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It’s My Birthday

Today I turn the ripe old age of 48.  The guys got me up early and gave me my gifts.

  • Oliver gave me some Pink Kiss perfume,  a new shoulder bag, and some Saskatchewan Roughriders ear rings.
  • Mark gave me a Starbucks mug that will keep my chai tea lattes warm until I am done with them
  • Jordon gave me a House of Marley Get Together Mini speaker.  It sounds amazing.  If you are looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker with great sound, I’d get one of these.

Houe of Marley Get Togther Mini Speaker

  • Speaking of audio, Gloria and Jerry gave me a Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald record and a relaxation candle.
  • Our Aunt Pat gave me two Christmas plates.  Perfect for entertaining over the holiday season.
  • I also got a fun birthday morning call from our Aunt Bev. 

By noon, we had to go to RUH for Jordon’s chemo treatment.  It was a long three and a half hours but we made it through it together and with the help of the always amazing Cancer Clinic staff.

Supper was a bit of a challenge.  Jordon was super sick by that time and we tried ordering some fish and chips but Jordon couldn’t handle a bite.  Even cake and ice cream were a non starter with him.   The reality of cancer.

Thanks for everyone who called and talked and was a part of a great day.  I appreciate all of you.

The Grey Cup (and CFL Playoffs) Party Survival Guide

It doesn’t matter if you are hosting a massive Grey Cup party or having a few friends over to root for your team in the semi-finals, you want good food.  I pulled together 50 recipes to help you host the best CFL party ever.

The Grey Cup (and CFL Playoffs) Party Survival Guide

  1. Cheese-Stuffed Bread Sticks Recipe
  2. Mini Crab Cake Bites Recipe
  3. Crab Cake Bites Recipe
  4. Garlic-Herb Breadsticks With Creamy Parmesan Dip Recipe
  5. Blue Crab Dip Recipe (Joe’s Crab Shack)
  6. Cheese Garlic Sticks Recipe (Red Lobster)
  7. Blooming Quesadilla Ring Recipe
  8. Seafood Nachos Recipe (Chi-Chi’s)
  9. Chili Con Queso Recipe (Chi-Chi’s)
  10. Ultimate Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
  11. Guyanese Cheese Rolls Recipe
  12. Bruschetta Recipe
  13. Baked Parmesan Dip Recipe
  14. Slow-Cooker Spicy Queso Dip Recipe
  15. Bacon Ranch Layered Spread Recipe
  16. Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip Recipe
  17. Norwegian Lefse Recipe
  18. Sriracha Veggie-Cheese Balls and Sauce Recipe
  19. Slow-Cooker Spicy Queso Dip Recipe
  20. Crab Puffs Recipe
  21. How to make an awesome charcuterie board
  22. Cheese and Knots Recipe
  23. Hot Pizza Dip Recipe.  This has become a new family favorite
  24. Homemade Antipasto and Crackers Recipe
  25. Bacon Ranch Layered Spread Recipe
  26. Baked Mozzarella Bites Recipe
  27. Lasagna Party Ring Recipe
  28. Shrimp Salad Rice Wrapper Rolls Recipe
  29. Smoky Mac and Cheese Bites Recipe
  30. Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs Recipe
  31. Buffalo Chicken Calzones Recipe
  32. Lobster Slider Recipe
  33. Crab Puffs Recipe
  34. Imitation Cheese Sticks from Pizza Hut Recipe
  35. Mac ‘n’ Cheese Hot Dog Recipe
  36. Pizzadilla (Quesadilla Pizza) Recipe
  37. Guacamole Recipe
  38. Aussie Cheese Fries Recipe
  39. Slow-Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe
  40. Blue Cheese Dip with Vegetables Recipe
  41. Double-Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
  42. BLT Dip
  43. Bruschetta Pizzaiola Recipe
  44. Super Bowl Nachos Recipe
  45. The Original Anchor Bar Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe
  46. Bacon Ranch Layered Spread Recipe
  47. Grilled Cheese Pizza Sandwich Recipe
  48. Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip Recipe
  49. Irish Nachos Recipe
  50. Chicken Fajita Quesadilla Recipe

Using these recipes will guarantee that your party is at least as good if not better than the game.

Recipes for the ultimate Grey Cup Party

Recipes fit for the ultimate Grey Cup Party

For those of you holding a Grey Cup (or a Western or Eastern Division playoff game), check out my collection of recipes for watching the big game.  There will definitely be something that is appropriate for the big game festivities this year, no matter who is playing.

Game Day Nachos Recipe

I made this last year for the Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.  It was a big hit but it’s a lot of work.  We are a household of Denver Broncos fans but the new rule is that I’ll make it if the Broncos make the Super Bowl, Notre Dame Fighting Irish are in a bowl game, the Calgary Flames are playing in the Stanley Cup finals, the Blue Jays are in the World Series or the Saskatchewan Roughriders are in the Grey Cup.  Other than that, some simpler snacks.


  • Game Day Nachos Recipe¼ pound slab or thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef, like chuck or sirloin
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, hot or mild
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ to ⅔ cup chicken stock, homemade or low-sodium, or water
  • 1 12- to-16-ounce bag corn tortilla chips
  • ½ head iceberg or romaine lettuce, shredded
  • ½ cup pickled jalapeños
  • 2 avocados, pitted and sliced
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup crumbled Cotija cheese
  • 3 radishes, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced into quarters
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 limes, cut into eighths, for garnish
  • Hot sauce, if desired


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Put a large sauté pan with high sides over medium-high heat and add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat has rendered and the pieces are crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes, then remove the bacon and set aside.
  2. Add the onions to the bacon fat and sauté, stirring occasionally, until they have softened and started to go brown around the edges, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and garlic and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the chile powder, cumin, salt, paprika, black pepper, sugar, cornstarch and red pepper flakes and stir to combine and toast the spices. Add enough chicken stock or water to loosen the mixture, and allow it to simmer, uncovered, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 to 6 minutes. (Add a little more stock or water if mixture is too thick.)
  3. Assemble the nachos on a half sheet pan: Put a layer of tortilla chips on the pan and cover with about 1/3 of the meat sauce, then add about 1/3 of the lettuce, 1/3 of the jalapeños, some avocado slices and a handful of the Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses. Top with more tortilla chips, more meat sauce, more lettuce, jalapeños, avocado and cheese, then make a final layer of chips, meat, jalapeños, avocado and cheese. Top with crumbled Cotija cheese and slide the sheet pan into the oven to bake until the cheeses have melted through, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Top cooked nachos with the sliced radishes and tomatoes, and dot the tray with teaspoons of sour cream. Scatter the cilantro over the top and serve, accompanied by limes and hot sauce.

Restaurant Review: Deja Vu Café (Moose Jaw)

While in Moose Jaw with the 2015 Ford Focus, we had plans to go to Smoke’s Poutinerie (which had just gone belly up there) and instead went to Déjà Vu Café, a diner that specializes in chicken wings and milkshakes.  It was a fabulous choice and I can’t recommend it enough.

Below is the 74 different flavors of chicken wings that have to choose from.

  1. Ranch
  2. Texas Ranch
  3. Montana Ranch
  4. Gravy
  5. Tex Mex
  6. Dilly Delight
  7. Honey Dill
  8. Creamy Garlic
  9. Antisocial
  10. Garlic Parmesan
  11. Garlic Inferno
  12. Honey Garlic
  13. Honey BBQ
  14. Honey Aki
  15. Teriyaki
  16. Sweet & Sour
  17. Aloha
  18. Sweet Heat (Thai Sweet & Spicy)
  19. BBQ
  20. Hickory Smoke
  21. Plum
  22. Honey Mustard
  23. Bombay Curry
  24. Coconut Curry
  25. Orange Ginger
  26. Szechwan
  27. Raspberry
  28. Chipotle
  29. BBQ Chipotle
  30. Ragin Chipotle
  31. Mild
  32. Medium
  33. Hot
  34. Xtra Hot
  35. Frank’s Buffalo
  36. Asian Inferno (Szechwan & Hot)
  37. Daredevil (Orange Ginger & Worchester)
  38. Manchurian Devil (Sweet & Sour & Hot)
  39. Korean BBQ (Szechwan & BBQ)
  40. Sweet Southern Heat (Honey Mustard & Hot)
  41. Passion (Honey Garlic & Hot)
  42. TeriHot (Teriyaki & Hot)
  43. Fire & Ice (Sweet Heat & Ranch)
  44. Kajax (3rd Degree Hot & Wet Cajun)
  45. Roasted Ranch (Ranch & Roasted Garlic/Pepper)
  46. Sweet Tekki (Sweetheat & Teriyaki)
  47. Electric Honey (Lemon Pepper topped w/ Honey Garlic)
  48. Hickory Dillory Dock (Honey Dill topped w/ Hickory Smoke)
  49. Smokin’ Sizzle (BBQ topped w/ Spicy Pepper Medly)
  50. Cody Beach (Dilly Delight topped w/ Lemon Pepper)
  51. All Dressed (Tastes like the Chips!)
  52. Zzouch (Creamy Garlic & Carribean Jerk)
  53. Buffalo Dill (Franks Buffalo & Dilly Delight)
  54. Wild Wild West (BBQ topped w/ Texas Ranch)
  55. H.H.H. (Kajax topped w/ Franks Buffalo topped w/ Texas Ranch)
  56. Apple Bliss (Mesquite BBQ topped w/ Apple Pieces)
  57. Yee Zee (BBQ topped w/ Teriyaki)
  58. Southwest Sizzle
  59. Lemon Pepper
  60. Lemon Herb
  61. Cheesy Parmesan
  62. Salt & Vinegar
  63. Salt & Pepper
  64. Italian Greek
  65. Cajun Cheddar
  66. Roasted Garlic & Peppers
  67. Sour Cream & Chives
  68. Vampire (Cheddar & Garlic)
  69. Desert (BBQ)
  70. Hot Garlic Chili
  71. Chocolate Chili
  72. Red Hot & Blue
  73. Maple Apple & Beer
  74. Caribbean Jack

Did I mention they have a few milkshake flavors?

  1. Vanilla
  2. French Vanilla
  3. Blackberry
  4. Huckleberry
  5. Grape
  6. Tutti Fruiti
  7. Cherry
  8. Cherry
  9. Cheesecake
  10. Kiwi
  11. Raspberry
  12. Raspberry Cream
  13. Watermelon
  14. Peach
  15. Mango
  16. Peach Mango
  17. Blueberry
  18. Blueberry Cheesecake
  19. Lime
  20. Banana
  21. Banana Cream Pie
  22. Strawberry
  23. Strawberry Mango
  24. Strawberry Cheesecake
  25. Strawberry Lime
  26. Strawberry Kiwi
  27. Strawberry Banana
  28. Strawberry Shortcake
  29. Chocolate
  30. Chocolate Strawberry
  31. Chocolate Cherry
  32. Chocolate Mint
  33. Chocolate Banana
  34. German Chocolate
  35. Chocolate Amaretto
  36. Chocolate Cheesecake
  37. Chocolate Macadamia Nut
  38. Chocolate Hazelnut
  39. Chocolate Caramel
  40. Caramel
  41. Caramel Cheesecake
  42. Peanut Butter
  43. Peanut Butter Banana
  44. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana
  45. Butterscotch
  46. Orange
  47. Orange Cream
  48. Pistachio
  49. Maple Walnut
  50. Hazelnut
  51. Cappuccino Coffee
  52. Irish Cream
  53. Espresso
  54. Pink Lemonade
  55. Mint
  56. Pina Colada
  57. Pineapple
  58. Amaretto
  59. Root Beer
  60. Rum & Butter
  61. Cinnamon
  62. S’More
  63. Crème Brule
  64. Toasted Marshmallow
  65. Chocolate Marshmallow
  66. Egg Nog
  67. Tiger Tiger
  68. Black Licorice
  69. Crème de Menthe
  70. Apple Pie
  71. Cotton Candy
  72. Bubble Gum
  73. English Toffee

To start with, they take your milkshake order because you know it is made from scratch the old fashioned way.  Oliver ordered an Egg Nog milkshake, Mark ordered a Chocolate mint milkshake and I ordered a chocolate cheesecake milkshake. 

They were as amazing as we expected and a meal in itself.

For wings, Mark ordered barbecue wings and thought they were amazing.  They also came with excellent fries on the side.  I ordered their ribs.  I know.  I was a nationally recognized chicken wing place and here I am ordering ribs.  I have no defense other than I wanted some ribs.  They too were great.  Of course they also have some fun dessert options but you know those milkshakes got in the way.

The service was good despite it being packed and a close Saskatchewan Roughrider game on (the Banjo Bowl that we lost).  There was a lineup of people to get in in part because no one wanted to leave.  That of course is testament to the staff, décor, and food.  It was all fantastic.  The wait was manageable because the game was playing on two large screen televisions but if I was going to go again, I’d go before 6:00 p.m.

If you live in Moose Jaw, you have probably experienced how good this place is already but if you are visiting Moose Jaw, this is well worth the time and money for a fun night out.  It’s also only a short block away from the Temple Gardens Inn.

Deja Vu Cafe

Deja Vu Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato