Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Blog Pimpin'

My friend (and fellow foodie) Pam has a food blog and I wanted to share the link. The blog lists a ton of incredible recipes that I am just itching to try.

Check, check, check, check it out!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wedding Advice for my Girls

A couple of great friends are getting married shortly (not to each other, just to be clear, and on different days), and it made me think about the excitement (and complete scatterbrained-ness) in the days leading up to the Big Day.

There are three bits of advice that I would like to pass along to Dawn and Tanya:

First, take lots of "mental snapshots". I had an incredible photographer, but even she couldn't capture all of those moments that only I could see and feel. Take a moment to breathe it all in. Watch everyone enjoying your day with you.

I have used this with other important days as well, including watching Quinn grow.

, I'm a planner. Anyone who knows me is laughing because I'm pretty sure if there was an "Extreme Micromanaging Planner" reality show, I'd be the star. Not that I'm saying either of my friends are that type of person, but it's easy to get caught up in the details and expecations.

I handed all my vendors their lists (see?!?) and once the wedding began, I just let whatever happened happen. I planned and prepared for everything I could think of, but had to remember that it was my day and however it ended up, it would be perfect.

The DJ played the wrong version of the Hockey Night in Canada theme (I wanted the Shuffle Demons version, I got the TV version) as we walked into the reception. What could I do? No one knew...no one cared. I didn't either.

Third, have an emergency kit handy, stashed under your table. In this basket of preparedness, have things like:

  • Tylenol/Advil (in childproof bottles if you have a chance of kids getting at the basket...and kids are ALWAYS crawling under tables)
  • A small baby powder (amazing for sprinkling on your white dress when you inevitably drop gravy on it)
  • Tide Wipes (amazing for when your new husband gets schmutz on his shirt)
  • Deoderant (seriously...someone is going to forget. Might even be you! Make sure it's not the sort that rubs off white, and this may sound weird but use it once (or rub it off) so you get all those flaky edges off...my Maid of Honor was the one that used my emergency deoderant and it flaked all over her black satin dress and black satin gloves)
  • Tissues (duh)
  • Hairspray
  • Lip balm, touch up makeup, a little mirror
  • Bandaids (for those new shoe blisters)
  • Tums/Rolaids (take precautions if you have kids around)
  • Mints/Breath Spray (probably not gum because that doesn't look too hot in photos)
  • Tampons/Pads/Pantiliners (you never know who is going to need them)
  • Contact lens solution and a spare pare if you have one (if you're a lens wearer)
  • Nail file

I'm sure there are more things that I could add to this list, and there are probably going to be things that you may find useful that I wouldn't have thought of, but there's a start.

Don't forget your slippers/flops/flats (I wore my blue fuzzy slippers through the whole ordeal)!

So I hope that the weather in the Niagara region is perfect on my beautiful friends' Special Days. I'll be thinking about you girls and can't wait to see all the photos!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

A wonderful friend (WENDY) turned me onto this recipe a week or so ago and I've been itching to try it. It's from a SparkPeople recipe, but I adjusted it a bit (go figure).

Broiled Parmesan Tilapia

This served 3 of us, adjust as needed.

2 Tilapia fillets
2 Tblsp butter, softened
1/4 cup parmesan (don't go for that powdered stuff. Seriously)
1 Tblsp lemon juice
2 Tblsp mayonnaise
2 tsp PC Vegetable Seasoning Rub (I LOVE this stuff!)

Preheat broiler. Line baking pan with foil. Place tilapia fillets on the foil.

In a small bowl, mix up everything else, taste and adjust as needed for your taste, and put aside.

Pop fish under broiler for 2 or 3 minutes each side, until 95% cooked.

Pull it out and top with the parmesan stuff. Stick it back under the broiler to finish cooking and to melt and slightly brown the topping.

I served it up with browned butter brussels sprouts and some chopped tomato and cucumber salad (with a little salt, pepper, olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar) and a couple of black olives.

The President's Choice seasoning I'm talking about, I can't seem to find online, but it's a dry spice mixture of sea salt, brown sugar, roasted garlic, rosemary, black pepper, sage, lemon, parsley and bay. I found it beside the fish counter. It's not the kind with the spice grinder...it's a metal shaker canister. There was one for seafood as well, but it looked like they had very similar ingredients.

Quinn Drinking

I had some key limes and ginger ale left over from Easter, and I'd bought 2 boxes of raspberries, so I thought I'd fix me a drink.

I threw the juice of 13 key limes, 25 raspberries, 2 Tblsp sugar and about 1/4 cup ginger ale into the blender and whirred it up. I filled half my glass with the juice and topped it off with ginger ale.

Quinn loved it. If only he ate his veggies that readily!

Raspberry Limeade