Monthly Favourites March 2017

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Monthly Favourites March 2017

Ok, I’m going to blow your mind right now, you guys.  Can you believe that basically a quarter of 2017 has passed already?  I’ll just give you a minute to process that while I go grab a cookie………

Are you ok?  Are you still with me?  I know, I know.  I can’t believe it, either.  March was a rough one for us weather wise.  One minute it was nice and sunny and promises of spring and lovely weather were in the air.  Then? Then, it was crazy winds and bitter cold.  Mother Nature played tricks on us round these parts.  Why you be hatin’ on us, girl?

Anyway, let’s get to it. Let’s check out what’s been happening around these parts, shall we?

THINGS I’VE POSTED THIS MONTH –

Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness Lamb & Horseradish Mash –

Shepherd's Pie {with Guinness Lamb and Horseradish Mash} - girlheartfood.com

Veggie Korma –

Veggie Korma {vegetarian, gluten free} - girlheartfood.com

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu –

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free} - girlheartfood.com

Coffee Donuts with Peanut Butter Chocolate Glaze –

Coffee Donuts with Peanut Butter Chocolate Glaze - girlheartfood.com

FOOD & FOOD RELATED SHINANIGANS –

Blueberry Almond Biscotti from Ciao Chow Bambina (pictured below and photo credit) –  Biscotti + hot coffee + Saturday morning…’nuff said.  Add blueberries and almonds to the mix and it’s heavenly.

Easy Braised Lamb Shanks from Tasty Ever After (pictured below and photo credit) – With all this cold weather we have been having, I will seriously face plant into this polenta and eat that lamb shank caveman style.  No lie.  Honestly, does the weather even matter?  If it were sweltering hot outside, I’d still eat this faster than you I can say ‘I’m not sharing.'<—-really, don’t ask.

Easy Braised Lamb Shanks - tastyeverafter.com

TV/MOVIES –

Grace & Frankie Season 3 on Netflix –  I LOVE this show. It stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin; they are friends and have opposite kinda personalities, but have so much chemistry together.  I laugh my little buns off every time I watch it.  I could quite literally start from season 1 and watch all over again….and probably still laugh at the same jokes!  So endearing.

Into the Badlands on AMC.  Like, whoa. Action packed to the max.  There’s tough warriors.  There’s  battles for land and all sorts of drama goin’ on.   And the female characters?  They kick butt!  This one is not for the faint of heart.  It is graphic violence.  It has been such a long time since season one aired and I have been waiting so long for season 2 to be released.  It’s wicked! By the way, you can binge watch season 1 on Netflix.

Logan – This is the final movie that Hugh Jackman (aka Wolverine) will be playing this character.  What a movie!  There’s this little girl in the movie, played by a young actress, Dafne Keen, and I think she steals the scene every time she is there.  She’s fierce, tough, and super cute.  Even if you aren’t an X Men or Wolverine fan or aren’t up to date on the series of movies, I think that this movie totally stands on its own.  I laughed, I squealed, I cried.  Now, that’s a good  movie, don’t ya think?

MUSIC

Hubby and I don’t really listen to much country music.  However,  just the other weekend, hubby turned on the music app Spotify and searched the classic country genre just to see what was there.  A song played by Dolly Parton called ‘The Story’ which was released in February.  You have got to listen to this song.  The words, the story, is beautiful.  I love it.  It’s one of those songs that makes ya feel all kinds of warm, gushy feelings.  And, if I’m having a day (you know those), it just may make me cry in the best kind of way.

RANDOM –

Though I’m technically an adult, I’m pretty sure I’m not fully there yet (or, truth be told, ever will be).  Just recently there was a new Nintendo system released called ‘Nintendo Switch’ so I had to get my little hands on that…..you know, for nostalgia purposes and all (aka lies I tell myself).

The game I’m really looking forward to being released for this system is ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ (which is not out until December) #WhyDoIKnowThis?  So, until Mario’s release, I purchased a Zelda game called ‘Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild’.  It’s totally a guilty weekend pleasure!  I was never a Zelda player, but now?  Loves it, I do.  It’s an adventure game and apparently really big and takes a while to finish.  I’m not the best player in the world and pretty sure it’ll be the only game I’ll ever play ’cause it’s taking me so long, but I am progressing and having fun. So………

Confession time!!—–>

I curse like a little sailor and freak out get feisty playing this game.  It’s intense and there are monsters and I get so involved.  Hubby sits next to me on the couch looking at me like I’m crazy.  He is probably wondering ‘who is this person??’  I’m sure he is going to hide the game away pretty soon, lol.  It’s like the 1980’s all over again with me playing Sega’s Master System staying up late and then crying cause I have to get to the next level. Oh, memories.  But, I maaay have a problem.

BOOKS –

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker.  It’s a debut book for the author.  It’s a fictional story and kind of dark, but I can’t put it down.  It’s about a young girl who gets attacked at a party and then she is given a drug to medically erase her memory of the attack.  Apparently, there is going to be a movie made out of this one.  I don’t want to say too much about the book, but so far it is being told mainly via the psychologist who is treating the attacked girl.  Not exactly bed time reads, but such a page turner.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Monthly Favourites March 2017.  And if you missed my last Monthly Favourites, you can check it out here.

So, tell me, what were some of your favourites from this past Month?  I’d love to hear about it!

Have a fabulously relaxing food-filled weekend!  Hope you get to chill out like this little guy; he knows how to do it!

~D

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Coffee Donuts with Peanut Butter Chocolate Glaze

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Coffee Donuts with Peanut Butter Chocolate Glaze

These Coffee Donuts with Peanut Butter Chocolate Glaze can be prepped, baked, rested and garnished in under 25 minutes!  Yes, you read that right.  In no time at all you can have freshly baked donuts, from scratch, in your piehole faster than it will take you to drive to your favourite coffee shop.  These babies are baked so they are way more guilt free than their fried counterparts.  Espresso powder gives the base of this donut a lovely coffee touch and then there’s a super easy  peanut butter chocolate glaze made with natural peanut butter and cocoa powder.  What are you waiting for?  Yummy donuts await! Continue reading

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Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free } - girlheartfood.com

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu

My new favourite vegetarian soup, this Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu has deliciousness to the max, you guys!  There’s a rich curry and coconut based broth seasoned with flavours of garlic and ginger and then there’s marinated grilled tofu with loads of veggies, including mushrooms, peppers and spinach.  Plus, zucchini noodles – how fun!  Continue reading

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Veggie Korma

 

Veggie Korma

This one pot Veggie Korma is absolutely loaded with veggies like zucchini, bell pepper, cauliflower, carrot and onion and cooked in a flavourful curry based cream sauce dotted with cashews for extra flavour and texture.  You can add as little or as much spice as you like and customize to your taste.  So good and a favourite around here!  Who needs take out when there’s this? Continue reading

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Shepherd’s Pie {with Guinness Lamb and Horseradish Mash}

Sheperd's Pie {with Guinness Lamb and Horseradish Mash} - girlheartfood.com

Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness Lamb and Horseradish Mash

Ground lamb is flavoured with Guinness beer and herbs like rosemary and thyme and topped with creamy, dreamy horseradish mashed potatoes to make this super comforting, stick-to-ya-ribs Shepherd’s Pie.  Can’t get much better than that!  Just don’t forget to save some Guinness to drink alongside! Continue reading

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Monthly Favourites February 2017

 

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Monthly Favourites February 2017

We are that much closer to spring, you guys.  Can you just feel it?  Smell it in the air?  Bring it on, I say.  February was a pretty tasty month.  There was lots of snow ’round here and mother nature was pretty rough on us, but that meant more time inside ‘practicing’ some recipes.  Yeah, that’s what I’ll call it.  Any excuse to eat something good, right?  Hehehe.   Anyway, let’s get to it. Let’s check out what’s been happening around these parts, shall we? Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Nutella

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Nutella

Banana bread with oomph!  That’s how I’d describe this Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Nutella. Is there anything more perfect than chocolate + peanut butter?  And then go all Elvis-style with banana?  Nope.  Not around these parts.  Prepped in about 10 minutes, the hardest part of this recipe is waiting for this baby to bake.  Then go for it! Continue reading

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

 

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

This Spinach Artichoke Dip is unbelievably easy to put together and tastes amazing!  The pre-bought biscuits, while completely optional, adds a lovely touch and, plus, you have your bread and dip all  in  one!  The prep and cook time is under 30 minutes and makes an impressive dip to bring to get-togethers.  It’s loaded with spinach, artichokes, cheese and a little spice and is sure to become your new favourite! Continue reading

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Things I’ve Learned Being a Food Blogger {the good, the bad & the funny}

Things I've Learned Being a Food Blogger {the good, the bad & the funny} - girlheartfood.com

Things I’ve Learned Being a Food Blogger

{the good, the bad & the funny}

Hey guys!  Real talk.  Let’s get serious for a hot minute, ok?  Ok, not that serious, but  I’m bringing you something a little different today.  Mixing this whole posting thing up, ya know?  I haven’t been blogging for a huge amount of time, but long enough where I can share a few tidbits of info with you guys.

You may be thinking ‘But, Dawn, I’m not a food blogger; why would I even care?’  Wellllll, first of all hopefully you like me and you like reading my stuff or maybe you will find this half entertaining or, at the very least, a way to spend 10 minutes while you drink your morning coffee before you have to haul yourself out the door.  Really selling it here, aren’t I?  And, positive note,  if you don’t find it entertaining, well I guess you can laugh at me.  No, don’t do that 😉 Continue reading

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Teff Energy Bars

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Teff Energy Bars

These gluten free and whole grain Teff Energy Bars are LOADED with goodness! There’s fibre and iron rich teff, almond flour, walnuts and let’s not forget chocolate. They are  packed with less than 10 ingredients and it’s a treat you can feel happy about eating.   An energy bar never tasted so delicious! Continue reading

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