I took a little social media break during (Canadian) Thanksgiving. My laptop got locked up in the office. My phone and my iPad were in the bedroom where I couldn't see them during the day. When we were out my phone stayed in my purse with the sound off. It was lovely and exactly what I needed. It's good to step away every now and then.
Lee and I took took Friday off and gave ourselves and extra-long long weekend. We went out for lunch and then bought tickets to go to Pumpkinferno. It was fabulous. We had awesome weather -- so awesome there were mosquitoes, which were decidedly not awesome but they went away when the sun went down. We ate all Willard's hotel and that allowed us to get into the park a bit earlier. Then after dinner we just walked and looked at awesome pumpkins and kind of marvelled at the things they did with them. If you are in the Ottawa area we really recommend it. Just a tip: the staff at the park told us that Saturday is their busiest night. And yes, some of their awesome Upper Canada bread is for sale though based on when we hit the end of the tour and got to the gift shop to buy it, I'm thinking it sold out before 8pm (unless they had a secret stash they brought out later). We bought some bread and some of their cheddar, which we highly recommend. Mmm, cheese.
Saturday and Sunday were spent with friends and family and yesterday Lee and I spent the day being lazy. It morphed into a movie marathon because he had checked some special edition of the Godfather movies out of the library. Yes, we did a Godfather movie marathon. I earned some brownie points and next time *I* get to pick the movie. Bwahahahaha!
Here's what's cooking this week:
Monday: Anything goes. We had big meals all weekend so we just sort of grazed.
Tuesday: Asian chicken sandwiches. We recommend these so much. They are fast, easy and fabulous way to take two chicken breasts and turn them a bunch of sandwiches. You can also bake the chicken instead of frying it.
Wednesday: Potato leek soup. It's Lee's favourite. I'm hoping we have a loaf of potato scallion bread in the freezer that we can pull out and have with it. It's a perfect fall dinner.
Thursday: Leftovers. Or sandwiches if we don't have leftovers.
Friday: Seared scallops and lemon orzo, assuming we have time to eat before we head to an event at the Canadian War Museum. It pulls together quickly so we should have time to make it. It just depends on what time Lee gets home from work.
Saturday: Pizza. Or maybe calzones. Something pizza-y in any case.
Sunday: Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes. We've made these meatballs before and yes, they really do taste like Ikea meatballs. They are more effort but really not any more effort than making your own spaghetti and meatballs and you get to control the quality of the ingredients. (Hmm…we haven't had spaghetti and meatballs since last spring. Making a note to myself to add that to a future meal plan.) We still pull out the Ikea lingonberry jam though.
I completely overestimated when I was making pre-dinner snacks for Saturday's Thanksgiving dinner and I now I have OMG SO MUCH goat cheese in the house. What's your favourite thing to do with chèvre?