Hi friends, how was your weekend?
After Crossfit on Friday, mom and I headed to Montreal for Gram’s bday weekend. We made a quick pit-stop to pick up Lesley along the way. I brought some goodies to drop off at her apartment.
She is awesome at cooking for herself but I know first hand that it is not always easy to cook healthy meals being a busy university student. So I wanted to help her out a bit :)
I brought her a few spices (chilli powder, cinnamon, Italian seasoning and paprika) to jazz up her meals and instant oatmeal packets, for easy breakfasts. I also made “PB & J baked oatmeal cups” (recipe coming your way ASAP) and spinach, tomato muffin tin frittatas.
Muffin Tin Frittatas
The frittatas are so easy to make: 4 eggs, 1 cup egg whites, 1/3 cup milk, pinch of salt & pepper and then I added spinach, tomato and a sprinkling of cheese on top. Use aluminium muffin tins in a muffin pan and bake at 350F for 25 minutes. This recipe made 12 mini frittatas and can be frozen for easy breakfasts and snacks.
On Friday night, we had an wonderful birthday dinner celebration at Gibby’s – a steak and seafood restaurant in Old Montreal. I am by no means a restaurant connoisseur but I have to say that it was an incredible experience: the ambiance, staff, service and food were top notch. But of course the company was the best part :)
The meal sure started off on the right note… PICKLES!
Best pre-dinner snack. Big, juicy, sour Montreal pickles are THE. BEST.
After far too many pickles, a delicious house salad (the dressing was so good), I had the grilled salmon for my main. Salmon? Surprise? I think not. The picture does not do it justice but it was aaaamazing. Grilled to perfection.
Dessert: a delicious white birthday cake with peaches and a delectable buttercream icing. Nom.
How cute is she?
She also knows the importance of good food. She stocked the fridge for us but still insisted “there’s nothing in there.” I disagree.
We did some shopping downtown when the weather was finally bearable. -6C as opposed to -40C hah. Pretty sure Montreal always has snow but at least it wasn’t up to our knees.
I bought hiking shoes and a backpack for Peru.
After a yummy breakfast of Montreal bagels (the BEST), fruit, cream cheese and lox (typical Jewish meal) we said our good-byes and made the drive back home.
This weekend showed me that sometimes doing the simplest things (like driving a few hours for your Grandma’s birthday) has profound effects: Grandma was sooo happy and excited to spend her birthday with us. It doesn’t take a lot to make someone else happy: a smile, a coffee, a hug. A little bit of effort makes the world of difference and creates lasting memories. Let’s all do something to make someone else happy today and make it a great Monday :)
Questions of the day…
What did you do this weekend?
How are you going to make someone else happy today?
Pickles: yay or nay?