Unpredictable

Living an active lifestyle with young kids is unpredictable, out there, and messy.  As well as, spontaneous, inspiring, and beautiful.  There are three simple things that we do, to keep it real and to keep on rolling: Food. I never leave home without snacks.  Copious amounts of food and water, really.  The reason behind this […]

Peach Maple Cardamom Skillet Upside Down Cake

We have biked every day this week: Stampede, swimming lessons every day, Stampede breakfasts.  It’s been busy and wet (for Calgary), but refreshing and everything is greening up beautifully.  Today it really, really rained just as a Stampede breakfast was wrapping up, then we raced home during a short reprieve, only to get soaked while […]

Blueberry Ginger Pie Milkshake

Somehow it quickly turned into one of those Breakfast for Dinner nights, tonight.  And, even then I needed something to feed them immediately.  When this happens, I have time to throw together a pre-dinner veggie snack plate or dump a bunch of stuff in the Vitamix and bust out a satiating smoothie. Milkshakes were on my […]

Backyard Quiche

Quiche, like pizza, is an excellent fridge cleaner outer!  More romantically, quiche also turns a little bit of this and a little bit of that from the garden into a tender, filling, and healthful treat of a meal.  (And, it makes great leftovers, too!) I had a bit of a fennel bulb leftover (and, soon, will […]

Fresh Pasta & Basil Pesto

Pasta has a special spot in my soul.  I’ve just always really loved it even though there is not a drop of Italian blood found in my body.  No noodle-y food heritage, at all, from any culture!  One Valentine’s day, back when we lived in Montréal, my now-husband and I bought a pasta maker for […]

Transporting Kids by Bike: A journey

How we got to where we are today In a nutshell, we like to bike and I got pregnant.  We had a kid.  Then we had another three years later!  And, we kept on biking.  It is (mostly) pleasantly more complicated than that. Rewind almost twenty years and I met my (now) husband at high school […]

Wholegrain Sandwich Bread

Kid-friendly sandwich bread has been a mirage, waiting for me to catch it on the horizon.  I grew up on cheap whole wheat loaves from Safeway that made excellent PB&J sandwiches: soft, tasty, and just the right body that the trimmings were the highlight of the show, not the bread.  It’s also a challenge to get […]

Lime Ginger Scallops

I have a decent collection of cookbooks.  Some that I amassed to recreate the family collection that I grew up with.  Others that I would buy each summer that I trekked to Northern BC to work in silviculture, usually at a delightful local bookstore in Smithers, so that I could read them cover-to-cover at night in […]