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    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

    Karin’s Kitchen


    2013 - 03.19

    David hates it when I say that I’m a bad cook. I guess I’m not really that bad, but I’m not confident in the kitchen. I like the idea of cooking, and when I’m actually doing it, I usually have a good time, but I find it difficult to get started and I loathe doing the dishes and cleaning up afterward. There are certain things that excite me and inspire me to do some cooking, but my motivation usually flags by the time I manage to get to a place where I can start cooking. It’s even more difficult now that Nadia is here, because I’m never sure how long she’ll be asleep.

    And it’s SO easy to just buy something that’s mostly pre-made.

    Here are some of the things that inspire me to start cooking.

    • Galloways Specialty Foods: I love this store so much. Six categories of chocolate, 46 kinds of flour, 32 kinds of salt…etc. It just goes on! Check out the herbs and spice section when you’re there.
    • Chef Michael Smith: We’ve talked about him before on the blog, but it’s worth mentioning again. I love his show Chef Michael’s Kitchen, and it makes things look super easy, with a lot of stuff we’ve already got on hand, or stuff we really should have on hand. :)
    • Gordon Ramsay: I’m not a fan of his “in your face” cooking shows, but I just watched the first episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course and really liked it. Also, bonus, Nadia fell asleep while I was watching. She’s been asleep for over an hour in her crib now…I think it was the accent. ;)
    • Baking: I tend to like baking more than I like cooking. I think part of it is that baking is a bit of a science, so measurements are necessary, which makes it more difficult (for me) to screw up. And if stuff does get screwed up, it’s not the main meal with expensive meat that has gone sideways. Another part is that baking is usually super appreciated because it’s a treat, while cooking sometimes is taken for granted (although I try never to take Dave’s cooking for granted, and he never has with mine…just a weird mental hangup I guess)
    • Stuff that’s really easy: Slow cookers are my best friend, as are things like bread machines because the instructions are usually “Put everything into cooker/machine. Turn on. Come back in X minutes/hours. Eat.” Bonus: usually there’s no extra dishes.
    • Wine: just like when I’m cleaning, I find cooking a lot more interesting after a glass of wine. Sadly, something I couldn’t indulge in for nine months (although Nadia was definitely worth it!), and now I have to strategize a best time to have alcohol because I’m nursing.
    • Other people: I went over to a friend’s place to make cookies a couple weeks ago and it was a blast! Maybe I need to get someone to come over and we can make a bunch of meals together and split the bill and split the meals. Kind of like one of those pre-made meal places, but WAY cheaper.
    • Baby food: Nadia is way too young to have solids, but I’m really excited at the idea of making great food for her beyond the over processed, ridiculously expensive baby food that is sold in grocery stores. Baby applesauce makes me SO ANGRY. Seriously? A dollar for a jar the size of my thumb that will mostly get smeared on walls and my shirt? At Safeway this week, apples are selling for 4 lbs for $5. That will make a helluvalot of applesauce, plus raw apples for me to eat with peanut butter, and even some apple crumble for Dave. Mmm…crumble… Maybe it wouldn’t all be for Dave.
    • Saving money: Cooking is so much cheaper than eating out, or even buying the prepped stuff at the grocery store. Saving money is good.
    • Health: So much sodium and fat and preservatives and chemicals and other stuff that we shouldn’t eat too much of in food that we don’t make ourselves. Also, not knowing where food comes from and having it shipped so far…kind of wrecking the planet a lot.

    With so many inspirations, you’d think that I’d be better at getting my butt into the kitchen and actually doing something there beyond making a bowl of cereal…maybe that will be my goal.  Ok, I’m putting it out there. I’m going to actually cook at least one meal a week. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Baby Signs


    2013 - 02.06

    Just wondering if there’s anyone we know who has some experience with Baby Signs or Baby Signing.  It seems as though there’s a few different options out there, and perhaps a few schools of thought.

    The original book that started it all seems to indicate that you should see what signs your baby is already making when they are trying to communicate and to largely adopt those as the language you use (this is a gross simplification).  We probably all at times growing up either had secret languages, or fantasized about having them.  That said, secret languages are most useful not in communicating but in keeping secrets, and that’s counter to our goal here.

    Other advocates seem to use primarily ASL (American Sign Language which is the official sign language for English speaking Canada), which makes sense to me since it would be a larger life skill for both the baby and us, if we started to become fluent in it we could actually use it for something else, whereas the secret language wouldn’t provide this benefit.

    One thing that I found especially odd is that as far as I can tell none of the programs are endorsed or provided by Deaf organizations.  It seems at least on the face of it that would be a natural fit, good outreach and a valuable revenue stream.  Also the fact that those organizations don’t seem to be involved at all triggers some cynicism for me at least.  Regardless, at this point we’re still planning on going forward with it.

    So I guess the questions that we’d like answers to are:

    • have you tried signing with your baby, and would you recommend it?
    • what resources if any did you use?
    • did you use ASL based languages or something else?
    • did you take a course, and would you recommend it?
    • did you teach everyone in the family the various signs? how about baby sitters?

     

    One Cold, Two Cold


    2013 - 01.04

    Nothing much to report other than the fact that we’re both still fighting off colds.  Probably be a couple more days until we’re up to doing much of anything, but hopefully not longer than that.

    Chef Michael’s Kitchen: Gluten Free Flour


    2012 - 09.12

    Finally an actual cooking show, probably the best one since Good Eats!  There’s several great things about the show, first off is Michael Smith who’s just awesome.  The second is that the show is about teaching techniques or frameworks in which you can channel your creativity and be successful.  In essence taking most of the risk out of experimentation and a lot of the fear too.

    In the second episode Cooking with allergies: Lasagna, Muffins & Cookies (which you can watch online) he does some gluten free stuff, but probably the most interesting thing is that he makes his own gluten free flour mix.

    Anyway, it’s only two episodes in, but we’re already hooked on Chef Michael’s Kitchen.

    CSA: Community Supported Agriculture


    2012 - 08.20

    Stumbled across this the other day, and there’s at least one member of the audience who will find it interesting.  It’s the SFU: Local Food Project, and one of the things they talk about is Community Supported Agriculture.

    C.S.A. stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA’s are a  commitment between a farm and a community of supporters. Supports pay up for their share of the harvest at the beginning of the season, so farmers have a source of income at their time of highest expenses. The farm provides the supporters with fresh high quality produce throughout the season, usually in a weekly box.

    They have a nice list of different CSA related organizations: http://sfulocalfood.ca/resources/where-to-get-local/community-supported-agriculture

    Who knows you might even find the rest of the site interesting too.

    Teabagged?


    2012 - 06.07

    This was one of those hazing rituals that I never went through myself, until now.  I don’t really see what the deal is.  If I understand it correctly, most people don’t even get teeth removed before hand.  Sure a teabag in your mouth isn’t perhaps the best flavour, but there are worse options.

    I think I’ve now gone through 8 tea bags after the wisdom tooth extraction, which they recommend you use instead of gauze to aid in the formation of blood clots and healing in general.  At except for the one that I apparently chewed on too much, or was otherwise defective it went well.  Unfortunately that one kind of exploded in my mouth, very unpleasant, much spitting ensued.  Unfortunately it happened while I was still forbidden from actually rinsing my mouth out.

    I suppose your milage may vary, but really I don’t see what the big deal is.

    MADD Virgin


    2012 - 06.01

    Was at Save-on the other day and saw something a little unexpected: MADD Beer and Wine.  Both are non-alcoholic, which of course you knew because otherwise they wouldn’t have been in the grocery store… but still it’s interesting.

    So they have a white and a red wine; bubbly, mulled wine and sangria specialty wines; margarita and mojito cocktails; Brut (Champagne) coming soon.  That and if I remember correctly it was a lime beer which I saw on the shelf (but not on the website).

    It’s interesting in concept and execution, also 10% of the net sales go to MADD Canada.  Nice to see a charity doing something other than a run/walk to raise money, and in something that aligns so well with their mission.

    My guess is that since these are all virgin beverages, but which are supposed to mimic the alcoholic version that I myself would not actually be interested in them.  That said, they seem like a good idea, and could work for people trying to cut back, or be designated drivers, or I suppose perhaps even pregnant women (I assume it’s only the alcohol that they are supposed to be worried about, but I don’t know that).

    Anyway, if anyone does try them out, let us know if they are any good.

    p.s. they were on sale at Save-0n while I was there…

    Still all wisdom-y


    2012 - 05.28

    Turns out I was a little premature in announcing the removal of my 3 wisdoms, today was merely a consultation.  So I get to stay all wisdom-y until next Tuesday (June 5th).

    The consultation was interesting, perhaps not worth the $90 fee, but interesting still.  I get three options for the surgery:

    1. Go to sleep
    2. “Twilight”
    3. Stay awake

    Apparently it’s a personal choice, which is interesting, and I suppose it should be, but it’s hard to know what is the best decision for yourself.  I suspect most of us aren’t able to make this through some previous personal experience (at least I assume that it’s pretty rare that wisdom teeth respawn like Orcs in a dungeon), so really how equipped are we to make the call?

    Being awake seems to have the most advantages generally, no pre-eating restrictions, no driving restrictions, etc… with the downside that you need to actual be awake while it’s happening.

    Twilight is sort of a middle ground where you’re sedated but not put out.

    Being put to sleep requires that someone drive you to and from the appointment, and there’s various eating and drinking restrictions before hand.

    So anyone out there who would care to offer an opinion from their personal experience?  Anyone who stayed awake and didn’t regret it?

    Wisdom-less soon…


    2012 - 05.25

    Went to the dentist yesterday, and everything was good.  So instead of resting on their laurels they decided that it was time to send me to get my wisdom teeth removed.  I’ve got 3 left, so first thing Monday morning they’ll be yanking my brain out through my mouth because it’s all connected to my teeth, or something like that.