Our Fall Bucket List

Our Fall Bucket List

Isn’t fall just the BEST!! The chilly air, the golden leaves, the cozy sweaters, and comfy nights in, the red wine.. ohh the wine! Fall is such a relaxing time and much needed after the hustle and bustle of summer, to then settle back into the swing of school. The weather here in Ontario has remained to be stickin’ hot and humid.. so I’ve desperately been craving some cooler temperatures and to finally layer up and soak in all things pumpkin spiced! Continue reading “Our Fall Bucket List”

Bring it on, Fall!

Bring it on, Fall!

Never did I think this day would come, but here I am.. ready for yah! This summer has brought on a lot of changes for us! Packing up and leaving Vancouver was tough, but we quickly found ourselves settled into our new summer home in the Okanagan!! If last minute changes came into play, I think it’s safe to say we were certainly open to staying and extra week.. or two! Continue reading “Bring it on, Fall!”

Simple Steps to Family Meal Prep

Simple Steps to Family Meal Prep

It’s a lot of work to plan and prepare meals for your family. Let’s be honest.. our kids are always hungry, so having their favourites on hand, prepared ahead of time can only make our life that much easier! Right!!? Am I organized and prepared all the time.. ahhh NOOO!! I feel like I’m constantly preparing meals and cleaning up and some days I’m just over it! At a bare minimum though, I try to keep our pantry well-stocked with the essentials, so that I can quickly whip up something even if it’s just PB&J for dinner! Continue reading “Simple Steps to Family Meal Prep”

Bring it on, Fall!

Never did I think this day would come, but here I am.. ready for yah! This summer has brought on a lot of changes for us! Packing up and leaving Vancouver was tough, but we quickly found ourselves settled into our new summer home in the Okanagan!! If last minute changes came into play, I think it’s safe to say we were certainly open to staying and extra week.. or two! There’s been something so comforting about a slower pace of life, giving my kids a chance to explore my favourite little town and endless sunny days! We’ve been so fortunate to have the beach just steps from our front door and gramma + papa’s pool just a few blocks away! I definitely had some moments of struggle in coming to terms with these new changes, but having this summer to sit back and just enjoy making memories with my kidsย I think is what I really needed in taking this next step. As much as I miss it though, I’ve been craving some structure, routine and organization in our life! Knowing we still had our final trek to Ontario weighted on my mind, the uncertainly of the progress on our home renovation and the daunting task of having yet to move-in and unpack our life in this new province.

This is also the first year where we have a child in school every single day. I think this will be a learning curve for us all.. but I’m ready to take it on! Having the ability to stay home with my kids I would say has allowed me to be more of a fly by the seat of my pants type mom and at the time having two young kids to tow around they seemed to adapt well to that lifestyle. Emma has reached a point though where she’s connecting the dots, expressing her emotions more and is confident in putting on the brakes when she feels uncertain. The older she gets the more I realize that we need to help her in feeling secure and prepared in each day. She’s sensitive to change and though her way of expressing how she feels at times can frustrate me, I’m learning to respect that she needs time and setting realistic expectations will only help her to thrive.

Then there’s Ben.. he’s pretty go-with-the-flow, but definitely momma’s boy. He still needs a good mid-day nap and snacks, snacks, snacks.. gosh that kid can eat! He’s nearly two (que the ugly cry!!) but I think with Emma off to school this is a great time to let him explore this world on his own a little too..

So Summer.. thank you for the cherished memories. It’s been a good, tough and an oh so beautiful Summer! And while I will miss those cute bum tan lines, warm patio nights and shrieks of excitement as we make our way over to gramma + papa’s.. I think we’re ready for cooler, crisp days, a little less chaos and a little more structure.

Bring it on, Fall!

Andreana xo

Rustic Pizza Crust

Rustic Pizza Crust

This recipe has become a family All. TIME. FAVOURITE!!! Grab your keys, your wallet and your kids because you’re going to want to make this for tonight’s dinner! Ever since visiting Europe in 2012 my hubby has been obsessed over creating the perfect, authentic pizza crust and you guys.. I think he has finally NAILED IT!! Now he will argue this recipe can only be created by weight as he hasn’t found consistent results measuring in cups, buuuttt shhh don’t tell him.. I’ve listed it down below for you anyways, incase you aren’t crazy pizza obsessed (yet.. ) and don’t own a scale.

I highly recommend leaving yourself with plenty of time to make the dough and allowing it to rise for at least 8+ hours. We typically make the dough in the morning, if not the night before, along with our own sauce and let that simmer throughout the day, so come dinner we just need to chop up our toppings, mix up a leafy salad and start the process of creating our own pizzas!

Makes 2-4 pizzas

Pizza Dough

  • 500g Tipo 00 Flour (3 c.)
  • 300g water (1 1/4 c.)
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp. yeast
  • Cornmeal (for sprinkling on the pizza stone)

Directions

  1. Put the flour, salt and yeast in a mixing bowl of a stand mixer. If you do not have a stand mixer with a dough hook you can most certainly knead the dough by hand.
  2. Add the water and mix on low for about 10-12 minutes. If the dough does not come together add a little more water to the mixture. The texture of the dough should be smooth and when stretching out the dough it should hold together well.
  3. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and set aside for a minimum 2 hours, but ideally 8+ hours until bubbly and has doubled in size.
  4. Once the dough is ready, preheat the oven or bbq to 500F (as high as it will go) and preheat a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  5. Divide the dough into 2-4 pieces and on a well floured surface coat the dough and with your fingers shape the dough into a pizza crust.
  6. Either remove the preheated pizza stone from heat or if you have one on a pizza peel, sprinkle with about 1/2 tablespoon of cornmeal and place your dough on the pizza stone.
  7. At this point you’ve hopefully thought about which toppings you would like, sprinkle a handful of your favourite cheese and into the oven or bbq.
  8. Bake until the crust is browned and cheese is bubbling hot. Remove from heat, serve and repeat the same steps with your remaining dough.

Notes: This pizza crust is thin, so try to resist piling on too many toppings.. in this case less is more! We have found the best results in using a bbq, but whichever way you choose to bake your pizza make sure your pizza stone is as hot as possible!!

I really hope you will give this recipe a try! It’s honestly one of our favourite things to make as a family especially in the summer months because, no one likes making dinner indoors when you could be out enjoying that beautiful sunshine!

Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think!

Happy Weekend!

Andreana xo

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