Saturday, July 4, 2020

Faint Heart

Almost missed this heart etched into the tabletop at the brewery last week.  It's hard to see, but it's there.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Another Walk in the Park

This photo doesn't do justice to the amazing light shining through this gigantic leaf, but I'm glad I took it anyway.  Taking the photo allowed me to pause and really appreciate something I would have walked right past otherwise.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Something's Fishy

In order to give the posts I write with my sister the attention they deserve, I'm going to share them on a bi-weekly basis until I adjust to my new work schedule and responsibilities.  Tune in next week for tales of amusement park adventure - complete with goofy photo. 

In the mean time, I'm throwing back to July 2, 2018.  Hubby and I were visiting family in Ontario and woke one morning to discover that the fish flies had arrived in full force overnight.

My sister thinks fish flies are icky, disgusting, gross and crunchy.  I rather like them. They're harmless, and their appearance means that summer has arrived.  

Of course, we don't get fish flies here on the coast.  I might feel differently if I still had to crunch through drifts of their smelly corpses every year. Instead I can sit outside as the sun sets over the mountains and and enjoy nostalgic memories of Ontario summers without having to pick one fish fly out of my hair.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Legendary Doughnuts

The clouds may be rolling in, but my day just got brighter.  Look what Hubby brought home from work.  Bigfoot twins!

Would multiple bigfoot be bigfeet?  Bigfoots? 

Such incredible deliciousness in such small bags.  The Maple Cruller is already gone.  I don't imagine the Cherry Cheesecake brioche will be around much longer.

Wishing you a relaxing, delicious holiday. 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Out to Lunch

I took the photos below one work-day last week.  I'm so grateful to have a selection of beautiful spots for relaxing strolls on stressful days.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Marvellous Marvin Monday

My sister chose this picture because she thinks it looks like Marvin has me trapped in a box.  She thinks he's saying, "You think it's cute and funny when I'm in a box and you close the lid and hold it shut. Well, payback is a _itch mommy." 

That actually sounds like something my sister would do!  

Besides, we only shut  Marvin in a box when we take him in his carrier to the vet.  That's traumatic enough for all of us.  

Marvin is actually checking out the box that contained his new cat-tree.

We both agree Marvin is a very spoiled cat.

If this isn't enough Marvin for you, you can follow him on Instagram.  He's @marvinmeowmeow.  

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Exhausted and Board

First week back to work.  I'm exhausted, but I expected that.  I also expected that my job would be different. I didn't expect that we'd have to figure out so much on the fly.  It's physically and mentally draining.  I'm so glad I prepped meals last week.  

This week I'm back to planning meals.  There are holes in the plan for the upcoming week.  That's OK.  Not only has my job changed, but my schedule has changed.  I'm not quite sure how everything will fit together.  I'll receive my groceries and my veggies tomorrow.  Once I see what I have I can fill in the holes for the rest of the week.

I'm relying heavily on prepared foods and simple recipes.  There's even hot dogs on the menu.  I haven't bought hot dogs in years, but they're simple and they remind me of past cookouts  By Wednesday I'm going to need something to remind me that there was a time when we weren't planning our lives around a pandemic.

Bean and cheese quesadillas will be my go-to lunch for a while.  Our staff room can only accommodate one person when we have to physical distance.  I've decided that it's easier to head out on my break. Quesadillas keep well in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack.  And, when the weather is too wet to head to the park, they're easy to eat in my car.

I've also decided to use two dry-erase boards for meal-planning.  I think I'll be better able avoid food waste if I start planning next week as we use up things in the fridge this week. 

This week's recipes:

Chickpea curry: A cross between this recipe and the chickpea curry in Stephanie Kay's 5-ingredient cookbook.  The two recipes combined in a stove-top version should use up a few odds and ends in the fridge.

Beet pesto:  Made during last week's kitchen frenzy.  I don't think I mentioned that I used sunflower seeds instead of almonds.  Initial tastes while prepping were good.  Looking forward to trying it in a meal.  Pink pasta!

Sloppy Joes:  There are still a few jars of this in the freezer from the last batch I made.  We'll serve it on buns from my favourite bakery.  I love their hamburger buns.  I buy them and freeze them when they have them.

Chicken fajita salad:  I'll do a variation of this recipe.  I like that the same recipe is used for the marinade and the dressing.  The fewer steps the better!  I know I won't make it exactly as written, because I won't have chicken thighs, avocado or cilantro in the house.

(*Note:  I don't get anything for the links above.  They're there for your information.  Hope you find them useful.)