Merry Christmas from Simple Bites (vlog)

To all my wonderful readers, near and far, young and old — Happy Holidays!

Today will be spent at mostly home, preparing for Christmas dinner tomorrow, playing in the snow, and wrapping up the last few presents. If we’re lucky, we’ll all get a nap in before we head to the evening service. Then it’s home for tourtière and off bed for the kids.

Enjoy your Christmas Eve and here’s a special message from all of us to you!

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Three Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Brunch (Recipe: Cran-Raspberry Smoothie)

Written by Cheri of Kitchen Simplicity

Brunch is one of my favorite meals. Why? Probably because most mornings we don’t have time to make a big fuss over breakfast.  The times we do make the effort and linger over breakfast or stretch it into brunch, it automatically feels special and the food somehow just tastes that much better. Although the lingering is fun, it doesn’t mean we want to slave away all morning and be tired out before the day has begun.

There are many ways to have a spectacular brunch without the stress so that you can enjoy your time with your guests and get some relaxing time yourself. Today I’m sharing three of my favorite tips that will help things go a bit smoother.

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How to Make Classic Tourtière (Québec Pork Pie Recipe)

On Christmas Eve, we almost always head to a beautiful candlelight service at our church and then drive home through the falling snow (on the years that it snows, obviously) to enjoy a late supper of Tourtière – Québec pork pie. This is a tradition fondly practiced throughout Québec, whether preceded by a religious service or not.

At our home, the tourtière is homemade, and we enjoy it throughout the holidays, not just on Christmas Eve. As I write, six wrapped pies sit in my deep freezer, waiting to be baked to golden perfection.

Essentially, tourtière is a meat pie; lightly spiced ground pork layered between flaky pastry, and served with a chunky green ketchup. It’s total comfort food, loved by all and needs nothing save a tossed salad or bowl of steamed peas to make up a complete meal. It can be enjoyed warm or cold, for brunch, lunch, or dinner – and makes a splendid midnight feast.

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Weekend Links

Today’s weekend links are all over the place, but that merely mirrors the kind of week I’ve had. I’ve been running around with two fist fulls of little unfinished projects, all requiring just 15-20 minutes of my time, but adding up to hours and hours of work. Does anyone else ever feel like this?

Thankfully, Danny is now on holidays (Yay!) and is around to swoop in and whisk the kids away on the toboggan so I can have a moment’s peace to finish writing a handful of Christmas cards.

In no particular order, here are a few links I loved this week.

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Weekend Giveaway: Tattler Canning Lids

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Kaytee! A big thank you to all who entered.
Today I’m very pleased to offer you another opportunity to win a bundle of BPA-free reusable canning lids from Tattler!
Tattler is a US company that makes plastic, but BPA-free, reusable canning lids that are quickly being snapped up by professionals and amateurs alike. Why, you may ask? [Read more...]