Wednesday, October 31, 2012

5 Spooktastic Halloween Recipes

We don't know about you but over here at BeaverTails HQ, we're getting in the Halloween spirit! And what better way to celebrate this oh-so-spooky day than with some spooktastic recipes?

Evil Eye Cupcakes

Graveyard Cake

Scary Scull Biscuits
 via BBC

Eyeball Caprese

White Chocolate Ghosts


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

INSPIRE: 5 Great Winter Reads

There's nothing like curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea on a chilly winter night - as long as said book is a page-turner! This week on the BT blog, we're rounding up 5 books that are sure to inspire this winter:

Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro

Munro is one of our favourite Canadian writers of all-time, so you could understand why her latest collection of short stories went straight to the top of our reading list.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

If you've never dipped into this epic novel before, then now's the time! The classic Russian love story is being adapted for the big screen, debuting this Christmas and starring Keira Knightly and Jude Law.

My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss

Part memoir, part cookbook, this read is right up our alley! My Berlin Kitchen tells the story of how author and Wednesday Chef blogger Luisa Weiss uprooted her life in NYC and found her way to a new start, with a little help from her kitchen.

The Chocolate Money by Ashley Prentice Norton

Norton had us at 'chocolate'. Telling the humorous tale of an opulent Chicago chocolate heiress and her less audacious daughter, this one's sure to be a page-turner.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
 via Wikipedia

As Harry Potter author Rowling's first venture into grown-up lit, there's a good deal of hype for The Casual Vacancy to live up to. You be the judge!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

INSPIRE: 5 Daydream-Worthy Travel Destinations

Oh, how time flies! It feels like summer was just yesterday, but the chill is in the air and winter fast approaching. Every year around this time, we start to daydream about beachy, beautiful locations around the world, especially with winter vacation just around the corner! Today on the BT blog, we're counting down the top 5 destinations we've been dreaming of lately:

1. Sri Lanka

Exotic, scenic and full of culture, Sri Lanka's idyllic beaches would make for the perfect vacation.

 2. Indonesia

From volcanoes to ancient temples, Bali to Java, this country is packed with adventure.

3. Costa Rica

If surf, sand and sun is your thing, Costa Rica can't be beaten!

4.  The Philippines 

 Some of the most beautiful beaches the world over can be found in the Philippines, and they're anything but boring!

5. The Balearic Islands

 These Mediterranean islands have it all, from stunning turquoise waters to awe-inspiring historical sites. What's not to love?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

INSPIRE: 10 Soul-Soothing Recipes For Fall

Every year, when the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves begin to fall, we start to crave hearty soups, stews and comfort foods. How else does one survive Canada's cold winters? Forget salads - come wintertime, the only thing we want to see on our tables are soul-soothing staples of a true Canadian. Today on the BT blog, we're rounding up our top ten soul-soothing dishes for a yummy and cozy fall:

Curried Beef Stew

Nothing gets our body temperature up like a hot curry! Add to that a hearty beef stew and you've got the perfect belly-warming recipe.

Chicken Noodle Soup
What could be more quintessentially comforting than a bowl of chicken noodle soup? Just like grandma's!

Stovetop Chipotle Mac and Cheese

 Who wouldn't want to dig into this decadent dish on a chilly night?

Autumn Brisket & Pumpkin Chili

This recipe combines two of our favourite fall meals: brisket and chili! Can you say "yum"?

Squash Soup with Smokey Bacon
via Chatelaine

We'll be honest here - they had us at bacon. 

Shepherd's Pie 

A comfort food staple, this recipe would fit the bill for fall. Plus, it's fuss-free!

Crispy Potato Latkes

This recipe comes straight from Bubby's kitchen. There's nothing like Jewish comfort food!

Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika
Lentils and black beans and paprika, oh my! This one goes out to all our vegetarian eaters.

Slow Cooker Mexican Pork Shank
This dish has all the makings of a perfect autumn meal: hearty, soulful and aromatic.

Coconut Curry Seafood Stew

Between the coconut milk and the curry, we could sit down to a bowl of this stuff any day of the week!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

LISTEN: Cool Weather Tracks

Winter is on its way to Canada, with temperatures already dropping and leaves quickly changing colours! One of the great things about the coming of cold weather? We get to cozy up with classic cool weather tunes! Today on the BT blog, we're rounding up some of our all-time faves. All you have to do is hit play!

1. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
2. I Break Horses - Winter Beats
3. Frank Sinatra - September Song
4. Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater
5. The Moody Blues - Forever Autumn
6. Gwen Stefani - Early Winter
7. Bing Crosby & Doris Day - Baby, It's Cold Outside
8. The Doors - Wintertime Love
9. Norah Jones - Cold, Cold Heart
10. Anne Murray - Snowbird