Saturday, October 30, 2021


 On September 30 - National Day For Truth and Reconciliation, one of the activities we did with the kids was to make bannock.

I found this article a few years ago that offers many different methods for bannock and that day we made the Blackfoot Fried Yeast Bread version.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

good soup - lasagna soup


Sometimes you just need some soup when the weather turns and the days are getting shorter and it's Fall now and less than 3 months to the new year and how is that even possible.

I made this lasagna soup with shells instead of broken lasagna noodles because that's what I had, and omitted the ricotta because we didn't have any.  We offered some shaky cheese at the table along with bread and salad for a delicious, satisfying dinner.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021

a recent week with Hello Fresh

 We had the best meals from Hello Fresh recently. *Chef's kiss*  Even the kids liked it all!  A true miracle.

We hadn't ordered from Hello Fresh in a couple of months and I wanted to treat myself.  The box arrived on Tuesday, so we planned the meals for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

We had - 


Creamy mushroom and pork linguini with fried sage and parmesan.
This was SO good.  We did keep the mushrooms separate because both kids hate mushrooms, so The Mister and I just stirred the mushrooms into our bowls.  Leftovers were fought over.

 Korean beef burger with pickled veggies and gochujang mayo

I love a burger and this was delicious.  The pickled veggies and the salad were amazing, and it was a super fast dinner.

Cheesy baked ravioli with roasted squash and baby kale

This was the most time consuming one, with having to roast the squash first, but the squash did come already cut into cubes which I was thankful for, because I hate cutting squash.  The kids balked at this one at first, but once we removed "the green stuff" (kale) they both enjoyed their dinners.

If I could afford to order from these guys every couple of weeks, I would do it.  I love not only the variety of meals they offer but also how much stress these kits reduce for me for 3 dinners a week.  Check out their website if you are not already familiar with them.

Monday, October 11, 2021

new mugs!

 I am now on coffee and tea tik tok, which means I get to see peoples super cool mugs and be horribly jealous of them.

I had to take The Boy to Wal Mart to buy some school supplies - calculator, highlighters, sketch book - the kinds of supplies I love - and before we got started he wanted to go roam the video game aisle, so I went off and got some groceries and then decided to look at the mugs there, even though I knew there was no way Wal Mart would have any cute mugs.  I got to the aisle and it was totally picked over; practically bare.  I started to walk away and then - what was that way at the back of that shelf?

I mean....

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.  Never would I have expected to find such cute mugs at Wal Mart, AND they were under $4 each.  

They were the only 2 of these styles on the shelves and I get paranoid every time the kids insist on drinking their water or ginger ale out of them, but for now before my kids break them, I'm enjoying them.  The avocado one is a little hard to drink out of with the flat side, but it's so cute I'm willing to overlook that small flaw.


Another day I had some time to waste before a kid pick up so I rolled over to Winners to peruse the selection of my all time favorite obsession, face sprays, and after limiting myself to ONE spray (I should have rewarded myself with another spray for showing such restraint) I wandered through the dishes and look what I found there - 

So cute!  Dramatic, but understated.  Spooky, but not enough to be considered a seasonal mug.  Not that I take these things into consideration; we use our Christmas mugs year round.  But you know what I mean.

That night when we were washing the dishes, The Mister pulled the label sticker off the other side of the mug and uncovered - 

A spider!  Too cute.

Sunday, October 10, 2021