Friday, November 30, 2007

Pesto Pasta

This is my quick and easy I don't know what to have for supper meal.

First add 2 tbsp of VE Pesto Mix (you can use real pesto of your favorite vaiety for this recipe if you wish) to about a 1/4 of olive oil and let sit for about 15 minutes to mellow.


(don't mind the state of my kitchen there was serious holiday baking going on)

Then you fry up red and green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and brocolli in a littl bit of oil.


When they are cook you add slices of fresh tomoto and cook just enough to heat.


Toss veggies with pesto and oil mix and serve on top of your favorite pasta (normally we use whole grain spagettini...seriously...but we were out) and top with crumbled feta.Dscf0858

A healthy and yummy meal in 15 minutes (and it only takes that long because you are supposed to let the spices mellow for that amount of time).

After almost 4 years

Tables and decorations. A first for us.




Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I tend to be pretty holistic and natural minded. I've spent the last few year dabbling in herbs and homeopathy and I more like to turn to my homeopathics then to tylenol for my children's fevers or teething pain. My friends come to me to blend them up some herbs for tea for whatever ails them in pregnancy or breastfeeding. I have an extensive collection of essential oils that I use for everything from cleaning to body aches and colds to swelling and many more common (and not so common) uses. I try to live as green as possible. We recycle. We buy from, and donate to, thrift stores. You'd be amazed at the number of people who I meet who assume I also eat a saintly vegan organic diet. So not true. There are many days that I wish that I did but is reality my diet is far from that. Some days I'd be ashamed to admit the eating habits of our family, it's far from perfect, it's....HUMAN.

Voila, this is our fridge


(I'm posting a picture for the time simple fact that this is the cleanest my fridge has been in a long time and I am darn proud of it)

My confessions

There is always a bottle of Coke open in my fridge. This stuff is seriously not fit for human consumption but I am seriously adicted to it. I'm ashamed to say I used to be able to go through a 2 litre bottle a day and now it takes a week so that is great progress. Imagine the calories that I am saving now. It's a little pleasure to get my day going that I won't be giving up any time soon. Some people have their coffee. I have my glass of coke.

My kids have super sweet breakfast cereal a couple times a week. Their favourite being Lucky Charms which is just about as bad as it gets. Sweet cereal with Sweet marshmallows (and you thought my coke was bad).

My kids have had McDonald's and beg to go to McDonald's EVERYTIME we get in the car. We don't go weekly and we don't even go monthly but my kids are obsessed, totally obsessed, with McDonalds. We have to listen to them beg to go there everytime we get in the car. It doesn't help that there seems to be a McD's on EVERY street corner.

We eat meat at least once a day, If not Mike begins to throw "fits". I love lentils and make some pretty nifty vegetarian dishes that Mike won't touch with a 10 foot pole. Let's just say he's a meat eater. I could live without the stuff but then I got pregnant for the first time and since then I've always craved the stuff especially of the red variety *shudders*.

There's always something baked in our fridge. My son loves to bake and I want to foster his interests, so we bake. A LOT. Mike is rarely home and usually only has a bite of whatever we've made and I don't quite have that control (and I don't want him to think his baking is bad, right?) so I've grown a little tummy.

We buy a loaf of sliced white bread every week. Mike has the same aversion to whole wheat as he does to lentils. I manage to make a homemade loaf of multi-grain or vaious seeds for myself but much admit that sometimes a white bread sandwhich is so comforting. Kind of reminds you of eating those ham and cheese sandwiches dad after day in grade 1.

We don't eat near enough organic. Money is an issue for us. We dream of the day when we can eat organic but right now there's only a select few things we buy organic.

We eat hotdog (regularly) in summer. Nothing is better and quicker then a hotdog on the girll in summer. What can I say?

What we Do

Eat our fair share of veggies. Most days I usually end up stir frying a bunch of veggies and usually meat for one of out meals or I make a big vegetable soup. I'm a big fan of vegetables and am likely to eat vegetable stirfry for breakfast if we have left overs. Our favorites are brocoli, red peppers, tomatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts.

Try to cook mostly from scratch. We try not to buy prepared meals (frozen or otherwise). Our meals end up healthier and cost less. We try to avoid as many preservatives as possible. I've started making our own preserves in the fall as well. I feel very domesticated.

Avoid feeding dairy to our kids. We also rarely drink milk ourselves. Many people will find this weird but I am of the strong belief that cow milk is for baby cows and not for humans. When we think of the antibiotics and hormones that are added to the milk I think it's a recipe for disaster. My son was a mess as an toddler. Not gaining weight. Terrible rashes on his arms. Horrible gastro stuff. Immune suppression (evident on blood tests at that). He was tested for EVERYTHING. He was below the 3rd % on the weight charts and then we cut out milk completely and totally and now he is right there at average. Both kids get an alternating schedule of soy, rice and almond based products (we are slightly weary of soy).

Always have nuts on hand, These are our super foods. Although they can be highly caloric they are packed with healthy oils and protein. A nice energy pick up and the kids love them.

Anyways, I believe in moderation and for to most part I am happy with the choices that we make (except for the sugar cereal for breakfast *tsk tsk* and the fact that the kids are McDonald's obsessed but that not my's there's for putting slides in their restaurants....what a HORRIBLE marketing scheme). I'd love to eat more organic but we just aren't there yet. I'd love to have 3 vegetarian days a week but it isn't going to happen with my man. I'd love to have a green drink every morning (I'm a little obsessed with Kris Carr since I saw her documentary on TLC. I however, need more moderation then that, much more moderation then that.

I'm think a green drink for breakfast might be nice though.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


A little over 5 years ago I happened to find myself pregnant and longing to connect with other mothers who were going through the same things that I was and a stumbled onto a little online group (y'all know who you are) and I have found myself to have been incredibly blessed by knowing these women whom have become a part of my family as my own family grew and evolved. I've been on other groups before, a number of them actually, but none of them have had the impact that these Mamas have. To have come together because of something so random as a due date but to have stayed together because we've formed something so unique and special is just awesome. Over the years we've shared eachother joys, and there have been many. The arrival of all of our little babies plus futher down the line the arrival of sibblings for those babies. There have been weddings and promotions and the wonders of mother hood. There have also been difficult times. One women lost her family home to a fire within months of the arrival of her baby. Two women have survived cancer. One woman miraculously received a heart transplant within months of the arrival of a new baby. There have been family deaths and divorces. Through all of this we have laugh, cried, and lived together. I don't know that there is a regular member that wouldn't say that the women of this board have become to an extent a part of their family or at least their lives.

So obviously when I was faced with the decision to blog or spend a wonderful evening with one of these Mamas, the evening with that Mama won hands down. She welcomed us into her home ever so graciously on like 24 hour notice. Seriously, I e-mailed her the morning before and said "guess what? Mike needs to be in your neck of the woods, want company?". We had a lovely evening together and it was so totally worth it. Unfortunately, I Miss bundle of shyness so I might have come of as nervous (but honestly, I was totally comfortable). We've planned to get together again and usually by third visits I'm right as rain (you have been warned, Shari). Anyways, I was away visiting my cyber family (oh yeah, and Mike had a business meeting) and that is why (mostly) I've been away from the computer.

Anyways, I just wanted to let everyone know how blessed I feel to have this wonderful group in my life. Each time I get to meet one of you is a blessing. Getting to share in your stories, joys, triumphs and sadness is a privledge. I love each and every one of you Mamas.

I'll see you  on the board!!

10 Things to do-Update Nov 27

1. Send out Christmas cards.

2. Do something (anything) on the lethe Mike bought me.

3. Do something (anything) with the sculpting tools Mike bought me.

4. Finish 2 assignments for my university course.

5. Cut down Liam's time on the computer significantly.

6. Finish Liam's Hooked on Phonics Kindergarten level.

7. Work on "Frederick the Literate" paint by number I started two years ago.

8. Pull out the sewing machine and do a couple little projects.

9. Write out the recipes I've printing off of the computer onto index cards.

10. Get my hair cut and styled.

At least I have my goals for Liam under control.

Leave of Absence

I've been missing in action. I know it. I haven't forgotten about you. I promise. I haven't given up on writing. I promise. Life is going good. I promise. My post might be slightly more erratic over the next couple weeks (with spurts of several posts a day and then a day or two without) but life is sometimes like that.

I'll post more tonight. I promise!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Garden Harvest Potage


After a busy day playing in the snow (okay, we really only played in the snow for 45 minutes becuase the rest of the day it was miserable freezing rain instead of the snow we were supposed to receive), I decided to make a personal favorite of mine, vegetable potage. This is a super simple meal that will warm you up and you can pretty much use whatever you have in the fridge and whatever spices you fancy in the moment.

Tonight's Version

  • 2 medium turnips

  • 5-6 potatoes

  • 3 large carrots

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 1/2 head of brocoli

  • Victorian Epicure Herb and Garlic Dip Mix (I'd substitute parsley, garlic, and celery seed if I didn't have the dip mix.

  • a few tablespoons of salted butter

  • Victorian Epicure Giardino Sea Salt (to die for...all the VE Sea Salts are awesome) and Victorian Epicure 4 Peppercorn Pepper

So basically you cook up the veggies with just a little bit more water then you need to cover them and throw the spices right in there while they are cooking. When everything gets good a cook you throw it into a blender in batches and puree it. When I blend it I usually add butter to the batch for the grown-ups (my son is allergic to milk). I love the taste the butter gives. If you like your soup to be more liquidly then you can add as much milk/cream/water as you desire. Serve with ground sea salt and pepper on top. It is the perfect snow day meal.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Winter Wonderland


Here's a pic of the fluffy white stuff we woke up to this morning.

PS. I'll be back to my regular posting self in the next day or two!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We woke up to the first snowfall of the season this morning. It was a wee bit of the white stuff but it was enough to cover the ground and last the whole day without disappearing as the rain of the rest of the day fell. However, it wasn't enough that I got all excited and pulled out my carema to take pictures of it. I did however pull out my box of Christmas decorations and even the Christmas tree.

If you know me well, you probably know that i am not a big fan of Christmas. As a child it felt magical and special. My Mum loved Christmas and was busy making Christmas crafts all year long. I ofter remember her wrapping Christmas presents in September (and sneaking into her closet to try and see if any of them were mine). Christmas cookies and Cristmas visits were never scarce. It felt like there was a lot of tradition to the holiday season. My Mum passed away and Christmas changed. Then I met my partner and Christmas changed even more. There doesn't seem to be any Christmas tradition within their family (unless their tradition is to have Christmas whenever they feel like it). In the 8 years we've been together we've celebrated Christmas anywhere from the 23rd to the 31st. Sometimes we have a meal. Sometimes we have hors d'oeurves. Nothing, nothing is ever the same from year to year. Most often we don't do anything on actual Christmas day because either we celebrated before or most often we'll be celebrating later.

Christmas is also very commercial for them and it is mostly about the presents. I have no idea how many times they've told Liam that the best part of Christmas is the gifts and Santa (ARG!!!!!). I'm trying to teach him that the best part is being with family and doing things together but it's all about that man in the red suit and they want want WANT all the newest/"coolest" toys.

So anyways, I decided that this year I am going to get into the holiday season. I figure that if I start early I'll have time to get into the holiday season by Christmas (or I'll be terribly sick of it). So I pull out the box of decorations and lug up our artifical tree (whose had better years....we got it for 19.99 at a hardware store 5 years ago and it's travelled a lot with us). I put on some coffee and the radio station (we convieiently have one that plays Christmas music 24/7 starting the day after Hallowe'en). I spent the whole morning untangling lights and bead garland and finally get it up on our tree. Liam was thrilled and says "Mommy, wow, we are putting up the tree on the first day it snows. It's a tradition." So I guess that I'll have to do this each year and pray for no snow in October!


Our half decorated tree (I figure I have a MONTH to get it all decorated, right?)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Liam's Half Birthday

We had a birthday party yesterday. Liam turned 4 1/2 years old. I thought I'd tell you about my little boy in celebration of his half birthday.


I don't really know where to begin. Liam is a wise little soul. He always has been. When you looking into his eyes you see someone that is much older than his 4 1/2 years. He is serious. He is focused. He can work happily on a project for hours at a time. He's always been interested in how things work. His favourite passtime is playing with his woonden blocks and train set. He's had these toys for two years but never grows tired of playing with them. He's a master of the double (and even triple) decker train track. He also loves Wedgits and can build all the complicated models (using two sets) but his favourites are his imagination models. He loves to read and is learning to read quite well on his own. He loves the computer and is better at many of the games then his Mama is. He loves to eat and his favorites are chicken nuggets, brocoli, and tofu cheese (firm tofu....he is allergic to milk). He hates onions. It's hard to get him to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Like his Mama he has a lot of seasonal allergies and is allergic to flies and unfortunately we found severely allergic to bee stings. So it has to be a really special occasion (like grandma and grandpa coming over) to pull him away from his books, blocks and computer to get him outside. The best we do is get him outside to go check the mail and walk around the block. In the summer he'll go to the park but it is a struggle with the fall here and winter soon to come. Liam is pretty shy and is certainly a quite boy. Not at all rough and tumble. He's sweet and caring but he also knows the things that drive his Mama crazy (he likes to have Mama do EVERYTHING for him) and likes to take lots of time to settle in bed at night (more water, I have to pee, another book, Mum can you cuddle, Mum can I tell you another story, Mum, Mum, Mum). However, there is nothing better than cuddling with my boy at the end of day!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tiramisu Muffins

So I'm taking this from a board, who took this from a board, who took it from a Senior Unit leader from Epicure selections. It is quite a yummy treat. Being that Mike and I are not big on desert we found it to be rather sweet and I'd probably make a few adjustments to the recipe if I were to make it again (hey maybe I'll try that a post it here). If you have a sweet tooth though this desert is for you!! Any changes we made are in brackets. While they call for Epicure products for EVERYTHING we used only the Epicure Tiramisu Dip Mix (a must for the I told you the ingredients I'd have to shoot you *lol*) and the Epicure Vanilla Extract.

Sharon's Tiramisu Muffins

You'll need (curious two year old optional)


Tiramisu Spread
½ cup soft cream cheese
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Tsp. VE Tiramisu Dip Mix
¼ cup VE Milk Belgian Chocolate

2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup milk
¾ cup sugar ¼ light veg. oil
3 ½ Tsp. VE Baking Powder 1 egg
1 Tsp. VE Ground Cinnamon 1 Tsp. VE Vanilla
½ Tsp. VE Ground Sea Salt ¾ cup VE Milk Belgian Choc.
2 Tbsp. VE Tiramisu Dip Mix
1/4 cup VE Milk Belgian Chocolate (we used Chipets Semi-Sweet chips)

Blend spread ingredients really well and let sit. (I found this spread to be much too hard for muffins so I added a good spoonful of sour cream to the mix...I didn't get a picture after I added the sour cream was nice a creamy instead of firm)


In a bowl combine all dry ingredients. In another bowl combine all wet ingredients and
beat well.


Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour wet
ingredients into it. Stir with a wooden spoon until all dry
ingredients is wet about 16 stirs. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Fill silicone baking cups about two thirds full. Bake at 375 degrees
for about 17-20 minutes until starting to brown and they spring back
when touched.


Cool for 5 minutes before removing from cups to wire
rack. Serve with Tiramisu spread (we found it best when we cut open the muffin and put a layer of the cream inside and well as on top). Yum!


Sharon Statham
Sr. Unit Leader

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

One Week Challenge-Results!!


Kids corner with some of their favorite toys and books and a chair to sit in (and they actually do).


Markers, crayons and pencil colours for the kids (and the kid in me).


Original artwork (that will change from time to time).


Writing stuff (books, note book and sketch others are still missing).


I even found a blanket.


We put aside our clunker of a printer that doesn't work and I tried to make a bit of a pretty corner. The plants will hopefully take so that I'll be able to pot them.

I think this fulfilled all my goals. The only money we spent was $17.53 on the cork for the bullentin board. Everything else in the room is stuff that we had around or I got from my mother-in-law.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I feel sick

I am the world's most unorganised person. I don't hide that fact. My head is always in the clouds and I lay things down and not have any idea where I've put them. I can never find my wallet or my keys and I KNOW I'll have to search for them before I go anywhere.

The killer though is when you are certain, certain beyond a doubt, where something is only to find it is not there. In setting up my office (tomorrow is my big reveal day) I went looking for my sketch books and I cannot find two of my most precious ones. I've had them recently. I LOVE them so much. They've been with me for years and now they are gone. I've looked in every closet. In every cupboard (including the kitchen). In our book shelves to no avail. I was sure SURE they were with my other art supplies but no. I feel like a part of me is missing (and I'm not even an artist). There filled with doodles of pregnant bellies and women's bodies and cute little babies (I was obsessed with birth long before I became a doula or had kids of my own). Filled with dragons and faeries and pain and joy and now they are gone.

I'm feeling pretty unsettled this evening...

10 things to do before the end of the year

1. Send out Christmas cards. I vow that this year I will send out Christmas cards to the people I know who celebrate. It'll be a first for me but a tradition I feel that is worth it.

2. Do something (anything) on the lethe Mike bought me. Mike and I dream of making wooden toys for kids and we've purchased a number of tools. Mike bought the lethe special for me but it's been sitting there so I want to do something with it.

3. Do something (anything) with the sculpting tools Mike bought me. Ditto the above comment on the lethe.

4. Finish 2 assignments for my university course. One is well under way. The other I still have to interview a woman that is different from me in two ways (race, religion, class, nationality, sexual orientation, etc, etc). Anyone know anybody?

5. Cut down Liam's time on the computer significantly. This is a struggle. He wants to be on the computer all the time and I'm having a hard time finding ideas to keep his mind off the computer. He fights any suggestion I've. It's come down to me saying no computer at all but I'd rather it be a mutual decision.

6. Finish Liam's Hooked on Phonics Kindergarten level. He's an awesome little reader and is ready to get his "I did it" sticker and start on Grade 1 phonics (which we'll be getting him this holiday season).

7. Work on "Frederick the Literate" paint by number I started two years ago. Yes, I did fine arts but I still do paint by numbers. I want to get this painting done at some point but it is HUGE!

8. Pull out the sewing machine and do a couple little projects. I pull out my sewing machine about once a year but I want to start using it a lot more. I really need to practice so I have a couple small projects in mind.

9. Write out the recipes I've printing off of the computer onto index cards. They are getting ruined and I want to find a way to keep them all together.

10. Get my hair cut and styled. I have a gift certificate from a friend that I got a while back and it needs to be used. We are known to let these things expire and I really could use a change.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Magic Hour

In The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children Nancy Lamb describes the time before you fall asleep and the time just before you wake up as the magic hour and how as a writer you should try to get this time every day where you can just relax and let your mind wonder wherever it wants to go. She says that this time of day is when we are most creative and when most of our problem solving gets done. All I could think was "wow, an uninterrupted hour when I can sleep."

Being the lovely partner he is, Mike decided to give me my magic hour on Saturday morning. I took a few deep breaths and rolled over to relax and let my mind wonder. My daughter screamed outside the door "I want Mommy. I want Mommy. I WANT MOMMY." Finally Mike convinced her to go downstairs with him. Ah peace. Then bang, bang, BANG. "MOMMY". Then 10 minutes later. knock. knock. knock. knock. knock. Then quiet. I drift off. The visions start coming to me. They are so close. Then BANG and "MOMMY" and cries all at once and I am up in Mommy mode and all is forgotten.

I didn't even get my magic 15 minutes. I'm thinking Nancy Lamb doesn't have children.

Friday, November 9, 2007

I'm in Heaven

I was going to tell you about Christmas in November (which, by the way, was totally a mother's worst nightmare but funny just the same), however, my doorbell rang at 6:30 this evening and changed all that. One my step was a tall dark stanger, a tall dark stranger bearing books, at that. It seems Canada Post dropped the package off at his place, that was no where even near in the vicinity of mine. I wasn't expecting this package for a couple weeks as I'd only ordered it two days before and Amazon's expected delivery date was between the 18th and the 22nd. I live no where near the Amazon warehouse AND according to their site one of the books ships in 1-3 weeks so hmm, to get it pretty much over night was pretty unexpected but I couldn't be more thrilled. I actually want to throw down my pen (or rather keyboard) and curl up with my books but aw, yes, here I am writing instead (as a good writer does).

Take a peak at the books that I got:


The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children

Creating Characters Kids Will Love

Childrens Writer's and Illustrator's Market

Books, totally for me, only for me, and purely to get my creative juices flowing. I so rarely get new things for myself that I decided to go all out (I was originally in search of the Childrens Writer's and Illustrator's Market only). I figure that this will be a complete starting over process given the fact that my life has changed so completely from the last time I've written. I've always written young adult fiction with a focus on tough stuff. As a teen I was a bit cancer obsessed (perhaps this comes from losing my Mum to the disease at such a pivotal time in life). I was completely Lurlene McDaniel obsessed and while everyone else was reading Goosebumps I was devouring books on kids facing extraordinary challenges. I've got quite the collection of books. I've written a couple of naive novellas of that sort that I would love to some day refine and publish as they are near and dear to my heart being my first pieces of work (and for the fact the Ms. Lurlene McDaniel has held them in her very own hands *lol*) but there is something about having my own precious little ones that makes me less inclined to want to deal with children's mortality. It is certainly a reality that we all potentially face as parents but not one that is easy to come to terms with.

When I am older and stronger I will go back and finish those books. For now, I am looking for something new. Maybe something for younger kids, maybe not. Maybe fiction, maybe not. Who knows what the future will bring. There are so many options out there and so many directions to go. The world is a blank canvas (or is that a blank notebook).

For now I am off to discover. 

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Original Artwork

I decided to let the kids in on the fun of creating the original artwork for my office. They're free, they're effective and they had a blast!


Oh so careful.


Planning out his piece.


Painting our cat, Mikula.


Distracted! (She sure is focused on her arm painting though.)


Finishing touches.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Hmmm, as a Writer

Maybe I should demonstrate my writing skills by proof-reading my work. I decided to go and read my blog to see what you are all getting and I am appalled at my typing mistakes (yes, typing, not spelling). There's even one sentence where I trailed off and didn't finish. My head is often in the clouds. I vow to proof-read my work so as not to infuriate all the English teachers of the world. I really do know how to write. Honest.

I'll edit my previous posts tomorrow.

Until then, sweet dreams.


I make a mean curry

and I don't even like curry.

Well, my boob attached 2 and a bit (oh my it's getting closer to 2 and 1/2) year old daughter doesn't like to eat, and I mean she doesn't like to eat ANYTHING. A couple months ago we had a friend staying with us and she asked me what my kids would eat. Easy, Liam will eat anything and Morgaine just won't eat. So anyways, a few days later she prepared a curry and sat it down in front of my picky little daughter and the girl just gobbled it up and then asked for "more, pease" (too cute...she signed it as well as said it and she only does that when she REALLY wants something). I was SHOCKED!

So we came to realise that our kids loves curry. If we curry anything she will eat. We've had curried chicken, curried soups, curried shimp, curried pork, curried turkey (yes, turkey), and curried veggies and legumes and she eats it right up. The thing is Mama really dislikes cooking curry. Once she can get past the smell she can eat the curry and find it enjoyable enough but the smell bugs her to no end.

Anyways, as most everyone enjoys my curry and I made it tonight I figure I'd post the recipe (and I NEVER use a recipe for cooking and I never make it the same way once). I don't measure things and I don't time them either but my cooking is usually pretty decent. It was a challenge for me today to take note of the measurements and time things cooked for but for you I did it.

You'll need:

  • 1 small-medium onion

  • about 4 ounces of mushrooms (don't asked how much that is in cups...I used half an eight ounce container)

  • oil

  • 2 large carrots thinly sliced

  • 2 stalks of celery

  • frozen peas

  • whatever meat or legume you'd like (today we used a tiny bit of left over pork roast)

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • 2 tps of curry (I used Victorian Epicure Curry DIp Mix).

  • flour to thicken sauce.

First you saute the onions and mushrooms in the oil until they are golden brown.


Then add the water, thinly sliced carrots and celery and the curry. You can add any other veggies you like as well. I usually put brocoli but we were out. It's something where I just use whatever we happen to have in the fridge.

After 5 minutes add the protein of your choice and the frozen peas. Let things heat for about 5 minutes and then you'll pretty much have your curry. Add a teaspoon or so of flour to the liquid to make a sauce.


Then serve it over the carb of your choice and you have your meal.




The One Week Challlenge

This is my office (even slightly tidied for the photo)



And I have a great week long challenge to make it more appealing but my kiddos are calling and they come first. I will be back later to describe my present situation and my vision for the future.


Okay, nearly 12 hours later my kiddos are in their beds (for how long, who knows?). So yes, my challenge is to transform my office into a bit of a sanctuary that will be pleasant for me to work in but also a place where the kids will feel welcome to come and hang out. I want to do this is 7 days and not spend a penny more than 20 dollars (so yeah, paint and plaster is out of the question).

So lets describe this office of mine. Right now, it is most chaotic. I run two home businesses (working as a doula and also selling Victorian Epicure...a spice line) and while I've managed to keep all my doulaing files together and organised I haven't come up with the best of systems for Epicure. If you add to those papers all our personal bills and paper stuff you end up with a pile of "stuff". Then Mike (my lovely partner) who also works from home brings in piles of HIS paper stuff and we end up with mountains of paper work all the time it seems. So at any given time my desk is covered in papers and if I wanted to sit down with a pen and paper I'd have a hard time finding one underneight the piles of "stuff". Add to that I have

It is also in the corner room of my basement and it feels like a basement. The floor is cement (though we finally got an area run a month or so ago which helps), it is somewhat cold, it's definitely dark, and the walls are yet to be finished. It doesn't lead to one feeling overly inspired. Unless I was writing about someone living a life of despair (okay, okay it's not THAT bad *lol*).

I have one plant in the room and it is 90% no longer living. Mike desperately wants to save it though. Taking up the whole wall under the only window is a huge calendar with the deadlines I set for myself for a university corespondance course I am taking. Unfortunately not one of those deadlines were met. The fouton couch that takes up most of the room was meant to be a place for the kids to hang out while I worked but what happens is that Morgaine will stand on it clinging to the chair or trying to climb on my demanding "side" (her word for nursing...."side" and "other side"....and this child is seriously boob obsessed. If it's not Morgaine (and most of the time it is) then Liam is jumping up and down of it wildly wanted to know when I'll be done so he can play on PBS Kids (he's obsessed). My visions of them serenely sitting there reading books or chatting with me while I worked was unfortunately only a vision.

My plans for the room:

  1. Do my filing (and I mean file it and NOT throw it into the top drawer of the filing cabinet).

  2. Clear out a corner for the kids and bring in some books and games for them.

  3. Hang some original art work.

  4. Bring in some plants (though I have no idea where they will go (the room is pretty tiny)

  5. Bring in some inspiration for Mama

  6. Get some pens and note pads and maybe even a sketch pad (yes, I'm ambitious).

  7. Maybe figure out some better lighting or something to make it feel less dark.

  8. Get a blanket somewhere that I can wrap myself or the kidlets in.

So yeah, I'm going to do all that in a week and for less than 20 dollars. I'll let you know how it goes!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Majestic Autumn

There is something about autumn that makes me feel alive inside. The colours are so vibrant and the heavy humidity of summer has past leaving a welcomed crispness in the air. I have two favorite days of the year. The first comes sometime in April when one can open the window for the first time after a long winter and not be chilled. The second comes in October when you can open the window for the first time after a long winter and feel the cool breeze.

A couple weeks ago I was able to grab my camera and catch some shots of my kids enjoy the splendor of autumn.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 






Once upon a time...

Once upon a time there was a little girl that always had her head in a book. If her head was not in a book she had a pad of paper in front of her and she was writing away furiously. Everyone thought that she was going to be an author. She was voted most likely to succeed.

The little girl grew up and wrote her way through high school but then slowly her life changed and she didn't pick up her pen as often. She told people who asked if she was writing that the words just didn't flow anymore. Life had been challenging for this little girl and reading and writing had been her escape. When good things came into her life there was less of a need for her to hide in her world of imagination.

Then the little girl who was now a women decided that she wanted to write again but she didn't know where to begin. It had been years.... She had two wonderful children now and what seemed like no time to breath or take a moment for herself. However, she decided that to feel fulfilled she had to take that time so she started a blog. She has hope that taking a few minutes each day to just write about whatever comes to mind and share her wild and wacky adventures in motherhood will give her the motivation that she needs to start writing on a more regular basis. Perhaps just by sitting, breathing and doing it the words will start to flow again.

Let the journey begin!