Chips for Supper

Avoiding the greatest thing on earth — chips for supper

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Birthday Puzzlement

TheMan’s birthday is coming up. And I know what I want to get him. But I have to pick one of the many options out there. So I’m asking for help.

He really likes the urban artists Justin Bua and David Garibaldi*.  So I’m getting a picture from one of those to hang in our living room. It will be 36×24 or 24×36 depending on the orientation.  But I can’t decide which one I like best.  So of the following pictures, which one do you like?

Or if there are other paintings by either of those artists, or a similar artist that I don’t know about, please mention the in the comments.

*Fun fact: David Garibaldi is actually a contestant on America’s Got Talent right now.
*Other fun fact: TheMan kept forgetting Garibaldi’s name, and kept calling him Grimaldi. I sure hope he doesn’t like Grimaldi: a 17th century painter

The Options:

The Get Down – David Garibaldi

Urban Jazz Sessions – David Garibaldi

Skyhooked – Justin Bua

15ft Floor of Joy – David Garibaldi

El Guitarrista – Justin Bua



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Slow Cooker Lasagna

Recently, I made slow cooker lasagna, and even bf the chef liked it! My sister S7 tried it as well and had to go out and buy a slow cooker for herself too.  This recipe can adjusted to your liking: add spinach, don’t use mushrooms, use ground turkey, etc.
**unfortunately, I neglected to take a picture until all we had left were leftovers**

Meat layer:
1lb ground beef, browned and drained
796 ml crushed tomatoes
156 ml tomato paste
fresh mushrooms, sliced (i used around 7)
spices (i used black pepper, roasted garlic and pepper, italian seasoning)

lasagna noodles, uncooked

Cheese layer:
500 ml cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese)
2-3tbsp parmesan cheese
handful shredded mozzarella

Brown the ground beef, saute the mushrooms, and mix in the tomatoes and tomato paste.  Simmer on low for 10 minutes.

Combine cottage cheese, parmesan, and mozzarella in a separate bowl.

In the slow cooker, start with a layer of 1/4 of  meat sauce. Then break the noodles so they fit in the bowl for the next layer.  Spread 1/3 the cheese mixture on top of the noodles. Repeat this 3 times, and top with a final layer of meat sauce.

Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
In the last 30 minutes, sprinkle a layer of shredded lasagna.

Note: I used a 2 quart slow cooker, and could only use half of the meat mixture. I saved the other half for pasta sauce for later.

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Friday Fill-Ins (July 20)

Every Friday, I’ll be participating in Friday Fill-Ins.

1. Staying active is what I’m trying to do.
2. I wish I could dance well, that would be nice!
3. The very thought eating peanut butter makes me gag.
4. I think my mirror image is so beautiful but not what I see in pictures. Is this reverse body dysmorphic disorder?
5. I grew up in Langley and Chilliwack.
6. My most recent meal was my most memorable meal, only because it was most recent.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to hanging with S7, tomorrow my plans include working (urgh… Saturdays) and Sunday, I want to go read at Belcarra (if it’s sunny)!

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A funny thing happened on the way…

On Friday, TheMan and I were going to have a BBQ at Rina‘s house.  But before we were to meet with her, we went out to Harrison Lake for the day.  The original plan was just to hang out there for an hour or two before heading back for the BBQ.  TheMan wanted to walk over to the boat launch, just to look at the boats.  We saw a couple launching their boat right when we arrived, and TheMan got all giddy and “really wanted a boat.”  Because of his enthusiasm, the couple invited us to go on their boat for a ride!

Look how excited TheMan is to be on a boat!


You can see how hazy it is in some of the pictures. The haze in Vancouver is partially caused by the smoke from the forest fires happening in Siberia right now.

And introducing the awesome couple that gave us that ride: John and Kelly!

Harrison Lake, about 90 minutes from Vancouver, is the largest lake along the south coast of BC.  They took us along the route in red, which took about an hour, so you can imagine just how big the lake is.

What’s cool about Harrison Lake is that the location actually has a couple of hot springs (hence Harrison Hot Springs) and the local pool is actually filled with the cooled-down waters from the hot springs.