August is halfway done which means Farmers Markets (and maybe even your own garden!) are bursting with fresh, delicious produce. But what should you do with all these veggies once you bring them home? We’ve made the easiest salad using all market ingredients with a dressing so easy we guarantee you already have everything you need in your pantry. Not only is this recipe easy, it keeps in the fridge for a while making it the perfect make-ahead meal for BBQ’s, work lunches, and picnics in the park.
Easy Farmers Market Salad
- peppers (the more colourful the better!)
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- garlic clove
- salt and pepper
Optional: Chickpeas, chicken, salmon, feta cheese
- Cut equal amounts of all the vegetables into bite sized pieces. This salad is great because you can mix in other vegetables you have on hand or adjust to personal tastes. In the one we made we added: tomatoes, cucumber, two different colours of peppers, and dill but feel free to add in mushrooms, carrots, beets, or anything else you have.
- In the bottom of a large bowl mix equal parts olive oil and lemon juice along with one clove of garlic. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and whisk together. Add veggies to bowl and mix thoroughly. Taste test and add more lemon or seasoning if needed.
- Now the fun part! If you want to make this salad a whole meal, dice some chicken and add in. Flakes of grilled salmon are delicious to mix in and if you want to make it vegetarian but make it a full meal add chickpeas like we did for the photo. And of course we always advocate adding cheese to everything so we added some feta.
The longer this salad sits in the fridge the more the vegetables absorb all the seasoning and herb flavours so let it sit at least a half an hour before eating. And remember to make lots! It makes the perfect next day lunch. Enjoy!
Deanne Ferguson is the owner of Box Social Event Planning. When she is not planning fun, family, friendly events she is finding the yummiest food for the Edmonton Home and Garden Show Food Stage. She loves her #cocktailsMonday dates with her husband and chasing around her two boys. You can find her at @DeanneFerguson on Instagram and @BoxSocialYEG on Twitter.
“This retreat is like Summer Camp – For Moms!” ~ Maria, Mom of 2
I joined a few friends at the Summer Breathe, Women’s Retreat. The retreat took place by Winfield, Alberta at Pure Awareness,about an hour and a half west of Edmonton. To say this place was beautiful is an absolute understatement.
Photo: Tessa MW
When my sister and I were young it was always a pleasure to drive with my dad. He worked shift work, and wasn’t able to be with us 24/7- so when we were together it was always enjoyable. He was silly and kind, but most importantly, he played the AM radio loudly. Whatever song was playing, he was always game to “crank it up.” We sang along to Fleetwood Mac and Blondie. We wore our sunglasses at night and walked like an Egyptian. The three of us would ride squished together in “Beulah,” his beige Ford Ranger belting out Broken Wings and wondering what Bette Davies Eyes’ really looked like. It wasn’t just in the truck that the music flowed. When we accompanied him to his building he’d use our portable Fisher Price radio and microphone to play the crackling local station. Anytime I hear any 80’s song on the radio, pieces of my childhood come flowing back.
By Mona Ismaeial, photo’s by Mona at Go Nissan North Edmonton.
As a busy work from home mom I definitely Feel the need for family friendly spaces. My son who is just over 2 years old is always in tow. He comes grocery shopping with me, we get oil changes, dr. appointments, meetings and of course out for coffee and meals. For stay-at-home moms, work-from- home moms or just parents who want to take their kids with them rather than leaving them with family friends or a babysitter, there are a few very easy ways businesses can be more welcoming to families.
Essential Oils; how I went from non-believer to believer!
By Pauline Halina
Nowadays, it seems like everyone and their dog are on social media trying to sell you something. It’s hard to get away from it, literally every time I login in to Instagram, I see posts ranging from skincare lines to vitamins to jewelry to hair products, you name it! Let’s be real, someone you know has approached you about this “great new product that will change your life.”
Lac La Biche is home to some of our favourite campsites (which you can read about here and here) but it’s also the home of some really great parks and trails for kids. If you’re heading to Lac La Biche, here are some of our top picks:
In general, I avoid pills. I have my whole life.
Vitamins fine, but I even avoid taking Tylenol for a headache until it’s really bad. I have no grand health conscious reason behind not taking pills other than fear. I have to admit that I’m a bit of a control freak and I worry about how medications will affect me. Beyond that, my family history predisposes me to addiction so that makes me nervous as well.
We all know that helmets are an absolute must for bike riders, but do you actually know how it should fit? Proper hemet fit is essential! Thankfully, our friends at Pedalheads have put together some valuable information for us to share with you. Did you know that Pedalheads estimates that 50% of the kids that attend their summer camps do NOT have a properly fitted hemet and/or bike?
IS THE HELMET ADJUSTABLE FOR HEAD SIZE?
- Turn your child’s helmet upside down
- Look inside to see if the helmet can be adjusted so it is snug to your child’s head.
- If so, there will be a dial or similar feature you can turn to tighten or loosen the helmet.
- If your child’s helmet is not adjustable it will only fit one size of head.
- We strongly suggest a helmet that has an adjustable dial.
- From our experience skateboard or dome style helmets rarely fit properly.
IS THE HELMET IT TOO BIG?
- Place your child’s helmet on their head
- Keep straps off (straps will not affect the head fit).
- Have child shake their head front to back and side to side.
- Helmet should not move front to back or side to side.
- If there is movement and no adjustable dial the helmet is too big.
Examples of Helmets that are Too Big
IS THE HELMET TOO SMALL?
- Place your child’s helmet on their head.
- Face your child.
- Check that there is no more than a two finger gap between your eyebrows and the front part of the helmet.
- If the helmet sits too high on your child’s head then the helmet is too small.
One of the many things we love about Pedalheads Bike Camps is that they do a hemet and bike check on every child at the beginning of each session. Thinking about putting your child in bike camp this summer? There are still some August spots left PLUS Pedalheads just announced a bursary program! Selected families will enjoy a scholarship camp for the last week of August! Details to apply, nominate someone or share can be found here.
*Feature Image: Flickr Creative Commons
This is not an easy post for me to write, but in light of recent events, I feel compelled to share a part of my story and some of my coping mechanisms…. So here goes. I’ve been described by some people, as a person who has a lot on her plate. They’re not wrong, it is a lot to juggle.Taking care of two young boys, caring for a mother who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and early onset dementia,managing the household and having 2 bigger dogs to contend with, holding down a job ( or sometimes 2 jobs) and having a husband that works in and out of town does have me mentally and physically exhausted at times. My emotions get the best of me.
Risky Play has been one of those terms parenting experts have been throwing around a lot lately. I think we have all seen the video of the playground in New York where it looks like the kids are playing in a junkyard and no parents are around. The fun that the kids are having is apparent in their faces but we have yet to find a park like that in Alberta and realistically no one wants all that junk in the backyard.
A few weeks ago we posted on Instagram (If you aren’t already following us on Instagram you can do that here) a few videos of Deanne’s kids playing in the backyard with tree stumps and boards. We had so many questions about it that we decided to write a “how to” for you to bring more risky play into your backyard without it looking like a junkyard.