Monday, November 29, 2010

Make It Monday

I thought I'd join in on sharing a recipe every Monday. We had this one last week for the first time and it was absolutely delicious! I really recommend it.

Tortellini with Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes

4 cups (1 L) small (1 inch/2.5 cm) cauliflower florets (1/2 head)
2 cups (500 mL) grape or cherry tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter, melted
1 package (350 g) fresh or frozen tortellini
2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried thyme or basil
1/4 tsp each Salt and pepper
2 cups (500 mL) Milk
1/4 cup (50 mL) freshly grated Canadian Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss cauliflower florets, tomatoes and garlic with butter; spread out evenly, placing garlic pieces to one side of the sheet. Roast for about 20 min, stirring twice (without mixing in garlic), until cauliflower and garlic are browned and tender and tomatoes have burst open.
Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling water, cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and set aside.
Whisk flour, thyme and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each, salt and pepper into Milk. Pour into pasta pot and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Reduce heat and boil gently, whisking, for about 3 min or until thick. Remove from heat. Mash garlic and stir into sauce then stir in remaining roasted vegetables. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Divide tortellini among serving bowls and spoon vegetables and sauce over top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Friday, November 26, 2010


I saw this on the internet today and thought it was kind of clever. I don't really like Jeff Foxworthy, but this is what he had to say, and a lot of it is spot on.

You know you live in Alberta...

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September to May.

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time.

If someone in a Home Depot offers you assistance and they don't work there.

If you measure distance in hours.

If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them.

If you've had a lengthy conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number.

If "vacation" means going anywhere south of Edmonton for the weekend.

If you find 10 degrees Fahrenheit "a little chilly".

If you have switched from 'heat' to 'air conditioning' and back again in the same day.

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked.

If you design your kid's halloween costumes to fit over a snowsuit.

If you have more miles on your snowblower than your car.

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.

If driving is better in the winter because potholes are filled with snow.

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a blizzard without flinching.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

10 Top Films

These are my Top Ten Movies, in no particular order.

Last of the Mohicans (Director's Expanded Edition)
Pride and Prejudice - The Special Edition (A&E, 1996)Never Been Kissed
A Christmas Story [VHS]

Getting to know you....

I am so bored at work today, and I saw this on someone else's blog, so I'm going to do another "get to know me" post.

Tell me your ten favorite books:

Hunger Games Series

            The Hunger Games                 Bridge To Terabithia                                                                

Little WomenRoll Of Thunder Hear My Cry

Shopaholic Gift Set (Shopaholic Ties the Knot / Shopaholic Takes Manhattan / Confessions of a Shopaholic)

Pride and Prejudice


Wuthering HeightsWhere Are You Now?: A Novel

Ps I Love You
Tell me your ten favorite musical artists:
Past Masters  Blender
Southern Voice  Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection

More Than You Think You AreGet Closer

Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival  Smash (Rm)

Fly  Taylor Swift
Three places you would love to visit?



Monday, November 15, 2010

Recent Pictures

Weekend Getaway

This past weekend, I left the boys at home and headed to Dead Man's Flats for a couple of days of relaxation with all of the Patrick Women. It was a really good time.

I made a short movie trailer about our trip, but am having trouble uploading it. It is on Facebook if anyone is interested in watching it.

Thursday, November 4, 2010