Top Posts of 2016

I can’t believe another year is drawing to a close.

It is true what they say: As you get older, the years seem to go faster.

Feels like I just blinked and we are ready to ring in the New Year.

Before 2017 is fully upon us, here is a look back at the 10 most popular Summertime Melissa posts of the past year.


10. Gluten Free Multi Grain Bread

Thank you Bulk Barn for your simple bread mix that makes a relatively good loaf (if not small and compact) of (gluten-free) bread.

Gluten Free Multi-Grain Bread

9. Moorea

This was quite possibly the most incredible place I have ever been. I look forward to a day when I can return and maybe never come back…


8. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Who doesn’t love a great, easy pumpkin recipe?

Pumpkin cream cheese dump cake

7. Heavenly Salmon Salad

This is quite possibly one of my favorite recipes of the year! So delicious, very healthy and so easy to make.

Heavenly Salmon Salad

6. Kauai

This was the start of our big 3 week holiday and not like many other places we had been. Kauai is laid back and lush…a great combination.


5. Klosse

Childhood nostalgia (and a mild heart attack) on a plate!


4. How To Successfully Shop at Goodwill

This post evolved over a long period of time. We were first going to do a video post, but we filmed it and were instantly embarrassed…so luckily my dear husband is a whiz with computers and made us all the cool gifs to create a great post. Thanks Viv for the fun…not only on that particular shopping trip, but just generally in life.

Yes. No.

3. Chicken, Brie and Fig Jam Sandwiches

This is a post from back in 2014, but it is one of the most read pages on my blog. I forgot how good these sandwiches are…maybe we will be having some next week…

Chicken, Brie and Fig Jam Sandwich

2. Noorish

I had so much fun with my friend Sarah at this restaurant. She has introduced me to the world of all-things-vegan. And though I won’t be giving up meat any time soon, I do love a good vegetarian recipe from one of the Oh She Glows cookbooks she has gifted me. I’m not sure that Andrew is as happy…but he will get used to it.

Bodhi Burger

1. Braided Nutella Bread

This was the most popular page on my blog over the last year…and when I looked at the site, the pictures didn’t even work! This was a delicious little treat. Good thing it is rather time consuming, or I might attempt this more often.

Braided Nutella Bread

Weekly Meal Plan September 29-October 3

Wow! September is almost over. As a teacher I always find that September is a crazy month and it usually flies by, but this year seemed to go exceptionally fast. Maybe it’s being at a new school, getting to know new routines and new faces.

This last week was especially exciting for two reasons.

1. We had a bat in our school.

One day after recess the kids from my class came to me and said they heard there was a bat in the gym. In my best teacher voice I told them that that probably wasn’t true….

I was wrong. It was true.

Unfortunately it did not stay in the gym and one day after school it went flying around the library and our classroom wings. It finally ended up in one of our classrooms swooping at the teacher as he tried to hit it with his textbook. After he made it out and a few other teachers had a pow wow about how to get that thing out of the room and back outside where it belonged, they grabbed some butterfly nets (seriously, children’s butterfly nets) and marched back to deal with the bat.

All I could think about during the whole thing was the office episode where there is a bat in the office…

BAT! BAT!! from Tardy Sauce on Vimeo.

2. We participated in the Terry Fox Run as a school.

This was so fun to watch all the kids learn, first off, who Terry Fox was and why he ran. We all donned our runners and set out to get a little exercise and raise some money for cancer research. As our assistant principal was halfway through the first lap he heard a little boy behind him exclaim in a somewhat melodramatic tone “Now I know what Terry Fox felt like!”

Kid’s say the darndest things…

Here is what we are eating this week:

Coconut Curry Chick PeasPineapple MeatballsTeriyaki Meatball BowlsChicken, Brie and Fig Jam SandwichesFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Ground beef
  • Canned crushed pineapple
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Bread crumbs
  • Garlic
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Rice
  • Cooking oil
  • Onion
  • Yellow pepper
  • Ground corriander
  • sugar
  • Red curry paste
  • Tomato paste
  • Minced ginger
  • 2 cans of chick peas
  • Coconut milk
  • Chicken breasts
  • Brie
  • Fig jam
  • Ciabatta buns
  • Salad fixings
  • Ground pork
  • Green onions
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame seeds


One of Andrew’s very good friends was in town last week and we had the opportunity to do supper together on Thursday. The two guys decided we should go out for dinner than eat the coconut curry chick peas that were on the meal plan. I wonder why….

Coconut Curry Garbanzo Beans


This is a classic dish in our house, and really one of my favourites. It’s been a while since we have had pineapple meatballs so I thought I would dust off the recipe and make these again.

Pineapple Meatballs


I still have leftover teriyaki meatballs in the freezer that I want to use up. It makes supper so much easier when the prep work is already done.

Teriyaki Meatball Bowls


Andrew loves the chicken, brie and fig jam sandwich from Earls, and we have been talking about attempting to make them here at home for weeks. Well last week I searched through my beloved Superstore and found fig Cabernet wine jelly…it is going to be the perfect compliment to this sandwich! I thought it also had pear on it…but upon further investigation it is actually apple. I bought pears, so maybe I will throw caution to the wind and add them on to the sandwich too.

Chicken, Brie and Fig Jam Sandwich
Courtesy of Earls