This week, I was inspired by Amanda Blake Soule’s post about her family’s backyard skating rink.
We also considered making a skating rink this year but never got around to it. But really, there’s no need for a backyard rink when the city maintains a beautiful skating park two minutes away.
Saturday morning we made our way to the rink. It was our youngest son’s first time skating. He wore two-blade skates for boots. It was our other son’s first time out on skates this winter. Lucky for us, the chalet comes with red balance bars for kids. We had a great time. My husband and I didn’t get to do a lot of skating but the kids loved it.
We came home and had hot chocolate and kettle corn. If you haven’t tried this, you should.
Kettle Corn (Food Network Magazine)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup of popcorn kernels
Put all ingredients in a large pot with lid. Shake over high heat until the kernels stop popping so frequently. Salt and serve.
It is the best salty-sweet snack. Great for warming up on the couch after a morning of skating in the cold.
Now the weather has turned on us. The temperature has warmed up much to the chagrin of us skaters.
Rain, Rain, Go Away…my family and I want to skate today!
I was sick this week, with a head cold that made me sound like one of Marge Simpson’s chain-smoking sisters.
Stuck in the house, I decided to make some bread. Luckily, I had some help from Montreal Canadiens‘ forward Max Pacioretty. He was sick too: sick with shame from the way Montreal lost to the last-place in the NHL Eastern Conference Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Monday night.
We used the basic bread recipe from the Tassajara Bread Book. I love that cookbook. It takes 13 pages to explain in extreme detail how to bake the bread. Max read it quickly so he understood what to do.
While he explained how it was possible for Montreal to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-0 on Saturday night, yet be humiliated by the Hurricanes two days later, I mixed and kneaded the dough.
Max was very impressed by how high the dough rose.
He was so anxious to eat the bread that he wanted to start before it had even been baked!
Max couldn’t believe that it still had to bake for another 30 minutes.
Finally, the bread is done. Max is 6 feet, 2 inches tall, yet this bread towers over him.
Nutella on homemade bread is just the thing a hockey player wants to eat on his day off. Max said he wants to bring a whole loaf of bread and a jar of Nutella to the locker room on Wednesday night to give the Habs the power to beat the Boston Bruins. I know you boys can do it Max!
So our wonderful mother (Hi Mom!) gave me a great birthday present when I turned 29 last year: two skeins of “Pure Sheep Wool” from Topsy Farms on Amherst Island in Ontario.
I had big plans for them, which promptly got forgotten when I started knitting Christmas presents for my family.
But a couple of weeks ago I decided I needed a new hat to get me through the next half of the winter.
Using this pattern from Knitty, I made this hat:
At the coldest arena in Canada, while my kids do skating lessons.
It’s a pair of socks for one of the kids, and now that the knitting is done, the part I hate the most. Sewing in the ends. Someone should invent a way of knitting that would leave no pesky ends to sew.
It was minus a million degrees in Montreal yesterday.
The kind of day that called for our favourite hot cereal…
This one had cream and maple syrup on it.
We also like it with soy nut butter, maple syrup and soy milk.
It’s minus-27 with the wind chill but white snow beckons.
Spray bottles + water + food colouring = fun.