January 26, 2015

Winter's Finally Arrived!! #WhatsCooking in your house to help keep you warm?!

Winter is my favourite time of the year for slow cooking but with the warm start to winter I wasn't sure if I was ever going to be able to take out my crock pot! Did I tell you we BBQ'd on Christmas Day?! This is so not normal for southwestern Ontario.

If you've been around Shasher's Life long enough, you know that I love to create my own soup recipes (like this one I shared in September, Curried Pumpkin Soup) but did you know that in the winter, I stock up on prime stewing beef for a hearty beef stew, ground beef and red beans for making chili, and am the Casserole Queen at church?!

Nothing will warm you up and fill your belly like my beef stew but my husband wanted me to share with you my Curry Chicken Casserole recipe. He tells me it's like tasting heaven. Even if you don't like curry, you'll love this dish.

I first made this recipe in 1996, the first winter we were married.

Creamy Curry Chicken Casserole:

What you'll need: (serves 6)
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 750 g bag of frozen vegetables (I prefer the California mix)
  • 1 cup grated cheese (I prefer Kraft's Cracker Barrel old cheddar or Gruyere)

What you'll do:

Preheat the oven to 375F

Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces, sprinkle with pepper. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and chicken and cook until slightly browned (about 6 minutes).

Meanwhile, in a bowl, stir together the cream soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and curry powder.

Arrange frozen vegetables in the bottom of the casserole dish, top with the cooked chicken. Pour the sauce over top evenly and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

I usually serve it over a bed of white rice.

My family loves it, I hope yours does too! 

I am part of Kraft Canada What's Cooking Ambassadorship. I receive compensation in return for bringing you some delicious recipes. Ones I make often in my home for my family.

December 23, 2014

I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.

Today we pulled up to a stop light. A young man, dressed in tattered jeans and black leather jacket, shaved head, and multiple piercings, paced the boulevard with a little sign which said, Merry Christmas, and something about needing money...

Dave was in the driver's seat, I rolled down his window and called the boy over, "Merry Christmas, I don't have much, but here you go."

I apologized profusely for not having more, I usually do. My secret stash of cash seems to have been found by the little hands in my family.

His words are still ringing in my ears...  he kindly replied, "It's OK... but Thank You for ACKNOWLEDGING me." 




How many times do we fail to SEE others? Acknowledge their existence? Or do we look the other way, pretending to grab something, like our phones, and keep busy so we don't have to make eye contact?

I'm guilty. 

In the past, I have rationalized why not to open my window with thoughts like; maybe he should just move home, get a job, or that he'll use the money for drugs or alcohol.

The truth of the matter is... he appreciated being seen more than the amount I could muster in the 10 seconds it took to empty my pockets.

During this time of year we are more apt to be mindful and gracious to others than any other time. It's amazing what a simple smile, head nod, or even a whispered hello will do for someone else.

It's not just for those on the streets or in the shadows of society. Take the time to notice those in your neighbourhood, your church, your workplace, the grocery store, or the pick up lane at school. I'd like to challenge you to bring some of this Holiday Cheer forward into 2015! No one deserves to feel invisible.

Kindness wins every time! 

December 22, 2014

A Christmas High Tea Party is #WhatsCooking in my House this Week

It's been a couple years since I hosted a party in my home. I was overdue to have some friends over and what better time than the Sunday before Christmas?!

From the time I had the idea, to the time I could pull it off... I only had a week. I often do stuff like this, all last minute like. A Christmas High Tea Party it would be!

The inspiration for the theme?!

My sister-in-law dropped off two boxes of gorgeous fine china tea cups a couple of months ago. They've been staring at me ever since, begging to be used. (She works at a senior's home, they've switched to less breakable tea sets.)

At 2pm my guests began to arrive. Soon my house was filled with the sound of tea cups clinking, 20 ladies chatting and laughter all around. And food of course. You can't have a party without delicious food.

With getting work projects complete, cleaning, Christmas decorating, Christmas dinner at the church, and my Christmas shopping yet to do... I contacted a friend of mine who has a local catering company, Little Mushroom Catering, to help take some of the pressure of me but mostly so I wouldn't have an excuse to cancel out. Remember, it's been a couple years since I last entertained people in my home.

The High Tea affair consisted of:
  • Assorted Scones, 
  • High Tea Sandwiches,
    • Cucumber & Artichoke Cream Cheese
    • Open faced Smoked Salmon with Dill & Caper Cream Cheese
    • Bacon, Red Pepper Cream Cheese Pinwheels
    • Avocado Cream Cheese Pinwheels
  • Assorted Holiday Desserts

Opening your doors at this time of the year will not only fill your home with fun and laughter, but it will fill your heart with joy. Giving of ourselves, opening our hearts and our homes, is as appreciated as a gift wrapped in paper.

Whether or not I was thanked was not the point of having the ladies over, but it was awfully nice to see the gratitude of some of those who came. #FilledMyHeartEvenMore

Now to make some Vanilla Shortbread Poppers as edible gifts for the neighbours... Shortbread Cookies are my favourite!!!

May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year!

December 3, 2014

Join our #KraftEdibleGifts Twitter Party on Dec 10 @ 9pm ET

'Tis the Season... for baking!! My house has never smelled better!

For me nothing says Christmas like colourful holiday tins filled with yummy goodness. We've made and distributed small tins of edible gifts to each of our neighbours surrounding our house. It was so fun and filled our hearts to be a blessing to those around us, it was even more fun to make them with my kids.

We made....

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Join Kraft Canada and myself, and my friends Tammi, Becky and Nicole for a delicious Twitter Party on December 10th. 

We will be giving away ten {10} prizes throughout the party, each prize consists of one {1} Kraft Edible Gifts Inspired Gift Basket. The approximate value of each prize is $100.

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 9-10pm EST
Follow Host: @KraftCanada
Follow Co-Hosts: @MyChaos @bitofmomsense @adomesticmomma & myself @ShashersLife
Hashtag: #KraftEdibleGifts

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