Charles and Di Tin

My super sweet step-daughter Bri is a  seasoned thrifter / yard saler. She  found this Charles and Di commemorative cookie tin at a yard sale for $0.25. It’s now officially a collection: I have two Charles and Di things.

Happy thrifting!

Commuter Challenge

Next week (June 5-11) is Commuter Challenge, you guys! People/businesses/cities will challenge each other to commute green. That includes cycling, walking, carpooling and telecommuting. I seem to recall someone canoeing to work during last year’s challenge.

This year in honour of Commuter Challenge I will be cycling to work with my town bike instead of my 21-speed mountain bike.  It’ll be an interesting 6.5kms.

 Happy trails (literally)

 

 

 

 

Chick’n Alfredo

Last week my sister, a fantastic cook, whipped up a vegetable and turkey Alfredo pasta. So I copied her idea and it turned out heavenly!

  • 1 small package of Ziggy’s light Alfredo pasta sauce (or similar)
  • 2 Gardein Lightly Marinated Dijon Breasts, cut into pieces (or similar…omit the dijon sauce which is packaged separately)
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 tomato diced big
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • Bit of oil
  • 5 or 6 portions of whole wheat pasta, cooked
  • Makes 5 or 6 servings

Sauté onions slightly. Add fake chicken, cook until light brown. Stir in tomatoes and peas. Cook and stir until heated. Pour in Alfredo sauce. Cook until hot. Pour over pasta.

Five healthy vegetarian lunches for the whole week

Family-sized box of whole wheat pasta. It's the first time I bought such a large box: my growing family eats so much!

Crossroads Market

The family had  an awesome afternoon at Crossroads Market. What a cool place! It has a huge year-round farmers’ market and a flea market.

This is a really interesting piece from the New York Times about the flea marketing of NYC. Flea markets are enjoying a sort of renaissance there. Sounds like a rummager’s dream.

Watermelons Are Perfectly Round Now

Remember when watermelons were oval-shaped? Now they’re round. I assume the redesign was for shipping purposes so that’s good.

A perfect sphere

I have mixed feeling about the complete overhaul of the watermelon (like, what happened to the seeds?) but at least it’s still juicy and delicious.🙂

Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee

After a glorious yet busy day I need a caffeine boost to carry me through to the little guy’s bedtime.

  • Iced coffee is best made with the really strong stuff.
  • Instant or old bottom-of-the-pot coffee works great.
  • In large glass combine 1/3 coffee, cream and milk to taste (lots), a teaspoon of organic vanilla extract and sugar to taste.
  • Mix.
  • Fill with ice chips or cubes.
  • Use straw so it feels like a Starbucks visit!🙂

Mexican gift from my sister

Happy sipping!