Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Burger Love

I am not one to order a burger off a restaurant menu but during the month of April many Island restaurants participate in a delightful event named "Burger Love."  It's a wonderful way to support farmers as well as get out with friends and enjoy life.  Each restaurant comes up with its own unique burger and names it and for the month of April folks come in and try out the burgers and then rate them online. A winner will be declared and will keep their winning burger on the regular menu.  Often many restaurants, whether they win or lose, will keep their burger on the menu.  This year I managed to try out nine different burgers. I'd have to say that my favourite was Mavor's M-2, in second place would be Papa Joe's El Toro and third place would go to Cedar's Gibran's Kiss.

To give you an idea of what constitutes a unique burger, here is what Mavor's burger included: a 6oz Island Beef Patty, Jalapeno Red Onion Relish, Maple Peppered Bacon, Spinach, and Cows Applewood Smoked Cheddar Cheese Sauce on a Grilled and Buttered Brioche Bun topped with Homemade Worcestershire Potato Chips.

Doesn't that sound delish?!  There were more wild and wacky offerings as well, one burger had eggs and waffles in it and another had sponge cake, deep fried vanilla ice cream and maple bacon on it!  Something for everyone!
This was our first burger sampling called The Round About Roadie.  It was quite tasty.

But enough about burgers and how I've consumed more than enough to do me for the year, let alone the month!

Levi is a growing little lad and is cutting his first teeth, the two bottom teeth have popped through with some discomfort.  Thankfully it didn't disrupt his sleep patterns too much.  He is such a happy and content little guy and just loves his older siblings and they love him to bits too.  They all enjoy holding him and making him smile.

As the weather has slowly begun to warm up the kids have enjoyed playing in the backyard and making nature discoveries.  They love finding worms.  Emma-Lyn informed me that she has a pet worm and named him Giant.  Giant does not like to play on the swings.  Also she tells me that worms do not enjoy racing in the mornings, they are much more evening runners if they even feel like racing at all!!   And today we enjoyed watching a Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker tap away on a Pine tree. I ran in the house and grabbed my bird books and brought them out to share with the children.  One book informed us that "these birds feed largely on sap and is said to sometimes indulge to the extent of becoming quite groggy."  So, is that like being sap drunk?  Who knew?!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

What a Weekend!

It was fun, it was full and it was fast!  It feels like my folks just got here for Easter and they're already home again safe and sound.  We had a wonderful time with them while they were here.  The kids were super excited and couldn't wait to see Gramma, Grampa, Auntie Karina and especially Trooper.

They arrived Friday afternoon and since we were tied up with our church's Easter Conference, they headed over to Red's,a local restaurant for supper.  We were supposed to call them when we were done but decided to pop over to the restaurant instead.  I couldn't have planned the scene better, all three of them were completely engrossed with what was going on on the giant flat screen TV on the wall, and failed to notice my entrance. The opportunity was just too good to pass up. With a goofy smile, I stealthily tiptoed over to their table. Forgetting that I was in a public place, I reached out and tickled my parents while exclaiming, "Boogedy, boogedy, boogedy!" My mother screamed, my father and sister jumped and I laughed heartily.  Then I noticed the other restaurant patrons and apologized, sensing that the essence of my prank may have been lost on them.

After they had finished their meal they joined us back at our place and we celebrated Christmas and Emma-Lyn's birthday.  My folks were supposed to come over at Christmastime but we were all in the middle of snowmageddon at that time.  The kids loved having second Christmas and were thrilled with the new construction set they received.  It's like giant Tinker Toys and we made a tent that the kids immediately filled with their stuffies. And I must admit I was the biggest kid in there working away with the toys. I think I may have to get my own set. 

On Saturday morning we took Trooper for a walk, talked a lot and celebrated Easter with lots of chocolate! Gramma Hope brought over a turkey and some fixings and we got the veggies on and enjoyed a scrumptious dinner. Grammie Peric and Auntie Linda also joined us for dinner which was lovely.  There is nothing so nice as having your extended family in your home for a meal.  I remember many such occasions in my childhood home and they have made a lasting impression and I'm grateful to share those same kind of precious moments with my own children.

On Sunday morning we all made our way to church and enjoyed a morning of fellowship and worship.  It was a wonderful way to wrap up an incredible weekend.  I am so thankful for my family who would make the long trek around to visit for the weekend and for warm spring days that make such visits possible. Most importantly I am thankful for my Saviour who knows that though I am a bruised reed, He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench. Isaiah 42:3

 Mr. Jolly Jumper himself!

 Gramma and little Levi.

 Giant Tinker Toy fun!

Build it to the ceiling!
 Mr. Smiley Pants
 Levi: "Seriously mom, please put the camera down and help Gramma figure out how to put my sleeper on me!  She's trying to put my leg through an arm hole!"

 Nate super excited to have Easter dinner.

This afternoon we took the opportunity to stop in at MacPhee's Orchard and check out their maple syrup operation.  What a heavenly aroma greeted us upon entering the sugar shack  And yes, we took some maple syrup home with us!