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sunday

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We spent the afternoon at the Pickering Skate Park. It was a beautiful, sunny and windy day. Wyatt spent the day running around and getting into trouble, while I sat in the sun and watched the big space get covered in bright spray paint.  I even got to help (… fill in a few very little spots in black, which took me much longer then it probably should have lol)! It was pretty much the most exciting thing ever!!

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hot chocolate + spiced rum

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We decided to head up to the cottage last weekend. It was insane, I have never seen or walked through so much snow.  We hiked in Friday night, in the dark, with the puppy and snow up to our knees. When we finally got to the cottage we didn’t notice just how cold the powerless cottage was. We had totally bundled up for the 20 minute hike, which left us hot and exhausted. We lit a fire, turned on the power, and plugged in the electric blanket and before we knew it we were shivering waiting for the cottage to warm up.

We decided to make a warm drink. We had packed a small mickey of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, hot chocolate and some cream. We quickly boiled some water mixed our hot chocolate and topped it off with cream and rum. It was the perfect. A few hours later the cottage was toasty and we were excited for the rest of the weekend. We spent Saturday wandering around the wintery wonderland (by then some of the snow was up to our waist!), reading, watching movies and of course eating.

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broccoli soup

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It was chilly this weekend. It rained most of Saturday so we lounged around watching old horror movies. We did run out for a quick lunch in Kensington market. Chris has been wanting to stop into Seven Lives (a little taco spot in the market specializing in SoCal style tacos) for weeks. It was everything we wanted it to be. We ducked in soaked from the rain quickly grabbed a couple Baja Fish Taco’s and Strawberry Agua Fresca (Chris grabbed the mexican Cola). Then ran home trying to dodge the rain. Once home we curled back up exactly where we had left from.

Finally Sunday the sun was out and we took Wyatt over to Chris’s moms. She has a wonderful house in the neighborhood we grew up in. She has a  big backyard with big old trees and an awesome big lawn, perfect for an excited little puppy. We let our sweet little pup run around until he was totally tuckered out. Chris’s mom also found us a great old book printed 1964. I love it! The pictures are so great.

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Now that autumn is in full swing it was time to start making our favorite quick dinner….soup. We make a ton on Sundays and stock it up in the freezer so, when we get home tired and cold from work we can quickly heat it up. This time we made a Broccoli Soup…it turned out rather boring so we added almost 1/2 a can of green curry paste we had bought from T&T Supermarket a while ago. If you LOVE broccoli you’ll love this bright green soup without the spicy kick.

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1/4 cup diced sweet onion 

1 head of fresh broccoli, rough cups

1 handful of stemmed green spinach

Fresh water, as needed

Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste 

2 tablespoons each:  parsley, some fresh basil from my garden

1 cup light coconut milk, or more, to taste

1/2 can of green curry paste

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DIRECTIONS:Heat the oil in a large soup pot set over medium heat and stir in the garlic and onion.Add in the broccoli and greens. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables.Bring to a simmer. Cover the pot, and reduce the heat to a medium. Cook until the broccoli and greens are tender (15minutes)Add the chopped herbs. Season with sea salt and fresh pepper, to taste.Remove the pot from the heat. Puree the soup.Return the pot to the stove and add in the coconut milk.

Stir and heat through gently (taste and if you’d like the spicy kick add some curry paste, if not leave as is!)

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simple brunch

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I spent most of my day lounging around looking through old magazines and drinking too much coffee (but that’s what weekends are for). I was delighted to see ‘Herb & Dorothy’ on Netflix! I grabbed a cozy blanket and another cup of coffee and watched the cutest documentary on the coolest art collectors in history (personal opinion). I’m crazy about them. The movie interviews incredible New York artists (all gushing about how wonderful Herb and Dorothy are). To be honest I haven’t heard of a few (or many….most) of the over 1000 artist they have pieces by. But, I ache with jealously knowing they have a couple works by some of the most brilliant in conceptual and minimalist art.

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At about noon I started to get hungry and headed to the kitchen to see what I could find ( I was craving egg’s benedict, but knew I didn’t have everything). Eggs, sweet potato and some baby arugula. I was set to make something…wasn’t sure really what…. I’m not very good at poaching eggs . But, today out of nowhere I NAILED IT! I was my lucky day!

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First I washed and sliced up the sweet potato and brushed both sides with oil. I laid them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven (around 350). After about 10 min I flipped them over. I’m not very good at cutting them all the same size….so once a piece was brown on both sides I took it out and put it aside until they were all browned.

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I then poached my egg. I’m really, reeeeally not good at this. Today I followed the directions off Smitten Kitchen http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/08/how-to-poach-an-egg-smitten-kitchen-style/ and it came out PERFECT!

  • First, heat a pot with a few inches of water in it.
  • Put a splash of vinegar in the water.
  • You don’t want boiling water. You don’t want simmering water.
  • Break an egg into a small dish.
  • Make a whirlpool spatula.
  • Slide the egg into the middle of the whirlpool.
  • Cook 3-4min.
  • Scoop it out with a slotted spoon.

*For more details and description check out smitten kitchen (really, it was super helpful!)

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I made a small salad with baby arugula, red pepper, goat cheese and some chopped walnuts. It was a WONDERFUL!  yummy brunch. Now….back to the couch for more lounging.

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