Archive | January, 2011

warmth.

27 Jan

the warmth of george’s arms around my neck.

the warmth of his giggles in my ear.

the warmth of the sun on our back.

a perfect day.

instead of doing the dishes.

25 Jan

Lately G’s imagination is in full gear and he will often role play going to the store for me. Unfortunately he doesn’t ‘imagine’ using a wallet, instead he always seems to find mine. Then I can’t find mine.

So I solved this dilemma and made him a wallet.

When I saw this material I HAD TO HAVE IT! I saw some little wallets like this at a store not too long ago and tried to memorize the dimensions and design.  I liked the idea of a key ring attached to the pouch so it can be added to my key chain/bicycle/stroller.

It is a time like this that I am so happy that I own a sewing machine. I wanted a wallet for G. I didn’t feel like going to a store to buy a wallet for a 2 year old.  I wanted to avoid doing the dishes. This only required a simple design. SIMPLE is a requirement for me. Anything that causes my eyes to cross from intense concentration or causes me to throw my apple across the room in a fit of frustration is just not worth it for me. I’d rather do the dishes. But instead, a quick 45 minute project while humming a happy tune and eating my lunch in between cutting and sewing is the way to go. A simple need. A simple creation. A happy solution.

More satisfying than watching T.V. for 45 minutes. Especially more satisfying than doing the dishes…although they are still just sitting there.

I made sure this had ample room for a car or two since they always seem to be required on any journey…imaginary or real.

G first checked to see if there were any treats hidden in there. Man this boy has a sweet-tooth! I wonder where he got that from???

You’re welcome Mr. Smug!

discovery.

23 Jan

2  discoveries today.

#1- The most delicious, decadent, coconut yogurt I have ever tasted was sitting on a shelf at our local market…previously only available in Canada.

#2- A full roll of film was found in the back of a drawer while I was organizing…filled with pictures from at least 8 years ago.

How’s that for excitement on a Monday evening?!

let us eat cake!

22 Jan

One of my finds from a yard sale today was this sweet little candleholder set. It’s recreated from a 1950’s cake set and I actually saw this at the store Restoration Hardware last year. I thought it would be great to add to my ‘birthday tradition’ items  until I saw the price tag of $16…I convinced myself that it wasn’t that cute!

But today low and behold I spotted it one of the many unbelievable (in a good way) Yard Sales that were in the Village. I’ll have to post more on my amazing finds soon.

Anyways, saw this candleholder set at the yard sell and it really is cute! Adding to the cuteness factor were 2 things, #1- it had never been used #2- .50 cents. Didn’t need to put on my bargaining hat for that one!

G thought they were pretty nifty…

I thought if these are not an excuse to make a delicious gluten-free carrot cake than I don’t know what is!  No need to twist this girl’s arm!

As G and I were licking the cream cheese frosting off the mixer paddles (I can’t EVER go back on the promise I made to myself in my childhood days- that one day when I was a mama I would always let my children lick the paddle. As long as I got one too of course!). Anyways, as we were licking away I was thinking how absolutely delicious this homemade cream cheese icing is and that it really would be great on many cakes, not just carrot. Why did I ever buy icing in a can when this one is quick, simple and sooo much better?  This is the recipe I used and not one to forget!

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, grated and juiced
  1. Beat butter and cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add icing sugar and beat at low speed until well blended. Beat in vanilla, grated lemon rind, and lemon juice until smooth.

On lemon cupcakes these would be delish! If I omitted the fresh lemon this icing would make a chocolate cake decadent.  Add some fresh pureed strawberries to this, top some vanilla cupcakes and oh la la!

Now time to start the animal parade…

fresh.

20 Jan

oh how i love the colors of our farmer’s market produce…

I made up some of my favorite salad dressing with the fragrant, bright green bunches of fresh basil that I bought from our favorite stand. This recipe is from the cookbook ‘rebar’ that Isabel bought me for my wedding shower years ago. A great cookbook from the restaurant ‘rebar’ in Victoria, BC…predominately vegetarian with very cool recipes.  I still really love opening up this cookbook Isabel and trying out their recipes…makes me think of you in your bright teal kitchen in Nanaimo!

This dressing makes even simple salad of spinach leaves and avocado taste ‘restaurant-style’ excellent, if I do say so myself!

basil vinaigrette
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced…often i just use 1 garlic clove or none if i don’t want stinky breath the next day, but in the cases where we are having people over i do use the required amount as it really adds to the flavor
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 oz fresh basil leaves (i just use a BIG handful)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil
    Combine all ingredients, except oil, in food processor and blend. Slowly add olive oil once all ingredients are throughly processed.
    This can be refrigerated up to 3 or 4 days
    Also, this is really tasty over baby potatoes!

While I made this dressing, G sat outside enjoying his favorite Farmer’s Market  buy…kettle corn! SO ADDICTIVE!

calling my name…

18 Jan

Yesterday was a beautiful, hot day. What made it even more beautiful was that I did not have to work as it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In shorts, t-shirt, and flip flops G and I had a beautiful walk and picnic along the bluffs. The walk turned out longer to be expected so by the time we arrived home Georgie walked straight to his room, flopped down on his bed, and napped the afternoon away.  That made the day even more beautiful!

When I walked into our room, I was greeted by this…

What I couldn’t capture with my camera was the sound of the birds singing away in celebration of the warmth and the smell of the lovely purple flowers that are growing abundantly outside our window.

How could I not join my book on the bed and laze away a few moments (more like an hour) of the afternoon? It was just calling my name…

sendin’ the love

15 Jan

who doesn’t love a love note?

those pages written by a crush, a boyfriend, a husband…although it’s been quite some time t (hint, hint). a piece of paper filled with sweet nothins’ and words that woo. perhaps some of us have a shoebox collecting dust in the back of the closet, in the basement, in the back of the drawer filled with these love letters. the lined pages now crumpled up but the words still just as sweet. i’ve even sneaked a peak at those poetic lines you’ve written to mom dad. you were quite the casanova!

so with valentines day coming up i thought i’d send some sweet notes to some of the sweets in my life.

and a treat to go along with it…

bought some chocolate and then unwrapped the paper wrapper to make my own wrapper…

got out some paper and stamps to decorate the outside of the paper…

and on the other side of the paper i wrote some letters…

(used pencil for some letters so the pen wouldn’t show through on the front of the chocolate)

and then wrapped them up before putting in an envelope to send in the mail.

and took a moment to savor some for moi…

i find it to be such a nice surprise when i receive a handwritten letter in the mail instead of just bills and junk mail. kind of sad to think that our kids may not be able to find that shoebox filled with love letters of their parents or any hand written correspondence due to everything being on the computer these days. so today it’s time to send some love…old fashioned style!