Kaboom! Come on & Celebrate!

This long weekend was packed full of adventure. First off, Friday night little Q decided that he was going to start climbing out of the crib. Here’s the play by play:

After putting Q to bed I went out to London Drugs. When I came home my husband was in Q`s room (odd for 9 at night). I quietly went into the bathroom to organize a few things and my husband comes in only moments after with a total look of stress & anger on his face. “What?” I said. Huge exhale from him “YOU guess what?” “Uh…I’ve got no clue. Everything ok?” Dramatic pause and another deep sigh from my husband. “What babe, what’s wrong. Just tell me”

At that moment the door handle to the bathroom begins to shake. I am slightly startled, then realize that the shaking of the door handle is our little toddler. I look up at my husband.

“Someone has figured out how to get out of the crib. That’s what.” He says.

Honestly people, my son is like some kind of 007 agent in disguise. Perhaps we should have named him James? There were no warning signs, just the sounds of his little hand trying to crack the bathroom door open. What’s wrong Bond, forgot your bobby pin? That last sentence sounds best in an English accent, preferably with the voice of Dame Judy Dench. Also Q, why would you decide that you needed to crack this mission the night before Mommy and Daddy go on a date night and leave you with a sitter? Perhaps next time you could let your mission end after you’ve got your Mommy to come back into your bedroom and put you to sleep AGAIN instead of repeating this mission 12 more times in one night? Just a thought.

Speaking of date night, anyone from BC go to Honda Celebration of Light? WOW, what an amazing 3 day event that this city puts on! They had live bands, including Joel Plaskett, Great Lake Swimmers, Hannah Georges and Said the Whale (just to name a few for the last Saturday). There are amazing food vans/carts that set up along the shore line which included authentic French cuisine, fresh wood oven pizza and my personal favourite, fresh BC Cherries! This event brings close to half a million people down to English Bay to watch an amazing fireworks competition all for free! Three countries compete on three separate nights. The weather held up and we had nothing but sunshine through the evening and clear skies for the fireworks of Italy. Kaboom! What a celebration it was. Italy sure knows how to put on a show! Of course Italy won! Check out some amazing photos here.

The weather was amazing here this weekend! A great recipe that we eat when it’s warmer outside are my homemade turkey burgers. These are great on the barbecue or even baked in the oven. Let’s be honest here, I will make this recipe pretty much all year round. What makes this burger special is the goat cheese spread that I make with it. This has so much flavour and can be used to dip veggies, place on cooked beats, or spread on a rice wrap for your lunch sandwich. I made both of these recipes for the recent trip to the cabin and they were a huge hit! Think about them on your next summer party, or make it easy and just bring the spread with some veggies to the next pool party and celebrate the summer!

 

 

Goat Cheese Spread

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tbsp goat cheese (Costco has the best price I can find for a large log)
  • 1 heaping tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley
  • ground pepper
DIRECTIONS
1. Mix all ingredients in a glass storage container (I like Pyrex), until lumps are smooth from goat cheese. Refrigerate after use.

 

Turkey Burgers

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1lbs ground turkey
  • 1 slice of gluten free or whole wheat bread, pieced
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 – 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl, put pieces of bread in and mix with milk until the bread is soft and mushy. Add ground turkey and remaining ingredients. Mix well.

3. Make 6 patties about the size of your palm and place on baking sheet lines with parchment paper.  Cook on barbecue until juices run clear. Or cover and place in freezer and use at a later date.

Serve on a gluten free bun (we like these) with goat cheese spread, avocado, caramelized onion and fresh lettuce.

 

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