Sunday, October 15, 2017

Our Weekend

We're feelin' all things Fall lately.  It looks very Autumn-y outside, but sure doesn't feel it.  We are supposed to get up to +22 C this week! 

Yesterday morning we made pumpkin pancakes, with bacon.


Later on in the day we shared a smoked meat poutine.


We had a super fun evening last night ... more on that in another post ;-)

This morning we were up early and done eating breakfast by about 8:00 a.m.  Christopher made one of my favourites, a pico de gallo omelette with truffle potatoes


This was a perfect birthday breakfast.  He had offered to take me out or to cook breakfast and dinner, whichever I preferred, and I chose to stay in (I know my hermit husband didn't mind that one bit).  Home cooking is better than restaurant food anyway.

After a little snack and TV, we did leave the house for a bit.  We went out to the theater to see The Mountain Between Us.


I turned 35 today, and it was a wonderful day spent with my favourite person.  Christopher spoiled me with breakfast, presents, an afternoon movie date, and he made one of my favourite dinners (bee bim bop) to top it all off.  I'm a lucky wife!

We'll be seeing some family this week, and celebrating Christopher's birthday, so there is a lot going on in the next few days.

How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday the 13th

Happy Friday!  Christopher and I celebrate every Friday the 13th, and we decided to start by meeting for lunch today.  We didn't have much time (you know ... work), so we met at Taco Del Mar for a quick lunch:


I had fish tacos, he had a fish burrito, and we shared chips with queso.

After work I came home to these lovelies:


We actually have a bunch of celebrating ahead, and a really fun next few days, as Sunday is my birthday, and Tuesday is Christopher's.

For dinner we had a veggie and seafood feast on our raclette grill.


We buttered up the raclette grill and cooked shrimp, scallops, salmon, asparagus, golden beets, zucchini, portobello mushrooms, and okra.  We had a couple kinds of bread, with bruschetta mixture, and Gruyere and raclette cheeses to broil under the grill.


The fun this weekend is just getting started ...


After dinner we hung out in the kitchen while I whipped up a pumpkin cream pie:


It's as easy as can be, and simply delicious.


Have you made anything with pumpkin yet this fall?  
How are you spending Friday the 13th?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles

I made a wonderful new recipe yesterday - creamy slow cooker beef and noodles.


The only real work I had to do was sear a 2lb roast.  To get a good sear on meat, dry it well with paper towel, salt and pepper it, and then put in a pan with oil that has been heated to medium-high.  I seared each side for a couple minutes.


Then I just put the roast in a slow cooker, dumped some onion soup mix, and a couple cans of soup over it, topped it with sliced mushrooms, and let it cook for six hours.


We like saucy dishes, so I added about 1.5 times the mushroom soup and consomme called for in the recipe.



After the six hours were up, I threw in egg noodles, waited another hour, and then topped it off with some 1/2 and 1/2.  Delicious!


The smell in the house was incredible while this was cooking.  We served it over mashed potatoes, because that was what Ally recommended, and it was perfect.  It was like a good, old fashioned farm meal, like something my mom would have made when I was growing up.


This dish is so easy, and we're definitely keeping it around to make again.  Find the recipe here.  Again, if you like saucy dishes, you might want to up the mushroom soup and beef consomme as I did; I don't regret it.  The leftovers were so good for lunch today, and we polished off the rest for dinner tonight.


I don't think I had ever had a beef & noodles dish like this before, but as soon as I saw the recipe, I knew it would be good.  This is a perfect fall dish, as it is warm, comforting, and hearty.

Another tasty meal that we had this week was a roasted veggie salad.  We roasted rutabaga, asparagus, cauliflower, mushrooms, and tomatoes, and just sprinkled those with a bit of Asiago cheese, and some dressing.  Plants for dinner make us happy!


What have you been cooking lately?  Have you ever had beef with noodles?  It's almost the weekend!  Any big plans?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers!  I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend with loved ones, and of course tasty food.

Our long weekend started out with a trip to Saskatoon.  We arrived around 8:00 p.m. on Friday night, and went for dinner to Spicy Garden, before heading back to the hotel to crash.


After an early breakfast the next morning, we spent the rest of the day with my mom.  She was happy to see us, and especially happy that we brought pancakes with us.  For a woman of about 85 lbs. her appetite is astounding.


On Saturday evening we tried a new Korean/ Japanese restaurant called Sticks and Stones, which is one of a few restaurants owned by the Top Chef Canada winner, Dale Mackay.

We started with the S&S fries, and some Korean fried chicken.


The fries were not actual fries, but were halved mini potatoes.  The fried chicken was super crispy, sticky, and flavourful.


I had the spicy ramen, which was really good, although it didn't have as much broth as I would have liked.


Christopher had some bulgogi steamed buns, and a trout roll.

We got our usual breakfast again on Sunday before heading back to my mom's care home, where we spent the rest of the day.  


Once back home on Sunday evening we were pretty wiped, and just made a frozen pizza for dinner.  We were happy that we didn't have to work today, and could sleep in a bit.

This morning Christopher made a late breakfast, and we got some work done around the house and yard.


This breakfast held us over until turkey dinner tonight.  We headed to Christopher's parents' place around 3:00, and snacked a bit until dinner was ready around 5:00.


Yummmmmm!


I ate every bite of this scrumptious meal:


It was nice to visit with family and see our adorable little nieces; they are just too sweet!


We sure are fortunate to have so many wonderful people in our lives, who we love to bits.  We have so much to be thankful for, and we try to make a point of not taking any of it for granted.  

How was your weekend?  Was it a long weekend for you?  If you're Canadian, how did you celebrate Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Thank you to everyone who checked in and said hi to Christopher after his first blog post.  He loved reading your nice comments, and says he'll be back to do another post some time 😁  It was fun for each of us to be on the other side, and although he always reads the comments on here, he was extra excited to see the comments this time.  I had fun sitting back and watching TV while he did the writing.  He wouldn't let me peek until he was done - cute, haha!

As he explained, we had a delicious weekend, and his band Lunar Lander Dance Commander rocked their show on Friday night.


We also celebrated a bit over the weekend, as we paid off my car.  We had been making extra lump-sum payments all year to try and knock out the loan fast, and ended up getting rid of it in a year.  It's nice to be back to no car payments, and since I still have a seven year bumper-to-bumper warranty, and Christopher's car has low km, we should stay car payment free for quite a while now.  We won't be buying any vehicle until we absolutely have to; we don't see the point. 

On Monday evening we made a pot of chicken noodle soup, using stock that we had prepared and froze a week prior.


Last night we fried some of our homemade perogies, and had those with farmer sausage.


Sour cream, sriracha and green onion toppings:


This evening we just had leftover soup.

Breakfast recently was oatmeal made with coffee and coconut water, topped with maple flakes, grapes, PB, cacao, and chia seeds:


Sooooo good! 

It was nice to just relax this past weekend, as we have a lot going on in the next couple of months (fun but still a lot).  I also have some gift buying to do this month, and I also need to find a good Halloween costume.  I always leave my Halloween costume until the last minute, and I am really hoping to come up with something new and different, and maybe more creative this year.

Are you planning on dressing up for Halloween?  Is your social calendar filling up this time of year?