Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's up Wednesday

1)  Sometime in June I bought a pack of hotdogs from Costco.  We finished that package the other day, and we won't be buying them again.  They are delicious, but they are also massive, and full of a disgusting amount of fat and sodium.

Don't get me wrong though ... we'll still be eating hotdogs.  We just might buy the more reasonably sized Harvest hotdogs. 

2)  In 24 days we'll be on vacation, but I really want those 24 days to draaaaag, as I do not want to wish summer away.  Our summers are so short in Saskatchewan.  And, I'm also still on holidays for the 24 days leading up to this vacation and I want those to drag on as well.

3)  On Sunday we made a stop at a little fruit stand and got some cherries, and the best strawberries I've ever had.  The smell of the strawberries was incredible! 

4)  The other day when Christopher came home from work for lunch I had a beef shanghai noodle dish ready.  Top it with sriracha, and it's even better.

5)  We watch a lot of cooking/food shows, but for some reason I didn't think we got Pioneer Woman.  I've always loved her blog, have her books, and really wanted to see her show.  Recently a friend told me (thanks Bonnie) that her show does air in Canada, and I've been missing it this entire time!  We've been catching up on re-runs, and I love it!  I think I could totally be a pioneer woman.  We're a little disturbed by her liberal use of butter, although secretly sort of love it.

6)  I'm loving this post.  Honey, time to start saving the bacon fat!!

7)  Speaking of bacon, I made one of my favourite pasta dishes for dinner the other night.  Creamy Parmesan fusilli.  The bacon makes it extra delicious.


8)  We've had a lot of cute little bees hanging around the the yard, and we don't mind the little guys at all. 

9)  I made a batch of peanut butter cookies for my mom (and some for Christopher) last week.  They are pretty addictive, and ohhhhh sooo soft.

10)  Breakfast this morning was at The Mercury with my Victoria.  I love that she's willing to go out on the town at 8:00 a.m. with me.  Who have I become!??

How's your week going so far?  What are your Wednesday thoughts?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Roadtrip to Saskatoon

We go to Saskatoon as often as we can, which usually works out to once a month, to visit, bring supplies to, and help my mom who has primary progressive MS.  We also have other family in Saskatoon that we like to visit when we can.  It worked out nicely this time, and on our last visit, as Christopher's band Screaming Daisies had a gig in Saskatoon.  It's nice to kill a few birds with one stone.

We hit the road early Friday afternoon, stopping for lunch at Drip first. 

Drip is a coffee shop with soup and sandwiches.  It's a gorgeous shop, but it's a little pricey.   For two lattes and two sandwiches, it was $30.

The sandwich really wasn't worth the price, but the coffee was pretty good.

Dinner on Friday night was at Bottega Trattoria.

I really wanted to try the lasagna at this restaurant, but when the waiter heard that I was allergic to pine nuts, he said that all the tomato sauce dishes have pesto in them.  I tried to clarify, asking specifically if their tomato sauce had pine nuts.  He said it did.  I think there might have been some miscommunication, as I have never heard of tomato sauce having pine nuts in it.  Christopher had some tomato sauce in the amuse bouche, and he couldn't detect nuts/pesto.  I've messaged the restaurant, and am waiting for clarification. 

Anyway, I ordered the carbonara, and it was really good.

We visited with my mom on Saturday, and then ate dinner at Taste of Saskatchewan in the park.  We shared a bunch of things over the course of a few hours:

We caught some of the music in the park, before heading to the venue for the Screaming Daisies.

On Sunday morning we ate at Aroma, and then spent the day with my mom again.

It was a really nice weekend.  Saskatoon, we'll see you again soon!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: High School!

Christopher and I went to the same high school, but he is two years younger than me, so we never knew each other very well.  I was friends with his older brother Steve, and Mel, the lovely girl his brother is now married to. 

I was really busy in high school, working two jobs at Dairy Queen and Walmart.  I was studious, and won awards for public speaking.

Christopher was an athlete, busy being captain of the basketball team, and captain of the football team!  He liked English class, and was always the class clown.

We knew who each other was since our primary grades, but never knew we'd end up together!

It's funny how life turns out.

What were you like in high school?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Since I've been getting up so early this summer, I've enjoyed going out for breakfast a few times.  On Monday I went to Wild Sage in the Doubletree hotel. 

Today, my sister and I ate at Fresh & Sweet, and were very, very disappointed.  During the week there is no sit down service, but the service at the counter wasn't very good.  We both ordered coffees (they never give refills by the way), but they were out of cream!?  They told us there should be some milk around the corner ... but that was empty too.  Then our food took for. ev. er.

They didn't give us cutlery, and the basket at the front counter only had 1 fork in it.  There was a basket of plastic stuff beside it, so we had to use that.  Fine.  Then, while eating my breakfast sandwich, I had a nice surprise of a bunch of egg shells.

That is all shell!
Disgusting.  I brought it up to the counter and showed them and luckily, they made me a new sandwich, but by that point my sister was done eating, so I was eating by myself.  We will not visit this restaurant again, as this is the third time in a row I've had terrible service and not-so-great food there.

In other news, we had great service the other day when we had some snacks at the Rooftop.

Other happenings around here include a few vegetarian meals.

Sweet potato fries and pan fried tofu
Spaghetti with fake meat sauce - you'd never know it was fake!
Some live music downtown ...

The Fortunate Isles
And many long walks ...

What was your worst restaurant experience?  
Spill it in the comments section!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tasty Tuesday

I haven't slept in past 7:30 a.m. since being on holidays!  The days seem nice and long, and I can get so much done.  I spent the afternoon today prepping dishes for dinner and baking a cake.

This evening we ate Korean rice pockets (with black and white rice):

We then had hot and sour soup:

And udon noodles with bok choy and pork:

Our pal Donny joined us, and the boys lent a hand in garnishing my meal.  Uhhhh, thanks guys.

They sang songs for a while before we had dessert, which was an ultra moist chocolate cake.

Yummmmmmm!  This was a tasty and very filling meal.

Do you have any holidays this summer?  
If so, what do you have planned for your time off?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dining with Pals

On Saturday morning we were up early to mow the lawn, straighten up the house, and prep some dishes for the evening.  We had friends Colin and Erica over for for dinner.  The boys had been talking for a while about doing a weird meat night, so we found a couple of weird meats to go along with some more regular dishes.

We started with bruschetta, and bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos.

Our other appetizer was fried, popcorn-style Australian crocodile.

For the main course we had BBQd ribs, coleslaw, mac and cheese, and baked beans.

Annnnnnd, to make it a little more exciting, Christopher grilled some Australian kangaroo loin for us all to try.  It was perfectly cooked, and tasted almost exactly like a beef steak.

For dessert we enjoyed a dish called burnt grapes (caramely, creamy, and crunchy!), and s'more pie!

Let's go in for a closeup on that chocolate!!

We'll be eating leftovers for the first half of this week ... life is tough.

How was your weekend?  Did you do anything exciting?
What was the best thing you ate all weekend?