Saturday at last

November 29, 2008

Well, Friday was ok too!

We had my sister over for dinner and she and Graham were both already home when I got home. They were starting dinner – pasta with shrimp in a vodka sauce. I made the salad – easy job!

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Sorry for the poor photo. I think I was already a little tipsy (vodka cocktail and glass of wine… second one to follow). It was a tasty, excellent meal. 

For dessert, Graham picked up his favourite cakes – a piece of dobos (a Hungarian cake) and a St. Honore. I had a small piece of dobos.

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I fell asleep on the sofa pretty early – very uneventful night!

This morning, we had waffles!

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I had another half. 🙂

We went out for some errands this morning, did a few jobs, etc…

For lunch, I had two little sandwiches: both BLTs.

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We’re sort of having a quiet day, which is nice considering the past few Saturdays!

Hope you’re relaxing today, too!

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‘Twas the day before Friday…

November 20, 2008

Happy Thursday, everyone! This was the scene in Mississauga today…

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Quite a nice morning! I had the doctor at 9:15 [who sent me for an x-ray and told me to see a physio for my hip] and the dentist at 11 [just a cleaning]. I high-tailed it back to the apartment to work from home for the afternoon.

Here was my lunch…

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That’s 1/2 c. oatmeal with 1/2 c. milk, 1/2 c. water. 1/2 a banana mixed in with cinnamon and walnuts, then peanut butter on top. The verdict? Not my favourite! Couldn’t finish it, to be honest. I found it too sweet with the PB, I think. I’m not sure I’m really able to eat oats anymore…

Sidenote: Sarah tends to eat things so often that she gets sick of them. And then cannot eat them anymore. This happened with peanut butter in high school. This happened with Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar oatmeal during the first two years of university. This now has happened with oats/banana/cinnamon combination after eating that nearly everyday last year, from about September to May.

It pains me to say this, since Tina, Kath and Rose – all well known for their love of oats – all adore the oats and PB combo. Just not for me, I say!

My afternoon went ok… had the snow tires put on, read some of my book. Oh yeah, worked too! I snacked on crackers and some w.w. chips throughout the afternoon – not too much, though. Before I knew it, it was 7:35. I made a quick, if slightly less than satisfying, dinner…

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And then, the most satisfying part of the meal…

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So satisfying, I might have had a 2nd (smaller!) bowl.

Now, I am mid-way through CSI, tea in hand. I wanted to get a good post in before it got too late and I got too lazy.

The plan for the weekend? Graham comes home tomorrow – yay! We are going up to the cottage Saturday – Sunday. It’s supposed to be -6 in Huntsville. The cabin is heated by wood stove. BRRR!

What about you? Any great weekend plans? I hope so!

Night night!


Title…?

October 26, 2008

I don’t know what to call this post! Normally I can think of the name right away, but today I am at a loss…

This afternoon, we went out to Mississauga and saw my mum & sister and Graham’s mum, sister & baby. The most eventful part of our afternoon was when we rescued a dog from the middle of the road! After awhile, Graham was able to pick it up and as I drove the car back to my parents and he walked there so we could use the phone, he came across a dog walker who knew this dog – he was able to return it. But… they weren’t even grateful! He said they were weird. If my dog got out, I would be so grateful!!!

We then ran into our friend’s parents at the grocery store and it was nice catching up with them. 

For dinner, I made the sausage pasta recipe from Food & Drink. Should link back to the recipe, but I am too lazy…

Oh, here’s my next project…

Graham’s sister has all this amazing fabric, so I’m going to make an ottoman slipcover. Stay tuned!

Happy Sunday night…!


Pasta, day 2

October 7, 2008

Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a great day today. Graham and I were off to Running Room, so that’s why I made tonight’s dinner last night. It was pasta two nights in a row, but that’s ok. 

Food & Drink is the LCBO’s magazine – the liquor commission in Ontario. It comes out four times a year, I think, and has really great recipes. Lots of them are fairly “fancy”, so better for entertaining. Graham saw this recipe and wanted to try it – it’s super easy for a weeknight.

Spicy Sausage and Fennel Rigatoni
Food & Drink Autumn 2008

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped 
4 italian sausages, hot, mild or a combo
1/2 small fennel bulb
2 garlic gloves, minced
1/2 tsp fennel seeds (optional) – I didn’t use any
1/2 c red wine
One 796mL can plum tomatoes
One 454g pkg rigatoni
Grated parmesan

1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large wide saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute a couple of minutes. Split open sausage casings and scrape out meat and add to pan. Using a fork, stir continuously, to break up meat until nearly cooked. Add fennel, garlic and fennel seeds. Cook a couple of minutes then add wine. Boil until wine is nearly evaporated, then add plum tomatoes. Smash with a potato masher to break up tomatoes. Simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
2. While sauce is simmering, add pasta to boiling water and cook following package directions. Drain. Top pasta with sauce. Serve with parmesan.

My verdict? Next time I would break the sausage into smaller pieces. But overall, the taste was excellent! I love fennel, so this dish really worked for me.

I’m catching up on my Google Reader and Graham is on his computer, too.

Tomorrow night I am off to Sound of Music with my sister, so I will either post late, or Thursday morning. See you!

Edited to add: Just clicked over to Kath’s post to see that they also had pasta! Seems like it’s a pasta night all around!


Back at it

October 6, 2008

Work, that is! But, I have more interesting things to show and talk about!

I thought I looked particularly nice at work today, so I tried to take a self-portrait. Considering we don’t have a full-length mirror, it was a little hard! But here I am…

Ok, so I don’t think that photo really makes me look good! But ah well, it’s a food diversion!

I wasted a little time on the internet with a muffin…

Then, I made that recipe – the one you see above – from the latest Food & Drink Magazine from the LCBO. We’re having that tomorrow night, so stay tuned!

Graham came home and we debated going out for a few errands, but instead we looked at my new sewing machine. Ta da!

When my Grandma moved from Montreal to Calgary this summer, she was going to throw this out. I saved it! She is slightly crazy, though, and had thrown away the cord, so I went to the Singer store near us and got a new (well, used, and costly!) cord. Graham and I were looking at it, and realized that I also need a piece for the bobbin. I guess that’s next to get. My top upcoming projects are a deep purple velvet cover for the ottoman and curtains for the bedroom. I’ll keep you posted!

Next, it was on to dinner. I had seen Spinach Florentine Pasta on Kath’s blog and wanted to have that. I bought goat cheese on sale, so it was the perfect meal!

Very tasty! I think next time, I would defrost the spinach and squeeze out some of the water. It was too liquid-y, and I think that would help. I would also have something on the side or maybe include chicken? But, Graham enjoyed it, and that’s the true test when I experiment!

Am taking a little time for some Dancing with the Stars and blog reading and will have a little desert soon!

And finally… our three little pumpkins!


Short, but sweet

September 26, 2008

So, since I posted earlier… I didn’t run. I did some ironing and started some baking. Graham came home and we chatted and hung around, while waiting for the first peach bread to finish. Then we went to the store and got the ingredients for diner – shrimp pasta.

Then, while taking the second peach bread out of the oven, I decided it was a good time for dessert…

AND…

(Sorry for the blurry pictures :()

So, no more for me tonight! That was more than enough. I am totally feeling guilty for not running, too. I had plenty of time and it would have cleared my head. Plus… tomorrow is Graham’s nephew’s 4th birthday, so that means cake, barbeque, etc. My mum is also coming to breakfast – I think we will have waffles. We have to get up pretty early, considering that she’ll be here at 8:30, and we want to run first. Yikes, seems like a tall order!

Hope you’re having a great Friday night! 🙂


Tasty dinner!

September 6, 2008

I know I just posted, but here I am again! We had a quick, but really tasty dinner! Graham made pasta with the squid from the market today. We had a simple salad – lettuce, leftover asparagus, muenster cheese, with Newman’s Own Lime dressing.

Graham said to make sure I write the reason that we are using fish cutlery – his grandmother gave them to us last weekend when we were in Winnipeg, and he wanted to use them tonight. He is obviously concerned with what you’re thinking! 😉

I think I may have a small piece of cake, with tea, later. I am watching tennis right now (Nadal and Murray from earlier) – it’s nice to relax!

We’ll be doing 13k tomorrow, so see you after that!