"Tonight we celebrate the birthday of a king," proclaimed the minister during Christmas Eve service. Finn's ears perked up. He knew his birthday was just days away. "But I'm not really a king," he shrugged. Oh yes you are, my sweet ginger child, you are to me. And on this seventh birthday, I wish you years filled with as many wonderful adventures as we experienced together this past year. Here's to a boy who...
handles most technology more skillfully than some adults (okay, just me!)...
and rafts down rivers without fear...
and loves food (and non-food) more than anyone I know...
and feels just at home in the woods as he does playing with said technology...
and keeps us entertained every minute of every day!


scenes from a Christmas weekend

* loved the homemade decorations those boys of mine created and hung throughout the whole house
* loved the effort we all took to create special gifts for ones we love so dear
* loved the time spent in the kitchen baking up a storm with little hands close by to help
* loved the time spent merry-making with friends and family, creating some late nights, but well worth every bleary-eyed daytime minute
* loved creating new Christmas traditions with a Christmas Eve campfire with two special aunties who now live so very close by
* loved over-indulging in some good eats created by some very talented cooks and bakers I feel blessed to have in our family
* loved G took two buzzing boys out for a Boxing Day hike to burn off some of that excess Christmas energy - hoodies in December?? Where is that snow?
* loved the quiet of having the whole house to myself for an afternoon - a movie without interruptions, time to focus on nothing else but cooking up some soup, a moment to slowly enjoy said soup and a crossword puzzle
* loved every moment of these holidays
Post-feasting Vegetable Soup
6 slices of bacon (optional)
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
4 potatoes
2 carrots
3 C shredded cabbage
1/2 C sprouted lentils
1/2 C rice
1 can stewed tomatoes
8 C stock
Chop up bacon and fry in large soup pot.  Keep bacon grease in pot and add onions and garlic, frying until translucent. Add potatoes, carrots, cabbage, lentils and rice. Let them fry up together before adding tomatoes and soup stock. Simmer until veg are tender and rice and lentils are cooked through.



sunday in the kitchen

I know I'm running out of time. My kids remind me everyday as they count down the days to their most favourite day of the year. "Only seven more days!" they excitedly proclaimed this morning. I pretended to be as excited, but inside I was mentally running through the lengthy list of to-dos I still had to conquer and trying not to panic. Don't panic - if it doesn't get done, it doesn't get done, I tried to remind myself after I had a bit of a freak out. Because freaking out kind of defeats the purpose of the season, no? Freaking out takes so much precious time away from all of the joys of the holidays, like meeting up with old friends, and crafting with my kids, and just sitting and reflecting on what an adventure this entire year has been. 
  Once I came to this new realization, I stopped everything I was doing, took some extra time to make muffins with Nate, snuggled on the couch with my two boys to watch A Christmas Story, and took some time to edit pics from the boys' Christmas concert last week. That face is just what I needed! I couldn't help but laugh out loud at my little Grinch - boy, do I ever wish I knew what was going through his head at that very moment! 
And I took some time to feel good about what I have accomplished - like the annual homemade Christmas jammies!
And a few yummy treats I can't wait to gift!
Orange Chocolate Hazelnut Bark
12oz dark chocolate
1 C hazelnuts chopped
1 tsp organic orange flavour
Melt chocolate in a double boiler, or a boil over a pot of boiling water. Stir in orange flavouring and spread 3/4s of the chocolate onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle nuts over chocolate and drizzle remaining chocolate over top. Refrigerate about an hour - until firm.
Roasted Chick Peas
1 can chickpeas
1 tsp olive oil
1.5 tsp cajun spice
Drain and rinse chick peas. Pat dry before placing on baking sheet. Coat with oil and spice and bake at 450F for about 30 minutes - stir a couple of times during baking.


this moment

dressing it up and belting it out for grampa's birthday
Inspired by Soulemama