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Amazing. Really.

Two-ish years ago, when they announced a Canadian version of the Amazing Race, my brother was all over it. He recruited my Dad and together they made an audition video.
Amazing Race Audition-Don and Rob Park from Dee on m/">Vimeo.

They didn't hear anything from the casting department.

So we went along our merry way, enjoyed the season with our family betting pool and Rob's ridiculous email updates.  Good times.
Then Season 2 was announced and again, Rob and Dad put together another video.  I though this one was much better.  And obviously it was- because they got a call back and moved on to the next stage....everything was kept top secret.....but to summarize, they made it to the finals but got the call this week that they wouldn't be cast in the show.

I think they would have done a stellar job had they been cast, and despite the outcome, I'm very glad they put themselves out there at least and went for it.  I&#…

Salmon and Salads

Thursday Supper

Kale salad, dilly salmon & brown rice

This meal was fantastic and the salmon was delicious.  I really liked the creamy dill sauce and I would have it on my salmon all the time.  I don't love salmon so this added some great flavour to it and the sauce was very easy to make.

We eat a pretty healthy diet at our house but for the most part it's usually everything in moderation.   However, there are a few things that I don't budge on.  I only cook whole grain pasta and brown rice.  I love the nutty flavour of brown rice, it's really delicious.

Broiled Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce - Recipe from The Looneyspoons Collection by Janet & Greta Podleski

6 boneless skinless salmon fillets
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp minced fresh dill
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp each salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat broiler.  Sprinkle salmon fillets …

The shopping experience

While I did spend a lot of my break dreaming about the ideal education system....if we're going to be real here, I always spent a lot of the break daydreaming about the perfect job.  And then, magically, I got to try it.

I got a text from my friend, Jordan's husband, Hugh while in Vegas.  He requested I take his wife back to work shopping because I always look good. Thanks, Hugh! And double thanks for letting me dabble in what I'd love to do for a living: shop and boss people around.

Now, my dearest friend, Jordan was in need for a major wardrobe overhaul, not having really shopped since our trip to Toronto and then a year or so before that.  She had nice clothes, but they screamed 5 years know....flared pants, heavy sweaters.  I was super excited and honoured to help her out.

Thursday after the convention, I did a quick peruse of the mall to see what was out and take some pictures of pieces that I thought would be good for her...and then I couldn't stop dro…

Freedom to dream

The muchly needed and anticipated February break this year contained a lot of dreaming for this gal.  Dreaming of sunshiney days while on vacation, dreaming of summer roadtrips during some precious play time with the kids and dreaming of a perfect education system at the yearly convention.

We had two great visionaries back this year: Pasi Sahlberg and Sir Ken Robinson, both with inspiring messages of what could be.
Pasi talked about the Finnish school system  and Sir Ken Robinson addressed creativity and the organic nature of life.

Both talks had me dreaming of what a perfect school would look like for me, as a teacher, but also for my children.
In my ideal world, I would want...
3 days max. for professional development.  I would be very motivated to attend a conference, session that applied directly to what I was doing or what I needed.  Instead of having maybe 11? days currently, put the leftover days to face-to-face time with kids and then if there was any more time, treat teachers …

Good buys

Oh, the shopping.  Put me in an outlet or a Nordstrom, Bloomy's or Macy's and I am happy (only because we don't have anything like that around here).   The sunshine was shining and warm, really the day couldn't have been more beautiful.  The outlets wasn't the only place I hit up (there were also Victoria Secret, Anthropologie and Christian Louboutin -for dreaming purposes- stops).  I must say though- I found some of the shopping frustrating: crowds, no sizes, bad stock...some things are easier to get online.  
Anyway....this is what I did get:

Simply Foodtastic Thursdays, with Kyla

Tuesday Lunch

BBQ Chicken Pizza - Recipe from The Looneyspoons CollectionCookbook

I have made this recipe before but forgotten how good the recipe is.  I think I like it so much because it has my two favourite ingredients in it;  mushrooms and red onion.  Robbie devoured this pizza today.  I would choose my pizza any day over delivery, just saying.

1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/3 cup pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
2 tsp olive oil
2 cups sliced mixed mushrooms
1 medium red onion, sliced thinly into rings
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 12-inch pre baked whole-grain thin-crust pizza shell
1 cup packed shredded light Monterey Jack cheese
1 to 2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro or parsley

Alterations:  I used a sweet barbecue sauce, a mixture of brown and white mushrooms (other options include shiitake, cremini, portobello or oyster) and I made my own pizza crust.

Combine 2 tbsp barbecue sauce with pizza sauce in a small bowl and set aside.  Mix remaining barbec…

We were on a break.

4ish glorious days away from the world with the husband was just what this relationship needed.  Didn't need the getting sick on the trip so much, but we survived- and it wasn't even Vegas-induced.  Yup, we caught whatever viral bug that Willis had the day before and spewed it all over Vegas on the first day. At least that's kinda normal.
Sickness aside, which only lasted maybe 12 hours, we had a blast.  We toured, we saw shows, we people watched (which is a show in itself), we kinda ate, we sorta drinked and we shopped- but for me the best part was just walking down the street, carefree, laughing and chatting with my man. Relationships need that rejuvenation.
On the way down we ran into my Uncle Peewee and Aunty Gisele and found out they were on the same flight and staying at the same hotel, which was cool because we hadn't a clue what we were doing and they were old pros.  We shared a limo to the hotel and went for supper that night at PF Changs and then wandered thr…