Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Weekend Things

After work on Friday we made a meal plan for about a week, and then hit the grocery store to stock up on supplies.  We wanted something pretty quick to eat, as it was about 8:00 p.m. by the time we arrived home.  Bacon brussels sprouts and steelhead trout made a nice and easy dinner before relaxing for the evening.


I haven't been into breakfast foods much lately, so on Saturday morning Christopher decided to make spicy salmon hand rolls for breakfast.


They were so satisfying!  We had green tea to drink.


Before going to bed the night before we sliced a couple pieces of sourdough bread and left them out to get stale.  We then used the stale bread to make breadcrumbs.


Sourdough breadcrumbs are way cooler than regular breadcrumbs.  Why can't all breads and bread-like foods be sourdough?  Sourdough waffles, sourdough garlic bread, sourdough doughnuts, sourdough pizza dough - mmm mmm, hook me up! #agirlcandream

Anyway, we made some creamy, dreamy mac and cheese:


And then topped that with the breadcrumbs before baking it:


Shaved truffles on top before serving:


To make up for the lack of plants in this meal, we had a 100% plant breakfast the next morning.  Our smoothies contained banana, strawberries, coconut water, and kale.


Dinner on Sunday evening was carbonnade beef and beer stew, which is very different from the stew we typically make, but good enough to make again.  It's mostly meat and onions, in a slightly sweet and sour sauce.  The sauce is really flavourful, and was great over roasted potatoes.


Besides the cooking, we spent a good portion of the weekend reading.  We both have two books down so far for 2019, so that's a good start!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?  
Do you love sourdough like I do?

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Recent Eats and Things

On Sunday we made a couple of dishes to last us for Monday's and Tuesday's meals, as we had plans for both evenings, so we didn't want to worry about having to cook.

On Monday night we went to see Vice in the theatre.  It was super entertaining, and really well made.  We both loved it!  On Tuesday evening we went to the Conexus Arts Centre to hear a war hero, Marthe Cohn, speak.  She is a 98 year old woman who was a Jewish spy in Nazi Germany.  She told her incredible story to a very engaged audience. 

We didn't have too much going on for the rest of the week.  Some recent eats included perogies, cabbage rolls, and sausage:


Pizza:


And brown rice with roasted vegetables, feta, and green sauce:


My breakfasts over the past couple of weeks have included a lot of green smoothies loaded with kale, and Vitality Super Green (fermented greens).


I've also had purple smoothies, and avocado toast:


Eggs:


And cinnamon raisin toast (and melon with nut butter on top):


We cleaned the house on Thursday evening, and on Friday after work we meal planned for a week, made a grocery list, and went grocery shopping.  With all that done, we have nothing to do this weekend!  I have some books that I want to dive into, and tonight we're trying a sassy new recipe ...

What are you up to this weekend?  What's the last movie you went to?

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Weekend Things and To-Do in 2019

After sleeping in on Saturday morning, Christopher and I got ready and left the house to run an errand and grab some breakfast.  We don't often go out for breakfast in our own city (maybe once or twice a year, if that), so this was a nice treat.

I had eggs benedict from The Lobby.


After breakfast we got to meet our new puppy-nephews at Christopher's brother's place.  They are two adorable little Chihuahuas.  We had a short visit with Mel, Steve, and our niece, and then got home to start on this ...


A Thai coconut curry noodle dish, with some crispy noodles, red onion, cilantro, peanuts, red chili, and lime as garnish.


This morning Christopher made avocado toasts with smoked salmon, red onion, dill and capers.


He also made lunch - fried rice with some crispy pork that we got from The Great Asian Market yesterday.


Other cooking we did today included Moroccan chicken with lemons and olives, and a sausage and kale soup to have for lunches and dinners for the first couple days of the week.


I've been thinking about things that I want to do this year, and Christopher and I had some conversations about what our plans and intentions are for 2019.  In addition to cooking and baking a whole bunch of new and delicious eats, and expanding our taste buds in new cities and restaurants, there are other things on the 2019 to-do list:

1) Try floating in a sensory deprivation tank.  We've been wanting to try this for a while, but haven't booked it yet.  This is the year!

2) Have more casual/ low-key get-togethers with friends and family.  When I was little I remember my parents having friends over for a quick coffee and a visit quite often - no fuss, no real preparation required.  An hour or two visit, and the company was on their way after a nice time catching up.  We still plan on having people over for nicer meals, but we want to do more visiting over a cup or two of coffee, invite friends over last minute and just order a pizza and pour beverages, or maybe a casual evening of card/ board games ... let's do this pals!

3) Go on a day trip to a small town near us that we've never visited before.  This will be a pretty easy thing to do, as our city is surrounded by so many small towns, and we've basically been to none of them.

4) Read more.  I particularly want to read some books outside of my typical choices, which are usually food/ nutrition science, or behavioral/ brain science, non-fiction books.  I am going to turn my attention to some different genres.  I also want to keep track of the books I read this year, and do a post about my faves at the end of year, like Lisa and Amber do, as I always love seeing their favourite reads from the year.

5) Learn a new skill

What are some things on your 2019 to-do list?
How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019

A few weeks ago I started writing the date on my day plan templates at work for the new year.  I got about as far as early March, when I realized I had been writing 2018 the whole time.  Ha - I think that's going to be happening to me for a while.

We had such a fun New Years Eve!  At 5:30 p.m. we went to our friends Chris and Cori's house, and brought along some ginger noodles and oatmeal bars.  It was a potluck pajama party!

 

There were so many yummy foods, and so many adorable kids in their jammies 💜 We loved all the quality time that we got with our little buddies.

I ate this plate of food, and then hours later made another plate up.  We nibbled all evening.


We were all too busy visiting to really pay attention to the countdown, but at some point someone said it was the New Year, and we welcomed 2019.

I am so pumped for this year, and the new experiences it will bring.  Our guiding word for last year was relaxation.  In 2019 our word for the year is adventure.  We are going to do things we've never done before, travel to places we've never been before, and step out of our comfort zones.  Our first travel adventure will be a week in Havana.  We're staying in a casa particlar, which is similar to a bed and breakfast.  All of our hot/ beach vacations have been to resorts, so this will be an exciting change of pace.

We started our year of adventure out with a new breakfast.  Christopher made portobello mushrooms stuffed with veggies, sausage, and an egg. 

So delicious!


Tonight, we fondue!


Happy New Year!

How did you spend New Years Eve?
What is something you are looking forward to this year?