The temps around here have become much cooler and the skies dreary since September arrived. I’m just not a fan. Summer with all its heat and sun is definitely more my style. September also brought this with it: Yes, hockey season is upon us again. Noah was so pumped to be back on the ice. His enthusiasm for the game makes sitting in cold rinks doable. His soccer season will officially wrap up on September 17, although they will still practice indoors each Sunday from October to January. Sarah’s dance classes start back up tonight, as well. She’ll be dancing the winter away doing hip hop, jazz and modern…..so 2 nights a week. What does all this mean? That things will be getting crazy around here again very soon! In anticipation I spent the long weekend mostly in the kitchen preparing freezer friendly meal starters. The crockpot was put to use making homemade chicken stock (from bones I save throughout the summer from our many beer butt chickens) and pulled pork (frozen minus the sauce). I also made a BIG pot of homemade marinara sauce and some roasted peppers. The peppers are a cinch for me because I have a gas stove so I just use the stainless steel BBQ tongs and hold the peppers over the flame until they char. Then I place them in a bowl and cover with a lid for about 5 mins. The skin peels off like a dream using this method!!
I either freeze them as is or with some chopped garlic and olive oil. YUM! I also tried a new (gluten free) granola recipe that’s just awesome! This one is bursting with chocolate peanut buttery goodness!
I particularly like it sprinkled over vanilla ice cream or mixed with Greek yogurt :)
Last night Noah’s hockey team got together to do a biathlon which they raised money for to put towards the team’s budget. The boys had to run 1km (2.5 times around the track) and bike for 2km (5 times around). Here are a few pictures I took…
I wanted to run with him but was told a very firm “NO!!” HAHA! I’ve been doing OK with this gluten free business that I’m trying out. I learned pretty fast to make sure I have snacks packed if we’re going to be out for a bit or things can get tricky. I’m sure there’s still some gluten sneaking into what I eat, but the main culprits have definitely been eliminated. And I’m quite certain that the gluten police won’t be showing up any time soon. Overall I have been feeling better; my tummy is upset less often and the bloating has almost disappeared. It’s only been a month or so but these little changes are enough to keep me going. Here are a few examples of meals I’ve been enjoying: Buckwheat bread with almond butter and blueberry jam. The Canadian Maple Forest is my favourite flavour yet! Brown rice spiral pasta. Pork chop, basmati rice with homemade marinara sauce. Grilled salmon with zucchini and tomatoes. Kettle corn is one of my favourite snacks! Truth be told, I’m not much for “regular” popcorn, but kettle corn is a whole different story! :)
So. I’m sure you’ve noticed that my blog looks different. Yeah….that was an accident and I’m not too happy with it! :( I was fiddling around with templates and and for some reason hit the “apply to blog” button. I’m definitely not techy enough to figure out how to get my old look back, though. BOO! C’est la vie, I suppose!
Have you ever changed something with the look of your blog that you weren’t happy with??
Bye for now!!