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Confession: I did not love avocados until this summer. I would eat very little guacamole with tacos or nachos, but it wasn’t love.
Not sure if I would now call it love or obsession! I might have had guacamole everyday this summer! And I’m not even ashamed of it!
So I’m sharing my favorite recipe with you! Summer is still here and I’m planning on eating more of this green stuff!
What you need:
5 ripened avocados
10 cherry tomatoes
1 half of a small red onion
1\4 cup of lime juice
1 teaspoon of sea salt
Cilantro to taste (I use about half a cup)
How to make it:
Its fairly easy, I mash half of the avocados in a bowl and cut in cubes the rest.
Chop the onions and place in another bowl with hot water, leave it for 5 minutes, drain the water. Add the onions to the avocados
Chop the cherry tomatoes and add to the bowl.
Add the lime juice, sea salt and the chopped cilantro.
Mix and eat it NOW! Or refrigerate and eat later, I dare you!
Heeeello long weekend! Well you know what? Although I’m off work for the next two months, summer long weekends are still simply the best!!! So who’s ready to celebrate Canada 150th anniversary? Got any plans this weekend? Well if you do, you should definitely add this recipe to your drink diet on Canada Day. And if you don’t, well don’t worry, any day of the summer months is a perfect day for my sangria. Well, I should say Bry’s sangria! It’s one for the books, apparently! You will be making this every summer weekend, I swear.
It’s great anywhere, as long as it’s served on ice; but it’s definitely better when drank by the beach, in the pool or sitting on the patio! For myself, I prefer it with a lots of ice and a side of fresh guacamole.
So it all started two years ago while on a road trip to Toronto and the Niagara region. Can’t remember the restaurant we stopped at, but we stayed awhile ’cause the sangria was sooo good, according to my sister-in-law and Brian. The waitress was the best and after many pitchers, she wrote down their sangria recipe for us on our bill (which Brian then modified to his taste, obviously adding more booze to it!)…
On any given summer weekend, you can surely find a double pitcher of this, waiting to be served to our guests. Brian has been working on the recipe for a while, and he now thinks we have a winner. So, stock up on the ingredients and make this on the next sunny day… hopefully sooner than later!
What you need:
1 bottle of white wine (we use Bodacious White for the high level of sugar)
4 oz. of Malibu Rum
3 oz. of Triple Sec or Cointreau
2 oz. of your favorite Rum
1 cup of pineapple juice
3 cups of raspberry lemonade
top with sprite
1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar (depending on the amount of sugar in the white wine)
fruits: lemon, lime, orange, raspberry and strawberry
Slice your fruits and squeeze some of the juice in the pitcher. Add the sugar with the fruits in the pitcher. Add all the liqueur and juices. Stir. Leave in the fridge for about an hour or two before serving. Once cooled and ready to be served, add the ice, the sprite and mix well. Serve over ice with some of the fruits.
Beware, two can EASILY get tipsy with only one pitcher. So enjoy responsibly and have fun on this special day. Happy Canada Day all!!!
To end my Mexican recipe week, I decided to invite a few friends over to try out some of my favorite dishes! It ended up being quite the feast; a Cinco de Mayo kinda feast!
I spent a few days making paper flowers, a piñata and some more recipes. Made a raglan taco shirt for Liam and found a watermelon tank top for Logan… although I am clearly not a fan of tank tops for my boys! The best part: fake mustaches. The boys looked hilarious wearing them… although, once again, I’m not a fan of mustaches, and I hope they never get a real one when they grow up!!!
So we drank Corona’s, ate tacos, quesadillas and some tortillas. And just before we ate way to much guacamole and homemade salsa my friend Eric had made. For dessert we had some delicious churros with dulce de leche dip. Let’s just say that by the time we were done with the churros we looked like six full fake Mexicans. But there was still a surprise for the kids : a candy filled piñata.
I should have bought the damn thing… I made it at 11 pm the day before, with box/carton and about 20$ worth of duct tape; which made it indestructible! The kids got tired of hitting my cow/donkey with the plastic baseball bat, so Brian had some fun breaking it open with a golf club! Then the kids had a few tears because of who got what, but I guess it’s all part of the fun of having a piñata, and in the end they were all pretty happy to eat some candy although they were already so full!
I think I will celebrate Cinco de Mayo for years to come. All the colors and the amazing food are perfect to get me in the summer spirit! Let’s just hope that next year we’ll get to do it outside, with a bit more sun and wayyy less rain/water!
Finally, May is here. That means I’m getting ready for Cinco de Mayo! I love, love, love Mexican food, and finally (and hopefully), the boys do too!
It took a while but we now have Taco Tuesdays at our house. And this next Friday we’re hosting a little Cinco de Mayo get-together where I’ll be cooking some of my favorite Mexican recipes. So this week, my blog will be all about delicious, flavorful and spicy food!
At the top of my list: GUACAMOLE! This was the first recipe posted on my blog, which you can find here. Always a crowed pleaser, so you should double the recipe if you ever try it for a small group of people. Try it, you’ll know what I mean! Awesome with nachos, but also great with chicken, tacos, fajitas, toast and more!
So this week’s first recipe is a Pineapple Salsa. It tastes so ‘fresh’, it will make you think of summer. And I bet you’ll want to eat it all summer long as well. Great with nachos, baked tortillas, or on top of some grilled chicken. Great for pool parties, diners or just for a snack. It’s really healthy, well, until you add the chips!!!
This recipe calls for an entire pineapple; you may think it’s a lot, but once you’ll start to eat it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t used two!
What you need:
1 pineapple, cut into small cubes
1\4 cup of fresh cilantro
1 small red onion
2 tbs. lime juice
1 small tomato
salt and pepper
Really easy. Cut everything into small cubes. Place in a bowl. Add the chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix well. Place in the fridge for about an hour before serving. You can keep it in the fridge for at least 4-5 days in an airtight container. Serve with nacho chips, or on top of anything really!
This week’s recipes are really spicy. I will be using a lot of jalapenos, but if you’re not a fan of the heat, use less jalapeno or just leave them out of the recipe. My kids are not fans of the spiciness, maybe because I’ve had a bit too much of Frank’s Hot Sauce while pregnant (but I was craving for it), who knows! So all these recipes can be kids friendly without the peppers/jalapenos.
So, if you are into Mexican food like myself, you should really try this recipe. It’ll make you feel like you’re in Mexico enjoying the beautiful Mexican sun, while here in Ottawa it’s freezing and pouring rain outside all day long.
Oh, and don’t forget to let me know what you think of this awesome pineapple salsa me amigo.
It was our fifth anniversary this year… every year we plan, we book, we prepare what we need to bring and then we leave our families for an ENTIRE weekend! Last weekend was our annual girl-only-spa-weekend-getaway!
We have one rule: never go to the same place twice… but I have to admit that this might change next year as this year’s location was almost perfect!
So back in January, we all met and started to look at the available deals online. We previously went to St-Sauveur, Mont Tremblant, Montréal, and Québec city, but this year we all really needed/wanted to relax, so we decided to go somewhere more on the ‘country side’ where we wouldn’t be tempted to go out as much; and Fiddler’s Lake was the perfect fit for what we had in mind.
Friday morning we dropped off our kids to school, and on our way we were! Our first stop was Ofuro spa in Morin Heights. A Zen-like spa, with Nordic baths, relaxation zones and massages. It was rainy/snowy, and we felt like we had the place to ourselves. After 5 hours of total relaxation, we picked up food and drinks for the weekend out and headed to the cottage. As soon as we got there, we were already in love with the place. It was huge and luxurious, but with a country look to it, three bedrooms, and floor to ceiling windows with a beautiful view of the nature and trees that were surrounding us. To make this place even more awesome, we had our very own outside sauna and spa just to ourselves.
On our first night we ended up eating comfort food, watching old music videos and singing crappy songs! We made a gigantic nacho platter, my ‘famous’ guacamole, and some wings. And then, as full as we already were, we still decided to heat up a Chocolats Favoris chocolate fondue can with some fruits around midnight!
Ok, so it looks like all we do is sit and eat. But there’s more to that. Every year, we set up some personal goals to achieve. Anything goes. Last year, I wanted to create a blog (check!) run half a marathon (10km is a half marathon right???) and start up playing guitar again. So clearly, the blog part got done, the guitar, not so much but I started playing piano again with Liam. So it’s almost the same…or so I kept telling myself. As for the half marathon, I just added it to the 2017 list! We also share our favorite products we discovered throughout the year. It’s so funny, we never know what’s in store!
Saturday morning, without any kids to wake us up, we all slept in. Which means we were up by something like 7:30! It was nice though to spend a lazy morning in our pj’s until 10 and then go out and jump in the spa. We stayed in there for 3 hours, then had some cheese and charcuterie for lunch. Then, well of course, it was nap time. It’s harder to nap when you hear your girlfriends talk and want to sit there and have fun with them, as I didn’t want to miss a thing… but my vacation-mode-laziness and crave for a nap took over… so yeah, I ended up taking a short hour nap, and then went back outside in the spa for another 2 hours or so. God it felt good. And it was all we needed, a lazy no rush day with nothing planned, with sunshine, a nap, and all of us lounging in our pj’s.
After a day-long of doing nothing but relaxing, we all got dressed up and ready to go for diner in Saint-Sauveur. I had the best Goat Cheese salad ever and then some pasta. It was nice to be out but all we wanted to do was to go back to the cottage and enjoy some more time in our spa (where we spent another 2 hours that night!!!).
You know what, as much as I love love love my spa weekend, at some point I think about my boys and wonder what they are doing and what’s happening at home. I just love being at home. I was a stay at home Mom for almost 4 years and not one day I wished I was elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always so excited to leave on this little getaway, but a part of me sometime makes me miss them. At least I know they’ll have an awesome time with my husband! So before I left, I packed up their little suitcases for the weekend and prepared them some snacks. This year, they had a sleepover at my mother-in-law on the Friday, and then on the next day, the 3 of them met with my girlfriends’ husband and kids for a playdate that turned into another sleepover. Our four husbands, with our 9 kids, under one roof, with countless pillows and blankets, chips and candy, and I’m pretty sure without any curfew! It must have been quite the evening… Even I wouldn’t tackle such a task! But my boys were pretty excited to tell me all about their last minute sleepover at their friends and their ‘party without Mommy’! Apparently it’s happening again next year. We’ll see about that!
So, back to us at the cottage! The next morning came by way too quickly. We packed up our things, tried to find a nice terrace for lunch, only to find hot dogs and poutine! We did a bit of shopping, and then we were on our way…
It’s always fun to go away but there’s nothing like coming home. I was greeted by my babies with more kisses than I could have asked for, and that was the best thing ever.
Now it’s all over, and I can’t wait to plan our next getaway. I really hope we get to do this every year. I just love spending some relaxing time with my girlfriends; we’ve all changed so much since University, and we sometimes don’t see each other’s enough, but in the end, we’re still the same we’ve always been: just an amazing and truly unique crew that loves spending time together, doing nothing else than alternating between our pj’s and couch and our bathing suits and spa for an entire day!
On my list of places to visit for our annual getaway: Lake Placid, Niagara on the lake, New York and Las Vegas! Let’s see where we go next time!!!
God I LOVE long weekends!!!
Finally, we had a long weekend! Although it feels like Christmas was just around the corner, it also feels like it’s been forever since I’ve had a long weekend to relax and spend time with friends and family! Last weekend was just perfect; and the weather was AMAZING!
After what felt like the longest week of my life, it was finally Friday night! With no plans, one of my friend suggested we make dumplings! So we gathered all our ingredients and started stuffing the wrappers. We made 120! Yep, 120! Pretty sure they’re all gone now, with her 2 teenagers! So long to prepare, but so worth it. Of course we had some for dinner that night, like come on, we had to reward ourselves!
Saturday was gorgeous, plus 8 degrees for February felt like we had won the lottery! Took out our spring jackets an left the house early as we had a full day planned. We dropped the boys at my Mom’s and then drove to Vankleek Hill for some Beau’s All Natural shopping and tastings! They had the best snacks selections this weekend: creamy Bacon Carbonara Mac’n Cheese… it was sooo good! Brian had the Vodka Salmon and their new brew Triceratops. He loaded up on beers, then had a chance to spin their FeBREWary promotion wheel, and luckily for him, he won a nice Beau’s t-shirt that he wanted!
We had planned a nice day out to Montréal with our friends Mel and Pat. We love Montreal and don’t go often enough. We hadn’t seen them since our road trip to Fenway/Boston in October, so we had a lot of catching up to do!
We made it to Montréal, shopped at a local market, found delicious macarons and then we went to play Trapped. Trapped is a real life room escape. A one hour game, locked in a room and you have to get out. A modern clue game! I love it! We were so close to get out, like almost there!!! But we didn’t. We would have needed another 5 minutes. We had a lot of fun though. You all need to try it!
We then went out for drinks at Santos Tapas Bar. If you’re in Old Montreal, you have to try Santos. An electric atmosphere, unique décor, gorgeous drinks and delicious tapas. Pat was obsessed with the number of raspberry in his pink drink! (Hi Pat!). It was our second time at Santos and we will be back next time we’re in Montréal for sure!
We then made our way to MangiaFoco as we had reservations at 8:45: a pizzeria and mozzarella bar restaurant. Our friends had tried it in the fall and they thought we would love it too. And they were right, we loved it!
What’s not to love… awesome cheese, delicious pizza and wine (for the others!). We had a charcuterie plate: burrata and bufala affumicata, smoked tomatoes, truffles peaches, pancetta, capicollo and salami, all served with fresh bread. The cheeses were soft and creamy. I wish I could hide in their fridge for a night! We then shared the margherita and uomo pizza. So good!
The restaurant was awesome; love the decor and atmosphere, and we ended up with the best seat in the house! From our booth, we could see all the food coming from the kitchen on a white belt… it doesn’t sound like much, but we were so excited to see our cheese plate coming that Mel and I started screaming. Well, just a little! I can’t wait to go back!
Sunday was gorgeous again. We had our first chip stand snack for lunch in the car. Then we had to burn those calories by snowshoeing. It was so hot! We had to take off our coats. We then went back home and pretended to be in Mexico with the rest of our family by having homemade guacamole and drinks on our deck (surrounded by 5 feet of snow!).
The boys were exhausted from their weekend and went to bed early, so we decided to watch some Sherlock’s episodes. We both became huge fans of Sherlock Holmes when Guy Ritchie’s movie first came out couple years ago; then the second movie came out, which was even better. Bry loves to think he’s as clever as Sherlock… not so sure about that one! So since then, we started to watch the series Sherlock on Netflix with Benedict Cumberbach; so far we had watched the first 3 seasons, which consist of 3 episodes of 90 minutes each. And we loved it.
This time, for the 4th season, well, it was really good at first (and this won’t be a spoiler), but became more and more disturbing as we were watching. We watched the first 2 episodes on Sunday night, and I ended up dreaming I was a detective in some sort of crazy thriller all night long. Then on Monday night we watched the Finale, and oh boy, that was just too much for me, so I ended up not sleeping too well for a second night in a row! (But still, you got to watch this!).
Monday was family day and unfortunately, I was exhausted and Brian had to work. So we lounged in our pj’s all day, watched Moana, went for a walk and played all sorts of fun games.
Wish 3 days weekend would happen more often. Can’t wait for the next one to see what our next adventure will be like!
Hope you had the best of time last weekend, and happy family day to all of you!
Our weekend shenanigans are over! 2 days, 3 birthday parties and 67 guests later…we are done! Our little man turned six on Friday. How did this happened? Six??? Maybe 3 or 4 but 6…bye bye baby. It’s hard to see your first child growing up and it does go by so fast. He’s changed so much in the last few months, he’s less clingy, talks with lots of new words and ask for our help much less than
before and the worst, he gives less kisses. My heart is torn. So I will stop with the drama of having a 6 years old and talk about our weekend festivities!
So I like a good party and my boys too! A few months before their birthday, we talk about what they like, what they want and who they want to be there. Star Wars was an easy theme, the boys still haven’t seen the movies but that’s about to change because we received them for his birthday. Guest list, we have a big close family, we want everybody, so we had our friends come over for pizza on Friday night, a few of his school friends came yesterday morning and our families came over for some roasted hot dogs and cake last night!
Cakes, it’s always about the cakes! I love making my babies their cakes. It makes me so happy to create the things they love in sugar! I made 6 cakes. Baked and decorated them all after school this week. Star Wars decoration were really easy to find, lots from the $store, lots free on Pinterest and I bought the invitations and photo booth accessories from Etsy. I made my t-shirt, another idea from Pinterest and Brian and the boys attire came from Gap Kids and Old Navy. Bought some cheap wrapping paper before Christmas for the photo booth wall (new found favorite of Logan, taking photo booth pictures…we have at least 100!)
When we went to Boston in the fall, we visited one of my favorite stores, Pottery Barn Kids. I love this place! They have a Star Wars line that is to die for. I want the Star Wars sleeping bags sooo badly. I fell in loving with their marquee lit up sign. I decided I (well I mean Frank) could do this way cheaper, like for less than 25$. Found some Christmas string lights in clearance, painted a piece of wood, Frank drilled the sign and added the frame. Put in the light and bingo, I had the most awesome marquee sign EVER. I will put it up in their playroom, the light bulbs are in plastic, so unbreakable! Win-win!
Of course we had a few games. Our favorite, donuts-on-a-string, always a hit! We decorated Star Wars cookies. Also played, place the lightsaber on Yoda. A BB-8 pinata was a must. And we had the NOT so brilliant idea of buying lightsabers for all kids…do NOT attempt this when you are outnumbered! I made little Jedi costumes for all the kids and took lots of photo booth pictures.
Food, we had soooo much. Pizza, fries and poutine, wings, cookies, Princess Leia’s Buns, candy, chips, hot dogs, cupcakes, Edible Ewoks, Liam’s favorite raspberry pie, Yoda’s guacamole and CAKE! I’m no eating until the next birthday…well maybe not but I do need to recover from this weekend!
So today we took down the decorations, played with toys and looked at all the pictures we took. We love parties, we love our family and friends and most of all, we love our babies. Happy Birthday Liam. You deserve all the time we spent for your parties and more! You’ve been one amazing little boy since the moment you were born.
I remember, years ago, dreaming about going to Hollywood with my friend Annick to visit the land of our all-time favorite movie, Pretty Woman, renting a convertible and cruising down Rodeo Drive! Well, sadly it never happened, but at the same time, Thank God we never went, because after spending a week there, let me tell you one thing: what a freaking mess it is to drive in LA!!!
So, we decided to travel to California and Las Vegas back in January. I love planning trips, the excitement, the dreams and all the things you will do! I never imagined LA was going to be this BIG! We had a great flight, the boys were awesome; they just love going on a plane. They were so quiet, and happy, and relax, and sleepy. Don’t worry, I did not exaggerated on the GRAVOL, I just followed their Doctor’s recommendation, or course!
So we arrived in LA, all excited, ready for our big trip. Once Brian got our minivan keys, we were ready for our driving journey! My mom had rented a AirBNB for the week near Venice Beach, so that’s where we drove first. We had guacamole and drinks, talked about our flight, about LA, and then we left to explore the city! First stop: Venice Beach. The beach was just gorgeous, with water for miles, beautiful sand, and a perfect gleaming sun. We walked on the beach and Logan face planted the moment he started running for the Ocean! It was hilarious! They had a great time finding the smallest of seashells and just being pushed by the waves. We should’ve spent more time at the beach on that first day, but we thought we would have time to come back; which we didn’t. Next we explored the Venice Beach Boardwalk, an experience in itself. Let’s be honest here, Venice Beach is not what I expected… let say there’s nothing glamorous about that place. It was first on my list and now it may be last if we ever go back to LA. We had snacks and walk for a few miles and then we started to get jet lag. We had seen enough, so we drove to Anaheim, where we were actually staying.
The boys fell asleep within 30 seconds, Jojo within 10 minutes, and we made it to Anaheim in no less than almost 2 hours with the never ending traffic. We found our room, we unpacked, we freshened up, and with a second wind, we were now headed to Downtown Disney for a great diner at Napoli’s and a very late night on the town! We had been up for almost 24 hours by the time we went to bed that night. But after a short night of sleep, we spent the day at Disneyland. One of my favorite place on earth. When can I go back?
On Saturday, we had the chance to attend the most beautiful wedding ever. Betsy and Andrew got married in LA. The church was beautiful and the venue was out of this world. We will never experience anything like this ever again.
Of course we had a few bumps on our way to the church! We had an hour drive to the wedding, and as always, we were tight on time. The boys were loud and agitated all morning long, but luckily for us, we had a dvd player in our rented minivan and the boys were really into that new movie we had bought that morning: Star Wars Lego, so we didn’t hear them for the first 45 minutes. The last 15 was completely different thought. Liam started to feel sick, while on the highway, right before our exit: ‘maman, I think I’m going to be sick’… Brian just said ‘F***ck…’ and looked at me in despair, knowing what was coming. We were in our wedding attire, the boys were in their wedding attire, we had no wipes, no water, 2 pj’s and one plastic bag from Target because of that Star Wars dvd we had bought earlier that day! So yeah, well said, f*ck…
I got out of the passenger’s seat, unbuckled Liam, brought him in the back seat, I sat on the floor, my dress gathered around my waist, taking him out of his clothes as he was now so pale… and then it came all out… most of it in that Target plastic bag, all of this while driving at over 75 mph! It was a nightmare. I took one of the pj’s and wiped him with it! Thank God we were only minutes away. So we made it to the church, got out of the minivan, found a wedding guest who was nice enough to give me a bottle of water, cleaned him up, and dressed him up. In no time he was top shape and we were ready, with even 5 minutes to spare before the wedding! It was such a beautiful ceremony.
Before going to the reception venue, we had an hour or so to burn, but I had a plan. An In-N-Out plan! So Logan and I got ourselves crazy good burgers while I took one of my favorite picture of the year! Boy I could use one of these right now! In-N-Out burgers are the best.
We ended up in Santa Clara and drove by the ocean, until it was time to climb up that mountain to get to the reception. That’s when I found my new fear of heights! Ouff… we had to stop at least 5 times while driving there, as I had to put my feet of the pavement and take a few breaths. But once we got there, it was paradise. Felt like a movie. Wedding out of dreams, at the Blackberry Creek Farm, where California meets Italy. The food, the flowers, the dishes, the sky. The bride and groom were gorgeous. We dined under the lights in a valley surrounded by big trees. All the details were thought of. The boys played in a tree house, with a chandelier inside… my kind of playhouse! And my kind of wedding! In the end, we had such a fabulous time. Thanks again for having us! This place was just perfect: http://www.kellygulch.com/
On Sunday morning we drove to Beverly Hills. We snapped lots of pictures of boutiques, street signs and famous places. I finally drove down Rodeo Drive (not in a convertible thought, but in our nice minivan!). Then we visited Griffith Park and Observatory to see the Hollywood sign. That new fear of heights reached another level that day while driving up there, and I was not able to enjoy the view from atop the mountain. So we drove back fast enough to sea level, where I’m very comfortable!
We made our way to Santa Monica Pier. Wow. The sky was clear, the sun was bright, it was so crowded, with music and people everywhere, yet, at the end of the pier, everything seemed to be so calm, and so peaceful. This was Brian’s favorite moment of the trip, he seemed so happy to be there. I have tears thinking about that moment we spent over there, just staring at the never ending ocean. It’s like we were alone in the world, it was just breathtaking.
We then played a few arcade games, won a few Shopkins for the boys, and watched a few performers along the way. The beach was too crowded… we tried to swim, the boys wanted to go in the ocean again, but the waves were too strong. We just stayed there for a few minutes and then packed up our stuff with a few pounds of sands in our swimsuits and we were on our way back to Anaheim.
We had diner at The Cheesecake Factory… it’s good thing we don’t have one of those here…I would live there. DELICIOUS food, and those cheesecake, huh… just kill me now!!! No let me eat my cheesecake first, then kill me!
Monday was our last day in California. We went to Disney California Adventure. You can read about our time at Disney in one of my previous post. The boys are now asking daily when are we going back there. I don’t have an answer. But I know it will happen again, eventually! We had such a great trip, but we didn’t even have time to see half of what we wanted to see. Next time we’ll have a convertible, lots of time, and we’ll drive from Napa to Disneyland!
Sunsets and palm trees, we love you.