Monday, November 30, 2015

Tomato Stuffed Blackened Chicken

Some nights when you get home, all you want is to make a quick and easy dinner, without too much fuss or clean up; but just because you don't want it to take too much time, doesn't mean you don't want it to be tasty!

One of my favourite meals to cook when I don't feel like spending hours in the kitchen is Tomato Stuffed Blackened Chicken.

First chop to table in about 30 minutes, I generally serve this dish with some rice and a cooked vegetable or salad, and the chicken is cooked entirely on the stove top.

With a spiced and tasty coating, juicy chicken, and a Caprese-inspired filler, this dish is perfect for busy nights when you're craving something delicious!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mulled Wine

With the holidays approaching and snow on the ground (sigh) it's time to get into the Christmas Spirit!

If, like me, you find yourself with plenty of baking, decorating, shopping and wrapping to do, a fabulous way to stay festive while you check off your Christmas List is by brewing up stove-top-pots of mulled wine to sip on during holiday activities!

Mulled wine with its spicy and citrus flavours, filling your house with the smells of the season, makes for a great beverage for parties or to share with a loved one on a cold night.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cuban Mojo Sauce

One of the negative stereotypes about Cuba is that their food isn't particularly great.

If you're staying on a resort, and expecting the same kind of food you get at home, it can be lack luster due to trading restrictions which impact both ingredients (spices, supplies, etc) as well as knowledge.

However, actual Cuban cuisine, with Spanish, African and Caribbean influences, is actually delicious! 

We're down on the Island right now (hopefully having a blast) but before we left, I whipped up a Cuban inspired meal to get us excited for our trip: Shrimp in Mojo sauce!

Monday, November 16, 2015

5 Books for the Beach!

There is nothing better than sitting in the sunshine with a good book.

I'm in Cuba this week on a much needed beach vacation, but before I left I made sure to fill up my e-reader with all sorts of good books to enjoy while lying in the sand.

A mix of funny, romantic, informational and intriguing, I'm ready for whatever mood strikes me! Here is a list of my current Books for the Beach!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday Wine Down

Happy Friday!!!

Today is my first full day in Cuba, so everything is going pretty great (provided that by the time the next Wine Down comes around I'm not completely sun burnt)

While basking in the sun is super lovely, there is still a week behind me to Wine Down, so let's get to it!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Holiday Pin-spiration: Christmas Craft Round Up!

When I was a kid, every year my mother planned a Christmas Craft for us to do.

She'd sit my sibs and I down (and sometimes our cousins) in an assembly line format and we would churn out tree ornaments, that we would then give to family members.

Some of these ornaments were really cool! Some... clearly show that we weren't so skilled in our crafting yet. But each one was handmade with love, by increasingly tired little fingers.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Packing Tips! For An All Inclusive, Beach Vacation

There's nothing more exciting than packing for a trip. 

Adventure awaits you! What will you need to bring with you to look fabulous and be prepared for EVERYTHING?

That last thought is usually what leads to not being able to close your suitcase, or getting hit with an overweight luggage charge.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday Wine Down

Happy Friday!

I'm pretty excited today because this time NEXT WEEK I will be in Cuba!

But before I can do that, there is still another Friday, weekend and week to get through.

This week's Wine Down has an unintentional theme of Women! Women I admire, women I'm thankful for, women in politics! 

I am woman, hear me roar, then watch me drink some wine ;) 

Let's wine down this week!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Dealing With, And Overcoming, My Blogger Burnout

Lately I've been struggling with Blogger Burnout. 

I can't seem to come up with post ideas that excite me, I'm not working on my Instagram account, I'm being a bad participant in my blogger Facebook groups (for which I feel very guilty).

There have been a few times in recent weeks where I wondered if maybe it was time to call it quits. Cook, Wine and Thinker is about a year-and-a-half old and I've lost sight of it a little bit.

Here's the thing though: I love blogging. I love the community, I love writing, I love coming up with new recipes and trying new things so I can post about them. I even love tracking analytics (because apparently I'm a sadist), so why then did I sink into Blogger Burnout?

Monday, November 2, 2015

October Instagram Roundup

How great was October!?

October is one of my favourite months. We celebrate Thanksgiving (in Canada), baseball playoffs dominate TV, the weather is beautiful and we cap it off with Halloween!!!

There were some awesome posts on Instagram this month, so I decided to do a roundup of some of my favourites to help us springboard into November! 

Of course I sneaked in some of mine too!

I hope you enjoy the below, clicking on an image will take you to the Instagram account it's from! Be sure to check out some of these awesome accounts (seriously, awesome).