Monday, March 29, 2010

Parcels and Bread

In this day when everything can be so instant, it's so wonderful to receive an old fashioned parcel in the mail! Not only did we receive one, but we received two last week. The first one was from my parents,who live in Ontario, and it was filled with Easter goodies for all, and other goodies that could be enjoyed instantly. They send us quite a few parcels throughout the year and we all love the anticipation of opening them. The second was a parcel from one of my brothers who lives in Albuquerque New Mexico. In this parcel was a bunch of lavender products from this place. It smelt so good!

Cut up crystallized ginger, bananas,and chocolate chips......can only mean one thing....Banana Bread with Chocolate and Crystallized Ginger, from this book.

This is a very yummy banana bread, however three out of five of us like the ginger in it. Maybe next time I'll leave out the ginger.

My pansies are planted, and would look great if only the rain would stop falling!
Today is my dad's 84th birthday....Happy Birthday Dad!!
Have a wonderful week! :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hello Spring!!

Oh Hello glad you are finally here! With the robins chirping in the morning and new growth everywhere, how can you not smile?! The kids are spending more time out side, riding their bikes, and just playing. which is so great to see. I hope you are enjoying your spring, wherever you may be.
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ahhhhhh....! totally enjoying our March Break! Not doing too much of anything....some spring cleaning, which always makes you feel good, some outings with the kids, baking, watching movies, knitting, and just hanging out. Nope, cannot complain, not one little bit, and we still have one more week to look forward to.
Amelia had a friend over for the day, and I made one of our favourite muffin recipes, you should try it!

Sunshine Muffins: cut up an orange into 8 pieces, and place into blender(yes the whole orange) along with 1/2 cup orange juice,1 egg, 1/4 cup of oil, blend until smooth:: combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, 1tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt::add the liquid to the flour mixture and blend together:: you can add 1/2 cup of raisins or cranberries, and 1/2 cup of nuts:: I usually double this recipe and have added chocolate chips or nothing at all:: bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 F. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Hello March

Well...... the Olympics are over and we spent last week adjusting to life without them.....sad but true.....and yes there is life after all that excitement! We now have March Break to look forward to, two weeks of it, and I'm just as excited as the kids. All this time to catch up on things, start new projects and just be. The Para Olympics start on March 12th, and some of the pavilions are still going to be open, so the kids and I will plan a day downtown visiting them.
I finished my pair last pair of dashing and both pairs have now been mailed out. I have also started a new project, Cobblestone, which is going to be for my husband.

Natalie made some Snickerdoodles this afternoon, and they didn't last very long. I had to grab these just to get a picture of them! Seriously yummy!

The Oscars are about to I gotta go.
Wherever you may be, I hope you have a great week ahead of you!