Grapefruits for breakfast

2/10/2016



We are in the desert! Last week we flew away from the snow and the cold, and three hours later arrived in beautiful Palm Springs. Well, Rancho Mirage, to be exact. While we unfortunately had a little delay in Winnipeg, all was forgotten when we walked off the airplane and into the sun. One of the first things we did upon arriving at my grandparents house was pick grapefruits. The kids were super excited to try and pull them down, and talked excitedly about drinking fresh juice.

The picking proved more fun than the drinking - at least for them. I have been enjoying freshly squeezed grapefruit juice every morning, and let me tell you, it is deeelicious! (in the words of Daniel Tiger... ) The grapefruits are literally the size of Soren's head, and are in abundance on the 'kids' patio. We are so spoiled here - Tyler and I have our own room, complete with ensuite and patio, and the kids have theirs. They have been sharing a king size bed, which proves for some entertaining early morning eavesdropping. "Pops! Guess what?!" That kid has some crazy stories.

If you follow me on instagram you'll see that we have been busy taking advantage of Southern California. There is a heat wave going on right now (yay!) and we've been keeping cool in the pool and at the beach. I'll post more updates soon, tomorrow is our last day in paradise before we head home to reality.

A four-year olds dinner party

1/31/2016


For quite some time now, Soren has been after me to plan a dinner party with our friends Lauren and Mike. It's funny, because the guy doesn't much like to eat, but he definitely likes the social aspects surrounding food. He's up for going out for breakfast, ordering in sushi, or planning a tea party. 

I finally got my act together and picked a night for the 'party', and true to form Soren helped with the menu. We ended up serving baked cod with lemon butter sauce, crispy kale, and a beet and blue cheese salad. Since we are all trying to eat a bit healthier these days, I picked up some fresh berries but otherwise didn't plan for dessert. Well... no dessert was not going to fly with the littlest lindens. 

With no desire to make anything heavy or complex, I glanced in the cupboard and proposed rice crispy squares. The kids were ecstatic - and eagerly helped me "bake" them. I spied some mini m & m's in the very back of the cupboard and decided to throw them in too. As we waited for our guests to arrive, Soren would say, 'I just can't wait to serve the cake tonight!' 'They are just going to LOVE the cake we made!'

I suppose it's not really what you make, but the level of enthusiasm that goes into prepping and serving. Instead of casually saying we only had rice crispy squares for dessert, I cut them up and brought out THE DESSERT. Soren and Pop's eyes lit up as if were the best thing they had ever seen. And you know what? They were pretty tasty. Or maybe it was all the extra love that got baked into them:)

Fresh Air is good for the soul

1/27/2016


I'm a firm believer in the power of fresh air. If I have a head-ache or feel tired in the morning, my first solution would be to get some fresh air. It drives my husband crazy, as his solution is to lie down and relax. He thinks it is the weirdest thing for me to say - 'Go for a quick walk around the block', if he complains he's feeling tired. He prefers a little sympathy, and some quiet time.