a peek inside the fishbowl

Although I post a lot of recipes here at the Fishbowl, I am far from being a kitchen whiz or super supper planner. Sometimes I feel like I’m really on top of my game; cruising around the grocery store with a purposeful spring in my step, meal planning and budgeting like a demon, and cooking like Someone Who Knows What She is Doing. But then there’s all those other times. The times when I can’t pull it together to hit up the grocery store, park a mile away and waste my time waiting in the checkout line… gritting my teeth because I have a million other things to do. This is when we end up having breakfast for dinner or I raid the freezer. (Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it can get tiresome.)

Some people are very organized. They sift through the weekly flyers and plan their weekly dinners accordingly. They batch cook on Sundays and fill their freezers with meals their whole family will enjoy. I have to face facts and admit that I’m not one of these people and I may never be.

Enter Supperworks. It’s basically a large kitchen – or many small ones depending on how you look at it – that gives ordinary folks the chance to come in and do some meal prep. A few months ago they offered me the opportunity to try it out, and I’m so glad I did. I was really impressed with the whole process.

You order your meals online ahead of time, pick a date, and show up. The kitchen is also very organized. Imagine a large warehouse-ish type place with smaller meal prep stations scattered around. Each meal has its own station, with a clearly printed recipe, pre-chopped ingredients, and sets of measuring spoons assigned to it. So if you’re making Crockpot Chicken Curry you just head over to the counter that’s labelled as such.

Here’s a look at one of the stations:

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21 Jul, 2014

A gentle reminder as you start your week

By andrea tomkins in Misc. life

A gentle reminder

20 Jul, 2014

Someone got a hair cut

By andrea tomkins in Easy ways to make kids happy,Ottawa

Sometimes a good haircut can really change things around, don’t you think?

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My own hair appointment isn’t until August. I needed a new place to go so I took it to Facebook (crowdsourcing for the win!) where I received many suggestions but Mint Hair Studio won out. Woot!

Other exciting things:

  • The girls and I placed a large order of temporary tattoos from Tattly.com and are anxiously awaiting their arrival. Eep!
  • Speaking of deliveries, did you know that you can order stamps from Canada Post and have them delivered to your door for free? (That is, if you spend more than $25, which is easy to do.) I have a reason for a big stamp order, but more on that later. The girls and I (Ok, maybe just me) are pretty excited about it.
  • We received a lovely Edible Arrangement from a Fishbowl reader yesterday. It was such an unexpected surprise. (Thank you WL! I tried emailing you but I’m not sure if you received my note.) You know what’s interesting… how quickly everyone ate it all up.
  • For some reason, lots of folks seem to be reading this archived post about Lusk Falls Trail in Gatineau right now, perhaps looking for more information about it. My advice: you may feel like you want to die halfway up to the fire tower but it’s totally worth it. DO IT. And bring the kids.
  • Don’t forget to enter this Saunders Farm giveaway! To summarize: You can win tickets so you can work up and appetite in the mazes and on the jumping pillows and then sit down for a delicious dinner of locally farmed goods. Heaven.On.Earth.

19 Jul, 2014

Weekend reading: July 19 edition

By andrea tomkins in Weekend reading

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NAC Ottawa family events


Summertime fun at Saunders Farm!


Creatures of Light Nature's Bioluminescence at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa


Ottawa Gymnastics Centre - Westboro


Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa


Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa


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  • future landfill: And yet, and yet. I've had a few decades of street photography, snapping pics of people and events in public places, cafes, pubs. Sometimes obviously
  • Colleen: It does sound fun, but a bit steep for my family.
  • andrea: We have winners! Dinner #1 on July 24 was won by nathalie d. Dinner #2 on August 21 was won by Madga. Congratulations! Thank you Saunders Farm
  • TD: This is something I have been considering, so a group outing would be great.
  • Allison: I found out about this quarry from some friends. Another friend and I are planning on going there tomorrow (July 23rd) as it's gonna be really, REALLY
  • Jenny: Wonderful advice!
  • Olivewood: Andrea inspires yet another project! What would we do without her?! I kept thinking about this post/idea and (finally) made myself a little family

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times, Capital Parent Newspaper, and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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The #dailylunches project – 752 lunches and counting!

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's my latest:

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  • My latest post at the MediaSmarts website is about passwords. Is this something you've talked about with your kids? Given the proliferation of devices in households (often one per person now) it might be an important topic for discussion. How have you handled passwords in your household?

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  • I'm over at the MediaSmarts blog today, putting together the online privacy puzzle.

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  • I had a really interesting conversation with my 14-year-old daughter recently. She was wondering why so many adults assume that teenagers are all the same: a bunch of lazy, self-involved jokers who are glued to their devices all day. I didn’t have an answer for her, really, only that people tend to generalize, and that this is Never a Good Thing, no matter who it is we’re talking about. [Read the rest at MediaSmarts.ca]

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