Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Things

We had a wonderful weekend!  On Friday afternoon Christopher went golfing with his brother, while I spent the afternoon visiting with Mel and Vicki over iced tea.  I picked up some packets from David's Tea.

You just pour 1 L of boiling water over the loose tea.  Let it steep for a long time (it won't get bitter, so an hour or so is fine).

Then strain it into another bowl, and pour it into desired container.

Finally, add 1 tray of ice cubes and let it chill in the fridge.

On Friday evening, we went out to the Western Pizza down the street for some lasagna and a visit with friends. 

Saturday morning began with a yummy breakfast:

We then got on the road toward Indian Head to check out the church/house.

On Saturday evening our pals Shauna & Ray had us and some other people over for a BBQ.  They BBQd a turkey, and it was absolutely perfect.

We visited in their gorgeous backyard and home had a bunch of snacks and munchies (forgot to photograph most of them).

We stole one of the legs and hid in the house so no one would know we were hoarding the dark meatIt's just what we do.

Many laughs, great conversations, and logs on the fire resulted in us being a couple of the last people to leave. 

Sunday was spent relaxing with movies, and juiced fruits and veggies.

We topped the weekend off with giant bowls of bee bim bop.

Not much is better than a summer weekend.

What did you get up to?

Not Your Average Home

I'm taking a break from the average food post to share a family member's blog with you.

Christopher's sister and brother-in-law Victoria and William, bought a church out in Indian Head, Saskatchewan to renovate into their home

On Saturday we drove out to have a look at the progress they have made, and were very impressed!  They began renovations in the basement first, so that they could move in there, and then spend a longer amount of time renovating the HUGE main floor pictured below: 

The picture does not do justice to the size of this space.  It is massive!  It's going to be pretty exciting once they get started on the epic kitchen that will be on this main floor.

The basement is very close to being move-in-ready, and will make a great guest space or rental suite once the upstairs is done.

It's got a sweet laundry room, a kitchen, large bedroom with walk in closet, a big living space, and a really cool bathroom:

What a fun, challenging, and rewarding project!  Keep up with the exciting church renovation adventure on Victoria's blog.

Have you ever done home renovations?  
A small undertaking or a large one like this?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Best of the Brownies Battle - Bust

I've been on the hunt for the best brownie recipe for a while.  I'll tell you right now, none of these are the best.  There are in fact lies on the internet.  Who knew!?  I chose three brownie recipes that all claimed to be the best.  Little did I know, they'd all turn out to taste pretty much exactly the same.  I undercooked all of them by a couple minutes, as I like my brownies a little raw.  I was disappointed that these were all very "cakey", which was not what I wanted.

All of these brownie recipes were fine, but none were amazing.  And the hunt continues!

Blogger confession:  Sometimes I measure out all of the ingredients ahead of time, and then pretend I'm on a cooking show.  Christopher asked if I talked like I was on the cooking show.  I told him to never mind ;-)

First up, Smitten Kitchen's Best Cocoa Brownies:

Next up, One Sweet Appetite's The Best Brownies:

Finally, All Recipes' Best Brownie Recipe:

The nice boys of the Screaming Daisies agreed to be my judges, and taste tested all the brownies.  Christopher, Donny, Scott and I all agreed that the brownies were very, very similar, but we thought that One Sweet Appetite's recipe was the best of the three.

Do you have a favourite brownie recipe?

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?