Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Weekend Recap

It is always nice to have a long weekend and we enjoyed ours!  On Friday I left work early and then went to get E from the YMCA (no school that day).  We went to Costco...

...and then to the Halloween store.  E is not going to be Pokemon but he always enjoys seeing what the different costumes are.

Q did some relaxing with me on the couch when we got home before we had dinner. 

And then it was movie night!! 

This week we watched How to Train Your Dragon 4, with the neighbour boys and Papa.

The next morning we were up early, no sleeping in for this guy.  And he was happy to get dressed and go downstairs. 

I headed out early to get the remaining items for Thanksgiving, and I wanted to beat the crowds.  It was great, I didn't have to wait in line anywhere and got everything I needed. 

The boys all went for a run (E biked) and I started baking the pies.  I also put together the stuffing, and cooked the mashed carrots and turnip so I would only have to warm it up the next day.

Around 2:00 I realized it would be a good idea to go for a run.  I was not fast but it was great being out there.  I took Dave's watch.

When I got back Dave and his dad walked up the street to buy a few things, including some bouquets of flowers. 

And one of E's school friends came over.  We ordered pizza for supper and had ice cream sundaes. 

Q was up early again on Sunday morning.

I took Q to church while E and Dave met up with some of E's friends at Centennial Park to do a practice of the cross country course. E's next race is on Wednesday. 

After church it was time for Thanksgiving Dinner prep.  Turkey went into the oven shortly after 12:00 and then I started getting the rest of the vegetables ready.  E was drafted to make place cards for everyone.   He did a great job and personalized them all.  Meanwhile Dave cleaned the house.

And put together a cheese board.

Awake and ready for our guests to arrive.

E and I also made a runner for the table with leaf tracings.  We managed to fit all 10 people around the table. 

Turkey was done around 4:00 so I got it out of the oven...

...and wrapped it in tin foil and towels to let it rest and keep it warm.  Having the turkey done ahead of time is great.  It should sit for a bit anyway and it frees up the oven for the vegetables. 

Our spread of food!

Everyone lined up, filling the plates.

My plate :)

And then dessert of course - pumpkin pie, apple pie, brownies and lemon tarts

Phew, it was all so good (if I do say so myself), but I definitely had too much to eat. 

On Monday morning Dave left early to go to Florida for work.  The rest of us headed to Mount Nemo for a hike.  Dave's dad was going home that day, but since we picked a trail on the west side, he hiked with us and then continued on to Sarnia after that. 

The colours were fabulous!  And we went at the right time, it was starting to get pretty busy but we enjoyed most of the trail without seeing many people.

Q did not want a photo at this point.

This view!!

This is the real life version of Sagrada Familia.  The light coming through the tall trees is what Gaudí was trying to capture. 

After our hike we had a quick visit with some friends in Burlington and went home. Q had a nice long nap, E played with a friend, and I did a bunch of laundry.  A successful holiday Monday.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you are all enjoying this long weekend, filled with good food, family and friends.

Also if you know who you're voting for - get out and take advantage of the advance polls!!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Friday Favourites

Was this the longest week ever, or was that just me?  I can't believe I still have to go to work today!  E has the day off though, and I will likely try to leave work early and pick him up from the YMCA early too.  

Last week I wrote about things I'd like to start doing that could help the environment, no matter how humble they are.  In that post I asked how one would freeze meat without using plastic.  Well I figured it out.  I bought some large reusable zipper bags (like the photo below, but larger), and I plan to wrap the meat in parchment paper and then place it in the bag to freeze it, simple! 

Yesterday I said I would tell a story about Peter Mansbridge's podcast, The Bridge.  I have been listening faithfully since it began and last week I thought I would write in with a question, and on last Friday's episode he read it!! I was so excited! My question was about how Canada thinks of itself vs. who we may be elected Prime Minster (I know we don't technically elect the PM, but that's just semantics).  I like to think our country is fairly (small l) liberal, open to different ways of life, progressive, etc. but I do live in (big l) Liberal Toronto so that's just my view.  But if people are not going to vote for the Liberal Party just because they are sick of Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer winds up PM, then what does that actually say about us? I wrote it much more eloquently, and it was more of a stream of consciousness rather than a question for Peter, but he said it was interesting and that he would the to think more about it.
(Peter as "Peter Moosebridge" in Zootopia)

Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you all have some yummy food and if you feel like you've indulged too much, just start the healthy eating again on Tuesday, no real harm done :)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

10 on the 10th

The prompt for today's post is favourite books/movies/podcasts/shows.  I decided to break it down to two of each of those things along with a bonus, Twitter follows.  Twitter is another source of my entertainment and keeps with the media type theme.  It's kind of hard to choose favourites of anything, so I consider them ones that I are top of mind and that I would rank high on any list (if ranking is possible).

1. The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald.  I have this book on my shelf but I have never been able to read it again, it is too heartbreaking and I never feel like being that depressed again.  That being said, it is a beautifully written book and deserves a read.  Maybe someday I'll pick it up again.

3. Almost Famous - I have been listening to this soundtrack and want to watch this one again soon.  So many great things in this movie. 
4. The Social Network - This is a movie that I could watch anytime. 

5. The Bridge - Peter Mansbridge's Election podcast. Check back here tomorrow when I will tell you my personal connection to this podcast.
6. Armchair Expert - This is Dax Shepherd's podcast and I will download a couple of episodes to listen to on the subway when I am between books. 

7. The Office - This is a standard that we have been rewatching and I'm now realizing just how good it was. 
8. Downton Abbey - I've watched this series twice and can't wait to see the movie.  Hopefully I can get to see it while it is still in theatres. 

Twitter Follows
9. @jodiesjumpsuit - West Toronto mom with lots of insightful and funny comments about current events. (that is a terribly underwhelming description, just trust me on it)
10. @gabrielleunion - I always liked her as an actress and now she's married to Dwayne Wade (he did well!).  She also retweets some great content.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Let's Look Wednesday

Today we are looking at our yummy fall recipes.

With Thanksgiving coming up this weekend, I thought I would tell you about what I plan to make since this is the hallmark of our fall eating:

Turkey, of course.  I will make some herbed butter and put it under the skin.  I also like to put stuffing in the turkey.  And we usually have extra stuffing so I do some in a separate dish on the side, but it's never as good as the stuff in the bird.
Mashed Potatoes.  Whipped with butter and cream.  
Roasted carrots and parsnips.
Brussel sprouts.
Cranberry sauce.
Apple pie, pumpkin pie and some other dessert. 

I already made the gravy and cranberry sauce and they are hanging out in the freezer until the weekend.  

Last year I did a healthier pared down version of Thanksgiving (see here) and it was good too, but this year will be back to the traditional dinner since we will be hosting Dave's family.

 Other popular fall meals we like around here are:

We also use many of Shay's recipes for special events:
Crunchy Beef and Mac for the first day of school

Look back at my posts in this series:

Linking up with Shay and Erika.