The rain held out for us today! We went to the local park for a Canada Day party complete with cupcakes, music, the local fry truck and games. We missed the parade due to a cranky baby but we won some free slushies and enjoyed the cupcakes. I have been going ever since the girls have been born with my parents and it’s always a nice afternoon out. Here are a few pics from today.
This is the easiest salad ever! So delicious… I could eat the whole thing myself but I can’t. I have to share with the little babes! One of Zoë’s favourite things is marshmallows so you know this is a major hit with her.
1 cup mandarin orange sections
1 cup pineapple tidbits
1 cup coconut
1 cup coloured miniature marshmallows
1 cup sour cream
- Combine ingredients and allow to stand several hours before serving.
- Line bowl with cupped lettuce leaves and spoon salad into bowl.
Yields: 6-7 Servings
Corn Dog Mini Muffins
I made these today and they were so yummy! They reminded me of a Pogo dog but a bit healthier as they were baked in the oven. They are delicious with mustard. I don’t really make a habit of having hot dogs but my babe likes them and I had a few in the freezer so I thought I would give them a try. They were a hit (if you call taking the hotdog out and leaving the muffin part- hee hee). The baby ate the whole thing. I will make them again… for us!
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
6 beef franks, cut into 1-inch pieces
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Lightly coat a 24-cup mini muffin tin with nonstick spray; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking soda and salt.
- In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, sugar, butter and egg.
- Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
- Scoop 1 Tbsp. batter into each cup and place 1 hot dog piece into the center.
- Place into oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time:10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Yields: 20 mini muffins
BUCKET LIST – No. 5
I am a colour girl. I LOVE anything bright. It just makes me happy. I feel so inspired when surrounded by all things bright. That is why I want to go to the
Holi Festival– India
Holi is a spring festival full of singing and dancing. It is also known as the festival of colours and the festival of love. What more needs to be said? This sounds like my kind of festival. Maybe someday, I will get to experience it but for now it’s on my bucket list! I think it looks amazing…
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Although, I may not get to India anytime soon I did participate in a smaller size “colour celebration” last year. As a family we did The Color Run. I know it’s not near the same as a festival but it was a good morning out with my little family. We had fun together and my toddler almost walked the whole 5K herself. She was a bit scared of the colour throwing at first but got in the game about 1/2 way through. Fun fun!!
Apple Dip with Cream Cheese, Caramel & Skor
2 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp. brown sugar
1 (12 oz.) container caramel topping
2 “Skor” Chocolate Bars
6-8 apples of your choice
- In a bowl, with an electric mixer, mix the cream cheese and the brown sugar until well blended.
- Spread the cheese mixture into a round glass pie baking dish.
- Chill for one hour.
- Spread the caramel topping over the cream cheese mixture in the dish.
- Chop the “Skor” chocolate bars into small pieces and sprinkle over the caramel topping.
- Serve with peeled or unpeeled apple slices.
- For a smaller size dip- use 1 pkg. cream cheese, 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 Skor bar
- If possible, choose a variety of apple that does not discolour as quickly as other varieties of apple. Examples of the best choice for apples for dip are: “Granny Smith” and “Cortland”
- You can also toss the prepared apple slices in a bowl with a little lemon juice to help the apples keep their colour longer
- “Marzetti” Caramel Topping is also available in “Fat Free” and “Light”
- If you’re really daring, experiment dipping with marshmallows or pretzels
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2 bunches fresh broccoli, bite sized
½ cup chopped onions
1 ½ cups shredded cheese
½ cup sugar
4 Tbsp. vinegar
¾ cup mayo
10-12 slices bacon, fried & crumbled
- Combine broccoli, onion, bacon and cheese.
- Mix mayo, sugar and vinegar.
- Pour over salad at least 1 hour before serving.
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This has been an incredible week! What started out as a “same-old, same-old week” has turned into an inspiring and EXCITING week. Last Saturday, I took the girls to a little concert where we got to meet Splash N’ Boots- fun fun. Mid-week we met an amazing person whom you will read about tomorrow. And today, was the icing on the cake.
I am not athletic at all so I appreciate anyone who is. I don’t usually watch any sports but when the Olympics roll around, I always love to watch the ice dancers/figure skating. They are beautiful to watch and I appreciate all the hard work they do to make a performance seem so graceful and magical. When the Socchi Olympics were on, I introduced the girlies to skating. We celebrated with “apple rings and pretzels” parties and waved our Canadian flags while wearing our Canadian t-shirts and/or white and red. Our favourites, of course were Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
They are amazing in our eyes. Zoë thought Tessa looked like a princess. Their hometown is right near mine, so when I saw they were doing public appearance, I jumped at the chance to get tickets. I was so excited to tell Zoë we were going to meet them. She was so excited. Today, was the day- it was crazy! There were alot of people and I am thankful to my husband who tagged along to a “Women’s Lifestyle Show” just to take a picture for me. We had a good spot and after their Q & A we lined up for autographs. Just as I got up there the helpers said “no more pictures”. It was taking too long for them to get through the people. Oh dear…. I wanted a pic.
So, with 2 crazy little people with me , I asked politely if they would mind and they obliged. We got our picture and autographs. Thanks Scott & Tessa! Who can really resist the sweet faces of young babes anyways? They made an announcement on the way out that no more pictures were allowed. Whew! I am one happy Mama and I have one happy toddler and one baby who didn’t seem to know what was happening but was so good the whole time. Here are a few pics of us having our “apple rings and pretzels” party while watching Tessa & Scott on t.v as well as today’s meet n’ greet.