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Summers Ups and Downs

Well,
it’s the middle of August and this means for parents, kids and teachers it’s
back to school!  However, for the rest of us working non-parent type
people it just means another long weekend is just around the corner!
YEAH!
I
realize it has been a very long time since I last did a blog and for that I’m
sorry.  I wish I had some great excuse as to why but I really don’t.
At the end of May we lost our beloved Ruby and it’s taken me until now to get
the courage to face my blog and put it into words.  Back in February, I
wrote this post about this amazing little being.  She was very special and
the best thing she did was bring myself and Hubby, Dan, together and make us a
family.  We learned many things from her along the way and still do to
this day.  She was the best and is truly missed.

 

After
losing Ruby, it put some things into perspective.  We decided that we need
to do more fun things.  So we want to an amusement park!
 

 

This
was already planned but Dan then piled into a van with his band members and
partners and headed out west.  They did two tours, one out west and
another out east.  This amazing opportunity took place over 5 of 6
weeks.  Dan being away for that long made me realize that we have to do
more fun things together.  So that’s just want we did when he got
back!  We took a road trip!  I should have thought of the amount of
time he had already spent in a van this summer before planning but he didn’t
seem to mind at all so it was good.  We ate, drank and saw our way to
Nashville TN, Chapel Hill NC and Washington DC.
It’s
amazing how something tragic helps you see how strong you really are and how
great the things are around you.  The rest of the summer has been really
good!  Great family and friend weekends.  We have so much to look
forward to as well in the upcoming weeks: a cousins wedding, friends having
babies and a mini cottage vacation!  I hope you are enjoying your
summer!
This
is what I’ve been up-to though the eye of my phone’s camera lens!

a dozen roses from my own garden!
happy canada day!

 

been working on this one for a long time!  the kid will be a teenager by the time i finish (i’m actually making two)
for my niece!
pork chop with roasted pinapple
road trippin’

 

painters alley – Nashville
 
so many to pick from!
main course from our beer dinner in Chapel Hill
couldn’t see what i was taking a picture of but it turned out better then i could ask for!

 

did someone say pie!?
best $100 spent ever!!
healthy fish and chips
mexican burgers – oh ya!

 

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Kitchen Must-Haves

Everyone has there “must-have” kitchen items and the following are my top five:

Cast iron fry pan
Super thin metal spatula
Blender
French press coffee maker
Chef knife  

All of these items get used daily in our house and I would be lost without them.  Hubby is in full agreement with this list too.  Here are my reasons why:

Cast iron fry pan – Hubby has spent a lot of time getting this thing to a point where it is totally non-stick.  We cook everything in this baby!  From morning eggs, to a stir fry and even steaks.  We use it so much that it actually lives on the stove next to the kettle.  I use to put it away but have just giving up totally since we use it on most days twice.

 
Super thin metal spatula – This is the greatest tool ever!  Hands down.  Not only it is awesome for cooking with but for cleaning too (everything but Teflon coated stuff which we only have one thing with Teflon on it).  You know when you bake chicken and all the bits are burn/stuck to the bottom of the pan.  Well this sucker gets everything off, no soaking.  Hubby’s the dish man and ever since we got this spatula a few years ago he stopped giving me a hard time about really hard to clean pans!!  Everyone wins!

 Blender – I’m going to write a whole post on this because we make smoothies everyday.  We have gone through 4 blenders, no joke.  When we got married Hubby’s cousins got us a heavy duty one and it’s been going strong for two years now (the longest we’ve had a blender).  More about the blender and smoothies to come later on.

 

 
French press coffee maker – I know, sounds fancy.  Since we moved back home we have not been able to fine the lid of our coffee pot, making it impossible to use the maker all together.  Hubby thought it would be a good idea to use our espresso maker instead.  He actually pushed for it because an americano is way better then drip coffee anyway.  He was happy to make it for me in the morning (what a guy!).  Then we were at my cousins one weekend and she made coffee with a french press.  Our lives have never been the same since.  It takes up hardly any space on the counter and the coffee is amazing!  I’m not joking probably the best coffee.  We grid up a bunch of beans and have them in the cupboard ready to go.  Then in the mornings when I’m making my lunch I put the water on and it’s boiling by the time I’m done.  It really is very easy and worth it!  Since we don’t have a big old coffee maker out on the counter it leaves room for our beloved blender!!

Chef Knife – Enough said.  Every kitchen should have one of these.  Ours was a gift from my aunt and I truly love it.  I would have never thought I would love a weapon so much but I do.  If I could only have one thing from my kitchen it would be this baby.  Ummm, actually that’s kind of a lie.  I would totally take the cast iron pan.  Sorry knife but you have been demoted to number two…actually five because you are fifth in this list.  Still pretty important regardless.

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Pink Shirt Day

Last year my local paper, Waterloo Region Record, started supporting the anti-bullying movement with the Pink Shirt Day Waterloo Region.  This year they are doing it again!  On the last Wednesday of February people are encouraged to wear something pink to symbolize bullying will not be tolerate anywhere!  I ordered one of these fabulous shirts, however, only larges were left.  Which I took one look at and said to myself, “I can make this size ME!”  

First things first, with all sewing projects I wash, dry and iron the shirt.  Then turn it inside out.

Taking a shirt that I like as a guide, I traced an outline of it on the pink shirt.  I also made sure to mark where the arm holes are.

Next, I sewed along the lines with a straight stitch.  Followed with a zigzag as added protection.

Then I cut a long the newly added stitches and all the way up the shirt.

As you can see the sleeve is now was much bigger then the new hole.  But after cutting off the extra fabric and keep the sleeve fully intact I did a quick two inch gather at the very top of the sleeve to help it fit into the arm hole. 

Next, turn the sleeve right side in and place the sleeve inside the hole.  Line up the seams and pin.  It takes a little work but you will have some extra fabric around the hole but you can just cut that off once the sleeve has been attached.

The final product!

I’m really excited how this turned out and I will be sporting the shirt to work this coming Wednesday.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial (my first!).

If you are interested in this program, please check out the Waterloo Region Record NiE website for more information on how you, your school or business can be involved.

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Let’s do this thing!

So for a while now I’ve been talking about doing this blog thing… I know, so 2004, right!?  But lately, for one reason or another, the idea has sounded better and better.  Then with the start of a new year and with some pushing from my loveliest one, I’m here!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a writer but I have ideas and I just need an outlet!
The propose of this blog will be to write about the fun things in life and married life!  Me and hubby married in February 2011, and it has been a crazy ride since.  We started married life in a large city and both of us were longing to be in our little house in hubby’s home town. Then, I got a new job in said town and we moved back (long story, I’ll tell you about it sometime). Sounds wonderful, right!  Well we had a little stop-over at his parents house since we had been renting out our own.  Nine months later, we were able to move home!  As I’m writing this, I really should have started this last year! :)  That all said, we are home in our little “Uptown” house and I love it. 

2011 was pretty epic getting married plus the new job, but 2012 was pure bliss!  Here are some of the amazing things that happened last year that I might post about later:

We went on our long awaited Europe trip (and went to Africa too)
Sister-in-law and GF got their first pick for residence! (Smarty pants)
Our first nephew was born (yeah!)
The big move home!  Which included some renos and new appliances
Our fourth niece was born (yeah again!)
Hubby incorporated his business (I’m now VP of something!)
Hubby turned 30, Dad turned 60, and Grandpa turned 90 (all within 4 weeks)
I turned 30 and Hubby took me horseback riding (can we say bucket list!)

Here’s to 2013 and many more posts!