Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Relaxing Weekend

We were so excited for this past long-weekend, because it was the first one in a long time that we would have two consecutive days with nothing going on - time to just relax and enjoy each other's company.

Out of the six weekends previous to this one, two were spent out of town, and the other four were all really busy with a wedding, Christopher's band playing twice, and various social engagements.  All of these things were fun, but we were starting to feel drained, and in much need of some quiet, alone time to visit, zone out, catch up on sleep, and just hang around together.  Sunday and Monday were designated for that, and if anyone would have asked if we were free on those days, we would have said, "no, we have plans," which wouldn't have been a lie.

It's important, at least for us, to schedule in days at home with no obligations, responsibilities, or commitments.  If we don't write these in the calendar and plan for them, the days will fill up with activities.  These commitment free days are important to us, not only for our sanity, and to bond in our marriage, but also because our hobbies both require extended time at home to develop and enjoy - Christopher with writing, creating, and practicing music, and me with cooking new things, baking, creating recipes, and blogging. 

All that being said, one of our other hobbies is entertaining, and we spent the first day of the weekend doing just that!

On Saturday morning, after a nice breakfast, we got prepped for dinner guests we'd be having later that evening.


I made a pot of soup, baked buns, and got the slow cooker going:


Then I prepped dessert, and got some sides and the meat started.

The appetizers were grapes and cheese, which I forgot to photograph, along with brie-stuffed mushrooms.


Next up we enjoyed cauliflower soup:


The main course was smoked pork shoulder, with a homemade mustard dip on the side, potatoes gratin, salad, cabbage rolls and dinner buns:


My plate:


Dinner turned out well, and it was a really nice evening.


For dessert we had Saskatoon berry crisp with ice cream:


How was your weekend?  What did you do?  Do you schedule days to do nothing?  Do you feel that you're taking care of yourself when it comes to how scheduled and busy you are? (I used to be absolutely terrible at this, to the point of burnout.  It took me many years of practice, but I finally have gotten better at taking on less).

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hectic Week

We had an early cold snap this year.  We have a lot of snow, and one day this week we broke a record for how cold it got.  Last year at this time people were in shorts and it was +22 C (which, to be fair, was also abnormal).  The freezing cold and snow added to what was a long week.

On Monday evening we threw a roast in the oven with some potatoes, carrots and onion, and then headed out to run errands.  We got home just in time to pull the roast out, and make Yorkshire pudding and gravy.


We had the leftovers for dinner on Tuesday.

On Wednesday evening I made a pot of chili and let it simmer for a while, while Christopher had band practice, and I was busy taking care of other things.  We finally ate around 8:45 p.m.


We had cornbread in the freezer that I made a while back, so we enjoyed that with the chili, and had some leftovers for our work lunches the next day.


On Thursday we both weren't home from work until close to 6:00 p.m., and then the second we walked in the door, we grabbed our grocery list, and headed out to the store.  After the groceries were put away, we started cleaning the house, as we have company coming over today, and knew we wouldn't have time to clean on Friday.

It was another evening of dinner right before bed, but Christopher whipped up some delicious ginger noodles with chicken and broccoli.


Even when life gets busy, as it often does, we never really turn to ordering in or picking up food.  We think we need the healthier, home-cooked food the most when we are more run-down, and it also helps to relax us to take the time to prepare a meal.

All of my breakfasts this week were yogurt bowls with pomegranate, peanut butter, and gingerbread granola.


After work yesterday we met at Canadian Tire to drop off my car for a winter tire change over, and then we headed straight to a concert venue to meet up with some friends.  Fanta and Keith treated us to a night out to see The Glorious Sons in concert.  We weren't too familiar with their music beforehand, but we had a fun time!  We ate a bit at The Turvey Centre before the show.

It was a late night, but luckily we were able to sleep in a bit this morning.

Today we are remembering our troops who fought for this amazing country that we call home.  We are also spending some time with family.

How was your week?  What are you up to this weekend?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Weekend Recap

On Friday evening Christopher's brother and his wife took us out for a belated birthday dinner.  We went for all-you-can-eat sushi to Miso Ya.


Christopher and Steve are the two funniest people I've ever met in my life, so we had loads of laughs at dinner, and a wonderful time catching up.

The next morning we were up pretty early, got ready, and then stopped for a quick breakfast at Subway.


After our breakfast subs, we grabbed coffees to-go from Naked Bean, and hit the highway to Saskatoon to spend time with my mom.


My sister, Riley, and our new nephew were also in Saskatoon this past weekend.  We visited with them too, snuggled our nephew, and also went out for a late dinner with them on Saturday evening.

For dinner we met up at Number 1 Noodle House.


Their wonton soup is so good, as is the five-spice beef soup with hand-cut noodles.


Christopher had a soup with pork and pickled cabbage; it was great!


Once back at the hotel it was straight to bed for us, as we had an early morning ahead.

On Sunday morning after breakfast, we spent more time with my mom, and my sister et al. too.


It was quite a busy weekend with a lot of visiting, which was really fun, but we were wiped by the time we got home on Sunday.

After getting groceries, dinner was a big salad topped with chicken.


How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Happy Friday!

Well, I blinked and this week flew by.  Last weekend we had a couple delicious breakfasts including a fritatta with bacon:


And buttermilk waffles with bacon:


There were some extra waffles, so I froze those and had them a couple times for breakfast in the week.


Last Saturday we checked out a new shop in town called Takeaway Gourmet.  It carries a variety of cheeses that you can't get anywhere else in town, as well as local goodies, and bagels brought in from Montreal. 

Christopher was SO excited when he saw epoisse cheese


He had recently looked up "stinkiest cheese in the world," as he is in to that sort of thing, and he came across epoisse cheese.  He didn't think we'd ever be able to get it in town, but it turns out Takeaway Gourmet brings it in occasionally. 


The smell is not good; it's horrible.  It's reminiscent of nail polish remover - a strong, strong, acetone smell.  And, it tastes the way it smells.  But it's not horrible tasting.  Weird, I know. 

Anyway, it's better than blue cheese, the texture is similar to brie, and that's about as well as I can describe it. Haha, you'll have to try it for yourself if you are into stinky cheeses.

We also got some yummy margot cheese:


And Montreal bagels:


We'll definitely be back to Takeaway Gourmet, and we were impressed with the excellent service.

On Monday evening Christopher raked up a lot of leaves; the picture below is not even close to all of them.  He got them done just in time, as we got dumped on with snow on Wednesday.


It must be hibernation-mode time, as I have been super hungry lately.  We made a really easy and tasty new dinner this week - chicken breasts with mustard cream sauce.


Last night we had big smoothies for dinner, with banana, blueberries, spinach, chia seeds, cocoa, fermented green powder, and coconut water.


This evening we spent time with family, and we'll be doing the same for the rest of the weekend.

What are you up to this weekend?  Do you like stinky cheeses?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

After work today we got ready for the trick-or-treaters.


Some kids said, "your house smells like cinnamon buns!" Haha, the pumpkin candles are adding a nice glow to the house, and they'll have to do since we didn't bother carving pumpkins.

We snacked on cheese and crackers while waiting for the kids to arrive.


It's our tradition to order in on Halloween.  We usually order Pizza Hut, but we felt like Chinese food this evening.


There are a lot of leftovers, so we should have lunch for the next couple of days.  I think we order in Chinese food maybe once a year, so it's a nice treat when we do have it.

We didn't dress up this evening, but we got dressed up on the weekend, and went out with some friends to a Halloween event at The Artful Dodger.



  

My friend Jeff had the creepiest costume - eeeeeep!


Christopher's band was playing, along with three other bands, but unfortunately the event as a whole was terrible (poor organization, technical difficulties, disjointed) ...

His band played a great set, but since they were headlining at about 1:00 a.m., not many people were there to see them 😞


They had fun anyway!


Well, we've had 20 kids show up for treats so far tonight, but I'm thinking most are done for the evening.  It doesn't help that the city has had the street lights out on our block for weeks now; it's so dark!

Did you dress up at all today?  How many trick-or-treaters did you get?