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It was a busy but productive weekend at our house. My husband had an unexpected day off (his first in a few weeks) on Sunday and it was nice to have him home. He recently made the decision to leave his job at the local ski hill in favour of year-round employment in the forestry industry. This change means he will be home every evening and for the first time in a very, very long time he will have weekends off – yee haw! These two things alone make me very, very happy.

Except he will probably still go skiing most weekends.

This means I will still be without my husband on those weekends.

But that is a sacrifice I am willing to make.

Did I mention I don’t ski? Or snowboard? Even after working in the ski industry as a marketing and media relations rep I never took to the sport.

I think it has something to do with the gravity. I’ll stick to snow shoeing and cross-country skiing thank you very much.

But clearly I am getting off topic because all that really has nothing to do with what we did this weekend.


Saturday was spent with a very good friend and her two boys.

We walked the Riverwalk trail in the morning and then headed to GF to run a few errands and get groceries.

First stop was for coffee – decaf for me as I am still off the real stuff (note: getting sick the day I decided to stop drinking coffee was really a blessing in disguise. I was so pre-occupied with my cold symptoms that I mostly forgot about the caffeine withdrawal.)

I also picked-up some decaf beans for home.

It was nice to go to town with another adult for a change. I didn’t have to lug a toddler into every store because I had someone to stay in the truck with him.

When we got home, and after unpacking the groceries, the Doozer and I made Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

This is a Martha Stewart recipe from her cookie cookbook and I absolutely love it. I like to add coconut to the mix because for me, oats and coconut belong together.

That night my husband fell asleep on the couch and I got caught up on Pan Am and ANTM: All-stars. He got sick a few days after us so he is still fighting it off. We usually watch a documentary over on Documentary Heaven and then I fall asleep on the couch 🙂

As I mentioned above he had Sunday off. He had a few projects to complete so I took the dog and the Doozer for a walk. When we arrived home he wasn’t quite finished so I took the Doozer to the arena to watch the Pee Wee team play, and to eat fries.

He had such a fun time! He laughed every time one of the players fell or when the goalie went down to block a shot. He kept yelling Puck! Hockey! Net! Fall! throughout the entire game and I am still amazed that he sat through the whole thing.

When we came home I grabbed some lunch and then helped my husband close-up the pool for the winter.

Then it was time to bake again. I made date squares using the topping from my Raw Apple Crisp as the base but added in some coconut and used coconut butter (not oil) to hold it all together.

They are delicious. I have discovered that soaking the dates in hot water before processing really makes a difference. I froze the squares but I doubt they will last long.

Now I am in the process of de-cluttering and cleaning the house in preparation for my Mom’s arrival on Sunday. My parents live in Nova Scotia and this is her first time flying alone – we can’t wait to see Nanny!


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If I had to eat one food for the rest of my life it would be Pez, cherry flavoured Pez, no question about it. pizza.

I love pizza.


I LOVE pizza.

A friend once asked me what my favourite food was and without hesitation I said pizza.

It might seem boring but the flavour combos for pizza are endless.

I used to be all about the thick crust but now, the thinner the better.

Our pizza-making skills have been improving one dough-ball at a time and on the weekend we discovered the best way to achieve the perfect, crispy, thin crust pizza.

I credit Martha Stewart for the dough recipe. Her recipe, from her Baking Handbook, is so versatile that I often swap in different flours (spelt, whole wheat, etc.) depending on my mood. The results are always perfect and we can get three pizzas from one single recipe.

It has been unbelievably hot here lately but when a girl wants pizza, a girl needs pizza.

Enter the BBQ.

It’s our new secret weapon.

That and a hot pizza stone.

All I can say is WOW!

I pre-heated the stone on the Q and as soon as the dough hit the hot stone it instantly started bubbling and cooking. I added the toppings once the dough was on the stone to avoid any pizza mishaps.

We made a Tomato Basil Roasted Garlic Pizza.

A Veggie Pizza with artichoke hearts, green olives, red pepper, onion and mushrooms.

And a Man Pizza with salami, hot peppers, Onion, mushroom and green olives.

We also took advantage of the hot BBQ and fire roasted some jalapeno and yellow Hungarian peppers for a later use.

Each pizza was topped with marble cheese.

Just like thin crust is better than thick crust, I have slowly learned that less is more when it comes to cheese.

We only have one pizza stone so we had to cook one pizza at a time. Although it may seem tedious it really just means that by the time the last pizza is cooked the first two are at perfect eating temperature.

We also don’t have a pizza cutter so we use a giant cleaver instead.

The crust was super crispy and didn’t succumb to the weight of the toppings we piled on top. A key requirement for perfect pizza.

And the best part about a thin crust pizza is you get to eat more toppings and less crust.

Pizza crust, after all, is really just a means to eat the toppings.

And now, 50 bonus points to the person who can name the movie I referenced at the top.

Hint: It’s one of my all-time favourites.

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