Does anyone know where April went? Because I sure don’t. We came home from our trip out West in early April and it seems as though we landed running. April has been spent with lots of family time, catching up with friends and a ton of photo taking. It’s been a very full month. After we spent ten days visiting friends on our recent trip, we came home to our kitchen and the need to make some awesome food. We were sick of eating out and were excited to get back into a routine. So between all of the madness of the month, we have been dedicated to eating well and getting back into our active working out routines. It feels good.
Our friends Gillian and Pat came up for a visit a couple of weeks ago. It was a big night because they left both kids with the grandparents for the first time ever and came for a real adult night out. We had an awesome dinner before the boys went ax throwing and the girls had a big catch up with a bottle of wine. For dinner, I made these Vegan Spinach Tofu Ricotta Tartlets. I have made them before but I think that this batch of them turned out better than the last time. These babies are pretty simple to make and are also pretty impressive to serve to guests. For sides we had roasted brussel sprouts (I am currently obsessed with them) and this Squash Salad with red onion, almonds & feta. I highly recommend trying out that recipe, it was that good.
I could not send Gill and Pat home the next morning without a decent breakfast and I had this one in mind. My friends in Brisbane had made it before for me when I visited them last so I have dubbed this the Oz Breakfast. Josh had brought home a loaf of that amazing Bar Isabel bread (you can buy it daily from the restaurant) for the occasion. Lightly toast bread, put a poached egg on and top with a salsa of sorts made with chopped tomatoes, cilantro and avocado. This breakfast is so fresh, colourful and delicious.
So far, 2014 is living up to be the year of the engagement and baby. Because of this, I need to get my crochet hook working! I had wanted to make a cute baby blanket that would make up fast but still be pretty and lacy. I had bought a jumbo ball of wool for this purpose and found this pattern that I thought would work: Gossamer Baby Blanket pattern. The big ball of wool was 400g and it was exactly what I needed for the blanket. I then used a darker purple for the border. I cannot wait to give it to the soon-to-be Mom.
Spring seems to be the time of purging. Everyone is getting rid of everything. I was recently at my Mom’s setting up a new computer for her when she asked if I wanted my Grandma’s silverware. My heart melted when she offered it to me because I have lots of memories of these pieces. I even remember polishing them as a kid. All future dinner parties at our house just got a lot fancier.