Archive for November, 2009

Grandma Louise is 99!

We had a nice meal with Jason’s family to celebrate his Grandma “Weze’s” (pronounced weezy) 99th birthday. She is one of those refreshing oddities that is always positive. Always a big smile and a warm greeting when you see her. An inspiration to me.

….on the flip side she can also be extremely apologetic about us taking time out of our busy lives to visit her, which makes me want to put her in a headlock or maybe threaten a half nelson if she doesn’t stop saying things like that. Is 99 too old for a half nelson?

Totally off topic but I just googled half nelson to see if I knew what I was talking about and check out this wikipedia on it. Did you know there is also a full nelson and a three-quarter nelson?

Okay, back on topic…Louise and her family are amazing and I am so blessed to have married into this group of intelligent, artistic people.

jason comes from good stock, I tell ya.

*All images can be clicked for full version so family can have copies. I should have popped the flash on the outside ones as focus is messed up. Sorry! I’m out of practice. hehehe

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Break out the markers

Our friends hooked us up with this GIANT roll of paper from Costco and the kids are letting the creativity flow.

The funny thing about their drawing is each of them, from early on, have never been about creating a scene or filling in the lines of a coloring book. The drawings have always been about telling a story, except more like a mini movie that starts with the first marks and ends with a complete explosion of color, decimating the page and all the layers of plot underneath.

So what begins as a family of people, spaceship or robots will end up buried under more and more color of natural and unnatural disasters. 😛

Pardon Isaac, looking a little emo here. He was fighting with Simon for a chair. We are down to just a couple chairs now after the set of six have been dying off one by one.

But I ordered six new ones…along with three new bar stools! We are going to have seats to spare. Hurray!

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Our little death knight

Isaac has kept playing WoW off and on and slowly leveled his characters. He now has a level 68 death knight and is running stuff in the game with Jason.

Fun for all of us…and pretty cool for an eight year old I think.

I still play but not so much. Knitting and other projects are calling to me now.

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Multiple blogs have been inspiring me with great ideas around the house!

We used chalkboard paint to make labels on my food storage jars.

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Just need to repaint the lids on all my big jars.

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And also used it on one cupboard to post daily menus or messages. It still needs another coat…

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Ultimate dressing indeed.

This dressing is so yummy!

My friend Lisa suggested the recipe and it is so awesome I had to share. We’ve been slathering it on sandwiches and slopping it on salads. I think I can finally let go of the mayo and ranch dressing;)

*found another use. I mixed a little sour cream into some of the dressing for a yummy dip for quesadillas. I’m sure it will be delicious on any mexican dish.

Ultimate Dressing

Ingredients

* 1 bunch fresh parsley

* 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon or basil or dill (I use dry dill)

* 1/2 onion

* 2 ounces almond butter (I used tahini)

* 1/2 avocado (I used a whole avocado)

* 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

* 1 teaspoon tamari

* 1 tablespoon lemon juice

* 1 teaspoon vinegar

* 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes

* 1 teaspoon kelp (I used sea salt)

* 4 ounces water

Directions

1. Put everything in the blender and process for a few minutes until the mixture starts to thicken.

A little knitting goodness

I knit up this hat today! It was supposed to be for Xander but I don’t think I used heavy enough yarn and it turned out more Simon size.

That’s right, I never do a gauge check and it’s often a problem. Maybe I should learn from my laziness? hehe

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In Defense of Food

Finally finished this absolute gem of a book after five weeks of library loan (it’s tough to read with a two year old these days!).

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We had already weaned ourselves off eating out several times a week and have been cooking meals at home regularly. But this book has been just what I needed to move to the next level of healthy eating.

Maybe you’ve heard the opening line of this book, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

So that has been our motto around here now and we ask ourselves is this “real food” or “pretend food.” hehe!

And it is a LOT harder than one would think. I fill up my grocery cart with 100% real food but not without a couple of close calls along the way. Certain things have become so natural in our shopping we forget they are not natural. Bottled lemon juice is one example. I nearly put it in my cart and checked the label quickly to find the preservatives….I felt so silly. Duh! Lemon juice comes from lemons not a bottle. How could I forget this??

And the silliest part is why do I need a bottle in my fridge so I can have it year round when its so easy to grab a couple lemons when I need it.

We have switched to homemade bread. I still need to buy some proper bread pans but in the meantime a single loaf in the bread maker, started first thing in the morning works well.

The only thing that has been really difficult to phase out, since forever ago when we realized hydrogenated oils were no good, has been tortillas.

Xander loves quesadillas and we all love warm, soft burritos on occasion. I tried to make my own and they turned out like pancakes….THICK.

So a proper recipe is in order I think. I’ll keep trying!

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My sister Omi and her husbands four babies. It’s practically as crazy at her house as it is at mine.

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yay! snagged these from my sister in law’s facebook.

These are my brother Casey and his wife’s two babies:) Purdy cute, aren’t they?

Jason’s sister gave birth to a second son today so we look forward to seeing pics of him soon.

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more playdough

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Xander’s Pig

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Homemade playdough

We finally gave a homemade playdough recipe a try and it is so easy!

The dough feels nice in your hands and a few drops of extract makes it smell nice too.

We made a blue with vanilla scent and an orange with, yep…orange scent. I threw some cookie cutters, rolling pin, pizza cutter and real knives (gasp!) onto the table and the kids are having a ball with it.

Supposedly this dough can last a couple months in a sealed container.

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