Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
So sweet, sweet Jane wrote a story on pet adoption for the holidays and was lovely enough to include our Bailey and Sadie in her story. It's currently posted on canada.com and you may very well see it in a national paper near you soon. There's a great picture of Sadie, my favourite photo of our dearly missed old man Bailey and one of Felicity Huffman, who is the lady behind the Iams Home for the Holidays program.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday Marc had the best idea ever and called ahead for Bella Vita takeout. Seriously, best idea ever. Friday night Sadie had some visitors. I think we don't get visitors anymore. Sadie gets them all. And with a mug like hers I can't really blame her. She had a great little visit with pals Rob, Jenny and Richard who spoiled her with a bone bigger than she is. At least for now.
Saturday we had what feels like our first sunny day in months so we jumped at the chance to soak up some vitamin D with a puppy play date with Mike, Jocelyne and Sadie's new best friend Gypsy. It also gave us a chance to get some sunny day pics of Sadie in the snow which is obviously, the cutest thing ever. Saturday night was a great dinner at Respect with my folks and some late night drinks where Sadie was hugely spoiled by her Gramma and Grandpa. In case you were wondering where I get my love of dogs, it's from them.
Sunday we got hit with yet another snow fall and spent the day chilling out and refusing to shovel. I put up my Christmas tree in an attempt to force the Christmas feeling into this house. I have never been less prepared for Christmas than I am this year and am finding it really, really hard to gear up. The tree is awful pretty though and is helping a bit. I also got my flu shot like a good girl. Did you?? Tis the season and all....
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Call me a giant loser, but I really want this Shark Floor Steamer for Christmas. You can steam clean your floors without lugging around a giant contraption. And when you've got a house full of hardwood and tile, this is right up your alley.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
First off, let's talk invitiations. Groom is a graphic designer so they hand typed the invites, made little buttons of themselves as party favours and a friend painted their portrait. I would give my right arm for a handpainted portrait of Marc and I in some fun medium like this. It is so Royal Tenenbaums perfect, my heart hurts.
They got married in the bride's childhood home (we got married in our home with the reception at my folks' place), walked down the aisle to music played by their friend (us too! Yay Dan!), she wore an adorable short dress (me too!) and they went out afterwards (us too!!)
Just cuz I'm feeling mushy, here's my favourite shot from our wee wedding. Sigh.....hi Bailey.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Thanks to Dan and Lisa for dragging us out and making us happy.
Butternut Squash Ravioli
1 small to medium butternut squash (about 2 1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoons dark molasses
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Gray salt and freshly ground pepper
Ravioli dough (you can buy or make your own)
Flour, for dusting board
4 tablespoons sweet butter
8 fresh sage leaves
2 ounces Parmesan, for grating
2 ounces bittersweet chocolatee for grating
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cut squash in 1/2 and scrape out seeds. Spread 1 tablespoon molasses in the cavity. Season with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a roasting pan. Cook in the oven until very soft, about 1 hour. Let cool to room temperature and scoop out flesh into the work bowl of a food processor.
Puree squash until smooth, then spread on a baking sheet and return to the 375 degree oven to dry, about 10 minutes. The consistency will be like mashed potatoes. Scrape into a large mixing bowl.
Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it begins to brown. Immediately remove from heat and add remaining 1 tablespoon molasses and all the vinegar. Add to squash with mascarpone, Parmesan, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper and mix well. The recipe can be made ahead to this point (makes 2 cups filling,)
To fill the raviolis: Lay out a sheet of pasta dough on a lightly floured board. Cut into circles with a 3 1/2 inch pastry cutter. Put 1 tablespoon squash filling in the center of 1/2 the rounds using either a pastry bag or a small spoon. Leave a 1/2-inch border all around the filling. Moisten borders with water and top with remaining rounds of dough. Press all the air out and seal firmly by pressing all around with fingertips. Lay raviolis out to dry on a lightly floured board or baking sheet and lightly flour the tops. Repeat until you run out of dough and/or filling. To cook, boil in lightly salted water until tender, about 3 minutes. Reserve 2 ounces of the cooking water.
Uncooked, filled raviolis may be used immediately or frozen for 2 months. Lay them out on sheet pans and place in freezer until frozen. Transfer to plastic bag.
For the Sage Brown Butter: While raviolis are cooking, in a large saute pan, melt the butter with the sage and a pinch of salt until it foams and becomes light brown. Reserve.
On medium heat toss the cooked raviolis in the sage butter then transfer to a serving platter or dishes. Add 2 ounces of the cooking water to the pan and swirl with any residual butter. Spoon the butter sauce over the raviolis, then finish with a generous grating of Parmesan and bittersweet chocolate.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I am also taking entertainment suggestions from any and all. My couch time sees no end in sight anytime soon and my DVD player is dangerously close to being empty.....