Saturday, January 23, 2010

living room facelift........

We had the carpets cleaned over the holidays so we took almost all of our furniture down to the basement. Then we decided to mix things up a bit so we brought back up different furniture that we'd been using downstairs and rearranged everything. I love it, and I love starting the new year with a fresh look. And now our basement is very toy-playing and movie-watching friendly!

These are our fabulous new bookshelves thanks to Grandma and Grandpa and their generous Christmas gifting!!! (We love you guys!)
The cozy couch for snuggling under quilts......
A little reading/knitting/tete a tete corner.......
And the teaching/practicing corner......

Saturday, January 16, 2010

LobsterFEST!

Thanks to our great friend Mar, we had a caseload of lobster delivered fresh from the docks in Nova Scotia!! It was a new experience for us, having 11 live lobsters to cook and eat, but she showed us the ropes (even though she'd flown all day and was exhausted) and we steamed them and feasted in true Nova Scotian style.....Yum! Here they are chillin' in the snow so we can handle them enough to break them open.
Look at all that yummy lobster goodness! (there was sooooooo much fabulous lobster meat, we've had amazing dip, scrambled eggs, and still some tucked away in our freezer for a lucky day!)
And here's one eyeing us up before we steamed him. Does he look suspicious?
Thanks for the fabulous feast Mar!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Homemade Hot Chocolate!


Thanks Grandma and Grandpa! The kids love their little Christmas mugs and it makes hot chocolate time so much more fun. And of course, thanks Kates for the hot chocolate maker, years ago! It still gets used ALL the time! And for anyone else out there wanting to make easy, fabulous hot chocolate at home, try this........

Hot Chocolate
4 cups milk (we use whole)
2 T cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 t vanilla

Whisk together and heat. Top with whipped cream and indulge! We vary this, sometimes adding a bit of cream (okay, more than a bit), melted chocolate chips, cinnamon, postum, chai herbal tea.....the options are endless!
Oh, and it's ten times better if you stir with a candy cane!