Valentine’s

These Valentines seem to be turning into a tradition. Happy day everyone! 

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Easy AND Healthy Pie Crust!

I am going to share with you a very old family recipe from my great aunt who was a nutritionist many years ago at a fancy prep-school. I’m not sure where she got it from but it has been the “go-to” crust in our family for decades. To have a crust recipe without lard and/or hydrogenated oils that still tastes awesome and is quick and easy to make is a real find…in my opinion.ingredients

Recipe for 1 pie:

2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 Cup Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons cold milk

1) Mix flour and salt together with a fork in a pie plate
2) In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and olive oil until well combined
3) Add wet to dry in pie plate, combine with fork and/or hands and press into plate until it is all an even thickness
4) Use fork to poke holes
5) Bake 425° for 15 minutes

pressing in pie plate and sticking with fork

It is not the fanciest crust but I like the rustic nature of it and when it is yummy and healthy, who cares 🙂
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Here are a couple of pics of my fave rhubarb pie which I will post the recipe for soon. The first pic shows after it has been baked and before the filling is added.

July12_2013_4a rhubarb pie pic

Enjoy!

Ok Winter, You Win.

Technically, it is officially spring. However, after another dumping of snow and a massive winter storm on the first day of spring, it definitely feels like winter is hanging on a while longer. When I came across these photos from a couple of years ago,  I figured why not embrace the final remnants of winter while it is here. The day these pics were taken was one of the best days we have had since we moved to the lake 8 years ago. We had a visit from the girls’ cousins that weekend and they spent almost the entire time on the ice. Fun!A perfect day of skating

Skating on the Lake on a Cold February Day

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The windchill was below -30C but the ice was so great we couldn’t resist. Please excuse the shaky hand, it was half frozen!

The girls were a little shaky since it was their first skate of the year (still much better than me on skates I might add). Daisy dog reminds me of Bambi on the ice 🙂

Soon after I shot this video, we had a tonne of snow but luckily the ice was still good underneath so we shovelled some trails and had some more fun. I will prepare a video of this on a following post soon.

Steak Wraps with Aoli Sauce

Here is a wrap we seem to be making pretty frequently these days because it is easy, healthy and the whole family loves it.

First make Aoli Sauce from recipe found here.

Then we wrap up the following ingredients in a whole wheat wrap and chow down:

Red pepper sliced thinly lenghtwise
Thinly sliced Barbecued/grilled steak
Spreadable Cream Cheese
Organic Romaine lettuce
Aoli Sauce (here is that recipe again)




“At Noontide on a Winter’s Day”

I know it is not winter any more and most people don’t even want to think of winter now, but I found and thought I would share these two photos which I feel capture the joy of winter on the lake. If I don’t post them now, I may forget later when it is winter again! Also, to follow is an excerpt from a Lucy Maud Montgomery poem I love entitled “A Winter Day”.

Life hath a jollity and zest,
A poignancy made manifest;
Laughter and courage have their way
At noontide of a winter’s day.
Lucy Maud Montgomery

The kids skating on seemingly endless ice.

Finally, some house photos

I went a little “snap happy” last night (see lake pics here) because the evening was so stunning and I wanted to try to capture and share its beauty. I began this blog to document our progresses on the massive house reno we have undertaken in the passed year and a half, and now, here I am on my 12th post and I still haven’t even really shown the house at all! Now that our house is livable and comfortable, we are enjoying and savouring the fruits of our labour. Although we still have plenty of work to do until it is “finished”, we are trying to take more time to savour what we have done. It has been a very crazy last 2 years with renovations while raising the girls and trying to fit in work and live a somewhat balanced life.  I don’t think we did the best at the “balanced” part since it is difficult to think of much else when you don’t have a roof over your head. Now that we have a little breathing room from the constant house projects, it is nice. We just have to try to not fall into the trap of not finishing it because we are to comfortable :). Here are some photos with the evening light in our new kitchen. I will soon post further blog entries showing our “before” photos and progress on our house – promise.

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My husband enjoying a little quiet time. Yup, we live quite the party life 😉
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Some pics of coyotes that hopefully will not attack my dog

In lieu of yesterdays blog post regarding our dog being attacked, I thought I would post a few photos I have taken of coyotes near our home.

This is one of my favourites because it is looking at me
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