How about we skip the building and just eat these instead??
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The next big step in our married adventure!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Candy Cane Snowballs
And of course Oreo Fudge ... but you can't smell fudge the same way that you can smell cookies and popcorn!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My gift from B will leave me laughing for the rest of my life (we made a rule a few months back that specified exactly how much we could spend on gifts) - so, being very frugal, he gave me the card of the engraving on the DIAMOND in my ring (which until Monday night, I had no idea about ... I had always thought it was strange that he didn't have the band engraved ... but no, he had the diamond engraved instead...sneaky guy, he does love surprises!) He had the jeweller engrave a nickname he had for me from the beginning of our relationship. Now, this nickname is hardly flattering, but then again, it originated with my mom...so it must have originally been said in love, right? Every time I look at my ring now, I think of that nickname ... and how a simple walk two and a half years ago changed our lives ... when we "took a chance".
I'm blessed beyond belief.
Friday, December 12, 2008
You can be sure I've spent hours there picking up new recipes, decorating ideas, and ideas for our home! The list is endless :)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
So, I want to share some of them with you... enjoy! Be blessed!
Meal Planning 101
A Simple Walk
A Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
The Finer Things in Life
The Grocery Cart Challenge
A Year of Crockpotting
and last but not least...
...what did people do before the internet?? ...and what would I do without it? Some how between "I do" and the first meal I cooked for my new husband, I could suddenly cook ... (my mom can attest to the many problems I had in the kitchen before this!!) I do believe in miracles!! :) And I'm thankful for women like the ones above who I get to travel through life with, via the internet.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Thanksgiving a few weekends ago was amazing! I managed to cook my first turkey, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be! What an experience! All of the food turned out really well, and I managed to get most of the leftovers frozen or eaten within the next few days after Thanksgiving. yay for getting on top of things.
I also have a brand new nephew. I'm quite excited for now having both a niece and a nephew to spoil. :) And I can't wait to meet my new nephew ... but there's lots to be done between our trip to visit that side of the family and now. Good things come to those who wait, right?
Back to homework and breaking stuff down. It'll come. I can feel it.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
That's over. I'm going to be a GREAT wife and a GREAT student. God has called me to this season of my life, and I will learn how to juggle them. One day at a time. Learning to plan my time well, and not wasting it. It'll come.
haha, just kidding. It's more like this:
"Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure?"
(a poster that used to be on my grade 7 English teacher's wall... 11 years later, and it still comes to mind!)
some tips on how to get started meal planning and some great recipes!
ideas for cheap and healthy dinners for a family of 4!
I'm discovering that there's a whole new world out there of housewives who love to cook, plan, organize, and do stuff at home! I love it!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
We made some apple juice, which I've put away for making cider in the winter. mmmm. But I was appalled by the amount of "waste" leftover. So, thinking back to a conversation I had with a friend of the family, I set to work making apple sauce from the remains. We ended up with more sauce than juice! And it is soooo yummy! So I've tucked a bunch of that away too, and will be using it throughout winter. :) I'm so excited! Thank you Lord for our land of plenty ... and teach me not to waste.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
My husband is my hero. He chopped enough apples to make over 20 pies this weekend!! ... and we still have many more apples to go! Thanks to this PERFECT Pie Crust recipe, we were able to crank out these babies in record time!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Another contradiction, especially in the education department: we are taught that we are UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES to grade students for their classroom participation/attitude or marks based on group work. Then why the heck in my other education classes am I graded upon my participation and my group projects? And we're talking 15-40% of my mark in some of these classes. Doesn't that scream contradiction?
Feeling very frustated about my history paper.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
We had a number of reasons for doing this:
- it was an OLD dishwasher, and consequently, plates come out dirtier than the go in
- it was an OLD dishwasher, and we spent more time re-washing dishes than anything else
- it was an OLD dishwasher, and it is missing many of the holding thing-a-ma-jigs, which left huge gaps
- it was an OLD dishwasher, and our power/water bill is outrageous
I must admit, it does have its good aspects - like I never run out of dishes now, and I think twice before I dirty plates/cutlery, etc because now I know I have to wash them by hand. Plus, B and I get some quality time while we wash/dry dishes together... like the old days with my family :) We'll wait and see what our bill looks like next month... fingers crossed...
But now, I understand why students eat their KD straight from the pot.....
Saturday, September 13, 2008
One of the things I love about being a housewife is shopping ... searching for deals, finding yummy stuff for us to eat, and people-watching. I love people-watching.
Depending on the time of day that I happen to go shopping depends upon the people I run into. While I was working this summer, I often had to go in the evenings, when I would often run into people like myself who have just spent the day at the office and now just want to get in and out of the store as fast as possible...who wants to really stand in a line-up?? BUT, now that I'm not working, one of my favorite times to shop is before lunch on week-day mornings, when I see little old people and moms with kids... such wonderful people, and wonderful interactions. Little kids rushing around, trying to add stuff to their mother's shopping cart without her noticing until it's too late and it's been paid for already... or little old couples slowly and meticulously working through their lists, often picking up a treat or 2 to spoil someone with (my grampa was famous for this!!)
This past Friday, as I was heading grocery shopping, I saw a little old lady pushing her cart back to the rest of the carts (what is that place called??), so I walked up to her and asked if I could use her cart. She smiled and told me yes ... and then she looked down at the cart ... and back at me and said, in a somewhat wistful manner, "you know, it was a good little cart" she paused for a moment and then again, "I had no troubles with the wheels". I laughed as she said this, agreeing what an important and rare quality in a cart this is. I thanked her and we went our own ways. As I walked away, I had a smile on my face... such a sweet little lady.... and it was indeed "a good little cart".
Sunday, September 7, 2008
With our apple tree laden with fruit, we decided an apple pie or 2 was in order...
Some of my other adventures this summer have included learning how to make a few things we usually buy at the store...
home-made waffles with strawberries, icing sugar and ice-cream.
Here's the final product, just in case you were doubting ... :)
some of my utensils - the funnel was a new purchase just for my experiment!
one of the new, fancy-pants tricks I learned about canning was to boil the peaches for about 45 seconds and then pop them into ice water (see below) ... the skins peeled right off!
I ran out of ice, so I substitued an ice-pak, and it worked pretty good!
watch those peels just slide right off...
I boiled them in a "light syrup"
And here they are! mmm... so delicious....
I read that if the syrup is too heavy, the peaches float, but even with a light syrup, they still floated...so I think I just need to fit more peaches into those tiny little jars!!!
Now I can't wait for next year to try some more! I picked up a cherry-pitter, just in time for cherries to head out of the supermarket ... alas, another year will pass... but beware fruit aisle! I'm waiting anxiously!!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Every year I try to pick a "theme" verse for my year and then plaster it in a bunch of places to remind me of God's truth. As B and I anticipate what is sure to be a wild and wonderful year, I find myself constantly returning to this verse and finding solace knowing that He holds it all. Lord, fill me with Your peace.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
BUT... all of this sickness meant that my husband and I got to spend the weekend together...nowhere to go and no one to see, because who really wants to hang out with someone contagious after all? :) It's been fun. Caught up on some tv...had some good laughs and won crib too!! It's been like a whole weekend of dates :)
mmm. Back to reality. Tomorrow's Monday.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
The 2nd anniversary was our 2 year as a couple. 2 amazing years. I gave him a card with a quote on it by Charles Dickens,
"Imagine one day struck out of your life, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns and flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day."
That day, I couldn't imagine what God had in store for us ... 2 years later, I can't imagine a life without my husband.
Friday, May 23, 2008
to be crocus-minded.
God, I’d rather wait until June,
Like wise roses,
When the hazards of winter are safely behind,
and I’m expected,
and everything’s ready for roses.
Knifing through hard-frozen ground and snow,
and sticking their necks out,
because they believe in spring
and have something personal
and emphatic to say about it.
God, I am by nature rose-minded.
Even when I have studied the situation here
and know there are wrongs that need righting,
affirmations that need stating,
and know also that my speaking out may offend . . .
for it rocks the boat . . .
Well, I’d rather wait until June.
Maybe later things will work themselves out,
and we won’t have to make an issue of it.
Wrongs don’t work themselves out.
Injustices and inequities and hurts don’t just dissolve.
Somebody has to stick her neck out,
Somebody who cares enough
to think through
and work through hard ground,
because she believes
and has something personal
and emphatic to say about it.
Could it be that there are things that need to be said,
and you want me to say them?
I pray for courage.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
"It’s not a panacea, of course, but an author site is the ultimate convergence device, a business card, a curriculum vitae, a newsletter, a publicity machine. And in spite of the publish-on-demand revolution, a website is still the only context in which a professional can self-publish without any stigma attached. That’s what blogging is, after all: a guilt-free vanity press...An author these days needs a website. And a website these days needs a blog. I’m nothing if not the poster boy for that."
...and so it begins.