Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

On Saturday afternoon we headed to Moose Jaw, which is a city about 45 minutes away.  Christopher's band was playing a Halloween show, and we knew it would be a late night, so we booked a hotel for the evening.  We checked into our hotel, and then went out to grab some dinner at Bobby's Place.

After dinner we headed to the massive venue, which was packed full of costume-wearers ready to dance to the five bands that would be playing.  Lunar Lander Dance Commander was on 4th, so we didn't get back to our hotel until after 1:30 a.m..  We're not used to late nights out, especially not two in a row.

We had a fun night though!

Once we were back home on Sunday we made a chicken stock, letting the bones, veggies, and aromatics simmer away for about eight hours.

We turned that into a chicken soup for our lunches for the start of the week.  We also whipped up a Thai curry/ stir fry for dinner.

Tonight we ordered in Pizza Hut, which is our Halloween tradition.

Happy Halloween!  We're ready for the trick-or-treaters!

How did you spend Halloween evening?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Eats this Week

Our week started out with a lot of vegetables.  On Monday evening we had a warm salad for dinner; it was loaded with roasted brussels, radishes, zucchini, mushrooms, and broccoli.  Those veggies were on a bed of sauteed kale/ garlic, and raw spinach/ arugula.

On Tuesday we made a soup stock with veggies and a ham bone (that we had frozen from the ham we made recently).  We then used that to make a big pot of borscht, which we served topped with dill and sour cream.

We had enough soup for lunches for a couple days, and dinner for both Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Thursday evening we had pan seared salmon over wild rice, with a coconut curry sauce.

I baked some Saskatoon berry muffins this week:

And we tried these new kale chips, which we both really liked:

Yesterday Christopher and I met up for lunch at a new place in town, Bomb.  It's basically a Korean fast food restaurant.  We each had a bomb bowl, and they were pretty good, however not work the $15-$17 price tag.  Lunch for two came to $35.

It is way overpriced for a fast-food-type restaurant, seeing as I can get more authentic Korean food, in a hot stone bowl, at a sit-down Korean restaurant for about $13.

Last night we met up with some pals for tacos, and then Christopher's band played a Halloween show, so we came home to get ready before heading out to the venue.

They have another Halloween show tonight, so we'll be dressing up and heading out for more spoooooktacular, dancy fun.

Are you going out to any Halloween parties this weekend?  
Are you dressing up for Halloween?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Slow Down

We've been feeling like life is moving a million miles a second these days.  Anyone else feeling that way?  Time needs to slow down a bit.  Perhaps it's that the nice summer weather didn't last as long as it had in previous years, but it's like October came out of nowhere, and now it's nearly Halloween, and we're not ready for any of it. 

On Friday evening we were both feeling worn out, and were fighting cold germs.  After work we drove a couple hours to Saskatoon, getting there close to 8:00 p.m..  We grabbed a quick dinner at Seoul, and then retired to the hotel for the evening.

The next morning we were up bright and early, and headed out to Grainfields for breakfast.

We picked up some perogies and other goodies for my mom, and spent the day with her.  The evening was spent in the hotel, just hanging out in the room, and eating dinner in the hotel's restaurant, Aroma.

On Sunday morning we picked up breakfast and brought it to my mom.  We stayed with her until the late afternoon, and then hit the highway home.

Dinner on Sunday evening was a roast beef, with potatoes/carrots, Yorkshire pudding, and gravy.  This is a meal that I always loved when I was growing up.  It's also super easy to make everything from scratch, and doesn't require a lot of prep.

While I was working on the gravy, Christopher whipped up a batch of ghost pepper cilantro sauce, with an entire bunch of cilantro in it - mmmmm!

Dinner was ready in no time, and we had plenty of leftovers for our work-week lunches

Perfect Sunday dinner.

Do you feel ready for Fall?  Halloween?
How was your weekend?  What did you do?
Do you like roast beef dinner?  Do you ever cook it?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

His Birthday

Christopher's birthday was on Monday, and as I expected, he wanted to celebrate by not leaving the house (that hermit hubby of mine - I sure love him)!  We ordered delivery instead of cooking. 

He opened his presents and we snuggled up on the couch for the evening to watch Shameless (we LOVE this show) and other T.V..

Actually, I did do some cooking on Monday; before Christopher got home from work I cleaned out a chicken and got that seasoned up and roasting in the oven with some potatoes.  I figured it would be nice to have for lunches/suppers for the following couple days.

Yesterday we enjoyed some of the chicken on sandwiches:

We had potatoes, chicken, roasted beets, and gravy for lunch, and will likely have the same for supper this evening.  It's nice sometimes to roast something large that will stretch for multiple meals.  We're both feeling a little run down this week, and not up to cooking a whole lot.

Other recent eats included this yummy breakfast from the weekend:

And some salmon with salad:

How's your week going so far?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Belated Thanksgiving Dinner

Yesterday we had a belated Thanksgiving dinner at Christopher's parents' home.  It was the first time since our two nieces on that side were born, that we've all gotten together as a family (10 of us now)!

We snacked and visited a bit when we first got there.  Our nieces (who are just over one and just over two) ran around a lot, and kept the whole family entertained with their adorableness.

The in-laws cooked up an amazing spread including turkey, stuffing, roasted potatoes, parsnips, mixed veggies, cabbage rolls etc. ...

I was stuffed after this fabulous, filling meal.

Dessert included pumpkin pie and "dad's dessert", which is a warm, delicious fruit concoction that is served with vanilla ice-cream.  Wow!

What a lot of work to cook all this up and host everyone; we are sure thankful for Christopher's parents for having the whole family over for this wonderful meal.

Today is a special day, so we're ordering in - more on that in the next post.

What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

My Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday, and it was a wonderful day.  I woke up to presents, and then we enjoyed tea and green smoothies (banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, greens powder mixture, a bunch of kale, vanilla, cocoa) before heading out.

We went to Starbucks/ Chapters to get coffees and a treat, and then looked around for a while, which I love to do!  I love allllllll the books.

For lunch we shared some leftover Thai curry, which we had made for dinner the night before.

We had some afternoon snacks ...

And then Christopher took me out to one of my favourite restaurants, Caraway, for dinner.  We both think that Caraway is one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in the city.  It serves up authentic Indian food, and is often lined up out the door.  They don't take reservations, so we went early yesterday (5:30), and had about a 45 minute wait!  It was worth it.

We got the special that includes two starters, two mains, rice, and two orders of naan for just under $60.

The starters we chose were pakora and cheese tikka.

We then had chicken korma, spicy masala lamb, saffron rice, cheese naan, and garlic naan.  We had a tonne of leftovers to take home, which is always nice.

After dinner we snuggled up at home and watched The Shallows.

Tonight we're headed to Christopher's parents house for a belated Thanksgiving dinner!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thanksgiving Monday

On Sunday we had prepped up a sausage/kale strata, so we could just throw it in the oven on Monday morning for a quick, comforting breakfast.

On Monday I did a bit of baking, including dinner buns, and a pumpkin cheesecake.

For dinner we made a pork shoulder, with scalloped potatoes and corn on the side (and the fresh dinner buns).

Pumpkin cheesecake with bourbon-spiked whipped cream for dessert:

It was a quiet little holiday Monday at home, just the two of us (with leftovers for our short week of lunches - mmmm).

How's your week going?  Did you have a holiday on Monday?  If so, what did you do with the day off?