Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Fall

It seems like Fall came early this year.  There is a crispness in the air, and leaves all over the ground already.  It seems too early for this, and I remember much, much nicer Septembers in the past.


We have yet to harvest the scotch bonnet peppers we planted, as they are still not fully grown.  I am hoping that they don't freeze before they're ready to pick; jerk chicken just isn't the same without scotch bonnets. 

I've started waking up about half an hour earlier in the morning than I was used to, and it's still quite dark when I am getting into the shower.  Once I am making breakfast it is starting to lighten up a bit, but I sure do miss the super sunny, summer mornings. 


The beginning of Fall feels more like the start of a new year to me than January does, and with it comes excited feelings for a fresh start

Also with Fall comes our nephew Giovanni's football games!


Last night we watched his team play a really exciting, and close game, which they ended up winning.  We love going to his games, and look forward to when our other nieces and nephew have activities that we can go to too 💚 It is wonderful having so many little ones in our lives, with all our family members, and friends' kids.

After the game last night we had some of the scalloped potato casserole that we had made the day before.  It's delicious, and was easy to make.  I think kids would love it.  You can find the recipe for it here.

This evening we made a tomato, corn, and burrata salad.


Burrata is my new favourite salad topping.  The only place I've been able to find it in town is Italian Star Deli, so we'll be making more frequent trips to that delightful little shop, specifically for this cheese.

Do you like burrata?  Does it feel like Fall where you are?  If you planted a garden or pots of herbs/ veggies, have you harvested all your goodies yet?

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Leftovers

This past week both Christopher and I had a lot going on at work, and knew that our days would be a bit longer, so we wanted meal time to be quick and easy.  We planned ahead and made a turkey on Labour Day, so that we could eat that for the following few days. 

On Tuesday we made some sides and covered everything in gravy:


We used the last of the meat up on Thursday in a turkey, Alfredo, artichoke casserole.


On Friday night we made sweet and spicy pork and asparagus, served over rice.


This weekend was relaxing and fun.  Last night we met up with a bunch of friends at Beer Brothers to celebrate our friend Jocelyn's birthday.  We mingled in a private room, had dinner, and played trivia.  The trivia was organized by the birthday girl, and only included our group of friends.  We were out late, and had a great time!  For dinner Christopher and I shared lamb kofta skewers and a white pizza:


Breakfasts this weekend included waffles (with Saskatoon berries and banana), and skillets.


For dinner this evening we made a scalloped potato and ground sausage casserole, although we weren't too hungry, so we only had a couple bites just to taste it.  There is plenty left to warm up for dinner tomorrow, and some lunches this week too.


We also had a tiny bit of this apple crisp:


I'm wiped, and ready for bed - have a great week everyone!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?  Do you make meals with the intention of having leftovers for lunches or dinner the next day?

Monday, September 3, 2018

Labour Day Long Weekend

Other than Saturday, we had no plans this weekend, and we were very much looking forward to that.  Breakfast on Saturday morning was bacon, toast, and sunny-side-up eggs.


On Saturday afternoon we went to our friends' Chris and Cori's house for their son's first birthday.  Then we left that party to go to our niece Charlotte's fourth birthday party.

We visited with family and ate pizza:


Our two nieces had a great time playing together and were fun to watch.  It's amazing how much energy little ones have.

Later in the evening we went back to Chris and Cori's house as they were still hanging out there with some of our other friends, and a few of the kids were still up.  We played a bit until the kids went to bed, and then visited until past midnight.

Skillets for breakfast on Sunday morning:


Then a shared snacky lunch in the afternoon:


For dinner we made pulled pork sandwiches.  I made the buns and the BBQ sauce from scratch, as well as a garlic aioli to top the sandwiches.


On the side we had jerked eggplant skewers (looks like meat, but nope!):


We started this morning out with bacon, scrambled eggs, and truffled potatoes.  It has been quite cool in the mornings lately, but it was really nice out this afternoon, so we spent some time on the patio.

Dinner this evening was a bit of this turkey:


We weren't too hungry, so we just picked at it, and ate a couple pieces of roasted potato that were nuzzled in around it.

The turkey will be good in sandwiches for the next couple days of lunches (with the homemade buns), and tomorrow evening we'll make some sides for a hot turkey dinner.

How was your long weekend?  What did you do?

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Weekday Dinners

I went back to work on Monday, which means the days of stopping at the grocery store after my walk, or going to the farmers' market Wednesday mornings are over until next summer.  This is the time of year when we get a bit more diligent about our meal planning, as we only want to stop at the grocery store once a week (and sometimes a specialty shop or two within the week for fish or nice cheese).

On Monday evening we had fish and salad:


On Tuesday evening we went to watch our nephew's football game, and then came home to whip up a shrimp stir fry:


Wednesday's dinner was a warm salad:

 
And on Thursday we enjoyed beef stroganoff over egg noodles:


After work on Friday we went to the grocery store and Costco, and then just snacked when we got home, since we had numerous things in the freezer to use up (jalapeno poppers, mini quiche, etc.).

We're having a really low-key long-weekend - more on that tomorrow!

What have you been cooking?  
What day do you usually do your grocery shopping?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Weekend

On Friday evening Christopher and I went to my sister and Riley's house for dinner.


They had some snacks ready when we arrived, including delicious grilled shrimp with a homemade cocktail sauce:


And crostini with goat cheese and honey:


We played a lot with our little nephew before he went to bed.  He is so sweet 💙 His babbling and dancing to The Wiggles is too adorable.

After the snacks and the playing my sister served a Thai soup:


And then BBQd ribs, green beans, and stuffed sweet potatoes with crema for the main course:


I was so full by this point (as was everyone else), so we waited a while before dessert, and visited in the living room.

Dessert was a sticky toffee pudding cake with ice cream.  It was by far the best sticky toffee pudding-type dessert I've ever had - so moist!


We had a wonderful time, and stayed up later than usual for a Friday night.  It's so nice to get together with friends/family for dinner.  Thank you Leah and Riley!

On Saturday we went to a wedding.  Congratulations to the newlyweds Mike and Tiffany!


The wedding was at a venue about 15 minutes out of the city.


They got married outside, and the reception was in a red barn.  We had a BBQ dinner and then danced the night away.

We were home late, but the next day we got up and went to a Mustard Festival, where we sampled a bunch of different goodies made with mustard.


How is your week going so far?  
Any plans for the upcoming weekend?