Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tabbouleh is such a nice and light salad that is packed with all things good for you. I love eating tabbouleh with either naan bread or as a side salad to meat. I just love the flavours that come together and using what I can from the garden during the summer makes it that much tasty! You can substitute rice or bulgur wheat for the quinoa for a different take. Enjoy!

Quinoa Tabbouleh
Prep time: 15 min        Cook Time: 20 min           Yield: 4 servings

- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
- 1/2 small clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 English cucumber, diced
- 2 tomatoes, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh Mint
- Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Bring vegetable broth and water to a boil. Turn the temperature down to a simmer and add the quinoa. Cover and cook until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Stir in cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, chives and mint until blended. Add quinoa and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

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Mediterranean Style Chicken with Summer Grilled Veggies - Guest Post

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hi friends! Nothing says fresh to me than some fresh summer veggies grilled on the barbecue with some juicy seasoned chicken. I always try to incorporate veggies when I grill up anything on the barbecue. This Mediterranean Style Chicken with Summer Grilled Veggies is our favourite go-to recipe during the summer months. It is healthy, easy and delicious! Today I am sharing this recipe over at The Best Blog Recipes, so make sure to stop on by Shauna's blog and check it out!

Camping 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

This summer we went on two different camping trips in two different parks. I finally downloaded all the pictures from the camera to my computer. I have a tendency of keeping photos on my computer for a while until I literally have to force myself to transfer to the computer (laziness, procrastination, call it whatever you want!). I have combined the two camping trips into one. Both were super fun and super exciting!

The first trip we went to was at Long Point Provincial Park. On our first night we ended up experimenting with a neat feature our friend's camera had using our flashlights. They turned out very funky!

The park was amazing. The beach was so clean and just down the road from our campsite, and the campsite was very nice.

Even our fur-baby loved camping! He was all for high-fives!

We played pictionary to pass the time...

...and walked the beach trail both day and night. The starry night sky was just breathtaking; however I could not take a picture of it! It was like being in those domes with the stars projected on the ceiling. Just magnificent!

We stayed only three days, two nights. We were all sad to leave, even Sparky!

This past weekend, we visited Craigleith Provincial Park located right on the Georgian Bay.

The park is right across from Blue Mountain, an alpine ski resort in Ontario. The views driving in the area were just spectacular.

Many of the campsites are so close to the road that the noise of the cars was  sometimes too loud. But we were closer to the Georgian Bay shore that the waves overpowered the noise from the fast-traveling cars. We were just steps away from the beautiful scenic view of the shale bedrock along the shore and the clear waters of Georgian Bay.

The sunset made it that much scenic and breathtaking!

We decided to drive up Blue Mountain and hike atop the 420 metre scenic view. Such a beautiful view of the entire city and bay!

We made some yummy food on the barbecue! Some traditional European hamburgers, stuffed tomato and cheese portobello mushrooms, spicy chicken shish kabobs, baked potatoes, and corn-on-the-cob (separate nights, not all in one day!!).

10 Fresh Summer Salads

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I love the summer season, especially since a lot of fruits and veggies that I purchase are grown locally. I drive by at least four fruit and veggie stands on my way to and from work, so I always pick up my produce from them. The produce tastes just so much better since they were not frozen or picked too early in order to arrive "fresh" at the store. It is also great to support local farmers that feed our families! If you love the fresh varieties of fruits and veggies growing either in your back yard or local farmer's stands, then you will enjoy these fresh garden veggie recipes! Enjoy!

Warm Quinoa, Spinach and Shiitake Salad

Strawberry Broccoli Salad
Glazed Summer Fruit Salad

Eggplant Caprese Salad
Grilled Vegetable Summer Salad with Mozzarella
Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
Cajun Turkey and Fresh Melon Salad
Fresh Summer Fruit Salad
Italian Salad
Pesto Pizza Salad

Dog Days of Summer

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sorry friends for not posting that often over here! It has been one of those days, or many days, of summer. You know which ones...

The long and sunny kind of days that make you just want to lounge around on the couch!

The very hot and humid kind of days that make you just want to sip on some nice cold lemonade.

The kind that make you want to spend some time enjoying the beach and soaking up some sun.

And the kind of days where hanging out with friends makes summer that much better!

Hope you are enjoying your summer days! I will be back next week!

Grilled Veggie Pasta "Salad"

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

This pasta "salad" is perfect for the summer months when fresh veggies are in season. I like to call this a "salad" because of the yummy grilled veggies that are used in this dish. Next time I make this dish, I will for sure add green onions instead of cooking onions as well as asparagus, for more green colour to the dish. You can eat it cold like a pasta salad too, but I prefer it served warm. You can add any veggies you wish, but I had these in my fridge and used them for this dish. Enjoy!

Grilled Veggie Pasta "Salad"
Prep time: 15 min        Cook Time: 35 min           Yield: 4 servings

- 2 cups small pasta shells
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 1 package (8 oz.) mushrooms, sliced
- 16 grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 tsp Herbe de Provence
- salt and pepper, to taste

- 1/2 cup pasta sauce
- Grated Parmesan cheese

1. Cook pasta according to package. Drain and set aside.
2. Heat barbecue grill to medium heat. Add vegetables in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with Herbe de Provence, salt and pepper.
3. Over medium heat, add grilled vegetables to pasta pot. Stir to combine. Add pasta sauce and stir to combine. Ensure pasta sauce is warmed thoroughly.
4. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.

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Anniversary Getaway

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

This past weekend was our one year anniversary. We decided to take the weekend off and go away on a mini vacation. 

 We went to Grand Bend, which is a few hours away from home, and stayed there at the cute little Bonnie Doone Manor-on-the-beach! 

Because we booked so late, they only had one room available - their largest one with a kitchen and all. A bit expensive, yes. But worth it? Totally! We had our own private door to the main sitting area, which had some beautiful views!

The cute and cozy 2 queen sized beds.

Isn't this kitchen so cute and cozy looking? While we didn't use it, I still liked it!

The sitting area. Just loved the lounging around part of the trip!

We had a lovely dinner at the restaurant on the beach. This pizza was called the "Ferrari" pizza. It was delish!

I don't usually drink beer, but it was just so hot that day that a nice glass of cold beer was very refreshing!

We also had some yummy Spanish wine. Such a good wine!

And some cake to celebrate. McCain Deep and Delicious was a good one, since it was packed up nicely to fit into our cooler. And is just so good!

A little bit of the night life. Although it was pretty much dead by 10 pm. All the shops were closed and the only thing left open were the food shops. We ended up strolling on the beach, which was a nice and quiet time.

On day two we went to the local flea market, ate lunch at a cute country restaurant and headed home. The weather was very gloomy so there was no point in staying longer. But it was a very relaxing weekend!

Hope you all had a nice and enjoyable weekend!
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