Monday, January 28, 2013

Crinkle book

I really want to make it a tradition to give my kids a handmade/homemade gift for Christmas. I was racking my brains trying to think of something for Emma this year that wasn't clothes!
I finally came up with this and I'm proud to say it wasn't off Pinterest! This one came out of my own head and imagination! Amazing, I know! I made it with leftover scraps of fabric and a pair of my old jeans. I just put cellophane inside to make it crinkle. I didn't finish any of the edges, just left them raw and "scrappy."

Thursday, January 24, 2013


I found this post back in my drafts and I can't believe how much Emma has changed in the last few months! Wow!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013


Katie banging on her placemat with her fork, "Dis is my Kettle drum" Apparently my two-year-old knows what a Kettle drum is.

Me: "Katie you're a banana monster." Katie: "No I'm a banana Owl."

Me: "Katie what does your thumb taste like? Like chocolate? " Katie: "No, no, it tastes like thumb!"

Watching me put my makup on... "Mom, are you painting yourself?"

Reading Philippians 3:14 which she knows from Steve Green "Do everything without complaining or arguing....."  Ben was reading out of the NKJV and it reads "Do all thing without complaining or disputing" Katie says, "No, no, not sputing....Aaaagruing!"

As we're driving to the grocery store Katie says, "The sun is so bright! God made the sun! And God made roads, and God made cars, and God made shopping!" Spoken like a woman.

Emma, pull my hair!    ......few seconds later...... OWWWW! Emma!!!

Katie caught the last few minutes of my conversation with my friend/co-working Hanna (K) on skype with no video....  "Was that the regular Aunt Hannah?"

Friday, January 18, 2013


Naps, oh, naps, where have you gone?
Why have you left me for so long?
It was so sweet to have some peace
Why oh why, did you have to cease?

Please come back, and take my child
I need to have her not so wild
I love my quiet, that time of rest
It's not just nice, it is the best

I guess I knew it'd come one day
The time she'd never hit the hay
My little girl is growing up
I don't that I like it much

But for now I should be happy
I'll bide my time and not be sappy
I'll just enjoy the stage she's at
And be thankful her little sister still takes naps

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Katie loves colouring, for about five minutes. Then she's bored and wants something else to do. On occassion she will colour longer. Today she did! I was folding laundry and she coloured this picture all by herself! I was so proud; check out her stay-inside-the-lines skills! I don't know what is "normal" for a three-year-old, but I was/am pretty impressed!

Walk with Papa & Grandma

We went for a spur-of-the-moment walk the other day(now more like a few weeks ago!) with my parents. They wanted to explore Archie Coulter trail down on Bouwers Line. It was quite a nice walk and we'll definitely be going back.

Monday, January 14, 2013


My December post is a little overdue, but I don't want to miss it, so here it goes!

I thought was really prepared, or rather I wanted to be really prepared for Christmas, but it didn't really work out. Not that I was unprepared, but the relaxing, kick-back time I thought I'd have, didn't surface.

Hannah, Ben and I made 200 croquettes one night. They were SO handy to take to Christmas parties and rather well received. Hehe!

I am SO ready to get back to eating normal food. I love snacky food, but it feels very good to be eating three normal meals a day!

I started doing book keeping for a small business in December. It's not a ton of work, but the initial learning always takes a bit more time.

We didn't do any house renos in December! It was a nice breather, but I can't remember what we did with our extra time!! I guess it was taken up with meetings, church stuff and just spending time with ourselves :-)

We rang in the New Year with a bunch of friends: good chats, laughs and "moments."  I think that's the latest I've stayed up for New Years in the last four years, granted two of those years I was highly pregnant: maybe not too control of my emotions?! I can laugh now, but it wasn't such a laughing matter then. Besides that I'm such a wimp and I like going to bed early!

So far we've been free from colds and flues. A few sniffles and inklings of colds, but nothing developing. We are VERY thankful for this!

I look back over this summary and it seems like we didn't do anything, but December was busy.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Baby Quiet Book

And this is Emma's quiet book. I actually finished it this past Spring, so it wasn't quite as bad as Katie's book. Anyways, this one is entirely hand sewn. It was a fun hand-sewing project and I love how it turned out. And incase you think I came up with this idea by myself.... no way. I totally copied another one I found online. Credit goes to Emily over here. I just gave this to Emma for her birthday. She's kind of a chew-on-everything baby so I wanted to wait a bit! 
Love this Monkey!
 Fish spins and snaps off and on.
 Alligator with zipper teeth.
Lion has lots of different textures for baby's hands.
Butterfly's wings can flap.
Frog catches flies.
 Sleepytime Owl. This is my favourite page!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Croquette Recipe

I've had a few requests for the recipe so here you are! It's actually my sister-in-law's so you can thank her :-)

4 heaping cups chopped turkey

4 cups liquid (2 cups broth saved from cooking the turkey, 2 cups water)
3 tbsp. Chicken soup base

Bring to a boil, then turn down and cook for 15 minutes.

Add ½ cup margarine and spices:
1 tsp each – chili powder, nutmeg, paprika, poultry seasoning, curry powder, celery salt, pepper, salt

When margarine is melted, add 2 - 2 ½ cups flour ½ cup at a time to thicken. The thicker it is, the easier it is to shape and roll afterwards.

Dump onto cookie sheet and let cool until it's warm enough to handle. Roll into logs or balls, and then roll them in flour to coat.

Dip into a mixture of eggs/milk (about half and half) with shot of oil. Then roll into breadcrumbs (we used a mixture of seasoned and regular, so whatever you have is fine).

Deep-fry them until golden brown – about 3 minutes, depending on your deep-fryer.

One batch makes 30 croquettes (which were approx ¼ cup of the dough each).

NOTES: We cooked our turkeys in boiling water on the stove, as opposed to baking it. Cover the turkey parts (legs and wings were removed from body first) with water, throw in a couple of bay leaves, bring to a boil, and then simmer and let boil for 2 hours. The meat falls right off the bones! Save the broth in the pan to use for the croquettes.

I freeze them (it works well to freeze them on cookie sheets, and then transfer to large ziplock bags – then you just pull out whatever you need each time), and then bake them from frozen for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Monday, January 07, 2013

A Little Birthday Party

I felt guilty all weekend that I hadn't done a thing, a single thing, for Emma's birthday. I said Happy Birthday and that's it! I even had a gift for her, but it sat unwrapped, upstairs! Ben took a half day off on Friday and he and my brother worked on our fireplace (which is looking amazing!) until after the kids were in bed.  The dining room was in chaos and so was the rest of the house.  The opportunity for something special just wasn't there. Saturday was busy with running errands and Ben had to work in the afternoon. So yesterday I was feeling really guilty. My poor child! No birthday party, no gifts. What kind of mother am I!?!??!

So last night we had a little party for her.


 A quiet book from Mom

 She had lots of practice opening presents at Christmas. She knew just what to do!
 Bill Peet books!

 I'm not a huge "cake smash" person, but Emma is a fairly messy eater, so I figured I might as well let her get good and messy!
 To say she liked would be an understatement!
Pretty sure I put some down there for later!
How could you not love that face?!?

Saturday, January 05, 2013


Ben, Hannah and I made 200 croquettes on night, the week before Christmas. I had cooked the turkey during the day and Ben spent half an hour deboning it when he got home from work. Hannah came over after supper and we spent about two hours, mixing, rolling, dipping and defrying. It worked really well with three people and we were always busy, but not trying to do five things at once! We've been eating them a lot and bringing them to family functions; quite a handy thing to have in the freezer!