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Canada Bleeds Hockey

I could see the sparkle in Shawn’s eyes when Chunky blew out his birthday candles.

It wasn’t because he was 4.

It was because he could officially play hockey.

Hockey is a huge part of our Canadian culture. I guarantee you that if you were to rummage through any Canadian’s garage or basement, you will come across a pair of skates.

We bleed hockey.


Skating on slick ice isn’t easy. It took a while before Chunky could stand on the ice. He cried and cried out of frustration. “I can’t skate like the T.V,” he’d whine but never gave up.

We entered him in a hockey camp before his season actually started.. We watched Chunky graduate from holding “Ray’s” hands in a death grip, to a chair, and then on his own.

It was a thing of beauty.

Since that week, he’s been a skating machine. He puts everything he has at each practice. This past weekend was his final day of the season. He came in first every time they skated from one end to the other and he scored four goals.


They were in the wrong net, but we still beamed with pride.

At the end of the day, Chunky and the rest of the team recieved a trophy. He looked up at us and said, “This is because I try and try all of the days. I’m pretty good too.”

He sure is.


After working so hard like he did, he deserved a hot hearty meal.

I came across this recipe on Life Made Delicious and thought that I would give it a go.

slow cooker meatball stone soup

Slow Cooker Meatball Stone Soup


250 g frozen cooked Italian-style meatballs

3 cans (10 FL oz/284 mL each) beef broth

1 can (28 FL oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes with Italian Herbs, undrained

1 cup (250 mL) chopped potato

1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped onion

1/4 tsp (1 mL) garlic

1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper

1 pkg Green Giant* Frozen Mixed Vegetables




  • In 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix frozen meatballs, broth, tomatoes, potato, onion and garlic-pepper blend.
  • Cover; cook on Low heat setting 9 to 11 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in frozen mixed vegetables. Cover; cook on High heat setting 1 hour.

It was a huge hit with Chunky. Chunky doesn’t like any green specks, green vegetables, onions or garlic, but the “medley” of ingredients blended really well together.

This recipe does make A LOT of stew and it is very hearty. I’m thinking that next time, I will probably freeze half of it (we are a family of three).

This stew is perfect for any blistery winter day…regardless if you’re Canadian or not.


For more recipes head on over to Life Made Delicious


Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

PS. No matter where your feet will skate, run, or walk to, you are going places my sweet babe. Just follow your smile. xoxo



  1. Sweet, sweet boy!
    He can skate at 4? Dude. I’m 36 and I can’t skate to save my life.
    Also, yum. Can I come over for dinner?

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Alison, Come on over! Chunky will teach you how to skate.

  2. I’m going to be 32 and I have never put on a pair of ice skates, though I love watching hockey. I’m impressed that he can skate so well already!

    That stew sounds delicious, especially on a cold winter day like today.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Kimberly, Me too. Blows my mind! It is so adorable to watch.

  3. I am so proud of him. Way to go dude!! Keep up the good work (and don’t forget me when you become the best hockey player EVA)

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Leighann, Auntie Leighann will always have front row seats 🙂

  4. I am so black hockey is like a foreign…foreign thing of foreignness. I did take ice skating lessons when I was younger, though. That’s all I got. I DON’T WANT NO GODDAMN PEAS. But, other than that, I want some meatballs now.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Karyn Climans, HAHA…well hopefully not since Shawn busted his ankle playing volleyball 🙂

  5. You should be so proud! What a big boy! I know I couldn’t skate to save my life and am FLOORED that your four year old can. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Tina, It blows my mind too. But when you do something you love, you throw everything you’ve got into it. I’m just so happy that he likes it!

  6. Skating and scoring goals at age 4? Awesome! a Bobby Orr in the making!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Eva Gallant, HAHA…even if he isn’t we still love him and won’t throw him on the side of the road with a sign that says “Free to good home”

  7. Those hockey pictures are SO cute, and I’m always looking for good crock pot recipes, especially when baseball season is in full swing and we have games 3 nights a week. ECK.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @angie, Oh man, we put him in t-ball too. Little did I know that they play 2 times a week. My ass is going to get mishapen from the bench!

  8. Though I don’t think we’re planning hockey for our little dude, I maintain that pee wee hockey players are the cutest thing ever. Except for me on skates, of course 😉

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @angela, You’d totally be cute on skates. Hockey is super expensive. I won’t lie. But it’s worth it.

  9. Did you have your hockey mom heels? Tight sweater? Make that boy proud!


    What a cutie. And also that soup sounds pretty damn delicious.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Jess, Nope. Day old jeans. No lie.

  10. He looks so cute, but how do you stop yourself from screaming “my baby” on the sidelines?

  11. That soup sounds Yummmsss. Gotta try it. XOXOs my friend! Stay warm.

  12. Wow, he IS good – look at him go! My husband would love this. He grew up in Buffalo, which might as well be Canada, and played hocked all the way through college – and then coached it. And he is DYING that he lives in a part of the country where the kids don’t play hockey. DYING.

  13. Great, woman! I’m about to go weigh in, but here you are blasting my computer screen with FOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDD! I NEED TO EAT SOMETHING! GAAAAAAHHHH!

  14. You Canooks, gotten measure in metric and imperial?

    So glad the kiddo is enjoying the skates.

  15. what he said… “I try and try all of the days” –love it.

  16. The soup looks DEeeeeeeeelish,
    but I grew up w/ hockey and now I HATE it.
    We Minnetotians are as CRAZY as you Canadians when it comes to bleeding hockey!


  17. Please make some of that soup for me! That is so cool about Chunky. I wish my kids would have some passion for something. They’re so blasé.

  18. Hi Kimberly, I’ve been itching to use my crock-pot. I think I’ll use it today, thanks for the tips =) And what a fun time for Shawn; such great moments and memories =) Have a wonderful week!

  19. ohhhhhh myyyyyy goooooood, fucking hockey, WHY does michigan have to be so close to canada?? WHY?????

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