Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday Things

We've eaten nothing but baking this week.

Haha, kidding.  Sort of.

We did make beef stew with dumplings.

Soft, billowy, luscious dumplings, made with shortening and love.

It's been absolutely freezing all week, so this was a perfect dinner to warm us up.  On Sunday we had made a stock from chicken and turkey bones, with all sorts of warming spices, and the chicken soup we made from that was great for dinner one night, and our lunches for the start of the week.

This evening we roasted a spaghetti squash, and topped it with meatballs and a tomato sauce.

I had messy breakfast bowls each morning this week.

Latte oatmeal with melon:

Plain Greek yogurt with peanut butter, melon, and granola:

Yogurt with pomegranate and granola:

We're looking forward to a fun weekend at home and around town.

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

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Weekend Things

Friday was a day of eating at restaurants.  Lunch was at Rock Creek, where I had the shrimp tacos, with potato soup on the side.  I couldn't finish it all, but it was good.

In the evening we went out for my work Christmas party.  Dinner was at Birmingham's, where I had the taco salad, and Christopher had a veggie burger with salad.

I made the mistake of ordering this taco salad, forgetting that I had it last year and didn't like it.  Oh well - hopefully I'll remember not to get it if we ever go back again.

This weekend we cooked up some good eats ...

But mostly I did a lot of baking with a handsome helper/ supervisor/ taste-taster:

And if the wonderful aroma of Christmas baking wasn't enough, we also had a turkey/chicken stock simmering away on the stove all day today.  We had frozen the bones from both the turkey and the chicken we made recently, and used those along with carrot, celery, onion, and various aromatics to make the stock, which we'll use for soup tomorrow evening.

We got a lot of gift wrapping done today too, so it was a productive (and fun) weekend.

How was your weekend?  What did you do?  Have you baked any Christmas goodies?  Are you planning to?  Have you gone to any holiday parties?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Festive Weekend

This past weekend was just lovely.  We woke up on Saturday morning and made some festive coffee and breakfast.


We've both been eating 1/2 a pomegranate a day lately (at least 2/3 cup arils each).  We are hooked.

After breakfast we lit a Woodfire candle (which smells ahhhhh-mazing), and started decorating the house and Christmas tree.

It didn't take long, and we were soon enjoying peppermint lattes.

The Christmas tree sprinkles made them even more fun!

After relaxing with our lattes, Christopher sipped almond nogg, and supervised my cookie baking.  We decorated them together - nothing fancy, just a quick flood with royal icing, and some sprinkles.

So yummy!

The rest of the day was spent watching movies and having snacks.

Olive tapenade is our new favourite addition to a snack plate.

On Sunday morning Christopher cooked up breakfast ...

Then we spent the rest of the day wrapping gifts, relaxing, and snacking instead of cooking.

We liked our weekend of snacking so much, that on Monday evening we also had snacks for dinner.

Tonight we're cooking spaghetti and meatballs, but I'm thinking that there will be a lot of snacky days in December.  We always have fun shopping for goodies at the end of November or beginning of December and stocking the fridge, pantry and freezer with tasty treats that we don't usually eat throughout the rest of the year.  The weeks leading up to Christmas are always tasty.

How was your weekend?  What did you do?
Do you buy different snacky foods around this time of year (cheeses?  nuts?  chocolate?  frozen goodies?)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Happy Weekend

It seems like the week just flew by, and we're pretty excited for this beautiful weekend.  The sun is shining, there is no snow on the ground, and we're stayin' in all weekend.

During the week we had a lot of good eats.  On Monday evening we cooked up some salmon, with a beet/potato side, and some salad.

While that was on the go, Christopher prepared some chicken/broccoli/ginger noodles to take for our lunches for the start of the week.

On Tuesday evening we had a delicious Korean dish, dak galbi:

Wednesday's dinner was beet perogies, before we headed out on the town to do some Christmas shopping.  Christopher went south, and I went east, and we met back at the house around 8:00 p.m.

On Thursday evening we pulled a pizza from the freezer and cooked that up to snack on between cleaning rooms all throughout the house.  After cleaning and scrubbing from top to bottom, we hit Costco, Bulk Barn, and the grocery store, getting all of our errands done so that we could just enjoy the weekend with no responsibilities.

On Friday evening we had haystacks for dinner.  It had been ages since we had this Mexican-inspired comfort food.  We layered rice with cheese and taco-spiced ground beef:

We then topped that with all our favourite taco fillings (green olives, black olives, cilantro, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, crushed tortilla chips):

We also made some granola while the meat and rice were cooking ...

This weekend we're having a festive weekend at home, complete with decorating, snacks, bevvies, and baking

How are you spending the weekend?  
How was your Thanksgiving my lovely American friends?