Valentines Roundup

Lists for Days | February 7, 2017 | By

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Hey again everyone! 

I am soooo sooo soooooo sorry I’ve been completely MIA.  I’ve been really missing doing this.  Christmas (and some other big things – news to come!) happened, and I’ve gotten just about zero baking done.  How about, I’ve hardly gotten anything done.  Period.  But I’m hoping to be back at it [more] regularly.  

I thought for today, we could do a hybrid list.  A Valentines Day list!  I know Valentines is a loved/hated holiday.  I never quite know how I feel about it, or what to get/do for hubby.  But I love the idea of it, and all the cool diy/baking things that go with it.  

Here are some things I’ve found so far this year:

  1. Chocolate is always good, for multiple reasons.  Lava Brownies
  2. Why go out when you can stay in and cook something amazing together?  After the kids are in bed, of course.  Ashley from Not Without Salt has some great, special menu ideas.  
  3. A cute heart wreath to do with the kiddos.
  4. Expensive, pretty lingerie?  Never a necessity, but always nice.  Anthro delivers.
  5. Amazon has a great selection of vintage valentines.  They’re super cute.  
  6. Hubby got me a cookbook a few years ago for Valentines Day.  Best.  Gift.  Ever.  The Vanilla Bean Baking Book would be an amazing option.  I’ve flipped through it, and every single page looks scrumptious.  
  7. Another great menu idea, with Maple Creme Brulee for dessert.
  8. Another great gift idea – Apricot Massage Oil.  I saw it at a local spa, I think it would smell fantastic.  
  9. Gift ideas for him.  Good Morning Handsome mug.  I keep thinking I should buy this.  I’ve been eyeing it for a year or so.  Tobacco and Vanilla Candle.  Sounds weird, but I feel like it would smell manly.  Better might be this Bergamot and Mahogany Candle.  Wowza.
  10. Another great chocolate recipe.  You can’t go wrong with cake.  You just can’t.

I think I’m Valentines-ed out for now.  But I’ll be back!  Hopefully with a yummy, comforting, pick-me-up of a recipe!

**Jude turned FOUR a few weeks ago!  We celebrated with a Zuma (Paw Patrol) cake.  

For the Love of Lists – Week 16

Lists for Days | November 21, 2016 | By

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I’ve started my Christmas shopping!  Barely, but it’s a start, right?  And I’m slowly starting to pull some decorations/Christmas-themed things out of storage.  We attended Jordan’s staff Christmas dinner this weekend, so we really had to get into a bit of a Christmas mode.  It was really nice.  Good food, loud music (I’m a sucker for a loud bass, believe it or not – ha!), dressing up, great company.  It was pretty great.  

There is a food post on the way this week – I’ve just got to put it together, and finish eating the pan of squares.  

Love of Lists 16 - Whisks and Wooden Spoons

For the list this week, we’ve got diy, recipes <– of course!, books, clothes, encouraging articles.  A little bit of everything.  Seriously check out the ornaments, they are so great.  And the books would make a great Christmas gift!

  1. I love the style of the pictures on this blog, and I adore her writing.  This White Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake she’s created takes the cake – it looks amazing!
  2. I found the sweetest diy ornaments EVER.  They’re SO cute!
  3. I love eggnog.  Eggnog fudge?  Sounds amazing!  Somebody make it and give me a piece!  (If I make it, I’ll eat it all.
  4. Currently reading a Nicholas Sparks.  This guy – he pulls me in and I don’t like to put the book down.  Such easy reads, so enticing.  This one it pretty good so far.  I read this one awhile ago – it was a bit different for him, but still really good.  
  5. These pj pants are so comfy-looking, and adorable too!
  6. I made this pulled pork (in the slow cooker!!) recipe for a potluck this weekend.  I’ve made it before.  It’s pretty awesome.  It has jam in it, which gives it a great extra layer of flavour.  
  7. I also made some Cran-Apple Toffee Blondies.  That recipe will be up soon.  Promise.   😉
  8. This is a great MOM post.  “When You Just Want Your Kids to Leave You Alone”  Humbling.  I need to be reminded of this often. 
  9. Some Christmas cookie inspiration.  These are so pretty, and classic.

And there you have it folks!  The list of the week.  

Would you like to see a Christmas baking compilation at some point?  

**A reminder for the week from my chalkboard cupboard

For the Love of Lists – Week 11

Lists for Days | October 19, 2016 | By

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We have been continuing to keep our selves crazy busy. (I don’t think it’ll ever end.  As much as I hate to say it – I’m kind of looking forward to some snow to keep us storm-stayed.)  I just cannot believe that we’re making our way into the latter half of October. 

I was grocery shopping [very late] last week one evening, and the staff at the store was putting all the Halloween stuff on sale and bringing out the Christmas things!  That being said, I think Costco has had a bunch of their Christmas stock out for almost a month!  I’m NOT ready for that  yet!  

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I have lots of stuff to share this week.  I was busy on the internet searching for things.  Always searching.  

I’m having a Steeped Tea party on Saturday with some lovely ladies, so I’m looking for recipes for that night.  Briar’s birthday is fast approaching, and girly cakes (!!) are exciting to me.  I’m still deciding on a dress to sew Briar, and quilt patterns, meal recipes, etc.  You name it, I’m searching the web for it.  

  1. Here are a couple of books (fiction novels) that I thought looked good enough to read.  They’re on my to-read list.  
    1. In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume
    2. Voracious:  A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books, by Cara Nicoletti
    3. Today Will be Different, by Maria Semple
  2. While we’re on a reading kick, I also thought these two books looked great in a thought-provoking and encouraging kind of way:
    1. Grace, Not Perfection, by Emily Ley
    2. Present over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist
  3. A tea party = Scones, right?  What kind though?  Maple Date, Peach Cobbler, Blueberry Lavender, Apple Ginger.  The options are endless.  Help!
  4. Blow-your-mind diy:  Paper Marbling with shaving cream and food colouring.  It’s SO COOL.  I might just go use all hubby’s shaving cream.   Seriously though, even if you aren’t interested in doing it – go look at it!  It’s beautiful!
  5. I’m always on the hunt for jackets.  Mostly because they get worn so stinking much here.  Cape-style (mustard!), long and burgundy,  moto jacket (mustard again!),  gray blazer, red tweed, and a navy peacoat
  6. IKEA‘s new 2017 catalog is now available!!  I LOVE devouring the pages of their yearly catalogs.  They really do have some awesome products, and the layouts of the rooms in the catalogs are amazing!  You can get one for free in the mail.  Do it.  Such a good look-book.

There you have it!  Random bits of stuff. 

**Fall colours everywhere!  Photo credits to hubby.  

Linked up on Honest Mum, Buns in My Oven

Things. Take FOUR!

Lists for Days | August 27, 2014 | By

Things again.  Things it is.  And another month has passed.  Wow.

Super hot days, and getting freezing nights going on here.  Pretty crazy how things can change from day to night.

And 10 weeks of pregnancy left!  Countdown is ON!

We’ve really been having a great summer.  I’m not really looking forward to its end, but I suppose ‘all good things shall come to an end’, as they say.  Fall is great too.  Really.  Here are some pictures of what’s been going down with us:

Breakfast time with two silly boys. Constantly making each other laugh (and making a mess doing it).

Breakfast time with two silly boys. Constantly making each other laugh (and making a mess doing it).

At a wedding. What a handsome hubby, eh? And a baby bump at 29.5 weeks.

At a wedding. What a handsome hubby, eh? And a baby bump at 29.5 weeks.

Flour and baby oil. Who knew it would make 'sand' to occupy much time. And cute aprons bought at a local craft fair!

Flour and baby oil. Who knew it would make ‘sand’ to occupy much time. And cute aprons bought at a local craft fair!  They’ve saved much mess on clothes thus far.

Things:

  1. Adam Bede, by George Eliot.  I’ve yet to finish the book, but if you like classics, and love words – grab this book.  It took me awhile to get into it, but now I’m stuck.  It’s pretty dang good.
  2. Modcloth.com.  Seriously.  Get into it.  Cute and quirky clothes, shoes, accessories, and house stuffs!   Downside=Duty taxes when shipping to Canada.  But if you can make it past those taxes, you are home free!  So much cool stuff.
  3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Great movie.  Hubby and I rented it, not knowing if we’d enjoy it or not.  Conclusion:  We both LOVED it.  It was really great!  Hard to explain without giving away the plot, so just watch it.  It’s a really well done movie.
  4. These super easy-looking diy slippers!  What a great gift idea!
  5. The World’s Best Chocolate Oatmeal Cake.  Can you say ‘divine’?  Because that’s how to describe this.  It’s super moist, yummy cake, with an oh-so-fudge-y frosting.  I’ve made two in the last three weeks…  And it’s been raved about.

Things. Take two.

Lists for Days | March 25, 2014 | By

I haven’t forgotten about this.  A new series designed to make me post more frequently.  Weekly, was actually my goal.  Has it worked?  Partly.  It’s been more than a week, but it hasn’t been the months that have often come and gone between posts.  More food soon folks, (promise?).

As I’ve said many times, life is busy.  But everybody tends to be busy.  All in unique ways, but all still busy.  So how can I possibly use that excuse?  Well, I’m just going to use it anyway.  Life is also good.  It’s FREEZING outside, but the sun is shining and two handsome boys are having a much-needed nap.  I’m looking forward to sunshine and warm weather though, deary me, it’s been a longg winter.  But the snow has also been great.  So pretty, and great to play in (not that I’ve taken advantage of that nearly enough).  Oh, to have the energy of a child who can play for hours in the snow.  I loved doing that.  Forts, tunnels, you name it, we build it out of snow.

On to the things.

  1. The Baker Chick.  If you haven’t heard of her, GO CHECK HER OUT.  RIGHT NOW.  She’s a sweetie, with an adorable new baby boy, and some of the best food on the planet.  Not to mention gorgeous photos.  Last week I made these awesome Gooey Meyer Lemon Sweet Rolls (but with oranges of course, I just cannot seem to follow a recipe).  They were phenomenal.  My yeasted dough turned out awesome!  Which is always a treat, as I find it hard to get stuff to raise in my too-cold house.  And they were just awesome.  The cream cheese frosting is the game-breaker.  So good.
  2. Bogs.  These are the best boots ever.  I got a pair for my birthday last year after I wore my brother’s half the winter (he somehow forgot them while he was away to school – score!).  They are fantastic.  Like a rain boot, but good up to -40F.  Waterproof and ssooooo comfortable.  Most certainly worth the price.  They will last me my life.  They don’t have the ones that I got anymore, but they’re similar to the Classic Boot, but in teal.
  3. This is my next DIY project, for in my kitchen.  Sharpie, white paper and a black frame, all set and ready to go.
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “Give thanks in all circumstances; for the is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”.  To be thankful all the time.  That’s a hard one.  But is certainly makes sense.
  5. The Secret of Platform 13.  This is one of my all-time favourite books.  I’ve read and re-read it probably 10 times.  It’s a kids book, but I just love the fantasy aspects.  It is great.  I could rave about it forever… I’m a sci-fi, fantasy fan… so if you don’t enjoy that type of things, you may not like it.  Easy read though.  Super duper easy.

And that is that.  I’ll get working on making something wonderful to share with y’all.

…  Pictures though, of course.  Here they be:  My beautiful boys.

Flour anyone?

Jude decided to try a fistful of flour. There was lots of coughing involved. And mess. Lots of mess.

He had to try it too!

He had to try it too!

 

Innocent looking, but don't be fooled.

Innocent looking, but don’t be fooled.

Cael loves to get his hands on his uncle's ski goggles. He makes a pretty cute bug, eh?

Cael loves to get his hands on his uncle’s ski goggles. He makes a pretty cute bug, eh?