Thursday, March 31, 2011


I finished these Monday night while Sean was out golfing...  Enjoy!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Made by M

Our first Sunday with no indoor soccer... a long glorious stretch of hours with no demands on our time.  So nice.  I decided to get my week's groceries then instead of Monday as usual, to make today a little easier, and left M playing in the kitchen.  This is what she made:

Yep.  Sushi.
She got a kit for Christmas and has been waiting for time to use it; yesterday was the day!  We had some crab in the freezer for her to use, and she put in some cucumber.  They were really good.  I'm proud of my little chef.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

If Winter Persists, Buy Mittens

My red Canada mitten from the Olympics last year are falling apart.  There is one hole in the lining, and now one hole in the outer thumb.  I will fix them up, but I was thinking that I will have to get some new ones for next year - sigh... I have a hard time finding stuff like that that I love.

Yesterday we went to the home show with Sean's parents, and in the midst of all these home improvement booths was this colorful booth full of stuff from Ecuador.
I saw these mitts.
It was love at first sight.
They came home with me.

I will enjoy the last few cold days of this year with my new handfuls of happiness, and then tuck them away to surprise myself with next winter.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Package of Happiness

Do you shop online?  I rarely do, unless it was getting textbooks from Amazon, but I check out some scrapbooking steal sites on and off.  Since I rarely shop for scrapbooking supplies (only when we travel to somewhere that has a shop), and since I found a few things that I would use at good prices, I decided to just do it and placed an order with Crafty Steals.  That was February 18.  On Friday I got my package!  Yep, March 25.  I wasn't a patient waiter at all...  And the irony is that in that 5 weeks of waiting, Carla and I went to Saskatoon, I bought a bunch of stuff and have already made stuff with it. 

I'm happy to have this and someday soon will carve out some time to play.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Waterfall Tree

I picked M up from her Grandpa's this afternoon and had to pull out the camera to capture this - the tree by the front porch has been collecting all the drips off the roof and the branches have become host to a cascade of icicles.

It was a nice week of plus temperatures and the snow is sinking; the side roads are still horrendous, though, and I look forward to the consistently plus temps, the clear roads, the green emerging.  Spring is here!

One Thousand Gifts

This is the book I am reading: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Carla surprised me with it after I had been enjoying it in Scott's Parable in Saskatoon. I visit her blog once in a while and enjoy her style; having her message in book form is great.

Watch the video, and if you want to borrow it when I'm done, let me know!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Our Athlete... in Action

Madeline is having her wrap up indoor soccer tournament this weekend; it's her first year at this, and she's enjoyed playing. I've been taking pictures at soccer and basketball for the last couple of months, but I've been waiting to post some until I got some good ones. I don't have any more chances to take some, so here's a couple at least to show you the girl in uniform.

She's the one in black in the fight for the ball.

Eyes on the ball!

Last weekend she got two goals in her game, bringing her season total up to three! Pretty exciting stuff. Next up for #6 is outdoor soccer in about 6 weeks.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Commandments... In Rhyme

I was making a little progress decluttering and came across this poem I had copied out in a class while my professors sang it.  I will share it here with you, but you'll have to come up with your own tune, or track down Paul Beckingham and ask him to sing it for  you.

The Ten Commandments
Thou shalt have no God but me, 
Before no idol bow thy knee.
Take not the name of God in vain, 
Nor dare the Sabbath day profane.
Give both thy parents honor due, 
Take heed that thou no murder do.
Abstain from words and deeds unclean, 
Nor steal through thou art poor and mean.
Make no willful lie nor love it,
What is thy neighbour's, do not covet.

May some of you find this useful as a fun tool to teach your kids the Word.

PS - Spell check did not like 'decluttering' and instead, recommended cluttering, sputtering, fluttering or muttering.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I have a thing for lined paper.  I used glimmer mist on the yellow paper before I cut out my letters.  I like the effect.

 I had fun digging through my stash for this one.  There are colored staples holding on the ribbon, a heart from a wedding favor, a few buttons, and some stripy brads in the middle of my cut-out patterned paper flowers.  That journaling card was a perfect match for my photo, and I love the bell bottom letters I cut with my cricut.

I used a paint chip underneath the pictures in this one. The title was a little wonky, but putting a date stamp after 'exciting' ended up lining it up better on that side.

We have a craft social coming up next week, and Carla and I hit a couple scrapbooking shops in Saskatoon this week, so I have a bit of a new stash to play with.  You may see a few more soon!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

A Day Away

  • Hearing a middle aged Asian man reading English with a 30ish tutor in the downtown public library in Saskatoon as I write.  I applaud people who make time to help people learn.
  • The chocolate bar Sean tucked in the pocket of the perfect black messenger bag he got me for my birthday was decadent.
  • I'll pick up Carla from her conference in an hour and a half, and we'll probably take in a movie to make the most of our day and a half away from our families.
  • Scott's Parable was an easy hour of browsing; Tim Horton's sandwiches for supper were just right after we had spent too much time browsing.  Our bellies were still happy from our Fuddrucker's lunch, anyway.
  • The library is closing in 15 minutes; I'm have to find somewhere to kill another hour.  This has been a worthwhile stop - I've read a writer's magazine and a triathalon magazine.  I'm neither a triathlete nor a writer, but maybe when I grow up... 
  • Earlier today I had the prettiest latte I've ever had, in an empty local coffee shop, made by a man with a long gray ponytail.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Virtual Garage Sale

Because we were doing a kitchen reno last fall, we got some nice new kitchen stuff for Christmas.

Because my parents came for a visit on the weekend, I had to finally clean up all the 'kitchen leftovers' from the basement.

Because some of it has to go, I decided to do a virtual garage sale.  Have a look at the photos below and if you need or want any of it, make me an offer! 

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Fun New Breakfast

Sean found this idea online & we had a go for Sunday morning.  They turned out pretty good; I might try putting a piece of lunch meat like a liner next time, because the egg wasn't the easiest to clean out.  They tasted yummy, though!

Muffin Tin Omelettes

Spray a 12 cup muffin tin and preheat the oven to 350.
Chop some meat (I used turkey breast lunch meat I had on hand)
Cut up & saute your veggies (Onions and Green Peppers for Sean's, Mushrooms for M & I)
Grate some cheese
Add meat, veggies & some of the grated cheese to the cups.
Beat 12 eggs in a large mixing bowl, then pour into cups.
Top with remaining cheese, and put in the oven for about 15 minutes.

I started watching at 10 minutes, but they took about 17 or so.