Archive | November, 2011

Hot Chocolate Snowman

30 Nov

So my mother keeps stuff.  I mean seriously! If you need toilet paper rolls, she’s your girl.  She also drinks a lot of coffee. And it’s instant.  I know! 

Anyway, she can drink a bottle of instant Nescafe every two weeks,which basically means…she has a whole lot of these…

And so I inherited them.  Which wouldn’t be so bad because you know how I feel about jars.  I sort of love jars.  But these jars, maybe it’s the shape, maybe the lid, I dot know, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

That is…until I saw a snowman.

I punched holes in black vinyl with a holepunch, cut a triangle out of orange paper,  cut round circles for the buttons and put them on the jar.  Then I cut the rim of the hat from dark brown construction paper.  I filled it halfway with hot chocolate mix and then a bag of marshmallows.

Then my mother saw it and said, I want my jars back.


Hot Chocolate Mix

2 cups of cocoa

1 cup of Icing sugar

2 cups of skim milk powder

1 package of instant chocolate pudding (trust me, it makes it creamy)

2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon

Mix together, serve 2 TBSP in a mug with 1 & 1/2 cups of boiling water.  Serve with marshmallows.


Savory Pecan Log

28 Nov

One thing that I changed with this new blog, is the addition of video.  It’s fun and as I said in my blog favourites, my cameraman, Tim, makes me look more tolerable.

Here I’m making a crowd pleaser! Savory Pecan Log. I’m telling you, if I don’t make it, people revolt! So now, you can make it too.

Who doesn’t have blown-out Christmas light bulbs?

27 Nov

Every once  in awhile, someone will bring something into the staffroom at Lighthouse with a note attached that says “free” or “help yourself”,  and almost always, I take said thing and try and figure out what I can do with it.  Then, the person who left it behind will say, “What in the hell are you ever going to do with that?”  Or they say, “Be honest Tina, you’re really just one of those Hoarders, and I’ll be watching A&E one day, and I’m going to see that thing covered in mouse poop.

Not so.

When I scored dozens and dozens of blown-out Christmas lights, I knew just what I’d do with them, and off to the dollar store I went to buy glitter, because, well, glitter makes ever day better.

I poured myself a glass of wine, and used an old make-up brush to cover each bulb with glue…

then I covered each with glitter.

Warning: do not to this on…say… a dinner plate, as I have here.  Really, nothing that will have food on it or go in your dishwasher, because you’ll have glitter in in your dinner.  In fact, I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t messy, but it was worth it.

When you put the colours together they are lovely.  I did consider painting the part that screws in, because that looks a little nasty, but actually I quite like that it looks recycled.

I’m putting these in the powder room.  I love having something in there that’s interesting and people will come out of it after they’ve peed and say, “That is so cool, what you did with those Christmas bulbs.”

That is, right after they see my meds in my medicine cabinet.



Chilli Buffet

25 Nov

After the recent snow storm I knew it would be insanely busy at County Collision, AKA Man-land, where David works.  I knew that there’d be lots of little fender benders and David’s crew of faithful technicians would be flat out.  So I did what I do every few months, I tell David to tell the fellas to not pack a lunch.  I’ve made them donairs once, even pulled pork, and this stormy night, I was making chilli with all the fixins’.

My chilli recipe, while maybe not authentic to Mexico, is pretty good and super simple.  But a good chilli, in my opinion, is all about the toppings.

I put diced black olives, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, even mushrooms in containers for each one to add to their own chilli, and chips and rolls.   I didn’t add mushrooms to the chilli because David doesn’t like them.  It’s his only bad quality (but it’s sometimes unbearable.)

Then I packed everything up  so David could take it with him.  There.  Now I would just wait for everyone to compliment me on my attention to detail.

When I got home from work I asked how it went, he said it was very busy day and they liked their chilli.

Oh terrific, I said gleefully, and opened the fridge to pour myself a celebratory glass of wine when what do I see in the fridge but…all the containers that I lovingly packed with the exception of the cheese.

“David,” I said.  “Why didn’t you take all the stuff for the chilli?” I asked half irritated.

“Because, Tina, we’re redneck men.  We don’t care about that stuff.”

Did you know this about them? Apparently, they don’t care about details.


Weeknight Chili 

1 pound of ground beef

1 diced spanish onion

2 stalks of celery diced

1 clove garlic diced

1 TBSP Olive oil

1 TBSP finely diced jalapeño pepper

2 cans of diced tomatoes

1 can of drained rinsed red kidney beans and navy beans

I jar of medium salsa

2 TBSP chilli powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 TBSP cumin

1 tsp salt and pepper

Saute onions and celery and garlic in oil until opaque, add meat and brown.  Drain any fat.   Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour.

Serve with all the fix ins unless you are a neanderthal.

A tea-riffic advent

23 Nov

I really hate chocolate advent calendars.  I can go a whole week not open a window and then spend one night watching a movie and open all of them.  Then, the kids wake up thinking it’s Christmas Eve.  Plus, it’s usually grouse chocolate.  I mean, think about it; it’s that cheap, waxy, milk chocolate that they’ve moulded into geese-a-laying.

So this year, me and the spare tire around my waist have taken a shining to green and chai tea, and that is how I’m going to celebrate advent.

With a wire ring, 24 clothes-pins, sticky numbers and various tea bag packages, I’ll be somewhat surprised and most certainly relaxed everyday.

It’s hung on my tea cupboard with a brown ribbon, thou the same thing could be done with almost anything else.

But when my son, Evan, suggested cash he was met with a disapproving look.

Christmas bah-hum-bug ballots

22 Nov

With Christmas little more than a month away, it’s time to start feeling the spirit. It’s hard thou, the weather’s been nice, there has been no snow, and to be honest, I feel like I just put away my Christmas stuff from last year. Before we know it, it will all be over and I’ll be left scratching my head thinking, but I didn’t have a chance to get in the spirit!

This year, I’m getting on it early.

Bah-hum-bug ballots!

Every year, my kids go through the Christmas Wish Book (damn you Sears!) and circle one item per page it seems, and I’m left deflated wondering when they’ll learn the real meaning of the season. Then, I thought there is no better time than this Christmas.

By printing out simple holiday suggestions on sticky paper, sticking them to construction paper or other festive paper, cutting  them out in card sizes pieces and voila! Lots of ideas to beat the holiday blahs’.

Seriously y’all. I am so going to do this!

And, well, you know we’ll be doing this.

I put these in a festive jar to be drawn randomly with my boys and I can hardly wait to get started!

And because I know you’re going to want to do it too, I took the liberty of including the page for you to do yourself.  Feel free to make a few of your own.

bah-hum-bug ballots



Winter White Sangria

18 Nov

I didn’t think there would be a better way to introduce my newest blog than with a drink!

Welcome to Her-land and cheers to a new beginning and a fun place to share ideas, food, drinks and to celebrate.

Some will be video, but not all.  I hope you enjoy.

Untitled from Tina Hennigar on Vimeo.