Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I have a new favourite book. Looney Spoons Collection! It's a cookbook and is the updated versions of many recipes from some of the earlier books - The original Looney Spoons (no longer available) and Eat, Drink and Be Merry. There are also many, many new recipes.

The books are written by sisters and they are hams. The book is filled with humourous anecdotes and tips about healthy eating. The recipes are low fat and reasonably healthy but the most important part is that it is delicious!

Favourite cookbook

So far I have made the guacamole. Holy guacamole it was good. The difference from what I usually make was a bit of cumin. It was the missing link.

I made Bolognese sauce too. Which is fancy for meat sauce, you know, with spaghetti. It has ground beef and Italian sausage and balsamic vinegar (which was the little something something always missing from my meat sauce). We had it with spaghetti squash rather than pasta and... I never took a picture...too busy hoovering it off my plate.

And tonight, I made the pizza crust I always make from the Looney Spoons book and then added the toppings from the new book for Mexican pizza. And made a plain one for the boys, because, you know, they still haven't delved into the things we like.


This one wasn't as good as I planned however, I know just how to fix it. A little refried bean combination for the sauce me thinks...and some of the guacamole to go with it.

Anyway, a good gift idea for anyone you know who might like to cook (there are actually people out there who do! I am one of them!) and likes to eat healthier. It was $19.99 at Costco.

Monday, November 28, 2011

This Post Has No Point. Nada.

Last night I was hopping mad. Opinions,I got 'em. However, in this case, I will keep to myself. See I was offended already. If I speak my mind further, I will likely in turn for once, I'll keep my trap shut and go about my business.

This post is completely random and essentially has no point. But I went to a card making party and had loads of fun laughing at myself. And the friend I went with. See the two of us, we were card making virgins. And um. Yeah. We might have been annoying to the professional card makers there. But we were not overly concerned about that since we were too busy mocking ourselves.

But the cards? I have hung them up on my kitchen bulletin board because damn if I am going to give them away. You know what people do with cards don't you. The best is recycle them. The worst is...I can't even say it out loud.


I take no credit for the beauty, that was all Jackie, who hosted the party. I merely played copy cat. With detailed instructions and demos on how to do every single thing. It was required, I assure you.


Aren't they pretty?


No really, they are aren't they?


Okay that was the last one I will post.

Then there is this. See Kamden has some serious bed head yesterday morning so I asked if I could take a picture.

I did and then I uploaded it.

Bed head/mug shot

And laughed out loud. What is this, a mug shot? Oh my heavens that kid cracks me up!

The Dudes

And then there was baking. 7 of 10 items on the list done! Over the weekend. And we decorated our gingerbread house.

Kamden's side

This is Kamden's side.

Jack's side

And Jack's.

And today the snowmen came out of hibernation and exploded all over the house. And it is before Dec 1st. I have a strict no Christmas before Dec 1st rule. There is a very good reason for the rule. This being so I don't start twitching from the clutter around Dec 21st and take the lot of it down before Christmas even arrives.

Around Dec 21st, be handy with a straight jacket to control me, would ya?

And now, I am going to bed. Christmas in November is exhausting.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Someone, Who is Awesome,

...lent me her flash. The good kind. The kind that is external and not nuclear. Well if you use the right settings and point it the right way anyway. I kind of owe her. See you at Christmas Jen, I will come bearing your flash and goodies!

I have been having fun practicing. It is so nice to be able to take pictures indoors using manual settings without it looking like a solar flare blew up at the very moment I snapped the photo. Can you say shiny happy foreheads?

I signed up for this online photo workshop beginning Dec 1st and am looking forward to learning and playing.


It's Christmas Carol season in piano and he is developing my love of playing them on the piano. He is also 99% better at than me. I like to sing along and sometimes I even sing in the right key.

He does not necessarily love that I sing along.


That's okay, I chalk that up to annoying my kids is part of my job as a mom. It's an important one and I take it very seriously. Much to the annoyance of my kids. Moohohahahahah!


This is Rider. He even sat still when I took his picture. The first time. The next few times, he did not. Glad I got lucky.


One Sunday afternoon we had a pie making bee with friends. Apple pie to be exact. You see, we got boxes of apples from a school fundraiser. The apples were HUGE. And good. And perfect for pie.


I think the grand total was 8 or 9 pies. We have two in the freezer just waiting for unexpected company. Who's coming?

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Fall Hobby

This fall, I have had the privilege of taking some snaps of some of my friends and their families. It's been fun.

It's also been humbling.

I have learned a lot. Like that the sun goes behind your subjects so they can open their eyes wider than little slits.

Yeah that.

Paul Family

I love this photo because the family is gorgeous. I don't love that I put them in the wrong spot. If I could rotate us all about 180 degrees, it would have been so much better.

The next one involved belly laughs. Not at me thankfully. At least not when I could hear. They were nice like that.


I love this one. I think it captures a mother's love for her child. And this boy, he is freaking adorable. And worships the ground Kamden walks on.

I brought Jay and boys along to this shoot because this little guy is 18 months old. How many 18 month olds do you know that stay still longer than 5.3 milliseconds never mind look at a camera?

He did fabulously and we got some great family shots too.


And this one, which is a favourite. I mean, could he be any cuter?


Didn't think so.

All Kamden had to do was jump up and down and we got those toddler belly laughs that would even make the Grinch smile.

So fun.

Cute x 4

Then there are these four beautiful kids. Their mom offered them up for me to practice on. And I owe them. It was ridiculously cold that day. And windy. They were troopers.

Gorgeous Kids

And the oldest beauty is 10. That's right 10. Almost 11 but still. When did she turn into this stunning beauty? Her dad is currently polishing up his shotgun, I am sure.


And this little man, some of you will recognize. Yes, that is who you think it is. He is also a chubby baby boy. I got me my baby fix this weekend. Chubby baby boy thighs bring back so many memories. I snugged him just like I used to snug my boys.

My boys, meanwhile, mocked my baby talk.

Whatever, this little man thought I was funny.

Adorable times 2

Kamden was again enamoured. He likes babies. He was mildly disappointed he could not elicit belly laughs from this little boy. His ego was a bit bruised but I think he'll survive.

Beautiful Smile

And this lady, you may recognize as belonging to the above mentioned chubby adorable baby boy. I made her smile. Forced her to.

I think it was worth the idle threats, no?

That was my fall practicing and now that winter has arrived overnight (1 foot of snow, as we slept, completely oblivious), I will likely not have anymore opportunities to practice until next year. I was fun. Thank you to you all for allowing me the privilege.