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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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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Hello Sunshine!

Remember a couple weeks ago, when I showed this picture of the clothes in my closet?

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It was pretty grey and that’s how I was feeling.  It was Spring, but it just wasn’t that warm out.  Over the past few days, the weather has completely turned around and I am proud to say that all those grey sweaters and shirts are now way up high on a shelf out of the way for hopefully the next 6 months.

That said, you might want to get out your shades for the next picture.

I unpacked my Spring and Summer shirts and pants and look what I found!

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Colour!!

With all these bright colours, I think I need new sunglasses…

Maybe like these classic RayBan Aviators:

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or maybe this pair from Maui Jim:

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Tough decision, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out…

 

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A Three Hour Tour

A Three Hour Tour? What does that phrase mean to you ? Keep reading…

Sometime during the summer, a boat cruise was planned for this past weekend. It was with 15 friends and acquaintances and was a way to hang out, and see Vancouver from a different perspective. Thankfully, the weather this past week has been unusually warm for the Lower Mainland, and we were all looking forward to relaxing in the sun. Unfortunately for us, the fog (yes, fog) rolled in early that day and decided to stay for our boat trip.

This group wasn’t about to let a little fog spoil their trip, so off we headed for a three hour tour (cue the music) on a boat that did resemble the SS Minnow, just a little bit. These similarities got me to thinking about that fateful trip. Thankfully, our trip was filled with wine, food, and laughs, and no we did not end up on a deserted island.

Knowing what to wear on a boat in the fog had a few of us puzzled. I pulled together this sort of nautical look with a Lululemon striped top, white jeans, flats in a Tiffany blue colour, and a jean jacket for added warmth.

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It worked. I spent 90%of the trip out on the deck and felt comfortable enough with the breeze and cool air.

The weather didn’t get that rough and the tiny ship was not tossed. The fearless crew Captain kept us out of the way of a large tanker (this really happened) and brought us safely back to dock.

Fall is definitely in the air and this was a fun way to send off summer.

Cue the music to the Gilligan’s Island theme song (if you didn’t already guess my references).

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Pinned and Tried

So many pins, so little time.  Or so I like to tell myself.  In order to combat my excessive pinning, I decided I needed to be a little accountable.  I created a board on Pinterest called Pinned and Tried to record those pins I actually bought, made, cooked, etc.

During the summer holidays, I tried to find fun crafts for the kids to do.  They love the game Tic, Tac, Toe, so when I saw this pin, I had to try it:

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How easy was this going to be?

  • 2 kids – check
  • 6 rocks – check
  • 2 different colours of paint – check

The kids jumped on board and were excited to paint rocks.

Too excited to paint rocks.   Well, for a 6.5 year old and a 4 year old you can’t just have 2 colours of rocks.

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So, maybe we didn’t get to play Tic Tac Toe with our rocks, but we did have fun painting rocks.

Pinned and tried?  Check!

Summer Fun

This week, The Monday Listicles wants to know what we will remember from this summer.   So many memories, so hard to narrow it down to just 10.

In no particular order, they are:

  1. The great, great weather – Vancouver had a great summer – ask anyone!
  2. My 3 weekends in Whistler – we are lucky to live so close and there is so much to do there.IMG_3324
  3. Spending time with friends we don’t get to see often – the lack of schedules in summer is usually the only way to make this happen.
  4. My sister getting engaged – happy times for her and her family.
  5. My daughter learning to ride her bike without training wheels –  she’s a big girl now (sort of).IMG_4276
  6. Our puppy swimming for the first time – it is so much fun to have a water dog!
  7. Finally running over 10 km – there were too many runs where I ended at 9.8km, glad I hit the 10 km!
  8. Sauvignon Blanc and fresh caught salmon – the two together are such a great combination.
  9. My son’s enthusiasm when biking, swimming, tubing and climbing – I want to bottle this and take some for myself.
  10. The great, great weather – it would be hard not to put this on the list twice 🙂

With the exception of the past couple weeks, the summer did fly by.  I can’t believe school starts tomorrow.

But I can’t lie, I am looking forward to a new routine, a new schedule and a little time to myself 🙂

Holidays?

You think we don’t enjoy holidays as much as Canadians? Oh, but you’re wrong!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I’m going to “cook out” or “grill out” this weekend! By the way, it is the Memorial Day long weekend coming up here in a day or two and EVERYONE is looking forward to it. It’s like the official countdown to summer begins this weekend.

Last year I remember being asked repeatedly what I was “doing for the 4th”. Yes, they meant the 4th of July. That is also a huge deal here. I’m anti-fireworks so I really just look forward to the days off work. Of course there was the time I got to watch the fireworks from a boat on Lake Union and that was pretty cool but otherwise fireworks keep my kids awake and I find the remnants or the neighborhood variety all over my yard. Ordinance be damned.

I do think Canadians get way way more random school days off. Professional Development days? Is that right? Private schools here seem to get those a lot, too, but not the public schools.

What drives me crazy with our school vacation schedule is Mid-Winter Break. This occurs in mid-February when, granted, the weather sucks and it is a great time to get. out. of. town. If you can. However, at that point, the two-week Christmas break feels like it just ended and we’ve also had a long weekend to celebrate President’s Day and Martin Luther King Day that falls barely three weeks after that.

Can you say overexposure? We all suffer from that by the time March 1st rolls around.

Anyways, as a working mom, I both welcome and fear school summer break which begins in less than a month. When I stayed at home I couldn’t wait to plan daily fun activities and outings. I yearned for the lazy mornings and not-so-strict bedtimes that were part of being out of school. Now, and for the past few years, I scramble to make sure everyone has something to do, somewhere to go or someone to look after them while I go to work. The lazy mornings only apply to my kids.

A blessing is that there will be no homework to work on. This 4th Grade math is killing me. Bring on summer!

180 degree turn

It was just a week ago that I was complaining about the weather. It was sunny but cold. I should have known better. The weather here changes almost as often as you change clothes. Wait a minute, did I just say that? I don’t change that often, but I think my sister does!

Anyway, I digress. For the past few days, the weather in Vancouver and Seattle has been amazing! For our part of the world that means unusually warm for early May.

I’m not complaining, but I have nothing to wear!

This morning, in a mad dash, I dumped the summer clothes out of their bin onto my closet floor.

I was looking for….? I don’t know what, but I ended up with wrinkled grey capris and a cute but tired purple shirt.

It’s 8 hours later and I’m still wrinkled, there is no humidity here. My closet is still a mess, but the forecast is all good.😎

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