the sweet life

They saw my husband in his tie and he saw them in their Sunday best, each party privy to what was about to take place.
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One of the sweetest moments in my life, a moment that fills my heart with utter happiness, I wasn’t there for. I’ve only heard about it through stories from my husband and my parents. Every year, I have to hear the story again and I beg my husband to retell the story. As he recounts the day, two days before my life changed forever, I lay there dreaming of it, picturing everyone’s faces. It is my version of a bedtime story, a story sure to inspire a good night’s sleep and the sweetest of dreams.

This moment was when my husband, then boyfriend, asked my parents for my hand in marriage. Now, I guess it really wasn’t all that romantic given the fact that I told him it was something he needed to do and something my parents would want. But, he did it to make my parents and me happy, and he did it when I least expected it. 

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Four days before we were scheduled to fly to Calgary for our friend’s wedding, my husband called my parents and asked if they could help him surprise me. He didn’t want to tell them exactly why, so he left it open ended and preferred to talk to them in person.

Two days later, he arrived at their home at 9 in the morning, all dressed up with a tie no less! He knocked on the door and there they were, all dressed up themselves. My mom was wearing a 1950’s inspired dress she recently made. My dad was in a crisp, newly ironed button down dress shirt he usually saves for weddings. They saw my husband in his tie and he saw them in their Sunday best, each party privy to what was about to take place.

They led him to the living room where my mom placed fresh flowers, freshly squeezed orange juice, and toast with smoked salmon. It was a special occasion and my mother thought of every detail. After they sat down, Paul proceeded to tell them the gushiest things about me that I won’t repeat here, and asked if he could have my hand in marriage. We had been dating for 10 years, so it wasn’t a surprise to my parents. To them, it was just a matter of time and they appreciated the formality, the show of respect, and the appreciation that he would not just marry me, but also take in a family. 

itinerant blog: 3 bread pudding recipes inspired by banff
itinerant blog: 3 bread pudding recipes inspired by banff

I was at work and I had no idea this was happening. Afterwards, my mom gave me these weird little hints. She said how I should bring nice clothes to dress up in and about how I was going to have the time of my life. I didn’t understand why she was so excited, but I didn’t think anything of it at the time.

After Paul asked me to marry him by the waterfall near Lake Agnes in Banff, I asked him when he was going to ask my parents (the plan was to not tell my parents of the proposal and ask them after because we could not trust them to keep a secret). To my surprise, Paul said he already asked and my parents did a great job a keeping a secret!

After the proposal, we celebrated at a restaurant called The Bison (when in Canada!) and splurged on a delicious meal that ended with a glorious bread pudding. In honor of the anniversary of our proposal, I made three bread puddings.

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itinerant blog: 3 bread pudding recipes inspired by banff

Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
Serves 6

2 cups of stale bread cut into one inch cubes
3 cups of whole milk 
2 eggs
4 tablespoons of ground flax seeds
3/4 cup of honey
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
Butter for greasing the cookware

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let soak for about 15-20 minutes. Mix the bread a few times so that all the liquid is absorbed. 
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Butter your baking dish(es). I used a small cast iron pan and individual ramekins to make it easy to eat it individually. 
  4. Bake for 45 minutes. 
  5. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
itinerant blog: 3 bread pudding recipes inspired by banff

Capirotada: Mexican Bread Pudding
Serves 6

2 cups of stale bread cut into one inch cubes
3 cups of whole milk 
2 eggs
4 tablespoons of ground flax seeds
1/2 cup of honey
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of chopped almonds
1/4 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of grated mozzarella
Butter for greasing the cookware

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let soak for about 15-20 minutes. Mix the bread a few times so that all the liquid is absorbed. 
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Butter your baking dish(es). I used a small cast iron pan and individual ramekins to make it easy to eat it individually. 
  4. Bake for 45 minutes. 
  5. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
itinerant blog: 3 bread pudding recipes inspired by banff

Zucchini Bread Pudding
Serves 6

2 cups of stale bread cut into one inch cubes
3 cups of whole milk 
2 eggs
4 tablespoons of ground flax seeds
1/2 cup of honey
One medium grated zucchini
Butter for greasing the cookware

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let soak for about 15-20 minutes. Mix the bread a few times so that all the liquid is absorbed. 
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Butter your baking dish(es). I used a small cast iron pan and individual ramekins to make it easy to eat it individually. 
  4. Bake for 45 minutes. 
  5. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.