Yesterday I invited the clan over to my place for brunch! My 2 sister-in-laws and I are February babies so I wanted us to get together for a joint celebration. I am still a rookie at this whole cooking thing so I thought how hard can a brunch be. Well it didn’t go as smooth as I imagined…
My blueberry muffins were bitter. I followed this recipe here and I have no idea what I did wrong. The first bite wasn’t bad but there was a really bad aftertaste. I knew they were bad but I served them anyway. When the adults tried them I got some pretty decent feedback that they weren’t THAT bad. I was stating to believe them until my niece tried one, she immediately gave a look of disgust and spit them out. You can always count on a 2 year old for the truth.
I also attempted to make Coconut Whipped Cream. It’s the easiest recipe, a can of full fat coconut milk that you chill and then whip. They said that if your can doesn’t thicken, you might have a dud. I bought 2 just in case and neither one worked. God bless my family for their patience with my cooking because my sister-in-law Natasha pretended to love the runny mess I made and put them on her pancakes. She was one pancake in when she had to admit that she needed a new plate because the coconut milk was a little bit overpowering. No guff, it even looked gross!
I couldn’t afford to screw up the pancakes so I combined the dry ingredients but waited for someone more experienced to arrive in order to finish the recipe. My other sister-in-law Tina heroically stepped in managed to make all the pancakes and everyone enjoyed them… Thankfully.
Making a pancake brunch had stressed me out so much that I didn’t even have a cake for our birthdays and it wasn’t until the morning after that I realized that we didn’t even sing Happy Birthday. It probably wasn’t my best hostess moment but everyone stuck around and it ended up being a really great afternoon. Again I forgot to take pictures but here are some taken by my siblings:

Lucy made everyone homemade Valentine’s Day Cards
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When all else fails, serve fruit and champagne

and always make sure to put everyone on cleaning duty before they leave

Lastly, you can find the family tested and loved vegan pancake recipe that was served here.


What I did this week!

Other than the fact that I think Tom Brady is hot, I have no interest in the Superbowl. I might be the only one in North America who isn’t getting ready to watch the game. I figure instead I would write about what I’ve been up to!

Last Tuesday, our sorority went bowling. I’m not sure what it is about bowling but every time I go, I have the most fun! It might have to do with my secret Grease 2 obsession.

The bowling alley we attended did not disappoint. As soon as you walked in, it felt like you were stepping back in time. Most would have called it outdated but I thought it was exactly what a bowling alley should be. I snapped some pictures of the bowling alley before putting my phone away for the night.

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We so classy drinking wine in plastic cups.

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Bowling is the perfect winter activity. You don’t need to worry about the weather and its fun for every age and skill level. I don’t know why I don’t bowl more often but we all should!

On Wednesday, I headed to Montreal for our National Sales Meetings. It was back to back meetings about our 2014 accomplishments and our objectives for 2015. The meetings were held in Old Montreal and in order to take advantage of being in Montreal, there was a Scavenger Hunt organized to get us moving. I hate winter and not very competitive but it was probably the best team builder I ever participated in. One of my team members was a sales rep from Montreal who loved history so he got excited to tell us about the building and monuments that we were trying to locate. If anyone is ever in charge of planning a company meeting, I have 2 words; Scavenger Hunt!

If the week wasn’t busy enough, I booked my first official wine course for Saturday. In theory, my flight on Friday arrived at 7 so I would have had a chance to get a good night’s sleep. That is, of course until my brother invited me over to hang out and order in Indian. Since I had no food in the house and hadn’t seen the family in a while, obviously I headed to Mississauga.

It was hard to get up on Saturday but I managed to make it on time. I spent 8 hours learning how to properly taste and smell wine. As tired as I was, I loved the course. Our very smart teacher taught us that the best way to learn about wine is to continue tasting as many wines as I can. This is homework I plan on doing and excelling in!

Well it’s Sunday now and my plans today involve doing nothing. I found this on Facebook and thought it was the best way to wrap up the week or start the new week; however you look at it, hope you have a #justbe Sunday.

Just be