Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Recipe: Cauliflower Cakes

I made some patties out of cauliflower the other day and they were really good. It was a bit of an experiment but it turned out awesome. Don't you love it when that happens? I'll definitely be making them again. We've been eating cauliflower a little more lately. We never used to because Aaron doesn't really like it, so I would never think to buy it. But I tried making cauliflower bites a while back and he liked them! So we've been eating cauliflower a little more regularly now. Mostly the bites as a snack, but I'm going to try making more things with it (like pizza crust and alfredo sauce) and these cakes were a good start.

1 head of cauliflower
1 carrot
1 onion
2 eggs
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp of cornstarch
2 tbsp pancake mix
garlic powder
chia/flax/sesame seeds (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Wash the cauliflower and cut up into small pieces. Boil some water in a pot and cook the cauliflower pieces until tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  • I used a food processor and chopped my onion and garlic. I left them in the food processor, removed the chopping blade and put on the shredding blade now for the carrot. Shred the carrot. Leave in the food processor for now.
  • Once the cauliflower is done, drain the water and put it into a large bowl. Use a potato masher and mash up the cauliflower.
  • Add the onion, garlic and shredded carrots into the mashed cauliflower.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl. I used the little bit of cornstarch and pancake mix to help bind them together.
  • You don't have to use chia/flax/sesame seeds, we just put them in most things, but they're totally not necessary. I never measure my spices, but my guess would be a tsp or less or each. I just sprinkle a bit of each into the bowl.
  • Mix well and then press into patties. It may seem like they aren't sticking that well, but they will stay together. You can always add a little more pancake mix if you want to help bind, but don't put too much as it may take away from the cauliflowerness of the cakes and be more pancakey. Mine felt like they wouldn't stay together but once cooked, they did.
  • Grease a baking sheet and line up your cakes. Bake for about 20 mins, flipping half way through.

Eat these with your favorite sauce. We topped them with a little parmesan cheese and some plain greek yogurt. Delicious!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

52 Weeks: 24/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

I have no idea who this cat belongs to, but I've seen it in our yard a couple times this year. We actually saw it once last year too. We've named it Dusty... because it was all dusty from rolling around in the driveway and what not. There are a few neighbourhood cats that come around, such as this one I caught losing it in a small pile of catnip leaves I left in our driveway recently.

Aaron and I were hanging out in the backyard and this kitty just came walking into our yard. Very friendly cat, was heating up to us and being super cute. I love random cats showing up in our yard. Madison and Hobbes often sit in a window in our basement that looks out onto the driveway and we always joke that they're "waiting for their boyfriend to walk by". There is a cat that lives across the street that comes into our yard a fair bit so that's the one we're referring to... the cats always get super excited when they see him.

Anyways, have an awesome day! I hope I run into some random kitties in our yard again this weekend.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Best Wedding Ever

The weekend of August 2nd, Aaron and I went out to Beausejour, Manitoba to celebrate the love of 2 of our dearest friends, Brad and Natasha. They had their wedding on the bride's parents farm and we all camped out on their property after a long night of partying. It was awesome. So many good things happened that night. Everyone looked gorgeous, the venue was amazing, I couldn't imagine a more perfect setting for this event.

We caught a ride with our friend Jayme and were riding with Cody and Kevin. This first shot is of the country road in Beausejour. When we first got there, we set up our tent. Aaron and I haven't set up a tent in years, we were a little unsure of what to do... I trusted Aaron to deal with it. Haha, he asked 2 girls for help. Then once he knew what he was doing, he decided to pay it forward and help out another friend set his tent up beside us.

The main area where the wedding, dinner, dancing, etc, took place was all set up beautifully. There was a key check and breathalyzer you had to pass before leaving for the night if you weren't crashing (which eventually turned into a game later in the night, who could blow the highest number), the smoke shack had beer pong set up, and there was an itchy lot and a scratchy lot, so awesome. We were in the itchy lot.

After dinner and a bit of dancing, there were fire dancers! These ladies are so talented and it was amazing watching them do their thing. I posted a little video clip here of one of our friends hooping with fire but there was so much more. I made a video (below) with more of this awesome show.

Next, lots of dancing! Some of these are screen shots from our video camera so not the best quality but good enough. The first shot is of Brad getting tossed in the air, the next couple are of Aaron and Kevin dancing away to some White Stripes song and then the last photo is later in the night when Kevin took over the bar.

We ended up crashing around 3:30-4am and slept for only about 2-3 hours before waking up. I fell asleep to the sweet sounds of our friends drumming away by the campfire. Some people stayed up all night. We ended up waking up to a trumpet and drums playing in the distance. We wandered around for a bit and eventually found a few people hanging out by a wheat field. As I mentioned in another post, as soon as we joined them by the wheat field, our friend Kevin really wanted one of us to run through the field with him. Aaron said he'd do it and so off they went as the trumpet played in the background. It was awesome. I love the photos of them running together, their arms thrown up in the air, not a care in the world, so free. It's good.

I decided not to post any pictures of the bride, groom, or wedding party type pictures. I just felt like I should keep those private for them only and their friends/family. I did make a little video of some parts of the night, the dancing, fire dancers and drumming. I love the part near the end of the video when they're throwing ice at our friend Erik's mouth and he's like "no more, no more... okay, maybe like 5 more." Haha, so funny.

Some awesome memories from that night: meeting Nate (Erik lives on and grew up on our street, so did Nate, he actually lived and grew up in the house right next door to us, so aweome), Aaron and I putting our bags and tent in the wrong car and leaving them there for hours only realizing when we were about to leave,  in the middle of the night Aaron was trying to get out of the tent to go to the can and he was pulling on some random tab in the tent (not the zipper) for like half an hour before realizing it wasn't the way out, seeing a pair of mens underwear in the portapotty (I don't even want to know...), playing the breathalyzer game, Kevin and Erik bartending at the end of the night, people carrying bottles of wine as their drinks, bonfires, drum circles and awesome people all around.

It was a great night!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

52 Weeks: 23/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

I love this picture. I took it last weekend at our friend's wedding celebration. It was an amazing weekend filled with so many great people, good times and a lot of love. This was the morning after the wedding. Aaron and I got about 3 hours of sleep, woke up and heard a trumpet and drums playing in the distance. We wandered around and found a few people hanging out by this wheat field, drumming and playing the trumpet. They hadn't slept at all. As soon as Aaron and I joined them, our friend Kevin asked "Would one of you guys please run through this wheat field with me? I just need someone to run with me to the other side." Aaron said he would do it. So, Aaron and Kevin ran through the wheat field together as others drummed and played the trumpet. You can see them coming back in the distance in this shot. The sun was beaming down on us, it was so hot that morning. It was great. 

I have more pictures to share of this amazing weekend soon, I've just been sick pretty much all week and haven't gotten around to going through them yet.

Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

52 Weeks: 22/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

I know I've posted a Madison tongue out photo for another week in this project, but I will never get tired of seeing this face. She's so cute! This is how she looks most of the time and it's adorable. Anyways, this weekend is a little busy. We're heading out of town today to go to a wedding of some dear friends. We're camping overnight out in the country after the festivities and will be back Sunday sometime. This is going to be an awesome celebration full of lots of fun and love! We're great friends with both the bride and the groom, so this is really going to be an amazing night.

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Little Things... having an amazing boyfriend who'll go through the entire Build-A-Bear process just to get you a turtle.

I love 80s cartoons and I've always loved the old school Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I've mentioned this before, but Aaron and I are really getting into the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Recently, I happened to notice an ad online that TMNT bears would soon be available at Build-A-Bear. I was slightly excited by this. I mean, a cute stuffed TMNT, c'mon? Must have it. I was a little worried about going into Build-A-Bear to get one though... I've never been there and I didn't know how it worked. I just wanted to go in, grab the bear and get out. Lucky for me, Aaron was with me the day we were at the mall. I wanted to get my haircut so I asked him if he would grab the turtle (Michelangelo, my fave) for me while I did that. He reluctantly agreed, not knowing what he was in for.

Haha, the horror story that Aaron relayed to me after it was done still makes me laugh. For anyone who has never been to or know what Build-A-Bear is all about, you go in there and essentially build a teddy bear. You get to stuff it, pick clothes out for it, accessories, whatever. You make the bear. It's for kids and it's a great idea for kids, but if an adult wants to step in there and buy something for themselves or a child, well... this is what you're in for. The guy made Aaron go through the whole process he would take kids through. Even though Aaron said he didn't want to go through all that stuff, that he just really wanted to buy the turtle and get out of there, the guy made him stand on the pedal and pump away at it to stuff the turtle, hug it (yes, he made him hug it to make sure it was huggable enough), bathe it (good Lord...), give it a heart and a birth certificate with all the details included.

I just imagine walking by the store and seeing Aaron hugging and pretending to bathe the turtle and can't help but laugh. I don't usually buy toys or stuffed animals, but couldn't help but fall in love with this guy. Even though I was laughing about the whole thing, I thanked Aaron for going through such a traumatizing experience just to get it for me.

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

52 Weeks: 21/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

I have a video for this week because it's just so cute, I had to share it. It was super hot outside earlier this week, in the 30s and with the humidex it was 40-42 degrees out there. So it was pretty hot! I noticed this little guy in our yard, rolling around in some soil in our front yard. I love the digging and rolling! I've never seen a rabbit do that before. Maybe he was trying to cool off? Or just losing it. Either way, it's adorable.

Enjoy the day!