Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Big Guy Robot......"

That is what G has named his super huge lego robot! Since we've talked about our latest bead shape obsession, I thought I should share our other equally important favorite activity. Lego robots! I don't know if you can see, but up there at the top of this giant robot is a little head and arms. At the bottom he has little feet too. G makes about 5 of these a day but they're usually about 1-2 feet tall. This one is his crowning glory and he built it ALLLLLL by himself! That's right, he gently split apart the "robot" in the center and lifted it a few inches to slide in a couple of lego blocks at a time, until it reached the ceiling! It took all day and he would come and show me every 6 inches or so how much it had grown. And now it seems to have a semi-permanent position in our living room, I don't know if he'll ever have the heart to break it apart!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

knitting for my boy......

Knitting these woolies for my favorite 4 year old was almost as much fun as photographing him wearing them! He's so happy about them, I love it! The mittens were my car project on the way up to Canada a couple weekends ago and when I finished them, I decided they needed a hat to match. The hat I had originally started in the car was way too small by the time I'd already knit about 5 inches. So G and I spent some time on Ravelry together when we got home and he picked out a fun pattern to use on a new hat. This time I estimated better and it fits him great! Thanks to Jes for all her help, the dinosaur was my first time with intarsia was a bit tricky but lots of fun! (Here's the dinosaur chart I used.)

I'm so glad he loves them, now we just need some cooler weather!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Coconut Hot Chocolate (or Hot Coco-Choco)!

Mark's Daily Apple had an Iron Chef recipe contest a few weeks back and the secret ingredient was coconut. Mmmmmmmm! I really wanted to win, the prize was a Vitamix!!! (My dream kitchen appliance at the moment!) I'm sure you can guess I didn't win (since I didn't come on here and rave about my new vitamix) but at least I got 4 new recipes out of it. They were so yummy and I had such a fun time creating and photographing and writing them (and of course taste-testing!). Here's the first.......

I'm Coco-crazy and Choco-crazy so I figured the best way to get my fix was mix them together in a creamy, steamy cup of yumminess! My kids and I have been making homemade hot chocolate for 3 years now and we'll never go back to those foiled lined bags of powdered blah. This year we're taking it up a notch with full-fat coconut milk and 85% dark chocolate. Blending those two together creates an ambrosia unlike any hot chocolate we've ever had.
Hot Coco-Choco (or Coconut Hot Chocolate)

1 cup coconut milk
50 grams (5 squares) 85% dark chocolate
½ teaspoon real vanilla

It’s really that simple……Heat one cup of coconut milk over medium low heat.

In the mean time, finely grate your chocolate.
Stir it into your warm coconut milk……
Keep stirring until it’s blended and creamy……

When it’s all mixed in, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Now pour it into your favourite mug, top with that yummy cream that comes on the top of the coconut milk, and sprinkle with a few dark chocolate shavings. Enjoy!

Monday, October 18, 2010

bead shape fun......

I just had to share a couple of pictures of G's favorite new hobby. (Well, maybe not favorite anymore now that we brought Derick's old Legos home from Grandma's house.) But he just loves puting together these colorful little shapes. If anyone has any great ideas for what to do with hundreds of colorful little shapes, let us know!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bountiful Baskets!

I've made a new discovery......Bountiful Baskets! This is my first week joining the coop, and I was so excited to pick up my food yesterday morning. I had to be at the location at 7:15am, so of course I was up bright and early, but it was worth it for this "bountiful" spread of food for only $15! I love to cook and eat healthy foods, but over the last few months of keeping track of my eating, I've realized I really skimp out on veggies! This is my first step in trying to get more veggies in my diet, without having to spend too much. My favorite part of this coop is the surprise element, I love not knowing what will be in the next basket. This week we got pomegranates, a super exciting treat around here. We ate one right away for breakfast. I washed the grapes and lettuce right away and put them in the fridge so we're all set for a week of healthy eating!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

We're back from a fun-filled weekend trip to Alberta, with lots of adventures and stories to tell. Of course, the first story you'll all want to know is how our poor little girl broke her arm.......again! Thanksgiving dinner was on the table and I told the girls to come down to Grandma's house to eat, and running down the hill, she fell! She actually missed dinner, being so upset and crying, but at the time it was hard to tell it was broken. We figured it was sore, but didn't see swelling for awhile. By the next morning, the swelling was still there and she wasn't using it at all, just holding it against her side, so we took her into the small town hospital and had wonderful and quick service. Nothing like being the only patients in a small emergency room on a holiday weekend! We were in and out in 1 1/2 hours! It turns out she has a small break, more of a buckle really, right above her left wrist. She'll be in her cast for 6 weeks! But she's so good at adapting, she's having no problem doing everything she usually does. The only complaint so far is itchiness, unfortunately there's not much we can do for that!

Other than that, our weekend was fun and relaxing. Lots of food and family and good times! The drive was great, we stayed overnight in Butte, MT on the way up, and on the way back drove the whole 12 hours in one day. The kids were great in the car! (Thank goodness for movies on iphones!) We're so glad we went, even if we returned a bit broken! E especially enjoyed seeing Trixsey, Grandpa's little blue horse. She helped Grandpa name her last year, so she's a special horse......
And of course Dia the mule had to get her share of the attention as well!
Gotta love the Southern Alberta wind!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

conference weekend.....

We had a great General Conference weekend, full of lots of relaxing home time and wonderful messages from our church leaders. I thought I'd share a few glimpses of our time together. We had to have the globe out of course to look up the countries that different speakers mentioned or were from. Then the kids had fun looking up Alaska, Canada, and India and seeing how far away all of our family members are.

I was actually sick with a bit of a cold this weekend, which was really good timing. When else do I have a perfect excuse to lay on the couch in my comfy clothes all day and relax? I got a bit of knitting done....these are Halloween/fall socks for E, I've got to start turning heels if I'm going to get them done this month! And of course what would conference weekend be without bead shapes! That's what we call them around here, those ironable bead designs. My kids love them! I don't necessarily love the way they fall all over the floor and then stick to the bottoms of my feet while I walk through the kitchen, but I love that they love them!
Saturday night I got smart and made Sunday morning breakfast for the kids so my stuffy head, achy body could get some extra sleep in the morning and then just roll out of bed in time to watch the morning session. It worked like a charm and they were so excited to wake up to "I love you muffins!" (That's what G calls them.)
I just have to share what my angel girl drew during one of the Saturday sessions.....this is totally on her own, she just came to show me afterwards! Isn't she adorable! I asked her if I could share it with you, and she just wanted to clarify that she's thankful for so many more things than just what she wrote, she just didn't write them all. I love my sweet girl, I can't believe she'll be 8 in a month......time flies!