Monday Munchies – Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

I was recently turned on to beets by Aime, when I helped her make a delicious salad for a family BBQ this summer.  I’ve been perfecting my own recipe and last night I think I did it.




Balsamic Reduction

1/2 cup balsamic vinegrette

1 clove garlic, chopped

Beet Salad

3 fresh beets

1/4 cup herbed goat cheese

2 leaves fresh basil

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil



  1. Cut stalks off of beets and put in pot whole.  Cover beets with water and bring to a rolling boil.  Boil beets for 1 hour or until soft, you may have to add water to keep them covered.
  2. In another pot add 1/2 cup balsamic vinagrette & chopped garlic.  Bring to boil and then reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently until mixture is a little syrupy (very technical terms, I know!)
  3. Once beets are done, remove skin – it should peel right off like a soft onion skin
    NOTE: If you are using bare hands wash them between beets or you’ll be stained red!
  4. Chop beets into even pieces and put in bowl
  5. Add olive oil & balsamic reduction and mix well
  6. Add fresh, chopped basil leaves and mix well
  7. Top with herbed goat cheese (President’s Choice Herbed Goat Cheese is my favourite)
  8. Serve warm or chill in refrigerator over night

The best part about this salad is that it is great served fresh & warm or chilled.  I brought some for my lunch today and it was DELICIOUS!

Please let me know if you try this recipe or make any variations.



Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

Canada mourns the loss of a truly great man, NDP Leader Jack Layton.  You may not agree with his party or his political view, but you can’t argue that he didn’t do all that he could for Canada.

He wrote an open letter to all of Canada on August 20, 2011, 2 days before he died.  It was one of the most honest and inspiring letters that I have read from a politician and I hope that we, as a whole country, can take his words and try to make our country the best it can be.

He will be honoured at a rare state funeral, generally reserved for Prime Ministers & Governor Generals.  It will be this Saturday, August 27 at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto.  I will be there to pay my respects.

May you rest in peace.



Show & Tell: Aug 19/11

The past two weeks have been pretty crazy with my new job.  I’m loving it here and am so glad I made the decision to find something new.  I wanted to get a contest up this week for you but as you might have noticed I’ve been a little quiet on the blog but very active on Twitter!

It’s hard to believe that it’s getting close to the end of summer.  I’ve kinda been in a perpetual summer climate since November of last year so I’m a little nervous for the cooler weather to come.  It’s been a pretty amazing, crazy and hectic summer, getting back into the Toronto groove, living in a ridiculously small apartment with my man and starting a new job and reorganizing my agency.  But no complaints!  I absolutely love where things are going and can’t wait for what’s next!

  • Today the CNE opens and this really signifies that summer is coming to an end.  I want to take Jason and actually experience the Midway AND I can’t wait to watch the AirShow – what’s your favourite part about the CNE?
  • Came across this on BuzzFeed – 16 Items The Only Sell At Chinese Walmarts – most of them are EWWW!
  • I recently started reading Nicole Is Better (I think via Gala) and I LOVED her writing and point of view.  You have to check her out and a good starting point was this article called kissing, procrastinating and permission to just fucking relax
  • I’m a self-diagnosed insomniac.  My dad has it and I just can’t seem to sleep through a night.  I’ve stopped having caffeine after 8:00pm and these Five Foods That Will Harm Your Sleep .  If you have any tips and tricks to sleep better PLEASE SHARE!!
  • We’re being inundated with social networks, but I think you should check out this recco from Raymi – She’s Connected
  • Actors in Character is a great photo series via Gala
  • Here are 33 More Entertaining 404 Error Pages
  • And last, but not least, check out this video of Einstein, who could be the World’s Smallest Horse.  I’m in love.


Recipe: Carly-Anne’s Sweet Tea

When I was living in Florida, ordering a tea meant a cold Sweet Tea and it is the perfect drink on a hot summer day.  My Southern boy helped with this recipe and it’s super easy to make.  I used my all-time favourite tea, good, old fashioned Tetley Tea (orange pekoe) but you can use your favourite type of tea.




  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups cool water
  • 6 Tetley tea bags
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 L juice container


  1. Boil 4 cups of water
  2. Put tea bags and sugar into container stir in boiling water and continue stirring until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes
  4. Stir in 3 cups of cool water and refrigerate until cold
  5. Add ice cubes and serve.

*You can garnish with lemon wedges, berries, or other fruit.  My Southern boy wanted none of that so it’s a plain sweet tea recipe.

**Please note that the photo is not mine.  I forgot to take a picture before the tea was guzzled down!  I’ll replace it with my own when I make the next batch 🙂

Stella Artois Legere Ultimate Block Party Winners!

There was a great response to this contest and guess what?  I actually have 2 pairs of tickets to giveaway to the Stella Artois Legere Ultimate Block party this Saturday!

Here’s how I picked the winners:

  1. Each person that emailed or tweeted went onto a list in the order they came in and each entry was numbered starting at 1
  2. Then I used the number generator to pick my 2 winners.


#2 drunkgirlTO


#5 RhianneCookson

Congratulations to you both!

***To confirm your prize please send me an email by 3:00pm today to carly[at]carlyanne[.]com to claim your tickets.


I love giving away stuff so much that next week we’ll have another contest and this time you’ll get to win a Samba Days Gift Box!