yours to discover

Hubby and I packed up the kids earlier this month for a road trip to Canada. As most of you know, I grew up in Canada and the majority of my immediate family is split between Ottawa and Toronto.

I was a little apprehensive about travelling with two small children, specifically our three month old daughter, but she slept most of the time which made things easier. Neriah on the other hand didn’t appreciate being confined to her car seat for hours on end! Thankfully I packed enough snacks and entertainment to distract her and it worked… for all of five minutes! Glory be to God for a spacious car rental which was large enough for me to move from the front seat to the back seat. It enabled me to  reassure her that her car seat woes would come to an end as soon as we hit Toronto!

Our first stop: the 6, where we picked up my younger brother who continued to Ottawa with us. The trip from Chicago to Toronto is roughly an 8 hour drive when hubby drives, when I drive I shave off an entire hour because I have a led foot and a need for speed. But when the littles are in the car, I take my time, because safety and children!

From Toronto to my hometown of Ottawa is an additional 5 hours, so all in all we were on the road for thirteen hours ya’ll!!!


Since leaving Ottawa in 2007 as a newlywed to join my hubby in Chicago, my trips home have been spent soaking in my friends and family. This go round, after a few days of rest and hanging with the fam, hubby and I packed up the kids and headed downtown to do what tourists do. I was insanely excited to rediscover my beloved city because it was a chance to share some of my childhood memories with my eldest daughter, and make new ones with my youngest.

I’m happy to say that my mission to re-acquaint myself with my hometown was effortlessly completed. From visiting “le Moulin de Provence” where I worked as a dishwasher during my teen years, to eating one of the best burgers I’ve ever had in the city at The King Eddy. I also introduced hubby and Riah to the beavertail; a Canadian pastry sure to leave you wanting seconds. Below are a few pictures I captured during our week long getaway.


neriah is gifted, see how she’s reading that menu sideways

she’s mean muggin’ because I interrupted her feeding

not all burgers are created equal!- best.burger.ever

“cheers mommy”

beavertail –  fried dough sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon #yum

be still my heart.

If ever in the city, enjoy a burger at King Eddy’s, and make sure to grab a beavertail!

Ottawa…  yours to discover!

p.s. not heading to Canada any time soon but still want to try a beavertail? I’ve pinned some options on my “fried not baked” pinterest board – Enjoy!

Until next time!