Recipe #4: Tikka Masala | The Brisson Family Cookbook

Tikka Masala. Spiced chicken thighs cooking in butter. Onions added to soak up all that butter. Creamy coconut milk. All on top of a bed of basmati rice. Yum!

I find myself, on quite a regular basis, craving some deliciously spicy (but not too spicy) Indian Paired with some lovely rice, this incredibly fragrant food always gets me excited.
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All that education…

Last week, I was pretty devastated to learn that I didn’t get into Dalhousie’s School of Nursing. They have changed their program to be either a three-year or two-year stream. The two-year stream caters to people who have university experience and who have some of the courses nursing students take in the first year. I have a kinesiology background, and I was excited to learn that I had all of them! Josh and I talked about it, and we thought that it would be a great idea for me to go back to school for nursing. But I got the unfortunate news that some of my courses would hit the 10-year expiration date (um, excuse me? I took anatomy and physiology 10 YEARS AGO?!). Unfortunately, I was not accepted admission. Apparently, the three-year stream is reserved exclusively for high school graduates. So, I’d have to redo those courses on my own, without the guarantee that I will get in next year. That’s just too big of a risk to take right now! Continue reading


We visited my Papa over the weekend, and I came back home with a pretty big gift. A window into my childhood. A video of a fishing trip I took with him when I was three. At dinner at his house, we started chatting about where his roots began, in the Goldboro area of Nova Scotia. It is fascinating to me, to hear about the childhood of my parents and grandparents. In an age where constant documentation didn’t happen, to hear them recount based on sparse memories is something to be savoured. Upon talking about his upbringing, he remembered that he had taken a couple of home videos in the early 90’s, when he and my grandmother travelled here to Nova Scotia. My family met up with them in the Goldboro area, where a couple of my Papa’s sisters still lived. My Papa, and his sister Carrie took me out on a fishing trip, and he captured it on video! Of course! I knew my Papa took lots of pictures and videos when he was able to visit with us, but I have never seen those videos! I was so excited and asked if I could borrow some of his VHS. He told me to go downstairs, and I grabbed the one labeled “Fishing Trip”. Continue reading

The Best Of: September 2016


So, I have no idea what I did in September. Haha! I have pictures of us from two events: Joseph’s 2nd birthday party, and from when I was testing out a location for Christmas pictures I plan to do with clients in November. I looked back at my Instagram account, and it seems as though we laid pretty low this month. We did a lot of cooking/baking and playground visiting. This makes sense to me since baby #2 was due September 30th. It just seems strange to me because I usually log between 300-600 personal pictures a month…but September only had 100! Continue reading

The Best Of: August 2016

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August. It’s gone already? Probably one of the most intense months for us this summer. So many emotions!

We managed, with a fair bit of success, to bring an almost-2-year-old on a flight to Ottawa for a family wedding. We bought a used Nintendo 3DS, a whole season of Bubble Guppies, new trains and cards, and a ton of candy. With the exception of take off and landing, Joseph managed to keep it together for the flights! Spending five days in Ottawa was no easy feat with a toddler who hasn’t quite figured out sleep yet. We totally gave up on naps, and either let him pass out from exhaustion, or drove him around in the car for an hour. Putting him to bed at night was pretty tough. I had to spend 1-2 hours in bed with him, until he eventually fell asleep in our small double bed. Josh and I would gather as much sleep as we could on the edges of the bed! However, there were some great points about Ottawa. One being spending so much time with Nona. She was really wonderful with Joseph, and even babysat a few nights so Josh and I could go out and spend some time together! We had a chance to visit the Aviation Museum. I was able to visit with a few friends. And of course, we got to see Josh’s sister tie the knot 🙂 All in all, the trip wasn’t terrible. However, we have decided we are on a travel strike as a family for the next little bit. The amount of stress we felt over this trip was astronomical. Both before and during. We love our home, our bed, and our money. We are staying put for a little while 🙂 Continue reading