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Thanksgiving Printable Place Setting for Kids

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Thanksgiving printable for kids.

Thanksgiving printable for kids.

Thanksgiving Printable Place Setting for Kids – It’s hard to believe but it was over a month ago that we celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada.  We had the fortune to be invited to two fabulous dinners.  Along with my food contributions, I also brought along a fun Thanksgiving printable for the kid’s place settings.  Just print out these coloring pages and place where the kids will be sitting for dinner.  This will give the kids a fun activity and keep them entertained while the adults get all the wonderful food on the table. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

Get your Thanksgiving printable here.

Looking for more great kids printables: Monster Coloring PageBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

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Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

Thanksgiving printable place setting for kids.

Thanksgiving printable place setting for kids.

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Miso Soup

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Miso Soup

Miso Soup

Miso Soup – After a summer of gluttonous fun it’s time to get back to healthier living.  I often think that when the school year starts it’s almost like New Year’s, when people make resolutions to get fit and healthier… well, that’s the way it always seems to work for me anyway.  So, back to it!

One way I force myself to eat better is by packing my lunch everyday for work. I know many people go out for lunch but if you can pack your own lunch, you’re more able to control the food you consume. I have a variety of foods that I take for lunch but one of my favourites is soup, especially chicken noodle (I have the best recipe which I’ll share in an upcoming post). Recently I tried a new soup that I think is great and my husband loves.  It’s a very light and healthy Miso soup and takes about 20 minutes to make.  You may have to shop around to find a few of the ingredients but its worth it.  I found all of my ingredients in a local Japanese specialty store but I know there are local grocery stores that carry these ingredients too.

The original recipe is here but I modified it based on all the reviews I read for the recipe.

 Ingredients:

  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tsp dashi granules (3 tsp if you like a saltier, stronger fish flavour)
  • 3 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 package of medium firm tofu, diced
  • 4 green onions sliced into pieces
  • 2 tsp wakame seaweed (feel free to omit if you’re not into seaweed – you’ll notice there isn’t any in my photo – my husband loves it but me, not so much)

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan heat water and dashi granules on high until it comes to a boil, then turn down to medium heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Put the miso paste into a cup or small mixing bowl and add a few spoon fulls of the hot broth from the saucepan and mix in with the miso paste until it becomes almost liquid in nature.  Add this mixture to the saucepan and whisk in.
  3. Add the diced tofu, green onions, and wakame seaweed.  Simmer for about 5 more minutes.
  4. Serve into a bowl and enjoy!
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Master Meal List

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Master meal planning list printable

Master meal planning list printable

Master Meal List – I’m not much of a planner when it comes to meals, especially during the week.  Usually I just come home from work, look in the fridge, freezer and pantry and then just make whatever meal I feel like and can come up with quickly.  I have friends and coworkers who plan their meal every week in advance… kudos to them but I’m just not that organized.  Sometimes my decisions for meals are prompted by the newest cooking magazine that’s in my mailbox when I get home or often times I’m browsing through Pinterest and I see something that looks tantalizing. I cook meals at home at least six days a week so I need as many options as possible. For me, it’s often just a matter of coming up with the initial idea and then I’m good to go.

For months (well, maybe years) I’ve been thinking about having a master list of all my favourite recipes that I can quickly browse when I’m trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Finally I found a moment and made a page for keeping my recipe and meal ideas.  After I added all my meal ideas, I printed it out and taped it inside my cupboard door so that I can look at it anytime for quick inspiration.

Today I’m sharing my printable master meal list with you.  Click here to download.  If you’ve got any great recipe ideas feel free to share too!

Master Meal Planning List

Master Meal Planning List

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Garlic Scape Pesto

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Easy to make Garlic Scape Pesto

Easy to make Garlic Scape Pesto

Last week I saw a Facebook post from a British Columbia based seed company called Westcoast seeds.  This is where I purchase all my seeds from and they’re always a great source of local knowledge. The Facebook post was perfect timing since it was all about garlic scapes (garlic scapes are the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants, although they do not produce flowers).  I was just looking at my garlic and noticed all the scapes and wondered what I was supposed to do with them.  This is the first time I’ve grown garlic and it’s all new to me so I take whatever help I can get… thanks Westcoast seeds!

You’ll see from my photos that the scapes are simply stunning. Perhaps it’s the designer in me, but all I see is the beauty in the shape and colour of these curly flower stalks.  The Facebook post mentioned that it’s best to remove the scapes from the garlic at this point but also mentioned that some people like to make pesto with them – perfect, another great culinary experiment to attempt!  So, although I found it hard to do, I managed to chop off the beautiful scapes and take them into the house to experiment with garlic scape pesto.

Please take a moment to “ewww” and “ahhh” and gush over the photos for a moment – seriously, another of nature’s splendour’s.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup garlic scapes, finely chopped (6-8 garlic scapes)
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds  toast them lightly, if you’d like)
  • About 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon

Directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until entirely mixed.  Feel free to add a little extra olive oil depending on the desired consistency.
  2. Serve with crackers, toast, pasta, gnocchi or rice. Enjoy!

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