rah rah

This past Friday Sara came over to do a maternity photo session with me. I’m not too clear on why this happened / was free. I’ll blame pregnancy brain and go with it. It was super fun and relaxed. We tried a few different things and laughed about some stuff and just had a generally good time.

Here are my favorite shots. You can check out some of hers right here.

Standing amongst our wedding photos
With the wedding photos

Checking my email
Checking my email

Being awesome in general (AKA OMG my hands are so veiny! But I already knew that)
Being a rock star
modesty cut

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Help me spend money

The other day I asked for suggestions for places to find slippers online on Twitter/Facebook.

I got two suggestions and they were both tied for (excuse the lame slang) FUGLIEST THINGS EVER.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

So I turned to ETSY and found so many I liked that now I can’t decide. Let me know which ones you think suit ME best!

Click on photos below to go to listing and see alternate views. Or perhaps to scoop me on a purchase.

1 – Chocolate Plaid
1 - chocolate plaid

2 – Keyhole Flat

2 - Keyhole Flat

3 – Houndstooth

3 - Houndstooth

4 – Grey on Grey Felt

4 - Grey on Grey Felt

5 – Beige Felt

5 - Beige Felt

6 – Coarse Wool Felt

6 - Coarse Wool Felt

7 – Marbled White Felt

7 - Marbled Wool Felt

On this day:

In 2009 –
In 2008 –
In 2007 –
In 2006 – I did meet SOME of those goals!
In 2005 –
In 2004 –


iPhone stuff

So my old iPhone, that I got for free from my lovely sister (who will be getting a LOVELY x-mas gift from me as a thank you – requests accepted BTW Laura) otally crapped the bed 2 weeks ago. It was entirely my fault. I won’t get into it.

After two weeks of ridiculousness from my service provider (Rogers DUH) I finally got a new iPhone 4 in hand last Friday.  It is AMAZING. I mean… it’s not all that different than the 3G I had before but the differences I’ve noticed are some that I like:

  • I can see which apps are running and then close them so my battery lasts longer
  • I can organize apps into folders, saving space.
  • The camera is way more awesome

There are probably more difference that I just don’t even know yet.

A problem however is that my old case doesn’t fit on it. So I’m on the search for a new one that will protect it if dropped. The cases from SwitchEasy have come recommended and I’m wondering if any other iPhone 4 users out there have others to suggest?

On this day:

In 2009 – to friends who have blogs not on LiveJournal
In 2008 –
In 2007 –
In 2006 – meal plan
In 2005 – a dead link


Food Revolution Friday

You can’t make EVERYTHING from scratch can you?  If there’s something you can’t make from scratch, does that mean you just shouldn’t eat it?  What do you think?

I’m specifically thinking about the summer BBQ – hot dogs.  Hot dogs are horrible for you.

I’ve compared the nutritional data for regular hot dogs and some veggy dogs.  The results may surprise you.  The ‘regular’ hot dog has gross things like "mechanically separated chicken, pork and beef" and a couple of random chemicals but not much else in the disgusting zone.  Although you know what mechanically separated meat is right? Basically anything that isn’t a bone.  YUCK!

Now the veggy dogs.  They had a couple of mystery ingredients:  hydrolyzed corn and soy protein, torula yeast, dextrose.  I don’t know what those are.  They also had a higher salt content than the meat dogs.  On the other hand, they had no fat and cholesterol or gross tendons and veins in them.

Another thing I noted about the veggy dogs is that they were basically a vitamin tube.  Which is a good thing I think. I mean, if you are going to be eating hot dogs anyways, you might as well get all your vitamins.

So what say you?  Is it better to choose the slightly higher in salt and probably all around healthier veggy dog, or should I try to find some equally easy, fun, yummy BBQ alternatives?  On that note, this recipe for home made veggy dogs looks promising…  maybe a vacation challenge!

This post is part of Food Revolution Friday

On this day:

In 2009 – the story of my cat getting nabbed
In 2008 –
In 2007 –
In 2006 –
In 2005 – I no longer watch scary movies


A mish mash of things

First up, I try to keep posts about Bobby on a once a month basis but right now I can’t. This past Saturday we had his 2nd birthday party at our place.  I was too busy/distracted to take ANY photos!  Those of you who attended and took photos please email some to me!!!  Luckily, Jeff came and decided to take some video of the day. He did a nice edit job and came up with this.  I love it.  My friends and family have swarmed his comments section and a little bird told me that a friend now wants to book him to video document her wedding.

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Also, I’ve recently repossessed my bread machine (that sounds mean – I don’t mean to sound like it was somehow stolen, I lent it out and forgot about it) and am itching to use it but I can’t find my bread machine recipes!!!  Do you have any favorites?

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And I cut off all my hair. I took in the third photo from this entry and then I asked that she shave in a bit of diamond pattern on a bit of the back. I love it. Some people are horrified.  One woman with full sleeves (those are arm tattoos) said that she could NEVER get such a bold haircut o_0????  Really? ‘Cause it grows back!  As usual, I don’t have pictures so feel free to disbelieve me.

On this day:

In 2009 – does reading one comic book count as research?
In 2008 –
In 2007 – more guys need to learn this difference
In 2006 – a small example of how my mom likes to ridicule me
In 2005 – Norm!


Food Revolution Friday #8 COOKIES

My son isn’t the hugest cookie fan.  He likes them but he generally doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth.  Last night my husband and I both wanted some baked treats (see this entry to find out why). 

Bobby has helped me make cookies once before but lately I’ve pledged to myself to get him helping in the kitchen as much as possible so I gave him much more responsibility this time.  His jobs included:

  • fetching things from the pantry (the stuff he could reach/could carry)
  • washing his hands
  • dumping in ALL the measured amounts (I pre-measured before bringing him into the kitchen to help me because I didn’t want him to be bored while I did it, or feel like he wasn’t allowed to do everything himself)
  • mixing everything together (I just did the finishing touched)
  • squishing the dough balls down onto the cookie sheet

It was very fun. I told him what all the ingredients were as we went "Now we mix in the flour…" and he would repeat it and tell me we would eat them after they come out of the oven.

Regarding oven safety.  We have a rule in our house that if Bobby is in the kitchen when adults are opening the oven, he has to have his hand on the fridge. This keeps him far enough away that he doesn’t get heat-blasted and we have room to pull things out and maneuver around without worrying about him getting underfoot and possibly having hot stuff dropped on him.  Once it’s closed, we turn on the oven light and he watches the cooking magic through the door.

He ate TWO cookies! I am surprised because last time he only ate half of one (same recipe).  He was very proud of all his work and this morning he woke up talking about how we made cookies last night.

The recipe ( adapted from Vive le vegan! )

1C unbleached all purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4C brown sugar (next time I’m going to use maple sugar since I have a bunch)
1/4 t sea salt
1/3 C MAPLE syrup (not TABLE syrup)
1/4 t black strap molasses
1t vanilla extract
1/4-1/3 C olive oil
1/3 C chocolate chips
1/2 T cinnamon

The recipe calls for mixing things in separate bowls in certain orders but I just put it all in together. I’m a baking REBEL.

Make 2" balls then flatten onto a cookie sheet.  Cook at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes then eat them all. (It only makes about 10 cookies)

This post is part of Food Revolution Fridays

On this day:

In 2009 –
In 2008 – fused body parts
In 2007 –
In 2006 – a poll
In 2005 –


Food Revolution Friday #7

Yogurt

Have you noticed that reduced fat or ‘light’ yogurt is very….  the texture is just…

ok I’m just gonna say it, it’s like jizz.

It’s gross.  It’s NOT what yogurt should be like at all.

Yogurt should be thick yet smooth and creamy.  Ok enough about the texture.  Full fat, Mediterranean / Greek style yogurt is where it’s AT and the best brand I’ve found around these parts is Liberté Méditeranée.  It doesn’t have gelatin, unlike MANY yogurts on the market so it’s vegetarian friendly.  It doesn’t have sugar substitutes so you don’t have to worry about weird ass chemicals in your food.

The flavours available are really great and my favorites are cherry, lemon and coconut.  As delicious as they are, they still contain sugar and other stuff in addition to the actual fruit.  Sometimes I get lazy and buy it anyway but I really do enjoy flavouring their plain yogurt myself.

The best way to do it is to cut up the fruit and mix in your sweetener (if any – I use either brown sugar, maple syrup or honey depending on the fruit) let that sit together for a few hours then stir in the yogurt.  The reason I like to let it sit is that the sugar draws out the juices of the fruit and makes a bit of a syrup so the flavour goes right through the yogurt instead of just having fruit chunks in plain yogurt.

I haven’t tried lemon yet but I think I will soon.  Combos I have likes in the past include:

cherries and brown sugar
green grapes and honey
blueberries and maple syrup
mango brown sugar

Things I want to try soon:

lemon and honey
pureed apple, brown sugar and cinnamon

Have you done this? What is your favorite flavour combo? What would you dream of trying?

This post is a part of Food Revolution Fridays

( and so is THIS GREAT POST about the insult that is the typical children’s menu)

On this day:

In 2009 – rubella
In 2008 – I eat babies
In 2007 – nut chop
In 2006 – new mattresses are the BEST
In 2005 – blah