Joining in with Amy over at Love Made My Home in her weekly linky party, Five On Friday.
And, as usual, I've uploaded a handful of photos from my cell phone's camera that capture the week that has been!
Number One: Pizzelles!
I just adore these Italian waffle cookies that are crisp and thin, and taste wonderful in a variety of flavours. I originally fell in love with them because my aunt would bring them to family events and I would devour them at dessert time. Then, one Christmas, my mother purchased me my own Pizzelle iron. I used it a lot when I first received it, but it hasn't seen the light of day in ages. With our upcoming trip to Italy, I decided it was time to treat the family to some Italian-style delicacies and pizzelles were priority number one!
Number Two: The view from my bicycle.
I have a lovely bike. It's aqua in colour and has a large, rather useful basket. One night this past week, I took my dear bicycle on a 45 minute tour around our town, making one little stop along the way to fill up my basket. I love the freedom I feel on my bike and the exercise it brings. And it's such a healthful way to run errands too. No need to sit hunched in the car when you can whizz down a bike path to your final destination.
And what was my final destination?? It was the LCBO.
What is this LCBO you ask if you are not from my part of the world?
Well, it's the only place you can legally buy alcohol in my part of Canada. And I filled my lovely bike basket with sangria, cider, a couple cans of margarita and two alcoholic cloudy lemonades. The perfect end to a perfect bike ride!!
Number Three: Baby Quails
I teach kindergarten to 30 mostly cute 4, 5 and 6 year olds. This past week, one of the dads offered to bring in several of the newborn baby quails he has been raising in his backyard. He arrived in the morning with a clear, glass box containing 6 of the cutest 5 day old birds I had ever seen! They were just bigger than golf balls and covered in neutral-coloured striped feathers. The kids said they looked "tiger-striped." It was an apt description. They spent the day squeaking and chirping and bringing everyone in the classroom great joy. It's amazing what a sweet little living thing can do for anyone's mood!
Number Four: Camden's Smoothies
Camden is my fruit and vegetable kid. He'll eat pretty much any of them without complaint. In fact, there are days he'll turn down a meal I've prepared and ask for "cucumbers and berries please."
Now that he is 6-and-a-half, HE decided it was time for him to learn how to make his own smoothies using our trusty blender. He's seen me do it lots of times, and helped a bit, but now he wanted me to stand by while HE put it all together. And he did.
He threw in the banana and he cut off the "green stuff" from the strawberries and tossed them in. He scooped out a cup of yogurt and poured in a serving of almond milk. One I showed him which button to depress on the blender, he was off to the races. Within seconds his first self-made smoothie was ready and he told me it tasted extra-good because he had made it "all by himself."
Number Five: Mom and Daughter Date Night
The other night I had a dental appointment in a nearby town. Perfectly enough, my daughter, Afton, had a softball game in that same town later that evening. So we took full advantage of this coincidence and she headed down the highway with me for my appointment. As soon as my teeth were clean, we found the nearest restaurant with the prettiest flowers and the sunniest patio, and we slid into our seats and enjoyed a relaxed "girls only" dinner. We started with Italian sodas, mmmm, and finished with big plates of Primavera Pasta. Lots of girl talk ensued and we planned another date just like this in the very near future!
I'm looking forward to visiting several other blogs to read about everyone else's weeks. Hopefully I'll fit that in before we head away on our first camping trip of the year tonight. Pray for good weather and cooperation from the kids!
Hugs to all,