Feeling the cosy kind of cooking 

It’s been too long now since I’ve posted……..and this recipe is way overdue cause I made it 2 nights ago…… shame on me.  Everyone in the family has been sick now at least twice this season with the common cold and flu and it’s kept me feeling pretty tired and I was almost becoming burned out, I think.  I’m one who almost never gets sick, but this is the first year with Sophia going to school, so I guess that is what changed it.  After all, everyone knows it’s the kids who drag the germs around, lol.

Anyway, with winter approaching, it really makes me crave comfort food all the time.  The last week now, I’ve made soups or some kind of stew almost every night (not that I have a problem with that cause in winter, that’s my fav) but it was time to switch it up so my husband and kids don’t say, “soup again?”

I don’t know when the last time I had eggs for supper was, so frittata came to my mind. It’s a recipe I adapted from www.tinykitchen.org

She calls it jackpot crustless quiche.  It’s one of my favourite recipes to make when I want something hearty and satisfying, but still healthy at the same time and my husband loves it so it’s a win win.

First I start by cooking the bacon and getting it nice and crispy.

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Then once the bacon is done cooking, I drain off pretty much all the grease, cause who wants their food drenched in bacon fat?  Whatever is left in the pan is fine, cause it just adds awesome flavour.  I chopped up about 1/2 a lb of asparagus into 1″ pieces and sautéed that in the same pan.

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Next, I added in the spinach (about half the bag cause once it wilts down, it doesn’t seem like much.)

 

 

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In a bowl, mix up 8 eggs and 3/4 cups of milk.

 

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Salt and pepper and mix 🙂

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To that, I added 1/2 a cup of chopped green onions, a peeled carrot, 5 slices of diced bacon and about half a cup of grated cheese, reserving the other half cup to go on top before putting in the oven.

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Grease a pie plate and pour in the egg mixture and top with the remaining cheese.

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That goes in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  I like this dish a lot cause it’s so speedy to make and everyone loves it.

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I served this with toast and fried tomatoes (YUM), but since it’s a savoury egg dish, it goes well with pretty much any salad, or it’s a complete meal itself cause it’s loaded with veggies!

 

Have a great day everyone!

-lori:)

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Nothing gold can stay 

Fall is in full swing in Alberta now and this time of year always reminds me of how much I enjoy the season.  Time spent doing projects you love, snuggling by the fireplace and of course, bonfires with hot cocoa!  Edmonton can give you a lovely fall, as long as the snow stays away.

We’ve been enjoying a perfect Sunday, starting out with pumpkin spice lattes this morning and then pumpkin pancakes, with a recipe I found on Pinterest.  They turned out so fluffy and tasted just like pumpkin pie.  Charles loved them, since pumpkin pie is his favourite dessert.

All our leaves have turned and these are just a few of them that Sophia and Ava gathered.  I thought they were so pretty, so we tried drying them.

I’ve been working on some projects this week.  Of course I always have some kind of knitting project on the go, but I’ve been inspired to make a chalkboard for a while.  I thought I’d start with something small just in case it didn’t turn out, so I hit Michaels for my supplies.

 

I saw these cute 1″ wood stump slabs and I thought they would make a nice chalkboard sign

 

I went to the paint aisle in search of chalk paint and Martha Stewart had a huge selection of colors, but they were outrageously priced. No offense to Martha cause I love her products, but in this case, I just wanted a black chalkboard and paint is paint, so I went with the folk art brand that was about 30% cheaper.

I started by applying one coat of the stuff with the cheapest brush I could find.  I let it dry for about 2 hours, because it was really thick, goopy stuff to work with and then I did coat # 2.


 Well, I’m no artist, but this is how it looked once dry and I’m very happy with the results.

I hope everyone else is loving this time of year as much as I do.  Take some time to slow down and do some of the things you love to do:)

-Lori
Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold.  Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour.  Then leaf subsides to leaf, so Eden sank to grief, so dawn goes down to day, nothing gold can stay.  -Robert Frost

Summer part 2

Before my memory of summer fades, I better share the rest of our adventure to the Okanagan.  It was a trip with our whole family this time (Daddy came with us) and we had so much fun stopping along the way.

We stopped at Mara Lake cause Sophia saw the beautiful water and immediately wanted to get out and walk in the water
First stop in the Okanagan was at Mara Lake.  Sophia saw the beautiful water and immediately wanted to get out and go splash around.

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It was a beautiful, warm day when we arrived and I remember the water feeling like bathtub water.  It’s no wonder my girls didn’t want to leave.  Kids love playing at the beach and I can remember growing up, my mom took us to the lake everyday and we never got bored.

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More time at the beach with my sister in law, Katie.  She brought her paddle board and taught me her skills of how to do this.  It was so much fun, I only regret not getting some photos of doing it.  Auntie Katie even gave Ava a turn on her board.

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And here, Sophia had just returned from a whole week at summer camp that her Gramma was teaching crafts at.  This was her first time going to kids camp and she had so much fun!  Ava was sure happy to have her big sister back though.  This was their first week apart from each other.  And as much as she missed her, I think it was good for Sophia to have a break and have a chance to make some friends.

More beach time!  We found a beach that Charles really loved going to, so we went there every day that week.  Some of our good friends met us there one day and we had a good visit with them also.

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Our last evening in Kelowna ended with a BBQ at my brother and his wife’s place.  The kids sure enjoyed visiting with their Aunties and Uncles.  image image image

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This concludes our time in the Okanagan and it was a bittersweet ending.  I had a whack load of pictures to share, but for some reason they aren’t uploading properly.  I know we will end up living out there in the near future.  It sure feels like home and I know my husband loves the idea of all the family support we would have there.  Until then, it helps knowing they all love and support us

 

 

 

Dreaming of summer 

Well it’s already September and I’m not gonna lie – I’m not ready to embrace fall just yet.  The temperature here has significantly dropped from the high 20’s, down to around 13-16 degrees the last few days.  It is Alberta, afterall and we could have snow 3 weeks from now.

On a happy note, dreaming of my summer spent in beautiful BC makes me feel a WHOLE lot better 🙂  It was an adventure the first time down there.  Just my 3 girls and me on an 11 hour road trip.  Many people kept on commenting along the way that I was doing a good job, braving a drive that long with 3 kids, all ages 5 and under.  It kept me going hearing the positive feedback.  Especially because the hardest one to deal with was my little Ava (the middle child)  Oh, how I love her, but she can be a problem every 5 minutes.  She has a stronger will to have things her own way, than any child I’ve ever met.

We spent nearly 2 weeks the first time down there and had such a nice time mainly visiting family and spending as much time as we could at the beach.  The girls just loved it, as the beach is foreign to us people in Alberta.  I don’t know why, but it still surprises me today what people here consider  to be “a lake”.  

Anyway, here are a few pictures of our time in Kelowna. My girls loved story time with Gramma, but were very tired as this was the first day we arrived.

This was a picnic night at the park with Aunties and Uncles. Auntie Lesley and Tessa bonded well.uncle Matt getting Sophia ready to take her out on the sea doo.

Fun times messing about in Uncle Matt and Auntie Katie’s pool

Playing in the sand at strathcona beach and time spent with Gran 

Happy Canada Day! Sophia got to spend time with some of her cousins and they took her to the Canada day parade.

That’s it for now. I will continue part 2 later.

New Beginnings…..

Well it was a wonderful summer and just like everything, it has an end.  I started this blog with the intention to post every day or so, but with life being so up and down for a while, I never did.  A good friend of mine told me I need to blog at least three times a week, so that is my goal for now, among other things I would like to do.

We were preparing our house to sell back in April and that kept me pretty busy with 3 littles at home.  I had such high hopes of us being back in BC, living in Kelowna where I grew up.  I thought it would be so great to be surrounded by family and Sophia would start school there in the fall.  Everything on that fell through and we are here still.  That has been very hard to accept, but I’m coming to a realization that we are where we are for a reason, I just don’t know what that reason is yet.

In the meantime,  I’m going to stay busy focusing on my husband, my kids and making our home a place I can enjoy, until the day we can pack up and continue the next chapter of life.

Sophia started her first day at school today.  I did the basic kindergarten stuff with her at home last year and we had a lot of fun with that.  She is starting grade 1 now and was very nervous when we took her this morning.  When I saw the tears start rolling down her face, I couldn’t hold my tears back, but I didn’t want her to see me cry.  I wanted to hold her tight and never let go.  I’m very excited for her as I know this is going to be a great year for her, learning new stuff and making new friends.  I’m looking forward to when she comes home today because I know she will have lots to tell me.

Here’s a photo I caught of her as she was walking away with her new classmates. She was waving to her daddy and sisters as I took this pic.

 

To celebrate with new beginnings for her and I, I found this necklace from Pyrrha that I thought had a lot of meaning. It’s crescent moon that symbolizes new beginnings and the making of dreams into reality

That is all for now. Next, I will have to write about our summer!  I have lots of pictures from that!

Here’s to new beginnings for anyone that may be starting one 🙂