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Monday, April 4, 2011

if april showers bring may flowers, what does april snow bring?

Hey all!

Let me just start off by saying how unpredictable the weather has been lately!  We had a beautiful day with 13 degree weather, and then later that night and the entire next day, it snowed, snowed, SNOWED! Usually it is nice fluffy snow that is pure powder. But this was the slushy, disgusting, sticky snow that is three quarters water AKA a mess!

The town has been trying to clear everything, and keep excess water off of the streets to prevent flooding basements and buildings. Our basement has two little cracks with water just pouring in right now. Hopefully the sun the next few days will dry that saturated ground up, and I pray that no one has to lose their house due to flooding. There is a Mennonite school just on the outskirts of town, and they have had sandbags stacked up around perimeter of the building for a few weeks now!  The other night, there was actually an escavator (among other kinds of equipment) digging up the train tracks because there was so much water threatening to just flow right over the tracks!

I found a few pictures on The Weather Network, and they just make me so nervous for what's to come. You don't need to go to the coast to get to the water! 

The slushy crap laying on the streets
A farmer's lake field
On your right would normally be the canal!
May I point out that this is what it looked like approximately this time last year : 

And this was after a ~microburst~ 3 summers ago (July 15th, 2008) :
"After the hurricane tornado, comes the rainbow.."
I guess we've just got the poopy end of the stick here in Southern Alberta. 

On to the recipes though! 
Today is Meatless Monday (again!) so here are 2 delicious recipes!

Veggie Sloppy Joes (L) & Sweet and Sour Cabbage (R)

Sweet & Sour Cabbage
Original recipe is here

  • 1 medium head of cabbage (about 2 cups), shredded
  • 1/2 cup of onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup veggie broth
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
Heat pan to medium. Add onion to olive oil and saute. Add cabbage and saute for 5 minutes.
Add broth, turn heat down to medium-low, cover and steam until cabbage is soft [about 40-45 minutes]
Uncover and simmer until most of liquid has cooked off.

Make your sweet and sour sauce from your last 5 ingredients. Stir into cabbage, mix until coated, and turn heat back up to medium-high to let the sauce reduce.
Makes 2 - 1/2 cup servings

Veggie Sloppy Joes


  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 can no-salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup veggie broth
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Splenda
  • 1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup calorie-wise BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 3/4 cups cooked rice
  • hamburger buns (I used Compliments Balance Multi-Thins)

Heat saucepan to medium, and saute onion and red peppers.

Add rest of ingredients except rice and stir to mix. Bring to a boil and add rice.
Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes!

Mom enjoyed her sloppy joe filling on a pile of spaghetti squash! SO GOOD!

Makes 6 - 8 servings.
For a 3/4 cup serving {filling only} :
Calories - 184, Fat - 1.3 g, Carbs - 38 g, Fibre - 1.9 g, Protein 3.2 g

- What is your favorite no-meat dish?



  1. I told Mike we should list our house because we can advertise that it has a lake view right now!

  2. Bahahha that's both good and bad!