Thursday, December 31, 2009
Heather, your acknowledgement even made me tear up a little bit, and not because I'm not mentioned :)
Kathy, from Merriment Design, shares an awesome tutorial for making a family themed coloring book. I haven't attempted it yet because we are still at my parents farm, but when I get home... look out! With any luck I'll be cranking these babies out left and right!
Come back soon to check out my attempt, and check out Kathy's tutorial now.
Monday, December 28, 2009
I did manage to buy the supplies but never got around to actually making the tea. I honestly don't think that I could have managed to drink it. So I went on the hunt for something similar and I found this... (here)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Of course this is the pre-Christmas rush as well, so I have tons to do around here and not much time to get it all finished. I'm stressed and that makes me a less than stellar mommy. Does a good mommy lock her kids out of the kitchen, then crank the music to drown out their fighting and whinning while she tries to get some Christmas baking done? Somehow I managed to drown them out enough to have these random thoughts while rolling cookies:
- Drinking alone shouldn't be such a bad thing; it would be amuch better idea than encouraging your kids to drink with you.
- I wonder where the cat is living. I wonder why I care.
- What ever happened to Uncle Kracker? I should download some of his music.
- I wish foam wreath forms weren't so darned expensive.
- Maybe I should watch The Sound of Music sometime. I can't believe that I've never seen it. I wonder if I'm the only one?
- Crap, I forgot about the van full of stuff that I have to take to second hand!
- I wonder if Alek will recognize Santa's wrapping paper after he saw it in the back of the van?
- God I need a drink.
- I really have to stop saying "shut up" all the time. And I have to stop smiling when Lukas says it. Not good parenting behaviour.
- I should download Love Actually to watch tonight while I'm wrapping presents.
- I hate wrapping presents!
- What was I going to use my glue gun for? Why did I take it out?
- When I make our Chrismas Eve Clam Chowder I should laddle some aside for Laura before I add the clams. Why have I never thought of this?
- I'm not sure I can manage spin class. I might really die.
- Why won't they shut up and play nice together? Will it ever happen while they are still living under my roof?
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
A few of the other teachers and I were standing around this morning discussing Christmas; which led to a discussion about beliefs, which led to a discussion about how Alek wondered how Jesus could really be a son of a god, which led to a brief discussion about his most likely illegitamate birth (IMO), which lead to us talking about Mary, which led to this...
One of the teachers had a little grade 2 student who came up to her one day and asked this question...
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I have an extreme love for African dance. I think these should help fill the void in my life due to the lack of classes here in Saskatoon...
Kukuwa Dance Workout DVD $19.99
~Edited to add... Ok, I started this list over a week ago and saved it to return to as I thought of other things to add. I finally decided to post it because this is really all that I came up with. Pathetic.
I was reminded of the scene from Parenthood when they go their kids Christmas concert; there are times when you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride.
I did manage to get some photos of fierce Pirate 6.
Inga and Oona, the Swedish baby nurses. They were bossy yet super efficient. They spoiled the mommy, hugged the baby and brought supper and goodies.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Christmas planning starts now, baking starts now and the serious present buying starts now too. I always have good intentions to have it all finished by now but... realistically I'm always just getting started. I have a few ideas and thankfully none of them are included in this list...
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Twilight is crack-cocaine-porn for women.
Watching the on-screen interaction between Edward and Bella left me breathless more than once. Is that what we want as women? Is it the utterly passionate longing that makes us go weak in the knees? Girls long to experience it, and women want to experience it again.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Hmm, I just realized that I have been sick for well over a month now and my cough has just come back stronger and more hateful than before.
I despise being sick. I think Jose and I just might sit down tonight and try a new remedy. I'm going to try and drown it.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I'm a mom with mixed feelings.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Now, don't get me wrong, I love Etsy (seen as even I have a shop there) but now I have proof that I'm not alone in thinking that some of the items listed on there are CRAZY!
When you feel in the need of a good laugh... Regretsy!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
- Describe parts of her thesis using interpretive dance
- "You call THAT a question? How the hell did they make you a professor?"
- Group prayer
- Sell T-shirts to recoup the cost of copying, binding, etc.
- Hold a sex toy party
- "In protest of our government's systematic and brutal opression of minorities..."
- "Anybody else as drunk as I am?"
- Use a Super Soaker to point at people
- "Please phrase your question in the form of an answer..."
- Present her entire talk in iambic pentameter.
- "Which reminds me of a story - A Black guy, a Chinese guy, and a Jew walked into a bar..."
- Leave Jehovah's Witness pamphlets scattered about.
- "There will be a short quiz after my presentation..."
- "OK - which one of you farted?"
- Post signs: "Due to a computer error at the Registrar's Office, the original room is not available, and the defense has been relocated to (Made-up non-existent room number)"
- Make each professor remove an item of clothing for each question he asks.
- "I'm sorry Professor Smith, I didn't say 'SIMON SAYS any questions?'. You're out."
- Show slides of her last vacation.
- Put her powerpoint on a film strip. Designate a professor to be in charge of turning the strip when the tape recording beeps.
- Call her advisor "sweetie".
- Have everyone pose for a group photo.
- Answer every question with a question.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
We've tried all kinds of things to get Alek to stop, or at least curb it to a manageable and normal-for-brothers level but nothing seems to work. So, realizing that nothing talks to our son quite like money does, we've decided to implement a good-behaviour jar. Up to this point (and he turned 9 yesterday) Alek has never gotten an allowance but we've been thinking that it's time. So, here's what we're going to do... At the start of each month $20 in quaters are going to go into a jar, but each time that we have to get after him about purposefully driving his brother crazy a quarter is going to come out. Whatever is left at the end of the month is his. Eventually we will start putting quarters back in when we notice nice things that he does. Not right away though, first he has to work on cutting out the wrong behaviour. Cross your fingers that this will help re-inforce the positive behaviour that we know he is capable of.
When I explained this plan to Alek tonight he had this to say: "So what you're saying is, I had better get it all out of my system before the end of the month." ~sigh~
I sigh because he's partially kidding and partially not.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
So... last year Alek was a Clone Trooper; Commander Cody to be exact, and I made his costume minus the helmet. I'm still impressed with myself, and you'd think he must be too since he wants to repeat the costume again this year. But no, he still wants one that was made in China instead of one that his mother slaved over. He found his costume a bit too hard to move in, so he wants a redo. Now I just have to figure out how to actually sew the costume instead of using handy colored duct tape and poster board. Gah.
On a not-much-easier but happier note, Lukas and Mikah are going to be sock monkeys. I should probably start sewing their costumes this week...
Here's his costume from last year...
And my funny costume when I was pregnant with Mikah...
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (I just used regular because that was all that I had)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
- Pour the oatmeal and the milk into a bowl. Let it sit for about 10 minutes to soften the oatmeal.
- Add in the beaten eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir good with a whisk.
- Add in the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk good.
- Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Ah, my poor funny aspy boy.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday afternoon I stopped at the Cupcake Corner with my 3 boys for an end-of-the-week treat on the way home from school/work. I thought the sign looked cute, which lead me to expect cute things inside. Not so. The layout of the store is very strange. When we walked in we were greeted (and by that I mean not greeted) with the site of a man sitting at a desk that looked like it would be much more at home in a Travel Office; low and big. I felt a moment's unease wondering if they were just specializing in custom orders, but out of the corner of my eye I spotted the bakery display WAY off to the back of the store. That's more like it, bring on the cupcakes! The woman working the counter was friendly and the cupcakes looked good but somewhat boring. Alek was impressed with the big Oreo cupakes so we got one of those and a variety of six mini's to try. I was expecting something clever and imaginative, not just basic cupcakes like chocolate, banana, strawberry and peanut butter. Where are the clever names? I want to be enticed!
I'm hoping that the lack of store design and character was due to the fact that they had only been open for 2 days. I'm being generous. The only decorations were the menu board and a "Yay, you're open!" bouquet. Boring, boring, boring. Even the walls were bland, I'm sure they were white??? Obviously not very memorable. Funk it up people. Funk. It. Up. Even the take out containers could use some work. The cupcakes were placed inside clear plastic containers, no dividers and no branding on the container. Even a cute, Cupcake Corner sticker would help. The cupcakes did make it home in one piece though, so that's a good thing.
On to the cupcakes...
When we got home we decided to have a cupcake sampling picnic on the floor. Alek gobbled his Oreo cupcake up in record time and was looking for taste of the others. Lukas enjoyed the icing off his chocolate cupcake with vanilla icing (he crumbed the cupcake itself) and Mikah LOVED his lemon cupcake so much that I caught him sneaking the other one later in the evening. I tried parts of the peanut butter cupcake (icing was good, chocolate cupcake was not as moist as it could be); the chocolate chocolate (icing was rich and delicious); and a lick of the lemon icing (tasted like lemon extract).
Alek: gave it a thumb and a half. He wanted the Oreo cupcake to taste exactly like an oreo (total Aspy response), he thought the cupcake was a bit too dry - and not as good as mom's.
Lukas: enjoyed the sweet icing and especially loved crumbling the cupcake all over the floor. Then again, he loves doing this with all his food.
Mikah: had seconds.
Me: I thought the cupcakes were good but not exceptional. They lacked depth of flavour and ingredients. Overall marketing could use a flavour infusion.
I'll be interested to hear what others have to say. Go try them out and see what you think.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Can anyone help? I'm REALLY frustrated!
Tonight on such an occasion, I was looking through the new Martha Stewart mag, Whole Living. I must have a subscription to this magazine!!! The articles were interesting and plentiful, anf the recipes are to die for! Here are a few that I'm dreaming of right now...
Simmer shelled shrimp and baby bok choy wedges in salted water until shrimp are opaque and bok choy is tender, about 3 minutes. Lift from pot; set aside. Add soba to boiling water; drain when al dente and rinse in cold water. Stir minced ginger, sesame oil, tamari, and lime into noodles to taste. Divide among bowls and top with shrimp and bok choy.
Combine diced red and green peppers, cucumber, and red onion with halved cherry tomatoes, chopped herbs (mint and parsley), and chickpeas. Dress with red-wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil, and season. Toast whole-wheat pita until crisp and break into small pieces; toss into salad and serve.
Pat dry 1/2 block extra firm tofu and blend with 3 tablespoons safflower oil, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice; season to taste. Spread onto sliced whole-grain bread and add tomato slices. Top with a handful of herbs, such as parsley, basil, chives, and cilantro. Season with sea salt.
Simmer 1 1/2 cups water with 2 chopped tomatoes, 1/4 cup pitted oil-cured black olives, and 1/2 cup chopped herbs (thyme, basil, and parsley), about 5 minutes. Add 3 dozen mussels, cover and simmer until mussels open; discard any that don't. Serve with broth and crusty bread.
Disclaimer: I borrowed this picture from here. By the time I remembered to take a picture of mine, it was all gone.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 cup milk
4 cups sliced rhubarb
2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups boiling water
Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Whisk the flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl; set aside.
Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Beat the egg, butter, and milk in a bowl until smooth.
Stir in the flour mixture until moistened, then spread into the prepared baking dish.
Stir together the rhubarb, 2 cups of sugar, and the water; pour into the baking dish.
Bake in the preheated oven until the dough has set and the rhubarb is bubbly, about 40 minutes.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Man, has it been crazy around here. Alek started back to school (grade 3), and the kids where I teach all came back for the regular school year as well. I'm teaching 5 pull-out academic classes this year instead of the 2 that I taught lat year. It's going to be fun, but is so much work figuring out where everyone is at, what they know, and how I am going to program for them all. I still don't have it figured out and they've been back since Tuesday, but shhhh don't tell. On top of that, I now have to work Fridays as well. So long 3 day weekends. Hopefully that will work out OK, but I'm feeling very worried at this point. Fridays were my day to play catch up around the house and I'm not sure how we'll fare now. Cross your fingers for me!
Our slipper business has also kicked back into high gear. We have a big sale this weekend and decided that we needed to revamp our brand as well as sew, sew, sew slippers. What a royal pain in the ass it has been messing around with the bag tags and the business cards! For some reason they just didn't want to work out. So, I've been up until 1am for the last few nights tweaking the design. And by George, I think I've finally figured it out! Now to just get my slippers finished...
the boys are all doing great. Growing, growing, growing! I guess I'd better get used to that, soon they will all be bigger than me which is a frightening thought. Lukas is 16 months and already has 4 words (besides mom, dad and Alee); this, there, hi and dance. Dance is new. He LURVES to shake it!
And I almost forgot the biggest news of all!!!
After a year away, our cat came back. I accidentally left him outside last September and he disappeared. We weren't able to find him anywhere. Alek loves Whiskers more than life itself and has asked about him every. single. day. for a year. No lie. Every. Single. Day. Out of the blue last Wednesday morning as I was desperately trying to get all the kids and my luggage loaded in the van to take us to school/babysitter/work, who sauntered through the door? Whiskers. After a year! He didn't call, he didn't write... But I had written him off, not that I told Alek that of course. Stupid cat. And now we have 3 boys madly in love with one hairy, smelly, ungrateful cat. Sigh.
On that note, I shall leave you with this tune. This one's for you Whiskers...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
He finally had a positive year last year and had such an AMAZING teacher, that I'm scared for what this year will bring. Alek has grown a lot over the last year, and his social skills are improving all the time, but... he can still be a challenge. His first few years of school were so horrible that I don't think any of us can handle any more experiences like that. Please, cross your fingers (and your toes, and your eyes, and you legs, and your arms and your feet) that he gets a teacher who "gets him" again this year. He's such a bright, funny loving kid and it's soooo hard for his mommma to see him labeled incorrectly.
I'm also looking forward to the kids coming back and getting into the swing of school here again. I can't wait to see them all again and hear how their summers were. Well, maybe after a few well deserved days off for me first LOL!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I LOVE this pendent, and I think it would look cute on a cord necklace of some kind since I can't wear silver. I love the pendent so much that I would suck it up and wear it though. And wouldn't these spoons make a wonderful baby gift? Love, love, love it!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Anyway, he came upstairs with a Bakugan card game that I had bought him quite awhile ago that he wanted to play. It was interesting since I know less than absolutely nothing about Bakugan and he couldn't seen to differentiate between the cartoon and the card game. I think we were playing separate versions of the same game most of the time LOL! It was fun, it was nice spending some one on one time with him and the teacher in me is happy, he knows the difference between greater and less than numbers!
I may just have to hide the game in the depths of my purse to play with some of my students before it is returned to the pile in his room.
He also told me that Dr.'s don't wear diapers, or pants for that matter. They have bare bums. I wonder how his future patients will feel about his naturist philosophy.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I have tried everything to dissuade Alek from the notion that Haggis is really something that he wanted to eat. I told him that I would NEVER cook it (yuck), and I even showed him a YouTube video of someone cooking Haggis. It was disgusting, but his eyes never strayed from the screen. I could hardly watch, but it only renewed his passion for Haggis. I finally broke down and told him that if we ever went somewhere to eat where Haggis was on the menu I would happily order it for him. Then he was happy.
Last night was Alek's lucky night. Folk Fest is happening in the city right now and I heard that the Scottish Pavilion serves Haggis. Yay!!! So, the Mr. and I planned a little surprise for Alek and we loaded the brood into the van and headed to Prairieland Park. I had told Alek earlier in the day that we had a surprise for him that night, and he had been busy guessing for hours what it was that we were going to be doing. Man, that kid has an imagination! But, most of you know that already LOL! When we showed up at the exhibition grounds and he saw all of the cars he REALLY got excited. "Is it the RV show???" he screamed with more enthusiasm than a future Arizona-bound-snowbird. I think he actually leaped out of the van before we had even parked, he was that excited about touring trailers and RV's. "No," I finally managed to tell him when he would let me get a word in, "it's not the RV show. We're going to experience some culture." "Ok," said Alek, who still managed to look excited. "Wait a minute, isn't yogurt made out of culture? I can't believe you brought me to a place where all they have is yogurt!" His happiness had quickly been replaced with horror and anger. Which only deepened when he heard how hard Lev and I were laughing. Only our 8 year old son could make the leap from culture to yogurt! God, it was so funny, and maybe a little scary for me. There are times when I just can't believe how much this kid knows.
After that, Lev broke down and told him what I meant by "culture", and what we were about to do. A big part of me really believed that when confronted with the imminent arrival of Haggis, Alek would change his mind. But he didn't. He loved it. He licked his plate. I had two bites and still can't seem to get the taste out of my mouth. Alek wanted to buy an imported tinned Haggis to take home. We drew the line there.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Here are some that are on my "wish to watch" list
And movies that I need to watch while cozied up on my couch
The cupcakes were painstaking but I loved every minute of it! Everything was handmade, right down to the tiny gumpaste flowers that decorated the stands. The cupcakes were a huge hit, and it was so nice to see people freely wandering past the table all night long snagging a treat for themselves. The carrot cupcakes with rich cream cheese icing were the hands down favorite; with many people requesting the recipe, and no, it's not a family secret.
So... here it is (note... I didn't have coconut in the cupcakes that I made).
Moist Carrot Cake
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 cups shredded carrots
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8x12 inch pan.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple.
Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.
Pour into prepared 8x12 inch pan, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. Check with toothpick.
Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
Sinfully Rich Cream Cheese Icing
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 or 3cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy (about 6 minutes). Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Whip until light, about 3minutes. Store in the refrigerator after use.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Maybe something would finally get accomplished.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I baked 8 dozen Extreme Chocolate cupcakes on Friday and 9 dozen Carrot Cake muffins today, along with a 8" Carrot cake layer cake for the happy couple to cut into. I'm so glad that all the baking is finished!
I'm hot and tired, but it sure smells good in here!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I like to think about what I would take; what we couldn't live without; how much we would take; and about dropping a ridiculous amount of money on groceries and how long I would be able to make them last; and how organized my pantry would have to be. Can you say, OCD??? I seriously think about this all the time.
It just occurred to me that I've been thinking about this for much longer than a few years. I think it goes all the way back to the movie, Mountain Family Robinson. I loved that show, and even then I was interested in what they took for food staples.
I have more issues than I first thought.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009