Makeshift Monday

Happy Monday!

It’s another hot one. It’s 9:30am and it already feels like 32 degrees celsius with the humidity.

As much as I love a summer cocktail, it’s not an option for me this summer (at least not yet).  Here is an easy and delicious mocktail recipe to try out from the LCBO’s Food & Drink.

Raspberry Rum Ride Mocktail

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice and 4 oz. raspberry juice. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with 2 oz. ginger ale and sprinkle with fresh raspberries.
 
 
 
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Stay cool and enjoy!

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Makeshift Monday

Alright, I’m making this post quick, for this reason:

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That’s right, we are Leaf fans. I haven’t really talked much about hockey on here, but there hasn’t been much to say about our team, until now. They FINALLY made it to the playoffs this season, after an embarrassingly long time (let’s not get into the last time they won a cup). They were down 3-1 against Boston this round but made a HUGE come back, and are playing game seven tonight. Intense!!!

Also, the weather yesterday was ridiculous. Last weekend it was 25+ degrees, yesterday it was 5. We had wet snow and hail, I had to bring my hanging flower baskets in because we were under frost warning. What a difference a week makes.

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Thankfully it’s supposed to warm up mid-week. Come back summer weather – we need you!

GO LEAFS GO!!!

Makeshift Monday

I hope you all had a good weekend. Of course ours flew by, like always.

I have a few posts lined up for this week – I am feeling a little more inspired now that Spring has arrived. If only it would warm up a little more…

Am I alone in the lack of motivation that comes along with winter? I feel like I lose part of my creativity during those LONG winter months.

With spring, comes cleaning/organizing, gardening, outdoor activities and brightening up the house…That being said, I haven’t started any of those things, but I have been thinking about them. I thought I would share my “to do” list I created this weekend for things I need (or at least would like) to get done this spring and summer:

1. Clean out the guest room

2. Design Maxton’s big boy room

3. Transform the guest room into Maxton’s big boy room (including custom built-ins for the closet)

4. Build a deck/patio (and by that I mean Steve)

5. Plant a garden in the front and back

6. Organize the nursery for the baby (that includes bringing out all the baby furniture and gender neutral clothing)

I am going to stop there because I think I am getting ahead of myself. Too ambitious? I think we can pull it off!

Have you started a to-do list for this spring/summer? Do you find it helps you organize and prioritize things?

Makeshift Monday

It’s that day again, and another long work week has begun.

I am happy to say that I am feeling better. I still have a cough, and a bit of a sore throat, but I am much better today than I was last week.

This virus kicked-my-butt. Big time.

What did I learn from all of this? Day care toddlers bring home some SERIOUS germs, and it’s possible to survive a nasty virus without drugs.

If I had contracted this lovely virus while not being pregnant, I would have taken a lot more Tylenol, probably some Tylenol Cold, Otrivin to clear my nose at night, Buckley’s for the cough, and prescription eye drops for the viral pink-eye I had.

Instead, I took Tylenol to bring down the fever, and to help with my throbbing ears, Halls and popsicles for my sore throat, and honey-lemon tea for my throat and cough. It took a lot longer, and it was tough, but it all worked.

Now, the next time I get a cough, will I avoid cough syrup? Nope. Ha-ha. As long as I’m not pregnant or nursing, I will be taking mini-shots of that. I barely slept all of last week, and any sleeping I did get was sitting up on the couch – brutal. I had some pretty intense coughing fits, that left Steve looking both concerned and debating whether he should grab a puke-bucket.

Come on warm weather! Out with the germs, in with the warmth!

Makeshift Monday

Happy Monday!

I’m home with my sick little guy, today, and am fighting something myself. It seems that he goes about two weeks in between some kind of (daycare) sickness.  Two weeks ago it was diarrhea, two weeks before that, vomitting, two weeks before that, a bad cough/cold that required puffers. Everyone says the first year at daycare is the worst, and we are only three months in…

Hopefully we are all healthy for Easter, which is coming up this weekend. I thought I would share a delicious dessert perfect for Easter dinner.

Banana Cream Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs 1-1/2 1-1/2cups cups(375 mL) (375 mL) graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter , melted1/3 1/3cup cup(75 mL) (75 mL) butter, melted
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate , melted2 2oz oz(57 g) (57 g) semisweet chocolate, melted

Filling:

  • 4 egg yolks 4 4egg yolkegg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 1/2cup cup(125 mL) (125 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch 1/3 1/3cup cup(75 mL) (75 mL) cornstarch
  • 3 cups milk 3 3cups cups(750 mL) (750 mL) milk
  • 2 tbsp butter 2 2tbsp tbsp(30 mL) (30 mL) butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla 1 1tsp tsp(5 mL) (5 mL) vanilla
  • 2 small bananas , sliced2 2small bananabananas, sliced

Garnish:

  • 1 cup whipping cream 1 1cup cup(250 mL) (250 mL) whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp semisweet chocolate , grated2 2tbsp tbsp(30 mL) (30 mL) semisweet chocolate, grated (optional)

Preparation:

Filling: In bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the milk; set aside.

In heavy saucepan, heat remaining milk over medium heat until bubbles form around edge; whisk into yolk mixture. Return to pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 5 minutes. Stir in butter and vanilla. Scrape into bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate just until cooled, about 2 hours.

In bowl, stir graham wafer crumbs with butter until moistened; press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Drizzle melted chocolate over bottom of crust; spread evenly with back of spoon. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes. Without stirring custard, spoon half over chocolate. Arrange banana slices over top, overlapping slightly. Top with remaining custard. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.)

Garnish: In bowl, whip cream. Using piping bag or with spatula, pipe into rosettes or spread to cover top. Sprinkle with grated chocolate. (Make-ahead: Insert 6 toothpicks into pie; drape plastic wrap loosely over top and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.)

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Canadian Living, 2004

Enjoy!