Thursday, 30 May 2013

I'm Crafty Like That

Bear with me while I take a short break from food to share with you my two favourite completed crafts.    

Tree Stump Carving
Stitched Family Handprints

It's safe to say I'm going to cherish these forever.  They both hold special meaning to me and what's better is they are super cute to look at.  Here's how I did it:

Tree Stump Carving
utility knife
wood burning tool

carefully carve out desired shape of heart with utility knife.  scrape off bark to expose smooth under layer.  using wood burning tool carve out letters or design of choice.  limitless possibilities.

Stitched Family Handprints
cross stitch fabric

using chalk, lightly outline handprints of each family member, overlapping.  go over with thread colour of choice, using a different colour for each member.  bam that's it.  

Happy Crafting!  Love JS.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Races & Road Trips: My Sunday in Photos

So something big happened today.

I ran my first race.

Despite clocking countless KMs on my own, I've never ran race, weird I know.  Up until today that is.  And now I'm afraid I've been bitten by the race bug and have already signed up for my next one.  Addicted.

I decided for my first race, I wouldn't focus on time.  Instead I ran 10K side-by-side with my mom.  Did I mention she's 55.  Running beside her made me beyond proud.  She never stopped and had a smile the entire way.  What a way to be introduced into what I hope will be my new hobby.  Of course I can't leave out the other two all-important family members, my dad and sister.  They both ran the half marathon and rocked it.  Of course they did, it was only their 11 & 10 time doing it, respectively.  So proud.  
Why it's taken me this long to get into the racing spirit I'll never know, but trust me I've got plenty of catching up to do, and I plan on making up for lost time.

How do you commemorate your first race?  A road trip to Banff seems appropriate.  Better yet is a lunch date planned with J's best man and his new fiancĂ© who were in town from San Francisco.
Lunch @ The Maple Leaf Grill, followed up by a stop @ The Fudgery = A perfect afternoon.

Disclaimer:  You can't visit Banff and not come back with fudge. It's punishable should you even try.

on route to Banff...

"Rehydrating" after the race....
Pear & Brie Pizza | basil, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, pesto
Reeses Peanut Butter 
| Rockyroad | Cookies 'n Cream

Oh how tomorrow will pale in comparison....but we'll always have today (and leftover fudge, I hope)
My perfect Sunday.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Muffin Time: Carrot & Pineapple

Since we are in the middle of a rainfall warning, it's only fitting that indoor activities take place.  You can only jump in puddles for so long... 

So while the kids are away at school, I decided to catch up on some baking and my all-important celebrity-trash magazine reading (okay, picture looking)

At least all this rain means I'm saving on my water bill.  Oh, and it's also forcing me to have a lazy/relaxing afternoon.  Happy Friday to me.

Carrot & Pineapple Muffins

1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1 - 14oz can crushed pineapple
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup carrot, finely grated
1/2 cup golden raisins

Preheat oven to 400F.  Spray 12 cup muffin tin (plus another 3 cup muffin tin) with non-stick spray or line with liners.  Set aside.
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in medium bowl.  Set aside.
In large bowl combine egg, pineapple, oil and vanilla.  Stir in carrots and raisins.
Add flour mixture, stirring until just moistened.
Using an ice cream scoop, fill prepared muffin tins to top.  Sprinkle with sugar.  Bake until toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 20-22 minutes.  Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack.

Yields approximately 15 muffins

Adapted from my carrot & bran muffins

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Can You Freeze It?

As we gladly welcome the warmer months, so to do we welcome colder treats.  When you think of chilly treats I'm sure your first thoughts are ice cream and Slurpee's, or maybe those are my first thoughts, hmmm, regardless.  However, there are loads of other foods and treats that can be frozen in order to satisfy your need for something cold on on a hot day.  Here are some other options courtesy of Food Network Magazine.  Be forewarned some of these are life changing...

yogurt | freeze in pop molds
peppermint patties
watermelon wedges
grapes | freeze individually or in bunches
peanut butter cups
doughnut holes
chocolate cake slices
orange or grapefruit wedges | freeze up to 4 hours
canned fruit | use peaches pears, or pineapple
root beer | freeze in pop moods
cheesecake slices
melon cubes | freeze up to 4 hours
brownie squares
applesauce | freeze in ice cube trays
mango slices | freeze up to 4 hours
iceberg lettuce wedges | freeze up to 4 hours; dips in blue cheese or ranch dressing
avocado slices | freeze up to 4 hours; sprinkle with chile powder and salt

How to Freeze These Snacks

  1. Arrange the items on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  2. Freeze until solid, at least 2 hours.
  3. Transfer to a Ziploc bag, press out the air and seal; freeze up to 1 month, unless noted.
  4. Remove from the freezer a few minutes before eating.

Can I just tell you that I think frozen lettuce and avocados may just be my new summer go-to.  Also at some point during the summer I'm sure I'll find my way to having frozen pb cups and cheesecake.  Just saying.

Cheers to chilly treats.  Happy 'almost' Summer!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

For the Kids: Breakfast Sushi

Bananas, peanut butter, and cereal, are probably three of the things my kids adore most.  Pantry staples, they are in high demand and enjoyed daily.

Today I decided to give the trusty cereal bowl the morning off and instead eat our banana-cereal combo in an unconventional way...sushi style.  Break out the chopsticks (or just use your fingers) either way these were devoured at light speed and requested again for tomorrow.

Breakfast Sushi

peanut butter
rice krispies

Peel banana, spread with peanut butter, and roll in rice krispies cereal, pressing gently to stick.
Slice into rounds and serve.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Long Weekend = Baileys & Ice Cream

Hello long weekend and welcome, you are much overdue.

This long weekend also marks the unofficial kick off to summer and the all important BBQ season.  #happydance
As proud Canadians we are celebrating by firing up the grill for burgers, corn on the cobb, and dishing out some potato salad on the side.  Break out the BBQ utensils we most certainly came to play.  Obviously in order to make it a true BBQ you need ice cream and booze.  I know I can't speak for everyone, but I enjoy mixing the two and creating an adult friendly dessert.  

Hello Baileys and ice cream.  Who said Baileys was only for coffee?  Not this girl.  

Happy Grilling!

Vanilla Ice Cream w/ Baileys Irish Cream

1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 Tbsp Baileys Irish Cream

Place ice cream in glass or bowl and top with Baileys.  Grab a spoon and have at 'er!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Smoothie

You know it's going to be a good day when you wake up to sunshine, it's the Friday before a long weekend, and the flavours of peanut butter & chocolate are mixed in your morning smoothie.

Let's just say I have an extra spring in my step today.  8 hours till the long weekend.....

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Smoothie

1 large banana
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Combine all ingredients except ice in food processor or blender, whirl until smooth.  Add in a 3-5 ice cubes and blend further.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Goat Cheese, Honey & Walnuts, Oh My!

Let me introduce to you my new favourite appetizer.  Not only does it hit all the texture and flavour components required to hold such a title, but it's so easy to bring together you could do it with your eyes closed.

Goat Cheese, Honey & Walnut Log

We all know goat cheese is a priority for me, it ranks up there with sleep and water, but it gets even better when drizzled with sweet honey and topped with chopped walnuts.  Flavour explosion overload. 

Goat Cheese, Honey & Walnut Log

goat cheese log
chopped walnuts

crackers or toasted baguette slices for serving

Drizzle honey overtop goat cheese log.  Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
Serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices.  Enjoy!

Mother's Day Snapshots

I'd like to put it out there, I'm the luckiest girl in the world, without question.

I have the sweetest kids and a thoughtful husband, and yes I'm biased, but it's true.  Yesterday was Mother's Day and although my three favourite people make me feel special everyday, yesterday they took it up a notch.

Here is a look at how I spent my day....

10KM Run.  Boom.  Rocked it.
Post Run Breakfast Made By L&R.  Strawberries in the shape of a heart, seriously cute.  Love it.
Pizza Date @ Famoso.
My New Running Gear.  Because You Need To Look Cute When You Sweat.
 My Card.
 A Surprise Cake Made By J, L, & R @ 1am while I was sleeping. Told You I Was Lucky.

Thanks for an absolute perfect day.  You make being your mom the best and most fulfilling job in the world.  Hugs.


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