Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bizee

Hi friends. Life has been super busy - but more than that - it's been super, super HOT. Whoa. Heatwave. I am not complaining - I love this summer weather - but whoa - come night fall - someone has got to stop 'throwing water on the rocks'. 

We have our kids Kung Fu party this Saturday. For some reason I thought that there would be like 15 people there - I counted wrong - there are 24 coming! 13 kids and 11 adults. Should make for a very busy day. I have the menu all planned and the goody bags are all packed. Goody bags are pretty much my favourite part of the party. Love them. I found some really fun things at Michael's and some cute things - little rings at Pier 1. 

I will have more details - coming up. I am really excited about the menu. I will be sure to take some fun pics.

I hope you are all well. 

Loves.

Enjoy.

Friday, July 24, 2009

My Love.

Today marks 10 years that Chris and I have been together. 10 years! It seems to have gone by so fast. After all this time, he still makes me laugh so much. He makes me crazy. He appreciates me. He is the one that I want to spend my evenings curled up on the couch with. He is the one that I want to walk the pups with. He is the one that I want to take long holidays with. He is the one that makes sure that we are always financially sound. He is the one that shares my love of chocolate. He loves my family. He loves my friends. He loves that I feed him. He is the one that I will share many more 10 years with. I love him so.

I wanted to share some pics - I only have one that I took a picture of (from years ago) and the rest of my pics are still on our old pc. I have to do something with those. Just noticing that all of our pictures are ones that we have taken of us. I really need to pass off the camera to others to take pics of us. 

We had been together 2 years here. 





We have had such a brilliant year this year - and am so excited to see what happens in the coming years. Loves. LOVES.

Enjoy!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Warning - lots to say.

I've been busy. Today will be day 3 of 'Operation find something to wear to the wedding on Saturday'. Why oh why do I leave things until the last minute? 
I have learned a few things from my treks so far:
1. I don't need anymore shorts
2. (And I knew this before, but it is confirmed once again) - polyester is not hot. Not 'hot' in the good way of the word - not stylish, not sexy. However, it is hot in the sense - that one wearing it - could sweat to death.
3. I am not a fashionista - but I feel that I have some good fashion sense - and want to become a clothing designer for woman that aren't a perfect 7 - or whatever the perfect size is. Seriously! Just b/c you may be a 'plus' size woman - does not mean that your boobies are a triple D's or that you don't like loose fitting things right under them. I am going out of my comfort zone - b/c I really don't like to talk about my body - trust me - you don't even want me to get started - I have far too many issues - that it's just better we don't go there - but shopping for something that I need - as opposed to just shopping - can be so damn frustrating. Sigh. I did this to myself - I am not a skinny minnie - but in the meantime - it would be nice to find some classy clothes that are not in tacky table cloth material or reminiscent of animal print. What's that - cheetah! Yikes. 

Ok sorry for the rant. I really would like to try and make some things though. Now... if only I could sew. I sure wish that I paid attention in Ms. Johnson's homec class instead of getting kicked out for laughing all the time.

Breathe.

Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law Sharon today!!! I hope she has a good one. My brother usually does something really nice for her.

And Congratulations!!! Suzanne, Jeremy and big brother Alexander, welcomed Hunter today - love the name and can't wait to meet him.

Cooking - not too much really lately. Made a salad last night - just fresh yellow tomatoes, 
green pepper, goat cheese and some orange's juice on top. That with what seems to be our summer staple at least once a week - a roasted chicken from Thrifty's. So easy - take off the skin - and it's an easy dinner.


I made a double batch of the blueberry muffins - but didn't double the honey - and they turned out really well. So... this makes me think that the first recipe doesn't need a full cup of honey. I will have to try that again, although I am out of blueberries now. WITHDRAWAL. 

Now on to some more personal stuff that is connected to my rant above. My good friend Shannon has expressed to me that she has had one of 'those years'. I keep telling her to stay positive. I don't want to preach to her - b/c I know that when you're frustrated or whatever is happening in your life - the last thing you want is for someone to say stuff like 'keep your chin up' or 'good things are coming your way' - but in all honesty, I really do believe that trying to be positive - will help you. 

A couple of years ago I was in a funk. Not loving myself. I don't want to go into details - but I just felt like I was out of control of my own self - and I was finally realizing that I wasn't taking care of myself. Chris has always wanted me to be active - not running marathons, but active - healthy. For years I combatted him on this - feeling that he wanted other things - and just couldn't say it. That wasn't the case. He wanted me to be healthy - and take care of myself. I had done a poor job of making sure that I was number one. It took me a long time to realize that if the house isn't clean, the dogs aren't walked, dinner isn't planned or made, groceries aren't in the fridge - that I am unsuccessful, a failure, unorganized (or whatever words came to mind) - it just meant that I had other things to focus on. 

In my quest to figure this out - I posted little sayings all over the house - in places that I wouldn't miss reading them each day. I don't read them as much as I used to - I need to start again - but I really did say them aloud to myself - and I think that it really helped. 

I know that as woman - mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, partners - that we put a lot of pressure on ourselves and I think that it's ok to have some pressure - to remind ourselves that there are things that are important to us, but, it has to be a healthy pressure. If something doesn't get done, made, cooked, cleaned, etc., it will still be there. I really feel that if 'one' is taking the time for themselves, that it will only refresh them to take the care of everything else. 

I am still not anywhere near where I should be in making myself a number one priority. I am getting there though. I am selfish sometimes - I need to be. I still do things for others, because I like to. My running clinic in Jan to April - was good for me - and I only wish that I kept up with it. One thing that I have realized is - is that I can start over. I can try again. I can make things happen regardless if I wasn't successful the first time. I know it's a cliche - but we are all responsible for our own destiny. 

I wanted to share some of my sayings - and want all of the lovely ladies in my life to remember that we are all - Smart, intelligent, loving, beautiful, young women.





Wish me luck - I hope that I don't find other treats to bring home tonight.
Loves, 

Enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hello Blueberries.



The first crop. I think that there are 3 in total. I can only imagine what they will be like next year. Oh I so hope that they make it through the winter. I bought, and then my mom picked me up, huge containers of blueberries - in Ladner. They are absolutely delicious. Seeing the rows and rows of them on the different farms as we drove through the different areas, and their radiant bright blue was beautiful. 


PS - the muffins from yesterday turned out really well. They were very moist - I think that it was the honey.

Short and sweet tonight.  Dinner was pasta with peppers, tomatoes and spinach and chicken that we grilled last night. I love it when I think about dinners in advance. I accidentally bought some organic pasta instead of whole wheat - still tasty - but I do like the whole wheat.

Summer Linguini 
                                                                        
Linguini - I like to break it in half and boil it that way 
2 chicken breasts - we had bone in breasts - I just removed from the bone and chopped up
1 red, green and yellow pepper - chopped
1 onion - chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic - minced
1 bunch of spinach
10 cherry tomatoes - halved
1 lemon
Verde vinaigrette seasoning - or dried oregano would be lovely too
1 cup of crumbled feta

Boil pasta. While pasta is boiling saute onion in olive oil and a pinch of kosher. When onion is translucent add garlic. Then add peppers and saute. Then add the chicken and spinach. Once spinach is added, squeeze the lemon and let the veggies soak it all up. Add cherry tomatoes and additional seasoning. Once the pasta is el dente, take about a cup of the boiled water and pour it over the vegetables. Drain pasta, but don't rinse. Add feta to the vegetables and chicken and stir it all together. A couple of scoops of a time add the pasta to the sauce. Mix thoroughly so that it is all coated and continue to add the rest of the pasta. 

And that's it. Light and refreshing - and so deelish.

Chris rated this a 4!

Ok - running off to spend some time with Christoff. 

Loves.

Enjoy!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Sweet. Sweet. Sunday.

Hatty - she found 'her' bed in the spare room. 

Up early, watering the crop*, a long dog walk, little laundry and some shopping. 

*Crop = my pots, tomatoes, blueberry bushes and squash. Whatever - I like to pretend. :)

Shopping - was NOT successful in the 'dress for a wedding' area. I did manage to pick up a nice pair of dress pants for Chris. And then a new pair of shoes, shorts and a couple of tops for myself. Everything was on sale - except Chris' pants. There were some really great sales on today. I am not going to stress about the wedding - yet. Friday night will probably be my power shop for something to wear. BuH!

Dinner tonight was quick and easy. I was fortunate enough to have a leftover pork tenderloin - so pork tenderloin quesadillas with potato salad was on the menu.

Pork tenderloin Quesadillas Sims Style          
                                                                                
                  
1 medium pork tenderloin - see last night's recipe here
1 roasted red pepper - I roasted this as I heated up the tenderloin in aluminum foil on the grill - then sliced into thin strips
Roasted red pepper cream cheese
1 cup cherry tomatoes - three slices per tomato
1 cup shredded cheese - I used cheddar
4 whole wheat wraps

Once your pepper and tenderloin are heated and prepared (as above) - start prepping your quesadillas. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese on each of the wraps. To half of the wrap add a the thinly sliced tenderloin to each wrap. Add the peppers and then the cherry tomatoes, and then top each of the wraps with the cheese. Fold in half. Grill on low heat for about 3 minutes each side. 


I served these up with low fat sour cream - and they were delicious.  We had Potato Salad - to accompany the quesadillas and it was a great dinner. Out on the deck, sun setting, beautiful summer night - just the way I like it.

I finally did something with the cherries that we brought home with us. We ate A LOT  of them - but I still had quite a few of them left. So... I froze them - just as is - and we'll see how that works. I am sure that I will be able to pit them after they thaw and try making something with them then. Someone told me that they are delicious eating them frozen. I secretly love it when I do stuff with fruit or veggies - I feel really 'domestic like'  - but really all that I ever do is freeze it or make fresh tomato sauce. 

I did manage to make something with my blueberries. Muffins.  I love blueberries. I think that they are probably my favourite fruit. I made my grandma's blueberry pie recipe last week, and I can remember her making it as a child - that may be one of the reasons why I love them so much.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
                                                                      
     
1 egg
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 vegetable oil
1 cup of honey
1 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups of blueberries

Pre-heat the oven to 400. Lightly spray or butter your muffin tins - or use paper liners. I use the smallest amount of butter on mine.  Mix the first 3 ingredients and then add your honey and stir thoroughly. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Add blueberries and gently incorporate them into the dough.  Fill your tins and place a couple of  blueberries on each muffin. Bake for 18 minutes.

I use large tins - so the recipe only made six muffins. Small tins - it would have made 12.

These will be breakfast for the next couple of days for us. Next time I will add lemon juice and some lemon zest. 

I think that I found one of my worst chores - making the bed. I struggle with the duvet every time. Tonight when I was battling with the bed - I thought about Martha Stewart and how I could just see her doing a show on how to make your bed just like a top hotel quality. Using terms like 'efficient - perfect - best mattress - only 18000 thread count sheets - 10.5 inches'. BUH! And then I pictured myself having to do a 'how-to' show on making a bed - and how there would be down comforter feathers flying everywhere, mascara running, and a lot of swearing. In the end there is nothing better then freshly cleaned sheets. Good sleeps tonight, I hope.

I am wishing all the best for those poor soles in West Bank - I am wishing for a huge rain fall for them.

That's it for me for tonight. Getting psyched up for another work week. I wish you a well week. I will be here again tomorrow :)~

Loves.

Enjoy!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hello Saturday.


Meet Miss Happy Hattrick - such a good pup.

What a great day - although it's almost over - it's been a lovely day. We started out early with Starbucks in hand and took the pups avec cousin Hattrick to the park, and what a lovely morning it was. Chris and I went to the Moss Street Paint-in - we got to see some very interesting and beautiful art - and my favourite artist (kind of the only one that I really know) - Tracy's art was lovely. Then to the Moss St. Market - we got some treats there. And then a quick grocery run, bevies on the deck, dinner and a quiet evening in. 

Some pics from our outing today:

A cute little booth selling delicious salsas, picked veggies and chutneys.

Decorative gourds - lovely

Tracy - talented artist

Just one of Tracy's beautiful paintings

Home for a lounge - new outside pillows from Pier 1

Dinner was so great tonight. Very simple. It was a combined effort, so one of my favourite kinds of dinners. On the menu: Pork tenderloin with a homemade rub, roasted cherry tomatoes, grilled peppers and onion and bread from B-red Bakery* (found at Moss Street Market).

*B-red Bakery = used to have a little place just down the road from us - but they have closed - very sad when it happened - they had the most amazing pizzas. Now one of the guys is baking bread - he also bakes the baguettes for Lucy's in the Square.

Foccacia bread from B-Red Bakery

Pork tenderloin with smokey rub

2 tenderloin (sorry don't know the size - medium sized) - pat dry with a paper towel and then rub with juice of a half of a lime.  Let them rest and wait for the rub.


Smokey rub

1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp chipotle seasoning
2 tbsp dried oregano
Kosher salt and cracked pepper
Zest of half a lime

Mix all of the ingredients together and rub on each side of the tenderloins. Grill on a hot barbeque for about 7 minutes each side. Once the pork is fully cooked, let rest for about 10 minutes - keeping it covered with aluminum foil. Resting the meat is so important as it will leave all of juices in.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Place cherry tomatoes in a dish that can go directly on the grill - I used an aluminum pie plate. Drizzle with a very small amount of olive oil and give a sprinkle of kosher and pepper. And that's it! So simple, but the flavour is indescribable. 

Chris rated this a 5++.

With lots of pork tenderloin leftover, I made a sandwich for Chris' lunch for tomorrow, with Ciabatta bread from B-red Bread, half a roasted red pepper, fresh organic greens, a small roasted onion and some amazing mango and roasted red pepper salsa that we found at the market. I am definitely going to need to learn how to make that. It was delicious.


Our neighbours are having a party tonight - which started around noon (I think). Their pups have managed to quiet down for now - and I am hoping that it lasts. We were invited over - but just weren't really in the mood - we did a party last night - that was a lot of fun - so we were just needing a night in doing nothing.

Tomorrow - not too much planned. I hope to find something to wear to a wedding next week - a dog walk, maybe a trip to Root Cellar - I am going to really try and 'play it by ear'. Debbie and family with Mom are home tomorrow - and little Callum's team is doing very well at his Baseball tournie. 

I hope you all had a great day - and have plans for a good Sunday.

PS - I posted a picture of the Macaroni Salad Summer Style - I can't wait to make it again. Click HERE to check it out.

Enjoy!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Short and sweet

My oh my, where does the time go when you're having fun. Fun! I am really enjoying what this summer is offering me, I have to tell ya. Since coming home, I am not even sure what is happening after work - but before I know it, it's 8:50 PM and I am just sitting down to dinner with Chris. I'm not complaining b/c my days are full - and life is good.

We have just came home from a very long walk through the fields of Tillicum - we have my sister's dog for the weekend, Hattrick, and she is a doll. We tired our dog tribe out - and hopefully there will be no restlessness tonight - and just good old fashioned sleeping.

I had a lovely long chat with my brother tonight. I probably don't mention him too much, but he is a great brother. I don't see him or talk to him nearly as much as I should, but that is going to change. After returning from Summerland, I have a new mission, and I am going to make it happen. I am not going to go into detail - but I have made a pledge to myself, and I will follow through*. Follow through = better than my running career. Oh god - stress of not running just flashed through my head. Sigh. 


Hugh and Haraya - she looks so much like him

Hugh driving - and me tubing - a blast

I have been 'semi' cooking lately. The night before last I bought a roasted chicken, tztiaki, pita and then made a delicious salad with my abundance of cherry tomatoes. My 'farm' is producing a lot of them right now - and this makes us very happy. Last night, Chris bbq'd some fresh, wild salmon that I picked up and we had it with more tztiaki (ok, I know that I am spelling that wrong, but I don't have the energy to do a spell check) and more tomato salad.  Tonight I made a homemade pasta salad (which I will have to post the pic of tomorrow night) - and it was quite lovely.

Cherry tomato salad Summer Style

2-3 cups of cherry tomatoes - cut in half 
8-10 leaves of fresh basil - coarsely chopped
Juice of a quarter of a naval orange
Kosher salt and pepper
Drizzle of olive oil

That's it. Mix it all together and you have the most refreshing, flavourful salad. I also add feta sometimes, and if I do, I omit the kosher salt. Feta has enough salt already in it. I don't have a pic of it, but will take one b/c I will definitely make it again and post.

Chris rated this a 5!!


Macaroni salad Summer Style    
Whole wheat macaroni - cook how much you think that you will need. I always cook way too much.
2 small zucchini cut in quarters and then thinly sliced
1 red, yellow and orange pepper chopped into small pieces
3 green onions thinly chopped
Kosher salt and pepper

Dressing:
1/4 cup of tztiaki (I had this leftover) if you don't have this on hand, add more yogurt and fresh dill
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Dried oregano
Mix all of the ingredients and keep cool.

Boil your pasta and let cool. I drain then rinse and then put in the fridge until it is cooled. Add all of your vegetables into your large salad bowl and sprinkle your kosher salt and pepper.  Add your dressing to the vegetables and give it a good toss. Start adding the cooled macaroni 2 - 3 cups at a time to ensure that they are evenly coated. 

And that's it. Chris rated this a definite 5!!

Ok, posting some recipes have relieved some stress. Sigh.

We have an action packed weekend around here. Party tomorrow night, Moss Street Paint-In to see my lovely and talented friend - Tracy's - artwork, dinner with some friends, shopping for something to wear to a wedding, dog walks, farm work (aka yard work), and more and more things that will come up. I have a nail appt. tomorrow and I think that I am going to take my fancy nails off for a bit and go commando. I have ugly nails, so I need to try and treat them well. I also have Monique coming to spend a couple of hours sorting our house. Why can't I keep up with it??? I guess it's b/c all I want to do is be outside.

Ok friends - good weekend to all. I hope that you enjoy the weather, it's supposed to be warm. 

Enjoy!

C.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer love.

Dear Summerland, I love you.

 
I am in love. Yes, in love with Chris - but this is a new love. My new love - is Summerland. This place is incredible. My brother and his wife's place, is amazing. They have their own little paradise in the middle of what might be one of the funnest town names. 

Home from a lovely weekend. The entire weekend was delightful. 

Highlights: Family, seeing everyone, little ones - having 7 little ones all about makes things even better, cherries - so many cherries, dogs running free, incredible food, the beach, the boat, tubing, incredible hosts, fresh blueberries, cold bevvies, relaxation... There is so much more to mention.

It really was a great weekend. Hugh and Sharon's place is so lovely - surrounded by so many different fruit trees, a cherry orchard in their front yard and so much peace and tranquility. 

We all prepared meals together - and there were some lovely dishes. This was our second reunion and I am so excited to plan the next one, although we all decided that Summerland may need to be an annual get together. 

We all rented a boat for the day on Saturday - I tubed - so MUCH FUN! Chris tried waterskiing for the first time. He did awesome! Got up the first try and lasted for about 20 seconds. We went around to pick him up - and he let us know that he popped his groin. OUCH. Poor guy. That wasn't so much fun for him. He's on to a quick recovery - let's hope.

Here are some pics of the weekend. If you haven't made a trip to the Okanagan before - you should do a road trip. I am already planning my next vacation.













I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. We are already one day down before the weekend - so enjoy it - the weekend will even be better. 

I am on the hunt for what I can do with all of my cherries. If you have any ideas, please write. 

Until tomorrow...

Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

AWOL

I have been AWOL - well maybe not - but after tomorrow I will be. AWOL heading up to Summerland - land of Summer - in a Mitchell style convoy to a weekend getaway to celebrate with the family. This is the 2nd annual get together that we have had - in memory of our Grandma Mitchell that we all miss so much. She will be watching, ensuring that we all arrive at my brother and sister-in-law's house safely - and then will sit back with my dad and granddad and watch the festivities. Chris and I are so excited. I am so fortunate to have wonderful relationships with my extended family - and we all have so much fun when we're together.

I have been super busy - hence, the lack of writing. I just got home from getting my hair done. The stripes on the top of my head, aka roots, were getting to be a bit much. 

Connor's birthday on Monday was great. He is such an amazing young man - I just love him so. I seriously can't believe that 15 years have past since he was born. 15 years!! I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday. My sister and brother in law didn't have a car, so they called me at 7 AM when Debbie was in labour - and I drove Grandma M's Chevy Impala - aka silver bullet - to their house in probably under a minute.  I dropped them off at the Emergency Door and quickly parked the car, and then went running in to find them (the Kitimat Hospital, is small) - went running in and said to the nurse - where do they go to have babies? - she was like 'um, the Maternity Ward - floor 3'. Awkward. I got to stay in the room with them until Debbie had to go in and have a C section. I sat outside the emergency room - bawling. Nick came out and yelled 'I have a boy!!!'. And then as Nick went in to be with Deb, I got to go with the nurse, and I was the first to hold this little bundle. I imagine that having one of my own will be a similar feeling - the instant love is overwhelming.

I get goosebumps thinking of July 6, 1996. I am so blessed to have such a close relationship with him and his brother - and I love spending time with them.


I brought a Pinata filled with goodies - Jules tried it out - oh my it's on video and it's funny. 


In addition to doing a bunch of stuff - I am also somewhat addicted to the Tour de France. Don't ask. Love Armstrong. Trying not to watch too much of it, but I love the landscape so much and since the weather hasn't been 'friendly' it's been a good excuse to catch minutes of it here and there. My only problem is, is that I am watching it before work in the morning. Yes, you got it - I seem to be running late.



Ok friends. I will write when I return. Our little Ogre will have a roommate for the weekend, I hope that he is good to them.

Have a great weekend - get out and enjoy the sun and treat yourself to some kind of R&R - whatever it may be.

Loves.

Enjoy!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pride.


First cherry tomato harvest - the taste - priceless

It's that time again - when the weekend is over. Weekend: the freedom to go whenever you want, to sleep when you want, to be as lazy as you want or as active as you want, to spend time with family and friends, to have no limits, no boundaries, to stay up late, to sleep in late... The list can go on and on. 

My weekend was pretty much like that - although I didn't sleep late (thanks dogs next door). All around it was really good - I got stuff done that I needed to and took advantage of some good R&R. I am doing some R&R right now - and Chris has joined me - rare sighting of Chris out on the lounger in the evening. I think that he forgets how relaxing it really is out here. He is definitely a creature of habit - and taking him out of his 'zone' is a challenge at times. He's a tired guy these days. Very tired. Too much work and not enough down time. Not sure how that will change, but hopefully a weekend away will help do the trick.


We broke out the chess set yesterday that we bought in Mexico. I don't know how to play - so Chris patiently is teaching me the game. It's a beautiful set - a set to replace the set his dad bought him when he was 16 - that has unfortunately had more than one piece break. 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Emma and Ayumi today - July is a good birthday month.

I ventured downtown this morning - to pick up a bday prezzie for Connor - he's 15 tomorrow!!! Wow, it's hard to believe. Did a little unplanned shopping for myself - a few tops at the Gap, a new bag from this great store - everything is all natural and a lot of the products are recycled, a bottle of my rosemary mint soap and a passion tea from SB's. I knew that it was the Pride Parade, but I didn't know if I would miss it. I didn't. I debated waiting around for 9 minutes before it started - and I am so happy that I did. I am sad that I didn't have my camera, as there were some great photo ops.

This was my first pride parade that I have been too - and it was good. In fact, I am pretty sure that it is the first parade that I have been to in many, many years. So many great characters. I don't know why, but I was so emotional during it. I can't figure out why? I think that I have some ideas, maybe all of these thoughts were running through my head as I stood and watched. Was it because we are so fortunate to live in a place that accepts people for who they are - and encourages them to be who they are? Was it because I think of how some of those people dancing in the parade have probably had a really hard life - trying to have those around them accept them for who they are and that they may be more comfortable with themselves in a large group of strangers than with their loved ones? Was it because I sometimes am envious that people are not afraid to be who they are - completely expose themselves - both emotionally and physically - bare it all - with no reservations? To be honest, I am not really sure what came over me - I am happy that I had on sunglasses on so the people handing out condoms to me, or pride stickers, didn't see my tears. How embarrassing would that have been. All in all, I am really happy that I experienced it.

Burgers were on the menu tonight - nice and easy. I usually make two different kinds - beef and either ground chicken or turkey - tonight it was chicken.  I don't really have a recipe, they seem to be different every time - but tonight's turned out really good. 

Chicken Burger Sims Patio Style

1 lb ground chicken
Juice of one lime
Kosher Salt and Pepper
1 tbsp ground oregano


Mix everything together and mix the meet really well with your hands. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty - the more you mix the more juicy the burger will be. Form the patties into balls and continue to massage the meat (Beth - don't say a word - it's 'cook' talk). Then shape them into a burger patty - and with your thumb, push in the center if the patty (not completely through though). Putting a small indent in the center of the patty prevents the patty from shrinking in as it cooks - a trick Behind Yard Barb taught us.  Put them on a hot grill and cook them for about 6 minutes each side. When they are cooked - add a slice of cheese - and they are good to go. We have our burgers with lettuce and tomato usually - and whole wheat buns.

Speaking of cheese. I have a confession. Today I bought cheese slices. At the Canada Day party we went to this past week, they put cheese slices on their burgers and it's all that I have been thinking of all week. Well not completely - but they have been on my mind. Anyways - I never buy cheese slices. I think that in the time that I have lived on my own, I have bought them maybe twice. We grew up always having cheese slices - but I think that when I moved on my own, I realized that they were more of a luxury (b/c of the price) - so I just have always bought cheddar and other cheeses. Anyways, I loved the cheese on the burger. LOVED it. It was a super yummy treat. 

I am feeling well rested - enough to start another week. I am so excited for Connor's birthday tomorrow - so proud of the young man that he has become. 

That is it for me - enjoy the week. It's summer!!!

Enjoy!