Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

This is definitely my busiest time of year, and I've been feeling more tired than usual.  It's the time of year when I feel like there are a million things to do, and not enough time to do them all in.  It's also a super exciting and fun time of year, as now that the weather is so nice, our wheels are turning with ideas for summer activities/ plans.  Also, only a few weeks now and I'll be on holidays!

Today is my dad's 77th birthday!  Happy birthday Dad!  The family went out for supper to Chop this evening to celebrate.  I had the hunter chicken, and Christopher had a steak with blue cheese:

Last week we ate up the turkey that we BBQd on Victoria Day. 

Other eats lately have included a beautiful cloud egg breakfast:

Burgers with salad:


Slow cooker Mediterranean chicken:

And spiced beef patties with couscous and a yogurt sauce:

Frozen strawberry cheesecake for desserts:

We have some fun, foodie plans each night for the next three nights! 

How is your week going so far?  
If you are American, what did you do on Memorial day?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Saturday Adventures

Yesterday morning we slept in, and then went out for a late brunch to Leopold's Tavern.

I had the chicken and waffles, and Christopher had some loaded breakfast fries.

The food was delicious, and the server was attentive.

After breakfast we walked over to the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.

This is a yearly festival in town that is so fun!  There are many food and arts vendors, as well as a lot of live music, drama, dance, etc.

We caught some rap artists, a couple new to us, and one old favourite.

We shared Indian and Afghani food:

And a chocolate-covered banana for dessert:

We walked and walked and walked, and ran into some people (our favourite being our little niece Remi).  After a full day at the CVAF we headed back to our car.

Once home again we planted all of our flowers, along with some herbs and peppers too.

Luckily we got everything planted before it began to storm!

The thunder and lightening drew us inside, but we made the most of it with movies and snacks.

How was your weekend?  What did you do?
Have you planted anything this spring?

Monday, May 21, 2018

Victoria Day

There have been many, many May long weekends that I can remember when the weather was horrible.  This was not one of them.  Although this winter felt long, we've had some pretty incredible days for this time of year, and this was a perfect, beautiful May long weekend. 

We started this holiday Monday with cheesy scrambled eggs, bacon, and potatoes:

Later in the day we went for a walk to the lake near our house, and stopped for some lawnmower gas on the way home.

It's a treat to be mowing the lawn on May long - there have been years when we've still had snow!

The temp got to about 28 C, and we cooled off with some David's iced tea and a popsicle bevvie on the patio.

Tunes too of course!

For dinner we BBQd a turkey, along with a potato/ carrot/ mushroom mixture.


I think this might have been our first time doing a turkey on the BBQ, but we'll definitely make it this way again.  We rubbed it with sesame oil, and sprinkled it with salt, pepper, ginger, garlic, galangal and ground coriander.  The veggies were done with sesame oil, ginger, salt and pepper.

Now it's time to do a load of laundry, catch a TV show or two, and then it's off to bed to get refreshed for a wonderful week ahead.

Have you ever cooked a turkey on the BBQ?  Did you spend some time outside this weekend?  If you're Canadian how did you spend the holiday Monday?  For my American readers, do you have anything fun planned for your upcoming long weekend?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Last Night

Yesterday morning we were up early.  After a quick breakfast, we got to work on dinner prep; I baked a few things, including bread, pie, and cookies, and Christopher made a dip, pico de gallo, and salad dressing.

In the evening we had Steve and Mel (Christopher's brother and his brother's wife) over for dinner.

It was beautiful outside so we enjoyed the appetizers al fresco.

First was an edamame dip with rice crackers and veggies, and pico de gallo with chips.  Next we had crispy salt and pepper wings:

And then prosciutto wrapped asparagus:

The main course included char siu ribs, vegetable skewers (mushrooms, zucchini, and halloumi cheese), Asian cucumber salad, and focaccia bread with oil and vinegar.

Dessert was coconut cream pie:

And chocolate chip Oreo cookies:

It was a nice, relaxing, laid back evening, and we enjoyed visiting and laughing with two of our most favourite people. 

Today we just watched shows, sat outside, and ate leftovers.  It's been a great weekend so far, and we still have tomorrow off!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?