Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day!!

What a wonderful Canada day!  We started the day with maple waffles.

We made a lightly-maple flavoured batter, then topped the waffles with butter, and Canadian pure maple syrup

Christopher made Canadian lattes to go with - he's so cute!


The afternoon was spent making dessert for this evening's family potluck dinner.  Because we love our country, we made some festive cookies.

And for some more red, a nice strawberry, rhubarb pie.

In the afternoon we headed over to Christopher's parent's house for a potluck dinner.   We sat in the backyard all evening. 

 We enjoyed some snacks, and giggled at our adorable niece

Dinner was fantastic!  We had wings, lasagna, ravioli, garlic bread, and caesar salad.

The meal was followed by the pie and cookies that we brought.

What a nice way to spend Canada day!

How was your Canada day?
If you're not Canadian, have you ever been to Canada?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

1)  We were BBQing some chicken the other day when we ran out of propane.  We finished cooking inside, and it was still scrumptious!  Propane, propane ...

2)  The beets and peas that we planted are coming along nicely. 

3)  We have found three bees in the basement so far this summer (and two last summer).  They are not flying, but instead crawling along the carpet, almost like they are injured, or almost dead.  We have no idea how they are getting in!?  We also have not seen any buzzing around outside or inside the house.  Anyone else have this happen?

4)  I never used to like cantaloupe or honeydew, but I've come to like both of them over the past few years.  I had some cantaloupe on my oatmeal the other day.

5)  Tomorrow is a holiday!  We're looking forward to cooking a nice dinner tonight, and then staying up late (or until about 11:00, which is pretty late for us, haha).  Tomorrow we have a family dinner to attend.

6)  We made a noodle filled stir fry the other day.  I think I could live on Asian noodle dishes.

7)  Yesterday afternoon the sky started to get smokey due to forest fires up north.  It's been two days now of terrible air quality.  Hopefully things get better soon.

8)  Last night we had crab bee bim bop for dinner.  A coworker brought me some homemade kimchi recently, so we had that on the side.

9)  Yesterday I spent some time with my sweet nephew.  We went to the Science Center, and then out for lunch to Flip!  Giovanni had fish tacos, and I had spaetzle.  After lunch we had Menchies and then went home to play for a while.

10)  Because I am off in the summer I am able to have lunch ready when my darling husband comes home for his break.  Today we had chicken low mein.  I look forward to trying out many new recipes on him.

How is your week going so far?  If you're Canadian, what are you doing for the 1st?  American pals, what are you doing for the 4th? 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Our Relaxing Weekend

After our little celebration on Friday evening, the rest of the weekend was relaxing and delicious.  We didn't leave the house at all.

On Saturday morning we had curried potato, egg skillets for breakfast. 

We spent the rest of the day hanging out in the backyard, listening to tunes, having a fire, and sharing a plate of leftovers.

We started our Sunday morning by enjoying cheesy grits topped with a fried egg.  We added some green onion and hot sauce for a kick.

We spent a bit more time in the backyard, and then came inside for snacks and shows.  We're watching Shameless and Orange is the New Black these days.  What are you watching this summer?

Homemade French fries - the best!
Jamaican patty

How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Summer Holidays!!

As of yesterday, I'm officially off of work for two months!!  One of my best buds retired yesterday, so we had her and her sweetheart over for a little celebration.  We were worried when the sun showers started around 5:00 p.m. ...

But after about 15 minutes the showers blew over, and it was beautiful.  We dried everything off and got ready to celebrate.

We had some snacks to start, including coconut shrimp:

Breaded cheesy mushrooms:

And fried chicken bites, with the best fried chicken recipe ever:

It got dark outside by the time we were eating the main course, which was ribs, mac and cheese, and corn on the cob.

We moved inside for dessert as the mosquitoes had just started to make an appearance.  We had burnt grapes for dessert.  You can find the recipe here

We had a wonderful evening celebrating a dear friend of mine. 

Let the holidays begin!  This weekend we're excited to relax, not leave the house, BBQ a lot, and soak up the hot, hot, heat.

What are you up to this weekend?   
How many years (or days or months) until you retire, haha?
(I've got 20 more years to go ... then maybe I'll try another career ... Starbucks barista!?)