|The cold Alberta prairie|
This time however we came armed with some Christmas crack, which used to be her most favorite Christmas treat that I would make her. For Canadians the recipe is on the back of the Old Dutch Popcorn Twist bag - just popcorn twists covered in caramel sauce. Super easy to make.
She is on a pureed diet but we managed to convince the nurses that work in her Alzheimers ward that she could suck on it and it would melt in her mouth - they agreed to let her have it but only while we were there and they would feed her a treat after her suppers of it. This is the first time she actually said words that made sense to us in 2 years. She kept saying "more! I want more!" It was so funny - when you have a loved one you cherish these kind of moments. She may have forgotten us but obviously her taste buds havent.
We had a lovely visit with the kids over a Chinese food supper out. Hubby and the two boys who live in Edmonton decided to go to the Battle of Alberta, Oilers versus Flames on Sunday night and they all had a great time, especially since Edmonton won. The only ones missing was the oldest son and his girlfriend who live in Ottawa.
Every single time we come back to Vancouver Island we are so bloody happy we live here - it is such a wonderful feeling to love where you live. I would never live in Alberta again, lots of lovely people and scenery but unless you love winter extremely hard on the average person.
The two weeks prior to that trip we had lovely weather here, sunshine, it got a little cold but we had beautiful hoar frost (looks like snow but ultra thick frost, sorry, forgot to take a picture of it). Ever since we got home it has been monsooning, but I will take rain any day over that Alberta cold.
Today we are going Christmas tree hunting with my best friend, she doesn't have a truck and we do. Last year it was warm and sunny, this year we have a wind warning up to 66 km per hour and a little rain so we are going to get our rain gear on and try and enjoy it. I am kind of glad I put up the fake tree two weeks ago because my friend is going to have to wait a day or two before decorating hers as it will be sopping wet and must dry out.
We did, however, manage to put up the last of the Christmas lights last night between deluges of rain. These are the old style big light bulb strings from the 1980s. Not energy efficient but we only keep them on when we are out in the living room to enjoy them as they are strung along our cedars in the back yard. It looks lovely from inside the house. I got them free last summer on our Facebook bidding site. I have scoured the thrift stores for replacement bulbs and an extra string in case one dies and now have supplies for a couple of years.
All the Christmas shopping is done with exception of a couple of small edible items - now I need to get to wrapping. All cards are out. The house is decorated. All the baking is done (unless I break down and make a batch of sugar cookies for myself, my other favorite kind of cookie besides fruitcake cookies).
I am just trying to stay on our food budget this month. I only have $117 left for the month/year but the fridge and freezer are full and almost everything is bought for our holiday meals. The only thing that could put me over is OTCs but hopefully we will get to the end of the month without having to buy more of those. We can afford to go over but I would really like to stay on budget.
Tonight's supper is pork meatloaf - I found a recipe that uses hashbrowns (HERE). I am so not a fan of Martha Stewart but the recipe has all the ingredients that I already have in the fridge/freezer and is a perfect weekend meal. Two items out of the freezer (pork and hashbrowns) - I just need to keep emptying it so I can defrost it some time in January.
Have a great rest of the weekend everyone!