Weekending

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….is totally a word – I swear!

This weekend, the girls, aka Rowan + I, ventured north to visit my parents while the boys, aka Aaron + Charlie Pup, stayed_ in the city to catch up on work. Charlie had some major napping deadlines to attend to – what with all the walking and jumping off the pier that he’s been forced to do this summer. Just kidding.  Aaron really did have to work and although I was jealous that he had some uninterrupted baby free sleeps, I did feel bad that he miss out on this small adventure. I love getting out of the city and into wide open spaces.

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This weekend, was the first weekend, we didn’t have to rush off to do some crazy house related thing. It was so nice to relax and watch as Rowan “drive” the lawn mower in circles with my dad supervising. This was an activity my sister and I liked to do as kids. Very cool to see this simple pleasure passed down to the next generation. Lord help me, when she turns 16.

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This weekend, I watched Rowan and my mom bond through play. And let’s just say our girlie plays intensely. Right now Rowan is really into “doctor: In the above photo she is telling my mom to “Say…..aww!”. Love watching my mom come alive as she plays with Rowan. My mom aka “Grandmat” as Rowan calls her is awesome.

This weekend, I drank alot of coffee, meet with friends to discuss Project Life and even got scrapped a little myself. This small adventure was a great way to end the summer. I hope you had a great weekend whatever you did!

 

Lemon Lime Watermelon Pops

 

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As Rowan says, “Oh hello, delicious!

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Recipe, Lemon Lime Watermelon Pops, Adapted from Chatelaine

Ingredients:

1/2 cup water

1/4 granulated sugar

5 cups watermelon (preferably seedless)

1/3 cup of Limonata

5 Tbsp of freshly squeezed lime juice

Directions:

Make a simple syrup by boiling water and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.

Cut up watermelon and puree. Since I couldn’t find any seedless watermelon, I had to painstakingly sorted the seeds by hand using a sieve. This added an extraordinary amount of time to the process and could have been easily avoided. But you know me, I was completely and totally up for the challenge! Bring it on! Mama wants / needs some lemon lime watermelon pops!

Combine strained watermelon, limonata, lime juice and simple syrup. You should have 2 cups, with enough liquid to fill 6 individual moulds.

For this recipe, I used classic moulds from Tevolo. Super cute and super affordable. I can totally see me using more these in the future. Freeze moulds overnight, until firm.

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Enjoy on a hot day or when you need a little refreshing pick me up!

Right Now: August 2014: Home Edition

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Setting up Rowan’s play space in the basement. To date, I have unpacked 62 (freaking) boxes! Hard to believe that when I went to university, I had 3 boxes of stuff.

Loving Donya’s gallery wall for her son and trying to figure out where I can get my hands on a wood burner thingy….yes, that is the precise name of the tool!

Scrapbooking in our dining room as my craft space is the last thing to get organized in our new house. I have many high hopes for what this new space will look like.

Wishing money grew on trees as I am eyeing up this map, this print and this set of fake deer  for Rowan’s room.

Picking up this enlarged photo tomorrow for our living room from our local photo developer.

Loving everything about the new house, even if I have 1002 ideas and only a small amount of time to implement them. Oh why can’t there be more hours in the day?

What are you up to right now in your home?

Project Life 2014: Week 26 & 27

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Empty house pictures? Yes, please!

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For this spread, I combined two weeks into one and focused on one major topic: moving into our new house. Moving means life can be chaotic. Add summer onto this equation and Project Life gets put on hold. After documenting life for 3 years, I recognize and accept that enjoying summer it’s part of the and ebb and flow of my creative work. No worries, stress or guilt here people! Summer weather is to be enjoyed and it’s super easy to “catch up” of Project Life – especially if you keep things simple. Take for example Exhibit A: aka the enlarged 6 x 12 photo of our kitchen in the middle. I heart large “statement” photos!

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Journaling cards reflect the feelings of the two weeks including the highs and lows. Thanks to texts, blog posts and general reflections on the moving process.  Layout includes Design A page protectors and cards from my favourite PL edition: Midnight.

Do you “take a break” from Project Life in the summer? If so, do you feel guilty or stressed about the break?

Toddler Talk

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You guys! When I thought of having a child, I never really considered in how interesting life would be with toddler, especially the conversations. Rowan is hilarious! I know that all parents think their kids are funny especially when it comes to their first born. Full disclosure: I completely fall into the stereotypical, doting parent. Whether or not, you agree that my girlie is destined for comedic greatness – I thought I would share some of our funny recent conversations.

Conversation #1 | Overheard at bath time

Aaron: “Rowan, you are quite a girl”

Rowan: “You too Daddy!”

Conversation #2 |At the doctor’s office

Me: “Oh look, Rowan – there is a rocking horse!”

Rowan climbs on to the horse and interrupts me before I finish my sentence.

Rowan: “Yeehaw, I’m a cowboy, Mommy!”

Conversation #3 | At the park

Me: “Hi Rowan! What are you doing?”

Rowan: “Hi mommy. I am very busy.”

Don’t you love the stage when your kids start talking!? I should be careful for what I wish for. I may regret it.

What funny conversations do you have / had with your toddler?

Happy Monday!

Blueberry Peach Crumble

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Say hello to crumble season!

Peach+BlueberriesOk, technically crumble season doesn’t start until the fall but given the cold weather we have had in Toronto lately, I think it is safe to say that it is the unofficial, official start to crumble season.  I know what you are going to ask, and yes, CS (crumble season) is totally a thing!  

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Ok – maybe not, but lets give baked fruit desserts the time and attention the need and deserve….! On my latest trip to the grocery shopping. I went in for diapers and walked out with peaches…

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and blueberries – all grown in Ontario. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Seriously when the mornings feel like October in August, you want something a little filling. Check out the recipe below:

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Peach Blueberry Crumble

Filling:

6 peaches peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (Approximately 4 cups)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup of all purpose flour

2 tsp vanilla extract

Topping:

3 cups of quick rolled oats

1 tsp of salt

1/2 cup of flour

1/4 brown sugar

1 cup of cold butter cut into small pieces, plus more for the pan.

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Butter a circular casserole dish and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combing peaches, blueberries, brown sugar, flour and vanilla. Toss well to mix.

3. In another bowl make topping. Combine oatmeal, salt, flour, brown sugar and stir. Using your fingers, add butter and incorporate it into your mixture.

4. Transfer fruit to prepared casserole dish and press down to pack ingredients in. Next sprinkle crumble topping over peach and blueberry mixture in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is brown and peach/blueberry mixture starts to bubble out. Remove from heat and let cool before serving.

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This is a filling snack that is paired really well with vanilla yogurt….and possibly socks and a hot beverage !?! You know, went you want to celebrate #Octaugust which is the unofficial/official start of crumble season in Toronto. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Daddy!

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Coincidently – we celebrate a lot of birthdays this week in our family and today, it just so happens to be Aaron’s birthday. Aaron is one of the hardest working people, I know. He is focused and determined but he also has an adventurous and playful side. I have so enjoyed watching him become a Daddy and seeing this side grow and develop as Rowan has gotten older.

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Aaron is always asking for an updated photos of Rowan for his office. These are just a few that I have printed for him for his birthday…but…shh…don’t tell him! It’s a surprise 🙂

Happy Birthday Honey! We love you and all the silly songs you sing!

Project Life & Past Vacations

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What happens when you become a scrapbooker AFTER you’ve taken some awesome vacations? Why scrapbook them – of course!

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It’s no secret, at this moment in time, I am a chronological scrapbooker. Yes, since 2012, I have documented our lives in somewhat consistent order. Does that mean that our everyday lives is the ONLY thing I document with Project Life? Heck no! In between selling our house and moving, I found *cough, cough* made some time to print out these pictures from our 2007 trip to Argentina and Chile. This particular spread is of our time in Patagonia.

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You may have noticed that this spread has a balance of photos and words. I don’t believe you have to scrapbook every photo you take and think journaling can help you tell the story just as much as your photos. Recognizing that my memory isn’t as good as it use to be – thanks mommy brain, i’m still waiting for my memory to be fed ex’d back to me – I took to Facebook to search my old status updates. Since the trip was 7 years ago, I used social media  to get an idea of what I was thinking and feeling during our time visiting the glaciers. It is awesome to have access to this kind of information. Hooray for technology!  Apparently, I thought I so funny back then!

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The another way I incorporated journaling was to reflecting on what I had learnt during our travels. I believe that pictures only tell part of your story – journaling your thoughts and feelings can help give context and meaning even if it’s 7 years after an event. With simple colour scheme of black, white and blue, this layout came together in no time flat! This layout uses Design A page protectors and journaling cards from the Midnight Edition.

How do you document past vacations?

Happy Birthday Gammpy!

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On the best things about about becoming a parent is watching your own parents develop into grandparents. In my case,  I began to appreciate how much unconditional love the older generation has for the younger one. Case in point: my Dad. Since Rowan has been born, I have watched him fully embrace becoming a “Gammpy”.

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As my mom said last weekend, “Rowan took to him immediately”.

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I guess she just knew which one of us she could trust her sousie to…

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Or who would read her endless bedtime stories when it isn’t even bedtime.

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Or someone, who would never lead her astray.

Happy Birthday Gammpy! We love you and the way you fiercely love Rowan!

Chicken Pesto Pizza

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Before moving into our new house, Aaron and I talked about the traditions we would like to create in our new space. Hosting Christmas for our families, having Harry Potter movie marathons and home pizza night were just a few of the options we discussed. Since December 25th is not around the corner and Rowan is currently consumed by Dora, pizza night seemed like the easiest tradition to implement first. A few weeks ago, we made Chicken Pesto Pizza!

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…and the grown ups drank this awesome local craft beer. Warning, drinking beer while making said pizza will increase the your enjoyment of the whole pizza making process.

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If the past is any indication of our future, you will know that I did not make the dough by hand, but in fact bought it from the Brick street bakery. Seriously, ain’t nobody got time for that.

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The pesto for this pizza, is from a jar. You know, cause I’m fancy like that.

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I then cut up pre-bought chicken. Ooohhhh!

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And then used leftover asparagus. Really, I did grill that a couple days before and then I placed it on the pizza.

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Next I added some mozzarella that I shredded myself! For reals, Foodie, for reals!

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And then I baked for 12 – 15 minutes at 400 F.

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And the kitchen smelled awesome. There really is nothing like simple somewhat “homemade” pizza.

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Although Rowan only ate the crust, the grown ups consumed this entire this in seconds flat. Nothing like ending a week, by sitting down at the table and enjoying a meal together. Pizza and the weekend just go together, you know?  Besides travelling the past couple of weeks, we have kept this tradition up for the most part. For me , the fun is planning what beer to pair with our pizza. Here’s too more “homemade” pizzas and expanding my beer repertoire!