Thursday, July 1, 2010

Canada Day!

Mother Nature was kind today in giving Canada some beautiful sunshine and warmth. My hubby had to work, which was a bummer, but the kids and I still had a fun day. I was looking forward to sleeping in but I was awake 10 minutes later than my alarm normally goes off. Sheesh! That’s OK; getting up early is different when it’s on my terms, not the alarm clocks. I laid in bed for a bit enjoying the silence, but soon enough my stomach was rumbling.IMG_2330

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Quakers oats
  • cinnamon
  • raisins
  • walnuts
  • Boathouse vanilla chai


The kids took off to play with a neighbour kid and I got to work cleaning the house some. Seeing as the sun was out and there was a nice breeze, I laundered and hung all my clothes, towels, etc on the clothesline. There’s just something about using the clothesline that leaves me feeling so content. Once all the straightening and tidying was done I called the kids home for some lunch. They had sandwiches, I had a BIG salad!IMG_2332

This had Boston from the garden, fresh peas, leftover steamed mixed veg, sundried tomato feta and Renee’s Caesar parm dressing. Here’s the feta I used;IMG_2331

I’ve never tried this brand of feta before but had a coupon so I went for it and am I ever glad I did! I loved it and so did my kids. Funny enough, Caitlin is doing a month long “review” on this exact product! I’ll be sure to keep tabs at her blog to see what kinds of recipes she comes up with! Once lunch was done I beautified myself and drove over to the park with the kids. I took a wee snack along for the ride:IMG_2333

Mmmm, a blueberry bran muffin with raw chocolate coconut spread on it! Amazing stuff.

There was a ton of stuff to at the bash that was going on at the park. Every Canada Day the Rotary Club puts on a great party! I snapped some pictures of the kids throughout the afternoon;IMG_2345 IMG_2335 IMG_2339

While the kids cooled off with their ice cream, I indulged in one of my favourite vegan cookies, triple chocolate strawberry:IMG_2341

Ring toss!

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Some players from our city’s hockey team had a shooting area set up and about 5 of them were signing autographs. DS was sure to get some shots in, his hat signed and a photo with his #1 favourite player,IMG_2336

This player has coached DS before and is always sure to encourage DS to show him how he’s doing or what he’s learned. For a not quite 18yr old, he’s great with the littler ones and is always sure to make them feel good. After 2 hours were made our way home to get some dinner going because DS had a 6:30pm soccer game. We went simple with plain ole burgers. I had one of these Yves veggie burgers.IMG_2346

I really like this brand! I dressed mine with a LC cheese wedge, ketchup, Dijon, mayo, pickle, hot peppers and lettuce on a burger thin;IMG_2347

Dessert was the last of the apple pie with ice cream and butterscotch sauce:IMG_2350

Here’s what DD’s piece looked like!IMG_2349

Decadent! Speaking of soccer, we found out today that DS has made the BU8 (boys under 8) All Star team! I’m pretty stoked about that because growing up soccer was my sport. While the boys are 8 & 9 the league is pretty low key. He will still playhouse league on Thursday nights but will now also have 8 Sunday morning practices with a tournament out of town mid to late September. You know I’ll be keeping you posted!

Anyhow, that’s about it for now. I’m getting ready to watch SYTYCD to see who gets the boot. I hope it’s that tapper girl. Catch ya all tomorrow!

Bye for now!!


  1. Looks like you all had so much fun! I remember big company picnics like that when I was younger and they were always a blast! Perfect day- complete with apple pie! :)

  2. what a great canada day you had! the kids look like they had fun too!

    and your eats look awesome, especially that salad! i've never seen yves make burgers here in the US, only moch-deli meats! :)

  3. Congrats to DS and happy Canada day to your whole family! Glad you guys were able to get out and enjoy the weather. The ice cream looks amazing. I want to try that brand of veggie burgers.

  4. Sounds like DS had a fantastic Canada day! Gosh, I find guys that handle kids well so attractive. What a great guy ;)

  5. I didn't realize you live in Canada? I must have been living under a rock - Happy Canada Day to you and your family! We'll be celebrating the 4th down here this weekend!

    Chocolate hazelnut spread looks awesome:)

  6. Glad to hear the weather was nice your way! I will have to keep an eye out for those Yves veggie burgers..I've never seen them around here.

  7. Congrats to DS and Happy Canada Day to you and your family! Looks like you had fabulous weather and a great day! Enjoy your weekend!


  8. Glad you enjoyed your Canada day!!! The picture of your son and the hockey player is so adorable :):)
    I also like your daughters portion of dessert...oh to be that again! hehehe.

    My boyfriend had to work canada day too! (well he worked nights) big bummer eh :( Oh well, he gets today off :)

    Funny you should post about wanting the tapper girl to go! I updated my facebook status to *that melinda chick isn't even a good tapper, I hope she goes* loool. Honestly...I am a tap snob, because i specialize in it! She wasn't even that great. I think the judges made a good decision! :)

  9. I lurrrrrrve vegan cookies! Usually they are even better than regular ones :)

  10. I'm glad you guys had a great Canada day, it definitely looks like it was fun and the weather was PERFECT for it!

    I've bought those Yves veggie burgers in bulk at Costco before. I think my stash is just about out though, might be time to get some more!

  11. oh GOD that was the perfect sweet end to Canada day! i felt the same way- chocolate seemed like a must for canada day right!! <3

  12. Looks like a fun Canada Day and congrats to DS!

  13. Yay, a huge contrats to DS! What a fun day!

  14. awww love the pics of your kiddos! and so glad they like my yoga pics..that's cute :)

    have a great weekend, Krista!

  15. I hope you had an amazing Canada Day love!!!!!!!

    Looks like the kids had fun! They really are so adorable, its fun seeing them grow up just by reading your blog!

    Mmmmmmmmmmm apple pie!!!!!!!!

    Yes whirlwind wek over here for sure, I hope I survive still standing, lol!!



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