Feeling inspired: food edition


Hey peeps,
This week I'm feeling inspired:  I'm back to trying new things in the kitchen, I'm getting dressed (nicely and not scrubbily) and I'm feeling connected to life and the people around me, whether in my face-to-face world or my internet world.
Maybe that's what a long weekend can do for you.
Anyway, so this week I figured I'd focus my posts on what has been inspiring me.
Let's start today in the kitchen with three recipes I've tried from my favourite magazine, Chatelaine and one that comes straight from the family archives.

BBQ Grilled Pizzas and BBQ Corn on the Cob
I need to perfect the art of not burning the crust and eventually I'll grill my own handmade pizza shells and not store bought ones.  I love the smokey taste that the BBQ gives pizzas, and corn for that matter too! These recipes will definitely go on repeat on our summer menu.

Summer Club Salad
I didn't have avocado so I used tomato instead.  And I sillily used turkey bacon instead of the real deal.  Turkey bacon has now been outlawed from the kitchen, I don't care how few calories it has, we're officially a wholehoghousehold.   I also grilled some tortilla shells with garlic butter as a fun side.  This salad was good but I imagine would be a  whole lot greater with real bacon.

Beef Kebab  recipes here and here.
I was surprised at how much the kids loved this, considering one of the spices in the meat is cumin.  They devoured their meat on a stick and had some fun eating too.  I added Dal Bukhara to this meal because it's always yummy to have something spice to soak up with naan.  This recipe will be on repeat this summer.  Next thing I need to learn how to make is my own naan.

Grandma Diehl's Hamburger Soup

Give me a couple cloudy days and blah energy and this is my go-to meal.  I usually make a hugeass batch so we have some ready in the freezer.  The only thing that was missing was Grams' buns.  That will have to be my next thing to make (although I haven't quite perfected the art of bun-making)

This is my mom's recipe, not my Grandma's, but it's quite close.  She made me this recipe book when I moved out to Quebec for university.
Good ol' Caesar here and here

Move over Coronas, this is definitely going to be my go-to drink this summer.  I need to perfect my recipe too.  Nothing beats asparagus from the garden as a garnish!

It feels good (and tastes good) to be inspired and to be more aware of the wonderful things around me.  Come back on Wednesday when I show you some inspired outfits I've been putting together (and sometimes wearing out of the house, but most times changing back into my lulus) (oops)

Have a great week!


  1. this post made me SUPER hungry... and want a caesar REALLY bad!

  2. OK, it's settled---my next vacation...YOUR HOUSE! Yumm-O!!! It all looks so delish!

  3. Hmm....grilled pizza sounds intriguing. Going to have to try that. We have salad night every week and I'm always looking for new recipes.

  4. Okay on my way over now! Everything looks delicious. It's good to live in your house right now.

  5. Bring a parka, you will likely find it frigid here, dear sunshine friend.

  6. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom28 January, 2018 21:45

    All of this food looks DELICIOUS! Goodness girl, you can cook! Can I come over? Thanks for sharing the yummy food photos and recipes!


  7. I would serve you delicious beer non-stop.

  8. Oh my goodness! I need to swim in your pool and eat your food. You should live in my neighborhood. You are a creative artist even in the kitchen. My food never looks like this.

  9. Caesar + summertime + BlueJays = perfection

  10. Thanks....most of it, admittedly, didn't taste as good as it looks. Silly fake bacon.

  11. I should take pictures of my normal days...quite drab, actually.


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