How were your weekends? Mine was absolutely fantastic! My 4 fav girls joined me for a fabulous weekend at the cottage.
The five of us have been trying to plan this weekend since we graduated from Bishop’s 3 years ago. Since we’re all off doing our own thing for most of the year, it’s very rare the 5 of us get a chance to spend a weekend together like we did. Needless to say, it was an fun-filled and completely girly weekend, nail polish included, with tons of food, booze and more food- I haven’t eaten this thoroughly in a loooong time 😉
To cut back on costs of food, we all signed up to cook a different meal. Since we were all meeting at my place before driving up I made a quick pizza for dinner to fortify us for the drive up.
Nothing fancy- just sauce, roma tomatoes, bocconcini cheese, and basil on a thin crust pizza.
When we made it to the cottage there was wine and chatter that spanned from the oil spills to the bear successfully removing his head from the jar (Canadian news headlines never fail to amuse me at times), to boys and nail polish 😉
Obviously this meant a late night and since I also offered to make breakfast, this was in abundance in the morning:
We may be close friends, but our eating habits and diets are varied and wide ranging, it’s actually pretty incredible of how diverse our typical diets are. So, with that in mind I wanted to give a few options that were veggie and mostly vegan friendly but not intimidating ;). I came up with a continental style breakfast to serve the group featuring some delicious granola (I’ll give you the recipe at the end), Angela’s Lemon Coconut Muffins (again a HUGE hit), egg whites with sautéed onions, peppers, spinach and dill, and a loaf of apple raisin bread.
After breakfast it was kind of rainy so we decided to veg out and watch Valentines Day, we all unanimously agreed that Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner were the cutest couple in the movie. Though that could be due to the fact that we also agreed that if we were under 17 we’d all be madly in love with Taylor Lautner. Halfway into it this showed up:
Domaine Pinnacle ice cider (a local ice cidery that is owned by Bishop’s Profs) and some aged cheddar cheese. If ever you’re in the Quebec region, I have to suggest you try this ice cider, it’s a true treat.
After the movie lunch appeared, Mac n Cheese prepared by Cait! Very good!
By this time we’d all decided we’d eaten way too much food and if we were going to eat dinner, we needed to walk it off, plus we needed more wine. So we decided to kill two birds with one stone and walked to town:
We may have made a stop into the fudge store that sold inappropriate candies. I bought this delicious strawberry tarragon chocolate fudge and some inappropriate candies for Tanya’s upcoming bachelorette party; you’ll have to stay tuned for more on that.
When we got back more wine was consumed along with bruschetta made by the wifey to go along with The Blind Side.
Due to the copious amounts of food that had been eaten, dinner didn’t appear until about 9:30 which was a fantastic Teriyaki stir-fry prepared by Tanya.
Then some fudge for dessert and more wine 😉
Silliness ensued and memories that will make me laugh out loud for many years to come 🙂
Another late night, another early morning but this time Breakfast was prepared by Tess who made awesome crepes: sweet n savoury style!
I had one savoury with cheese, asparagus, and tomato with some chili sauce on the side.
And one sweet which included banana, strawberry, mango, blackberry, kiwi, coconut, carob chips and maple syrup:
Then we sadly had to pack up and say goodbye to the good ol’ town of Sutton and make our way back to reality.
This was an amazing weekend spent with 4 amazing girls. I am so fortunate to have these beautiful, strong and intelligent girls in my life that whom I can tell almost anything and know me better than most.
Now that I’m done being sappy and emotional, here’s the recipe for the granola- enjoy!
3 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup ground flax
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp lemon juice mixed with 2 Tbsp water
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dried mixed fruit (I used cranberries and figs)
1 cup quartered dried apricots
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare two cookie sheets with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine oats, flax, almonds, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, lemon and water mixture, maple syrup and extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring to coat. Spread mixture onto baking sheets.
Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven, stirring mixture every 10 to 15 minutes, or until granola has a golden brown color. Let cool. Stir in dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.
What did you do this weekend?