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Honey Garlic Crock Pot Chicken Recipe



Honey Garlic Chicken

This had to be shared. It’s just that good. It’s like pulled pork and ribs all rolled into one… only it’s chicken. And it only take a few minutes to throw together. You’re welcome.

Honey Garlic Crock Pot Chicken Ingredients

  • 2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (I used Bragg’s to make it gluten free)
  • 2 diced onions, chopped into large chunks
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour or cornstarch mixed into 4 tbsp of water
  • sesame seeds


  1. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, and place in crock pot.
  2. Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, and garlic. Pour mixture over chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from crock pot, but reserve sauce in the pot. Dissolve tapioca flour or cornstarch in 4 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Cook sauce on high for until it thickens slightly.
  4. Add the chicken back into sauce and mix to coat.
  5. Serve chicken over quinoa or cooked rice and spoon on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Photo by Rosa Pearson. Recipe adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl.

How to Make Spider Dogs




There is a whole lot of celebrating going on in North America lately! We just celebrated Canada Day with a sunny three day long weekend here in Canada. And I know many of you are celebrating the Fourth of July today! So, with summer in full swing and another weekend upon us, I thought this would be a good time to share a fun idea for roasting up Spider Dogs. Have you heard of these before?! They are SO much fun to make. And here I thought kids couldn’t get any more excited about eating hot dogs! I was wrong!

Spider Dog

These are really so simple. Just cut the ends of your hotdog lengthwise, creating four sections, which will become the “spider legs”. Be sure to leave at least a 1/2″ to 1″ section in the middle uncut so that you can stick in your roasting tool of choice. You’ll want to use All Beef wieners for this I’ve been told, in order to get the good curling action, but I haven’t actually tested out other types to see if they work. I do know that these hot dogs fit a lot better in hamburger buns than hot dog buns.


I hope you’re enjoying your summers so far! The sunshine and hot temperatures in Vancouver have been amazing lately! The local pools and beaches will be crowded this weekend! Happy Friday everyone!

Squash Soup Recipe




It’s raining here in Vancouver, so I’m making soup! This is my favorite soup recipe, a staple around our house, and thankfully I am not the only one who loves it. The boys cheer when I make it. Seriously, cheering! I adore happy eaters.


I let the kids play with food again to make the funny faces. My hope is that by showing them the ingredients that go into their food they’ll become more aware when making food choices in the future… and maybe even enjoy cooking!


  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 10 cups chicken broth (I use Better than Bouillon)
  • 3 Squash (if possible, I prefer to use one Acorn, Butternut & Pumpkin, but any combo will work.)
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Corriander
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • Salt to taste


  • Cut squash in half, and core out the seeds.
  • Place squash face down in 1/2″ of water in a microwave safe dish, covered.
  • Microwave on high for aprox 10-13 mins each, or until cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, peel and dice the potato and onion.
  • Saute onions and minced garlic in butter until soft.
  • Add in broth and bring to boil.
  • Scoop out cooked squash into broth.
  • Add spices, and salt to taste.
  • Simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Carrot Spice Muffins



I first tasted these muffins years ago at a play date with a bunch of moms and kids. I loved them, and asked for the recipe so I could make them myself! Now that life is gluten free, I have recreated them using gluten free flour, but you can easily switch them back just by replacing with wheat flour and omitting the xanthun gum. So yummy, and healthy too! Enjoy!

Also, if you have pumpkins kicking around still, you should try this muffin recipe that I posted last winter!


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 tsp xanthun gum
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 2 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 cups carrots, grated
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Brown sugar (topping)


  1. COMBINE flour, xanthun gum, sugar, flax, spices, baking soda & powder, salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. BEAT eggs and oil until light. Mix in applesauce.
  3. STIR in carrots.
  4. ADD liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened.
  5. FILL greased muffin cups 3/4 full.
  6. SPRINKLE the tops with brown sugar.
  7. BAKE at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly touched.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Happy Friday



It’s been an exciting week! There are so many things that I’d like to tell you about today, so I better get to it!

Fall has finally arrived here in Vancouver, so I’ll be spending part of the weekend making pasta sauce from all my Roma tomatoes. I’ll also be heading to the local garden store to pick up some winter vegetables to plant! Yes, I’m on the bandwagon now people! 😉 Any suggestions? I know leeks are on my list!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Canada Day!



Happy Canada Day to those of us north of the border! I had fun putting together this Canadian flag inspired fruit platter for a party we went to today. I thought I’d quickly pop in to share. I hope you’re enjoying a great long weekend too!

Portland, Oregon: Where To Eat



Portland has really good food. Here are some of my favorite spots, separated by area, all of which have gluten free options. I should title this post “Where I Ate”, instead of “Where To Eat”, but I really think both are accurate. These places were all so darn good.

The Pearl District

Irving Street Kitchen had amazing decor, food, and service. And they do take-home desserts in cute little mason jars! We took away butterscotch pudding with salted caramel sauce, and I spent the rest of our trip trying to get back there for another!

Oba has amazing guacamole, made right at your table, and fabulous mexican food. Definitely the place to come if you’re craving a margarita. 😉

North Williams

Tasty n Sons is the place to be! There is a non stop rush of people waiting to eat here… and I now know why! But don’t worry, you can easily kill some time at the shops in that area. PS – You really must try the Shakshuka.

Downtown/West End

My favorite patio experience was at Nel Centro, the restaurant located in Hotel Modera. It is an amazing place to chill out in the evening with friends around one of the many fires. I don’t have any pictures that do it justice… these ones are from their website.

Joe’s Burgers was the perfect mid-shopping pit stop. Amazing gluten free buns!

Clyde Common is located downtown in the uber-hip Ace Hotel. We arrived pretty late in the evening, and three of the entrees had already sold out. But I don’t think you can go too far wrong no matter what you order here.

And I know that I already mentioned Savor Soup House, but it really needed to be on this list too!

Nob Hill

Besaws topped my list of popular places to try, and it did not disappoint! If our hotel had been closer I would have come back repeatedly. Their Breakfast Sandwich (with yet another AH-mazing gluten free bun) and mocha made my day. If you are looking for brunch, make this your destination.

Have you eaten at any of these restaurants? Any favorite Portland spots that we missed? I know that we didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of how much this city has to offer the taste buds, which makes me eager to return again soon!

Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson except where otherwise noted. (taken with my iPhone!)

California Dreamin’



After a great time in Palm Desert with the in laws, we headed to Carlsbad to visit Legoland. We knew the boys were going to have a great time, but what surprised me was how much I enjoyed the trip! We decided to stay near the beach, not near Legoland. It was the right decision!

Downtown Carlsbad is charming. From our condo we were able to walk to shops & restaurants, and the beach was right across the street! The Naked Cafe is a must for breakfast or lunch. And you can eat in their beautiful courtyard! Also, Paradise Pizza is a hidden gem, with amazing pizza. Both of these places have gluten free options, which is part of why we loved them so!

I researched accommodations in Carlsbad for quite a while, and decided on Carlbad Inn Beach Resort Condominiums. If you’re going to head down to Legoland and still want some beach time, pool time and a kitchen so you can make some meals… this is the place!

I’m reminiscing about our holiday because it’s mostly rain in Vancouver lately. It makes me want to jump on a plane again! How about you? Have you been anywhere warm this year? Maybe we’ll all get some sun this weekend! Regardless, have a good one!

Sweet Sweet Friday



I’ve been interviewed by Barbara of hodge:podge for her “So Canadian Eh” Series! You can check it out today right here!!

Here are some other things that I think you might enjoy:

  1. I am probably the worst dinner guest, but this might help!
  2. This is the cutest breakfast idea, and kids can make their own.
  3. I want to try this Swiss Army Inspired DIY.
  4. For the photography lovers out there, this one‘s for you. (Thnx Kathy!)

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!!

PS – I took this pic while prepping a salad last weekend. I love Spring! The fabulous turquoise backdrop is actually one of my new dish cloths from 2jacs!

Mushroom Love



I know that eggs are front and center at this time of year, but what about the lowly mushroom? I love mushrooms. Mushroom burgers, risotto, soup… I love them all! And, lately I’ve found them visually appealing too! But, mushrooms are one of those things, it seems, that people either love or hate. What’s your opinion on mushrooms? Love them or leave them?

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Photo Credits: 1. Andie’s Specialty Sweets. 2. Flora & Henri Mushrooms. 3. Anthropologie Kids Mushroom Pouf, 4. Trevor Tondro for The New York Times via Lake Jane, painting by Bill Samios.

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