Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Book Club - Hunger by Roxane Gay



"There's no shelter or safety or escape from the cruel stares and comments, the too-small seats, the too-small everything for your too-big body." 

"Even the happiest moments of my life are overshadowed by my body and how it doesn't fit anywhere." 

 "I am as healed as I am ever going to be."


For Adult Summer Reading Club- Autobiography or Memoir

Sunday, August 20, 2017

So toast

I am slowly wrapping up my cookbook review/shelf purge I started in the summer of 2015.  I've cooked from more than 130 books, gotten rid of close to 100 more, and I'm glad to be almost done.
I'd like to go back to some of the ones that I've reviewed and cook more from them.  And I need to get the shelf a little more bare than it already is - eventually the room that the bookshelf is in will become The Girl's room, and the bookcase might stay for her to use, so I will have to find a home for all the books elsewhere in the house. So fewer books would definitely be easier.

I have gone back to Chrissy Teigen's book a couple of times since I wrote about it on Instagram, and made a couple more dishes.  One was the Cinnamon Toast/Dark Chocolate, and whoa, it was so good.  I had previously made her Salted Peanut Butter/Carmel/Grapes toast which was also amaze.
This set me off on a few days of toasting it up -


This one was boring, but we had bread that needed to be eaten.  Mozza, a sprinkle of salt, and some hot sauce.


The aforementioned CT toast - she makes a butter/sugar/cinnamon spread for the toast.  I had some cinnamon and sugar already mixed together leftover from baking, so I used that.  The combo with chocolate is unreal.


This one is super ugly, but brie cheese is not a pretty melter.  I made this at work - toast with a microwaved scrambled egg, ham and brie cheese, finished with cayenne pepper.


The standard avocado toast, eaten by The Mister and me whenever we buy a bag of avocados and suddenly the kids no longer like avocados, so we have to eat large amounts of avocado toast to try to use them up before they go bad but we never do.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sunday Dinner - Chicken Poppers, Green Beans and Homemade Ice Cream

The hot weather lately has turned Sunday Dinners into mostly no cook affairs -salads, raw veggies, breads, maybe some rotisserie chicken or sliced meat.

I am NOT in any way looking forward to Fall or Winter, and this Summer has somewhat completely sucked and cooking has fallen by the wayside, along with most things representing an orderly life.

I managed to pull it together long enough to make a tasty Sunday dinner of chicken, green beans, fried potatos and ice cream for dessert.

I've had my eye on these sweet potato chicken poppers and they were easy and delicious.  Even The Girl liked them, and the list of food that she likes is very short.

These  Chinese dry fried green beans were also tasty and after we convinced The Boy to try them because green veggies rock, he ate a big helping.

For dessert I attempted to cross something off my mighty life list - make ice cream at home.  When I added this to my list I assumed that one day I would buy an ice cream maker, but that most likely won't ever happen.  I'd seen a few posts this summer about 2 ingredient ice cream that doesn't require an ice cream maker.  You mix a can of condensed milk with whipped cream and freeze it. 
I added some vanilla and a pinch of salt, and mixed in some raspberries from the backyard.  There weren't quite as many berries to pick as I'd hoped, so it wasn't as rasperry-ish as I'd hoped.  The recipe said it would be ready to eat in 5 to 6 hours, and when I checked it right before bedtime at hour 5 it was too soupy to be eaten, so we had to wait until the next night to try it. 

Honestly, it was ok, but I don't know that I would make it again.  Most of it is still sitting in the freezer, and I'm guessing I'll be tossing it out soon. 










Friday, August 18, 2017

Book Club - Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro



"The worst thing, I gathered, the worst thing that could happen in this life was to have people laughing at you."

"She believed in burglars."

"Well groomed girls frightened me to death.  I didn't like to even go near them, for fear I would be smelly.  I felt there was a radical difference, between them and me, as if we were made of different substances."


Adult Summer Reading Club - A Banned or Challenged Book

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Club - Amulet by Kau Kibuishi


 " But more than that, I wish I knew what to do. I wish I wasn't alone." 
"You're not." 


 Adult Summer Reading Club - Graphic Novel or Comic Book

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Club - Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs



' "....no need to dwell on hypothetical unpleasantries..." '

' "Doubt is the pinprick in the life raft." '

' "My brothers taught me a hard lesson.  No one can hurt you as badly as the people you love." '


Adult Summer Reading Club - Young Adult/Juvenile

Monday, August 14, 2017

Snapshot - Week 32 2017


It's been a tough summer, with the fires and smoke and some other stuff going on.  It was so nice to see the smoke clear and to get out for a walk with these weasels. 

Rocky Road Peanut Clusters

I made these last month for a co-workers birthday.  It was too hot to use the oven and I just love the classic chocolate-butterscotch combination.


It doesn't quite beat out my family favorite Peanut Noodle Things, but the marshmallows are fun and I am super addicted to peanuts right now, so there's that too.  
These store well in the fridge, if you make a triple batch, like I did.....

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Book Club - Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell


'I shook my head and smiled at him.  He spoke again, slowly this time, and though his words sounded the same as before and meant nothing to me, they now sounded sweet.  They were the sound of a human voice.  There is no sound like this in all the world.'


Adult Summer Reading Club - Something You Read During Adolescence

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Kale Caesar Salad and a trick to revive stale bread

I have a very on again/off again relationship with kale.  I go crazy for it for a while, with one or two recipes, then get tired of it because I'm only making one or two recipes so I take a break, and then I remember how good it is and crave it all over again.

The kale at the market looked so good I just had to buy a bag, and then on Instagram I saw someones photo of a kale caesar salad, and yes.  YESSSSSSSSSSSS.

I didn't have any romaine lettuce at home, only butter, so it wasn't truly a caesar salad, I suppose, but it was delicious.  

Two things I did that made it the most amazing and I will do all the other times are:

First, after you wash and dry and cut your kale, put it in a bowl, and add a small splash of olive oil, and massage it in to the kale, then let it sit for an hour-ish.  This will tenderize the kale a bit so it's not so tough.

Second, make an insanely wonderful dressing like this one from Simply Recipes.  So good.

That same Saturday market, The Mister bought a baguette from one of the bakery stands for Sunday dinner.  We slacked when we got home and didn't wrap it well enough, and Sunday afternoon I realized it was getting stale.  I turned to Google for help and found such an amazing trick from Bon Appetit - basically drench your bread in water and bake it.  I was hesitant to try it - it seems too kooky - but what did I have to lose?  It worked perfectly, of course.  Brilliant.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Club - 'Salem's Lot by Steven King

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"He glanced up at the sky, as if to see the very face of God, but the sky was indifferent."

" 'We must go through bitter waters before we reach the sweet.' "

For the Adult Summer Reading Club - Published in the Decade You Were Born

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Something I Like - Oak Hills Trail

I found Hike Kamloops on Instagram via a friend, and what a great find!  They have put together an amazling list of trails in the area from super easy to tough, with lots of information so you know what to expect.  

We walked the Oak Hills Trail out in Westside for the first time after reading about it on their site.
 


Oh look.  My finger.



It was a great trail for the kids - easy for The Girl to navigate, and enough adventure for The Boy.  We were there for hours and enjoyed every second of it.

Check it out, as well as Hike Kamloops - they are on Instagram and Facebook as well.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Life List - Make a pie with fruit from our garden

Our rhubarb and mint plants are the only things in our garden you can count on to grow - besides the weeds of course.  Every year the rhubarb explodes seemingly overnight and I give away bags and bags of it.  This year I put some in the kitchen at work with a sign that said "Free" and ran away.  Hee.




I have made lots of crisps and crumbles over the years but I rarely make pies because I am not good at making pie dough.  I hate it.  And it hates me.  Thank goodness I picked a pie with only one crust.



This rhubarb crumble pie was pretty tasty, and while I thought it was too lemony, others didn't even taste the lemon.  So there you go.

I also made Nigella's Irish Tarte Tatin which was not my favorite - too doughy.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sunday Dinner - Steak, fixins, Creamed Spinach,and Banana Cake with Penuche Frosting

This was a while back, as I've been slacking on the Sunday Dinner posts lately - it's been so hot here and often by the time I get everything to the table I forget to take a photo and then within days I've forgotten what we even ate....... 

We did a nice steak dinner with baked potatos, sauteed mushrooms, salad, a nice classic steakhouse creamed spinach, and a very nice and very rich banana cake with penuche frosting

These dinners are why none of my clothes fit. 


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Something I Like - El Seven Nite Club featuring Big Sugar



A real gem from the 90's and one of my favorites cd's to this day.  In addition to the great Canadian band Big Sugar, there are beautiful songs by Carl Strygg, Lee Aaron, and the amazing Molly Johnson (the Mister and I saw her play in Calgary before we moved and she was incredible!).

Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Club - Lion by Saroo Brierley



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"We looked at each other for a second longer, and I felt a sharp stab of grief that it could take a mother and son even a few moments to simply recognize each other, and then a rush of joy that we now had."

Adult Summer Reading Club -  Adapted From Or Into A Movie

Monday, July 10, 2017

Ploughman's Lunch

My Boo and I treated ourselves to lunch out and hit Ploughman's Lunch on Victoria Street.  It's a sweet little place with delicious food, and I haven't been there in years, mostly because they don't have french fries. 
But I was back, and while the menu isn't huge, it took a long time to decide what to have.


Crepe?  Ploughman's Lunch?  Panini?  Was that my high school gym teacher over there?  And what is she having?

In the end we both went with savory crepes - I had ham and tomato, and she had turkey and swiss.  We enjoyed them a lot.


Got a nice window table too.

I am looking forward to going back for the Ploughman's Lunch platter - perfect summertime fare.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Book Club - Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs

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"The air smelled of sun-warmed bark and apple buds raring to blossom and get on with life.  Overhead, a million baby leaves danced in the breeze."

Summer Reading Club 2017 - A Genre You Don't Normally Read


Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Cashew Almond Coconut Butter

A while back we were at the bulk store and I bought a little dollop of  bulk pumpkin nut butter.  I took it to work the next day and made some toast and spread it on, and nearly spat the mouthful out.  It was so bitter and awful.  I tossed the rest of the spread.  Soon after I was talking to a co-worker while she made her toast for breakfast and was topping it with some almond butter.  I mentioned my bad experience, and she said she makes her own almond butter every weekend, trying different combinations.  That week was a cinnamon almond butter that she was loving and she told me she'd send me some recipes to try.  She didn't, and because I'm so socially awkward that I couldn't remind her of it, I let it go.
And then, one day The Mister was off to the store to pick up a few things, and I asked him to add some cashews to his list.  I meant roasted and salted ones for eating, but he assumed I needed them for baking, so came home with a bulk bag of raw and unsalted cashews.  I thanked him and tossed them in the cupboard until baking inspiration struck.
AND THEN, one day I came across a Buzzfeed article on making your own nut butters, and one was a cashew butter, and I was like - hey!  I have some!  So I saved the article and the next weekend I was in the kitchen ready to make cashew butter.

I made cashew almond coconut butter and it is good!  I used the recipe as more of a guide, and while it didn't turn out as perfectly as the article's, I was happy.  Of course I am the only one in the family that likes it, but that's nothing new.....


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SOMETHING I FREAKING LOVE: WONDER WOMAN


Oh man, if you haven't seen it yet, you really should.  I loved everything thing about it and cried multiple times.  Kickass movie.  Can't wait to see it again.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Bucket List 2017



Yeah, I know.  Everyone else is whipping theirs out, so why can't I?  My family bucket 
list for the summer, that is.  Get your mind out of the gutter.

This started off as a project for The Boy to work on his printing, but now it's our 
official guide to the summer.  Here's what The Boy came up with:

Go fishing
Go to Sun Peaks
Spend the day outside
Go on a nature walk
Have some family days
Have a no electronics day
Go to Penticton
Have a picnic
Join the library Summer Reading Challenge
Do some art projects
Have a pillow fight
Sleep outside
Go to Davidson Orchards
Go to the museum
Go to the movies
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Added by me -
Go to Music in the Park
Make ice cream

Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Club - Hollow City by Ransom Riggs


"If my body was cold in the night mist, I didn't feel it.  If the sea roared in my ears, I didn't hear it.  If the rock I sat on was sharp and jagged, I hardly noticed.  Everything outside the two of us was a distraction."

"The darkness closed around us."