Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

Check out my cool plate (from Home Sense)

These are delicious. I've made them twice so far. Which also means they are easy.

The Goods:

 - 2 cups of flour
- 1tbs pumpkin-pie spice
- 1tsp baking soda
- 3/4tsp salt
- 1 cup butter
- 11/4 cups of sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 package (or how many you want) of chocolate chips

The How To:

1) Preheat the oven to 350
2) Line with foil a 9x13 pan (although I am sure greasing a pan would work as well)
3) Cream butter and sugar together
4) Beat in egg and vanilla
5) Beat in pumpkin puree
6) Reduce to slow and add the rest of the dry ingredients
7) Fold in chocolate chips
8) Put in pan, spread out evenly
9) Bake for about 40 minutes
10) Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: The Light Between Oceans by R.L Stedman

The Light Between Oceans
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss. -goodreads

Would you do anything for the woman/man you love? And what would you do to get the one thing you want most in the world?

These are the two main questions presented in this book.

Tom is returning from war and doesn't want to be around anyone, so he enlists in a job to man a lighthouse on Janus Rock- which is off a little town in Australia.  He likes the routine and the meticulous nature of running it. On one of his breaks to the mainland, he meets Isabel. Eventually through letters, they are agree too marry. Then they move to the lighthouse. Here I have to give a standing ovation to Isabel. How hard would it be to move to a little lighthouse island, away from your friends and family all for your husbands work. I think after a few stints out there I would make my husband move back to socialization. Especially because she so desperately wants a baby.

However, that's not in her plans. Miscarriage after miscarriage, Isabel is devastated. And after a recent stillbirth, they happen upon a ship wreck, only to find a little baby girl. Isabel instantly switched to mother mood and started to nurse the infant and eventually claiming it as her own child. Tom being very honest, wasn't sure what to write in his ledgers, here his wife finally had what she wanted but it was wrong. But love prevailed and they 'adopted' the little girl.

Fast forward two years when they move back to the mainland. News of this shipwreck emerged and they realize this little girl who they took as their own, may have had another family looking,praying and grieving over her.   Enter guilt, resentment, love, hardship. What do you do know when the person you love the most risk losing the thing she loves?

This book, started slow. But it changed gears and instantly drew me in and I'm glad I stuck through to the end, as it is a very beautifully written novel. Those two questions I mentioned at the beginning prevailed throughout the entire book, and not only that the themes of forgiveness and learning from your mistakes and eventually accepting them runs through the book as well. I especially liked Tom's character. He faced such a moral dilemma and it was interesting to read and experience it.

All in all I rate this book 4 stars. It was written beautifully for a debut novel. The only downside was that it did start out slow.

“Perhaps when it comes to it, no one is just the worst thing they ever did.” 

(and now there is a movie adaptation of the book)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mugs.. Perfect for Fall

Mugs.. Perfect for Fall

Mugs.. Perfect for Fall by justaddchampagne featuring Sur La Table

One of my favourite parts of fall is curling up with a warm cup of coffee (or tea) on the couch with a good book (or movie).  And well for me it makes it so much more enjoyable when you have a fun mug to put it in.  Here is a collection of some that I am craving to add to my collection!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Golden Snitch How To

These are by far the easiest things I made for Hunter's Harry Potter Birthday

the suupplies

First buy some Ferrero Rochers and take the brown paper bit off.

Sample a few to make sure they are safe. heheh

Buy some white feathers.

Buy some tape.

Assemble - I wrapped the tape around a couple of times and it seemed to hold!

and Voila...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Harry Potter Birthday!

My little guy turned one just a little while ago, and I of course had to throw a spectacular birthday party for him. The theme: HARRY POTTER! I figured I'd make him have at least one of them (without argument).

The initial invite stated with a traditional (email) letter from Albus Dumbledore himself, encouraging people to dress in party attire (or muggle wear).

And from there... a party blossomed

As always, its all in the details:

Guests had to go through Platform 9 3/4 to arrive at the party. Thats my mom.

Sorting Hat Station
A friendly reminder

Various decorations - House cup colours, Time Turner, House Cup, Hedwig, Sweet pint glasses (which may or not have been ordered for other purposes than this party), Sunglasses from the Quibbler, Wine with appropriate labels)

A collection of all the treat bags!

My mom made these sweet party favour bags

Wands (also made by my mom) and Dumbledore Army's list
A better look at Ollivander's Wand Station and Golden Snitches

The monster book of Monsters, which my BFF made! This was a hit with the kids!

My Owlery - Creepy Demon Owls

A little potion book and some herbs
More herbs for potions

Professor Umbridge's Tea Corner 

The Reading Corner

Have to have the Hogwart's Crest

Photo props and Daily Prophet News Clippings
A great photo prop

Moaning Myrtle, snake leading up to the CHamber's of Secrets, and of course a warning to those Mudbloods that the chamber has been open

Free Doby! 

Photo Collage
The booze - it is a child's birthday party after all

My dad and hubby added this touch - oh yes we moved 3 days after this party!

 The Food:

   For every food item I had, I had a Harry Potter themed word to go with them.

 And another pic of my little guy:

I made his shirt with my Cricut, and thank god for bouncy castles and nice fall days!

It was a fantastic party, and despite how much work it was making sure all the detail was there (And fact checked!) it turned out great! Thanks to everyone who came out that day to celebrate little H turning ONE!

And soon there will be tutorials on how to make things like the golden snitch and the brick wall!

( I also find it ironic that I am wearing the same shirt while I write this blog post...coincidence?)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dear Mom of a 1 Year Old

Dear Momma of a ONE year old;

You made it one year!  Give yourself a pat on the back. Or better yet, pour yourself a glass of wine.  You deserve it. You somehow managed to survive. He somehow managed to survive.

You managed to somehow get by on a lack of sleep. And not that he isn't sleeping. He is. But he still whines and whimpers at least 3 times a night, so you don't exactly get a full 6-8 hours either. On those glorious nights where he manages to sleep in its entirety,  you feel like superwoman.  You get excited when 7pm gets closer and H actually wants to go to bed, and falls asleep quickly. You revel in that time off, to have some one on one time with G.

You managed to run a household. You know that when (and if) he decides to nap. its go time. You make coffee, you shower, you eat,  you cook, you clean, you packed up your entire house, you fold laundry, and yes sometimes you nap or watch something mindless on TV. Hell you need a break too sometime.

Especially now that Hunter is walking.  He wants to explore. Climb. He has already given himself a black eye. You know he is going to be a bruiser. And you know he is going to be exhausting. Some days all you can do turn on Paw Patrol and watch him play while you sit on the couch drinking your coffee wine, waiting for G to come home.  Somedays you have no energy to think of something new and exciting to do. And that's okay.  Know that he is learning so much right now, that even a simple trip to the grocery store is mind blowing to him.

The teething. The growing pains. All suck. But the snuggles.  You sure do love the snuggles, looking down at his sweet face, knowing that you are his only comfort at that moment in time. That makes the heart swoon. It makes it worth all the crying and sleepless nights.

The hair pulling and biting- well that can fuck right off. Who knew little hands and teeth could hurt so much. And H rolling around while getting his diaper changed, you pray he is ready for potty training sooner than later, but hell, at least you've mastered changing a diaper while standing up. And you've only had shit smeared on you a couple 6 times.

And at the end of the year of maternity leave, when most mom's are heading back into the work force, you decided to say goodbye to a career (at this time) and become a SAHM.  The pressure of wanting to raise a perfect little boy, while having fun and fulfilling activities to do all day - all while trying to make friends in a brand new (small) town... is daunting. It's on your mind a lot.  But remember, sometimes Paw Patrol will be enough.

Look back at the past year with fondness. With admiration. You raised a beautiful baby boy who is now a toddler. That year went by so fast. When you were so proud that he murmured for the first time, to rolling over, to sitting up, to crawling, now to walking. Soon he will be talking, potty trained, and then going to schools, playing sports and having his first love, moving out, travelling the world.   The growing up scares you, but you also cannot wait for Hunter to grow up. To experience all that the world has to offer.

You still can't believe that a year has gone. Also, don't ever apologize for posting to many pics on instagram. Your kid is the cutest kid alive and well everyone else just has to suck it up.

Love,  K

10 days old

363 days old

Monday, September 12, 2016

Blackened Salmon. Blackened Taste.

Our neighbour gave us a few frozen filets of salmon from his recent fishing trip. so I decided to go onto pinterest and find a new way to prepare it instead of my usual lemon/butter/thai chili flakes.

 And I came across a recipe for blackened salmon, and thought perfect! G and I both usually love that type of spice, so I thought it was gonna be a win for sure.

The actual seasoning isn't hard to make at all, just combine all of these spices:

2 teaspoons Garlic Salt 
1 teaspoon Paprika 
1 teaspoon  Onion Powder 
1 teaspoon Oregano 
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 
1/2 teaspoon Thyme

Then you rub it on the salmon.  Again, pretty easy.

I even pulled out my cast iron pan. 

G said it tasted old. And I had to agree, it just wasn't worth using the salmon for. I have a sneaking suspicion that it is because of my paprika, as its a sweet/"old" type version..

(also forgot to take a pic of it)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Currently... September edition

Currently Reading: Starting to re-read Harry Potter, in time for H's first birthday party. 

Currently Listening To:  the sweet sounds of the ocean via the sleep sheep.

Currently Watching:   Just started getting into the show The Night Of.

Currently Eating: Just finished snacking on a coconut greek yogurt.

Currently Drinking: Pepsi. Which is weird of me, as I usually don't drink pop. 

Currently Exercise: I am sad that I just finished my last day of Orange Theory Fitness the other day. They just don't have a gym where we are moving to. I should do a post about it though, as I did enjoy it.

Currently Needing:  Some more food. I am hungry.

Currently Loving:  that fall crispness in the air

Currently Not Loving: All the packing I have left

Currently Craving: A DQ blizzard for some reason. Must be because I got coupons in the mail.

Currently Wishing For: All of H's teeth to pop out...  teething is a bitch.

Currently Grateful For: My lil' family.

Currently Smiling At:  Tobi.  He is playing with a toilet paper roll like a dweeb.

Currently Looking Forward To: The new house. Hunter's first birthday party! Not looking foward to all the packing and cleaning up though.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hello September

I cannot believe it is September already.  And its something about September that makes me feel like its the start of the year - more so than New Years- perhaps it's because with September usually means a new school year. 

And this September is bringing a lot of changes.  Not only is H  turning 1 (which is a whole other blog post coming soon), we are moving out of Calgary and into a small town.  So that means lots and lots of packing.  And cleaning. And decluttering. And throwing out a shit ton of stuff that we once thought we HAD to have.  I have to admit I kind of like the clearing out process, I find it cathartic almost. 

Amongst all this cleaning/packing I am also trying to craft like crazy for H's Harry Potter theme birthday (Also another blog post). I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew, but really - the party is more for me than H.  

Anyways, I just wanted to say Hello to September, give a little update! Enjoy the start of fall, now I am off to go get a #PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte for those non-hashtaggers)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Painting with H - a pinterest success!

I decided to try a craft with H that I've seen on Pinterest a lot - painting with canvas.

It seemed like the perfect rainy day activity, and something different than our normal routine.

Gather the supplies:
 - a canvas
- paint colours of choice
- painters tape
- a ziploc bag
- a creative kid.

I chose a simple design, an "H" for Hunter.  Then I squirted some blobs of paint on  the canvas. When this was done I placed the canvas into the ziploc bag and managed to get paint all over my hands.

Then I let the little artist go to work:


All in all, I think Hunter enjoyed it. It only lasted about 5 minutes once I got the paint in the plastic bag, but that is still 5 minutes of entertainment!

Plus I think the final project turned out pretty cool, I just wished my taping skills were a bit better.