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  • Too many boxes remain…

    2019 - 08.05

    It’s been over 3 years in the forever house and yet boxes remain, we’ve been working harder at emptying and sorting them lately and been making a reasonable amount of progress. Something that you can do only so quickly and can only handle so much of at a time. But it’s clearly progress. Maybe we’ll finish by the end of the year, or maybe the end of the month (that would be amazing).

    Report Cards and Procrastination

    2016 - 06.15

    David left the Cowbels website open on the laptop, and I’m currently doing report cards, hence the procrastination…

    We’ve moved! We’re in our house now, surrounded by (significantly fewer, but still a crazy amount of) boxes. :) Our location is spectacular. We’re within walking distance of at least 4 playgrounds, a pool, a farmer’s market, a place to watch lacrosse, a library… Nadia keeps asking to go for walks, and so far we’ve managed to get her out on a couple of evening walks this week, plus I’ve walked to the farmer’s market both weekends we’ve been here, once with Nadia, and once alone (LUXURY).

    Packing Superstar!

    2016 - 05.25

    This weekend, Karin was a packing superstar, labelling tens of boxes and purging like a rockstar! Thanks to her efforts we have at least 6 fewer carloads worth of stuff that will be coming with us to the new house. That’s AMAZING!

    Digital Art

    2015 - 04.26

    i have a kaleidoscope app on my phone that Nadia likes to play with. Unsurprisingly, she really likes Frozen, so she will swipe at the app while singing Let It Go to build her colourful “snowflakes”. Here are a few of her recent masterpieces.  

             

    Sleep Deprived

    2015 - 04.24

    How’s this for sleep deprivation? Yesterday afternoon, after Nadia ate a banana on our way home, I didn’t have a garbage bag in my car so I carefully arranged the banana peel on top of the empty plastic bag that was on my passenger seat so that the peel wouldn’t get the fabric mucky.

    Yep. More sleep would probably be awesome.

    A wicked stomach bug has been going through our school, although it hasn’t really hit my class (yet, knock on wood). I’m feeling really sick to my stomach, so I’m hoping that it’s not that, and that I’m just really tired. I’ve been using a ton of hand sanitizer and washing my hands like crazy. Several classes in the school have had over 1/3 of the kids home sick, including our buddy class and a couple classes which contain siblings of my students. :/

    Day Three

    2015 - 04.23

    Third day in a row of blogging since I decided to start again. It’s nice to be stretching my writing muscles…they’ve atrophied quite a bit over the last three years.

    My luck has run out with the broken cookies I mentioned a few days ago… N was insisting on the “BIG??? PEAS????” (please) ones today. Unfortunately we were sifting through the crumbs left at the end of the bag…so until there’s a Costco run, we’re both out of luck. 

    To try and bring Nadia’s bedtime to a reasonable hour, I’ve asked her daycare teachers to try waking her up a little earlier from her nap. Currently, she consistently sleeps 1230-3, give or take some time on either end, and it’s rare that she’s asleep before 11…usually closer to midnight, with a morning wake up call by us around 730. This afternoon she napped 1230-2, and was asleep before 10. This might be the final piece in the puzzle that has been our kid’s sleep patterns. I’m going to follow suit and try to sleep. She woke me up at 2 am, and I wasn’t able to get back to sleep until at least 330, so that made for a two coffee morning.

    Pasta Hack

    2015 - 04.22

    I like long pasta, but it’s a bit tricky for the toddler to eat, and I don’t send bibs to daycare which can make things pretty messy (Nadia wears red or brown on those days). I’m lazy and don’t have time to make two different kinds of pasta separately, or the inclination to wash two pots (lazy: see above).

    My solution: metal colander in the pot. Cooks the orzo and the vermicelli simultaneously. :)

      

    Agreeable Child

    2015 - 04.21

    I’ve been telling Nadia stories on Facebook a bit, but there are some that are too long to post, and sometimes I think I post too much about Nadia there, so I’m going to try and start writing some of the things she says or does over here.

    I bought some coconut cookies by Thinster (not Mrs. Thinster, as far as I can tell, but I can’t seem to find any pictures of this product anywhere…) at Costco a few weeks ago, and they never managed to make it into the house, despite me raving about them and telling David that he REALLY NEEDS TO TRY THESE. I’ve been eating them on my commutes to and from work, and occasionally sharing them with Nadia. She’s usually more interested in a bar of some kind, or a pouch. These cookies feel really wholesome to me…they’ve only got about seven ingredients, all of which I have in the house (except soy lecithin): coconut, flour, butter…etc. (I’m not getting paid by either Costco or Thinster’s…but I would absolutely take some of them as a thank you for this post. :D )

    These are not the cookies that I have in my car, but I think they might be by the same company. I really want to try these too…

    Anyway. I practically can hear the grandparents saying, “Get on with the part about the grandaughter!” Hah.  Murphy is probably going to bite me for this one…oh well…

    We’ve been incredibly lucky with Nadia. She’s always been a pretty easy going kid, although we’ve definitely seen our share of stormy weather with her. We have not taken any of it for granted. Here’s a couple of examples. On the way home today, Nadia wanted some of my those cookies. She got one, but it happened to have a chunk taken out of it (we were getting close to the bottom of the bag. Don’t judge…). No problem. This two year old was just happy to have a cookie. Yay! I’ll admit I held my breath. I always expect her to morph into the terrible twos.

    From the backseat a few minutes later: “Mumma?”

    “Yes?”

    “TWOOOOO cookies?”

    I decided to push my luck. I grabbed a cookie from the bag, snapped it in half and handed her the pieces. “One cookie…two cookies!”, which she ate happily. I’m not sure how long I’m going to be able to get away with not sharing as many of my cookies giving her broken cookies, but I’ll take it for as long as I can.

    Later this evening, I had just finished changing her diaper during which I took her shoes off since it was getting toward bed time. We were walking out of her room when she stopped dead still in the middle of the hall. I had just turned off the light so I nearly tripped over her.

    “MUMMA!”

    “Yeah, baby?”

    “SHOES!!”

    “It’s late. We don’t need shoes.” (Expectation: tantrum storm of epic proportions. Reality?)

    “Oh. Ok.” and she kept walking.

    Tomorrow’s blog post? The sudden emergence of the Terrible Twos? Maybe. :/

    Lemon Tarts

    2014 - 10.20

    One of Karin’s favourite treats at Farmer’s Markets is lemon tarts by Sweet Thea, so for her birthday I decided that I’d make her some lemon tarts. Problem is, I don’t like lemons, so not really in my cooking wheelhouse, nor do I really want to taste as I go along, because I won’t be able to tell if it’s good, because I wouldn’t expect to like it.

    The tarts Karin likes are 4″ tarts I believe and they go for about $4/each, so the goal was to beat that, and aim for similar quality/taste. We already had a bag of lemons from Costco because Karin was thinking of making lemon cordial but hadn’t gotten around to it yet (approx value $6-7 for ~11 lemons). I found this recipe for lemon curd and thought it sounded reasonable, it’s an Ina Garten recipe (Barefoot Contessa).

    I bought 120 3″ tart shells from Costco (~$11 on coupon), and ended up pre-baking one package of them (30).  Used 4 lemons as suggested in the recipe, which resulted in 3/4 cups of juice instead of 1/2 cup (I added it all anyway). Instead of using a food processor, I just added the zest and the sugar to the mixer and let them mix together for a bit.

    The end result is that it’s the right amount of lemon curd to fill the 30 shells.  If you haven’t made lemon curd before, it’s actually pretty easy, the one thing to be aware of is that after you’ve finished the mixing but before you’ve gone through the heating/cooking portion it’s going to look like it’s been ruined, the slow heating melds everything together again and it turns beautifully smooth.

    Now if I need to make Karin some tarts in the future, I’ll be able to find the recipe again.

    Deer Lake 5K Run/Walk

    2014 - 05.01

    We’re thinking of maybe doing this, it’s not until May 31st.  Anyone else interested in doing it?

    Events Calendar - Deer Lake Run