Sunday, 25 August 2013

Roasted Tomatoes

I don't know why, but I am intimidated by canning.  Every year I say, "next year I will can my tomatoes."  I do not.  This year, I am not saying that, because I have new technique that I adore: roasting tomatoes.  Slice the tomatoes in half, seed them with your fingers, drizzle with olive oil, and cook at 275*F for 5 hours.  The result is favourful tomatoes that can be frozen and used in the winter.  I've been popping them like candy.

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Happy Anniversary No.7

Next year will be the year that I will remember the date of our anniversary.  I think I came up with a mnemonic that will do the trick, but I think I made the same resolution last year.

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Cottage with Friends

This is summer: a lake, a cottage, friends.

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We are so lucky.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Savory Blueberry Peach Pizza

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Friday night is Pizza Night at the Warner residence.  Its easy and kid-friendly, but by week 47 the taste starts getting tired.  This week, I decided to get a little crazy.

Introducing my first ever totally delicious, pinterest-worthy, completely self-created and nicely photographed recipe: Savory Blueberry Peach Pizza*.  Oh, the pride.

This recipe makes one and a half homemade 10ish inch pizzas.  Only one and a half pizzas because my picky-eater son prefers his pizza deconstructed, so we have to leave half of a pizza with nothing on it (the punchline is that he tells everyone his favorite food is pizza, but its actually just bread).

Savory Blueberry Peach Pizza
2-10in homemade pizza shells
6 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 peaches, sliced thinly
3/4 cup blueberries
1 chicken breast diced**
3/4 cup marble cheddar cheese, shredded***

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Sprinkle two cookie sheets with cornmeal and place the pizza shells on the cookie sheets.
2. Mix the cream cheese, thyme and cinnamon together.  Spread one and a half pizza shells.  Leave a 1 inch perimeter for a crust - it will puff up to prevent any blueberry juice from escaping and making a mess.
3. Arrange the peaches on top of the cream cheese mixture.  Sprinkle the blueberries and diced chicken around the peaches.  Sprinkle the cheese on top of the toppings.
4.  Cook for about 20-25minutes, until the crust is golden.  Broil for 2 minutes at the end if you like your cheese crispy.  Enjoy!

*Still working on creative recipe title writing.
**I used a leftover BBQ'd one from two nights ago.
***I'm sure mozzeralla would be better, but all I had was cheddar.  Or goat cheese.  Goat cheese might be amazing.

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Hell Climb 2013

A friend of ours told us about a little race up a little mountain.  It's organized by a bike shop called Tall Tree Cycles in Ottawa.  I know very little about the cycling culture of Ottawa, but through this experience I have learned the following:

Tall Tree Cycles is amazing.

This was not your typical bike race.  It was a stopwatch-timed jaunt up a mountain, in which costumes and fixies are strongly encouraged, all money raised goes to charity, and the real winner is the one who comes in last but has the most spirit.  We thought it might be fun, so I signed up for the arts and crafts part and Shawn volunteered for the actual racing part.  Racing on this day meant towing the kids in the trailer while dressed as a horse.

In case you can't tell from the pictures, Nevin and Scarlett are Spartans in a chariot (with rockin' paper maché-ed golden helmets thankyouverymuch), and Shawn is the self-proclaimed "Trusty Steed".

I do not want to discount the actual race course.  It was only a little over six kilometers, but to give you some insight: at one point, I started positive self-talking, telling myself "you're at least a 1/4 of the way there," only to look down at my computer and find out I had gone 500m.  Ouch.  Shawn chose to do it pulling 80 pounds of pure cheering power.  No exaggeration: the whole way up they cheered, "Go, Daddy, go!  Go, Daddy, go!"

We plan on making this an annual family tradition and were already talking about next year's costumes on the way home (I'm picturing a Rainbow Brite theme - lots of glitter and rainbows).  The whole atmosphere was so great and we want to be a part of it again.  The shop guys even hung out just in front of me to make sure I made it up okay, since I was one of the last people to go and the very last person on the course for most of the race.  They are real community builders, and the charity they chose was a good one - a family who delivered their baby early so the mother could start intensive cancer therapy.  Unbelievable.

It was a definitive highlight of our summer.

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(photo credit: Tall Tree Cycles)
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