Category Archives: Children

Pour me another tequila, Sheila


Back before I had kids, this was what Friday night looked like.

With kids, I often wish I was spending my Friday nights doing that!

Instead, I spend it doing this: cleaning our playroom. This is how the disaster area looked Friday afternoon:

And this is how it looked an hour later, with some help from #3.

Maybe not as much fun as the tequila, but at least I wasn’t hungover Saturday morning.


What Would Ma Ingalls Do?


I have two sick kids at home. One has pneumonia and the other, double ear infections. They were pretty sick but now with the medication kicking in, they are on their way to recovery. This is, of course exactly what I want but with the symptoms lessening, it means their demands, arguments and grumpiness are increasing. On days like these, stuck in the house with two tired grumpy children, I wonder what Ma Ingalls would do.

I don’t know much about Caroline Ingalls but I’m sure that she wouldn’t have let her kids stay all day in their pyjamas. She probably wouldn’t have had cotton swabs or construction paper. She wouldn’t  have had citrus juice to make a treat.

God bless you Mrs. Ingalls. I don’t know how you did it!

Here’s what we did today:

Read some more of The Long Winter

(How long can humans survive on potatoes and brown bread, just asking!)

Then made some easy to eat, practically guilt-free treats

(Citrus Jellies thanks to Every Day Food from Martha Stewart)

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups of orange or grapefruit juice ( I used a mix)

1/2 cup sugar

2 envelopes of gelatin

pour 1/2 cup of juice into a bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over and allow to dissolve.

Pour remaining juice into a pan with the sugar. Bring to a boil just to dissolve sugar. Take off heat and stir in the softened gelatin. Stir to dissolve.

Pour into an 8 x 8 baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Cut and serve. Then enjoy.

And did some crafting

(This project comes thanks to Busybee Kids Crafts)

crafting supplies

my example to show the boys

Zeke's snowflakes


Soule Inspiration


This week, I was inspired by Amanda Blake Soule’s post about her family’s backyard skating rink.

We also considered making a skating rink this year but never got around to it. But really, there’s no need for a backyard rink when the city maintains a beautiful skating park two minutes away.

Saturday morning we made our way to the rink. It was our youngest son’s first time skating. He wore two-blade skates for boots. It was our other son’s first time out on skates this winter. Lucky for us, the  chalet comes with red balance bars for kids. We had a great time. My husband and I didn’t get to do a lot of skating but the kids loved it.











We came home and had hot chocolate and kettle corn. If you haven’t tried this, you should.

Kettle Corn (Food Network Magazine)

3 tbsp vegetable oil

3 tbsp sugar

3/4 cup of popcorn kernels

Put all ingredients in a large pot with lid. Shake over high heat until the kernels stop popping so frequently. Salt and serve.

It is the best salty-sweet snack. Great for warming up on the couch after a morning of skating in the cold.

Now the weather has turned on us. The temperature has warmed up much to the chagrin of us skaters.

Rain, Rain, Go Away…my family and I want to skate today!

V-day in the sticks


Welcome to valentine’s day!! Are you glad it’s almost over? sad it’s almost over? such mixed emotions on a day of love!

We are not big valentine’s day people but you know, once you have children, everything changes. So this year I decided to celebrate a bit, first off by following sistah2’s advice and made this gift for our daycare provider:


So cute!

I decided for supper to make some tomato soup a la jamie paired with some sandwiches. Why tomato soup? Because it’s red of course!!


First step, lots of veggies!


Then throw those roughly chopped veggies into some warm olive oil and cook it.


Once the onions are soft and veggies are shiny and delicious, the tomatoes and stock goes in

Seriously, who wants to buy canned tomato soup ever again?

Boil those veggies


And purée it into goodness once it’s cooled ( adding some fresh basil- I love the smell of fresh basil!)




And the taste test


The bowl was empty and the sandwich gone. I would say it’s a hit.

Next up, opening up the v-day treat.


What else is in there?


Ohhh, he likes it!


The best part was watching him chew and chew on jelly belly- beans.


And chewing….


And now using his finger to try to dislodge the sticky jellybean!


And to finish off the night, one of Nigella Lawson’s fairy cakes.


So delicious, you may end up with some on your face,


Agh, a successful valentine’s day after all. And the best part of all, some beautiful flowers to brighten up those February days. Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!


Golden cake with chocolate icing



Our local grocery store has recently begun carrying Betty Crocker Gluten-Free products. Having tried many, many, many gluten-free mixes over the past eight years and been very, very, very disappointed, I didn’t have very high hopes for this cake.

But Betty proved me wrong. This was a great cake, with just a handful of ingredients: rice flour, sugar, potato starch, leavening (baking soda,  sodium acid pyrophospate, monocalcium phospate), xantham gum and salt. You add eggs, water and butter (we used our old friend, Earth Balance margarine).20120208-193934.jpg

We made the icing with Earth Balance, cocoa, icing sugar and rice milk.

Mmmm, leftovers!

Last Minute Valentine’s? Uh – uh.


Every major holiday finds me scrambling at the last minute to finish up different crafts and gifts. Whether it’s cookie baking at Christmas or cardmaking at Easter time, I’m always completing projects at the last minute.

Not this year.

It is one week to Valentine’s Day and our projects are in full swing.

This year, we are making these cards from Disney Family Fun for classmates. We are making this project  again from Disney Family Fun for teachers/daycare providers and these cookies  from Martha Stewart for everyone. After last night’s before bed craft session, here’s what we have accomplished.




















































Tonight, it was a cookie-making spree. All cookies for my son’s school friends are done. I need to make a batch for my other son’s daycare friends.

See it can be done.

Projects can be accomplished by deadline. (Bear with me, I’m trying to convince myself!)

Keep reading to see how successful we really are.