My Mother’s Garden

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My parent’s backyard is pretty incredible.  I’ve gained much more of an appreciation for it since moving out (we’ve lived in that house since I was 4) and not seeing it everyday. My family moved into the house when it … Continue reading

Scenes from the weekend

This weekend was busy, filled with family and friends. We basically BBQ-hopped our way around town(s). It started with dinner to celebrate the engagement of a friend who now lives in Kentucky, and finished with a few rounds of ping pong at Spin that got quite competitive942560_10100364823564330_62329269_n IMG00311-20130614-2253

The newly engaged couple teaming up!

The newly engaged couple teaming up!

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Saturday we bbq-hopped from a family pool party/ father’s day celebration with Jons side of the fam to a friends brithday

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Kylie

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Happy Birthday Uzi!

Happy Birthday Uzi!

Sunday was also filled with family- seeing my grandparents, then bbq-d dinner at my folks place for Fathers day. I didn’t take any pictures that day except of the dog, and we didn’t get to spend the day with Jon’s dad or step-dad, so wedding ones will have to suffice for the humans:

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Ophelia

IMG_2028 JJ-478 (1) JJ-343JJ-374 JJ-359Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers, grandfathers, and father-figures in our lives! We sure are lucky to have you all! ♥

And to you, my sweet… one day! ( he’s pretty cute, eh?)

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High Five for Friday!

collage1) Getting together with some girlfriends who go wayyy back… all the way to high school. That’s almost 10 years now folks. Womp womp- we’re getting old.  Photos from our senior year and after; prom, musical performances, senior class trip, and student council. This get together is especially exciting, becasue although the majority of us see each other regularly, we have one girlfriend who is living in Kentucky, and she just got ENGAGED! So not only is it the first time seeing her in a  year or so, we get to celebrate the new ring on her finger as well!!

2) I found a $20 bill on the floor in Winners (Canadian TJ Maxx)  on Wednesday night while shopping for my mother-in-law’s birthday present. Awesome because I never find money out in public, especially not $20!  Bonus!

3) Manicure & pedicure in bright summer colours.

4) Amazing peanut butter pretzel brownies I made for last weekend.

5) I love summer… everything is in bloom and so pretty right now.

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The Best Fish Tacos

We made fish tacos for the first time last week, and they turned out really well. It was a bit of an adventure, with myself, Jon and his brother James all working together in an excited, concerted effort.  I’m not someone who’s big on following recipes, so I’ll usually read a few different recipes from pinterest of whatever I’m looking to make, combine the best bits from the ones I like, and wing it from there. It generally works out pretty well, too.  Especially when the boys are excited about dinner and take directions well 😉

I used tilapia, which worked really because its a dense fish that doesn’t flake or fall apart when it cooks. I cut it into  short strips, dipped it in an egg wash, and then into some flour I kicked up a notch with some chipotle powder and salt& pepper. And in it went into a hot, oiled cast iron pan:

DSC02801DSC02807I cheated a bit, and bought a can of re-fried beans and Sidekicks Mexican rice. I hadn’t been planning on doing rice and beans, because real rice and beans would have been a lot of work. But Jon called me when I was grabbing a few things from the grocery store, and when I told him we were having fish tacos he said “with rice and beans?!?!” in a really excited voice, so I figured I would oblige. I’m a good wife that way ;). So rice and beans, out of a can and package, heated on the stove:DSC02803The other toppings, which was really all that I had only originally planned for the tacos, centered around an amazing coleslaw I make:

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To make the dressing: I use a good amount of cilantro, chopped; the juice of a lime or two; a splash of white or cider vinegar( whatever you have on hand will work, except balsamic); some good Dijon mustard, just a teaspoon or so. I like a good grainy Dijon, not the smooth stuff, although it works too. A clove of garlic, chopped fine, and some red onion or green onion, chopped. Add some salt & pepper, and whisk everything together with some good olive oil. If its too tart for you, add a pinch of sugar, and add any more of the above ingredients to suit your own taste as well.

Toss with a package of coleslaw, broccoli slaw, or your own homemade mix.

Then I added some chives to some sour cream, chopped up some more cilantro, some limes and an avocado for toppings.

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Identity Crisis

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the irises in the garden at our renovated house

Its kind of a funny thing, this blogging. Especially because, really, thinking up things to write about on the daily can get tricky when you’ve set out a blog to be about a specific thing, i.e. a renovation of a house, but  said reno is now finished. Which is what I originally created this blog for, to follow the massive undertaking that was the full-blown renovation of our second house.  And up until recently, that was what it was about- all about.  But now, for all intents and purposes, the renovation is over, and the house is up for sale. And we’re not living there, we never have, so we rarely even go over.  Of course there are still a few more stories concerning that, but in terms of daily updates or content, there really isn’t much specifically concerning that venture. So that leads me to a bit of an impasse with this here blog. Without a doubt, there will be more renovations in our future, because apparently that’s what Jon and I get off on. But until we find our next project, and in the interest of keeping this thing alive, because some people do read it, I think I will start posting more lifestyley-type things, more from our daily life and adventures, pup Molly, food ( Jon and I are quite the foodies and cooks, a product of working in the restaurant industry for a long time!), etc. and see how things go. The little that I have been posting around here lately in this vein has gotten a pretty good reception. So you’ll see a few changes around these parts. I hope you like it, and will continue to come back and read, and please, feel free to comment when I post things you’d like to see more of, and I will do my best to appease. Thanks for bearing with me through this little identity crisis of this blog, and thanks for reading!

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