My Sweet Marie

Archive for June 2012

This heat calls for a light and fresh tasting pasta, try this one tonight for dinner!

Ingredients:

  •  1 lb cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 Tbsp capers, rinsed & drained
  • 1 tsp oregano 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Your favorite GF Pasta

Directions:

  1. In a bowl mix all the ingredients, except the pasta in a bowl. Then spread everything out on a prepared baking sheet (use parchment paper if you have it). Make sure tomatoes are turned cut side up.
  2. Bake at 450°F for about 20-25 minutes, or until tomatoes have burst and are turning golden.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta and set aside (reserve the pasta water to use as part of the sauce).
  4. In a sauce pan, add pasta, tomato mixture and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water, and cook over high heat until a sauce is formed and thickens slightly. Add more of the pasta water if want more of a sauce.
  5. Enjoy with a Pinot Grigio and call it a day!

Three years ago today Holly bounced her way into our world! At the time Holly’s daddy was spending a lot of time away for work so mommy,Melanie, spent quite a bit of time with us here at home! I was doing camp then so the children loved it, having a wee baby around! What we didn’t know at the time was that Holly was gluten intolerant and she was a breast-fed baby so life was not so rosy for the first couple of months! That changed in a hurry though!

Today Holly is thriving and a busy little girl! She loves crafts and is always asking me to do crafts with her. She loves to paint and/or glue anything to anything, so hide the glue and paint if she’s coming over to your place! I have to say, we have a few of her paintings hanging and they get a lot of wows! I think she’ll be very artsy as she grows!

Holly received a package in the mail yesterday for her birthday and she absolutely loved it! It was from my Mom, so Holly’s great-grand-mother, and though it wasn’t an expensive gift, Holly was absolutely floored by it! It was a big colourful envelope with balloons on it and it doesn’t matter what was in it, she loved it! Thanks Mom!

So this morning Holly woke up to a room filled with balloons and her birthday is officially On! Let the games begin….I think she’ll be getting another card in the mail today as I sent one on Friday so she should see it today. I knew I’d see her but getting it in the mail is so much more fun, stamp costs 60 cents but her reaction is priceless!

So Holly, my wish for you is that you have a great birthday and that it lasts all year! May the parties, cards in the mail, presents, and cupcakes never end!

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

Sweet Marie ( Meme)

 

I had been finding that whenever I ate store-bought mayo I would feel ill so I started making my own mayo! Here’s a recipe that was shared with me from a friend Carol! I make it weekly and it is very easy! You need to use it up with a week or ten days so don’t make too big a batch, it’ll waste! Use it anyway you normally would use mayo, I dare you to use it for your next potato salad, you’ll never go back to store-bought!!

Mayo:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup oil( canola, olive,sunflower)

Directions:

  1. In a blender, add the egg,salt,mustard and lemon juice.
  2. Put the lid on but leave out the center lid, you’ll need to have a place to drizzle the oil in.
  3. start the blender on high and start SLOWLY drizzling in the oil of choice. This is the most important part, go slowly with the oil or you’ll ruin it!
  4. By the time you’ve poured all the oil in, it should be nice and thick, store in a glass jar, I use a canning jar with a tight lid.
  5. Make yourself a BLT and relax now! Try the following recipe using the homemade mayo!

Horseradish Aioli

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tsp horseradish
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  1. Blend all together.
  2. Use as a spread on sandwiches, topping on fish or dip for veggies!

I am a big fan of homemade dressings. I rarely buy a bottled dressing anymore as there are so many ingredients that I can’t have, why bother!! Not to mention, the home-made dressings are so much tastier! This one here is a house favourite, it goes to work quite often with my hubby’s lunch! It also is a really nice dressing when sided with a steak! So picture a lovely salad with strips of steak cut thin and topped with this dressing….try it, you’ll love it! Feel free to put goat’s cheese, strips of avocado and walnuts on that salad too!

Maple Balsamic Dressing:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of maple dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Whir all together with your immersion blender.
  2. serve over salad and pair up with a steak or pork chop!
  3. Now relax and enjoy!

I like this dressing on a salad made of spring mix, toasted almonds, tomatoes, cucumbers and colorful peppers! You can always toss in a berry or orange pieces too for a little fun!

Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 c. sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2  tsp honey

Directions:

  1. Using your immersion blender, blend all ingredients together!
  2. Enjoy over a lovely green salad or in a pasta salad!

I’ve likely mentioned Heather or Gary in my previous blogs, they’re our friends across the street and we often gather with them for giggles and nibbles! They have a daughter Stephanie who will be twelve this August! She is an amazing child that not only is adorable and smart but she’s also a twelve-year-old girl with a huge heart!

Stephanie is raising money for neuroblastoma research, it is the most common extracranial solid cancer in childhood and the most common cancer in infancy. Stephanie lost a her pal Cole to this disease and is trying real hard to reach $500 to donate to research for neuroblastoma, so that no other child has to suffer this fate.

Most people have never heard of neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that almost always occurs in infants and young children. It’s actually the most common type of cancer in infants, but it’s still rare enough that many doctors have never cared for a child with neuroblastoma.

Stephanie has been making bracelets, you know those string bracelets that are made of some kind of knots and are adorable! She makes most of them all herself , but has recruited a few of her friends to help in the cause! She’s selling those bracelets for $1 each but will take donations of any denomination! I had her bring some bracelets to my Ladies Wellness Day and she made $26 and got an order for 12 more bracelets from that party! I’d really like to help her reach her goal of $500, I believe it’s an important part of her healing process.

If you know of anyone who’d like to purchase a bracelet or twenty, please contact me through the blog and I will pass on the order. If it’s a donation you’d like to make, again, contact me and I will pass the info on to you as well. I know that Stephanie would be so grateful for any orders and/or donations!

My sincerest regards,

Sweet Marie

You may not have known this but Denis had been away for two weeks!I don’t know about you but for me, that was a long time to be away from my best friend! I did keep myself quite busy while he was gone though, and for the most part, I was a good girl!

While he was gone, I had a party that you may have read about with my girlfriends and we had a good time! That took a few days to get ready for and a few days to re-coup from so really the party was a great distraction! I had to do a little damage control where our engleman’s ivy was damaged with the campfire but really, what’s a little greenery in the name of fun? It’ll grow back!

I also got to the Latino festival with Andrew, my nephew! That was a short and sweet trip to Mexico with heat and humidity included! It was only a ten minute car ride to downtown and voila…Latino fest! We nibbled on tacos,empanadas and tamales! We had a good laugh when Andrew said he didn’t think he’d like the tamales because last time he ate them he got a belly ache from eating the outside! I don’t know about you but for me the corn husk wrapping is not edible! We got a real good laugh from that! So we walked about and checked out the different booths and had our treats. We ended with these frozen concoctions, mine a mango ice and Andrew’s a coconut ice! His was filled with coconut and was very sweet. Mine tasted pretty much like Mango gelato! Very yummy! Our treats finished and I confessed to Andrew that I seriously needed a nap, it was the day after my girls party! He let me off the hook…thankfully!

I also got to spend some time with my grand-kids! On Wednesday I spent the day with Heidi and Holly and that was a hoot! It was the first time I’d had those two alone without Mommies and we had us some laughs! We started our trek with me stopping at the gas station which happens to be right next door to a Timmies…Heidi yells “Yeah donuts!” Um sorry kiddo no donuts, they don’t have any gluten-free ones and I won’t be doing that to our Holly girl (or me!). Back on the road, the girls spotted the ‘orange’ park in Komoka and Meme pulled in on two wheels just to please them! We played there for a good while and then back on the road we got!

Once we arrived at Springbank park, we unloaded the picnic and proceeded to have lunch which is always an experience in itself! Heidi paid no attention whatsoever to her PBJ sandwich but the crackers and cheese sure did the trick! For Holly it was all about the hard-boiled eggs! Glad I went through the trouble of making sandwiches I thought! Once we all had our fill, we went over to the playground and had a few giggles! The girls love that big saucer swing and I must have pushed them on that thing for an hour! I had them flying through the air! Sounds of higher, higher could be heard and I was grateful for my ‘tank top arms’ class at the gym the day before as I swung them like my hair was on fire!

Back home we tried to watch a movie but the dollies were calling out to the girls so ‘house’ was the game of the day! Heidi was the Mom, of course, and Holly was happy to oblige and be the baby, having recent knowledge of babies she was well able to play the role! At some point though, Holly was a Mommy and her baby was crying in hunger! She grabbed her baby and proceeded to breast feed her! Heidi shocked as can be, gave her a blankie for privacy! I just snickered and let them play it out, you gotta love kids!

Well it seems like I didn’t do a whole lot but really I read a whole book series, the Fifty Shades of Grey series and I highly recommend them for adults! They’re not something I’d have a teenager read but any grown woman or even man would like them!

Well, I better get back to making a Father’s Day dinner for my man! Happy Father’s Day all!

Sweet Marie