Sunday, October 28, 2012

warm & cozy~


Perhaps my favorite expression. I realized this when I heard my daughters using it frequently. I love fall and winter. Especially now that I live somewhere with a snowy winter. And I love to be warm and cozy.
If you know me, you know that Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday. I have amazing childhood memories of Christmas and all the fun activities and delicious food of the season. I am one of those people that spend a lot of time planning for Christmas. By this time, I have completed any shopping that I may be doing, am finishing craft projects, and preparing the menu of food and treats.
Marshmallows always conjure up "warm & cozy" for me. The way they melt and turn to fluff in my hot cocoa, or toast a little for a s'more, they seem to always compliment comfort food.
Enjoy the warmth of the season and delight in sweets and treats that are good for your soul. I know that I sure will!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Treats Galore~

Being a candy maker around holidays is a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it is so much fun to make seasonal treats for my friends and family. On the other hand, there is a fairly big expectation that I supply a lot of candy for gifts, treats, and the like.

I have been thinking about the treats I will hand out this Halloween. I think it is fair to say that most people in our neighborhood have heard of me, even if they don't know that I live here. I also want to hand out treats that are a better choice than the store bought/food corp/blobs of faux everything.

I thought I would ask you, my fans, what treats I should hand out at the door this year! Comment here or on Facebook. I would love to know what you think. Here are some of the treats I was thinking of, but if you think of something different, please comment.

Mini Pumpkin Marshmallows
Candy Corn Marshmallows
Mini Chocolate Cookies
Marshmallow Bites with hot cocoa mix


Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Anniversary {and a giveaway!}

photo by Magna Vita Photography
I almost forgot that it is my 2 year anniversary of Kimberley's Kitchen! October arrived so quickly that it hadn't occured to me that it is an eventful month for me.

I love October. And it was so fitting that I officially embarked on this journey during fall- my favorite season.

A lot has happened in two years and I am so grateful for the support and encouragement of my family, friends, and fans who all keep me going.

To celebrate I am offering a contest for a
$50 Gift Certificate to Kimberley's Kitchen!
(gift certificate good for a purchase in my shop, not valid for custom orders)
 
Simply enter the contest below and share with friends. One week only!
 
Good luck and THANK YOU!
 
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Football S'mores

Thanks to my husband, I love football. And so I thought I really should show my love by making some special s'mores. I made these, in fact, with the hope that they would inspire my favorite team The New Orleans Saints. You see, they are a little down on their luck. But I'm no fair weather fan. I stick by my team. Through thick and thin. And sticky marshmallow sandwiched between chocolate cookies with dark chocolate. Now that's love.
And who doesn't love a s'more?
 
~Now available in the SHOP~

Local Food~

Photo by Simply Rose Photography
 

Shortly after I started working in Smithers, I enjoyed the catering of Two Sisters. Our office frequently orders catering from this local business and every time, the food is fresh and flavorful.

The Two Sisters, Janet and Christine, embarked on a new adventure this year and opened a small cafe in the heart of Smithers. I was there before it opened.

When you move away from Vancouver it is safe to say that there are few cities with the same quality and array of food. And my fear of small town living was that I may never have good sushi or butter chicken (unless I made it) again. But Smithers has a surprisingly sophisticated, natural, local food scene. Some of the best sushi I have ever had, the best farmer's market, and some small food producers that provide beautiful beef, chicken, eggs, lamb, pork, and vegetables.

Two Sisters found me on Facebook and we briefly chatted about my marshmallows being in their new cafe. When I first met them, the cafe was partially complete and their friends and family were busy helping to put the finishing touches on their space.

Photo by Kimberley
 
I walked in and felt a sense of "home" as if I was transported to Yaletown (which is my long-time neighbourhood in Vancouver). I met the sisters and thought, "if me and my sister opened a cafe, this is what it would be." Janet and Christine even remind me of my sister and I. Alike yet different. But most importantly, they compliment each other.

I pulled out some samples for them to try and a some family was around so they got in on the samples. I always wait with anticipation when someone samples my marshmallows for the first time. I know what is about to happen. They all agreed that the Chai was their favorite. They loved the packaging and all the seasonal variety. They loved that I use the same locally roasted coffee that they were preparing to serve from their shiny, new espresso machine.

Photo by Kimberley

Since the opening of Two Sisters, my marshmallows have had a place by the counter on a beautiful little shelf. In no time they started selling and now I re-stock them weekly.

Photo by Kimberley

Of course, I eat there frequently too. Two Sisters use local ingredients and prepare specials that are something we can't find anywhere else here. (I have been asking for the Beef Rendang to return as a special. I plan to buy it all and put it in my freezer).

There is a weekly newsletter and specials posted on their Facebook page. Needless to say, I think they have quite a following of the Smithers foodies. It is the first restaurant I recommend to visitors and now that they have expanded with a large patio with communal seating, they will be able to serve even more customers.
Photo by Kimberley

And it is where I go when I want a perfectly frothed latte. And I treat myself and ask them to drop a Pumpkin Spice marshmallow in it. Since now you can get Vanilla Bean and Pumpkin Spice marshmallows in your hot drinks (just ask!).
Photos by Kimberley
 
Inspiring people, talented cooks, and huge supporters of Kimberley's Kitchen, Two Sisters feels like home.

~You can find the Two Sisters cafe at 3763 4th Ave in Smithers, or if you are giving directions like we do, in the old Tasty Freeze.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Dad's favorite treat~

Halloween wouldn't be complete without a batch of my Dad's Caramel Corn. When I was a child, my Dad would whip this treat up for us on movie nights. He always added nuts; the combination of sweet and salty and crunchy was perfect.
 
I love making this treat now and will be making some special batches for Halloween. If you are local, you may see some at Two Sisters very soon.
 


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gluten Free Treats

Marshmallows are a wonderful gluten free treat, especially for the holidays.
This little marshmallow bundt is a perfect "cake" to serve guests that can't eat traditional desserts.
Vanilla Bean marshmallow, drizzled with ganache and a few sprinkles or nuts to finish it off. A perfect sweet to end a wonderful day.
 
Would you like to serve gluten free marshmallows? If so, please email me your request- kimberleyskitchen@live.ca

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Halloween Treats!

Trick or Treat! This is a fun time in the Kitchen and I have a BIG treat for all of you!
 
Order by October 15th and receive FREE SHIPPING on all your Halloween orders!
 
What is in store for Halloween?
 
Pumpkin S'mores (as above)
Pumpkin Marshmallow Bites
Candy Corn Marshmallows
Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Pumpkins
S'mores for Four kits with Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows
Treat Bags
and my NEW Halloween DIY Treat Kits!
 
Everything is in the SHOP
so simply use discount code
BOO to get your FREE SHIPPING.
 
Thanks!
 


Monday, October 1, 2012

Trick or Treat~

Did you know that Candy Corn are "marshmallow" flavor? When I researched candy corn to make these little marshmallows, I discovered this fact. To be honest, I have never liked candy corn and am wondering why. But when I tried one I realized that they just don't do much for me. So why not take that indelible tri-color kernel and turn it into a real marshmallow? And they taste so much better.
Love them? Well you can now order them for Halloween! Just visit the SHOP for lots of Halloween treats.