5 Smiles: May 29

Growing up, I’ve always loved my family traditions. From our holidays in the South of France every fall to my dad taking on the challenge of cooking our Christmas dinners every year, I cherish those memories dearly. In the last few years, Moe and I have started creating our own traditions, most of them revolving around friends and food. We now have an annual camping trip, a Pi Day celebration, wine and cheese party and at the beginning of summer before everyone gets too busy, we get together for a favourite tradition: our pickling party. It might be a bit of an untraditional tradition but it’s certainly fun and delicious!

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If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life…

Have you ever been asked the question “If you had to choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?” My answer more often than not is pasta (although sometimes I lean towards Ramen which is also pasta I guess – would that count?). Pasta is just my favourite go-to food. You can dress it up or down in so many ways. Have it cold as a nice summer salad or hot as in spaghetti and meatballs. How can you go wrong?

My other favourite food group being cheese, it might not be a surprise that one of my top pasta dish is spaghetti and bocconcini-stuffed meatballs. I one up the ante on this one and accompany it with my very own homemade roasted garlic and herbs pasta sauce.

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5 Smiles: May 22

It’s very rare that I ever have weekends with nothing planned. Not that it’s a bad thing but they usually fill up with friends’ birthday parties, dinners, and all sorts of fun events (sometimes chores too unfortunately!). But for the last couple weekends, it seems that the stars and moons lined up just right and I got to enjoy some free time. Of course, I still filled up my time but with things that I don’t always get to do like spending some time in the book store  (in the cooking book aisle obviously!) or taking a nice long walk in my neighbourhood.

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Cool People that Care: Andrea, Eddy & Thomas

It’s hard to care about anything these days. As soon as you start caring, the pile of issues that come along with any given cause is so daunting that we don’t even know where to start taking action. How can one little person make a true difference?

In come, 3 very cool people that care and who did take action: Andrea, Eddy and Thomas. These guys are the true definition of friendship and by just being together and themselves, they are already making the world a better place. They started the SIDEWALK Supper Project.

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5 Smiles: May 15

There’s nothing better than sitting down on your patio basking in the sun at the end of a long day. Strawberries, tomatoes, kale, snap peas, sage, rosemary and even sunflowers, we really made the most of our farmer’s market  trip last weekend. So excited to watch them all grow! The first leaf of our sunflowers sprouted today and I can already see a few strawberries forming. It’s going to be a great season.

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5 Smiles: May 2

I just love the month of May – maybe it’s because of the longer days or the fair weather that makes biking everywhere so enjoyable or maybe even because of a saying my mom used to always tell me when I was a child. En Avril, ne te découvres pas d’un fil. En Mai, fait ce qu’il te plait! Roughly translated, it means –  in April, don’t take off any of those layers but in May, do as you wish. And so, as we head into May, I am doing as I wish from checking out the Tulip Festival to going out for ice cream at all my favourite spots (3 times this week but whose counting?).

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