Always Thankful

I hope you have all had a wonderful (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend with your friends and family. Yesterday we hosted the meal with our family. I don’t have the huge extended family that many have, but none the less, it was still a feast to prepare for!

I am so thankful for many things this year, and wanted to share with you all what some of them are.

Firstly, I am thankful for this man, who is the love of my life. I have known since I was 14 years old that I would spend forever with him. He is patient, generous, loves me unconditionally, my best friend, and a wonderful Papa and Dad to my loves.

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I am forever grateful and thankful that I get to be Mom and Grandma to the most amazing humans that I know. I can’t imagine living in a world without them and am so proud of who they are and cannot wait to see what is in their future.

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I am guilty about letting time pass and not connecting with friends. I am purposely trying to not let this happen now. My friends are so important to me, and I hope they know how I love them too. I received a message from a friend which was so impactful, letting me know that I was a good friend. He said “It’s always better said than regretted”, gosh so true.

I am thankful for my step mom, Marianne. She was my Dad’s love. She was his life, his love, she brought a smile to his face, and loved him, and my family. I am forever thankful for what she did for him. I am thankful for the time I got to spend with him, and grateful that he was my Dad. I am thankful for the values that he invested in me which in turn I have passed on to my family.

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The list could go on and on, yes I am thankful! Thankful for my life and the people in it. What are you thankful for?

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Prepare for Adventure

Two weekends ago, my husband and I went in to the city for a dining experience. For Christmas I had purchased him a dinner for two, of course to include me, at a restaurant in Vancouver. When I first heard of this restaurant, I knew we had to attend. In my world, I see the abilities that people have, and not the label that some people have ,disABILITY.

The restaurant we went to was The Dark Table. For those who are not familiar with this restaurant, I suggest you see if there is one near you, and experience it. I will not give too many details, as it is something one needs to go in to with an open mind. I will tell you though, that the servers are blind or visually impaired. The dining experience is in the dark, yes the pitch black dark.

Driving to the restaurant it occurred to me that I people watch when I am out with my husband. What was I going to do, I was going to have to have a conversation with him throughout the meal! Needless to say, it was fantastic!

By far, this was the best service we have ever received at any restaurant. The food was good, and we could not tell you anything about the decor!

If you would like to learn more about the Dark Table, here is the link.

It was amazing to use our other senses throughout the evening, and makes one appreciate the gifts one has.

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Coca Cola Habenero BBQ Sauce

Typically Coca Cola gets blended with Rum or Whiskey when my husband gets his hands on it! Well tonight was a little different. We are somewhat ‘foodies’ and enjoy trying different recipes, and this one captured his attention. We tend to grill year round here in this province and love our condiments!

While looking for a smoked loin recipe, he came across this recipe. It smells AMAZING and he tells me its sweet, not spicy with the Habanero in it.

It’s a wonderful sauce that will be used to glaze chicken, ribs, steak, pork chops and so much more, it’s made for grilling!

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Here for you all to try is the recipe:

2 Tbsp butter

1 onion, minced

1 red pepper, minced

1 Habanero pepper, minced

5 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup molasses

1 cup coca cola

1/2 cup vinegar

1 1/2 c brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 (8 oz) can tomato paste

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion, red pepper, garlic and Habanero to the saucepan, and sauté until they are tender are beginning to caramelize, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the molasses, cola, brown sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Let it cook with a low rolling boil for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the saucepan.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and lower the heat. Let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and let the sauce cool to room temperature
  5. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth.

Bottle in containers and enjoy!!

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