It's not just a convenient snack, apples are a great addition to a long list of recipes for any meal. And, if you've recently gone apple picking, you need to deal with a whole lot of apples. Stop giving them out to passer-by's and pushing them on your neighbours, we've got an apple recipe for any meal you need to throw down. Except dessert. For God's sake, if you want a dessert idea, just eat a damn apple. Read more
I made a lot of crumbles this summer with various fruit combinations including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and peaches. It was my go-to dessert whenever I entertained at the cottage. Since I entertained more than usual this year, we ate a lot of crumble, probably too much. Oddly, we're not sick of it yet. Scarlett couldn't wait to make one when we got a basket of apples from a friend. I actually couldn't wait either. After spending the first few weeks of the new school year running around like I was on fire, it felt good to slow down and just make a crumble. As I slowly moved about my kitchen mixing ingredients, for a moment, I could have sworn it was a lazy warm summer afternoon but I was jogged from my daydream when Scarlett demanded that I spell the word "Wednesday." Daydream over, homework on.
Now that fall has arrived, I’m settling back into my comfort cooking and as much as I miss my BBQ burgers and cold salads (watermelon strawberry was my favorite this past summer), I’m fully embracing the lusciousness of fall. In other words, I’m back to cramming my menu with hearty dishes like meatloaf and mac and cheese. Read more
How often do you feel like you know what you’re doing as a parent? I mean, really, truly, you’ve-got-this confidence that you’re making the right decisions. I’d say for me, it’s about half the time. Sometimes this division can be broken up in time frames. Like, Julian has just started school and have I prepared him properly for what he’s got to manage when he’s there? Hmmm, really not sure. But in a couple of weeks, I think I can guess that I'll feel like I’ll know better what time he should be going to bed, how much more practice he needs with writing his name, etc. Other times my clued-in/clueless split happens within the same hour. No, I will not make another dinner if Esme doesn’t like the one I made and I don’t know if I should let her pierce her ears when half of her friends have already done it. The truth is that no amount of studying parenting books, talking to your friends, or scouring the internet makes children less of a mystery in certain moments.
My current mysteries are like spooky bookends. Why do four-year old boys need to make toilet jokes part of every conversation? How do seven-year old girls suddenly know how to roll their eyes as a part of each mother-daughter exchange? I suspect that these classic behaviours will pass as unexpectedly as they arrived (if you’ve you’ve got five and eight-year olds and I’m wrong, just keep it to yourself, okay?). The other mysteries that have arrived in our home make me much happier: Busytown Myteries, for example. I’m old enough to remember when Busytown only lived in books. I loved pouring over them, with all their hilarious details. As I overhear my kids watching the new version on Netflix I always catch myself singing along to the theme song. “Everybody all together, solve the mystery with Huckle. You can solve one tooooooooo.” Read more
From the moment I finish my breakfast, I start thinking about my next morning meal. Ok, you got me, I start worrying about dinner but, once I've got that under control, I go right back to thinking about breakfast. Hands down, it's my favourite meal. So it's no wonder I always want to get it right. After all, if I don't have a good breakfast, then my day is off to a rotten start. I'm not sure if my daughter feels the same way (I guess I should ask her) but, like other things, I assume she shares my feelings about the meal. (Obviously, she hates walking into class late too. I did.) Therefore, I try to make sure her breakfast is gives her enough energy for the day and has something that I know makes her happy.
Easier said than done, right? During the week, going beyond the cereal bowl can be as difficult a task as getting a 7 year-old to brush their teeth, I mean really brush them. It's why we give you our SPC breakfast planner. We've got recipes you probably expect like muffins as well as a few you probably don't (good morning, chia pudding!). We've also broken everything down into categories you understand: Grab And Go, 10 Minutes Or Less and While You Sleep. So take what you need to satisfy your family's idea of the perfect breakfast as well as get you out the door. I, for one, will be making the scones this weekend. After all, we're trying to get out of the house, on-time, without incident, every single morning too. Read more