Gratitude with TBB

The day everything was awesome





We do a lot of family get togethers in our world.  Most of the time it involves children running around loudly, along with lots of crying (even more when Brother Rob is involved) sometimes there is an actual activity but all the time it involves food.
Saturday was no different: Mom and Dad were up so we could celebrate Mom's 39th bday.  That might be a typo. We thought it would be good to spend the morning shopping and the afternoon tobogganing, have a meal together then take in a movie. All of the above happened minus the tobogganing thanks to the wind which was turned up way too much. The kids did make it outside for maybe 10 minutes...Dan stayed out the longest- spending some quality time in the fort and on the side of the hill.
                                   
Yup, that's my man.

Now it was the meal that really took the cake, not Dan's random outside meditation in 80km/h winds.  Kyla and I put together a mix of recipes we had been wanting to try and it turned out to be one of the greatest meals we have ever concocted. So good, that I feel compelled to share with you.

This is easily the most tender roast I have ever made.  Even the potatoes and carrots that we're added later were delicious. 


2- Kale Caesar (Chatelaine feb 2014)- We didn't use the tofu or the dried cherries butwill try that next time.  This tasted exactly like the caesar salad Mom always makes, except with the superfood, Kale.



3- Crunchy Baked Onion Rings- (Chatelaine Feb 2014) Oh my! They actually tasted like onion rings!!  We didn't use spanish onions, just plain yellow and we used panko crumbs instead of bread crumbs.  It'd be quite easy to play with the seasonins here to adjust the taste- but seriously impressed with the healthier swing on onion rings.




4- Betty Crocker cake (from our ancient Betty Crocker cookbook)
Served with an old Chatelaine icing recipe:
    FOR ICING:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 225 g pkg unsweetened chocolate, chopped and melted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee or espresso

Instructions


  • Beat butter for icing in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, until creamy, 1 min. Add melted chocolate, vanilla, salt and 1 cup icing sugar. Beat for 1 min. With mixer on medium-low, add remaining sugar in 3 parts, alternating with remaining liquids (milk and coffee) and ending with sugar. Beat on medium-high, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until fluffy and smooth, 1 to 2 min.
  • Assemble by slicing each cake in half horizontally. Place one layer on a large plate or cake stand, cut-side down. Lay short strips of parchment paper under edges of cake to protect the plate. Spread cake with 3/4 cup icing, right to edge. Top with another cake layer, cut-side down. Repeat icing and layering with remaining cake layers. Then spread remaining icing on top and around sides of cake, smoothing or swirling surface. Cake can be refrigerated up to 1 hour to firm icing before serving
Seriously- this meal was gobbled up by children and adults alike- in record time and with record amounts of zero complaining.
The last thing that was a big hit was the movie- Saving Mr. Banks.  If you are a Mary Poppins fan, like the three Park women are- it's a must see and I'm actually kinda perturbed that Emma Thompson wasn't nominated for an award for her performance.  I was either grinning or crying or laughing during the entire movie.  I immediately wanted to see it again. And I likely will.
      






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