My dad’s coming tomorrow with his wife for a short visit. They’re always short visits with him. One time, when we lived on Vancouver Island, he came over on the two hour ferry ride but only stayed an hour. No, he didn’t have other plans and yes, he took the two hour ferry ride home afterwards. He’s just kinda like that. I don’t get it. It’s not malicious and I don’t shy away from telling him I wish he’d stay longer, especially now that we live further apart. C’est la vie, eh?

My dad is vegan and has been so since I was a teenager. I think it’s one of the reasons I’m so fond of food. Growing up we didn’t eat anything special. I might even say our diet was disgusting with the hot dogs, old dutch artificially flavoured chips and ketchup topped meat loaf type meals. Gives me the shivers as I type. Something changed for my parents though and they decided to like fresh food and put the animal products aside. This was a huge changing moment in my dad’s life.

I’ve eaten some fantastic meals with my dad since and you can’t help but appreciate the simple tastes of food when you eat a meal with him. He’s enthusiastic about a few things and food is definitely one of them. Good Scotch, tennis, running and classic rock would be on that list also.

My dad, however, is a disciple of routine and so I thought hard about my meal plan this week. I don’t want him to be able to just make his usual meals. I want him to try something different and I want to share some of my favourite meals and flavours with him. Cooking is really becoming a way of expressing myself and I want him to know me better.

All that said though, I want to make sure that my meals are really simple so that we can spend the limited time we have wisely. So this week with Lily’s help with the meal plan, I’m making:

It’s my birthday tomorrow so I’m making Joy’s Lemon Spice Cake. I’m excited to try this recipe! Tonight friends are coming over for a potluck and Cam made Rebar’s Famous Vegan Brownies. Lily’s planed out the candles and she worked for quite some time today on a card. I’m really touched. Thirty one (is that how old I am?…. yes, that’s right) isn’t some great milestone but it feels good.

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8 Responses to Weekly Meal Plan For A Family Visit

  1. It will be early, but happy birthday! It’s funny I’ve been thinking about it all day. I feel kind of naked without my birthday calendar here. I’ve had to ask how old my cousins are or get Kevin to check things and I’ve completely missed every anniversary this semester. I know that’s coming up for you too so happy anniversary to you and Cam!

    I hope you all enjoy the visit with your dad and that you have a fantastic celebration tomorrow!

  2. Krista says:

    Happy B-day from us.

  3. Debbie says:

    Happy Birthday Annie. I hope your day is filled with all the things that make you happiest. Enjoy your visit with your dad…no matter how short.

  4. Caralyn says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    I turned 30 this year and it was wonderful! I was sad and excited to leave my 20s behind me and embrace the grown-up-ness that is parenting in my 30s. :-)

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday and get many hugs from your beautiful family!

  5. Lise says:

    I love seeing all your meal plans and recipes, though they make me feel like a lazy cook! I’m excited to try your pizza recipe. My baby is allergic to dairy and my partner, who’s nursing her, is desperately missing pizza. Maybe this will help. :-)

  6. Lise says:

    Oh, forgot to say Happy Birthday!

  7. Jenny says:

    Happy Birthday – time to pull out the birth day pictures : )

  8. Annie says:

    Thanks so much everyone!

    Lise- I’m often a lazy cook. So many things I make are because they are easy and still taste good! Making recipes over and over help make them easier and more routine to make. I hope your partner doesn’t miss pizza too much. I find cheeseless pizza better, if you can believe it. More flavour and less greasy.

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