recipes I've tried this week and last

Easter weekend was busy and fun but geez a four day weekend goes by fast! LOL! I was tired all this week at work and couldn't wait for this weekend to start. Now it is almost over and I wish I could just freeze today for a little while longer...

Isabella had the flu over Easter weekend (complete with fever) and she still has a lingering cough which keeps me up at night. I feel the beginnings of a sore throat so I might be doomed...

I've got two weeks of recipes to report on so I'll get started. This first recipe was perfect if you need a fast weeknight meal - baked honey lime chicken taquitos. We polished them all off in no time.

lovely little kitchen

Next was classic cheesy stuffed sausage pasta bake. This was so good and I ended up bringing the leftovers to work for a few days and still delicious. Definitely have to make this again. I love any dish that includes ricotta and the kids love any dish that includes sausage so BINGO! :)

picky palate

I must have had ricotta on the brain lately because I also made this stuffed chicken dish I found on instagram. All I did was mix some ricotta with spinach and parmesan and rolled it inside some thinly sliced chicken breasts. Wrapped some prosciutto around it and put it in the oven and VOILA. I loved it and the leftovers are coming to work with me tomorrow. Here is what mine looked like (served with corn and roast potatoes):

Hadn't had rice in a bit so an easy stir fry made it into this past week's rotation: easy 20 minute teriyaki chicken and broccoli. I loved the teriyaki flavour and I added some chili peppers for some spice - to my dish only. ;)

table for two

Simon begged for spaghetti and meatballs again so instead I made this 30 minute weeknight pasta sauce. A fabulous alternative from having to make big meatballs on a weeknight. I just told Simon that these were tiny little meatballs and he stared at me funny. Oh well, I tried. He loved it just the same.

the comfort of cooking

Moving onto baking. For Easter dinner, my sisters and I all made desserts and I chose to make a lemon cheesecake. This cheesecake had a lemon curd topping and I am now a huge fan of lemon curd as I had never made it before. I didn't want it too sweet so I made it with 2 bricks of light cream cheese and 1 regular - next time I will use 2 regular and 1 light. Whatever, it was still soooooooooo good.

taste and tell

I made blueberry applesauce snack cake for Simon to bring to school but he wasn't too fond of it. I found it a tad bland although not quite sure what it was missing...

mountain mama cooks

Today I am excited to make something I made a few months ago - bakery style blueberry scones. These were to die for when I made them last and this time I will have to make a double batch. Here's to hoping that fresh blueberries are on sale...

pinch of yum

And because I can but shouldn't, I really want to make these soft and chewy brownie cookies today. Tell me I shouldn't...

averie cooks


4th craniversary

Can't believe it's been four years since my husband's brain surgery. How crazy life has been since then...

post surgery, four years ago

Four years ago, Pablo was diagnosed with a grade II (close to grade III) atypical menigioma. Luckily it was benign, but holy crap the damage the damn tumour caused! Most of the damage was in the bladder area and Pablo now has a bladder pacemaker because the signals from the brain to the bladder are not functioning properly. Now the pacemaker isn't working because the wire leads have come loose (because Pablo is an active guy in his thirties with two young kids...). We're not sure if the pacemaker is going to be fixed or just removed entirely. In the meantime, Pablo recently had surgery to remove a piece of his bladder and in its place, he got 40 Botox injections. These Botox injections need to be done every 6-8 months. NOW we just heard word that Pablo is probably going to need Botox injections in his brain every 8-12 months to relieve that stress in his brain and to help with the brutal headaches that he gets. Add 5 more meds to the 20-something that he already takes and that is where we are at today.

Not sure what is in store for Pablo in the next year but we just try to get through each day and make things work as best we can. Life is rough but Pablo has made it this far and for that, we are thankful. The kids wish him a happy craniversary too!

instagram saturday

new gifts from Mexico from my parents
view from the living room to the front hall // had to go for tests - all is good :)
police car light in Simon's room // bronze tray
Isabella and Simon working on Isabella's school project with uncle Jeff
Isabella's school project - a wishing well // the caravan at my parents' place - the kids' hangout
two Easter egg hunts
Easter fondue dinner at my parents' place // my mom's lasagna
blueberry cream cheese bread // stuffed chicken wrapped in prosciutto
school pics of Isabella and Simon
Isabella on her new bike // Simon and I
smashed raspberry lemonade cocktail // rainbow loom made by Isabella and I
Hunters and plaid // new silapada jewelry
me at work
me at work
me at work // new clinique chubby sticks


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