My words for 2017

I’m not one for resolutions, but I do appreciate the freshness of a new year. The chance to sit back and reflect on the year that was – what worked and what didn’t – and make some goals for the…

2016 – A Year in Review

I’ve heard a lot of people lamenting 2016 – and bidding it a quick and eager farewell. For us, though, 2016 was a good year. Sure, there were some less than stellar moments dotted throughout (but that’s generally the case…

Christmas 2016

I’ve always loved Christmas, but it feels even more special now that we have children in the house. For they bring a whole new level of excitement to the season – from school concerts and daycare parties, to tree redecorating and…

My Capital Plate

I started this little blog of mine, some 8 years ago. We were living in our ‘original’ house (ie. before it was knocked down and re-built) and kids were still quite some years away. I liked to cook, yes, but not with the…

Caramel chocolate celebration cake

It’s been a while since I put my ‘cake creation cap’ on. But when I was tasked with supplying dessert at a recent family dinner, well I figured it was well and truly time to dust off the ol’ cap and…

Easy pearl couscous salad

The tree is up, presents are wrapped, and the girls are well and truly in festive mode. Yes, Christmas is coming, and I must say – I’m pretty excited. Sure – our social schedule looks a little crazy (actually, the…

Banana raisin muffins

Yes, I did it again. I left some bananas in the fruit bowl too long. Meaning they were waaaay too overripe to eat, yes, but perfect for a batch of banana muffins. This time I went with a simple version.…

Roasted vegetable crustless quiche

This recent meal got me wondering… “What is the difference between a frittata and a crust-less quiche?” I guess it has something to do with the fact that a frittata is generally started off in a frypan then finished in…

Random Ramblings

I had all good intentions of posting a ‘5 things Friday’ – but here we are on Saturday and no such post was written. But there have been a lot of little happenings of late, and I just returned from…