Monday, April 24, 2017

Canada's Wonderful Wonderland

For the third year in a row, we went to Canada's Wonderland yesterday to their Scotiabank Family Day. The weather was warm and wonderful and the kids had a blast. I'll let the pictures do the talking!

We hardly ever take a stroller anywhere anymore but I'm so happy we did! Lots of walking and layers of clothes to store as the temp climbed to new April heights.

 

Riding the old jalopy. Mom and Dad were in the back-seat.





The kids all wanted to pile into my friends' $30 rental stroller so here all 4 of them!




Our friends who always get us the tickets, thanks Amra and Sean!

I actually made it into one pic!!

Matching lovelies

The kids got tired of waiting in line so instead ran up and down this hill for ages. 




We split this funnel cake as a family as our mid afternoon snack

One last carousel ride for the road.

And just like that, it's Monday! And we're just a tiny bit exhausted from the weekend fun!

Linking up with Biana! Happy week ahead!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Five Friday Favourites



Happy Friday, loves! Here are the bits of happy around here lately.




1- I love these Brain Quest books for my kids. It makes learning that much more fun. I try to level up one to make it just a bit challenging.


2- A was at a play-date so C and I snuck off to the bookstore and to see the Smurfs movie yesterday. It was a fun little outing on a random Thursday!

3- These banana oatmeal breakfast bars are such a filling treat for when I've had enough of my tea, boiled egg, slivers of hard goat cheese and melba toast for breakfast.

4- Who loves The Game of Life--- the board game, not the literal game of life? I bought it to try with our family. C has been loving learning adult games recently. She's added chess, checkers, scrabble and bananagrams to her wheelhouse recently. One more than her mama :-)

Sidenote and mini rant--- I bought it at a Canadian bookstore and Amazon has this and the brain quest book for about half the price--- grrr! And not the amazon.ca, the .com one. 

5- I ate this beet salad like it was my job this week! So flavourful and SO good. 


Have a wonderful weekend. Apart from a little visit to Canada's wonderland and our first skating lesson, we're just chilling! 
 
 
 
Linking up with 
AndreaErika and Narci for Favourites on Friday
  and Amanda for Friday Favourites


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Beet Salad with Feta and Cilantro



I've never been a fan of beets. In the past, to me they've tasted like the ground. You know.. dirty and earthy. I mean, I wanted to like them as they are so good for you- chockful of nutrients, fiber filled and low calorie. 
Recently though, I've had some salads that have been knocking the beet game out of the park! I had one the other day with feta and cilantro and I was determined to recreate it at home. Here's what I came up with:

Ingredients

3 cups of beets cubed (that's about 4 large beets or 8 small). I used precooked.
1/2 cup of cilantro (or parsley if you aren't a cilantro fan)
1/3 cup of feta
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of  maple syrup (optional if your vinegar is tart)
salt and pepper to taste

Method:
1- Mix the oil, vinegar and maple syrup together
2- Add to the beets, cilantro and feta and stir to combine properly.


Done. Less than ten minutes of your time. I would leave it for a while so that your flavours combine but I couldn't resist and I ate a half cup right away. It was delicious!

Linking up with  Natalie for  Thoughts for this Thursday and The Blended Blog for Tasty Tuesday.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter 2016- Blue Mountain getaway


I'm back from a long and lovely, relaxing and hectic Easter weekend away to Blue Mountain Resorts with some family friends. I'll let a few too many pictures do the talking. 

Good Friday road-trip and a burger stop off with our crew. It was a long winding and oh so scenic drive.


We walked around the village when we got there, had some warm beverages and shared a donut four ways.

So many quaint, pretty shops and such a beautiful place. 






We hung out with our crew after that, walked around a bit more, had a few snacks and beverages and played games and cards before calling it a night.


Notice the birdhouse on the light post. 

The next day was a rainy one so we hung out indoors a bit, headed to the pool and hot tub and then a big group of us went out to dinner at Alice and Olivieri. 


 The kids got a table to themselves and were very pleased with the situation! So was the waiter-- as he totally upsold them Shirley Temples, $15 mac n' cheese and $5 smores.










 On Sunday morning, the Easter bunny found us in Blue Mountain. After collecting their sugary treats, the kids had breakfast and went to another hunt. Some of the adults went to the Scandinave Spa for very relaxing bath treatments and a massage.


Easter Sunday lunch, some more cards and another walk in the village ensued. The kids then watched a movie, got fed and bathed before we heading home later that night.

This dress was her sisters so I was so glad to have gotten another wear out of it!

These two get along soooo well!

On Monday, us four woke up late. I unpacked, D taught C to play chess and in the afternoon we went to get our eyes checked-- spoiler alert, looks like two out of the three of us may be a bit near-sighted!

We then headed to the park, the toy store and a sushi dinner before heading home for an early night!


Have a wonderful week everyone!

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