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13 Oct

Fall Recipe

It’s Day 13 of the #Blogtober14 Challenge with The Daily Tay and Helene in Between!  Rasa here with today’s post, my “Fall Recipe”  

For my fall recipe, I’m posting my Dad’s meatball recipe.   It’s not a traditional “fall” recipe (no pumpkin or turkey in these), but they are total comfort food and I always associate that with Fall.  I’ve also been making them for Mary’s Dad and just made them for his Birthday celebration yesterday, so it seems like the perfect recipe to share.

Fall Recipe - Meatballs Full

“Daddy” Style Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

 For the Sauce:

– 1/2 cup of olive oil

– 3 x 28 oz cans of whole tomatoes

– 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced

Add the olive oil to a large pot and set over medium heat.  Add the garlic and saute until it just starts to turn golden.  Add all of the tomatoes (liquid too) and blend with hand mixer until the sauce is smooth.  You can also blitz the tomatoes in a blender beforehand, if you don’t have a hand mixed (I won’t tell my Dad!)

Add 1 tablespoon of salt and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.

While that’s simmering, start on the meatballs.  In a large bowl, add:

– 1 ½ lbs ground meat (I use a combination of beef, pork and veal)

– 1 tbsp kosher salt

– 1 clove garlic, finely minced

– 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

– 1 cup grated Parmasean cheese

– 1 ½ cups of breadcrumbs

– 1 ½ cups water

– 1 tbsp chopped parsley

Unclump the meat and mix it together with the rest of ingredients.  Shape into balls and place on a rimmed baking sheets, either lined with parchment paper, tinfoil or sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray.  I like parchment paper for easier cleanup.

Bake your balls at 375 for 30 min until golden, turning them once about halfway through.

When you sauce is almost done it’s hour of simmering, add ¼ cup of fresh basil (chopped), about 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and a teaspoon of dried oregano.  Taste and add more salt and seasonings if you like.

Once the meatballs have finished baking for half an hour, simmer them in the sauce for 20 minutes and you’re ready to serve!

Fall Recipe - Meatballs

These are great with spaghetti, you can throw some onto a bun and melt mozzarella on top for a great sandwich, you can even put them on pizza or in a panzarotti.  Honestly, you can even eat them straight…not that I do that.

The Daily Tay
11 Oct

I never thought blogging would

It’s Day 10 of the #Blogtober14 Challenge with The Daily Tay and Helene in Between!  Rasa here and today’s topic isI never thought blogging would…”  

I Never Thought Blogging Would - Paint

Honestly, I never thought blogging would have me learn such a diverse set of skills.  I knew going into this that there would be writing and photography involved.  I love writing and taking taking pictures…it’s one of the reasons that I started a blog.  I never thought that blogging would lead me to developing my skills in coding and website development & social media.  I Mean, I even learned how to refinish a chair because I set a goal on this blog to create an office space for myself.

I Never Thought Blogging Would - Chair Back Before

Learning all of these new skills has been so satisfying.  My new skills in develop websites has lead me to creating a number of websites for others, be they blogs or non-blog sites (what do you call non-blog websites?  Just websites?)  I love creating websites.  It lets me blend my technical and creative skills together.

I Never Thought Blogging Would - Chair Before

Furniture refinishing though?  They was way out of the blue, but it’s insanely satisfying to take an old, nasty looking chair and turn it into something beautiful that you use everyday.  Learning how to do this has lead me to refinish our dinning room table.  That’s something I’ve been talking about for years, but never had the courage to take on.  Who knew?

I Never Thought Blogging Would - Chair After

I’m looking forward to see what everyone else “never thought blogging would…”!!

I Never Thought Blogging Would - My Desk

The Daily Tay
09 Oct

Best or Worst Halloween Memory #TBT

It’s day 9 of the #Blogtober14 Challenge with The Daily Tay and Helene in Between!  Today’s post is a “Best or Worst Halloween Memory #TBT”.  Rasa here and I totally LOVE Hallowe’en, so this is my Best Halloween Memory.

Best Halloween Memory - Mary and Rasa2

Hallowe’en is really my favourite holiday.  It’s probably the costumes.  I just love dressing up.  I mean, I force my friend to dress up for theme parties when it’s not Hallowe’en.  My husband has even asked me if it’s possible for me to throw a non-theme party.  I’m not sure that it is…

Best Halloween Memory - Paul and Rasa

I haven’t had a Hallowe’en party in a little while (need to fix that),  but I’d say that my best Hallowe’en memory is throwing my “Come as Your Favourite Rock Star” party.  Everyone was incredibly enthusiastic about the theme and came out in full force.

Best Halloween Memory - Mary Smiling

I went as Debbie Harry (and was surprised by how many people thought that her name is  “Blondie”.)  My sweet husband made an amazingly accurate Bono.

Best Halloween Memory - Paul and Greg

I loved the creativity that went into all of the costumes (we even had a “police officer” there to arrest us for the Rock Star-related offences.)

Best Halloween Memory - Mary and Jesse

To be honest, every  Hallowe’en is the “best” for me.  It’s such a fun holiday.

Best Halloween Memory - Mary and Rasa

Is anyone else guilty of throwing too many theme parties?  (Please say, yes!)

The Daily Tay
07 Oct

Best and Worst Vacation

Wow!  We made it to Day 7 of the #Blogtober14 Challenge with The Daily Tay and Helene in Between!  Rasa here again with today’s topic of “Best/Worst Vacation“.

Best and Worst Vacation - Xcalacoop with Bug

Best vacation?  That’s an easy one for me.  Almost 15 years ago, I eloped in the tiny town of Xcalacoop, Mexico.  Mary was there as our witness (they pulled the other one off the street) and we had an absolutely amazing time.

Best and Worst vacation - Xcalacoop

We drove across North Eastern Mexico in our little bug (they called them belly buttons there, because everyone had one) and, well, GOT MARRIED.   We had our legal wedding in Xcalacoop and then has a more personal ceremony in Chichen Itza.

Best and Worst Vacation - Chichen Itza

We drove, ate local food in tiny little towns and explored all of the ruins we could find.  It was brilliant and I’ll never forget it…and Mary made the best witness you could ever ask for.

Best and Worst Vacation - Mary in Chichen Itza

My worst vacation?  That’s more difficult.  I’ve never regretted going away on vacation, even when I haven’t had the best time.

Best and Worst Vacation - with Mr. Fox

I’d say the worst vacations are the one that I never went on.  I found some excuse as to why I couldn’t go, but with that, I totally missed out on some opportunity to learn about a culture, to explore and to get outside of this world that I normally live in.

Best and Worst Vacation - with Mary

Do you agree with me?  Have you had a vacation that you could actually consider the worst?

The Daily Tay
06 Oct

What I’d Tell Myself When I Started Blogging

We’re on Day 6 of the #Blogtober14 Challenge with The Daily Tay and Helene in Between!  Rasa here and today’s topic is “10 Things You’d tell yourself when you started blogging”

Falafel - Spread2

Now, I’m fairly new to the blogging scene, but Make It Bittersweet is not my first blog.  I also have a food blog, This Fox Cooks.  I started it just over a year ago and there are already a bunch of things that I wish I had told myself when I started out.

1.  Get a better camera.

2.  Really, get a better camera, it will make a huge difference to your pictures.

Coconut French Toast - Pouring Syrup

3.  Once you start, keep going.  An object in motion stays in motion.  You might take a short break or two, but keep at it!

4.  Don’t be shy about promoting your blog and posts.  Otherwise, it will just be your Mom reading them.

taco party - table

5.  Get out there and network – remember that social media thing?  Use it.

6.  Be sure to thank your Mom for promoting your blog A LOT more than you are (it’s probably because she’s the one that reads it.)

Blueberry Bourbon Crumble - Featured

7.  Maybe reconsider that blog name.  Some people might think it doesn’t sound like a food blog…it might sound like something else, something inappropriate.  (For the record, my blog was originally named “The Vixen Life” and I did change it.)

Oops

8.  Don’t take things too personally if posts don’t turn out the way you wanted them to.

9.  Stay optimistic.  You will make blog-friends and it will feel very cool.  Someone that you’re not face-to-face friends with or related to is actually reading your blog.

10.  Keep true to the goals you originally had when you started the blog, but don’t be afraid to change if you feel that it’s what you need.  It’s YOUR blog!

The Daily Tay
05 Oct

Fall Bucket List

It’s Day 5 of the #Blogtober14 Challenge with The Daily Tay and Helene in Between!  Rasa here and I’m taking on today’s topic of  “Your Fall Bucket List“.

Fall Bucket List - Red Tree and Leake

I don’t think I’ve ever created a bucket list before.  Is that weird?  I’ve looked at a few fall bucket lists and it’s always things like “walk in the leaves” and “carve a pumpkin”.  Are these really bucket list worthy?  I always think of bucket lists as “things to do before you die” kinda stuff, but let’s go for it.  Welcome to my first ever bucket list!

Fall Bucket List - Red Leaves

1.  Create (and drink) a fall themed cocktail.

I love creating recipes and I’m overdue for a new drink.  I’m going to put this on the list and see what I can come up with that’s “fall themed”…something spiced?  What should be considered fall-themed in a cocktail?

2.  Find the perfect new sweater.

Why is this so hard??  OK…this is on my personal list of things that I need to do.  I’m one of those people that can’t wear wool, so I think that severely limits me in the sweater department.  It sucks, but I am still searching…I will find you.

Fall Bucket List - Trees and Lake

3.  Go to some sort of proper, dress up Hallowe’en party.

I love Hallowe’en…and I love dressing up.  The real trick here is figuring out what costume to choose.

4.  Make Mary’s Dad the perfect meatballs for his birthday.

Mary’s Dad is very ill.  I love sending him food and have been sending him different types of meatballs whenever I can….Italian, Indian.  His Birthday is coming up soon and he’s asked me to make him meatballs.  I cannot leave this off my bucket list…I will make him some damn good meatballs.

Fall Bucket List - The Red Leaf

5.  Have a drink on a patio, one last time.

I live in Toronto, Canada…It’s already fall and freezing cold here.  I am hoping for that last beautiful, Indian Summer day where I can have one last drink on a patio.  Honestly, people will wear parkas to stay on a patio around here, but not me.  One last day with nice weather…and a patio…and a drink.

Fall Bucket List - Leaves in Water

How is that for a first ever bucket list?

The Daily Tay
02 Oct

When I Grow Up – Then and Now

It’s Day 2 of the #Blogtober14 Challenge with The Daily Tay and Helene in Between!  Rasa here and today’s topic is “Dream job when you were little/ what is it now?”, but I’m going to tweak it slightly and let you know what I want to be when I grow up – then and now edition.

What I want to be - Grandparents

My Mom has often told the story of me coming home from elementary school one day in complete tears.  Asking why I was crying, I told her that I couldn’t be what I wanted to be when I grew up.   She was not going to accept this.  My mom launched into a very detailed explanation about how I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up.

What I want to be - feeding geese

There was no limiting what I could be because I was a girl.

Girls can be anything they want to be.

After instilling in me that there was no limit to my future goals, she finally thought to ask me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

What I want to be - side of road

“Short”, I told her.

My Mom has since learned to ask for details before launching into a speech and I have come to terms with being taller than average.  I was a tall kid.  This is me with my cousins – one of them is older than me.

What I want to be - Winter coats

What do I want to be when I grow up now?  What’s my dream job?  To be honest, I’ve been working towards it for a little while.  I’m lucky to be working with my husband and running a small business that supports the computer needs of our clients.  I’ve always found that I have a talent with making computers useful for everyone.  Up until now, I’ve always worked in the corporate world, but it’s exciting to be able to continue to grow my own business…and work for myself.

What I want to be - Wonder Woman

…and Wonder Woman.  I still want to be Wonder Woman.

The Daily Tay
17 Sep

What’s in my Makeup Bag?

Time for a new what’s in my bag!  This time, what’s in my makeup bag.  Not that this includes all of the makeup that I own (I’m afraid to reveal that bit of information), but what’s in my basic, wear-almost-everyday makeup bag.

What's in my Makeup Bag - Everything

Obviously, I love Makeup Forever face products.  Their foundation is great and not crazy expensive.  I also like that you can layer it for full coverage or keep it super light.  I actually prefer this to a tinted moisturizer because I can keep it so sheer.

What's in my Makeup Bag - Foundation and Concealer

Makeup Forever full coverage concealer is great too.  I hate concealers that fade and this one stays put.  Bonus points:  it’s waterproof.

What's in my Makeup Bag - Everything Close up

Next, the brows!  I’m a bold brow kinda girl.  I’m currently using Anastasia Brow Wiz and some MAC Brow Shader. The MAC Brow Shader was a limited edition thing from ages ago, but when it runs out, I have already planned to go back to good old MAC Brun eye shadow.

What's in my Makeup Bag - MUFE Aqua Eyes

For my daily eye shadow, I am completely in love with Makeup Forever’s Aqua Eyes in #15.  It’s the perfect shade of taupe and stays on really well without a primer.

What's in my Makeup Bag - Close up Eyes

I’ve been using MAC Blacktrack along with the super fine MAC liner brush FOREVER for my eyeliner.   There’s a reason it’s is so crazy popular.   It works.    For mascara, I admit that I cannot help but love Dior’s Diorshow Black Out Waterproof mascara.  I’ve tried to switch, but always end up going back.  LOVE.

What's in my Makeup Bag - Taupe Blush and Dior Mascara

As you can see, my blush situation is about to run out.  Obviously, I love MAC Taupe and will probably grab a new one when this one is finally finished.  Thank God it’s not limited edition.

What's in my Makeup Bag - Everything Close up

Well, that’s it for my everyday makeup items.  They’re basic, but they work.  What’s in your everyday makeup bag?  Am I missing out on something amazing?

10 Sep

Yearly Goals – September is the new January

We’re a bit behind in our goal posts here, but September fever has bit me, so I’m jumping in with a yearly goals post!  Is it just me or is September really like the start of the new year?  Maybe it’s from years of starting the new school year in September, but I really feel like September is the new January.  Goal time.

Yearly Goals - Hot Pink Rose

1.  Get a proper desk and office space.

I had an earlier goal of getting my dining-table-office-thing organized, but my office tray is just not cutting it.  I’m still using the tray, but it’s become a bit of a dumping ground.  I need a desk of my own….and shelves!  Crazy, but it’s time.

Yearly Goals - Purple Flower

2.  Wear more of my clothing.

Since I joined my husband in running our business together, I’ve been wearing less of my nice “office” clothing.  It’s time to step up my fashion game and actually start wearing that stuff again.

Yearly Goals - Pink and Yellow rose

3.  Keep more plants and flowers around.

All of the pictures of flowers in this post are from my Mom’s garden.  My mom has two green thumbs…mine are brown.  Honestly, my husband apologizes to plants if I bring them home.  I want to start keep more plants around, even if they are cut and in a vase.   I think they really add life to a space.

Time to get moving!  Yearly goals from Mary coming soon as well.

The Nectar Collective
01 Sep

End of Summer Fun at Ribfest

It’s Labour Day long weekend here in Canada and what better way to end the summer than spending the day at Ribfest in Burlington?  Music, shopping, rides and all of the ribs and pulled pork that you can possibly eat…sounds like a fun day to us!

Ribfest - Grounds

Burlington Ribfest is the largest of the many rib festivals that are held throughout Ontario in the summer.  They take their ribs very seriously here with 20 of the best teams from across North America.   Everywhere you turn in “Ribbers Row”, someone is offering you sauce to taste and proudly displaying their various ribbing awards….oh yeah, and selling ribs.  Lots of ribs.

Ribfest - BBQ

Ribfest - Ribs

Also on the schedule?  Lots of shopping.  One cannot live on ribs alone, so in between sampling all of the delicious food, we wandered through the merchant area.  We were there with Fandangle Jewelry, so jewelry shopping was definitely on the agenda.  A girl cannot have too many sparkling things…or so we keep telling ourselves.

Ribfest - Fandangle

Ribfest - Cars

They also have lots of rides for the kids and three stages full of live music happening all day and well into the night.

Ribfest - Ferris Wheel

Ribfest - Concert

We leave here with a full belly, a bag full of goodies and lots of amazing memories!  What is everyone else doing to celebrate the last long weekend of summer?

Ribfest - Crowd

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