Words To Live By:

"The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you finish the work."

Friday, May 28, 2010

I Love My....

...hubby.   Kev's the best.   I know I don't always show how much I appreciate him (and his hard work) but I really do.   He is an amazing husband and father and I can't imagine how different (and lacking) my life would be if we had not met.

...kids.   They light up my lives.  Two very active, excitable, crazy little monkeys come with their challenges and endless patience-testing occasions, but moreso, they come with hugs, cuddles, kisses, funny antics, and a ton of moments that make me stand back in awe and pride that I am so blessed to be their mother.

...kitchen gadgets.   I figured I should get the important stuff out of the way first, but now that everyone knows my priorities are straight I want to rave about my new T-Fal Actifry!   (Check it out on the T-Fal website.)   Kaleb won't eat potatoes unless they're in french fry form and I was feeling guilty feeding him the frozen variety too often (and let's be honest, baked from frozen just doesn't cut it.)   I tried fresh cut oven baked but they never came out 'perfect.'  Always too crispy on the outside and hard in the middle, or mushy, or just yuck.   The Actifry has solved my problems and it only uses a tablespoon of oil!   We've used it for diced potatoes and I've made fries a number of times (easy-peasy to cut thanks to my Kitchen Stuff Plus house brand potato chipper.)  They come out golden and crispy.  Don't be fooled though - this is no quick and easy fryer.  Still takes a good 30 - 40 minutes and it costs a pretty penny.   We got ours at Home Outfitters with a 25% off  coupon and I know they're also available at Sears.    I still have to try wings and it came with a recipe book so I won't be stuck on ideas.  I figure it's an investment if I use it a couple times a week - I'm just a little sad it can't make Olliebollen healthier!  To see some other reviews, just look up Actifry on YouTube.\

We've been busy, busy around here... but I promise to update soon with more insight into what's been going on.    Big weekend ahead - Kaleb gets to meet his t-ball coach and pick up his uniform tomorrow.  Kev has 3 games this weekend.  Kaleb has a birthday party... and if the boys can manage to not beat each other up, we'll probably be seeing the new Shrek movie too!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I'm Sorry!

I've been remiss in my posting but I have a good excuse.  Really!  Honestly!  We've been busy and THIS weekend is only going to get a whole lot busier.  I'm sure I posted about my 'worries' re: the whole daycare situation.... well it's worked itself out for now and I'm looking after a good friend's little boys for the mornings.  They're close in age to my monkeys and the school schedule is the same so it works well all around.   This week was our first with this switch up in the schedule and while it's going well, change always takes it toll on us.

Speaking of change, thanks to my magnificent, wonderful, generous mother, Kev & I put a huge dent into our main floor rejuvenation project.   Mom (and Dad, I suppose), took the boys last weekend (while tending to my youngest brother recovering from knee surgery - brave souls!)  The absence of my precious babies means that we were able to tackle the next step, also known as Phase 2:  Painful Painting.

I *HATE* painting... but we limited our arguments and got it done.   The 2 family/living rooms are finished minus the trim work and a couple spots I have to touch up on the ceiling because I find the paintbrush/roller unwieldy.  Seriously, a roller or paintbrush has a mind of it's own and my inherent clumsiness has no bearing whatsoever on any of the flaws speckling my main floor.

After all my agonizing over the paint colours (and thinking I was thrilled with them), I have to say they look a lot different on such a broad space and different between rooms due to the lighting.   I wasn't thrilled first off (but seriously, ANYTHING is gonna look better than it was!) and now that we've lived with it for a week, I've grown accustomed.  Perhaps I don't love them but they work.  (Although I did a test patch of "A Quiet Moment" and it makes me smile.... really, I love it that much.  I can't wait to do the kitchen!)

Saturday, we didn't get down to work til about noon... and worked our butts off sanding and priming until about 6.  Stopped for dinner and started on the first coat of  "Cup of Cocoa" in the family room (fireplace).   Saturday morning, we got a slightly earlier start and finished the 2nd coat in that room and got both coats on in the living room (front room).   Then we slapped on two quick coats of  "Traditional" and after cleaning up and seeing midnight, we called it a weekend.   "Traditional" looked like chcolate pudding being spread on the walls.   Kaleb said he wanted to lick it!

The project:







































What with Mother's Day and the youngest monkey's birthday tomorrow, this is what we're living with in reno world.  Not so bad and I'm excited to pick out my accents and know what I'm on the lookout for scheme-wise.

On a completely unrelated topic, J has requested popsicles (not cupcakes) to celebrate his birthday tomorrow with the kids.  He wants chocolate popsicles.  I'm fine with that - it's his special day!   For the life of me though, I could not remember what were in pudding pops (duh, just pudding!).    I googled it and came across this blog which I will definitely be bookmarking:  Culinarily Obsessed.   It hasn't been updated in a while but she has some quick and easy recipe ideas and I want to explore some of her links.   Yum!