Been busy doing… May22-#100happydays-day 43

Well, I realize I’ve been missing a few days here and there, and lately not having a lot to write about. 

But today makes up for lost time! Many things made me happy today, including the amazing sunshine! 

 

I spent the afternoon digging and weeding the garden, but it still looks messy. Oh well, some more manure, a bit of water, and I’ll get the seeds in soon.  

 

We had a Dr. appointment for my little guy this afternoon, found out we need an ortho consult. Since he started walking, he seems to drag his right foot sideways a little. Hoping and praying it’s nothing serious. 

We then had some playtime with both boys over at grandma and grandpas, and had fun swimming in the backyard.  

 A beautiful evening has been spent outside. Beginning with grilling some Tuna to a perfect medium rare, along with peppers and zucchini. Some wine, and eating on the patio. Ahh, summer, I think you’re here! 

   Now, kids in bed, husband working on our basement renos, and I’m sipping another glass of red on the patio.   

  Also enjoying a few moments with my faithful beagle. We prepare to say goodbye to him soon, as I think his illness is getting worse. But seeing him roll around definitely makes me happy.  

   

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Getting ID’d!! May 14-#100happydays-day 35

stopped quickly after work to grab some goodies at the local LB ( liquor board store). The kind gentleman working politely asked for ID. I got my wallet and said “sorry, did you actually ask for this or am I imagining things?” 

Well, feel pretty good to be possibly taken for under 25!!

Dinner out at The Grazing Goat and Thoughts on the ‘new’ 20th Street West

Last night I went out for dinner with a couple girls I used to work with. We decided to try The Grazing Goat, a newer restaurant in Saskatoon’s now trendy Riversdale area. I was happy to get dressed up and put some makeup on!

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So, growing up in Saskatoon,I still find it a little odd that cool, trendy restaurants are located on 20th Street West. For as long as I can remember, this was a street one did not walk down. Day or night. But I guess some of the shady businesses have since closed, and maybe the questionable people are moving elsewhere? I’m not sure.  Here’s an interesting article on the revival of 20th Street

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the bar photo from grazinggoatgoodeats.com

The restaurant was cool. Lots of unfinished wood look to it. Small, with lots of art work on the walls. At 6pm on a thursday, the restaurant was about 1/4 full. Our server was really helpful. The menu was small, but versatile, all of the entres looked interesting. I decided on Jerk Lamb tacos (15$) and a glass of Cono Sur Pinot Noir (10$).

I was really happy with my order. Spicy, but very flavourful. The portion size was decent for price, 3 medium tacos, but a small side would have been nice. A friend had the salmon. Looked wonderful, maybe a bit of a small portion for the price.

Overall, a great night out, and I’m glad I ventured out of my comfort zone.

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Jerk Lamb Tacos photo from grazinggoatgoodeats.com

Summerhill Pinot Gris 2012

We tried this bottle of white last night. Not with a meal, just throughout the evening. I usually “sip” white wine in the summer, and stick to red in winter, but we felt like something different. 

It was very good! And excellent on its own. I expected it to be a bit lighter, but was happy overall. Here’s my not so professional review. 

Colour: light gold

Nose: fruity, but smooth, slight lemon. 

Taste:  I found it to be almost creamy/buttery at first. Rich peach and pear. Stephen thought mostly fruity taste, slight sweetness. 

Aftertaste:  we both agreed on a bit of tartness, some lemon flavours. 

4/5 overall 

The bottle quotes “Notes of white peach, pear, permisson and Meyer lemon.”

I believe we bought this wine on a trip through Alberta, so I’m not definite on the cost, but I’m guessing 20-25$. I would drink it again. Would be lovely on a warm afternoon in the deck. 

Back in 2009, we visited the Summerhill winery in Kelowna,BC. It wasn’t my favourite actually. It was large and impersonal, and I wasn’t too sure what to make of the pyramid on the grounds. I can’t remember what we tasted while there. 





Quote for today. And some wine.

I like this quote, but I find it hard. Of course things coming to an end are sad. I guess it’s another way of saying “look for the silver lining”.
It’s been a quiet week. Just making it through these winter days, feeling like spring may never come. I won’t be crying when winter ends, that’s for sure.
When the groundhog comes out in Saskatchewan, we hope and pray for ONLY 6 more weeks of winter.

Ugh. Good day to put some roast beef and potatoes in the oven. Turned out nice, medium rare with some BBQ spices rubbed in. Gravy was also excellent. (At least I thought so, I love gravy).
Opened a bottle of red. Per chance, it may have been sitting on the shelf a little too long. Learning a new lesson: don’t hoard wine.
It was still alright, dark red with some smoky spicy notes. Fruity (yet alcoholic) bouquet.
I’m sure we’ll finish it.

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Easy Peasy Chunky Spaghetti

I do love cooking. When I have time. Ah, I miss the days before children, when we had all the time in the world to find ingredients, make a sauce, eat whenever we pleased.
So now, if the afternoon gets away from me, I find something quick.
Pasta is always my go-to in a pinch.

I call this Chunky Spaghetti.

  • Cooked spaghetti (4 servings)
  • 500gm ground pork (or beef)
  • 1 can whole tomatoes
  • 1 chopped zucchini

lots of oregano, basil, salt, pepper And a bit of garlic and sugar

cook the ground meat thoroughly, put everything else in the pan and let it summer while the water boils and the pasta cooks.

Tada!

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I enjoyed with some wine. Not the whole box. image

Enjoying wine: AKA “the only juicing diet I will partake in”

Being new to the whole blogging thing, I’ve just started browsing topics I enjoy. I’ve been reading a lot of blogs that mention wine.
I’m feeling like this is a very important topic in my life.

I love wine!

Red and white.
I love the movie sideways.
A few years back, my husband and I went on a wine tour in Kelowna , B.C.
It was wonderful to just sip wine, and trek through the vineyards.

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We had so much fun, it was before we were even engaged! We brought home a lot of wine with us!!
One of my favourite vineyards was Rollingdale.
It was small and intimate and had an amazing Ice Wine.
I hope to make it back some day.