Where were we…

December 7, 2008

I had a great day yesterday – haircut, hanging out at my parents’ with our dog, getting a few small things (soap dispenser, wrapping paper)…

Graham was in town around 5:45 and we headed to the party soon after. What a fun night!!! So much laughing, good food and amazing friends.

We had somewhat of a lazy morning today. Here was breakfast…

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And then maybe another half 🙂

Here was today’s advent gift… the package on the back!

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Holiday muffin papers! Thank you Santa! 🙂

Graham and I went to his parents’ to lunch, then to get our tree!

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Graham went back to Sarnia, so I was on my own with the tree. I felt like I was smuggling a dead body into the building… I don’t know if we are allowed a real tree, so it was a little dicy. I only saw one person from the car to the door – the son of a neighbour. 

I won’t photograph the tree yet, because we don’t have any ornaments up. We’ll decorate it when Graham’s home. 

The evening’s been quiet – 5.1 mile run, quick trip to Canadian Tire, dinner, laundry, Amazing Race, shortbread cookies.

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Sorry for the blur. That’s meatloaf that we made on the cooking spree weekend and froze, as well as sweet potato and raw veggie salad.

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Guess that’s all for now. Hope you had a great weekend too!


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!


Sunday evening, again

November 16, 2008

I’m back! Wow, it’s been a busy few days

Friday
Got home from work and started on my ottoman project. I cut the fabric and pinned it to size. Graham called to say he would be late, so I had a snack to tide me over.

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Yum! Also had some w.w. chips.

I ran to the store for dinner and then Graham was home sometime around 8.

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It was catfish with a lemon sauce – yum! I had a second roll and bought Graham the potato wedges from the prepared foods counter at Loblaws.

Saturday
Graham slept in til about 9:30 and when he got up, we had waffles…

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 I did have the other half of the banana too.

We’d decided to make a bunch of freezer meals, so that Graham doesn’t have to do much cooking during the week. After deciding on our recipes, we went down to the St. Lawrence Market to get the meat. You can get cuts there not found at the grocery store, for great prices. We got chuck and pork chops. We had to go to Longo’s too, for the rest.

Once home, we set about cooking! Because of the christening today, we had to run to Yorkdale for the gift. Wow, what a production that was. A half-hour just to get out of the parking lot. It was insane. We had friends coming for dinner and still had stuff to do!

In the end, we got it all done and had a great meal – bourguinon, salad, bread, wine. Great food and even better company. Sorry, no photos!

We had to resume our cooking once they left. Here is what we made:

 

  • Beef Bourguignon (12 meals, but ate 4)
  • Braised Chicken (8 meals)
  • Meat Loaf (8 meals)
  • Tuna Casserole (8 meals)
  • Butternut Squash Soup (6 meals)
  • Pork Chops (* did not cook, but will make 6 meals)

 

That’s 48 meals! Ay ay aye, lots of cooking! But, it went well and now we have lots of tasty food. In terms of cost, we spent about $160 for everything, plus a bunch of other needed items, like oatmeal, fruit and veggies, hors d’oeuvres for dinner, etc… We think it breaks out to an average of less than $3 a meal.

Sunday
Up at 7:30 this morning… Graham’s nephew was being christened today and he is the godfather! We had french toast for breakfast, with left over french bread from last night.

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 After church, about 20 family and friends were back at Graham’s parents’ house for lunch. I had a ham and swiss sandwich on a w.w. roll, a few pieces of smoked salmon and some desserts. 

After Graham’s parents’, we went to my parents’ house. We hung out with my sister a little, did some Wii Fit, then chatted with my mum when she came back from shopping. 

Around 5:45, we each went our separate ways – me back to the apartment, Graham to Sarnia. I have laundry in right now and will catch up on my blog reading. I’ve got Lipstick Jungle and Amazing Race also on the agenda tonight. I’m a little sad and wish we could be together – especially after a jam-packed weekend… 😦


Pear-ific

October 26, 2008

Happy Sunday!

But, back to yesterday first… we had a very productive afternoon at home (cleaned a little, put summer clothes in storage and got out the winter stuff, etc…) before Graham’s old roommate and his girlfriend came over, and Graham’s mum too. She was coming to drop some things off and they happened to all arrive at the same time. Graham’s mum and his old roommate get along really well, so we all chatted for awhile. I made these muffins for them to take on their car ride back to Ottawa…

We have tonnes of pears to use up and Graham’s mum bought more! I really liked the fact that the pear was grated – every bite tasted so good, and it’s a nice change from chunks. I did half all-purpose and half whole-wheat flour, which was a great combo. Everyone thought they were tasty. We gave them some to take in the car, too.

Next it was on to dinner. The four of us went to Swiss Chalet – quick, tasty and reasonable. We had a really nice time, chatting and laughing. They needed to get back to Ottawa, so we were home around 9. I watched Lipstick Jungle (love, love, love the characters on that show!) and Graham looked up Land Rovers on the internet all night.

Now, today. We had… waffles with pears for breakfast. Yup, gotta use up those pears!

I put the caramelized pears on my plate after the photo. I also had an extra quarter.

Graham’s just getting showered and ready for the day now (wrote a really long email to his friend in Belgium), so I’m blogging and watching Thursday’s episode of CSI. We might go visit our mothers this afternoon (dads are both busy, so mothers are alone… we are good kids, aren’t we?!?) or might also go for a hike. The weather forecast does say it’s going to rain, though…

Anyway, hope you have a great Sunday! See you later!


Happy Thanksgiving!

October 13, 2008

Hope everyone is having a great long weekend!

Saturday

I went for a really fast run right after waking up, and then we had breakfast. I love waffles! Such a nice weekend breakfast.

Took us awhile, but we finally got up north. The traffic was brutal, and we also had to make a stop. We tried to get out campsite reserved, but the Parks person had gone for lunch. We had our lunch in the parking lot!

This is “cheese concoction” – Graham’s dad’s favourite lunch. It’s sour cream and feta, with herbs like chives or parsley. We had some multigrain Tostitos too.

Here are some scenery shots…

On to dinner. That’s why we made chili and pear-cranberry crisp the night before – so that we could have a tasty meal while camping!

Cool, eh? We actually ended up moving the pot down closer into the fire, but it was cute how he rigged it up.

I had broccoli too, but ate it all before the chili. That’s what the little green flecks are.

We ate the crisp right from the pot. 🙂

Sunday

It was so cold when we woke up and I’d been needing to go to the bathroom all night… miserable!

We got everything cleaned up, ate first, then motored back to the marina. 

Graham’s parents drove up and we helped them to get the boat ready for winter. We left the marina around 2:30 and headed for home.

Last night was dinner with my parents, grandparents, sister and her bf.

Half the family at the table. I don’t think my grandfather will be reading Hare and Tortoise anytime soon, so he won’t see his photo! We had a very tasty dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, peas, carrots, stuffing and gravy. For dessert, we had a crisp and pumpkin-chocolate torte, courtesy of my mother and my sister, respectively. Dinner was so good, but I was really full after. Over-ate for sure. Probably didn’t help that I also ate some lime Tostitos before dinner, as well as some candy. Ayayaye!

Monday

So, that brings us to today! We are going to Graham’s parents’ house for lunch with everyone. His dad and his sister’s family (the one with the 4 month old) are going to Czech Republic tonight for a week, so that’s why we’re having lunch. I still feel full from yesterday!

For breakfast, we went light today.

Just felt like instant oatmeal, for speed and lightness. Hopefully I will be hungry by noon!

Sorry for the monster post! I will report back tonight with the rest of the day’s activities. See you then!


New friend

September 27, 2008

We were up bright and early this morning… 7:30 to be exact! I convinced Graham to get out of bed and we did a quick 5k. We were home with just enough time to shower before my mum came over for breakfast and brought us this:

Again, sorry for the slight blur! I am still experimenting with the macro setting!

And, sorry for no food photos… but we had waffles with blueberries and raspberries, yogurt and syrup, coffee and tea – depending on preferences! My dad went to the opening of the new Apple store near us, so he dropped my mum and then picked her up. We had a really nice time chatting. It’s now 10:30, the kitchen is clean, the peach bread is cut to take to Graham’s sisters and his parents. Next I have to wrap the birthday gift and then we will head off soon for the birthday party. It’s too bad the weather is poor, because it was supposed to be outside… ah well, kids are hearty, I guess! More so than adults…

I’ll try to snap some birthday pictures. See you later!!