For the Love of Lists – Week 20

Lists for Days | February 24, 2017 | By

I know, I know.  It’s been more than 20 weeks.  But this is the 20th list, anyhow. 

Last week we were basically storm-stayed all week, plus a bout of the stomach flu through 4/5 of us.  It was a crazy week.  All I wanted was comfort food (MAC AND CHEESE), and warm sweaters.  This week, we’re up in the double-digit temperatures and I’m thinking spring thoughts.  Weather.  Funny how it directs your thoughts, eh?  

This list is going to contain a little of both seasons.  Spring really is coming, maybe sometime soon, maybe not, depending on where you live/what direction the weather decides to take.

  1. Comfort food!  Meatballs.  This recipe is a freezer recipe – great for taking to new moms, or for yourself on a busy weeknight!
  2. Goulash.  I think this should be every kids most favourite food.  It was (and still is) one of mine.  So good.  So easy.  Definitely kid-friendly.
  3. Brown Butter Sugar Cookies.  Because: yum.
  4. I love a long sleeved dress.  Throw on a pair of cute tights or leggings and you are comfy and warm, and look dressed up!  I really kind of like the open-shoulder fad going on right now.  
  5. On the other hand, I also really love a great flowy tank with a sweet print for the feel of spring. 
  6. If anyone is in search of a great pair of winter/rain boots (two-in-one!), you need a pair of Bogs.  The Classic High Insulated boots are amazing.  I’ve had mine for a few years, and they are still in great shape, and keep my feet warm (winter) and dry (winter/spring).  They also have great neutral colours, or amazing patterned boots – depending on your preference.
  7. Any other moms out there have some hard days/weeks every once in awhile?  Give this a read.  Great encouragement.  
  8. Warm Molasses Milk.  Intriguing.  I need to get my hands on some blackstrap molasses so I can try this out.  If you don’t like molasses, try this Hot Sweet Milk.

**Throwback to my sweet little baby girl (who is growing up oh-so fast!)

For the Love of Lists – Week 18

Lists for Days | December 8, 2016 | By

Hey hey hey!  I feel like it’s been forever, but it hasn’t.  Every day just seems so jam packed with things to do that each day seems like a week.  I wish I could tell you a story about something that happened this week, but I really cannot remember.  Anything.  There’s a blank slate in there.  

Oh!  Remembered something.  We went to a White Elephant-type gift exchange (the kids had their own one too).  Jude knew what I had wrapped up for the kids.  So when I went to see what they had each gotten, I discovered that he had chosen his own gift.  Gummy worms.  Smart kid.  😉  

I will post a recipe very soon.  I have one ready to go – promise.  

Your list for the week.  Christmasy, and lovely. 

  1. The kids and I made these easy ornaments the other day.  Super cute.  They may have added googly eyes.  (Which kind of takes away from the Christmasy look, but they’re funny!)
  2. Another holiday dress for you.  Gold.  It would look great with this bracelet.  
  3. Don’t you hate it when you take the time to make cutout cookies, and they lose all their shape in the oven?  And end up looking like Flubber…  We made this gingerbread cookie recipe this week – and it’s a winner!  No Flubbers in the whole batch.  Just nice, neat gingerbread men, trees… and a snail or two (Jude had to be different).  
  4. While we’re on the topic of Christmas baking, how about these Easy Christmas Peppermint Patties?
  5. That chill in the air?  It calls for Salted Caramel Eggnog.  No doubt, no doubt.  Get it on!
  6. Or this Pumpkin Nog.  It looks A-maazzing.  
  7. Need a super yummy appetizer to bring with you to a Christmas Party?  CRANBERRY BRIE PULL APART BREAD.  No more words are needed.  Just go get the brie. 
  8. We need a little reality here.  We do still have to make supper.  Even though it’s December.  So how bout this White Garlic Pizza?  Or this Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melt?  (<—I know that might sound weird, but wow – I think it would be pretty dang awesome.)
  9. Have you guys discovered Spotify yet?  It’s a great way to listen to music, and find new music.  Love it.  Anyhow.  I have a Christmas playlist, if you need some o dat Christmas music – head on over and follow it.  

That’s all for now, folks!  Hope you have a productive, and joyful week!  

*The boys decorating their little tree in their bedroom. 

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For the Love of Lists – Week 17

Lists for Days | November 30, 2016 | By

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How is it December tomorrow?!?!?!  I think that just about sums up how I feel about life right now.  I’m just floored that Christmas is approaching so quickly.  

We had our first snowfall on Sunday – it was so pretty.  Of course, hubby (who has to drive in it/shovel it more than the rest of us), took one look and turned to me with the most disgusted look on his face.  It didn’t last, so he didn’t have much to worry about.  Though it was a sloppy drive into town that morning.  

List time!  We have a smorgasbord this week.  It really ranges from one end of the spectrum to the next.  Some gift ideas, DIYs, articles about depression, and so on.  This is pretty much how my brain works.  It thinks of everything, all the time.  Welcome to my brain.

  1. Exercise might keep depression at bay.  I think it’s great that they’re doing research on it.  But seriously though – common sense, eh?  
  2. Laura wrote a great article on being tired of the Motherhood Martyr Act.  It’s  a really good read. 
  3. I follow this lady on Instagram, and she has the most amazing cookbook out – I would love it for Christmas.  Wouldn’t you?  
  4. On my Pies I Need to Make list:  Cranberry Gingersnap Pie,  Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie
  5. A few games for people on your Christmas list.  Both equally awesome.
    1. The Game of Things, my hubby gifted me last year – it was really fun, and funny. 
    2. Munchkin, original or Adventure Time versions.  It’s like a card role playing game.  It’s pretty amazing. 
  6. Here are some great DIY ornament ideas to do with the kids, or by yo-self.  
  7. Hubby doesn’t really like sparkles, but I love them every once in awhile.  Check out this sparkly dress with a really cute back cutout.  Or, if you really don’t like sparkles – check this really great sweater dress.  I might actually buy this one…  
  8. Also – American Eagle has sweater leggings.  I saw/felt them (I feel all the clothes when I’m shopping – is that weird?), and they looked/felt amazing.  

I’d love for you to follow me on Pinterest, and you can keep up with all the lovely things that get pinned.  

Have a fantastic week!

*An October visit to a local farm.

For the Love of Lists - Week 17

For the Love of Lists – Week 13

Lists for Days | November 1, 2016 | By

We’ve made it to the teens!  Say whaaatt?!  

It’s also somehow November!  

My baby turns 2 next week?!?!?!?

It’s less than two months until Christmas?

What is even happening?

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween last night.  We sure did.  My kitchen is drowning in way too many small bags of chips and mini-chocolate bars.  (Self-control – please be strong!)

We had a cute and spunky little cow, a BATMAN, and a horse that was more interested in kicking himself in the head then getting candy at times.  I’m sure you’ll see a picture here or on Instagram at some point… 

I’m dreading time change this weekend!  Anybody with me?  It is so not cool when you have littles.  Oh well.

Earl Grey Cake with Raspberry - Love of Lists 13 Halloween Practice - Love of Lists 13 

On to the list!  Enjoy.  

  1. Mom-spiration for the week.  I love reading articles like this, and being reminded that we’re all struggling with some part of this thing called Motherhood.  It’s so great, but it’s so hard
  2. Beachbody came out with a new workout program this week that looks pretty sweet called, “Core de Force“.  We’ve done their Hammer and Chisel program – and it was really awesome.  I’m interested to see reviews for this one.  No equipment needed!  (I love programs like that!)
  3. I know it’s only the beginning of November (WHAT!?), but I’m definitely looking into some holiday dresses for Christmas parties and such.  I think I mentioned last week that I have a thing for LBDs.  Most dresses, really.  But I love me some black (and almost black=navy).  Off-the-shoulder, backless, maxi.  Sooo good.  (You know I’ll probably end up wearing something I already own, eh?)
  4. A cookbook club!  Get a group of ladies, grab a cookbook for an amazing read, and then have a potluck where you all bring dishes from that cookbook.  I think this is an amazing idea!  (Can we have a cake potluck?)  Anyone interested in starting one, I’ll be the first to sign up!  Does anyone else read a cookbook like a novel?  
  5.  I made this cake over the weekend.  Early grey with raspberry.  Yum!
  6. I will reveal my inner nerd to you again.  Dr. Who mug on my Christmas list?  You know it.
  7. A few slow cooker meal ideas:
    1. Parmesean Chicken Orzo
    2. Chicken Corn Chowder
    3. “Baked” Ziti
    4. Chicken Taco Chili
  8. Apparently I’ve got a thing for earl grey too.  (See cake above!)  MuffinsWaffles!  Oh my!  I’ve totally made the muffins in the past and they are A-MaZinG. 

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**Earl Grey Cake with Raspberry

**The boys practicing for Halloween in their pjs.

For the Love of Lists Week 10

Lists for Days | October 12, 2016 | By

Week 10 – Wut! Wut!  10 consistent weeks.  That calls for a party or something, right?  

I hope all you Canadians had a fantastic weekend, with lots of friends, family, and food!  We sure did.  I love the influx of people meandering through our house, and the ample quantities of caffeine consumed.  Tea and/or coffee with every visit.  Not to mention the excuse to get together with family members that we just don’t see often enough, even though we live withing easy driving distance.  It’s so great to spend some time with people. 

For the Love of Lists - Week 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I guess I could do a little jig about what I”m thankful for, huh?  

Starting off, I’m thankful for my Saviour, and the sanity & peace He grants me each day.  My wonderful hubby, and the smile he [almost] always puts on my face.  We’ve been best friends for so long, I’m still amazed that we got married 6 + years ago.  It’s pretty cool.  And then we had three crazy kids together!  And I’m so thankful for each of them, though they drive me to the brink of insanity every day.  😉  I’m thankful for all of our extended family, for putting up with us, and always being there.  For our house, where we can have lovely people over, and make memories together.  I’m thankful for fall, and the beautiful colours we have here.  It’s so gorgeous right now, and my kids are oohhing and ahhing every time we go for a walk.  I love that they appreciate it too.  I’m thankful for good food.  And lists.  They keep my scattered brain on track.  

I’m sure I’m thankful for much more, but I’m sure y’all have heard a lot of that this past week, so I’ll spare you past the lists…  Ha.

On that note – your weekly list!  I’ve been on a pinning spree in the sewing department (let’s see if I ever actually get anything sewn), so you’ll see some of that, some foooood, and some other random stuff!

  1. I made this cake for Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house.  I thought I may have killed about 10 of my sibling/cousins, due to all the groaning going on in the living room.  It was over-the-top amazing.  Super rich, and filling, but oh!  So worth it.  
  2. I get emails from Style Sweet CA (she’s amazing!!), and she compiled a bunch of her apple recipes in an email.  They all look so great I thought I’d share.  Her Honey-Apple Layer Cake, Apple Blackberry Pie, Salted Caramel Pie, Apple Toffee Crunch Cake, Cinnamon Caramel Apple Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting (<–WOW!), and Easy Cinnamon Apple Galette.  She writes for so many huge websites!
  3. I thought I’d throw in one of my own apple recipes.  It’s from the old blog and not quite reformatted yet, but these Apple Jelly Tea Rolls are SO good.  I’ve gotta make them again!
  4. I hate shower curtains.  They cling to you, they’re just super annoying and kind of gross.  But I’d consider getting this one.  (Not to mention how beautiful the bathroom is that it’s styled it!)
  5. In university, I had a prof in a Cooking 101 class that was VERY  adamant about NOT putting your knives in the dishwasher.  She was so passionate about it that I listened to her.  (And I REALLY don’t enjoy doing dishes.)  I still try not to put knives in the dishwasher.  This is why you shouldn’t.   
  6. I thought this article was pretty interesting.  He had a stroke at 26.  Take time to slow down.  You are special to people around you.
  7. Re-purposing things for you kids, some really great ideas!
  8. I’ve been really wanting to sew something for Briar, and I’m not good at following direction, so I just pin ideas of things that I may be able to do without instruction.  This dress, and these dresses.  So adorable.  

Have a great end-0f-your-week!

**Me holding that amazing cake mentioned in #1.  It was so yummy.  Forgive the tired eyes.  A migraine was in progress in this picture…

Coming soon:  A Month in Pictures – September installment.

For the Love of Lists – Week 7

Lists for Days | September 21, 2016 | By

Hey hey!  This month is flying by!  It’s insane!  Tomorrow commences fall (I’ve got leggings in mind, unless it’s too warm).  Cael has been counting down to fall.  He says that he’s SO excited.  Too funny.  Every time he sees a coloured leaf, he points and shouts.  (Is he really my son?  What about summer?!)  I’m a lover of fall.  Really and truly.  I’m excited for hot chocolate-filled evenings, cozy sweaters, and new socks.  (I really need to buy new socks, somebody remind me, eh?)  But I am also super sad to say goodbye to such a great, summer.  Fun with the kiddos outside, shorts, sandals, sunshine for DAYYSS, beach days, you get my drift.  

Anyhow, I digress.

Week #2 of homeschool is going fairly more smooth, thus far, than week #1.  Thankfully.  I was talking to another homeschooling mom this weekend, and she said she had a second ‘first’ day of school last week, because the actual first day was so crazy.  It’s so nice to have other real moms around who are honest with you.  Any other homeschool mom’s out there, how do you schedule the school part into your day?  I’d love to hear how you work it out, especially with other littles, making meals, getting outside time, and cleaning time in.  Fill me in! 

First Day of School

Blueberry Scones

On to the lists!  Moving into more fall-styled fashion, soup (I love me some good soup!), and other odds and sods.  Enjoy!

  1. I made this soup this week!  It was A-MAZING.  Think burrito, soup-style.  
  2. Also made these scones, but with my blueberry lavender curd, instead of the lemon curd.  
  3. This sweater – so great!  It comes in an olive shade too.  
  4. How about this dress, with these shoes?  (I love a pop of random colour!)
  5. For you crafty ones, this is the sweetest baby quilt!  I might try my hand at it (if I ever find time and motivation – both are so elusive…)
  6. I’m in the market for a new wallet.  Mine is completely dilapidated.  This, this, and this look like pretty decent options.
  7. I love Madison’s honesty in this post.  It’s right where I’m at most days.  She’s got some great recommendations at the bottom.

**Cael’s first day of school

**Blueberry scones!  So yummy.  Recipe inked in #2.

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For the Love of Lists – Week 6

Lists for Days | September 15, 2016 | By

I know I sound like a broken record – but I’m honestly amazed that I’ve been posting consistently!  We are on week 6 of these lists; AND THEY’RE CONSECUTIVE WEEKS!  Like, what in the world is going on?  Pretty great, from my point of view.

This week, like every other for the past few months, has been pretty busy.  I’m just trying to keep up.  We’ve had dentist appointments, turned extractions.  We’ve had dinners and desserts with friends & family.  We started school.  (Welcome to the rest of our lives!)  Anyhow.  I knew September would be busy, but the naive part of me thought it might slow down a touch.  That naive part is generally wrong.  W. R. O. N. G. 

As much as it’s crazy, I’m loving the continuation of some summer heat, and spending time in the outdoors.

On to the list!

We be laughing, stylin’, slowly reintroducing Fall to my vocabulary, and [trying to] think in this week of lists.  

(Also.  Next post = Either cakes or ice cream.  Just to get you excited and all.)

Love of Lists 6 - Sugar cookie baking - Whisks and Wooden Spoons

 

  1. This post my hubby found on 9gag HAD ME IN TEARS LAUGHING.  It was an I-can’t breathe-I’m-laughing-so-hard kind of laugh.  If you’re not a mom, you might not think it’s funny.  But truth is, I can relate to most of these posts.  They are hilarious.  (I’m laughing just thinking about it…)
  2. I’m just not going to let it die with these tunics.  Elbow patches all the way!  Here, and here.
  3. Let’s keep the no-churn ice cream flavours rolling with Sweet Potato, Pumpkin (with vanilla oreos – WHAT!?), not to mention Blueberry Cheesecake (!!!!), and my own super yummy Ginger!
  4. Beautiful Autumn Dress!
  5. I absolutely adore calligraphy, pens, and writing styles.  There are so many cool things you can do/everyone has such beautiful handwriting!  Shutterbean – her writing is immaculate.  Not to mention this Huffpost article on penmanship – so many pretty styles.  
  6. I’ve started homeschooling this week, and we’ve just begun to read Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne.  I’m really enjoying how it’s written.  I’ve never read it before.  I’m hoping the kiddos are enjoying as much as I am.  I’d highly suggest reading it!