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Our Dad is Full of Beans!

So the reason why there was no new post yesterday is because we were spending the whole day with this guy:

What a handsome man! 🙂

Seriously don’t know where we’d be without our daddy! He’s always there to support us, emotionally, financially (the champ’s footing most of the bill for school currently!), always trying to keep us laughing and is 100% there for us whenever we need a hug.  He always believes in us.  He’s been there for every race he can get to, and if he can’t be there he’ll be glued to either the live stream (if there is one) or the results page, and is the first to message us after a race! This year, he surprised us at OUA’s in Ottawa – we had no idea he was coming! He’s a big mustang fan 🙂

OUAs In our halloween finery, of course! 

Home-made sign for some encouragement on the drive to Rochester!

He’s also the most amazing, do-it-yourself, mister-fix-it! We can recall the countless number of toys, school projects, necklaces and other random things he’s fixed for us and our brothers over the years. But that’s childs’ play.  He rebuilt our sun room all by himself, and just recently finished re-building our barn! He made his own concrete forms and everything.  According to the guy who came in to pour in the concrete, 9 times out of 10 home-made forms crack and break when he goes to fill them in, but not our dad’s! He’s way too good for that 🙂

Barn Before:


Barn After!

Our dad also LOVES Fieros! He has 3 of them! And of course he does most of the work on them all by himself 🙂


I think we must get a lot of our own do-it-yourself attitude from him, except ours of course, is in the kitchen! 😉

Every year for Father’s Day, our family comes to our house for a BBQ! Dad fired up the grill  for some chicken thighs rubbed in the “Lick Your Chops” bbq sauce from the Looney Spoons Cookbook (seriously love these girls!), and the fam jam brought over salads, buns, deviled eggs (yummm), drinks and dessert!

Check out that cake! Thanks, Aunt Gina!

Of course, we had to contribute something as well! We wanted something fresh, summery, and super nutritious! So we thought, why not do a bean salad?

Mmmm… bean salad….

Just look at all those colours! 🙂 We actually made a lot more than what is shown (it’s quite the big recipe!) but our family gobbled it right up! This is what was left over. Mental note: take photos before dinner next time! (but left-overs for lunch today – I think so!)

Bean salads are great because they’re an excellent source of protein and have ridiculous amounts of fibre, so they’re low-fat but super filling! They’re also quite versatile and perfect for summer: cool and refreshing. They make a great addition to any bbq or picnic because they’re easily packed up and really inexpensive to make.  Beans are probably one of the cheapest sources of protein out there, and if you’re buying them in cans, the only prep they require is rinsing off the brine.  This salad is best of you let it sit in the fridge for a few hours or over night so that the flavours have time to mingle.

A super scrumptious, light and colourful bean salad that’s (almost) as awesome as our dad! Happy Father’s Day! 🙂

Summer Time Bean Salad

Serves: 10-15, maybe even more!

Prep time: 10min

For the salad:

1 19oz can black beans

1 19 oz can red kidney beans

1 19oz can chickpeas

1 cup frozen cut green/yellow beans, thawed

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1/2 medium red onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

For the dressing:

1/4 c. olive oil

1/4 c. lemon juice

1 Tbsp honey

1 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard

1 tsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp celery seed

1/4 tsp salt

pepper to taste


Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.  For the dressing, whisk all ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over salad, stirring to coat.  Allow to chill for at least 30min.


Do you have any special dad-memories that you’d like to share?