Raise your glass *

Okay I know I still haven’t finished my posts about our trip to Europe from October, but I have been busy! I do plan on finishing the posts. 🙂 I also have a ton of photos from Jamaica that I would like to post as well. Jamaica was great! However, I never expected to go to the Caribbean and feel cold. Most of the days I wore long-sleeves because the breeze made me shiver and I was constantly covered in goose bumps. There was a bit of rain off and on throughout the beginning of the week we were there, but the last two days were absolutely beautiful and hot! So stay tuned for some upcoming travel posts…


Gift basket from Nancy & George


This weekend my good friend Nancy and her boyfriend George drove up for a visit. I hadn’t seem them since our wedding in August 2009. They arrived Saturday around lunch-time and we ended up spending the afternoon at the mall shopping. Poor George was so bored but Nancy and I really like to shop together! Then we went out for a quick bite to eat at Quizno’s. After eating we picked up my sister and came back to the house to hang out and snack on veggies with dip and crackers and cheese. While the boys played “Halo: Reach”, we baked a batch of Skor cookies. And then we sat down to eat the country chicken stew I had thrown into the slow cooker that morning.


Skor cookies

Moose steak

Candle holder from Bath & Body Works


On Sunday, we exchanged something at the mall and then headed downtown. We were lucky to have such nice weather this weekend. The sun was out and although the air was crisp, it definitely felt like spring was on its way. Found some used movies at “Chumleigh’s”. Drank green tea and a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. And then back home. I started to prepare shepherd’s pie for dinner while Jordan pan-fried a moose steak for him and George to sample. Both boys said the meat turned out good but I wouldn’t try it. Our guests had to leave early so they missed dinner, but it was great to have them here even for only 2 days. 🙂


Goodies from the gift basket

Alcoholic goodies

Except for the body scrub, another gift from Nancy!


Now, on Friday I had a bit of an incident. Initially I was not supposed to work that day but the schedule was changed while I was in Jamaica and I came home to discover that instead of a four-day weekend, I now had only three days. I had planned to clean, grocery shop, and bake that day. Instead I had to rush-clean Thursday night after work, didn’t bake anything, and then Friday morning I drove out to No Frills for groceries. I had to get home, dump the groceries, and then go to work. However, on my way back from the grocery store I was coming around a corner from one busy road to another with two lanes of turning traffic when all of a sudden the “check gauges” light dings on the truck dash, the vehicle shuts itself down, and the power-steering fails! I couldn’t keep the wheel turning because power-steering died (God knows I tried), I didn’t know what was going on, and I almost crashed into the vehicle turning beside me. That person must have saw me veering because he sped up and instead I ended up in a snow bank. Luckily I didn’t hit anyone or hurt the truck or myself! I sat there while traffic surged around me, in a panic and not knowing what to do! It took me two tries to call Jordan’s cell phone because I couldn’t remember the number (shock) and when I did get a hold of him, he said he’d be there in 20 minutes to tow me. I was afraid of getting hit by turning traffic since my truck wasn’t off the road enough. I texted my friend Stacey just so I could talk to someone while I waited, to calm myself down, and she said that she was right around the corner with her husband. So they came to my rescue! Her husband, Chris, works on cars so he got the truck going again and pulled it into a parking lot. I was so thankful! He looked under the hood and figured it was the Electronic Throttle Control that had failed, which also caused the power-steering to fail temporarily. There also happened to be an issue with the EGR valve. My poor truck! Once Jordan and a friend from his work arrived, we took the truck into the shop and spent almost $400 fixing the damn thing. 🙁 After all that, I wasn’t even late for work!

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday turned out to be quite a nice day, if a little cooler than the previous days. I wore my white Garage skirt to church in the morning. Jordan’s mother dressed up too. However by the time we got home our legs were freezing so we changed back into pants. Everyone helped to clean up the house while Charlene made corn bread and I made hashbrown casserole. Jordan decided he wanted to make home-made croutons for the Caesar salad, and they turned out yummy.


Home-made corn bread


My family started arriving around 2 pm. My mom brought lots of food: sliced turkey, mashed garlic potatoes, candied carrots, green beans almondine, mashed maple sweet potatoes, corn, home-made cranberry stuffing and cranberry sauce, and fresh gravy. We stuffed ourselves to the max, and then after hanging out on the patio for a couple hours, ate the desserts I prepared: vanilla pound cake, banana bread, and blueberry cheesecake. One of my sisters made cinnamon buns which were very popular. Mmmm. The food was wonderful!


My mom and I on Easter Sunday


My dad had to leave early, but everyone else left before five. Jordan’s parents decided that since they had everything packed already, that they would leave that day instead of early Monday morning. So we said goodbye to his parents and brother, who came up on the bus, and then had a nice evening to ourselves. It was quite hectic with all of us in one house, especially sharing one bathroom, but we managed and it was a pleasant visit. 🙂


My husband and I in our kitchen


The in-laws have come to town

So far we’ve had beautiful weather for Easter weekend! I truly hope that spring is here to stay, because it’s lovely to be able to wear flip-flops and shorts finally. I shaved my legs this morning in anticipation of skirt-wearing!

My husband’s parents drove down from New Brunswick and arrived Tuesday night. The next two days Jordan and I both had to work, so I’m not sure what they did to occupy themselves. After work on Thursday, I came home and made venison enchiladas, which turned out great. We sat around and chatted for the rest of the evening, after clean-up.

Friday morning everyone got up late. I made ham and potato soup for lunch, and then we got the bicycles ready and drove down to a park where there are trails. We spent almost two hours out riding and enjoying the sunshine. When we came back to the house, his mom wanted to weed the garden (no complaints there!) and I baked banana bread. For dinner Jordan barbecued chicken and sausages while I made egg-fried rice; we had a yummy dinner. After eating, his mother and I sat down to watch a movie while Jordan, his dad, and his brother worked on putting in a shelf and bar in the upstairs closet. Early to bed.


Muffin goes for a bike ride!


Saturday morning I was up early. I already had plans to go to Belleville with Pam and Laura to purchase bridesmaid shoes. The drive there was uneventful; traffic not very heavy. We were in the bridal store for maybe 15 minutes trying on and purchasing shoes. They’re going to be dyed to match our dresses. After that we picked up items for Amy’s bachelorette party at a naughty store. 😉 A quick stop at Tim Horton’s for a snack, and we were on our way home. I got in around 3:30 pm, so it was quite a long day.

Now his parents have gone down to the waterfront for a walk and Jordan’s out dirt biking with some friends. I’ve made a cheesecake and pound cake, desserts for tomorrow’s Easter dinner. We’ll have about 12 people piled into the house. Should be interesting!

So come on and fly with me *

Just finished watching “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire” with my darling husband. Of course, I had to explain just about everything to him, but that’s okay because at least he watched it with me. 🙂

Sour cream spice cake with chocolate icing was a hit. I was a little hesitant when the recipe suggested using chocolate icing, but the combination is quite tasty! Jordan liked it and so did everyone at work. My first day back to work after holidays. A busy day; lots of work to catch up on.

On Thursday, I had my mom, Mike, and Keesje over for dinner. The night before I marinated a pork roast, and then in the morning tossed it into the slow cooker with some chopped potatoes. Smelled so good all day. Baked a vanilla pound cake. Then made caramelized carrots and onions for a side dish. Everyone enjoyed the food. This was the first time we’d had my mom and her spouse over for a sit-down meal so it was quite nice. Usually we call my dad over since he lives on his own and I like to feed him. It’s hard to get everyone at my mom’s house coordinated enough to come over for a visit.

I am off for another two days. What shall I bake this time?

Sticky rolls

I seem to be at the tail-end of my cold. The first few days of holidays, I was completely miserable and tired. We didn’t do much; watched some movies, played video games, read. We left the house on Sunday to go to church and pick up some groceries. I threw some veggies in the slow cooker to make soup for dinner. This morning we wanted to get out of the house and went to the grocery store — again — but this time for baking ingredients. I ended up making caramel pecan sticky rolls. Oh my, they are heaven. At some point this week I’m going to make cheesecake-filled chocolate brownies and German chocolate cake. We’ll have lots of goodies!