July 2014

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Can you believe it, we are through the first 6 months of the year, and well into my favourite time of the year - Summer!!! The last 2 months really flew by with 1 big project completed, 1 work trip, 1 big pleasure trip and lots of activities in between. I missed the May recap so instead of doing my regular write up, I'm doing a pictorial wrap up of my activities.

Travelling to exotic locales yearly comes at a price. Over the last couple of years, I've passed on doing certain things around the house. I'm restarting some of those projects and from time to time you'll see them pop up on this blog as I expand Olive and Ruby into other areas of my life.

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Let them eat cake, as long as it's the cake that I made. Every couple of weeks we have a big family Sunday dinner with my brother and his family. It's not a formal dinner but usually the combining of two separate dinners where everyone can usually find something tasty to eat. At our last combined dinner I made a chocolate marble cake which both the kids and adults loved. Another hit for Auntie Rhonda - yay!!!

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I've been hearing a lot about Filipino food recently, even in my neck of the woods - the burbs - Filipino restaurants are popping up everywhere. When the call went out to participate in the McCormick #OnlineCookOff challenge using Filipino inspired spices, I put my hand up wanting to learn a bit more about how to use these ingredients. I adapted these lamb meatballs and included some adobo seasoning, and was very pleased with the results.