Whether you're celebrating American Thanksgiving (as Canadians refer to it, just Thanksgiving if you're in the U.S.!) or simply heading into the holiday season, you've got some big meals ahead of you. As much as I love the mashed potatoes, stuffings and pies that pile up on tables at this time of year, there has to be some balance. Those comfort dishes just taste better if they're not the only thing on your plate. Plus, I'd like to fit into my jeans come January. You know? So, I like to throw some freshness into the mix. I love this roasted cauli flower — it's still utterly fall-ish in flavour and feeling but lightens up a holiday feast. My kids are finally opening their minds and palettes up to salads so I'll definitely be working this salad into regular rotation between now and the New Year.
To all of our American friends and family, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Let us know what you'll be feasting on this week — we love hearing from you! Read more
Will you look at this recipe? I mean, really, look at it! I made gnocchi! And it was a life lesson disguised as a recipe, let me tell you. I loathe trying and failing at things. So much so that I've been known to avoid things I suspect I will suck at. I worry that Esme is picking up this propensity and so I'm constantly encouraging her to see her work as a part of a progression rather than an effort towards perfection. But the gnocchi showed me how little progress I've made myself.
When I spotted something like these on Pinterst (do you follow us?) I thought it would be a great recipe for SPC. But as I got into it I started losing confidence. In fact, as I was working on the recipe in Maya's studio I kept saying, "I don't think it's going to work. Let's bail on this one." But Maya would say that it looked good to her and I why didn't I just keep going a bit more. So I'd roll out the dough and say, "I'm sure this is wrong. Maybe let's just move on to the next recipe." And Maya would say, "No, come on, it looks good!" Poor Maya. The ENTIRE time I was making these I was telling myself, "It's not going to work, it's not going to work, it's not going to work."
You know how it ends, right? These gnocchi do not look at all like the gorgeous image I saw when I researched the recipe but they were freaking delicious. My kids inhaled them for dinner that night and then I put more in a thermos for Esme's lunch the next day. No one in my family cared that they didn't look perfect enough to be served in a restaurant. They cared that there were seconds. And hello, this recipe makes a whack of gnocchi. Do it when you've got people coming over because it's good enough to serve for guests and you can do it!
There's one day each week that I wonder if we're going to make it through. It has the most unfortunate and ridiculous scheduling, not entirely by my design. From the time of school pick-up to bedtime, it feels like we're racing against the clock. The day goes a little something like this: school pick-up, snack, car pool pick-ups, dance class, drop offs, homework, dinner, religion class, home, shower, bed time. It also happens to be Monday which, to me, makes it a double whammy in terms of being able to tolerate it.
It's not so much the fault of dance class. I can hardly be mad at a hip hop class for starting at 4:30. It's the religious class that breaks my soul each week. (Isn't that the opposite point of religious class? Enrich the soul, not kick it around the block?) Apart from starting way too late, it ends after our normal bed time. And when 8pm rolls around, adding another 30 to 45 minutes to my day makes it feel like I've already been sentenced to hell. It's why, each monday, I always think "This is the day I'm going to blow off __________(insert any of the above with the exclusion of bed time). But I don't. I just trudge on.
Grilled Cheese Week: Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese (with a special appearance from the Peanut Butter and Jelly GC)
I'm not sure if we're adorable or need more hobbies but our family has a funny little way of entertaining ourselves on a Sunday morning. Grilled cheese week was born out of Scarlett, Dan and myself deciding to have a sandwich smack down after I was inspired by a story I saw online featuring a dozen or so super creative grilled cheese sandwich ideas. So we each made our lists of ingredients, picked them up during our usual grocery shop that morning and went to work in the kitchen. The idea was that we'd wind up a trio of grilled cheeses for our lunch that we would taste and rate.
We each staked out our area of the kitchen, built our sandwiches in secrecy, took turns at the skillet and had a delicious meal sharing our sandwiches. However, we couldn't decide on a winner. So I made a fun flip video using the photos I'd taken (I'm always taking pictures; in and out of the kitchen!) and posted it to Instagram to get a little judging assistance–I thought it would be fun if we asked our friends to be the tie-breaker. My followers were only too happy to help and, well, the results are in…..
I guess this morning is the coldest we’ve had so far. It’s not exactly bitterly cold but it’s certainly below the “crisp” fall morning temperatures that I enjoy. As the weather gets colder, and the days get shorter, and the holidays begin bearing down on me I start to think of easy, one pot meals. I want something I can start mid-day and count on to be delicious a few hours later. Something that makes you feel warm and cozy and leaves you with leftovers for lunch or maybe even another dinner tomorrow. Read more