Friday, 3 July 2015

Canada Day, and it's Friday!

It's Friday!  Which is weird, because yesterday felt like a Monday.  We celebrated Canada Day on Wednesday and it was odd taking a day off mid-week, rather than enjoying a long weekend.  

It ended up being a lazy kind of day, but we did venture down to the lake for fireworks.

I have my own little collection of Canadiana here.

We plan to go strawberry picking this weekend, so I've been pinning all things strawberry to this pinboard.

Check this list of 35 Food Markets Around The World To Put On Your Travel Bucket List. Toronto's St Lawrence Market is at the top of the list, so I think we should go.

I have limes and I have coconut.  I need to make this Coconut Lime Bread.

And hello, Campfire Baked Bananas, yes please!

I love sprouts on a sandwich.  How about growing your own?

This S'mores Chocolate Tart looks positively decadent.

Painted rocks.  I can't explain why I'm so taken with these.

Do you eat microwave popcorn?  Ditch that bag of chemicals and try this instead.

And these Blueberry Vanilla Greek Yogurt Granola Bars look like something I need to make.  Mystery of the yogurt coating solved.

Finally, for your entertainment, a beer fridge, Canada style:

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Cheesy Chicken Spinach Enchiladas in Jalapeño Cream Sauce

I have made these three times in the past month.  Cheesy Chicken Spinach Enchiladas in Jalapeño Cream Sauce.  

Chicken, onion, spinach, and cheese, all rolled up on soft tortilla shells and baked under a smooth and spicy jalapeño cream sauce.

So easy, and oh so good.  Saute onions and wilt spinach.

Shred some cooked chicken.

Stir together.

Shred cheese.

Stir some more.

  Roll up in a tortilla shell.

Smother in a creamy jalapeño sauce.

Bake and eat.

Cheesy Chicken Spinach Enchiladas in Jalapeño Cream Sauce

3 chicken breasts
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp oil
1 tbsp butter
1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced
1 10 ounce bag of baby spinach
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tbsp minced pickled jalapeño pepper

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar or monterey jack, or a combination of both

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tbsp pickled  jalapeño pepper
6 ounces cream cheese
salt and pepper to taste

8-12 large flour tortillas

Start with seasoning and cooking your chicken.  I have microwave steamed my chicken breasts, and I've cooked them in a pan on the stove top.  Do whatever works best for you.  You could even use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store if it's easier for you.  Chop/shred your cooked chicken and set aside.

Grease a casserole dish and preheat oven to 350°F.

Melt oil and butter together in a large pan and add onion.  Cook until soft and translucent.  Add spinach, garlic, and jalapeño.  Cook until spinach is wilted.  Remove from heat.  Add chicken and shredded cheese, stir to combine.

In a blender, puree cream and jalapeño peppers.  Pour mixture into a medium saucepan along with cream cheese and stir over medium heat until cream cheese is melted.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon filling onto tortilla shells and roll closed.  Place seam side down in casserole dish and cover in sauce.  I end up with anywhere between 8-12 filled tortillas, depending on how much I fill them. 

Place foil over casserole dish and bake for 15-20 minutes until heated through.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Seeing the Good

Sometimes it takes something drastic to help one re-evaluate their priorities.  A hospital stay is a hard thing for a work-a-holic, but pneumonia is a better diagnosis than a heart attack, and a forced week off of work is a great way to take stock and create a new plan going forward.

Less working, more living.

It's all about the silver lining.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Photo a Day - Summer Bucket List

We said hello to summer with some Father's Day golf.

Gifts for Dad.  Lunch with Grandparents.  

And another attempt at furniture shopping, which somehow led us to Legoland and Bass Pro Shops.   When your kids ask to go furniture shopping with you, say no.

The high school kids wrapped up their final exams today.  Two more days of elementary school left, and a high school graduation ceremony on Thursday.  Then they'll have more than two months to go before they're back to school.

After feeling guilt and disappointment over last summer's lack of activity, I've put together a bucket list for the next couple of months.  Summer holidays are all about taking a break and relaxing, I get that, but I want to do a better job of planning family outings, while accepting that not ALL of the kids will be able to join us ALL of the time... something I still struggle with, and one of the many tough things about watching your kids grow up.

Almost everything on the list can be done in a day or over a weekend, and is within a couple of hours driving time.

Striving for more, but lowering my expectations.  Hopefully a recipe for memorable summer.

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Friday, 19 June 2015

Friday, it's Friday!

This just about sums it up.  Lately I've been a conflicted mess.  So many things running around in my head that I want to do.  Long hours spent at work.  Coming home and wanting to do it all, and nothing, at the same time.  Is that weird?

I need to organise my linen closet.

I want to make this Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce.  We still have an untouched bottle of Kentucky Bourbon in the cupboard from our trip last summer.

I think we need to change up taco night next week with these Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos.

This Mediterranean Tuna Salad would make a perfect sandwich, and this Tuna Dip looks amazing, but is my love for tuna a good thing?  According to this article, maybe not.

After our furniture outing last weekend, I seem to have caught a bit of a decorating bug.  Check out this Teen Boy's Bedroom.

I want to try making my own ice cream.  These no churn ice cream recipes look perfect.  So do these Key Lime Ice Cream Sandwiches.

And these make your own Dessert Pizzas need to happen!

I need a planner.  Like this Free Printable 2016 Planner.  Despite all the technology that surrounds me, I'm still a pen and paper girl at heart.

Sunday is Father's Day.  Here's a quick and easy craft if you're scrambling for something at the last minute.  

Not that I know what that's like or anything.

Happy weekend all!

Cuddle Fairy

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Photo a Day

The rain that they forecast for prom arrived... and it didn't let up.  Torrential downpours all day.  Thankfully a local garden centre allowed us to use their greenhouses for photos.  I haven't uploaded my camera photos yet, but I did snap a few with my phone.

There were plenty of floral displays to use as backdrops.  And I was really impressed with myself for managing to capture the 'checkout' sign in the background.

Prom was the fun and memorable event that everyone hoped for.  And the kids all survived the traditional, weekend long, after prom.  It's nerve wracking to send your kids off to a two day, unsupervised party... especially when chances are good that the stories they come back with won't necessarily be the kind of stories you want to hear.  Four down, two to go.

While they partied, we furniture shopped.  Well, window shopped.  We haven't bought new furniture in years, but the kids are outgrowing their single beds and we're looking to see what's out there in the way of full size beds with built in storage.  

Didn't find anything I loved, but came away with some ideas.  Like dinosaurs for our Jurassic World crazed youngest.  Could you sleep with something like this looking at you?

A few other things caught my eye.  We don't have a dining set in our kitchen, we just sit at the island or in the dining room, but I've wanted to put something in that space since we moved in over two years ago.  Like this set, made out of mango wood, which I've never even heard of.  I love that the finished surfaces come pre-gouged.  There's probably a better term for this, something that anyone who knows anything about furniture would know.  All I know is that the first dent or scratch will just blend right in.  Awesome.

And this.  Cool piece, yes?

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