Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Last day of school!

Gabbie had her last full day of school yesterday (today is a half day for her because they are having a family picnic of hotdogs so we obviously will not be dining there!) so i tried to pack her a special lunch. Raspberries, blueberries, cucumbers, carrots, pepper strips, a granola bar and for the main entree an amy's california veggie burger on a whole wheat bun. She was pretty happy with it!

As much as I love that planetbox I gotta tell you i am so happy to be washing it and packing it away for the summer. Bring on the lazy days!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Dh and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary last week. It was a busy day because it was also ollie's last day of preschool but I managed to get a decent meal on the table. The farmers market had beautiful asparagus, potatoes and cherry tomatoes. We had marinated portobello mushrooms on the grill and we also marinated (in balsamic vinegar) some thick slices of red onion and cherry tomatoes and grilled those too. I pan roasted the asparagus with garlic and lime juice and I also roasted the potatoes with lemon, garlic and dill. Then we just tried to arrange it all fancy on the plate. It was delicious - not bad for a rushed night!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Here I am!

We we're feeling like a treat the other day and I was looking back at an old post on Dreena's blog about Maple Banana loaf and as luck would have it I had all the ingredients so we decided to try it. Except when i went to bake it i realized i don't have a loaf pan! I know I use to have one so I'm not too sure what happened to it - good excuse to treat myself to a new one i guess! So instead we had Maple Banana muffins. I made one addition to the recipe (other than changing it into muffins) and that was to add some chocolate chips. They were excellent muffins and i liked that they really used very little oil. They were very moist though!

The other night I felt like pancakes so I set everything out for the morning so i could make blueberry pancakes for breakfast, I always use the pancake recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking. Its such a simple recipe and the pancakes turn out great every single time. I always use spelt flour and I add a little extra (1 cup of whole wheat flours = about 1 1/4 cup of spelt). They turned out perfect (this recipe really is foolproof - try it if you haven't!) and it was a really treat for a weekday breakfast.

Quinoa is so good for you and so fast to make I like to use it whenever I can. One way I incorporate it into our meals is with a stirfry. We also really like brown basmati rice so I don't use it every time we have a stirfry but I like to alternate our grains. this strifry is a simple one of broc, onions, mushrooms and a crumbled up smoked apple sage field roast sausage. I make a simple sauce of tamari, grayed fresh ginger, grated garlic, rice wine vinegar, toasted seseame oil and a touch of sugar. Delish!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Peter Puffin and the International Children's Festival

The last month of school is here and boy is it a busy one! We started the month off by attending a fundraising concert at Gabbie's school. The school has been fundraising for a new playground and they have a new one going in this summer. When Peter Puffin heard about the schools fundraising efforts he offered to do a benefit concert and donate all the proceeds to the school for the playground. The kids were super excited to go and loved the concert. By the time the concert ended we had to hurry home and give the kids a quick bath and get them to bed because they had another big day - the International Children's Festival. Ollie's preschool had a field trip their last Thursday and we were able to purchase extra tickets and we pulled Gabbie out of school for the day and dh even took the day off work to come with us!

This was my first time going to the festival but it certainly won't be the last! What a great festival - we all really enjoyed it! We left around 9am and drove out to St. Albert were the festival was being held. Then we took the free park and ride to the festival site. Our first show was at 11 am so we had a little time to look around the festival site before we had to line up to get our seats.

The first show we saw was Splash n' Boots. Excellent show - very interactive and lots of singing and dancing for the kids. Even the adults really enjoyed it.

Then we had a stop at the storyteller tent before lunch. It was ok - not bad but not great either. Then we had a picnic lunch. I packed hummus, crackers, strawberries, raspberries, grapes and veggies and dip to eat. We were all hungry and ate up but the kds were disappointed because there was a hotdog stand that was selling veggie dogs and they really wanted that. Actually there was a few vegan options at the festival - an ice cream place that had all dairy free ice creams, a veggie panini, and veggie dogs.

The next show we saw was excellent too. It was a glow in the dark puppet show presenting The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle favourites. It was put on by the Mermaid Theatre from Nova Scotia and it was so, so well done! They had a Q&A afterwards and explained to the kids how the show works with black light and how all the puppets work. Really interesting and entertaining!

As a treat after all the shows were done we bought the kids a veggie dog - they topped it off with ketchup, mustard, raw onions, sauerkraut and pickles! It was a great day and it made me excited for all the fun things we're gonna do this summer!