Monday, August 16, 2010

A Few Favourites and a Garden Tour

Hello!  Have you had a chance to read my review on Nature’s Path’s hot cereal and Whole O’s?  What did you think?  I meant to post yesterday, but honestly, I haven’t been feeling 100% since Friday night.  Not sure if it’s allergies or a bit of a cold, but I haven’t been sleeping great and my throat has been really scratchy.  Ugh…  Anyways, my eats have been on the boring side so I decided to pick one favourite breakfast, lunch and dinner from the past 3 days and roll with those for you.  I also took some photos around the gardens to be able to update you.
I didn’t eat anything memorable on Saturday, but do want to show you my son’s idea of a grilled cheese:IMG_3069 OMG!  Apparently he toasted the bread, added a slice of cheese then nuked it for a minute twenty.  That baby was stuck to the plate!!!  I did get some laundry on the line….IMG_3087
And played with KC for a bit;IMG_3064 Ate a few snacks here and there:IMG_3071 IMG_3070 Read a little Racheal Ray,IMG_3074 Did you know that Rach likes her oats savoury, too??IMG_3072 Pick up this months issue to find a few more savoury oat ideas!!  We stayed out on the deck until after dark chatting.  I enjoyed some rare snuggle time with DS:IMG_3093 IMG_3092 And then crashed for the night. 

Two of my best meals were enjoyed yesterday along with copious amounts of water.  The first one was English Muffin French toast for breakfast.IMG_3095 The egg mixture was Eggbeaters, coconut milk, cinnamon & vanilla extract.  I spread some coconut butter on the toast, added agave, walnut pieces and blueberries that I swirled around the hot pan for a few minutes.IMG_3094
DS had soccer practice from 9:30-11 and DD and I went to Walmart after that for some back to school supplies.  It amazes me how much faster summer is than winter. 
Let’s take a walk around the garden now, shall we?  The flowers:IMG_3076 IMG_3077 IMG_3078 IMG_3085 IMG_3075
The veggies:IMG_3086 IMG_3066 IMG_3079 IMG_3080 IMG_3081 IMG_3082 IMG_3083 IMG_3084 Another favourite meal was enjoyed on Sunday.  My hubby did a beer butt chicken on the BBQ and I picked a bunch of kale to make a big salad.  I dressed the kale with some Kraft fig balsamic dressing and let it sit for a good half hour.  This helps to make the leaves tender.  When it was time to eat I topped it with tomato, cucumber and chicken breast:IMG_3099 We spent the evening visiting my parents and watching TV until bedtime.  I slept much better last night and was awake by 7am so I got laundry going, ate some cereal for breakfast and read blogs for awhile.   Eventually the baking bug hit me and I remembered that I printed off a recipe for blackberry oat bars courtesy of Mama Pea.  I had pretty much all the ingredients so I went to town.  The only things I changed (out of necessity) was coconut butter for the margarine and I used mandarin orange marmalade in place of blackberry jam: IMG_3101  The results were fabulous and I enjoyed a piece after my third fave meal of the past few days…..BLT using tempeh bacon on a bagel thin….YUM!IMG_3102 And my oat bar:IMG_3105 IMG_3103 Our afternoon was spent rearranging furniture, getting some photos developed to send to my Uncles in Italy and driving the kids to a b-day party.   And because chocolate is always a favourite of mine, I have to show the picture of the bar that I’ve been working on this week.IMG_3106 Heck ya!!  :)  I’m off to chill for the rest of the evening in preparations for a busy 4 days of work.  Fun times.  Hope you’ve all enjoyed a fab few days!!
Bye for now!!


  1. Jealous of your garden's bounty! Beautiful veggies.

  2. Girl your veggies in your garden all look so yum! Nothing better than having your own garden and fresh veggies!!! I LOVE fresh tomato from the garden, the best ever!!!!

    Your pics of you and your son are too sweet, he is a little stunner too! tell him I said that!

    Oh girl I got all those fun papers for school too, lol, always want money!

    Have a great nite! xoxo

    p.s. your comments always make my day, thanks for being such a great friend!

  3. AND the oatbars look delsih! Mmmmmmmmmm put some vanilla icecream with that! yum!!!!!!!

  4. I LOVE your sons grilled cheese sandwich!! Yeah, it was undoubtably a total mess..but it looks cool lmho :P

  5. That grilled cheese is hilarious! Absolutely love your garden. So many fabulous and delish things! Also I always love what food you eat. I need to eat more like you. English muffin french toast...yum!


  6. The English muffin French toast looks yummy. Funny, because I just had my own version (regular whole wheat bread, but with blueberry sauce) tonight for dinner.

    And that grilled cheese is too funny! I can totally see my son doing that in a few years!!

  7. I'm jealous of your garden, so many beautiful flowers and veggies! oh.. and also to do the laundry in the classic way instead of using a machine!
    hope you feel better soon!

  8. You've almost made me want to pick up the new Rachel Ray mag just to check out the savoury oat combos.

    And I'm pretty sure I'll be making a tempeh bacon sammy tomorrow for lunch.

  9. AnitaShesConnectedAugust 17, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    That oat bar looks so good! You have definitely inspired me to look into making my own savoury oat creations!

  10. hahaha omg the cheese monster is taking over the plate and the bread in succession <3 <3

  11. Oh my gosh that grilled cheese is too looks like a pond creature latching on to the plate!

  12. The pics of you and DS are adorable! I've actually been wanting to try savory oats but I have yet to actually make them...I have no idea what I'm waiting for, lol! (That pic looks delicious!) Your flowers are so pretty!

  13. beautiful garden and flowers! And great picture of you and your son cuddling...he looks like a charmer hehe


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