The Perfect Day Off – Relaxing, Voting, and Organizing

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Today was fantastic.

I had the whole day off, thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday, and spent my time wisely. I caught up in my writing course, organized my home, finished laundry, and voted in the advanced polls. It was the prefect day – and I am fully relaxed.

All thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday. Which, of course, makes me think about the life that I live.

I suppose I haven’t really taken the chance to share what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend. I find most ‘gratitude’ posts to be boastful, but I still see the value in expressing gratitude when it is sincere.

I am thankful this holiday season for my family, friends, and coworkers. I am thankful to live in an incredible country and to have had a chance to vote for our future leader. I am thankful to have a job, a home, and food for my table.

I am truly thankful to have the life that I do.

So Full I Can Barely Move

Today I had my second family Thanksgiving meal.

It was fantastic.

I still can’t move. It remains unclear to me as I why we celebrate like this… But I’m not complaining. I had a great weekend catching up with family and eating tasty food. I am thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving. Sleep well everyone ;) (I know I will)

Strange New Traditions – Thanksgiving Edition

So today I tried something new and unusual.

Something I’ve only ever heard about from Ontario friends…

Marshmallow salad.


The traditionally Canadian Thanksgiving dish that’s made of marshmallows, pudding, and whipped cream. And no, it’s not served as a dessert.

And it was actually kind of delicious. Very sweet and unexpectedly creamy with a hint of pasticcio flavour. I wouldn’t recommend it as a daily side-dish, but I can imagine accepting it as a sweet addition to our turkey dinner.

The funniest thing about this experience? The kids at the dinner were totally grossed out by the idea of marshmallows in a ‘salad’ – kids aren’t fools!

I think I’ll share new and weird traditions in future posts. They truly make the holidays worthwhile!

Thanksgiving Weekend

The week flew by. And I expect this weekend will too – it’s Thanksgiving in Canada!

I love spending time with my family and friends over the holidays, but I find the time passes so quickly that I hardly have a chance to enjoy it. This weekend I have one goal – and I encourage you to join me – to stop and enjoy the moment.

Holidays can be stressful, but they’re also the most memorable events of our years. I am thankful this weekend to have some time off from work to enjoy the company of others – no matter what happens!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Always a Blue Jays Fan

On my honeymoon - sporting my Jays ballcap

On my honeymoon – sporting my Jays ballcap

So today was the first day of the playoffs – and after 22 years the Toronto Blue Jays are hitting the playoff field! (Unfortunately, they lost tonight, but this is not the end!)

I’m thrilled to see the Jays in the playoffs – and not just because I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. I’ve been a Jays fan for as long as I can remember, mostly because my Dad loves the team. He got me started in softball when I was young – and for three summers I stunk at the game. I couldn’t throw as well as the other girls, could barely catch, and was a terrible batter. But Dad seemed to enjoy all of the practices and games, sporting his favourite Dad-outfit consisting of a Blue Jays World Series Champions t-shirt with cut-off sleeves and hot pink shorts. It was only moderately embarrassing – Dad can totally pull off pink.

Eventually I quit softball and took up dance instead, but the experience has left me much better at throwing projectiles than would be expected. Seriously, challenge me to a snowball fight. I dare you.

As I grew older, and once I moved to Toronto, Dad and I would catch as many Jays games as we could. I much prefer a live game to a televised event – there are tons of things going on in those stadiums! We still reminisce about a particularly memorable game where the gal sitting in front of us got a little wild. It’s not a blog-appropriate story, but Dad and I still tell it while bursting into fits of giggles.

The Jays were the only sports team that I ever really supported, despite their string of losses. Now I’m a bit of a Canadiens fan too… but baseball will likely always be the only sport that I know most of the rules to.

Listing it All Out


On Sunday I was pretty worried about my productivity – and my procrastination. I’ve had a hard time getting into the hang of submitting assignments for a writing class that I’m taking.

So I wrote myself a list and got to work.

And it worked like a charm. 

Honestly, sometimes it just helps to take the extra time and organize yourself. Having a list allows you to set achievable goals; each task is broken down into something manageable.

If you’re having a hard time getting yourself on track, I recommend making an old-fashioned list.  It’s really helped me to relax and refocus.

Extra Peppers – will they freeze?


The end of the garden season is here – which means we’re down to our last vegetables.

Our fridge is full to bursting with tomatoes and peppers; we need to do something with them quickly! We’ve tried pickling our hot peppers, but what can we do with the regular ones?

After a little research, I learned that you can freeze peppers. I have no idea how well they will turn out, but I am willing to take the risk. I can imagine them coming in handy for winter pasta dishes or chili – but I can’t imagine eating them raw. So that’s the plan: the extra peppers will be frozen and we’ll see what happens! Fingers crossed.

Have you ever frozen fresh peppers?