Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Reading:  A horrifically boring textbook for class I'm taking.  I hate it.

Loving:  The baby snuggles that we've had each week since our little niece Charlotte was born; we just love her so much!

Thinking:  About meals to cook for the fall - mmmmmm!  I don't like that fall is followed by winter, but I do like cooking in the fall.  I'm looking forward to stew, chili, pot pie, etc., etc..

Frustrated:  By people who ask questions that they haven't even attempted to find the answer to, or seek help when they haven't tried.  Helplessness is not attractive/cool.

Feeling:  Excited to fly out of here in a couple of weeks!

Anticipating:  A low-key weekend.

Watching:  The Big Bang Theory and Jeopardy are back with new seasons!  We also watched a couple episodes of Sensitive Skin (it's okay), and just bought season 15 of South Park.

Sad:  About the stressful situations people that I like and care about are dealing with.

Working:  On homework for my class, which I am not enjoying at all.

Grateful:  For how supportive, helpful and amazing Christopher is; it makes life easier, and better.

Listening:  To the Screaming Daisies jam in the basement.  Their new CD comes out this week!

Wishing:  I can't tell you or it might not come true ;-)

In food news, dinner last night was some homemade chicken and vegetable soup to warm the soul.

What are you reading?  Loving?  Anticipating?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekend Adventures

On Saturday evening we got dressed up and headed out on the town for a nice dinner.  We ate at Flip, where Christopher had the paella, and I had spinach spaetzle with shrimp.  We were blown away by our food; both dishes were absolutely perfect. 

After dinner, we walked across the street to Crave.

Next, we walked to The Lobby.

And finally, we walked home.

We had such a fantastic evening!

Today, we got up early and made quiche.

After breakfast, it was grocery shopping time, followed by frozen yogurt, and then fancy coffees.

The afternoon was spent relaxing, and watching our shows.

At the moment, Christopher is whipping up a noodle dish for lunches this week, as I prepare the chicken stock for the soup we will eat this evening.

This was a great weekend!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Random Thoughts

The first taste of these chips was weird ...

But after a few, they kind of started to grow on me.  Of the new flavours I've tried, I think I'd vote for these to win.  They are similar to Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.

The ginger noodles Christopher makes are sooooooo good.  He made them on Thursday evening before we went and watched our little niece for a couple of hours.

Last night we went to a friend's place for some BBQd burgers before heading out to see Canned Heat in concert.  We all dressed up for the show, and I wore my sweet skull bag that Christopher's mom got me.  I love it!!  She knows me well!

Tonight, I'm taking my sweetheart out on the town.  We're starting with a nice dinner, and we'll see where the night takes us.

How has your weekend been so far?
Have you tried any of the new flavours of Lays chips?  
What did you think?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekday Teamwork

We aren't overly busy with obligations, however Mondays and Tuesdays seem to be our "busy" days of the week, or at least the days on which we need quicker meals

On Monday, Christopher was home early from work, and by the time I got home, the vacuuming was done, and dinner was made.

He dropped me off at my class, and then prepared snacks (homemade fries and pico de gallo) for us to enjoy during Pizza Wars: Regina!!  I made my TV debut on this show as the local expert and one of the judges.  It was fun to watch! 

On Tuesday evening I made a quick and easy dinner, as it was jam night for Screaming Daisies.  I had found sourdough pasta, and wanted to try it in something quick.  We had tuna casserole.

The pasta was great, and it cooks faster than regular pasta.  It's also vegan, salt free, and a probiotic.

Last night we had nothing going on, so we went out to the theatre to see The Hundred-Foot Journey, which we both enjoyed.  After the movie, we hit The Keg for some appetizers, as we had a gift card to use. 

We were very disappointed, as I have been before, in The Keg.  Their food is bland and boring, and the cheesecake was downright horrific.  It tasted like sandy hair gel.  Nasty.  We will NEVER eat at The Keg again.  I have a really difficult time figuring out why this place is so popular, and how on Earth it can be considered fine(r) dining.  Sick.

How's your week been going so far?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tonight: I'm Going to be on TV!!!

Catch Best in Chow: Pizza Wars REGINA tonight on CMT!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Road Tripping

On Friday after work we took off on a little road trip to Saskatoon.  For dinner we ate at Bottega Trattoria.  This was our second time visiting this restaurant, and we haven't been overly impressed so far.  We can make better pasta dishes at home.

On Saturday morning we ate at Aroma, one of our favourite restaurants.  The server brought our bill, but then told us that she always enjoys serving us, she appreciates how friendly we are, and that our breakfast was on the house.  Nice!

We spent the day visiting my mom, and then had dinner at Ayden.  This restaurant is worthy of all the buzz it's been getting; it's fantastic.

We ordered the fries and the peas and carrots as starters, and loved both.

Christopher had the fish as his main course, and I had the chicken and waffles.  The waffle was absolutely incredible, and not like any other I've ever had.  This dish was seriously perfection.

We got chatting with the lovely couple sitting beside us, and we all marveled at how good the food was.  We always seem to make friends when we're out and about.

Dessert was a pumpkin based dish. Mmmm!

After dinner we went out with family Kim and Errol for a visit and a bit of dancing.  We had lunch at Aroma today before visiting my mom more, and then heading home.

How was your weekend?  What did you do?
Did you eat anything delicious?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekday Eating

This has been a bit of a busy week, so we've had easier dinners.  On Monday evening we made Thai coconut chicken with rice.

On Tuesday it was chili, which didn't take long to throw together, and was great after simmering for a few hours while we attended to other tasks.

The leftovers were perfect for chili dogs on Wednesday.

This evening we had fish burritos at Taco Del Mar ...

Then we headed over to Mel and Steve's to babysit!!

Tomorrow we're going out for a nice dinner.

How's your week been?  What are you up to this weekend?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekend Things

This past weekend was really nice, and mostly spent at home.  On Saturday evening we cooked up some crab legs, and delicious potatos.

We got off to a good start on Sunday with breakfast skillets and bacon

Most of the morning and early afternoon was spent doing yard work

The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent relaxing in the backyard with snacks and drinks, while smelling a beer butt duck cooking away on the BBQ.

It was so nice to have a weekend at home, with no where to go and nothing to do.  We're planning a lot more of these for the future.

Is it still nice where you are?  Have you BBQd recently?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello Baby

Two weeks ago a beautiful little girl entered our lives.  Christopher's brother and his wife Mel, two of our best friends, welcomed their daughter Charlotte into the world.  She is so perfect, and we love her so much already.  On Thursday we went for another visit with her, and brought some dinner to enjoy with the new parents.

We made up a couple trays of stuffed pasta shells.

We grabbed some garlic bread and caesar salad to round out the meal.

We both got a lot of snuggles in!!  Nieces and nephews are the best!

Do you have any nieces or nephews?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Recent Eats

So, we're sort of obsessed with beer butt chicken.

There is nothing quite like sitting out in the backyard all afternoon, sipping bevvies, visiting, laughing, and smelling the glorious smell of chicken cooking very slowly on the BBQ.

We put it on a can of beer, and cooked it on indirect, low heat for a good three hours (until a safe temperature on a digital thermometer).  If you throw some veggies in the pan, the chicken juices make them extra delicious.

Also, you get the most crispy skin around.

And the most moist chicken ever.

Another dinner this past week was rainbow trout with a giant salad.

And the kind people at House Foods America sent me coupons to try Shirataki noodles free of charge. 

These noodles are made of tofu, and are a perfect pasta alternative for gluten-free diets.  They had an unpleasant smell upon opening them (this is normal), but they just needed a good rinse.  We cooked them according to the package instructions.  They were easy to make, and we were surprised by their nice, noodle texture.  They reminded us of ramen

We spiced them up with Indian spices, and they made a nice lunch.

What have you been cooking lately?  
How's your weekend going so far?