galen Weston Jr. for saving me buckeroos.  It's like getting free Joe Fresh clothes!  Seriously Galen, you need to hire me!

I remember being so jealous of the Presidents Choice Pop Up last year, wishing we had some of that awesome here in Edmonton.  So when I heard that tomorrow is the grand opening of the Loblaws CityMarket store in the Brewery District, I had to drive by on the way home just to have a sneak peek.  I wasn't expecting the doors to be open but YES, YES, YES!

It's sooooo beautiful! The refrigerated wall of CHEESE! The Deli is HUGE with so much variety!  When I hit the Patisserie, I thought I'd died and went to heaven. Died.  Heaven.  I may never bake again.

Galen!  I like it!  I like it a lot!  No, I LOVE IT.  My love affair continues.  See you in the aisles!

October 15, 2015

Oktoberfest - Munich, Germany - Part 1

I've been feeling the travel itch but with no plans to go anywhere this fall, I started reminiscing of our past travels.  I thought I'd share some photos of our adventures to Munich's Oktoberfest!  We have been fortunate to attend 2 different years and it's always a good time.

Tidbit of info: Oktoberfest actually starts in September and ends the first Sunday of October.

Germany Oktoberfest Lederhosen & Dirndls

First thing to remember, dress up in some lederhosen with a checkered shirt for men and a colorful dirndl for the ladies!  Even dark pants/shorts with a plaid shirt and a frilly, summer dress will do.  You will surely feel left out as the majority of people get into some form of costume for the occasion and it adds so much to the atmosphere.  There are many, many stores selling lederhosen and dirndls throughout Munich if you show up and realize last minute you want to join in on the fun.

Throughout the day, horse drawn carriages make way through the grounds to bring beer barrels to the many tents.  The horses are beautifully groomed and the wagons adorned with hops, flowers and various decorations.  I've read stats that over a 2 week period, more than 7 million liters of beer are drunk!  Don't worry tee-totallers, you can purchase non-alcoholic drinks, and there are even wine tents for those who want a change from beer.

Munich Oktoberfest Horse Carriages with Beer Barrels

Don't think that Oktoberfest is just for adults!  Oh no!  Children are welcome.  Not only is it fun to just wander and see all the outsides and insides of the tents, there are many family-friendly activities. The grounds - Theresienwiesen or affectionately named Weis'n by the locals, has an amusement park filled with rides and games.  

September 29, 2015

Bao Bun Pop Up - Dovetail Delicatessen

What do you do when you find yourself home alone and with no interest in making dinner for 1?

Well, first, you stumble upon this online....

Bao Bun pop up
(images courtesy of Dovetail Delicatessen)

Second, you realize you haven't had any exercise that day and a 20 minute walk to get there is right up your alley.  

And third, it gives me something to do instead of vegging on the couch watching another documentary on Netflix.

Seems like a win-win situation.

May 18, 2015

Hope you had a great May long weekend!

May Long Weekend Gardening!


This may long weekend has been a blur!  Reno work.  Painting.  Gardening.  More Painting.  Get togethers.  More Painting.


Wouldn't change a thing!


Hope you had an amazing weekend!

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