Sunday mood

I love weekends.  Today has been a very rainy day. So in my opinion, perfect for yoga pants, drinking coffee, watching Downton Abbey and doing a little project. 

When I was in Kelowna a couple weeks ago, my mom sent me home with a huge bag full of hens and chicks.  (Thanks Mama!)

This is what they looked like when she pulled them from her garden.

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I love hens and chicks and like that you can just plant them anywhere and in very little dirt and they just thrive.  I had a little planter with a snake plant and some other kinds of succulents in it already, so I thought these would work good with them too. 

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I’m happy with how these look together. 

Happy weekend friends.  xo

-lori

The flu has hit our home again and some days I find it hard keeping up with things around the house.  It’s already hard enough when you’re feeling under the weather – now add a sick 18 month old to look after, school lunches and family meals that still need to be prepared.  That’s when I find the struggle is real.  Still, you gotta find ways to help keep you going.  Normally, I drink LOTS and LOTS of coffee in my everyday schedule to keep up with the swing of things, but when I’m sick, I can’t go near the stuff. 

I’m finding some of the most comforting things for me right now, are drinking tea and eating chicken noodle soup.

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Some of my favourite tea’s are lemon ginger, jasmine orange and of course chai tea.
All of those and a nebulizer with some essential oil are what I find to be most comforting and the best way to get through the next few days.

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(Image from http://saje.ca/blog/stephsterjovski/)

I love all of the Saje essential oils.  Some of my most fav’s are liquid sunshine (it’s a citrusy blend with hints of bergamot), lavender for relaxation and calm, and peppermint.

What are some of your favourite things to help you cope with the flu?

Until next time…..

-lori

Hello May

May is finally here and that means warmer, longer days.  I’ve already been out digging around in the garden.  Mostly just dividing hostas and moving lillies around to different places. 

I have plans this week to find a white feathers hosta.

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These are something that really stand out at night in the garden and they grow beautiful purple flowers during mid summer.

The last few years I’ve really been into peonies and I did try planting a peachy colored one 3 years ago, but the following year, it never came up ūüėē.  I’m going to try again this year.  I know they need full sun, so maybe I didn’t have the right spot the first time. 

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http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/g3112/laura-brown-list/?

I’ll go for a blush pink color this time.  I LOVE peonies.  Not only do they smell beautiful, but they make wonderful fresh cut flowers for bouquets. 

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http://www.diyandmag.com

This is only just the beginning of planting season, so I can’t wait to see what the summer in my garden is going to bring. 
What kinds of plants are you planting?

-lori

Wedding planning and more wedding planning

Today’s been a very productive day.  My best friend Shannon is getting married and I have the honor of getting to be one of her bridesmaids alongside her sister.   She’s having a small wedding with just immediate family and close friends by the sounds of it.  Her and her husband-to-be were engaged in February and they are planning an August wedding. 

She is a very organized, ‘listy’ kind of person.  She always has her ‘to do’ things written down and does things in a certain order.  I admire those things about her, as I would like to become more organized.  I’m learning from her ūüėä.

She found her dress about a month ago and today, we were on the hunt for her shoes and bridesmaid dresses. 

After missing out on the first pair of shoes she wanted, we lucked out and found these and I think it was meant to be. 

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Found at "spring" and I think they are the perfect choice for the bride

I know it’s hard to tell by the lighting in the photo, but they are a rose gold color and very shimmery. The type of heel is a wedge, which I think is a smart choice, so she won’t get stuck in grass with a stiletto-type heel. 

After shoe shopping, we hit David’s Bridal. It was a zoo and very unorganized in there.  Still, I think we had some luck finding the type of bridesmaid dress she is looking for.  I tried a cocktail length chiffon spaghetti strap dress, in a plum shade that I think she is leaning towards.  We will see!

Next, she has to decide on what flowers to go with and I’m picturing her going with something along these lines

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Image from Style Me Pretty

http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/06/10/the-25-prettiest-peony-bouquets/

I’ve been having so much fun getting to help plan her special day.  More info to come soon! 

-lori

Adventures in play dough

It started with last week when Ava wanted to use the play-doh but, it was all dried up and crumbly.¬† I don’t find that stuff lasts very long at all.¬† We had only just opened 6 different colors about 2 weeks before.¬† She was very disappointed, so I told her we would have to just make some!¬†

I’ve experimented with making different play dough recipes before, but none where the colors were very vibrant.¬† On Pinterest, I  came across some recipes that used Jello powder to make play dough, so we went that route.

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Recipe here: http://www.kraftcanada.com/recipes/jell-o-play-dough-157617

We began by mixing 1 cup of flour, the jelly powder mix (any color), 1/4 cup salt, 1 Tbsp cream of tartar in a small saucepan. Turn on to medium-low and pour in 1 cup of water and 2 Tbsp of olive oil.

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We used grape flavour for the first batch and the bonus was that this stuff smells AMAZING.

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keep stirring constantly to smooth the dough mixture and after about 3 minutes it will start to get really lumpy and should start pulling away from the sides of the pan.  Then you know it’s time for it to come out and knead a few times.

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I don’t know who was more excited to make the play dough more – the kids or me.  Sophia decided she wanted to help too, so she picked berry blue.  I was a little worried at first that the dough would be sticky to play with because of the sugar content, but it wasn’t sticky at all. 

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After, I removed the play dough from the pan, I kneaded each color a few times and let them cool completely on wax paper.

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They were so excited, they couldn’t wait for it to cool, so they started working with it right away.  I found that because it was still a bit warm, it was crumbling a bit, but we tried again this morning and it was perfect to play with.

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Even Tessa got in there to play!

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JELL-O Play Dough making was a huge hit and smells so good, you almost want to eat it!  Tessa actually tried at first ūüėú.  This recipe made a huge batch, I was able to divide each color in half and store for later on. 

Happy play dough making!

-lori

Sick days….

It’s been too long since my last post. ¬†I’ve felt very inspired lately, but I just can’t seem to find the time to post. ¬†People always say to me, you must have so much time on your hands being a stay-at-home mom. ¬†Sometimes I feel offended with that comment, but now I’ve learned to take it like a grain of salt because chances are, if they haven’t had the opportunity to stay home with their children, then they don’t understand that you usually take on the full load of responsibilities/chores around the house, as well as plan meals and do all of the cooking.

We’ve all had our share of the cold and flu around here the last few weeks. ¬†It went through everyone in our family and I somehow thought it was going to sneak by without passing to me. ¬†I was wrong:( it caught up with me over the weekend and today seems to be one of the worst days. ¬†I’ve been laying low today and letting the chores pile up. ¬†With 3 kids, the laundry pile will be huge after neglecting it for the last 3 days, but at least it’s not going to go anywhere.

On days like this, I don’t really feel like eating anything, but I realize how important it is to still eat a good, healthy meal. ¬† That’s when soup comes to my mind! ¬†One of my favourite go-to soups is a really hearty vegetable beef soup. ¬†I don’t usually use recipes when I make soup. ¬†It’s more fun to just make up as I go. ¬†This one turned out delicious, so I thought I’d share this one. ¬†My husband called it lumberjack soup and said its now his favourite ūüôā

Lumberjack Soup
Lumberjack Soup

 

  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef¬†
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes¬†
  • 1 12 oz. can of corn niblets¬†
  • 1 20 oz. can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 900 ml carton of beef broth¬†
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Tomato paste
  • 1 Tsp. Salt¬†
  • 1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil¬†

Start by browning beef in your stock pot on medium heat, draining off any fat and then add your diced onion and sauté a few minutes.  Add your celery and carrots, stir.  Add in your minced garlic and then beef broth, diced tomatoes, niblets and kidney beans.  Stir in the tomato paste and season with salt.  Drizzle your olive oil in and stir.  Let simmer for 30 mins and enjoy!

I served ours with a loaf of crusty garlic bread and everyone loved it.

Happy Monday everyone!

-lori

 

 

 

 

Chicken Fajita Pasta

This Chicken Fajita Pasta is hands down one of our all-time favorite meals. It’s loaded with crispy chicken, fresh veggies, and wonderfully spicy, creamy sauce. It’s utterly delicious. And you seriously won’t even believe how ridiculously quick and easy it is to make! It’s so, so good. Creamy, decadent deliciousness! Here’s how you make it. Start by […]

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I made this for supper the other night and it was so yum, I definitely recommend giving it a try as comfort food season is upon us again! ¬† I love using Kevin and Amanda’s recipes, they are delish and super easy to follow.

Enjoy your weekend everyone ūüôā

-lori

 

Feeling the cosy kind of cooking 

It’s been too long now since I’ve posted……..and this recipe is way overdue cause I made it 2 nights ago…… shame on me. ¬†Everyone in the family has been sick now at least twice this season with the common cold and flu and it’s kept me feeling pretty tired and I was almost becoming burned out, I think. ¬†I’m one who almost never gets sick, but this is the first year with Sophia going to school, so I guess that is what changed it. ¬†After all, everyone knows it’s the kids who drag the germs around, lol.

Anyway, with winter approaching, it really makes me crave comfort food all the time. ¬†The last week now, I’ve made soups or some kind of stew almost every night (not that I have a problem with that cause in winter, that’s my fav) but it was time to switch it up so my husband and kids don’t say, “soup again?”

I don’t know when the last time I had eggs for supper was, so frittata came to my mind. It’s a recipe I adapted from¬†www.tinykitchen.org

She calls it jackpot crustless quiche. ¬†It’s one of my favourite recipes to make when I want something hearty and satisfying, but still healthy at the same time and my husband loves it so it’s a win win.

First I start by cooking the bacon and getting it nice and crispy.

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Then once the bacon is done cooking, I drain off pretty much all the grease, cause who wants their food drenched in bacon fat? ¬†Whatever is left in the pan is fine, cause it just adds awesome flavour. ¬†I chopped up about 1/2 a lb of asparagus into 1″ pieces and saut√©ed that in the same pan.

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Next, I added in the spinach (about half the bag cause once it wilts down, it doesn’t seem like much.)

 

 

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In a bowl, mix up 8 eggs and 3/4 cups of milk.

 

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Salt and pepper and mix ūüôā

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To that, I added 1/2 a cup of chopped green onions, a peeled carrot, 5 slices of diced bacon and about half a cup of grated cheese, reserving the other half cup to go on top before putting in the oven.

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Grease a pie plate and pour in the egg mixture and top with the remaining cheese.

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That goes in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. ¬†I like this dish a lot cause it’s so speedy to make and everyone loves it.

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I served this with toast and fried tomatoes (YUM), but since it’s a savoury egg dish, it goes well with pretty much any salad, or it’s a complete meal itself cause it’s loaded with veggies!

 

Have a great day everyone!

-lori:)

Nothing gold can stay 

Fall is in full swing in Alberta now and this time of year always reminds me of how much I enjoy the season.  Time spent doing projects you love, snuggling by the fireplace and of course, bonfires with hot cocoa!  Edmonton can give you a lovely fall, as long as the snow stays away.

We’ve been enjoying a perfect Sunday, starting out with pumpkin spice lattes this morning and then pumpkin pancakes, with a recipe I found on Pinterest. ¬†They turned out so fluffy and tasted just like pumpkin pie. ¬†Charles loved them, since pumpkin pie is his favourite dessert.

All our leaves have turned and these are just a few of them that Sophia and Ava gathered.  I thought they were so pretty, so we tried drying them.

I’ve been working on some projects this week. ¬†Of course I always have some kind of knitting project on the go, but I’ve been inspired to make a chalkboard for a while. ¬†I thought I’d start with something small just in case it didn’t turn out, so I hit Michaels for my supplies.

 

I saw these cute 1″ wood stump slabs and I thought they would make a nice chalkboard sign

 

I went to the paint aisle in search of chalk paint and Martha Stewart had a huge selection of colors, but they were outrageously priced. No offense to Martha cause I love her products, but in this case, I just wanted a black chalkboard and paint is paint, so I went with the folk art brand that was about 30% cheaper.

I started by applying one coat of the stuff with the cheapest brush I could find.  I let it dry for about 2 hours, because it was really thick, goopy stuff to work with and then I did coat # 2.


¬†Well, I’m no artist, but this is how it looked once dry and I’m very happy with the results.

I hope everyone else is loving this time of year as much as I do.  Take some time to slow down and do some of the things you love to do:)

-Lori
Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold. ¬†Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. ¬†Then leaf subsides to leaf, so Eden sank to grief, so dawn goes down to day, nothing gold can stay. ¬†-Robert Frost