5 things

I’m tired. Too tired to recap the Eco-Challenge so here’s a little update on other business to hold you over. It’s been a while since I’ve done a five things report.

  1. $30 later, I am blending! (way cheaper than a Vitamix) A few weeks ago I mentioned my blender woes and asked for some shopping advice. Thanks for all of your recommendations! In the end, Cameron, Malcolm and Erin saved the day by convincing me to search for parts for my Breville. Well it wasn’t easy – she’s been discontinued for years – but, I found a part and voila! I am making smoothies again baby!
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  2. Speaking of Erin… Congratulations! She sent me a letter (snail mail style) all they way from Cole Harbour and has won some stationery treats!
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  3. Jill sent my Uuni love story to Uuni and I made their Facebook page. The love is mutual! #swoon.
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  4. Who’s still planking? Day 68. I am not going to lie – I forgot to plank two times. The first time I actually woke up at 3:00am in a semi-induced panic-attack because I forgot to plank. I almost jumped out of bed to plank and then realized the time. It was too late. A new day. Doomed. On a side note, I did not miss one single day of running until yesterday! I walked 20 hours straight and was too tired to run so that’s it. Steak over. I’m okay with ending it – May is quite active with the Eco-Challenge, Bluenose half marathon and a 3:45 am leg start at the Cabot Trail Relay so I think I need to take rest days more seriously.
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  5. I have baby names on my mind (nope, not pregnant!)… When I saw this tweet I puked a little in my mouth. Really? This can’t be real. I will talk more about the name game later. Like wearing PJs in public, I am a total unauthorized judgy snob about names.
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That’s all. It’s Monday. Damnnnn

Have a good one!

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uuni fan

My sister Jill bought a Uuni wood-fire pizza oven. I am pretty sure it was one of those impulsive online purchases but, after Saturday night, I am sure glad she did.

This thing can cook pizza!

Here are the specs from the website – Note: Jill has the first generation Uuni but below is for the Uuni 2S… similar but with a few upgrades including a stone base. Also, Jill ordered her’s from the States and our other sister sherpa’d it across the border:

Extreme 900°F heat
Uuni 2S gets up to 900°F which enables you to cook things really fast. You can make a stone-baked, wood-fired pizza in just 90 seconds! It’s also not just for pizza; you can cook flatbreads, fish, vegetables, steaks or really anything that enjoys short cooking times.

Wood-fired
Uuni is powered by wood pellets which are very energy-dense and inexpensive; they’re like regular wood except compressed. No additives, no hidden extras, just wood. The pellets ignite easily & Uuni 2S takes just 10 minutes to heat up, from cold up to 900°F.

Lasts a lifetime
Uuni 2S is made of beautiful brushed stainless steel. It weathers and ages as you use it, but it doesn’t rust and it just keeps on performing. It’ll make for a key feature in your outdoor kitchen or barbecue area.

Entertainment
Because of the ease and speed of use, Uuni 2S is fantastic for entertaining friends or family. Get the gang together to make their own pizzas and then wood-fire them to perfection in front of their eyes.

We spent the weekend in Pugwash – perfect spring weather and a great opportunity to finally test the Uuni out. It’s easy, fast, portable and fun. The pizzas are amazing – especially the crust.

Here are some pics. It made me want one. How about you?IMG_5319 IMG_5325 Above: Prepping caramelized onions and roasted medallion cut potatoesIMG_5326 Above: The Uuni is table-top friendlyIMG_5328 IMG_5329 IMG_5330 IMG_5331Above: Pierogi Pizza! Sour cream base, thinly sliced roasted potatoes, cheese, chives and a dollop more sour cream on top. IMG_5332 IMG_5333
Above: Nanny came over for pizza too!
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IMG_5337 IMG_5338Above: Simply slide in, close the door, count to 30, open and rotate, count to 30, open and rotate, count to 30 and remove!
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Feedback from the toughest critic, 7-year-old David, who has a very specific pizza palate: “This is better than Salvatores… Next time I want pizza, I am ordering from Jill!”

Oh, and I this is not a sponsor post. I don’t even own a Uuni but it sure is on my wish list! #fangirl

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5 things

Hi friends! I am back from March Break and true to its name, I took a break from work, blogging and Nova Scotia… but not winter. I thought I’d catch up with 5 things on a Monday!

IMG_21841. Not gonna lie, I am loving skiing! We went to Sunday River for the week with our neighbours. If you have any interest in skiing, this is a great way to spend a week. The kids joined a week-long camp and were dropped off at 9:30 am – they skied all day, were fed, had a blast and we picked them up at 3:00 pm and skied home. Amazing. Do it and teach them while they’re young-fearless-dare-devils.

Unknown2. Wanted: A treadmill currently being used as your clothes rack. No joke, this weather is nasty and there has been a lot of complaining from drivers about runners on the roads. I have signed up for the Bluenose half marathon and the Cabot Trail Relay and I am itching to get out there so for now, maybe I should suck it up and run inside. Help!

FB Wallpaper-013. Forever Young book club meets this week. Spoiler alert: I really loved this month’s book.

IMG_20764. I am working through my 36 THINGS TO DO BEFORE I TURN 36 list and it’s a slow start. I have 5.5 items done so far (won’t tell you which ones) but I am sad to say I know not all thirty-six items will be completed because they closed the Oval. Boo. My friend suggested I change that one to “Try Boarder Cross” and check it off as DONE.

 

FNPN5. And finally, lets talk about Friday on a Monday. So I’ve kind of slacked off on Friday Night Pizza Night and not because of the company or commitment. I was a bit overwhelmed by how it should work and now that I have given the event a bit of distance, I think I have the best plan yet!

Attempt 1: Everyone brought their own pizza (either homemade and ready-to-bake, ordered or frozen and we we ate together but independently. The idea was simple but it didn’t feel very communal and in the end, it seemed more chaotic than anticipated. too many pizzas and not enough mouths.

Attempt 2: Mike and I pre-made homemade frozen pizzas with sauce and cheese and everyone brought stuff to share and decorate. This worked great because the pizzas were small and several fit in the oven at once. It felt much better but there were only 8 adults so even though there was a night of prep-work ahead of time, it wasn’t too difficult to make and freeze the pizzas.

As much as I prefer attempt 2 over attempt one, it is expensive and time consuming plus there is a lot of planning. We do not have a deep freeze so it’s hard to know how many pizzas to prepare and then have a place to store them. I wanted attempt 2 to work but at the same time, it felt as though the spontaneity and ease of FNPN was lost in all of the planning and work.

Enter attempt 3: Everyone brings their own cheese pizza – it can be a homemade one (like we make [see recipe below]), or a store-bought pizza and we will have a topping bar. You know, like a salad bar! The toppings won’t always be the same, but that’s where the spontaneity kicks in, plus, it seems like it’d be easier for us to provide all of the toppings so there is not too much of one thing and not enough of another. And by bringing your own base(s), you can eat as much as you have.

I hope the new plan sounds enticing. To make homemade frozen pizzas – which are easy and great to make ahead of time for any pizza night – simply roll out your dough and bake it for 5 minutes max (just till it is dry). IMG_1990 Once the dough has cooled down, spread the sauce and add cheese. Cover each pizza with saran wrap and tinfoil. Freeze. When ready to decorate, take out of the freezer! IMG_1989

 

I hope to see you at the next FNPN! More details to come. I promise.

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when the moon hits your eye

… like a big pizza pie that’s amore.

I’ve been talking about starting up Friday Night Pizza Night for a long time but here’s the thing, it’s complicated! In the fall, David had swimming at 6pm every Friday night so it couldn’t happen but now that it is a new year, his lessons are on Mondays, it’s too cold to go out and too dark to roam the streets, I think the timing is perfect to start this up:

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Here’s the complicated part… I’d like to say every Friday is Friday Night Pizza Night but it won’t be… If Wentworth has snow, we’ll likely be booking it to my parent’s in Pugwash on Friday nights (like this week) so I need some kind of alert letting people know if it’s happening. At the same time, I am not about to spend my week organizing and inviting people because that’s effort and Friday Night Pizza Night is supposed to be spontaneous. And speaking of that, it’s easy to say ‘everyone, come on over for Friday Night Pizza Night (whoever, whenever, as long as it’s a Friday night) but that could get tricky too…

What if no one comes and I waisted 3 hours cleaning the house for no one?
What if 30 people plus their children come and I spend all Saturday cleaning up the aftermath?

See, complicated?

Also, I am a bit of an Emily Post junkie. I hate the thought of inviting people over and making them bring stuff but at the same time, I can’t buy eight bricks of cheese in anticipation. Plus, newsflash, I do not have a huge pizza over in my kitchen so I may need to test the waters in regards to interest and attendance.

So with all this being said, here’s the plan. I hope you like it. It may change.

  • Friday Night Pizza Night. If you are interested, let me know and send me your phone number (if I don’t already have it) and if it’s a go ahead, I will send a text out on the Wednesday. If you and your family can come, send me a private text back letting me know. Of course, no pressure to come every time, only when you want to. Simple, right?
  • Bring a ‘ready-to-pop-in-the-oven pizza. It can be homemade or a McCain Rising Crust 4 Cheese Pizza… I don’t care, we don’t judge. Or, if you want to show off your mad dough rolling skillz, bring all the ingredients with you and make it on site.*
  • We will keep the fridge stocked with juice boxes for the kids but if you want beer, wine or pop bring that too. No need to bring stuff for others and no need to share but I’ll have a few munchies to snack on in case the oven line up is long. With that being said, if you are dying to share a new recipe with others, by all means, we love a sharer. Especially if said sharer is a chef.
  • Friday Night Pizza Night will start at 6:00 pm. Kids are welcome but make sure they have something to eat too. Also, make sure they are house-trained. Just kidding… kind of. Seriously, I am locking the lego cabinet and putting the puzzles and games up high but will have a movie playing – they’re welcome.

Perhaps when winter is over, we can relocate to the Park Avenue Community Oven but I am not sure on their schedule (I will ask)(Jeff?)(Sarah?).

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I hope this interests local friends. It’s hard seeing each other, especially when there are kids and busy schedules to juggle, but it is important to make an effort. So let me know and I will let you know. Hopefully we can make this happen once, or twice a month. That’d be awesome.

Feel free to offer any insight!

*Our kitchen is not nut-free, vegan or kosher. Please keep that in mind.  

Photo of David and Libby taken well over a year ago at Dartmouth’s Park Avenue Community Oven

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meanwhile, elsewhere

**I thought I was being super-productive this morning by pre-writing a post for next week and then I realized… it is Friday!?! And what is Friday without some links? Disclosure, I had nothing until 5 minutes ago. Sorry.**

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Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

Have a lovely weekend! For most, it is the end of what feels like a lonnnnng holiday. I am actually looking forward to reality butI think David is going to be shocked on Monday when he realizes school is back in session.

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