Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Potato Turkey Salad

Living in a century old home has its perks.  The baseboards are high and the ceilings are higher.  The windows are large, many with stained glass and come in shapes and sizes no longer made.  The floors creak and our doors squeak, making any attempts to sneak up on someone impossible.  We have character in every room which is necessary given the lack of decorating skills I posses. Our yard is large, as they were back in time and the trees in the neighbourhood are very mature.  Air conditioning, however, is not standard issue in these old homes.  Yes, it could be added, but in a home that has needed a new roof, new porch and many other minor renovations, the AC has been ignored.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Baked Breakfast Clafoutis

Life. Is. Too. Busy.  I know this and yet our schedule continues to be full.  I can't change what is on the calendar already, but it is my hope that things will slow down soon.  Purposefully doing nothing will be difficult but the rewards will be great.  Pausing to enjoy the quietness of the morning or the laughter of my kids in the backyard are number one on my list.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Banana Strawberry Scone

This summer Luke is packing up for a month and heading to South America.  My soon to be 11yr old boy is about to take on the adventure of a lifetime and I'm ready to throw up.  When Josilin was his age she participated in the same program and spent a month in  Denmark.  Somehow we always knew she would get on a plane and head to far off places.  She was born to travel, including her first trip under the age of two when she proudly boarded a plane with Don and didn't even look back at her teary mom left behind.  But Luke?  He's my home body.  My mama's boy. The one who watched Josilin board that plane to Denmark just two short years ago and stated, "don't ever think about signing me up to do something like that!"

Monday, 10 June 2013

Curried Asparagus Crostini

Have I persuaded you to start a book club yet?  This remains a rare treasure on our busy calendar of activities: a night just for moms.  Our most recent meeting was to discuss the wonderful book Bel Canto.  Set in South America, it brings together citizens of multiple countries to endure a hostage situation.  I won't reveal any more of the plot, just trust me that it is well worth the read.  I loved how the book drew me in and made me feel as though I was a hostage myself.  Hearing what the other ladies thought of the characters and the ending made for some lively discussion when we met.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Asparagus Cashew Soup

It's been a quiet weekend here in Kale Eats kitchen.  Jos was off camping with a youth group and Don was working.  That left just Luke and I to fend for ourselves.  We spent some time bickering about what to do.  He was happy to lay on the couch and play video games.  I thought we should go outside and enjoy the weather.  Eventually he decided he wanted to go across town and play tennis with some friends.  I said, "sure, let's go!"  Excited to get outdoors I was already putting my shoes on when he dropped the next sentences: "I think I can go without you mom. Just the kids can go. Not to worry, you don't need to get over protective."