New year, new baby…. hasn’t this happened before?

Etc | February 25, 2015 | By

Wow.  So, I know I sound like an extremely broken record, but IT HAS BEEN WAY TOO LONG.

Thanks to my mother-in-law for mentioning that she wanted a post on her newest grandbaby.

And let me tell you… she has reason to want it.  It’s her first granddaughter!  We had a GIRL!

November 7, after many hours of contractions, and about 30 seconds of pushing, little miss Briar was born!  We were super shocked to see a little girl, instead of a boy (I just assumed I’d have a load of boys, taking from our families), and oh-so very excited.  She is such a sweetheart.  I love her to bits.  And while I struggle with the colour pink, it has made its way into my household.  The boys are loving her.  Mind you, one of the two (*cough, JUDE, cough*), might tend to be a bit rough in his affections.  But really, they love her to bits.  Not to mention she’s already got Daddy’s heart all swirled around her little fingers.  Daddy took parental leave, so he’s been home with us since November!  We are so enjoying that.

In other news, Jude’s hair is GREAT.  Growing the curls out because it’s just too adorable to cut.

Cael is growing like a little weed, and he’s quick as a whip.

Also, we’ve most definitely been having lots of food goings on.  A few pictures have been taken, but not enough for a food post.  No worries – hopefully one will come soon!

Here are some of the great food things that have been happening lately:

Spiderman Cake, made by me, using my grandmother’s recipe (which sadly, I don’t think is posted yet…)

Hot Cocoa Cake from Pass the Sushi

Pretzel Hot Dogs from Spoonforkbacon

 

 

**I really was doubting I’d ever have a little girl, but here we are!
**Little miss Briar
**Daddy and Briar. Did I mention he grew a beard?
**Jude-the-dude’s curly locks
**Cael kind of wanted to go on the school bus that morning
**Jude turned 2! And he loves Spiderman, so I whipped up a Spiderman cake!
**Hot cocoa cake for Daddy’s 25th birthday!
**Pretzel hot dogs

Yogurt Fruit Pops

Etc | May 25, 2013 | By

It’s been way to long, again.  I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be saying that a lot.

Here’s something I’ve been thinking about that may help people to understand why I’ve not been overly up on everything.  When you have a second kid, you’d think you would only have twice as much laundry, that it would only take twice as long to get ready to go somewhere, there would only be twice as many tears.  However, I’ve come to discover that a second child means about 5 times more laundry, it takes about 15 minutes to get ready, as opposed to 2 minutes, and the tears tend to be innumerable and unstoppable at times.

Growing boy

 

{Isn’t he growing?!  Such a cute little guy, my handsome man.}

There is good news though, it also mean innumerable laughs, and smiles.  I get to spend more time with my boys getting them ready before we go somewhere.

… and there’s really nothing good about 5 times as much laundry.  Well, except that [maybe] when it’s sunny out, I have an excuse to stand outside – to hang up laundry.  That’s about it.

Yummy pops!

 

{My sick, sweet little boy.  Cutest.  Kid.  Ever.}

My son likes yogurt.  Of the frozen kind.  And I don’t mean frozen yogurt, I mean yogurt that’s been frozen.  We usually freeze yogurt tubes, and he has them for a healthy snack.  But the other day, I was inspired by this sweet blog.  But I made it even easier.  Just get a popsicle mold (mine is from Walmart, $3), some sliced fruit, and some yogurt.  Whatever kinds you want of everything!  It’s completely customizable.

Yogurt Fruit Pops (our version)

Slices strawberries and mandarins

Peach yogurt and vanilla yogurt.

Pour and plop into molds.  Freeze and enjoy!  Super yummy, and awesomely delicious.

Sick boy

 

{Poor guy spent the beginning of the week sick.  So he extra enjoyed the pops.}

(Especially on a nice sunny, warm day, if anyone is enjoying those right now…  it’s been raining here for over a week…)

If it’s raining there like it is here, why don’t you make some hot sweet milk to enjoy instead?

 

Doily Table Runner

Etc | April 12, 2013 | By

I’m back again.  And so soon!  (Not really, but sooner than I expected.)

Doily Runner

With another non-food creation.  All thanks to Pinterest for the great idea (however, I only saw it, and didn’t pin it, so I have no sweet clue where it originally came from).  By the way – follow me on Pinterest!  It’s such a great place for ideas, a good place to waste spend time surfing cool things, and it’s just cool.  So there.  Do it.

Doily Runner

 

Doily Runner

So, this is really quite ridiculous.  Easy peasy.  Just find some doilies.  Wait – do what I did.  Go to your mom (or grandmother), and ask them if they have any extra kicking around.  I discovered quickly that my mother might just have a fetish…  or maybe it’s my grandmother (I think that’s where they all came from).     Either way, find some doilies. Having a bunch of different ones looks pretty cool.  Then, find some thread and a needle.  Sew them together using small stitches (so they are unnoticeable).  Annnddd…  TAADAA!  C’est tout!  I think it looks really sweet too.  Adds a nice, feminine touch to my living room.

Doily Runner

Hope you guys like the how to’s, instead of just food all the time.  What can I say?  I’m feeling crafty.  Not sure why.  Just am.   If you are hungry though check out this great recipe for Raspberry Scones.  Get a coffee, and eat one o’these yummy devils.  It’ll do you good on this snowy, not-so-springy weekend.  Enjoy!

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{I just can’t leave you all without a pic of at least one of the boys.  Cael in Daddy’s hat and a friends shoes.  Great smile.}

Knit Headbands

Etc | March 18, 2013 | By

I’m baaaaccckkkk.  And not pregnant anymore!

Knit headbands

I’d like to have some sort of good, quirky, true excuse for not having posted since October.  But the truth is…  I just didn’t.  I wanted to, truly.  It just didn’t happen.  Perhaps it had something to do with being preggers, Christmas, a newborn.  Let’s say it did.  (But honestly, I had lots of time I could have spent doing this instead of the myriads of other things I did.)  I miss this.

So we’re going to try to get back into it.  I have to rely on hubby to remind me to do this.  He’s a pretty good nagger motivator.  Really though, he’s great at getting me into these things.

First off, let’s get an update.  A lot can happen in 5 months.  (Wow, has it really been that long?!)  And a lot DID happen.  Lots of cooking and baking happened.  Quite a bit of knitting, wrapping, eating, decorating…  doing wayy too much…  happened as well.  Oh, and I had a baby.  That was probably the biggest thing that happened.

Jude

{Say hey to my newest, cutest little guy}

January 16, Jude came into the world at a whopping 9lbs 2oz.  I have no idea how he was so big.  It’s probably a good thing I didn’t know how big he was going to be before I went into labour…  He was so worth it though.  Such a good, happy, handsome little man.  I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot of him.  (Hope you don’t mind!)

Brothers

{Cael likes his new brother…most of the time.  Typical siblings…}

I thought we’d start off the new year (a few months late) with something different.  Over Christmas, I got a pattern for some knit headbands, that I looooved.  Anyhow, I made three.  One for my friend’s birthday, one for my mom’s birthday, and one for me!  You see, I was out to make 2, but after my mom’s was done, and I had tried it on…  Well, let’s just say she didn’t get that one.  Never try on something you’re supposed to be giving away, if you like it at all, it might just have to stay with you.

Mom's headband

{Mom ended up with this one.  I’ll have to get a picture of her wearing it – she looks super cute!  Most stylish Mom ever}

I got the pattern from a friend, it’s super easy, and mega versatile.  You can really make it with any kind of yard, any size needles, and any thickness.  But I’ll give you the standard to start with.  When it comes to making the flower, just go by the instructions.  It doesn’t sound right, but once you start to cast off, you’ll be amazed at what happens.  It’s really quite neat.

MY headband

{This one was supposed to be for my mom.  She loves pink.  I abhor pink.  I tried it on.  I loved it.  Make sense?}

Knit Headband

Size 8 needles, thick fluffy yarn, tapestry needle

Cast on number of stitches based on thickness of yarn and width of headband you are looking for. **You must make sure to end each row on purl no matter how many stitches you choose or the ribbing will not work.**  (12 for the thinner version and 16 for the thicker version)

Row 1 till end: k2, p2 until desired length is achieved (test on head, should fit snug b/c will most likely stretch a bit)

Cast off and cut yarn leaving a few inches to sew seam.

Flower

Size 8 needles, any yarn (light weight is easier to use for these)

Cast on 10 stitches

Row 1:  Knit

Row 2 (and all even rows): Purl

Row 3: knit into the front and back of each stitch (20 st)

Row 5: knit into the front and back of each stitch (40 st)

Row 7: knit into the front and back of each stitch (80 st)

Row 8: Purl

Cast off, assemble flower, sewing with loose ends.  Attach to the seam of the headband.

Again, I kind of messed around with how many stitches to use for the different widths of headbands and sizes of flowers.  Shout out if you want to know exactly what I did.  They turned out super cute!

Sarah's headband.

{My friend Sarah got this darling.  I’ve also got to get a picture of her with it on, because she looks gorgeous (WITH and without it on)}

Cael update anybody?  He’s getting big!  He says almost everything we say, and is starting to put words together.

Hiding

Smile! Or not.

{Funny, as soon as I told him to smile, he gave me the evil stare}

He is 100% boy.  Cars, trains, animals, guns, fighting noises, fighting, you name it.  If you associate it with the male species, he loves it.  Anyhow.  I hope you guys enjoy the headbands.  Food next time, I promise.  I won’t promise that it will be soon, but hopefully it’ll be before August.  No more 5 month intervals.  Okay?  Peace.

Mommy & baby

{Mommy and baby Jude}

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It's been a long, long time.

Etc | August 2, 2012 | By

Hey everybody.

Can I just say how sorry I am that it’s been so long since I last posted?  To be honest, I’ve had recipes and photos ready, but absolutely zero motivation to share them.  Today must be different though.  I decided that I just needed to post.  It had to be done.  It’s a rainy summer day here, and I really should be doing the dishes.  But dishes are about at the bottom of my “What I LIKE To Do” list.  They also score the bottom of my priority list.  Just come over, you’ll understand when you see the piles of dirty dishes on my counter.

So, instead of doing the dishes, I’m sitting down with a cup of Vanilla Nut Creme tea, and I’m [finally] writing a post.  This one won’t include a recipe, but one shall follow SOON, and when I say SOON, I mean like today or tomorrow.  Because, I also decided to make scones before doing the dishes.  You might say they partially inspired me to finally share.  The other factor was the fact that a few people in the last week have said that they love reading about all the food I post.  One guy said, ‘I have one question for you:  Why haven’t you been posting anything?”  I told him that I found out I was pregnant, and that was pretty much it.  It’s amazing how draining creating a baby is.  They are like little energy leeches, even at only a few weeks in there.

Would anybody like an update?  I’m almost 17 weeks pregnant, my baby bump popped last week (out of nowhere), and I’m feeling great, other than being exhausted!  I’m super glad nausea is over with – I was SO tired of feeling sick allllll the time.

A lot has happened since the last post.  I’ll just give a couple highlights from the last few weeks.  Cael turned 1!  How time flies!  We went to a Rascal Flatts concert (have I mentioned that they are my all time favourite, and I actually got to see them LIVE?!).  We also went camping for a night with a bunch of other young families.  And we drove 22 hours to visit some family and friends in Ontario – Which included much driving, Canada’s Wonderland, lots of great food, a beautiful wedding, a bit of shopping, and not enough sleep.  It was really a great time.  How summer is flying by!  It’s insane.  I cannot believe that August has arrived already and has been slipping by as I’ve been trying to put my house back together from all the packing and unpacking and birthday presents that have been going on here.

{Hubby was a photographer for some of our younger friends on prom night.  We both joined them all for dinner.  I got to dress up – definitely the highlight for me… well, along with awesome food.}

I hope this suffices as an apology post.  I will make it up to you with a stellar scone recipe in a short while.  I must go, as my scones need to be removed from the oven – they smell so good!  Peace out guys.  Happy August 2nd!  🙂

Crazy, this thing called life.

Etc | April 1, 2012 | By

So,  I’m completely sorry that I’ve been MIA this week.  Thing is, life happens, whether we’re ready for it or not… and…  well – We bought a house!  So that’s my excuse.  (I think it’s a pretty good one, don’t you?)  We’ve spent the last few days at the lawyers office, then painting, painting, painting, garbaging, cleaning… and wrecking the place.  I arrived back at the house yesterday after taking an hour break to a wall being torn down…  Mess.  Everywhere.  But it’s good.  It’s going to make the place look much bigger and more spacious.  And most importantly, it’s going to INCREASE my kitchen space!  (ie – More baking space!!)

Anyhow.  I do have another post almost ready to go.  And I’ll be sharing that with you in the next few days.  Because, (did I mention I’m taking a university course?) I have 2 assignments and an exam to do in the next 3 days, AND my great little bro has a birthday this week too (so I’ve got to get baking that cake!!), and in the midst of all that, I’ve got to look after my hubby, little boy, and try to post something… BUT it WILL happen!  Okay?

Do you believe me?

While you’re waiting for that post/recipe.  I wanted to share this picture with you.  We went out for supper last week to Mateus Bistro, and we ordered scallops (and other great things) for appetizers.

{Photo courtesy of my wonderful hubby}

Don’t they look amazing?  They were realllly cool tasting.  Like, surprising, and very yummy to those taste buds.

Anyhow – I’ll be back to you soon!  Have a great Sunday afternoon!

Finally… Christmas.

About, Etc | January 16, 2012 | By

And I am ever still the worst blogger ever.  Christmas in almost a month past (as is my last post), and I have yet to write about it.  Sorry.  A million times, sorry.

It was our little boy’s first Christmas this year.  He was 5 months old.  It was really sweet.  He was spoiled to death, but it was really great.

Cael really enjoyed the icing we were using to decorate the gingerbread house.  Isn’t he especially cute in his ‘First Christ-Moose’ suit?

So!  Christmas was great.  It was really busy.  I really enjoyed having my friends come home (especially those that are FAR away).  It was really awesome to spend time with them, and catch up.  I can’t wait until that happens again.  Thing is, soon enough, they’re all going to get married and will probably stop coming to visit me so often… I’m hoping that doesn’t happen (I WANT them to get married, but they need to keep visiting…!!).  Anyways, enough with that.  Time with family was great too.  We just took our Christmas tree out on Saturday actually.  It was really nice to have it up for a while afterwards.  It was getting pretty dry though.  It left most of its needles on our living room floor on its way out the door.  So now, the house is in more order (if that’s possible in a house of 9?).  We ate so much food through the season.  Multiple turkey dinners, lots of sweets, it was great.

Me and my beautiful cousin Allie at our family Christmas Eve supper.

Our Christmas morning is always my favourite part.  We get up around 7 (I’m in charge of getting my brothers up on time, and keeping them quiet as to not wake up my husband).  Then we go downstairs and go through our stockings – which are massive.  They are at least 3 feet long.  My mother made them when I was about 10, and I just made 3 for my own little family.  They’re really great though.  My all-time favourite.  We then get dressed up, and have a good old-fashioned breakfast of homemade brown bread, fried baloney, and eggs – SO good.  After that, we read the Christmas story.  We read it out of a picture book, and then the account from Luke 2.  Read it.  We read it before we open our gifts as a reminder as to what we’re actually celebrating.  Not presents, not family; we’re celebrating the miraculous birth of our One and Only Saviour.  He is why we celebrate.  We read the story, and then we pray and thank God for the best gift of all. Only after that do we start opening presents.  This year, we had church in the morning (as Christmas was on Sunday), so only a few presents got opened before church.  Then we have multiple turkey dinners, go to grandparents, etc…  This year, we didn’t get our presents all opened until 10:30!  PM!

Our first turkey dinner of the week.  

I did so much baking in preparation for Christmas.  It was AMAZING.  I love to bake.  I.  Love.  Baking.  Except, I need people to eat all the lovely baked goods so they don’t go to waste.  At Christmastime, I have people to eat my baked goods.  It is wonderful.  I attended two cookie exchanges (actually the first two I’d ever been to…), and I loved them.  I will share a few recipes from those REALLY soon.  One of them is Cranberry White Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Balls.  (Yum.)

In all, it was really great.  Loved it.

How was your Christmas?  What do you do special to celebrate? 

Sorry!

Etc | December 13, 2011 | By

Hey everyone. I just wanted to apologize for being the worst blogger EV-er.  I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted.  I’m going to blame it on the craziness of life – being a mother of a 4 month old, living in a house of 9, and writing exams (not to mention getting ready for Christmas and the umpteenth things that go along with that!).  The good news however, is that in the time since my last post, I’ve baked about a zillion things, and can’t wait to share those with you!

I hope everyone is in the Christmas spirit – I’ve had Christmas music playing since November 2nd!  (Hey – it’s great music, and we only get to listen to it for a short period of time in the year!)  Presents are being bought, trees are taking over the house, decorations and baking galore, add in Christmas crafts, and you’re all set!  Well, except for one thing…  A HuGe thing actually.  His name is Jesus, and without Him, we’d never even celebrate Christmas.  It is a great time of family and friends, music and laughter and presents, but the reason I celebrate Christmas is a little boy (much like my own), who was born this day.   Look is up – Luke 2.  It’s the greatest story ever, and will change your life for sure.

My parent’s have a really high ceiling in one room, so we put up a 12 foot tree every year.  It’s really great, we get some family friends over and make a whole evening out of it.

Isn’t she the cutest?  She’s about halfway up, working from the bottom up as you can see.  🙂

We also have a “kid tree”.  The kids get to string popcorn and cranberries for a garland, and all the hand-crafted-by-the-kids-in-elementary ornaments, along with any other “kid” ornaments go on that tree.  It really is a lot of fun.

A new baking experience and recipe will be on its way VERY soon – I promise (but will not be held to it….  I’ll try my best!).  Need a new Christmas cookie recipe?  Check out these chocolate cookies.

Does anyone have any awesome tree decorating ideas or traditions?