Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sticky Garlic Noodles {Gluten Free}

Summer is the perfect time for quick meals and this one fits the bill getting you in and out of the kitchen in just 15 minutes. 

Garlic, noodles, butter and just the right hint of sweet and salty made this a winner in our house. Except of course for the picky 7-year old who had plain pasta with chicken and parmesan cheese. The rest of us declared this a definite keeper! 
The great part is that there are many ways to adapt this recipe for different dietary needs, explained here where I found the recipe. I cooked up some sliced steak, chicken and some shrimp to offer some variety.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What's your road trip style?

To be honest, my road trip personality is not something that I ever really consciously thought about. It quickly became apparent when trying to plan a vacation with friends that we have very different road trip personalities though. 

We are most definitely the type who like to take things slow, purposefully planning stops at certain locations/attractions to have lunch, get some amazing pictures, you get the idea.

As they said in the Cars movie, “folks didn’t drive to make great time, they drove to have a good time”

Monday, May 23, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - May 23 2016

This past week went by without me getting a whole lot done since after I finished my amoxicillin to treat my ear infection I broke out in a rash. A head to toe, itching all over rash that had me leave work early heading straight to the walk-in clinic. 5 days of steroids, daily allergy medication and lots of rest and I am finally able to get back to my regular routine.

To catch up on everything I missed this last week, meals are going to be pretty low key and easy this week, since we also have a lot of meetings/appointments/school events going on this week too. I have spent the weekend doing some heavy duty purging/house cleaning and plan to continue with this work despite our busy week. I am also trying to clean out our deep freeze so that I can defrost and properly clean it out so these meals will help with that goal too!

Be sure to go check out all the other great meal plans at Org Junkie this week! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Menu Plan Monday

Boy oh boy was this Monday ever a Monday...you know the ones where things just seem to not go the way you want. It was honestly one of those days at work that had me not liking my job that much. We have also been dealing with some ongoing vehicle issues that we think are resolved but you can just imagine my frustration when my vehicle would not start after coming out of the grocery store on my coffee break. Turns out that it simply was the end of life for my battery so got it replaced yesterday. Happy it was just routine maintenance this time. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

How our vacation got extended by a day

It's been just over two weeks since we got back from our vacation. Twelve days away is the longest we have spent away from home in years and it was a great trip. But, as I am sure you can all relate it always feels good to go home too. Just when we thought our vacation was over, we had an unexpected delay in getting home.

As planned on the day we left to fly home we finished packing our things, then headed out to spend the last few hours we had hanging out making memories with my Dad before he dropped us off at the airport.

In order to be able to get home in one day and not have to catch a VERY early morning flight we flew out of Toronto airport, an hour's drive away from my Dad's rather than from Hamilton. 

We had a few stops along the way, going from Toronto to Calgary, a wait for the next flight to Vancouver,  and then waiting for our  flight at 9:45 pm from Vancouver to home.

Things were going pretty good, we had a bit of a rough landing in Calgary but thankfully had a bit of time to wait until our next flight. At this point, Karensa was saying her tummy didn't feel good and we thought either it was from the bumpy landing or the fact that she hadn't eaten anything except snacks since breakfast.