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New year, new baby…. hasn’t this happened before?

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Wow.  So, I know I sound like an extremely broken record, but IT HAS BEEN WAY TOO LONG.

Thanks to my mother-in-law for mentioning that she wanted a post on her newest grandbaby.

I really was doubting I'd ever have a little girl, but here we are!

I really was doubting I’d ever have a little girl, but here we are!

And let me tell you… she has reason to want it.  It’s her first granddaughter!  We had a GIRL!

Little miss Briar

Little miss Briar

November 7, after many hours of contractions, and about 30 seconds of pushing, little miss Briar was born!  We were super shocked to see a little girl, instead of a boy (I just assumed I’d have a load of boys, taking from our families), and oh-so very excited.  She is such a sweetheart.  I love her to bits.  And while I struggle with the colour pink, it has made its way into my household.  The boys are loving her.  Mind you, one of the two (*cough, JUDE, cough*), might tend to be a bit rough in his affections.  But really, they love her to bits.  Not to mention she’s already got Daddy’s heart all swirled around her little fingers.  Daddy took parental leave, so he’s been home with us since November!  We are so enjoying that.

Daddy and Briar.  Did I mention he grew a beard?

Daddy and Briar. Did I mention he grew a beard?

In other news, Jude’s hair is GREAT.  Growing the curls out because it’s just too adorable to cut.

Jude-the-dude's curly locks.

Jude-the-dude’s curly locks.

Cael is growing like a little weed, and he’s quick as a whip.

Cael kind of wanted to go on the school bus that morning.

Cael kind of wanted to go on the school bus that morning.

Also, we’ve most definitely been having lots of food goings on.  A few pictures have been taken, but not enough for a food post.  No worries – hopefully one will come soon!

Here are some of the great food things that have been happening lately:

Spiderman Cake, made by me, using my grandmother’s recipe (which sadly, I don’t think is posted yet…)

Jude turned 2!  And he loves Spiderman, so I whipped up a Spiderman cake!

Jude turned 2! And he loves Spiderman, so I whipped up a Spiderman cake!

Hot Cocoa Cake from Pass the Sushi

Hot cocoa cake for Daddy's 25th birthday!

Hot cocoa cake for Daddy’s 25th birthday!

Pretzel Hot Dogs from Spoonforkbacon

Pretzel hot dogs

Pretzel hot dogs

Thing. Take FOUR!

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Things again.  Things it is.  And another month has passed.  Wow.

Super hot days, and getting freezing nights going on here.  Pretty crazy how things can change from day to night.

And 10 weeks of pregnancy left!  Countdown is ON!

We’ve really been having a great summer.  I’m not really looking forward to its end, but I suppose ‘all good things shall come to an end’, as they say.  Fall is great too.  Really.  Here are some pictures of what’s been going down with us:

Breakfast time with two silly boys.  Constantly making each other laugh (and making a mess doing it).

Breakfast time with two silly boys. Constantly making each other laugh (and making a mess doing it).

At a wedding.  What a handsome hubby, eh?  And a baby bump at 29.5 weeks.

At a wedding. What a handsome hubby, eh? And a baby bump at 29.5 weeks.

Flour and baby oil.  Who knew it would make 'sand' to occupy much time.  And cute aprons bought at a local craft fair!

Flour and baby oil. Who knew it would make ‘sand’ to occupy much time. And cute aprons bought at a local craft fair!  They’ve saved much mess on clothes thus far.

Things:

  1. Adam Bede, by George Eliot.  I’ve yet to finish the book, but if you like classics, and love words – grab this book.  It took me awhile to get into it, but now I’m stuck.  It’s pretty dang good.
  2. Modcloth.com.  Seriously.  Get into it.  Cute and quirky clothes, shoes, accessories, and house stuffs!   Downside=Duty taxes when shipping to Canada.  But if you can make it past those taxes, you are home free!  So much cool stuff.
  3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Great movie.  Hubby and I rented it, not knowing if we’d enjoy it or not.  Conclusion:  We both LOVED it.  It was really great!  Hard to explain without giving away the plot, so just watch it.  It’s a really well done movie.
  4. These super easy-looking diy slippers!  What a great gift idea!
  5. The World’s Best Chocolate Oatmeal Cake.  Can you say ‘divine’?  Because that’s how to describe this.  It’s super moist, yummy cake, with an oh-so-fudge-y frosting.  I’ve made two in the last three weeks…  And it’s been raved about.

Things. Take Three.

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Things.  Things seem to take up my time.  And summer just seems to go by much too quickly.  Crazy.  Cael will be THREE next week.  Which means we are already nearing the end of July.  Somehow.  It just started… didn’t it?  I know you don’t need me reminding you, but – WOW.  It’s just flying by.  Can I also say that I only have 16 weeks of pregnancy left?!  Wow.  Number three is flying along.

Which leads me to…. A belly picture!

Baby number three - taken at 21.5 weeks.

Baby number three – taken at 21.5 weeks.

 

 

And some boy pictures!

Outside fixing cars with Mr. Cael

Outside fixing cars with Mr. Cael

Playdough Time!

Playdough Time!

Craziest faces around.  What a kid.

Craziest faces around. What a kid.

 

This guy has got some crazy curls going on!

This guy has got some crazy curls going on!

Now to the THINGS!

  1. This cute end table.  It’s small, cute, and has a basket!  (Not to mention, it’s also on sale!)
  2. Little boy snuggles.  After my boys wake up, they generally need a bit of quiet time to get used to being awake again.  I keep realizing how big they’re getting, and how quickly.  So I’m absorbing as much snuggle time as I can get.
  3. Mommy’s Me Time blog.  Amber is mama to a 2 1/2 year old, 1 1/2 year twins and is pregnant again!  And she is the sweetest lady.  Always encouraging words, pointing to God, giving reminders… I could go on forever.  If you are a young mom, check her out!
  4. Fresh-picked STRAWBERRIES!  They have got to be one of my favourite things about summer.  So sweet, juicy, and lovely.  And oh, the things to make with them!   Jam, shortcake, smoothies.  Yum.
  5. This lovely maxi dress.  I’ve gotta get me one, or similar.  Super flattering, great colours, and sooo good for summer.

So many lovely things.  Check ’em out.

Things. Take two.

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I haven’t forgotten about this.  A new series designed to make me post more frequently.  Weekly, was actually my goal.  Has it worked?  Partly.  It’s been more than a week, but it hasn’t been the months that have often come and gone between posts.  More food soon folks, (promise?).

As I’ve said many times, life is busy.  But everybody tends to be busy.  All in unique ways, but all still busy.  So how can I possibly use that excuse?  Well, I’m just going to use it anyway.  Life is also good.  It’s FREEZING outside, but the sun is shining and two handsome boys are having a much-needed nap.  I’m looking forward to sunshine and warm weather though, deary me, it’s been a longg winter.  But the snow has also been great.  So pretty, and great to play in (not that I’ve taken advantage of that nearly enough).  Oh, to have the energy of a child who can play for hours in the snow.  I loved doing that.  Forts, tunnels, you name it, we build it out of snow.

On to the things.

  1. The Baker Chick.  If you haven’t heard of her, GO CHECK HER OUT.  RIGHT NOW.  She’s a sweetie, with an adorable new baby boy, and some of the best food on the planet.  Not to mention gorgeous photos.  Last week I made these awesome Gooey Meyer Lemon Sweet Rolls (but with oranges of course, I just cannot seem to follow a recipe).  They were phenomenal.  My yeasted dough turned out awesome!  Which is always a treat, as I find it hard to get stuff to raise in my too-cold house.  And they were just awesome.  The cream cheese frosting is the game-breaker.  So good.
  2. Bogs.  These are the best boots ever.  I got a pair for my birthday last year after I wore my brother’s half the winter (he somehow forgot them while he was away to school – score!).  They are fantastic.  Like a rain boot, but good up to -40F.  Waterproof and ssooooo comfortable.  Most certainly worth the price.  They will last me my life.  They don’t have the ones that I got anymore, but they’re similar to the Classic Boot, but in teal.
  3. This is my next DIY project, for in my kitchen.  Sharpie, white paper and a black frame, all set and ready to go.
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “Give thanks in all circumstances; for the is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”.  To be thankful all the time.  That’s a hard one.  But is certainly makes sense.
  5. The Secret of Platform 13.  This is one of my all-time favourite books.  I’ve read and re-read it probably 10 times.  It’s a kids book, but I just love the fantasy aspects.  It is great.  I could rave about it forever… I’m a sci-fi, fantasy fan… so if you don’t enjoy that type of things, you may not like it.  Easy read though.  Super duper easy.

And that is that.  I’ll get working on making something wonderful to share with y’all.

…  Pictures though, of course.  Here they be:  My beautiful boys.

Flour anyone?

Jude decided to try a fistful of flour. There was lots of coughing involved. And mess. Lots of mess.

He had to try it too!

He had to try it too!

 

Innocent looking, but don't be fooled.

Innocent looking, but don’t be fooled.

Cael loves to get his hands on his uncle's ski goggles.  He makes a pretty cute bug, eh?

Cael loves to get his hands on his uncle’s ski goggles. He makes a pretty cute bug, eh?

 

Things. A new series.

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So.  Things.  Imma link up some things that I’ve been reading, doing, loving, wishing for, cooking, wearing, etc.  I’d love feedback on what you guys are into these days too!  I’m always up for a new book, etc.

However, we’ll start off with some of the cutest kids ever.

Eating fruit loops from the Hungry Hippo game.  Great plate.

Eating fruit loops from the Hungry Hippo game. Great plate, eh?

My bro was home and went skating with Cael.  They love hanging out!

My bro was home and went skating with Cael. They love hanging out!

Breakfast with a Reindeer.  And funny faces.

Breakfast with a Reindeer. And funny faces.

AND!  I somehow forgot to share out 2013 family photo!  I love how it turned out.  It was completely unplanned, but worked all the better for it…

To come next post!  Because I don’t have it on this computer!  🙂  Gotta keep you on your toes!

Things

  1. Are you busy?  Wait.  Is that a stupid question?  I feel like most people think that they’re pretty busy.  Well, you’ve got to make time in your busyness to read this great book, Crazy Busy.  It deals with being BUSY!  And so far, it’s great.  A nice quick read too.
  2. I discovered Joy the Baker about 3 years ago, and have been in love since.  She’s got a great writing style, creates amazing biscuits, and has a lovely way with photography.  She also has a cookbook – Joy the Baker Cookbook – that I would highly recommend.  Especially if you like sweet thangs.  Like chocolate…. and peanut butter.
  3. Keep.com  I’m new to it.  I’d like to describe it as similar to Pinterest, but no food.  (BOOOO.. I know.  But clothes are good too!)  Clothes, housewares, and all things cool.  I get an email about once a week from them with recommended things for me and fall in love with most.  Super cool.
  4. Anthropologie has my heart when it comes to clothes.  Check out this sweet pullover with the greatest details on the hem everrr.  (In black, please!  Size small!  .. Anyone?)
  5. This infinity scarf is what I’ve been knitting (for months… *sigh).  I’m almost done and can’t wait to wear it!  Not to mention how super easy it is.  Only thing – I used size 9 needles, and Bernat Softee Chunky (4 balls).  I love the way the stitch looks!  It’s super cool, and the yarn is nice and cozy.

There you have it!  My first 5 Things!

What are you guys reading?  Doing?  Loving?  Ideas for me?

Yogurt Fruit Pops

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It’s been way to long, again.  I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be saying that a lot.

Here’s something I’ve been thinking about that may help people to understand why I’ve not been overly up on everything.  When you have a second kid, you’d think you would only have twice as much laundry, that it would only take twice as long to get ready to go somewhere, there would only be twice as many tears.  However, I’ve come to discover that a second child means about 5 times more laundry, it takes about 15 minutes to get ready, as opposed to 2 minutes, and the tears tend to be innumerable and unstoppable at times.

Growing boy

 

{Isn’t he growing?!  Such a cute little guy, my handsome man.}

There is good news though, it also mean innumerable laughs, and smiles.  I get to spend more time with my boys getting them ready before we go somewhere.

… and there’s really nothing good about 5 times as much laundry.  Well, except that [maybe] when it’s sunny out, I have an excuse to stand outside – to hang up laundry.  That’s about it.

Yummy pops!

 

{My sick, sweet little boy.  Cutest.  Kid.  Ever.}

My son likes yogurt.  Of the frozen kind.  And I don’t mean frozen yogurt, I mean yogurt that’s been frozen.  We usually freeze yogurt tubes, and he has them for a healthy snack.  But the other day, I was inspired by this sweet blog.  But I made it even easier.  Just get a popsicle mold (mine is from Walmart, $3), some sliced fruit, and some yogurt.  Whatever kinds you want of everything!  It’s completely customizable.

Yogurt Fruit Pops (our version)

Slices strawberries and mandarins

Peach yogurt and vanilla yogurt.

Pour and plop into molds.  Freeze and enjoy!  Super yummy, and awesomely delicious.

Sick boy

 

{Poor guy spent the beginning of the week sick.  So he extra enjoyed the pops.}

(Especially on a nice sunny, warm day, if anyone is enjoying those right now…  it’s been raining here for over a week…)

If it’s raining there like it is here, why don’t you make some hot sweet milk to enjoy instead?

 

Doily Table Runner

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I’m back again.  And so soon!  (Not really, but sooner than I expected.)

Doily Runner

With another non-food creation.  All thanks to Pinterest for the great idea (however, I only saw it, and didn’t pin it, so I have no sweet clue where it originally came from).  By the way – follow me on Pinterest!  It’s such a great place for ideas, a good place to waste spend time surfing cool things, and it’s just cool.  So there.  Do it.

Doily Runner

 

Doily Runner

So, this is really quite ridiculous.  Easy peasy.  Just find some doilies.  Wait – do what I did.  Go to your mom (or grandmother), and ask them if they have any extra kicking around.  I discovered quickly that my mother might just have a fetish…  or maybe it’s my grandmother (I think that’s where they all came from).     Either way, find some doilies. Having a bunch of different ones looks pretty cool.  Then, find some thread and a needle.  Sew them together using small stitches (so they are unnoticeable).  Annnddd…  TAADAA!  C’est tout!  I think it looks really sweet too.  Adds a nice, feminine touch to my living room.

Doily Runner

Hope you guys like the how to’s, instead of just food all the time.  What can I say?  I’m feeling crafty.  Not sure why.  Just am.   If you are hungry though check out this great recipe for Raspberry Scones.  Get a coffee, and eat one o’these yummy devils.  It’ll do you good on this snowy, not-so-springy weekend.  Enjoy!

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{I just can’t leave you all without a pic of at least one of the boys.  Cael in Daddy’s hat and a friends shoes.  Great smile.}

Knit Headbands

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I’m baaaaccckkkk.  And not pregnant anymore!

Knit headbands

I’d like to have some sort of good, quirky, true excuse for not having posted since October.  But the truth is…  I just didn’t.  I wanted to, truly.  It just didn’t happen.  Perhaps it had something to do with being preggers, Christmas, a newborn.  Let’s say it did.  (But honestly, I had lots of time I could have spent doing this instead of the myriads of other things I did.)  I miss this.

So we’re going to try to get back into it.  I have to rely on hubby to remind me to do this.  He’s a pretty good nagger motivator.  Really though, he’s great at getting me into these things.

First off, let’s get an update.  A lot can happen in 5 months.  (Wow, has it really been that long?!)  And a lot DID happen.  Lots of cooking and baking happened.  Quite a bit of knitting, wrapping, eating, decorating…  doing wayy too much…  happened as well.  Oh, and I had a baby.  That was probably the biggest thing that happened.

Jude

{Say hey to my newest, cutest little guy}

January 16, Jude came into the world at a whopping 9lbs 2oz.  I have no idea how he was so big.  It’s probably a good thing I didn’t know how big he was going to be before I went into labour…  He was so worth it though.  Such a good, happy, handsome little man.  I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot of him.  (Hope you don’t mind!)

Brothers

{Cael likes his new brother…most of the time.  Typical siblings…}

I thought we’d start off the new year (a few months late) with something different.  Over Christmas, I got a pattern for some knit headbands, that I looooved.  Anyhow, I made three.  One for my friend’s birthday, one for my mom’s birthday, and one for me!  You see, I was out to make 2, but after my mom’s was done, and I had tried it on…  Well, let’s just say she didn’t get that one.  Never try on something you’re supposed to be giving away, if you like it at all, it might just have to stay with you.

Mom's headband

{Mom ended up with this one.  I’ll have to get a picture of her wearing it – she looks super cute!  Most stylish Mom ever}

I got the pattern from a friend, it’s super easy, and mega versatile.  You can really make it with any kind of yard, any size needles, and any thickness.  But I’ll give you the standard to start with.  When it comes to making the flower, just go by the instructions.  It doesn’t sound right, but once you start to cast off, you’ll be amazed at what happens.  It’s really quite neat.

MY headband

{This one was supposed to be for my mom.  She loves pink.  I abhor pink.  I tried it on.  I loved it.  Make sense?}

Knit Headband

Size 8 needles, thick fluffy yarn, tapestry needle

Cast on number of stitches based on thickness of yarn and width of headband you are looking for. **You must make sure to end each row on purl no matter how many stitches you choose or the ribbing will not work.**  (12 for the thinner version and 16 for the thicker version)

Row 1 till end: k2, p2 until desired length is achieved (test on head, should fit snug b/c will most likely stretch a bit)

Cast off and cut yarn leaving a few inches to sew seam.

Flower

Size 8 needles, any yarn (light weight is easier to use for these)

Cast on 10 stitches

Row 1:  Knit

Row 2 (and all even rows): Purl

Row 3: knit into the front and back of each stitch (20 st)

Row 5: knit into the front and back of each stitch (40 st)

Row 7: knit into the front and back of each stitch (80 st)

Row 8: Purl

Cast off, assemble flower, sewing with loose ends.  Attach to the seam of the headband.

Again, I kind of messed around with how many stitches to use for the different widths of headbands and sizes of flowers.  Shout out if you want to know exactly what I did.  They turned out super cute!

Sarah's headband.

{My friend Sarah got this darling.  I’ve also got to get a picture of her with it on, because she looks gorgeous (WITH and without it on)}

Cael update anybody?  He’s getting big!  He says almost everything we say, and is starting to put words together.

Hiding

Smile!  Or not.

{Funny, as soon as I told him to smile, he gave me the evil stare}

He is 100% boy.  Cars, trains, animals, guns, fighting noises, fighting, you name it.  If you associate it with the male species, he loves it.  Anyhow.  I hope you guys enjoy the headbands.  Food next time, I promise.  I won’t promise that it will be soon, but hopefully it’ll be before August.  No more 5 month intervals.  Okay?  Peace.

Mommy & baby

{Mommy and baby Jude}

Part of Made by you Mondays, and Craft-O-Maniac Monday Link Party

It’s been a long, long time.

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Hey everybody.

Can I just say how sorry I am that it’s been so long since I last posted?  To be honest, I’ve had recipes and photos ready, but absolutely zero motivation to share them.  Today must be different though.  I decided that I just needed to post.  It had to be done.  It’s a rainy summer day here, and I really should be doing the dishes.  But dishes are about at the bottom of my “What I LIKE To Do” list.  They also score the bottom of my priority list.  Just come over, you’ll understand when you see the piles of dirty dishes on my counter.

So, instead of doing the dishes, I’m sitting down with a cup of Vanilla Nut Creme tea, and I’m [finally] writing a post.  This one won’t include a recipe, but one shall follow SOON, and when I say SOON, I mean like today or tomorrow.  Because, I also decided to make scones before doing the dishes.  You might say they partially inspired me to finally share.  The other factor was the fact that a few people in the last week have said that they love reading about all the food I post.  One guy said, ‘I have one question for you:  Why haven’t you been posting anything?”  I told him that I found out I was pregnant, and that was pretty much it.  It’s amazing how draining creating a baby is.  They are like little energy leeches, even at only a few weeks in there.

Would anybody like an update?  I’m almost 17 weeks pregnant, my baby bump popped last week (out of nowhere), and I’m feeling great, other than being exhausted!  I’m super glad nausea is over with – I was SO tired of feeling sick allllll the time.

A lot has happened since the last post.  I’ll just give a couple highlights from the last few weeks.  Cael turned 1!  How time flies!  We went to a Rascal Flatts concert (have I mentioned that they are my all time favourite, and I actually got to see them LIVE?!).  We also went camping for a night with a bunch of other young families.  And we drove 22 hours to visit some family and friends in Ontario – Which included much driving, Canada’s Wonderland, lots of great food, a beautiful wedding, a bit of shopping, and not enough sleep.  It was really a great time.  How summer is flying by!  It’s insane.  I cannot believe that August has arrived already and has been slipping by as I’ve been trying to put my house back together from all the packing and unpacking and birthday presents that have been going on here.

{Hubby was a photographer for some of our younger friends on prom night.  We both joined them all for dinner.  I got to dress up – definitely the highlight for me… well, along with awesome food.}

I hope this suffices as an apology post.  I will make it up to you with a stellar scone recipe in a short while.  I must go, as my scones need to be removed from the oven – they smell so good!  Peace out guys.  Happy August 2nd!  🙂

Crazy, this thing called life.

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So,  I’m completely sorry that I’ve been MIA this week.  Thing is, life happens, whether we’re ready for it or not… and…  well – We bought a house!  So that’s my excuse.  (I think it’s a pretty good one, don’t you?)  We’ve spent the last few days at the lawyers office, then painting, painting, painting, garbaging, cleaning… and wrecking the place.  I arrived back at the house yesterday after taking an hour break to a wall being torn down…  Mess.  Everywhere.  But it’s good.  It’s going to make the place look much bigger and more spacious.  And most importantly, it’s going to INCREASE my kitchen space!  (ie – More baking space!!)

Anyhow.  I do have another post almost ready to go.  And I’ll be sharing that with you in the next few days.  Because, (did I mention I’m taking a university course?) I have 2 assignments and an exam to do in the next 3 days, AND my great little bro has a birthday this week too (so I’ve got to get baking that cake!!), and in the midst of all that, I’ve got to look after my hubby, little boy, and try to post something… BUT it WILL happen!  Okay?

Do you believe me?

While you’re waiting for that post/recipe.  I wanted to share this picture with you.  We went out for supper last week to Mateus Bistro, and we ordered scallops (and other great things) for appetizers.

{Photo courtesy of my wonderful hubby}

Don’t they look amazing?  They were realllly cool tasting.  Like, surprising, and very yummy to those taste buds.

Anyhow – I’ll be back to you soon!  Have a great Sunday afternoon!