{Weekend Recap #1} Celebrations Galore

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A surprise gift from my neighbours and camping buddies!

This weekend was probably one of the best I’ve had in a while. Although hubby had to work, he made sure to make both my birthday and Mother’s Day special.

Saturday morning I was surprised with homemade cards and presents from the kids, and breakfast at the best local all-day breakfast place (the avocado toast is seriously amazing there).

While we had the usual Saturday stuff to do (dance class, errands etc.) the day was nice and relaxing and in the evening, I got to spend time with my kids, niece, brother and sister-in-law. The best part was the surprise chocolate caramel cheesecake (wish I had a picture of that!).

Mother’s Day – I wasn’t expecting anything. With hubby on the night shift, I figured my birthday and Mother’s Day celebration was the day before, but I woke up to a wonderful surprise: coffee and fresh donuts!

Later in the morning, my mom met myself and the kids for some hang out time. We watched my son play ball hockey (they won 4-2!!) and then went out for lunch followed by a trip to the mall for some shopping. I was surprised the kids lasted, especially since I was trying on clothes at Old Navy (I love a good mega sale). Mom gifted me three new summer dresses…I have never liked dresses but I have to say, Mom always knows best and these were so cute and flattering. I think I might be able to ditch my jeans this summer! I’m sure everyone will love to see that!

How was your weekend?

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Seriously the best coffee mug

Turkey Meatballs for the Win

I’m not much of a recipe follower, reviewer, or step-by-step shower. But my cousin got me hooked to this healthy turkey recipe and guys…I can’t even tell you how good it is. Even my kids and husband liked these. I served it with zucchini noodles and roasted potatoes, but I’ve also made it with rice or mashed potatoes as the side…all options are great.

The recipe is from Jessica Alba. Yup. I used a celebrity tried and true creation. It didn’t disappoint. Here’s the link if you want to try.

I had to modify the recipe a bit because I didn’t have panko bread crumbs, and I added more carrots and zucchini than the recipe called for – but only because I chopped up too many and didn’t want to throw out any food!

I added the ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, carrots, zucchini, red onion, egg, and dried herbs to a bow and mixed it up. Next time I might try fresh herbs to kick it up a notch, but these dried herbs were still good.

It didn’t take too long to roll these bad boys up.

Then it was time to fry these babies up. I was skeptical about this part…I’m Italian…we cook our meatballs in sauce, and sauce only. But it worked…only a few casualties while I tried to turn them over (who knew ground turkey was so effing soft…some got deformed when I tried to turn them over).

My perfectly cute little round meatballs looks a little sad all deformed, but they still tasted amazing.

I forgot to take a picture of the final masterpiece but here’s a glimpse of my lunch the next day…4 itty bitty – but hearty – meatballs with zucchini noodles (lightly sautéed in olive oil and garlic).

I was too lazy to figure out how many calories each meatball was, but considering its lean meat, and full of veggies, and they’re so small, I don’t think they’re that much.

Have you tried any celebrity inspired dished lately?

Weekend Recap

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It’s been one of those Saturday’s. You know the kind, where it’s miserably cold outside and snowing. But not the beautiful snowfall that you want to make snow angels in…it’s the kind of snowfall that has its own hashtag like #snowmageddon and the snow piles so high on your front doorstep you’re pretty much barricaded in the house. Which is fine. Most people are all “it’s a pj’s and popcorn and movie under a warm blanket” kind of day, while I’m sitting here with two little maniacs running around, ninja-kicking each other while my husband who works night shift is sleeping upstairs with the dog and earplugs. So it’s more of a “bring me coffee, Baileys, and tranquillizer darts” kind of a snow day.

But that’s OK, the weekend was pretty good all things considering.

We’re Canadian. So we don’t let a little snow stop us from getting shit done.

The kids had hockey both days, then acro class, and a birthday party right in the thick of the storm. Thank God for snow tires!

Later in the day my son had a play date, I don’t know why I said yes…I must have been temporarily insane. When I realized how snowed in we were, and that my little car would not make it down the street to pick him (again…too much snow) I realized my daughter and I would have to venture out by foot to go get him.

It was not fun. I have no pictures because it was so cold my iPhone froze and turned off. But what I can say, is if you ever want to take your 6-year-old out for a walk in a snowstorm, in hip deep snow (kid hip, not grown up hip) don’t do it. Save yourself. It’s not worth the 20-minute walk (about a 3-minute walk with no snow) down the street.

Parenting lesson of the weekend: when your gut is saying something listen to it. Even though it was fine and it all worked out, it was a pain in the ass to go pick him up and I knew it wasn’t a good idea to let him go. All that time I wasted getting into too-small for me snow pants and fixing the 6-year old’s gloves 14,000 times…I could have been drinking wine! hahaha seriously, I’m joking. I have no wine, it’s the one thing I forgot to buy. Oh, wait…I do…shit!

The evening was amazing. Hot chocolate,  popcorn, movies, and colouring for the kids, and for me: hiding in the office soaking in the daily “news” on people.com.

Moving on to today…Sunday Funday! Luckily we did all the groceries and errands on Friday night before the storm hit, so today we get to have a lazy hazy day. And it stopped snowing, so the kids spent most of the day outside playing.

Usually, weekends are so busy in our house that we don’t make time to do things like bake muffins, or crafts, or meal prep etc. It was really nice to not have any obligations. I was able to meal prep for the week and made Sunday dinner for the family: pasta with homemade sauce and chicken Parmesan…I opted to have zucchini noodles to save some calories.

Looking forward to seeing what type of shenanigans this week has to offer. Until next time, stay warm friends!

Jen

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