Friday, 22 May 2015

Friday, it's Friday!

Another week gone by.  Before you know it, June will be here.  Sweet summertime! 

I picked up a slew of books from the library, which I can't wait to dive into, but first I have to finish reading And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

We've had a great week of weather which meant plenty of outdoor time... and, hooray, the CAST is OFF!

I found this great reading list to keep the kids reading over the summer.

If I ever get to plant a vegetable garden, I plan to grow garlic just so I can use garlic scapes.

It was interesting to read about the nine times the Canada Food Guide changed its mind.

I've added Istanbul to my travel wish list.  One day I will have the time and the means.

And I was busy in the kitchen this past week.   I made meat loaf for the first time in about a decade.  I used the Pioneer Woman's recipe for Italian Meatloaf, and it was so good that I should have doubled the recipe.  

Muffins loaded with apple chunks, and mango salsa that made fish lovers out of all of us.


Sweet potato hash with spinach and fried eggs.  This may be my new favourite way to enjoy eggs on the weekend.

And Broccoli Salad.  With cranberries, cheddar, and chia seeds.  Crazy good, crazy easy.

Broccoli Salad

2 bunches broccoli, chopped, approx 8 cups
1/2 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
1/4 cup sugar
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup shredded cheddar
1/8 cup chia seeds

Combine broccoli, salad dressing, sugar, onion, and dried cranberries.  Add cheddar and chia seeds, stir to combine.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

** Sunflower seeds!  I forgot to add them this time, but often put them in... a 1/4 cup or so!**

Happy weekend!

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  1. Glad to hear your son's cast is off! Must feel good to have the air on his arm again and be able to scratch freely!

  2. I feel healthier just by looking at that broccoli salad, that counts right?? :)
    Also, Istanbul sounds like an incredible place to visit, I hope you get there and tick it off your list!

  3. Thanks for all the great recipes. Loved the run down on your week too - so glad your son's cast is off. Visiting from Make My Saturday Sweet Link Up.

  4. I love broccoli salad. Thanks for sharing. I got a few books from the library this week. I've missed reading.
    Thanks for sharing this post.

  5. I love broccoli salad, and yours looks delicious! I'd love for you to stop by and link up at my Submarine Sunday link party! I hope to see you there!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

  6. our weather was a bit cooler this week - and really really windy! so much that it was almost unpleasant being outside. hopefully that June weather is upon us soon.
    I make that broccoli salad and it is absolutely the best!!! so good. I put sunflower seeds in mine too.
    But I will have to try that mango salsa -- I bet it would be great on grilled salmon.

  7. That looks like my perfect breakfast and my perfect lunch. No lie! Have you seen my Pinterest???
    Ah, June. Sweet, sweet summer days coming.

  8. I love broccoli salad - my favorite hot weather side dish!

  9. I have added broccoli to salad but not used it as the main vegetable. The ingredients sound great together. And the muffins divine with sweet potatoe.

    Thanks for stopping by The Oh My Heartsie Girls WW this week!
    Just updated my social follow on Pinterest.
    Hope you have a great week!

  10. I LOVE BROCCOLI!! It's one of the only vegetables my daughters will eat! Thank you for sharing!!! Great photos!

  11. Broccoli salad sounds and looks amazing. Thanks a million for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Keep 'em coming...please! =)

  12. I see The Glass Castle in your stack of books - it was excellent! If you love it, read Half Broke Horses next (also by Walls). Yay to summer reading!

  13. Wow Jenn this sounds so good as I have never had broccoli salad before. I will add this to my list of recipes to make!

  14. Broccoli salad looks delicious, Love to try it, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning, tweeting and sharing in google plus.

  15. Yay for the cast being off! And your doggy is adorbs! :)

    Thanks for joining the Cooking & Crafting with J & J Link Up! :)

  16. Looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  17. Hello Gorgeous! This looks incredible! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm, so we can party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  18. YUUUM! Thank you for linking up to Creative K Kids' Tasty Tuesdays via Creatively Homespun! I have pinned your post to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board! I hope to see you again this week! xo!

  19. I just love your Broccoli Salad, it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday, I just pinned this recipe it looks so good! Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  20. I am loving all of your food pictures! I do add broccoli to my salad but I have never thought to make a broccoli salad. It's look delicious! My kids would love those muffins. #PinWorthyWednesday

  21. Broccoli salad is one of my favs. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope you join us again this week.

  22. Love the food pics, they look so yummy! So glad his cast is off, now he can have summer fun!

    Thanks SO much for sharing with us last week at Talented Tuesday! I hope to see you again this week! :)

  23. Yum! Broccoli is the only veggie we all eat! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned to the Bloggers Brags Broad.

  24. I could happily eat broccoli everyday, this salad sounds so good, I love the addition of chia seeds, pinning to try! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!

  25. We love broccoli salad in this house so I will try this -

  26. Don't think I have ever made broccoli salad! Would love to try though. Thanks for linking with #CookBlogShare

  27. Hi Jenn- popping over from Julie's Lifestyle where she featured this recipe. Looks good!


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