50 days of no grey

To try and wear no grey for 50 days……

50 Shades update

This blog started almost 18 months ago and its sole purpose was for my sister and I to be mindful of what we are wearing, and to try and NOT wear grey for 50 days.  We have since moved past those 50 days and now write about lots of things.  The fact that our blog’s name name is similar to the popular 50 Shades of Grey trilogy is not unintentional.

The actual movie of 50 Shades has been filming over the past months and I see that just this week the production company has released a trailer.

For those that want a quick preview, here you go:

 

Although, I read the books, I got pretty bored half way through the second one.  The story has a theme and it sticks pretty close to it throughout all three of the books.  That said, it didn’t stop me from continuing on with the series.  Will I see the movie?  Probably?  Will I be there on opening night?  Not a chance.

But, I have to thank 50 Shades for helping us start 50 Days of No Grey.  And now back to our regular programming…

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Beer Can Chicken

I admit I am not a great cook and I am also dealing with not having an oven in
my kitchen right now.
However, I do have a BBQ and beer and therefore tonight we had Beer Can Chicken.
Sounds a little cheesy or South Park like? Well let me tell you something…it was delicious!

So simple! So Juicy!

Here goes:

Take a 4 lb whole chicken and remove the neck and giblets (gross). Rinse the whole thing and pat dry with paper towels

Season the inside and out with salt and pepper. Use your favorite spice rub on the outside of the chicken ( I didn’t really have one so I used Mrs Dash Grilling Blends for Chicken).

Open a regular sized can of beer and take a couple big gulps as the can only needs to be half full. Safeway only had Tecate beer available in single cans tonight so that’s what I used.

Set the can on a flat surface and place chicken on top as shown below.

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Cook chicken over medium-high indirect heat on BBQ grill for an hour then check it. No flame should actually touch the chicken during the cooking. It is ready when juices run clear when stabbed or when internal temp reaches 180 degrees F in the thigh or 165 degrees F in the breast.

Let it sit for another 10 minutes after removing it from the grill then carve and serve.

Future hub says while it was tasty and certainly moist (I hate that word) he thinks it might be easier to just buy a roasted chicken in the deli department. I say if I can cook a chicken that taste just as good if not better then I’ll definitely cook a chicken over a beer can again!

 

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Summer Chickpea Salad

We are having a bit of a heat wave right now and the heat is making me crave refreshing salads.  I had a version of this yummy salad at a friend’s and I have modified it slightly to suit our family’s taste buds.

It is full of protein and flavour and looks great, too!

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Chickpea Salad

  • 2 (19 oz) cans of chick peas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 package of cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • feta cheese (add as much as you like)
  • onion or scallions, diced (add as much as you like)
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (I used slightly less)
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste

Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano.  Combine all remaining ingredients in a large bowl and pour dressing over and toss gently.  Add salt & pepper.

Try it – I hope you will like it!

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I love summer sales!

File this under “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stand It” or “Wow! I Love Summer Sales!”
Either way, I made a couple great finds this week and have to share!
First, strolling The Rack, I snagged these black gladiator-ish sandals from Cole Haan.

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Then, not even looking for shoes, I saw these neutral/metallic Franco Sarto sandals and realized I actually DID need them! I mean, you can’t wear black sandals with everything, right?

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Finally, doing a little summer shopping for my girls, I found this totally out-of-character crinkly shirt.

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Bet I don’t have to tell you why it’s out of character…(see the title of our blog for a hint!)

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Pinned & Tried

Today, this is the Food Edition of Pinned & Tried.  Yum!  My husband and son are really great eaters and try everything I put on the table.  My daughter, on the other hand, is a little more selective.  She likes a lot of things, but isn’t so keen to try something new.  While making dinner a couple nights ago, I needed to add some veggies  and I was tired of the usual raw carrots, cucumber and steamed broccoli, you know?

So, I remembered I had seen this recipe on Pinterest:

Southwest Bean & Corn Salad

 

I know corn and beans are not really considered veggies, but I thought it would be a great addition to our fish and since I had all of the ingredients, I decided to give it a try!

Ingredients
15 oz. can black beans
8 oz. cherry tomatoes, diced
1 cup corn (I used a can)
1 large orange bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup red onion, finely diced
3/4 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
1 avocado

Dressing
Juice from 1 large orange
Juice from 1 1/2 limes (I didn’t have limes, so used lemon juice)
1/4 tsp. cumin, or more to taste
1/2 tsp. agave (or honey)
1/8 tsp. salt
Optional: cayenne pepper or chipotle for a kick!

Directions
Make the dressing: in a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients until agave/honey is incorporated. It should yield about 1/2 cup dressing. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the beans (rinsed and drained), tomato, corn, red onion, bell pepper, and roughly chopped cilantro.
Add the dressing and toss to combine.
Best if chilled 1 hour (can be longer) before serving.
Stir well before serving, as some of the dressing gathers at the bottom.
Top with diced avocado right before serving.

 

This was so easy and tasted so good.  I wished I had used lime in the dressing recipe as I think it would have had a better flavour, but it was still very very good and refreshing.  It’s a great summer salad and will definitely make it again.  Even my daughter ate it, so that makes it a very successful pinned & tried!

 

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Lady in Red

I rarely never wear red, but I will today because it’s Canada Day!

We’ve been invited to a neighbourhood bbq and have been told to wear red or white. You have seen my closet – I don’t own any red clothes! So I headed to the mall yesterday to outfit the family These are the shirts the family will put on today to show our Canadian pride.

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Hope everyone has a great Canada Day holiday, and don’t forget to wear red!

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My new boyfriend…

Jeans.  My new boyfriend jeans.  I love them!!

I had been admiring these jeans from a distance over the past year.  I wasn’t quite sure if they were right for me, or all wrong.  I had been pinning them from Pinterest and watching friends wear them, but I hadn’t even tried them on yet.  I was a little worried.  There is a fine line between boyfriend jeans and mom jeans and I definitely wanted to stay away from the latter.

A couple weeks ago, I went into a pop up shop that carries trendy clothes and home accessories.  They had am amazing selection of jeans, including boyfriend jeans.  This selection and the fact that I had some time to myself made me want to try them on.  I tried on a few styles and different washes and in no time at all, I had on the perfect pair!

Greige cardigan from Old Navy, basic black tee, new boyfriend jeans and black flats.

Greige cardigan from Old Navy, basic black tee, new boyfriend jeans and black flats.

 

This particular pair of jeans is the slim style of the boyfriend trend and they are made with 15% rayon which keeps them oh so soft!

If you haven’t tried the boyfriend jean yet, I suggest you do.  Maybe you will be as surprised as I was!

 

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Can’t Get Enough

This sounds like a very indulgent post, but the Monday Listicles is asking us what are the 10 things you can’t get enough of.

In no particular order, here’s my list….

  1. Dark chocolate with sea salt
  2. Wine – lately it’s been Sauvignon Blanc
  3. Listening to my kids laugh
  4. New clothes – super indulgent, but it’s definitely mood boosting
  5. The Good Wife – I wish there was a new episode every week
  6. Pasta – I could eat almost any kind every day
  7. Sunshine – We don’t get nearly enough here in Southwestern BC
  8. Jewellery – I buy a lot, but often forget to wear it
  9. Puppies – Who doesn’t love a puppy?!
  10. Vacations – preferably with a beach

 

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Sweet Dreams

The best part of my nightly routine happens long after the dishes are done and the laundry is folded. It happens after I’ve caught up on a little television and checked emails and after my teeth are brushed and pajamas are on.
When I’ve checked that the doors are locked and the lights are dimmed I take one last peek at my girls asleep in their beds.
If they are sound and sleeping I am finally able to check out and do the same.

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Summer Lovin’

It’s that time of the week again.  Time for the Monday Listicles.  This week’s list?  10 plans for the summer.

Ready.  Set.  Go!

  1. Swim in the Kits Beach outdoor pool – hard to believe, but I have never done this.
  2. Go camping (at least two nights).
  3. Take the kids on a hike – it should be so easy to do here, but we have yet to go.
  4. Travel to the Okanagan and relax.
  5. Do nothing.
  6. Read.  Alone and with my kids.
  7. Attend my sister’s wedding.
  8. Go to a Vancouver Canadians baseball game.
  9. Visit the grizzly bears on Grouse Mountain.
  10. Sit by a pool or beach and relax.

 

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