Saturday, 19 July 2014


Instagram lately.

We've been eating a lot of these Taco Chicken Bowls lately.  Ingredients we all like, and crock pot easy.

Chicken Taco Bowls

I hosted a Pampered Chef party a while ago and I am in love with all the products I received.  The RockCrok is amazing, as is the microwave egg cooker...which is actually a piece of stoneware.  I had no idea that stoneware could be used in the microwave.  I've never been big on cooking in my microwave, but now I'm looking at my stoneware collection in a whole new way.  And the dish we prepared was so good that I've made it three times since.  I'll be sharing it here soon.

Summer is slipping by, the weather has been amazing and evenings have been perfect for sitting outside with a book.  I'm reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  I think I may have already read a couple of books from this series, the first book was published over 20 years ago, but the eighth book has just come out and OCD me needs to start with book one and read the series in order before I can even look at book eight.  Are you on Goodreads?  I'm finding it a great way to keep track of the books that are on my 'to read' list.  Although, the way that list seems to be growing it might take me a lifetime to read them all!

I've been pinning some good stuff lately.  I love Fig Newtons, and these look like a yummy homemade version.

Fig Pastry, better than Newtons!

I need some of these to get a handle on the never ending paper that piles up on my kitchen counter.  Are they pretty or what?

And when I grow up I want to have a beach house just like this one.

beach house entry

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Gone Fishing

 It started with my oldest son and his girlfriend.  Last summer they bought fishing rods to bring down to the docks.  

Now every one of the boys has a fishing rod of their own.

Honestly, I don't get it.  I've fished once in my life, and I was bored beyond description.

But I was happy enough to bring my camera and watch them do whatever it is they do.  There was much handling of worms.  No thank you.

And fish.  They touched the fish.  Ick.

But they were outside, and they were getting along, and there were no electronics.

Just the lake and the fish.  And older brothers teaching younger brothers how it all works.

And a surprise visitor.

 dear beautiful Nurse Loves Farmer Shine the Divine

Monday, 7 July 2014

Creamy Vegetable Rice

I've managed to eliminate another packaged, processed item from my kitchen cupboards.  Sorry Uncle Ben, we're finished.

I have my new favourite taco seasoning, and my easy homemade vanilla coffee creamer.  And now this creamy vegetable rice dish.  It is as good as those convenient store bought packages, and almost as easy to make.  I had this ready in the amount of time it took to bake some chicken and boil some corn on the cob.  Some chopping, some stirring, some simmering, et voila!  A side dish made from real, easily pronounceable ingredients, that's tasty enough to have the kids looking for seconds.

Start with some chopped veggies.

Spices, sauteed vegetables, and the beginnings of the creamy sauce.  These pictures aren't great.  We were having a wild thunderstorm and it was as dark as night outside.

Red peppers are added near the end.

Cooked rice is stirred in.

And dinner is ready.

Creamy Vegetable Rice


1 cup uncooked rice
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium sized carrot, finely diced
2 celery ribs, finely diced
1/2 small onion, minced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 red pepper, diced
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk (I used half milk and half cream)
1 tablespoon dried parsley

Cook your rice according to the package directions.

In a large pan, melt butter and oil together and saute vegetables until softened, 5-7 minutes.  It's OK to add a little more butter to the pan if it seems to get dry.  Add minced garlic and sprinkle flour over vegetables.  Stir until flour is absorbed, then gradually pour in chicken broth, then milk, continuing to stir to prevent lumps as it thickens.  Stir in salt, pepper, dried parsley, red pepper, and simmer for five minutes, stirring constantly.  Add cooked rice, stir to combine, and allow to simmer for a couple more minutes.  The sauce will continue to thicken so add more milk if necessary.

This will serve four as a side dish.  Or two teenage boys shovelling straight from the pan.

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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Photo a Day

Instagram lately.

Neighbourhood fireworks on Canada Day, because we were all to lazy to trek down to the lake and watch the city fireworks display.

Some rainy day Lego.

And early morning fishing at the lake.

Happy weekend all!

Is anyone else playing along?

Nurse Loves Farmer 

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