Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Going to the Fair!

First off, THANKS to all of you who responded to my Christmas food drive “challenge”!!  It truly doesn’t take a whole lot to make a difference in another’s life.  A few of you asked if you could send one “big” photo at the end of all your food items and that is absolutely fine!  I can’t wait to put a post together showcasing everyone’s stash.  Also, feel free to jump in at any point!  Don’t worry if you’ve missed a week or 2…remember; every little bit helps.  For those of you reading about this for the first time, you can see the deets at either the link above or by checking out the new “Thanks & Giving” tab at the top of the blog.  Don’t forget to spread the word!!!
We finished off our Thanksgiving weekend by going to a fall fair in a small community down the road from us.IMG_3758  
My in laws had some horses there over the weekend and some other relatives of my hubby were involved in a tractor pull.IMG_3744
There was typical fair food of which we had none!  We all had late breakfasts and weren’t hungry.IMG_3745
We saw some super cute farm animals:IMG_3753 IMG_3748 IMG_3750
LOVE the Llama!!  There were rides, of course:IMG_3759 IMG_3754
Are you surprised that DS made a beeline for the bumper cars?  Maybe you’ll be more surprised that he ended up at the hockey shooting area?IMG_3747 IMG_3746
LOL!!!  And lastly, check out some of this prize winning produce!IMG_3765 IMG_3761 IMG_3762 IMG_3763 IMG_3764
Holy beet and pumpkins, eh???
Back to breakfast for a second…. Saturday night I put steel cut oats in the crock pot for no fuss meals this week.  I simply put 1 cup steel cut oats,  4.5 cups of water, 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp of vanilla and a wee bit of salt in the slow cooker and let it go for 8ish hours.  A quick stir in the morning and it was ready to go!  I got 4 portions from the batch and here are the first 2:IMG_3775 IMG_3742
I think I’ll be preparing oats like this more often.  What a huge timesaver on weekday mornings!!
In other news from the weekend I decided it was time to cook a zucchini from the garden that was as big as my arm.  I kid you not!IMG_3772
I diced the whole thing and saved half for another night.  The other half was sautéed with about a ¼ cup of thinly sliced pancetta (Italian cured bacon).  I ate a big helping of it at dinner along with some quinoa salad (recipe to come):IMG_3773  Here’s some other noteworthy food from the past few days!IMG_3779 This was a very simple jambalaya.  I simply sautéed a red and yellow bell pepper, an onion, mushrooms, spices, a can of diced tomatoes, chicken breast and shrimp together in a big pan.  Then I served it over basmati rice.  SO GOOD!!
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We also “baked” cookies yesterday and I admit that I totally cheated!
LOL!  The kids had a blast.  Even if we only had Christmas colours to decorate with.IMG_3771
And finally, more treats.  We placed an order with the high school bakery for ginger cookies and a pumpkin pie:IMG_3692
All delicious.  Also, we stopped by the bakery on our way home from the fair and chose a few treats:IMG_3767
The donut was for DS, the lemon cupcake for my hubby, the brownie for DD and the raspberry coconut square pour moi.  The cookies went into the kids lunches today.
And that’s all I’ve got for today!  Off to watch The Biggest Loser!
Bye for now!!


  1. The fair looks like it was a lot of fun. And that is one MASSIVE zuch! Maybe time for some zuch chocolate chip bread :) :) Great order from the HS. I am excited for some pumpkin pie- it has been a while

  2. Pumpkin pie pumpkin pie!!! :D Sorry, I'm just a tad bit excited..I can't wait to cut into a slice or 12.

    Glad to see you all had a great time at the fair!

  3. So many delicious baked goods! And is that quinoa salad for a certain contest by chance? ;)

  4. love the winning prize! so beautiful!!!

    oh... forgot to ask you the logistic about the thanks & giving. How are we suppose to donate the pantry items? should we send them to somewhere or is there a local office to drop off?

  5. That fair looks like so much fun! Your kids are both adorable! I cannot wait to have some pumpkin pie!


  6. Thanks & Giving sounds WONDERFUL!!!

    I am beyond poor right now so I dont think I'll be able to participate as much as i'd like :( but i will tell my mom about this! maybe she can get her students to participate somehow.

    That zucchini is huuuuuge! and love how you baked christmas cookies :)

  7. That is some great looking produce, Krista! Thanks and Giving is great, thanks for letting us send in 1 pic at the end -- I'm excited to participiate!

  8. DD looks like she is getting soooo tall! Looks like a great day at the fair :) Hope you are having a great week

  9. I love going to fairs with kids... :) Your fair looks like it was lots of fun! That zucchini is HUGE!!!


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