Is it fall or summer?

So apparently it's fall season....??? Really because the last I checked it was 32 feels like 40 outside with the humidity. While I am summer girl by nature, more out of convienence then anything, I mean throw on some pants a tank top and some flip flops, put your hair in a pony tail and your out the door? What's not to love about that? I enjoy the beach more then anything. Hours in the sand on a towel, the lake right in front of me if I get too hot, sunglasses, a good book, maybe some snacks, to me that's a great summer day. As a kid my Dad used to take me to the beach regularly and those are some of my fondest memories of him. Swimming in the lake, making sand castles, sometimes dirt pies which he would playfully pretend to eat. Summer was great. Summer means bbq's, salads, fresh fruit and veggies, cold white wine, refreshing rose, a smooth red or a cold beer. Lemonade, sparkling water or a simple flat water bottle.




Now though, now it's supposed to be fall. Fall is my second favourite season. To me fall means the leaves changing colours, Halloween, pumpkin seeds, homemade soups and stews, sweaters, warm socks, lots of reading, football, long evening walks, stylish boots(as opposed to super warm winter boots) thanksgiving...my absolute favorite holiday! Pumpkin flavoured everything! Cinnamon and spices, Apple picking, Apple pie, apple crumble.....my list goes on and on. I'm sitting here on a Sunday when its 40 degrees outside and wondering if we will get a fall this year. I would love to make a homemade soup today but I might die of heat exhaustion if I do. My favorite way to make a soup is to boil some chicken. Whatever I have on hand wether it be chicken breast, leg, thigh etc. I let it boil through in some very lightly salted water and then I take it out of the water and chop it up into small pieces....while its boiling I chop up carrots, peas, green and yellow beans, celery(those are my must adds) sometimes I also add....mushrooms, red or yellow peppers, onions, spinach or kale, Brussel sprouts, and literally any other veggies I have on hand. I add the veggies to the broth, throw the chicken back in and spice it up with some pepper, garlic, salt, franks red hot sauce, basil and my secret ingredient a splash of bbq sauce. Add some potatoes or small noodles and voila a beautie of a fall soup. Mmmm my mouth is watering. The other thing I am famous for in the fall is my oven roasted veggies. I take a baking tray and line it with foil, lightly oil the foil and then add veggies that roast well....think zucchini, beans, carrots, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, mushrooms, asparagus(if it doesn't cost my right arm to buy at the store) and peppers. Sprinkle some oil on it, I usually stick to extra virgin olive oils but whatever you like will work, season it with pepper, basil, garlic, chili peppers and bake at 400 for 20 mins flipping half way through. Voila, my favorite way to eat veggies!!! So tonight I may be having a beef/shrimp stir fry to combat the 40 degree weather, but mark my word within the next couple weeks the fall menu will be hitting the dinner table in my house...what's your favortie food season? 

Breakfast

Breakfast, the first meal of the day.The meal they say is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast and I have always had a shady relationship. As a child in grade school I loved breakfast. Breakfast meant it wasn't time to head out to the school bus yet. Breakfast was my siblings and I watching scooby doo and power rangers and spending time together before school, while my dear mother was in the kitchen preparing endless batches of toast for us and getting our school lunches ready. Breakfast was a very happy time. Then high school started and all of a sudden I was wayyyyy more tired in the mornings, slightly more grumpy( I say slightly but my family may or may not have compared me to many different evil monsters) and waking up with just enough time to get ready and head out the door to make it to school. Now breakfast meant a cup of coffee and a banana or an apple on the way out the door. Not my finest years. Now as an adult breakfast is a whole new thing to me. First of all I couldn't dream of skipping it, I would be completely intolerable if I did. It's much more of a necessity now. Don't get me wrong I still start with my morning coffee to rid myself of the monster in me. Generally through the work week I will have chopped up fruit, either apples or strawberries and some yogurt. I prefer vanilla or blueberry but if I am being honest I am not overly picky.






Breakfast is mainly meant now just to get me by until lunch, its meant to prevent me from fainting and from telling people what I really think and instead saying the polite thing. Weekend breakfast is something else entirely though. Weekend breakfast means taking my time, making it with love, lounging, enjoying each bite and filling myself up so much I dont even need a lunch. Weekend breakfast can be so many different things to different people. It can be a morning out with girlfriends, an early morning date, family together each pitching in. It can mean eggs..sunnyside up, overeasy, hard boiled, poached, soft boiled, scrambled, baked(which I recently tried and let me tell you, delish!!!) It can mean bacon, sausage, homefries, pancakes, waffles, french toast,yogurt, fruit, cereal, toast, english muffins, bagels, rye bread, white bread, peanut butter, jelly.....the list goes on but its actually making me hungry thinking of things. Weekend breakfast to me should be a social thing. That is how I best like it. We recently spent some time at the cottage with family and one of the days there we did a big family breakfast. There were eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce, baked bacon...mmhmmm try it, you will never look at bacon the same way again, toast, fruit, sauteed spinach,english muffins, yogurt, orange juice, chocolate milk, coffee and tea. (Not going to tell you the boys had a beer after breakfast, but I kind of just did) It was a feast! There was so much food and everyone loved it, but the best part of it was that it brought us all closer. Everyone was in the kitchen and most of us were doing something or other, people tend to hone in on their skills, some of us will cook eggs, some will cook bacon, some will clean dishes, set the table, offer a sense of humour, tell stories, whatever it is, we are doing it together and I love that about food and cooking. It was one of the highlights of the vacation for sure. If you arent doing it now, try it out this weekend. Make either Saturday or Sunday a social breakfast. Cook with someone you love or someone you like, go out to eat together, if budget is an issue go to Tim Hortons together and have tea or coffee and a muffin, you get the picture, just do it with someone. If timing is an issue because mornings don't work then have breakfast for dinner. When Ryan and I first started dating those were some of our favorite dinners to have together. Keep it as simple as you want or make it as complex as you want. Remember its the weekend throw in a mimosa if you so desire. Make it healthy, make it greasy, make it light, make it heavy but just try to do it with someone else. If you dont have someone to share it with make yourself something you can pack and head to the park with a book and sit at a picnic table and eat it, just being outdoors will change it up for you. The idea is to appreciate weekend breakfast as more then just having to eat to stay civil to others. Try it just once if you hate it, at least you tried but I don't see how you could when the possibilities are endless. Do you have any favorite breakfast stories or memories??