Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What's up Wednesday

1)  I made a lovely bowl of mocha oatmeal the other day (2/3 cup mostly coffee, with a splash of milk, bring to a boil, add 1/3 cup quick oats, stir over heat for one minute, cover and remove from heat for about a minute, top with chocolate chips, and other fun toppings).  The coffee instead of water or milk gives it a nice kick that helps with those slow-moving mornings.

2)  We BBQd a couple racks of ribs last week - our favourite BBQd food.  They were great for dinner with potatoes on the side.  We had some leftovers for lunches too.

3)  We had mushroom ravioli last week, with a pumpkin-carrot based pasta sauce; they paired perfectly together (but didn't photograph well).

4)  On Monday evening we enjoyed breakfast for dinner, with buttermilk waffles, sausages, and herb scrambled eggs.

5)  We found these crackers at our corner grocery store the other day:

Fun!!  They're really good, and we'll definitely buy them again.

6)  While we were making breakfast for dinner on Monday, we made extra waffles to toss in the freezer, and four loaves of bread to freeze as well.

7)  Last night we took my dad out for a belated Fathers' Day dinner to Bushwakker.  They have a new menu (finally), and quite a few things caught my eye.  I ended up having the special - spaghetti with wild boar meatballs.  It came with a starter, and I chose the caesar salad.

8)  For dinner tonight we shared some homemade french fries, and a kale/tomato sandwich.

What's up with you these days?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lunch Guests

What a fabulous weekend!  On Friday evening we went to a retirement party, and on Saturday afternoon we went to our friends' Jocelyn and Michael's home for their daughter's first birthday.

What an event!  We had a great time visiting with pals, and enjoying the amazing spread of food.  The sky looked ominous, but it turned out to be a great afternoon/ evening.

On Saturday morning I got to play with yeast ...

I made 48 dinner rolls, froze a bunch, and left some out for today's lunch.

When we got home from the birthday party yesterday we made up a batch of borscht-meets-perogy perogies.  We mashed up some beet with potato, and added a bunch of goat cheese and dill, and then filled the dough with the gorgeous mixture.

We also did some prep for a dessert ...

Today we had Christopher's mom and dad over for lunch.  We visited in the living room for a bit when they first arrived.

Then we enjoyed a little perogy taste ...

They were a hit!

After the perogy, lunch was served.  We made wild rice, trout, and a coconut curry broth.

Dinner buns on the side were great for the dippin'.

Dessert was cherry-berries on a cloud - light, airy, and a perfect way to end off a yummy lunch.

We have a lovely week ahead, including a dinner out with my dad

How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Weekend and Other Stuff

Last week we roasted a chicken, and ate the leftovers for a couple days.

We had many chicken sandwiches, but we also made poutine, with homemade fries of course.

Roasted chicken poutine is something special; you've got to try it!

On Friday we were heading out of town immediately after work.  Christopher made some chicken wraps with the last of the chicken, picked up a couple lattes, and then grabbed me from work, and we headed to Saskatoon.  We were in a bit of a hurry, as we were headed to see Garth Brooks in concert at 7:00 pm..  Neither of us are big country fans, but we do have a handful of country artists that we really enjoy, and as it turns out, we're seeing a few of them this year.  We made it to town in time to hop on a shuttle bus to the concert, get drinks, and get to our seats just before Garth came out.  We had awesome seats - 18th row!  It was a fantastic show, and we're really glad that we went.

By the time we got out of the concert venue and back to our hotel, it was probably 11:30 p.m..  We were pretty hungry, so we ordered a little pizza and some wings to our room for a late night snack.

On Saturday morning we had breakfast in our hotel, and our lovely server bought it for us!  She has done this before, and is just so sweet. 

After breakfast we went to see my mom, then ran out in the afternoon to get her groceries, and then went back to visit some more.  She was doing so well this visit, which was such a relief and so nice to see after our more difficult visit last time we were there.

We grabbed a very late Korean lunch (or very early dinner) and then headed back to the hotel for the evening. 

Later on Saturday night we ordered a peanut butter, pretzel cheesecake up to our room.

This dessert is our favourite; it's amazing.

We grabbed bagels and coffees on Sunday and then spent some more time with my mom, laughing, and reminiscing.

When we got back home on Sunday evening we cooked up some pork chops in a mushroom sauce for dinner.  We served them with rice and asparagus.

Dinner this evening is our favourite noodle dish ...

And I even whipped up a chocolate cake for dessert (because someone around here likes desserts).


How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ten on Tuesday

1)  We had a pretty laid back and relaxing weekend this past weekend.  We started Saturday morning with a late breakfast:

2)  We did just a little bit of work on the weekend, re-painting our metal railings and mailbox:

3)  On Saturday evening we made panko, coconut crusted fish, with portobello mushrooms, and potatoes:

4)  On Sunday Christopher made vegetable and bacon-loaded skillets for breakfast:

After breakfast we moved to the living room with our coffees and did some vacation planning!

5)  On Sunday evening Christopher's parents took the family out for dinner to The Diplomat to celebrate.  Christopher's mom retired recently, and we had a party with her friends, etc., but this was our family celebration

Christopher and I shared some stuffed mushrooms and escargot.  We then had caesar salad, and I ordered the stuffed chicken, while Christopher had the beef tartare.

What a wonderful meal, and a really nice get-together with family. 

6)  Breakfasts this week have both included avocado.  Yesterday I had avocado and balsamic spread on toast, with fruit on the side.

7)  Last night we had a very light dinner and I woke up pretty hungry today.  Breakfast was big:

8)  Our light dinner last night was this ...

We just shared a plate of raw veggies.  We love having that for dinner sometimes.

9)  We had a bit of dessert last night, as we whipped up an apple crisp

A perfect dessert for the week.

10)  This evening we BBQd corn and hamburgers for dinner. 

Mmmm, pickles hiding underneath ready to get all gooey with melted cheese.

How was your weekend?  What's going on in your world this week?