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A week later, I’d say that we’re still recovering from Easter weekend and ALL the food we ate… and a new weekend just begun where we have two trips scheduled to the Sugar Shack!!! Omg, if I die this weekend, I will definitely not die hungry.

So last weekend was a rough one… and not because of over-excited kids due to chocolate cause they barely ate any! Nope, it was just an exhausting, but still fun, long weekend. I am just glad I had Monday off!

Like I mentioned in my last post, we have LOTS of traditions on Easter weekend. We always over-schedule and forget to include quiet and nap time. Well, this year was no different! It all started on Good Friday when we left the house to go shopping in Montréal. We dropped the kids at my Mom’s, pick-up Jojo and headed to Montréal for brunch and shopping. We (well I), had plan to have brunch at Café Ricardo, truly the highlight of my weekend!!! What a beautiful place. Bright, beautifully decorated and a dessert show-case to make you drool. And that, we did! I could talk about the place for hours… everything matches, the color scheme is dreamy and the food was visually perfect and so tasteful. Wish I live closer, but I`ve heard through the vines that Ottawa may get their own Café Ricardo in 2019. If that happens, I want a membership card or something. So sign me up, buttercup!

We then ventured to the shopping part of our trip. Browsed through the Ricardo boutique, bought some cute stuff while coming out with a long wish list. Then, like everyone else in town, we headed out to the shopping mall. So crowded, so loud, so many people, at that point, I regretted not sleeping in and staying home that morning! Did manage to buy a few things but we were all too tired to kept on shopping. So we drove back to our hometown, picked-up the boys and headed to the annual Good Friday fish/egg/fries/poutine but NO meat diner at Lulu’s! Not sure when was the last time we had so much fun… we played a music game and let’s just say the competition was extreme… but my team won and we had a blast, so that’s all that counts!!!! Got home so late, with my three companions sleeping most of the way back, then unloaded the car and past out for a few hours.

But for a second off day in a row, there was no sleeping in for us… a bright and early Easter Egg Hunt was waiting for the boys (that I had planned the night before at 12:30 am). There`s something sooo exciting and fun about cheap plastic colored eggs! The kids love it, and I love it… so we opted to give the boys a bit of money instead of chocolate or candy and they were quite excited about it, and didn’t lost any time to put it in their own piggy bank for our next trip! Then they received their actual Easter basket, stocked with pj’s, books, bubbles and treats. The boys spent a few hours playing Egg Hunt on their own, which was so fun to watch. I swore to them and I’ll swear to you that I had hidden the same number of eggs for both of them, yet, Logan got 9 and Liam got 10. That created a bit of chaos, but in the end, we gave him the extra loonie since it’s all going in the same pot; our Disney Cruise pot!

We later left home and drove to the Beau’s All-Natural Brewery to fill-up Brian’ own Easter basket with his own favorite treats, and then headed out to my Mom’s for dinner; which turned out to be quite the evening actually! Logan is obsessed playing bingo, and yes, we played all evening long. Let’s just say that if you combine bingo and beers, it ends up as being an extremely hilarious game! We laugh so much and in the end, we even all won prizes! My mom has bought a lots of toys from the dollar store to give out as prizes for bingo games with the kids, but this time around, knowing she’d be playing with grown-ups as well, she had bought some stuff for adults too… so we all ended up winning some oven mitts, which made up for some splendid Instagram live stories we all want to forget! Once the kids were in bed, Brit, Alyssa, Brian and I ended up in the spa for what seem to be like a good two hours, right before ordering pizza at midnight… probably not the best idea but it was for sure a delicious one! Let’s just say Easter Sunday was rough for a few of us… yeah, Brian’s Easter basket was all empty by the morning!

We did manage to have a loud and crazy brunch with all the grandkids reunited… sugar was still running high while patience was starting to run low. We all survived and then packed up the car, made another stop at Lulu’s, then at Pépère’s, and then at my mother-in-law for our annual chicken and ribs Easter dinner. Great dinner, great time, but after three days on the go, I couldn’t wait to be back home and enjoy a long night sleep in my own bed with finally a chance to sleep in.

Monday was for pajama’s, movies, naps, while also hiding all the chocolate we had brought home. Made zero attempt to get anything done beside meals and I was ok with that!

So now, we are all impatiently waiting for spring to arrive, trying not to eat the hidden chocolate… so this week, I got the boys registered for soccer and swim lessons, while waiting for the next long weekend, which for me happens to be next weekend… as I am leaving home for 4 days for our annual girls’ spa weekend getaway! But first, let’s start by enjoying this weekend. Hope it’s a good one for you too my friends!

 

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christmas worthy french toast

For a very long time, I didn’t eat French Toast. You know, soggy bread with a mushy texture… I don’t know, just wasn’t a fan. I do love maple syrup, but French Toast, bleh! I would rather have a bowl of cereal or Nutella toasts instead.

Well that is until my mom found an awesome recipe in the LCBO magazine Food and Drink, years ago. Life changing! It’s mostly all the same ingredients that you would find in your regular FT recipe… but… wait for it!

So we usually eat French Toast on Sunday morning when we’re not having the best breakfast in town at Brian’s aunt Lulu; but above all, we ONLY eat French Toast when we have had a nice dinner on the night before that included a bread baguette. I’m telling you, you won’t EVER throw away any left over baguette once you’ve tried this recipe. Of course you can use a fresh baguette, but it’s so much better when you use food you would have normally wasted. So from now on, save every pieces of baguette that’s left after dinner, freeze it in a Ziploc bag and keep it until you’re ready to make French Toast on a beautiful Sunday morning. I’d say you’ll need about 4 or 5 slices of bread per person, but you can clearly make a few more, and there’ll be none left, trust me!

So you’re probably telling yourself “well what could possibly make these French Toast sooo special?”. Well the secret lies somewhere between the maple syrup and the choice of bread! Now that I’ve already told you about the bread thing, here’s what you need to know about the maple syrup: well you put it IN the batter; cause that’s where the magic happens! With the smaller baguette pieces, the crust will caramelized while cooking, giving you less soggy bread and more crispy goodness to devour!

Easy to make, even when entertaining a crowd for brunch. I can assure you that these will be a hit. So here goes my version of the recipe.

What you need:

2 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

baguette slices for 4

Easy as 1-2-3!

1- Mix all wet ingredients

2- Dip one bread slice at a time in the batter mixture

3- Place them in a buttered skillet on med-high heat and cook until both sides are golden (and yummy!)

Dress it up with more maple syrup, powdered sugar and fresh fruits. And VOILA!

Easy to make, tastes like heaven and takes no time at all. Perfect addition to your Christmas morning family brunch, but honestly, I prefer having them randomly on any other given weekend whenever I’m feeling like it.

Hope the next couple of days will be good to you; wishing you the happiest of Holidays, and the tastiest of French Toast somewhere between Christmas and NYE. Merry Christmas mylemondroplife friends! xx

 

 

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brunch, harry potter style

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When I read; I dream!  So when I read Harry Potter, I was really into it, like as if I lived the Hogwarts life…  I imagined myself with them, the 4 of us, going through all of these adventures together, living the sorcerer’s life, while being Hermione’s BFF!  I was flying on my broom in Quidditch match, sleeping in the Griffindor dorm, while, of course, using as much as possible my very own wand… I just love those dreams.

Well last Sunday, it was kind of one of my dream come true!

I’ve heard 3 weeks ago about some sort of Harry Potter Brunch in Montréal.  Googled it, saw how cool it looked, and knew right away I had to attend.

But of course, I’m not the only Harry fan, and the tickets were sold out; I was devastated.  Finally, they added a few more brunch date options, and, oh yeah, guess who got her 2 tickets!!!

Brian was nice enough to attend with me… he’s not into Harry at all… so, well, let say we were at the complete opposite end of the excitement chart going into that event.  So I didn’t asked him if we was dressing up, but I would have loved to!!!

We made it to the Old Montreal, and as soon as I saw a red-vintage-English-style phone booth outside a restaurant, I knew we found the place.  From outside, le restaurant Les Intraitables is just so beautiful and elegant, but as soon as we made it inside, that’s when the fun began.  The place was turned into the Great Hall, with floating candles, long black tables, house flags and overflowing food!

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Some people were dress like Hogwart students, some like certain characters, and then there was Lord Voldermort.  Once we were all seated, ready for our brunch, he came down the stairs with a HUGE snake.  A real snake.  From afar I was okay, but then he came closer, and closer, until he was standing right over my head… that when my knees started shaking.  Lord Voldermort was a VERY good actor.  He never cracked, and played the role to the perfection.  He could see that I was not enjoying this, yet he came inches from my face, so I close my eyes, but as soon as I opened them, he was right there and HISSED loudly right at me.  He surprised me, he scared the shit out of me, and of course I screamed as loud as I could have!

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Then we enjoyed a delicious brunch, waffles, sausages, ham, quiche, meat pies, squash potatoes with bacon, croissant, chocolate croissant and for dessert, donuts, pumpkin bites and the best chocolate frogs ever!  Always eating while looking out for him as he was going up and down the stairs.

So the second time he came back, I was not looking at him, at all, I didn’t move, hoping he’d just ignore me, but no, that evil piece of sh*t stayed right behind me for a very long time, waiting for me to turn around, which I didn’t do, but which I should have done, cause I can honestly say that I thought I was going to die when he started petting my hair…

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I do NOT like my hair to be touched by anybody,  Especially not by him.  Brian was laughing at first, but that’s when I saw in his eyes that he was becoming less and less comfortable and that he started to move away from me that it was not Voldermort hand playing in my hair anymore, but that fuckin python right on my head.  I had chills, I screamed, I was just terrified.  I still can’t believe that happened to me.

But then, I rewarded myself with a Butter Beer (the one for students of course!!!).  I was excited about it as I didn’t get the chance to have one when we visited Hogsmade in Orlando 2 years ago… It was delicious!

Overall, it was such a fun and very well organized activity.  I heard they may have a Harry Potter Christmas ball!!!  If they do, I know I’ll be there, with Voldermort present or not.  Until then, I’ll continue flying and playing wizard in my dreams… Wingardium Leviosa!

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