Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Snow Cream

First real snow storm of the season here in Maine, with all that great clean snow, there was only one thing to do beside make a snowman.

SNOW CREAM!!!
We stole the recipe from my good friend Shel over at her blog One Sweet World, and it was tasty.

What we did.

6 cups fresh, clean snow
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

Into a large bowl combine cream, sugar, and vanilla.
Mix.
Fold in snow. Coat snow with the mixture, but be careful no to over-mix or it will turn to slush.
Serve immediately.  

The amount that can been accumulating in a bowl I had put out as the storm was starting.
Adding in sugar



Adding in Milk, you can also use light cream.
Stirring
Final Product was a hit!

Mia said this was a great idea!
 
Margo enjoying eating her first snow storm.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Chia Vitality Review

I actually did know about Chia, when I got the book.
The book itself is a great intro to this awesome super food, gives simple layperson terms, on how and why you can and should incorporate it into you daily life and diet.
I love how the author turned this into a lifestyle...the meditations,and the recipes, made it feel like a great lifestyle change
that could be easily done vs. a diet that cannot be kept up.
I did try a few of the recipes and they were amazing,
I have also been putting chia into my smoothies in the morning, with awesome results
Would recommend this to anyone looking to bring a boost to their diet and life.

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Friday, September 26, 2014

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Friday, September 5, 2014

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Friday, August 22, 2014

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Summer Cold

I felt like writing today. I am trying to update a bit more, and usually this blog has cute little pictures of my children doing fun things, or my cat obsession being observe and documented for when my husband when he needs power of attorney over me for when I become a crazy cat horder.

But today, I feel different, today I would like to talk about the picture you see below, the picture that is so offensive because it should not be showing up in the middle of august.

Yup, that is a box of snotty tissue..due to my SUMMER cold..

Tissue Mountain
Summer Cold, that oxymoron, because everyone knows that colds should happen in the dead of winter, with 50 inches of snow on the ground, at 15 degrees below zero, and you can't remember that last time you saw a blade of grass or anything green for that matter. In fact the only green think that you see is what is going in the tissue.
(excuse my language but really THAT is how offended I am right now).

Colds should not be happening on a beautiful late summer day, with prefect temperature, low humidity, blue skies, birds chirping and all wonderful things, that you cannot enjoy because your eyes are swollen shut, and your head feels so big, that is might pop at any moment.

I am forever grateful that my mother in law lives close, and likes me enough to take my children out for the day so I can recover. I have gone threw an entire box of puffs (Thank God for Puffs)..my nose as taken on a Rudolf like glow to it. I have been wrapped in a blanket watching really bad tv..(Real Housewives is my guilty pleasure). 

While every once in a while, texting my husband to please if he loves me..put me out of my misery. He won't do it cause he doesn't want to clean up the mess..he sucks..

Now I supposed there could be a life lesson in here, telling me that I am burning the candle at both ends, and I need to stop and smell the roses more (which I would if I could BREATH thru my nose).

But really there is only 2 reasons for a summer cold.

1. Mother Nature hates me.
2. One of my children had it and gave it to me, cause that is how much they love me.

The only thing that is soothing my leaky nose at the moment..besides Puffs, is that fact that fall is approaching, and Starbucks is releasing Pumpkin Spice Lattes early this year.

Then it can be winter and I can have a cold then..in the proper season.

Now  you will have to excuse me, I am going to go blow my nose for the 56950597049578 time today, while Mother Nature laughs at me..she sucks too..

Have a wonderful day..

Friday, August 15, 2014

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Friday, July 4, 2014

I am quitting sugar

I am reviewing the book "I Quit Sugar" - The first thing I noticed is how interesting the layout is. If you don't want to read the book cover to cover, there are interesting bits in the margins to read,and very easy to flip thru.
I like that the author does not go "cold turkey" with a detox program in the first week, that she starts you off slow, and you do not completely give up sugar till week three.
I really like that she isn't preachy in the book, she understands that sugar is in almost everything we eat, and extremely hard to give up. I enjoyed reading the suggestion she gave when you are having a hard time with cravings, and getting discouraged
One thing about the layout that I would change, it part of the "getting started" section is in the back, where the other talks about equipment and things used to create the recipes, I would have put this before starting the Week 1 section. Trying to flip back and forth was also a bit distracting. Putting the recipes on the page that is suggesting to use them, might be a bit easier, but I do understand what she was trying to put with putting them all in one section.
The recipes look delicious and very easy to put together.

I will be getting started on this program in the next week and I am interested to see the outcome

Friday, June 27, 2014

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Friday, May 23, 2014

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Friday, May 16, 2014

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Shaving cream art!


I decided that since Margo was napping, that Mia and I would do some art making, this is called Marbling Paper with Shaving Cream..the direction are here Shaving Cream Paper

The supplies, shaving cream, sticks, and water colors..a little goes a LONG way!
Mia really liked stirring and always wanted more color
After purple and red..came blue and green, leaving more white in the shaving cream was better then trying to color the whole thing.
Putting the paper in a squishing it down.
Letting the paper dry a bit, I wiped it off with paper towels but I might use rags and rinse them next time I used a lot of paper towels..it was a bit messy.
Finished product, purple and red
Blue and green waiting to dry.
Blue and green finished product!
Do not touch these water colors directly, they stain, the only thing I do not like about them, use droppers to drop the color, I am not sure it comes out of clothes either...so be careful!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Friday, April 11, 2014

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Friday, April 4, 2014

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Father/daughter dance



Windham had a Father/Daughter dance, this was the first time Mia has ever gone to a dance, and we figured a haircut and some primping was in order

Cutting her hair did
Her "Princess do"
Finished!
In her dancing duds!
Getting ready to go!
The corsage!
Dad doing the honors
He said that she had a great time and they topped off the night with icecream!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Maple Syrup Sunday





This past weekend is known in Maine as Maple Syrup Sunday. We decided to go back to Coopers farm, where last year we went for a pancake breakfast.


Below Margo is all comfy in her carrier with Craig.


Coopers Farm in Windham
The farm has tiny horses (I forget what they are called, but you can ride them in the summer)

Mia watching the ponies


We walked around the farm to see how they tap the tree that go to the sugar house
Craig shows Mia the new tap lines
And they taste the sap from the older buckets that still use on some of the trees

The farm also had some fun animals that we said hi too
This beautiful peacock
and gazing cows
We couldn't leave with getting some fresh Maple Syrup, this bottle was still warm, when we bought it.

It was so nice, after this super long winter to get out in some fresh air and sunshine!