We all know that this year looks a little different than the rest.
That is why this holiday season we wanted to share how each of our @MyCanadianBeef advocates are celebrating with their loved ones. Learn how they are adapting their favourite recipes for those smaller celebrations.
#MyCanadianBeef is quality time spent with family. With this year being a different looking holiday season, we are focusing on creating fun memories outdoors with our family. We are taking advantage of heading outside on winter days that are mild enough to enjoy great food and fresh air.
Our oldest daughter was married this past summer and is settling in with her new husband just a mile down the road from us. We work together and are enjoying creating memories with our new son in law. Malcolm is from New Zealand and is still learning all about what Canadian winters are like.
There’s something so dreamy about skating on a wide open lake that brings out the child in all of us. One of the best parts about winter activities is coming back to a big fire with hot chocolate, fresh homemade sourdough, and a hearty beef chili. We love the Big Batch Chili recipe from the Canada Beef Roundup App. Malcolm often tells us about the delicious meat pies that they enjoy in New Zealand. Over the holiday season, we look forward to making the Traditional Beef Tourtiere recipe from the app. Small groups or large family get togethers, beef is always on the menu.
#MyCanadianBeef is spending quality time eating around the dinner table with my family. A holiday tradition that my family likes to do is hot rock cooking and we like to cook steak on there along with veggies, chicken and lobster. It’s fun because it takes over an hour to sit around the table and cook all the food so we get to spend quality time together.
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#MyCanadianBeef is about new traditions, embracing the great Canadian Winters with paired down but just as joyous celebrations. Filling our time with homemade and DIY endeavours instead of shopping and gift giving. Appreciating being together, and having our health.
We will bundle up and be outdoors when we can, embracing the Canadian winter. We will stay connected by hosting an outdoor bonfire with apple cider and mulled wine. Our closest family can join us for a cup of cheer.
We are big fans of beef, especially during the holidays. Normally we would cook a prime rib roast but I think this year we will make my pan seared beef tenderloin steaks with the grainy mustard pan sauce
🎼 Tis the season to be jolly 🎶🎵
Holiday traditions are made of family, friends and delicious food!
This year, although holiday festivities will be reimagined, we are still going to enjoy a ‘merry & bright‘ holiday season. We may only see our family & friends virtually (or briefly during food drop-offs), but that’s not going to put a damper on embracing the season! We’ll be cooking a traditional feast, then packaging up portions and delivering meals to a few loved ones. Wishing everyone a very safe, healthy and happy holiday season!
Stacey and Chris Iraelson
So this season we are keeping it pretty simple and trying to enjoy the small things. We are focusing on spending time with each other while following restrictions to protect the health of our family and community💞 We have been doing lots of sledding in our farm yard and plan to enjoy outdoor small gatherings with some extended family such as a wiener roast, hot chocolate and sledding! If the weather stays warm we hope to do some horse riding over the holidays as well! But definitely staying close to home!
Also on my list is holiday baking with the kiddos; I have those family recipes that I make every year that the kids and my hubby start asking for this time of year!
Festive season always makes me crave those comfort foods! We just got a new beef in the freezer and I am very excited to use Canada beefs recipes for flank such as Grilled Flank steak and puttanesca salad! The slow cooker marvelous mushroom pot roast is on my list as well!!
#MyCanadianBeef is creating family memories. This is our favourite time of the year. Christmas with my side of the family is a huge celebration, filled with lots of family, friends, creating memories, and sharing a feast together. This year will be a lot different, since we are in the midst of a global pandemic. Sadly, being on Manitoulin Island, we won’t be able to spend time with my family from Toronto, Kingston, and Montreal. We were hoping they could visit, but we’ll all be playing it safe this year. My youngest brother and his wife just had a baby boy, whom I haven’t met yet (thanks, COVID).
We usually celebrate with John’s side of the family and with my side of the family. John’s family Christmas celebrations include getting together for light snacks and opening Christmas presents. When we celebrate with my side, we have Noche Buena — an evening of LOTS of food, singing, games, going to church service, and did I mention lots of food?
In the spirit of giving and kindness, which the holidays are known for, we have been teaching Little One each year about giving and supporting others. We volunteer, donate, and raise funds for various charities that are close to our hearts. John always says, “If you take care of your community, your community will take care of you.”
Our Christmas dinners have become a mix of traditional and non-traditional dishes. Because I married into a beef farming family, we always have beef on the menu. Whether it’s a tourtiere or a roast, there are always a few beef dishes to be enjoyed.
Some of our family traditions include going for winter hikes and raclette night!
In Southern Ontario there is always the possibility of green Christmas. I will have the wood chips ready for the possibility of a Christmas smoker session this year. If the weather cooperates a reversed seared 2″ prime rib steak could be the star of my holiday meal (for two). If the weather turns this smoked steak could easily transition into prime rib roast. That’s the versatility of #MyCanadianBeef.
#MyCanadianBeef is mixing new traditions with old. As someone with a large family, Christmas is going to feel a little different this year with COVID-19 limiting the size of get-togethers. Although Christmas will be a bit smaller, I’m going to take this opportunity to slow down a little bit and enjoy the true meaning of the holiday spirit by giving back to my local community.
Local food banks are in need more than ever due to high demand. This year as a new tradition I plan on donating 5 Shepherd’s’ Pies to local shelters/food banks for a hearty all in one family meal.
#MyCanadianBeef family tradition is serving up a delicious, beefy Shepherds’ Pie for Christmas Eve dinner. I want to share this warm and comforting tradition with families in need. This year is a good year to appreciate what you have in your life and help out where you can for those not doing as well. 2020 has been tough for everyone in different ways, but this is a good time to be thankful for what you have and help those in need.
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After a busy summer and fall harvest the festive season is when our family takes a little time to recharge and enjoy the fresh air and mountain view of Lake Louise. We use this time to share special moments with our girls as the New Year is always busy with the arrival of lots of new calves. We enjoy cooking and filling our freezer with ready to cook or reheat meals.
This year the holidays are going to look a little bit different. 2020, you threw us for a loop! My wife and I are very lucky to be surrounded by our immediate family here on the East Coast. We live minutes away from all of our siblings and parents. Our holiday will be spent playing with our two little girls, Lucy & Violet, and trying to keep them amused!
We won’t be traveling far from home and will be sure to spend lots of time outside going for hikes, playing on the beach, and visiting playgrounds. My oldest daughter is 4 years old and is beyond excited for Santa Clause. My wife and I will be going above and beyond to make this a magical Christmas for her.
Our daughters are so important to us and they also offer a lovely distraction from the goings-on in the world. While I will miss the holiday parties and friends, I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to spend his holiday at home with my Family. Happy Holidays Everyone!