Wednesday, October 19, 2016

His Birthday

Christopher's birthday was on Monday, and as I expected, he wanted to celebrate by not leaving the house (that hermit hubby of mine - I sure love him)!  We ordered delivery instead of cooking. 

He opened his presents and we snuggled up on the couch for the evening to watch Shameless (we LOVE this show) and other T.V..

Actually, I did do some cooking on Monday; before Christopher got home from work I cleaned out a chicken and got that seasoned up and roasting in the oven with some potatoes.  I figured it would be nice to have for lunches/suppers for the following couple days.

Yesterday we enjoyed some of the chicken on sandwiches:

We had potatoes, chicken, roasted beets, and gravy for lunch, and will likely have the same for supper this evening.  It's nice sometimes to roast something large that will stretch for multiple meals.  We're both feeling a little run down this week, and not up to cooking a whole lot.

Other recent eats included this yummy breakfast from the weekend:

And some salmon with salad:

How's your week going so far?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Belated Thanksgiving Dinner

Yesterday we had a belated Thanksgiving dinner at Christopher's parents' home.  It was the first time since our two nieces on that side were born, that we've all gotten together as a family (10 of us now)!

We snacked and visited a bit when we first got there.  Our nieces (who are just over one and just over two) ran around a lot, and kept the whole family entertained with their adorableness.

The in-laws cooked up an amazing spread including turkey, stuffing, roasted potatoes, parsnips, mixed veggies, cabbage rolls etc. ...

I was stuffed after this fabulous, filling meal.

Dessert included pumpkin pie and "dad's dessert", which is a warm, delicious fruit concoction that is served with vanilla ice-cream.  Wow!

What a lot of work to cook all this up and host everyone; we are sure thankful for Christopher's parents for having the whole family over for this wonderful meal.

Today is a special day, so we're ordering in - more on that in the next post.

What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

My Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday, and it was a wonderful day.  I woke up to presents, and then we enjoyed tea and green smoothies (banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, greens powder mixture, a bunch of kale, vanilla, cocoa) before heading out.

We went to Starbucks/ Chapters to get coffees and a treat, and then looked around for a while, which I love to do!  I love allllllll the books.

For lunch we shared some leftover Thai curry, which we had made for dinner the night before.

We had some afternoon snacks ...

And then Christopher took me out to one of my favourite restaurants, Caraway, for dinner.  We both think that Caraway is one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in the city.  It serves up authentic Indian food, and is often lined up out the door.  They don't take reservations, so we went early yesterday (5:30), and had about a 45 minute wait!  It was worth it.

We got the special that includes two starters, two mains, rice, and two orders of naan for just under $60.

The starters we chose were pakora and cheese tikka.

We then had chicken korma, spicy masala lamb, saffron rice, cheese naan, and garlic naan.  We had a tonne of leftovers to take home, which is always nice.

After dinner we snuggled up at home and watched The Shallows.

Tonight we're headed to Christopher's parents house for a belated Thanksgiving dinner!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thanksgiving Monday

On Sunday we had prepped up a sausage/kale strata, so we could just throw it in the oven on Monday morning for a quick, comforting breakfast.

On Monday I did a bit of baking, including dinner buns, and a pumpkin cheesecake.

For dinner we made a pork shoulder, with scalloped potatoes and corn on the side (and the fresh dinner buns).

Pumpkin cheesecake with bourbon-spiked whipped cream for dessert:

It was a quiet little holiday Monday at home, just the two of us (with leftovers for our short week of lunches - mmmm).

How's your week going?  Did you have a holiday on Monday?  If so, what did you do with the day off?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dinner at the Inlaws

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers. 

We had a little celebration switcharoo

Our birthdays aren't for another week-ish, but last night Christopher's parents had us over to celebrate early with a delicious seafood feast.  We snacked a bit to start:

Next up was clam chowder soup, which was so good:

The main course was lobster & shrimp pasta, with scallops, shrimp, and asparagus on the side.

Dessert was the most amazing carrot cake ever.  So incredibly moist! 

We laughed and visited with Christopher's parents past midnight; we were just having so much fun.  They sent us home with some fabulous birthday gifts, and leftovers too - what a wonderful evening.  We sure are spoiled!

Since today is Thanksgiving, we have the day off, and are spending it cooking and relaxing.  No turkey day for us this weekend, but we're headed back to the parents' place next Sunday for a family get-together/turkey feast

How was your weekend?  
If you're Canadian, how are you spending Thanksgiving?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Eats and Things

Sometimes we cook elaborate, multi-course dinners ...

And sometimes we have fish sticks and tater tots for dinner.

You know, balance.

It started to snow (blah) earlier this week, which had us craving warm, comforting foods.  This is way too early for snow, and we weren't ready for it at all.  Our flower pots and patio furniture are covered in the white stuff, and they look rather depressed.  Eats this week included a veggie pizza:

Spaghetti with turkey meatballs:

Pulled pork sandwiches:

We almost never use our slow-cooker, but our sister-in-law Mel has a recipe for pulled pork that is so easy.  You just throw root beer and the pork into the slow-cooker, let it do it's thing for hours, then mix the pork with BBQ sauce once done.  We didn't have root beer on hand, so we used 7-up, and it was still super awesome.  I think Coke, root beer, Sprite, 7-up, beer, etc. would all work quite well.  The pork was super juicy and tender.  We used a giant chunk of pork loin for this recipe.

I did some baking this week, including a super, ridiculously moist white cake, with a butterscotch shortbread crumb topping, and some bread.

We went out on Thursday evening, because Christopher's band, Lunar Lander Dance Commander, was playing:

He is a bass player in this band, but ...

He still gets to hit his drums a bit too.

Last night we enjoyed bee bim bop for dinner:

And this morning is off to a good start with oatmeal.

It's Thanksgiving in Canada this Sunday, but as it turns out, we're not doing Thanksgiving dinner this weekend.  We unfortunately have a funeral to attend today for a dear friend of mine who left us way too soon, and then tomorrow Christopher's parents are having us over to celebrate both of our birthdays which are coming up on the 15th and 17th. 

 How was your week?  What are you up to this weekend?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Weekend Things

One evening last week we shared a poutine for supper, but instead of regular gravy, we topped the fries and cheese curds with Swiss Chalet sauce (a decision I don't regret).

We did a lot this weekend!  On Friday we drove to Saskatoon to see Elle King and the Dixie Chicks in concert.  We were super impressed with Elle King, and although the Dixie Chicks weren't as country as we were hoping for (like we remember them), they put on a pretty good show.  We didn't get out of the venue until about 11:30 p.m., and we still hadn't had supper.  We picked up from Pizza Hut and took it back to our hotel.

We ate the leftover pizza for breakfast, and then went to visit my mom for the day, before hitting the highway home in the late afternoon.

On Saturday evening we met up with friends at Korea House for dinner.

This morning Christopher cooked up a hearty breakfast.

We relaxed all day, and ordered in Vietnamese food for dinner. 

How was your weekend?  What did you do?