We had quite the action-packed weekend! Kevin’s Mom, Renee, flew in from Victoria on Thursday evening. On Friday, we ate muffins, walked the dogs, and headed to the grocery store for a couple of items for dinner. Before we knew it, it was time to pick up Kevin from the airport and race home to prepare a barbecue feast for my parents who were planning to come over around 6pm.
The 5 of us had a lovely time perched up on our bar stools chatting about Lance Armstrong being stripped of his Tour de France titles. We then went on to Olympians, athletes… oh, it was a heated debate!
Saturday, Kevin spent some time with his bike in the garage and I made us pancakes… gingerbread pancakes to be exact!
We did a bunch of running around Saturday morning and afternoon, then decided to go to The Coup for dinner.
We don’t normally order drinks but it was a special occasion, so I tried the mint thyme ice tea. It was so cooling and nice. Mmm!
my first tennis match!
Why have I waited 26 years to play tennis? Hmm perhaps because I’m not so good at the whole hand, eye coordination thing. I swear there was a hole in my racket. That, or the wind was just too gusty, the ball kept flying everywhere :$ Whatever it was, I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard with myself… ever.
Even though it’d been years since Kevin picked had picked up a racket, he and Renee had a great game. Much better than the stop and go, ball over the fence, in the face, game that Renee and I had.
After tennis, we had a quick bite to eat then headed over to the new Telus Science Center in Calgary. We’d heard great things, but were massively disappointed. Although highly interactive and entertaining for kids, I felt that there wasn’t enough science going on in the two small exhibits. It just didn’t do a good job of connecting the interactive games we were playing with the science behind it all and at $20 per person, I was expecting a bit more than that.
There was one cool thing that stuck out during our visit that had me all warm and fuzzy inside when I saw it – a wishing tree! All of the kids that visit the Center write down what they wish for and attach it to this large tree in the middle of one of the playrooms. There were some obvious kid wishes like “I wish Christmas was everyday”, or “I wish for a new PlayStation”, but there were some that were so touching…
Not only was our weekend filled with food laughter, and fun times, I also managed to come up with a couple of new recipes along the way too! First up – the pancakes we enjoyed on Saturday. Holy deliciousness, and easy too!
- ⅔ cup non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup egg whites or 1 flax egg (1 tbsp freshly ground flax + 3 tbsp water)
- 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- 1 tablespoon chia seed
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free pure vanilla extract
- 10 drops vanilla stevia or 2 tbsp xylitol *see note
- ⅔ cup chickpea flour
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- Combine almond milk and chia and allow to sit for 10 minutes – this will get the chia all gelatinous and good for your digestion. Alternatively, allow the chia to soak overnight in the milk, then add to the recipe.
- Preheat a small non-stick pan on medium-low heat for 2 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to the wet ingredients.
- Stir until just mixed.
- Pour ¼ of the mixture into the preheated pan. Allow the first side to cook for 3-4 minutes, or until bubbles form and the edges begin to turn golden.
- Flip and allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Place completed pancake on cooling rack and repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve with melted coconut oil, maple syrup, chopped apple and pecans.