Happy Cancer Girl

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Root Beer, Mushrooms and more!

on February 4, 2013

I hope you all had a great weekend, I had a fantastic weekend. It was like the stars aligned and I was able to just let everything go and be in the moment and not think too much about everything else that is going on.

On Friday a woman from the QEII called to tell me my surgery has to be rescheduled. The surgery was supposed to be on Feb 15th, now it’s going to be Feb 20th. Not a big change, but enough of a change for me to have to re-arrarange plans…but also gives me a chance to make new plans. I was going to have to be in Halifax on Valentine’s Day, now Owen and I can do something instead of worry about surgery.

I went grocery shopping with a friend on Saturday, all I had to pick up was mussels for dinner. I managed to buy a whole cart load of food and forgot all about the mussels. I picked up two bottles of Root beer and told Owen we should have a taste test.


As you can see in the picture we tried Dad’s Root Beer and Stewart’s Root Beer. When we first opened the bottles we gave them a sniff, Dad’s Root Beer smells so good! It has a nice spicy smell that you would expect from a good Root Beer. Stewart’s Root Beer had a slight smell, but nothing to get all crazy about. We then poured the root beer into wine glasses (yup cause we’re that classy), Dad’s didn’t have much fizz to it, while Stewart’s had a lot of bubbles. Then the moment came where we put the glasses to our lips and had our first taste of Root Beer. Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer is kind of flat (which we figured because it didn’t have a lot of fizz to it), but it also tastes like medicine. Stewart’s Root Beer was really good, it had the right amount of fizz and flavour to entice your tastebud’s! On a scale of 1-5 I would give Dad’s a 2 as I’m sure there is worse out there, and I would give Stewart’s a 4 because I’m sure there is better out there!

So…Root Beer reviews, who would have thought? Seriously I only added the Root Beer taste test because Owen wanted me too, and he seems to think that I will get all kinds of hits because people LOVE Root Beer. Owen…I love you, but I don’t think this is going to be my top post. πŸ™‚

Ok so onto the rest of my weekend. Owen and I went to a friends house and watched Avatar in 3D. I love that movie. I’ve only watched it a couple times because it’s so darn long, but I was very grateful for the chance to watch it in 3D…the graphics are amazing!

We also enjoyed a couple bottles of wine this weekend, one from Gaspereau VineyardsΒ and one from Benjamin Bridge. For the last couple of summers Owen and I have gone to Wolfville and toured some of the winery’s and of course we buy a ridiculous amount of wine while we are there. I had no idea that the wines from Nova Scotia were so good and am glad that my sister-in-law introduced to me them!

If you are going to drink good wine, you need to have some good food to go with it. I made stuffed mushrooms and mussels and green salad to go with our delicious wine.


These mushrooms taste so decedent! They were stuffed with a mixture of goat cheese, garlic, fresh parsley and fresh baby spinach. Put some olive oil on a pan, pre-heat the oven too 400F and bake for 20 minutes. I had no idea stuffed mushrooms were good until girls night last weekend (thanks Steph), and I’m sure they will become a frequent appetizer to have at dinner parties (or just for Owen and I to drink nice bottles of wine)!

The Superbowl was on last night…I didn’t watch it, but I heard the Ravens won. The only thing I know about the Raven’s is that guy Michael (the one who’s life story was told in The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock), plays on the team. I did watch the half time show, was Beyonce amazing or what? If you didn’t watch it, you should check it out. Beyonce is one of those singers that I always say I don’t like, until I hear something from her and then I remember that I do like most of her stuff. Have a great day!

13 responses to “Root Beer, Mushrooms and more!

  1. Stephanie says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed the mushrooms:))

  2. goldeygrad97 says:

    I am disappointed in Beyonce. She stole my thunder. I was going to wear that outfit to vhemo today. πŸ™‚

  3. Aunt mimi says:

    I love root beer and root beer ice-creanm floots…we grew up on them in the 1950’s. When we lived on the farm (Mom and Dads) they would make our own root beer …mixed it in a large tub, bottled it in pop bottles and put gold caps on it…it had to age a bit…then we opened it when the Threshing Crew came to harvest the oats and barley for the winter feed for our cows & horses.
    Thank you for your reviews…makes me want to try Stewart’s Root Beer for sure!
    Its good to hear you have come through a bad turn in your journey and I hope the road stays clear ahead.

  4. Poppy says:

    HI Renee, I am wondering if your Aunt Mimi remembers how they made the root beer, or what they used for ingredients? I love to read recipes from years ago. I am curious about the origins of the foods that we enjoy now. Have you tried the organic one from Superstore, I think that the brand is Santa Cruz? The thing that surprised me about that one is that it is clear! I wonder what colour it was when your Aunt’s family made it?

  5. zcher says:

    If you like a good red wine, try Yellow Tail, Shiraz if you haven’t already. It’s an Australian Shiraz, yummy and relatively inexpensive. This is a big month for you! Sending you as much positive energy as I can muster!

    • Red wine actually gives me migraines, so I have to stick to white. I will tell my husband about the Yellow Tail though because he loves a good bottle of red every now and again! Thanks for the positive energy, it is greatly appreciated. I hope you are feeling well also!

  6. Carrie says:

    Hey Renee – can you email me the recipe for the stuffed mushrooms? They sound amazing but I’m a mushroom rookie so need more details – like what type they actually are! Also just wanted to say I love how you think – surgery was moved but now we get to celebrate Valentines day! You’re an inspiration xo

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