Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Delivered To Your Door

How many times have you gone foraging in your kitchen, praying you'll find some coffee because you forgot to pick some up the last time you were at the store? I know it's not just me!

How many times have you wished there was a coffee delivery service that would deliver fresh coffee beans to your door? I know it's not just me! (also, I think I've wished there was a wine delivery service, and I am positive it's not just me!).

Enter Coast to Coast Coffee! They have recognized the need for a delivery service that brings the good stuff (or the 'nectar of life' as I call it) directly to your mail box. That's right: freshly roasted, Organic and Fair Trade coffees can now be ordered online and delivered to you- no matter where you live in Canada!

And the BEST PART? Delivery is FREE!!!!

What I love the most about Coast to Coast Coffee is that they are not only providing superior quality organic and fair trade coffees (roasted and shipped the same day you order for peak freshness), but they are offering convenience and quality at amazing prices

Having lived in a very rural town in Saskatchewan, I understand how hard it is to get really good coffee beans at a really good price. And even now that I live in a major city centre, I still struggle with finding a high quality coffee that I can brew and enjoy at home. 

Coast to Coast Coffee takes care of all those needs and they're Canadian to boot!

We ordered our first batch of coffee beans and had them in our mailbox within 3 days! Service, right?


How our beans arrived- freshly roasted and ready to be enjoyed!

And truthfully, the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans in the morning is a reason to get out of bed. Even better, fresh roasted coffee is naturally sweeter and higher in antioxidants than the stale, canned stuff you buy at the store.


Can you smell the delicious freshly ground coffee aroma through your screen?
 And the best part is that the coffee is REALLY REALLY REALLY delicious! We chose a medium roast for our first batch (yum!) but we are signing up for a SURPRISE ME! monthly delivery so that we receive a new origin and blend of coffee in our mailbox each and every month. 


Heaven in a cup!



Check out their offerings at www.coasttocoastcoffee.ca and try them out today! I can personally guarantee that you won't be disappointed!



Saturday, September 27, 2014

The New Gig

So, yes, I haven't been around. In fact, I haven't written since August.

But there is good reason, I promise.

And so, what has kept me from this space for about a month?

Well, I have a new job.


Yes, that's me! I am hosting a LIVE daytime television talk show! AHHHHHHHHHHH

Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever hoped for something like this in my life, but the opportunity appeared to audition, I just knew that I could not pass it up. Imagine my surprise when, after going in for a screen test, I got the gig.

So I have been absent learning how to read a teleprompter, using an IFB (earpiece for the control room to speak to me in), trying to tame my natural inclination to speak like a valley-girl circa 1980, and learning the ropes of live television (which, I have discovered, is never, ever smooth but always ends up looking amazing thanks to the magicians that work behind the scenes).

Phew.

And it has been crazy hard work, but oh my word, it has been the most fun I have ever had! I mean, I cannot believe that someone is LETTING me go on air for an hour each day and just have fun. I have never learned so much (or so quickly) but it really is a blast and I'm so lucky that I get to take over this maternity leave contract and spend the next year on television!

Here are a few of the awesome guests I've gotten to hang out with. (oh, and FYI, I have literally eaten something prepared by an executive chef at least 3 times a week. That's just the icing on the awesome sundae!)






What an awesome adventure I'm on! I'm getting to grow and learn, and do something I love! This is one of those times when #blessed is legit.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Kraft Food Hacker Semi-Finalist!

WHOOOO! A week or so ago, I submitted a video to be Kraft Canada's first ever Food Hacker! 

And guess what? I made it to the semi-finals!!!

I will be participating in a Twitterview (an interview on Twitter) TONIGHT (Monday, August 11) during the Kraft Food Hack Twitter Party from 8:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and I'd love for you to join in the fun:)

Why am I the perfect candidate for this job?


Well, I'm not trained chef, but I did teach myself how to cook. 

Way back in 1998, when I left home for university, I didn't know how to do much more than boil water or microwave a pre-made meal. After gaining the Freshman 20 (that's a thing, right?), I decided I needed to learn how to cook...and so I began experimenting in the kitchen.

Remember, this was a time before Food Network, food blogging, online 'how-to' videos, etc. This was a time when you had to call your mom, call your grandma (who I would consider to be the original food hacker in my life!), or buy a cookbook and figure out cooking for yourself. I made a lot of mistakes in the kitchen (I still do!) but I also learned a lot about cooking.


I have learned that I love great food and I love making great food for others. I also learned that great food does not have to be time consuming or expensive (a lesson that has served me well as my family has grown!). Anything that makes my time in the kitchen a little bit easier is right up my alley! I also learned that I love fiddling with recipes- if I eat something delicious at a restaurant, I go home and try to recreate it Sarah-style. If I'm at a party, I spend too much time at the serving stations checking out their ingredients and then (you guessed it!) recreating it at home (Sarah-style- quick and easy, of course). Heck, I'm pretty sure I am the queen of making something out of next to nothing!


To top it off, I live for social media and love tweeting, blogging, facebooking and writing and have spent the better part of the past 2 years as an on-air personality, discussing "hot topics" in the news and parenting issues. I feel like I was born to talk on air and love engaging with a variety of audiences on a variety of topics. Having been a poor college student, a newly-wed, a new mom and now a harried mom of two, I know I am able to relate to people during all stages of their life.

In short, I am the perfect person to fill the inaugural "Food Hack" shoes for Kraft Canada:) and I welcome the opportunity to chat food with my fellow semi-finalists tonight!!! 

Wish me luck! xo


Friday, August 1, 2014

Foodie Friday: Stuffed Mushrooms

A few years ago I was hosting a get together at my house and decided, about an hour before guests
were to arrive, that I needed another appetizer to compliment my already prepared bruschetta. 

I ran to the grocery store, prepared to get all the ingredients I needed for stuffed mushrooms (these are a go-to fav at every party/event I have ever attended, so I figured my guests would love them). However, when I saw herb & garlic cream cheese on the shelf, I decided to throw caution to the wind and create my very own food hack. Guess what? They were a crazy hit, and I've been making herb& garlic cream cheese stuffed mushrooms ever since.

Recently, Kraft decided to host a food hackers competition and, as a certified* food hacker, I decided to make a one minute video to enter myself.

Here's my recipe for the best (and easiest) stuffed mushrooms you will ever make:




Thanks to my husband for skipping his nightly viewing of the Jays game to help me film this (and putting up with my 5 wardrobe changes). And thanks to Kraft for hosting such a fun competition. I love a good food hack and Lord knows I have a million of them born mostly out of necessity.









*not a legitimate certification but real, nonetheless