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Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Manhattan Grill

Saturday, around noon, two hungry toddlers and a list of errands still to complete. So we stopped in at Manhattan Grill to fill them up and get them nice and sleepy for a nap on the way home.

Conveniently located just across from the Tournament Capital Centre, the family-friendly Manhattan Grill restaurant has several booster seats and high chairs available. Once seated, the kids were immediately presented with crayons and pages to color (happily accepted as we were pushing into cranky-time with the already overtired children!)

Options for kids meals included reasonably priced chicken strips, hot dog or hamburger, with a drink included. The waitress asked if we would like the kids meals out as soon as ready – to which we graciously replied “yes!” knowing full well that my 2 year old was already eyeing the napkin holder as a potential toy.

Some other highlights of the fantastic service that we received included wetnaps (a must with toddlers!) being delivered to the table without asking and re-fills without even knowing your glass was empty. My husband also noted a diaper changing facility in the men’s room, which is always a welcome bonus!

 Manhattan Grill

1021 McGill Rd  250.377.0007

Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkins are great decorations for the Harvest and Halloween season.  And, not only that, they are a great thing to eat all year round!  Check out a few great recipes where you can enjoy that jack-o-lantern for a little bit longer!!

Jodi roasts/dehydrates her pumpkin seeds (with cayenne, pepper, garlic, yummy snack!) and this year will make pumpkin puree to dehydrate and store for use in the winter. Here are a couple of her recipes:

 Pumpkin and Cashew Stir Fry

  • 2 TBSP oil (we use grapeseed)
  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 leek, white part only (most of the time we use green onions!)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ~ 2 lb of sweet pumpkin, cubed (we use butternut squash the rest of the year)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • steamed rice, to serve

1. Heat a large wok or stainless steel pan until very hot. Add half the oil and swirl to coat the side. Stir-fry the cashews over medium heat until golden, then remove using a slotted spoon and drain.

2. Stir-fry the leek (or green onion!) for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Remove from pan.

3. Reheat the pan, add the remaining oil and stir-fry the spices and garlic until fragrant and the mustard seeds begin to pop.

4. Add the pumpkin and stir to coat well. Stir fry until the pumpkin is brown and tender.

5. Add the orange juice and sugar, bring to a boil and reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes. Return the leek (or green onions), add most of the cashews and toss well.

Sprinkle with the remaining cashews and serve with steamed rice.

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Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Dryer Vent Pumpkin Craft

Here’s a cool pumpkin craft that you can make out of a dryer vent and re-use as a yearly decoration during autumn.

**This craft must be done with supervision, due to the tools and type of material used. 

Supplies needed:

  • 4″ dryer vent duct
  • hot glue gun or glue
  • wire cutter
  • galvanized steel wire, paper clips or even good quality twist ties
  • orange spray paint
  • measuring tape
  • stick

Step 1: Stretch out the dryer duct and cut a 2 foot piece. Be careful, as it may leave a sharp edge.
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Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Thistle Farm: Local and Organic Harvest Tours

Are you and your family interested in gaining a better understanding about where food comes from? Would you like to learn about organic farming practices or investigate the difference between heirloom and hybrid seeds? Have you ever seen a sunchoke? A guided tour at Thistle Farm will definitely provide the answers!

Located less than a 5 minute drive from the commercial area of Westsyde, the certified organic Thistle Farm is situated on the west side of the breathtaking North Thompson River Valley. The children and I stopped in to learn more about Thistle Farm one beautiful late summer afternoon.

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Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Tomato Powder: Excalibur Obsessed

Jodi, mom of two little people, shares

Dehydrated Tomato Powder

What do you do when you have a whole pile of tomatoes to get through and your water bath canner is already at maximum capacity, turning your kitchen into a steamy jungle? Well, if you have access to a dehydrator, then you can make tomato powder!

Tomato powder is wonderful to have around. A highly concentrated form of tomatoes, it’s awesome for last minute meal preparation. You can use it to make tomato sauce or tomato paste (no more half opened cans of paste in the refrigerator!) or even a quick tomato soup base. Here’s how to make it:
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Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!