happy thanksgiving

K’s class made applesauce for our Thanksgiving table this year. She’s so proud of her contribution to our dinner this weekend. She can’t wait to have turkey and applesauce! It’s all she’s been talking about all week!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!

Join me on Facebook where I’ll be making more regular updates throughout the weekend! Enjoy!

i knit for food

Like most parents, I assume, preparing lunches for their kids can be a chore. So when the opportunity to barter for some homemade hot lunches for knits came up, I jumped at the chance.

Sharon of Hart Felt Kitchen approached me for a few hand knits, this was a win-win. I love making knits for others, probably as much as she loves cooking for others, I bet.

So on the menu this week; homemade mac & cheese, veggie spiceless chickpea chilli and shell pasta with variety of hart-healthy vegetables! Don’t forget the corn mini muffins and orange and date loaf, too! Doesn’t that sound yummy!

K is simply delighted with the change in pace and variety of her lunch this week. Thanks Sharon. We LOVE this!

{family meals} week 1

In the summer months, our eating schedules are a little more crazed and we’re lucky enough to eat at my parents on many nights. But now that school is back on, I’m back into meal planning again.

Taking a page from Rubyellen’s blog on family meals, I’ve decided to share some of our family style meals here.

Truthfully, I do love to cook. If I didn’t have to work, I think I would spend more time planning and making meals. Partway through the last year, I discovered meal planning and during the school year, I would be lost without it. Before, I used to be driving to pick up K from school, thinking about what I was going to make for dinner when I got home. Now, every Sunday, I write out what I’m making for the week and go grocery shopping with our family’s weekly menu in hand. I can’t tell you how much better this is!

So, our week 1 (first week of school) the menu is:

Tuesday (Monday was a holiday): Herbed Salmon, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus & Rosemary Foccacia
Wednesday: Roast Chicken with Sweet & White Potatoes, Carrots, Onions & Rosemary Foccacia (from Tuesday)
Thursday: Whole Foods (K loves the buffet bar there so it’s a night out for the two of us since Hubby has a work function)
Friday: Grilled Steaks with Balsamic Glazed Mushrooms

So where do these meal ideas come from, you’re probably asking? Most of the time, I have a go-to list of “recipes in my head” that I rotate between (do any of you do the same?) Other times, I turn to one of my favourite cookbooks or find something online.

How about you? Do you create a weekly meal plan, or do you wing it? What’s your go-to recipe?

last days of summer

Around here the unofficial end of summer is signaled by the opening and closing of the CNE. It’s one of my favourite things to do in the summer. The sights, sounds and smells of the CNE are something I remember from my childhood. Taking the girls there now is an extension of my own memories.

Of course, the CNE is not the without it’s share of gastronomy — this year the craze is deep fried butter (which was surprising good and not disgusting as it sounds) and red velvet pancakes and pulled pork BBQ (which was rather disappointing).

And a highlight was this guy — a walking, talking tree — pretty cool!

{out & about} the junction

K and I headed out early this morning to check out the Junction Flea. I’m loving the outings with just me and my big girl.

She enjoyed checking out the old toys, some of them bring me back to my childhood days and I wished my mom was more sentimental and kept some of my old things. We also enjoyed a well deserved dumpling break where K tried foie gras for the first time!

The foie was her fave. Of course my girl knows her food.

weekending

This past weekend went by quickly, filled with food and rides. We ate BBQ at ribfest and had thrills at Wonderland. Lots of activity. We were all quite pooped by Sunday afternoon.

It’s been a while since I shared my love list lately. Here’s what I’m loving these days…

:: the beauty of crewel – the spirograph stitches in embroidery hoops takes me back
:: more embroidery hoop art – actually everything on Meta’s site is so artfully beautiful!
:: this fun summer art activity – brilliant!
:: Danielle’s colourful retro studio tour – loving it all and noting about a hundred inspiring ideas from this fun space!
:: and starting a little charity knitting project over with Evelyn for a good cause.

I hope your weekend was as thrilling as mine! Do tell!