Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying your summer. Hubby and I took advantage of the gorgeous summer weather and took the kids out to the legislature this weekend. If you’re not from Edmonton and you ever visit, I highly recommend visiting the legislature.
This place is beautiful year round. In the summer they have gorgeous trees and flowers which attract a lot of wedding couples. We had some of our wedding pictures taken here as well. It’s also a great place for a picnic, and they have three areas where you can wade in.
In the winter time the fields are blanketed with snow and the trees are gorgeously lit with many different colours of Christmas lights. But this weekend the weather was far from that.
So we decided to drop by and soak up some rays. But there was no chance that my kiddies were going to leave peacefully without getting in on the water action.
Parent tip: Always carry an extra change of clothes in the trunk for accidents or unplanned events like this.
In they went, and even though K was wearing a dress, I wasn’t too worried about either of them getting their clothes all wet.
I was more worried about being pulled apart.
K seriously stood there for at least half an hour watering that stone…SIGH! I guess that’s her own special little way of beating the heat, go figure.
You know what else is great for beating the heat? Mochi ice cream!
I love these things! I found them at T & T Supermarket.
This one was taro flavored, hence the purple colour. When we visited Hong Kong three years ago, I would walk down to the 7-Eleven everyday and get a pack of these. I like that they’re not super sweet like most ice cream can be, and I like the sticky rice wrap on the outside. Anyone else like these?
I’m not sure if you can read that but I thought I’d take a picture of it for my more health cautious readers.
I’d also like to share a quick and easy recipe with you since I haven’t done so in a while. Here is my Oven Roasted Eggplant with Fish Sauce. This can be eaten as an appetizer or along side some rice.
- 3 long purple eggplants
- 3 to 6 stalks green onions (chopped)
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- fish sauce
In a pan, heat up 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Throw in chopped green onions and saute until onions soften. Pour oil and green onions in bowl and set aside for later.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Cut off both ends of the eggplants. Place eggplants in the oven and cook for about 30 – 45 minutes, or until the skin of the eggplants start to wrinkle and brown. If you like eggplant skin you can leave it on (like in the first plate shown above) or peel it off.
Cut the eggplant into bitesize pieces and plate. Pour green onions and extra virgin olive oil on top. To finish the dish, pour some fish sauce over the eggplant. You can use as little or as much fish sauce as you’d like.
Note: This is not fish sauce straight from the bottle. This is fish sauce that has been mixed with other ingredients and most often used for rice vermicelli bowls. My fish sauce recipe can be found here.
I’d also like to share somethings else with you before I leave. The other day while visiting my parents, my Dad dug up an old collection of trading cards that he had in his basement which belonged to me when I was a child. Can you tell I’m a child of the 80’s?
The one I was most excited about was the stack on the bottom right. That’s right, the King of Pop, Mr. Michael Jackson. The first thing that came to my mind was, “Hmmm….I wonder how much these are worth now?” Haha. Hey, can you blame me? Then I wondered if I really could sell away Michael Jackson. Then I thought, oh how I wished my cabbage patch kids trading cards were in here too, along with all my childhood toys. Then I remembered how I idolized Debbie Gibson. Okay, you can stop laughing now. Anyways, good times, good times. Are you a child of the 80’s? What did you love from the 80’s? I would love to hear all your answers. Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway. That’s all I have for you this week. Until next time friends and family :-D.