New Years Eve


December 31, 2015

2015 will always have a special place in my heart. there was lots happening this year with wedding planning and all the events leading up to the wedding. there were stressful times, excitement and feelings of being overjoyed. it seems crazy that another year has come to an end, but it sure was a memorable one. i’ll never forget 2015. here’s some of the highlights from the past year:

we rung in the new year in bali, indonesia.

adam and i went to indonesia for three weeks at the end of last year. it was definitely a trip we’ll remember, with crazy day-long train and bus rides where we thought we were going to die, sketchy hotels, delicious food, amazing views and resorts and monkeys playing on the roof of our hotel. it was fun, but there is definitely nothing like being home for the holidays.


revolver cafe, seminyak, indonesia


elephant caves, ubud, indonesia


ringing in the new year on the beach in seminyak, indonesia with approx. 20,000 other people. it was insane and crazy and amazing

I ran my first sun run! my sister in-laws and I ran the sun run together. I feel that i’m more of a vancouverite now that i’ve checked that one off the list. 


I had the most amazing bachelorette weekend! It seems like so long ago now – it was so much fun and so much effort and thought was put into it by my bridesmaids.


and had tons of adventures with this guy.


and of course, we got married.


alicia adam christmas card

it was the most amazing, wonderful, unforgettable day of my life. i’ll share some more about it in the new year!

Wishing you all the best in 2016!


An Italian Christmas Eve – Buon Natale!

December 29, 2015

there’s always such a big build up to christmas, and then just like that – it’s all over. 


– our first christmas as mr & mrs –

adam and i hosted our italian christmas eve at our house, with a big thanks to my brother for helping to make all of the food. we had 19 people for dinner, including a surprise guest – my other brother who flew down on christmas eve! no one knew about it, which was a surprise in itself because at least one person is always in on it, but this time he surprised us all and showed up at the front door just in time for dinner. it really was an awesome christmas surprise! 



adam and i have prepped the house, ready for the guests to arrive – all the baked goods were ready, we had candied salmon, smoked salmon and goat cheese + crackers for appetizers. since it’s christmas eve, italians are not supposed to eat any meat – instead we only eat fish. the ‘fest of seven fishes’ is the traditional italian dinner for christmas eve. 

my brother made the tuna seafood pasta sauce, and the mussels and prawns, i baked two massive pieces of salmon a friend of ours caught up in the queen charlottes this summer, and we also had baccala that my nonna made. there was so much food we could barely eat it all. you’d think with seafood it wouldn’t be as filling, but after the pasta and platefuls of prawns and mussels i almost had no room left for the fish – but of course, i did. 



to top it all off i made tiramisu, we had panettone, pizzelle, baci, lots of chocolates and other baked goods with espresso. 

it was such an amazing night, and truly one of the best christmas eve’s with the entire family here for this first time in a very long time. i love keeping traditions going, and i can’t wait for next year!

Dessert, Raw, Vegan

Raw Vegan Salted Turtles

December 23, 2015

rawvegan turtles

rave vegan chocolate turtles

Christmas is almost here!!!

I’ve been slowly baking and getting some treats together for Christmas Eve and Christmas. Since I have a full time class now I felt like I was behind in the baking this year, but I’ve still managed to get some things baked just in time – including these Raw, Vegan Salted Turtles. 

Adam and I are hosting Christmas Eve for the second time this year, which means the feast of seven fishes for the Italian side. I’m definitely looking forward to the mussels, prawns, baccala, salmon, and pasta. I also stocked up on panettone, cheese and pellegrino. A must.

We’re having 18 people over – though I’m not sure where we will all fit! Luckily the main floor of our house is open concept, so the living room, kitchen and dining room are all open and there’s lots of space for us to spread out, while still being able to socialize. 

If you’re looking for a quick holiday treat to share this christmas, these turtles take no time, and little ingredients to prepare. 

turtles raw

Today is also Adam and I’s six year anniversary – six years since our first date, and two years today since he proposed! I’ll do a full wedding re-cap in the new year, once all the christmas chaos is over.

turtles raw vegan

Raw Vegan, Gluten Free Salted Turtles
Yields 24
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  1. Dark Chocolate - 6-8 squares good quality dark chocolate
  2. 2 cups pitted Medjool Dates, fresh are best so they're nice and juicy
  3. 2 Tbs. Peanut butter - natural, creamy
  4. 3 Pecans per turtle - about 60
  5. sea salt
  1. Process dates in a food processor until they become a sticky and very thick in consistency - you may want to add a splash of hot water to help make a paste.
  2. Add in the peanut butter and process again.
  3. Using a small ice-cream, cookie scoop, scoop the date mixture onto a silpat or parchment paper in small rounds.
  4. Press 3 pecan halves into the date balls - making a star.
  5. In microwavable dish, heat chocolate on medium power setting for two minutes, stir until fully melted.
  6. Pour a small amount of sauce over each date/pecan ball using a small spoon, or a icing bag with the end snipped.
  7. Place in the fridge to set for at least 10 minutes - the chocolate will harden and hold everything together. Sprinkle with sea salt just before it's set.
  8. Enjoy!
  1. These keep well in the fridge in container for a few days, or freeze. allow to come to room temperature before serving.
  2. Alternatively, you can put the pecans down first and press the date mixture on top, then drizzle with chocolate.
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