Archives for November 2010

Come Enjoy Cupcakes for a Cause

I probably don’t have to tell you where I’m going to be on Sunday afternoon… that’s right, scarfing cupcakes at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel for Cupcake Camp Montreal!

Foodies, gourmands, and cupcake aficionados are all aflutter over this event and who wouldn’t be? I mean, have you heard?

20,000 cupcakes.

At this point, the organizers are only concerned that enough people will show up to eat the veritable sea of sweetness.

It’s practically my duty to go. Plus, it’s for charity, raising funds for La Tablée des Chefs and Kids Help Phone. You should totally come too.

What’s this? Cupcake Camp Montreal
When: Sunday, November 21, 2010 from 1-5 p.m.
Where: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, 900 Rene Levesque Blvd. W

A $10 ticket at the door gets you three cupcakes, a gourmet coffee and an opportunity to mingle with local bloggers and bakers. You may even spot your favourite celebrity chef or TV personality, as the panel of judges is quite colourful!

I’ll see you there. Come over and say hello! I’ll be with the tall guy, probably trying to corral two little boys with sugar highs. Oh yeah, with 20,000 cupcakes to enjoy, there was no way I was getting out on my own for this one.

Stress-Free Entertaining Tips from Simple Mom and a Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners, Terrie S, Sam and Rachel! You have been notified via email. A big thank you to all who entered.
If you ever want to read an inspiring story of an everyday mom who went from pregnant to published, then you should definitely catch up with Tsh Oxenreider.  To many of us she’s affectionately known as Art of Simple and is the creative mind behind Simple Living Media, of which Simple Bites was a part.

In addition to being a blogger extraordinaire, mother to three children under five and a continent hopper, Tsh can now add “published author” to her ever-growing list of accomplishments. Her book, Organized Simplicity, is now out and it couldn’t come at a better time for all of us, especially me (eep!). November is that month in between the rush of harvest and holidays when you have to face the neglected home and admit you need help. I know I do!

Organized Simplicity clearly redefines what simple living is in 2010 (and what is it not), inspires us to lead simpler, more intentional lives, and challenges us to create a haven within our home. Fortunately, Tsh doesn’t leave us hanging, wondering how to practically apply all that has inspired us, but like a kind older sister, she takes us by the hand, and we work together, room by room, until peace and serenity reign.

Tsh’s book truly embodies its tagline, ‘The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living’, and it well-worth the real estate on your nightstand.

I caught up with Tsh recently to chat about entertaining, a passion we both embrace. Don’t miss her honest and poignant answers below, plus an opportunity to win one of three copies of Organized Simplicity!

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The Single Parent as Cook (recipe: Crustless Quiche)

Written by Cheryl of Backseat Gourmet

Whether your single status is essentially permanent or only for the weekend, it is hard to be parenting solo. I’ve been on my own, more or less for the last two months. I know that I’m not alone in my situation. Plenty of us have partners that travel for work or work out of town entirely, are single by choice or circumstances, or are what my sister-in-law refers to as a Mingle (a married single parent).

Aside from the need for a break every now and then, I find the most difficult part of being alone with my girls is the food. From grocery shopping with a 2 and 4 year old to finding the motivation to cook a nice meal. All of it can be enough to make me want to throw some grilled cheese and ketchup on the table and call it a day. But I ran out of bread.
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Cookbooks & Kitchen Items: My Top Picks for Gifting

The past three Fridays I have shared gift guides with my readers on Simple Bites. I wanted to showcase which tools help make my kitchen run smoothly, as well as provide inspiration for gift giving this holiday season.

From the first post:

“I’ve rummaged through the tool kit of many a professional chef. I’ve taken detailed inventory of a restaurant kitchen’s supplies. I’d rather shop for spatulas than shoes and I’ve probably cooked every day for the last twenty years. I’ve seen what lasts (my mother’s Le Creuset she received as a wedding present 35 years ago), I’ve seen what breaks (cheap blenders and espresso makers) and I’m ready to share my recommendations.”

So whether you are writing your own holiday wish list, or are looking for the perfect gift for the cook in the family, let these lists of cookbooks, tools and gadgets inspired from my personal kitchen be your guide.

Holiday 2010 Gift Guides on Simple Bites:

My Top Ten ‘Big Ticket’ Kitchen Items.

My Top Ten Stocking Stuffers for the Kitchen.

My Top 10 Cookbook Picks.

Don’t skip the comments on these posts, either. Savvy readers offer which tools and cookbooks they love the most and why.

A Simple Bites Holiday Menu (recipe: Cranberry-Orange Sauce)

We enjoyed this menu so much for our recent Thanksgiving dinner, that I’ve been recreating dishes from it all month long and incorporating them into our weeknight dinners. There’s also a pretty good chance that Christmas dinner is going to look very similar to the plate above. After all, why mess with a good thing?

This suggested holiday menu is designed for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but is simple enough to prepare for Sunday dinner. To pare it down in to a more manageable meal, ask friends to bring dessert and rolls, while you roast a turkey breast and prepare mashed potatoes, stuffing and a vegetable. Round off with a jar (or can) of your favorite cranberry relish or sauce and dig in!

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