It really was a fantastic weekend for us. We couldn’t have ask for a better end of summer and start to the school year. I’ll give you some details a little further down, but in a nutshell: our older guy started working this week (Liz and I are feeling super old); we had an amazing day at our friends’ cottage, we visited a local farm for fresh produce and for our little monkey to have some fun in the farm’s play area while his big brother went to downtown Toronto with friends – on their own for the first time. Yikes, feeling old again. Oh and did I mentioned the weather was perfect? It was!
On our recent trip to the East Coast, Michael received a call while we were on the road. This was unusual because he does most of his communication with friends via texting and social media. It’s hard to describe how excited he was while filling us in on the details of the job offer he had just received! This week, Michael did his first two shifts and he’s loving his new job. Liz and I couldn’t be more excited for him and proud of the caring, responsible and kind young man he’s grown to be. We’re very confident that he’ll do well in whatever the future brings him.
Up North at the Cottage
Through our son’s GoKarting league, we met a wonderful family about 4 years ago. The adults and kids all hit it off right away and we’ve built up a great relationship. They have similar values to us, they’re fun to hang out with, and they’re genuinely super nice people. Three summers ago we were fortunate to be invited to their cottage for the Labour Day weekend. That weekend ended up being one of the highlights of the summer for our entire family.
It’s feeling like a tradition for us. This year marks the third year they’ve invited us up for this weekend and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Our stay included fishing, ATV rides, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, cliff jumping (just the teens), relaxing (mostly the adults), jamming with the newly formed “cottage band” (yes, you read that right) and best of all, spending time with friends!
You’d think we couldn’t possibly fit more into a long weekend… but we did! We came home late on Sunday night because our big guy had made plans with friends for the next day. Michael went with his buddies to the Canadian National Exhibition also known as The EX or CNE. For our friends outside of Canada, The EX is a fair and midway that happens for three weeks every August; ending the day before school starts. There’s tons of rides, entertainment, vendors, food, art and more! The fair started in 1879 and is still going strong. This was his first time going without us, and he and his friends had a blast! I think he’s enjoying a bit of independence. Like I said, we’re feeling old and Liz is a bit emotional about our baby growing up.
Michael wasn’t the only one having fun, however. After a lazy start to the day (and some delicious waffles), Liz and I took our little guy to a local farm that offers lots of activities for kids. Activities included a corn maze, farm animals, a giant ‘air pillow’ (I joined him…ouch… I’ll be fine), a pirate ship and wagon ride. We closed off our visit with ice cream and a visit to their market for some fresh sweet corn.
Once we got home, I couldn’t resist. The corn was calling my name. There are a few different ways to prepare corn, and many different flavours to add, but I kept it simple. Farmers’ market corn is usually very fresh and sweet, so I didn’t want to change the flavour too much. I simply grilled the corn on the BBQ and added a little salt, pepper and butter… perfect! It was so simple and tasty!
Always make the most of your time off. Savour fresh local produce whenever possible and always eat well, friends.
- 2 fresh corn on the cob, husks and silk removed
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp refrigerated better
- Heat the grill between 450 ºF and 500 ºF, lid closed
- Cut the corn in three or four pieces each.
- Place the corn pieces on the hot grill and close the lid, while maintaining the temperature.
- After about 2½ minutes, open the lid and rotate each piece of corn about a quarter way around, close the lid.
- Repeat the last step until all sides of the corn have sat on the hot grill for about 2½ minutes and have taken on a slightly shared look. (about 10 minutes in total)
- Place the cooked corn on a serving dish.
- Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on each piece of corn.
- Place a dab of butter on each piece of corn and serve hot. Enjoy!