Friday, 31 August 2012

More Veggies (How I'll Be Spending My Weekend)

Is it just me or do you love September? There’s something about getting back into the routines of the school year while starting with a fresh new bunch of students that always seems to invigorate me. I changed schools this year from a traditional junior high to an alternate school for grades 7-12 so I’m extra excited (and a little nervous) about getting started with my new students!

Another thing I’m excited about: veggies! These are not ones I grew myself. They are from a former colleague. She has given me some the past few years and I really love them!

I’ve been thinking about what to do with them and the plan is to blanch and freeze the peas and greens, can the green stems, beets, and carrots, and grate and freeze the zucchini. I think I’ve got my weekend’s work cut out for me. I’m planning to try a few old recipes and a few new ones and I’ll share them with you over the next few weeks.

Sunday, 26 August 2012


Sorry once again for disappearing for a little while. I’m finding it very hard to find a balance between blogging and all the other things going on in my life. I appreciate you sticking with me.

Anyway, last week I went away again. I was in Edmonton as part of a working group for Alberta Education. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn from and meet with fellow teachers. While I was there I bought a pretty new MacBook that I’m still trying to figure it out and that I’m in love with, but that’s not the point. I thought that would be the most exciting part of my trip so I was very surprised to open the gate when I got home and see this…

Yep, it’s a cage. Those of you who’ve been around a while know I decided to try growing my own veggies from seed this year. It was going ok – lots of tomatoes, some cucumbers and a very lovely pepper plant with no visible peppers.  My precious nephew even helped me water them while he was here for the wedding.

Unfortunately, I went out one morning and saw Benson (the little dog) by the plant. Hmmm… That didn’t seem right. Upon further inspection I discovered he ate it. THE WHOLE PLANT. I think a bit of steam came out of my ears when I made the discovery. I told Jesse that I wanted a cover of some sort but could't really picture anything that would work. I was thinking some sort of removable box. We talked about it and, to be honest, I thought that was the end of it.

This is what Benson left behind.
Fast forward to my arrival home. While I was gone my wonderful husband constructed this cage and kept it a secret the entire time. It is latched shut so the dogs can’t get in but I can, and the hinges swing both ways for easy access. It is also easily removable so that when we finish the stone patio (we plan on filling in stones all the way to the fence so we can get some patio furniture and enjoy our outdoor space) we can remove it and then reattach it. The reason it’s so big is that, knowing how I am, J figured I’d want to expand my garden next year.

Here are the plants. These are the same ones I started in egg shells. As I mentioned in that post, next year I'll be buying the plants already started.

I'm happy they're growing nicely inside the cage. Isn’t it (the cage) fantastic? I think it was an amazing surprise! Maybe I should go away more often…

The view the dogs have of the plants inside their cage.

On a side note, I realize I still haven't shown you anything from our wedding or honeymoon. I will, I promise. I'm just waiting for photographs.

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Pinterest Fail: Dried Strawberries

Have you seen the picture on Pinterest of the delicious-looking dried strawberries? I had some strawberries that were going to go bad so I decided to give it a try. It was a gigantic fail!

Here they are all spread out and ready to dry.

They were supposed to be dry in three hours. Here’s what they looked like at that point.

I left them in longer thinking that would help. Here’s what they looked like after eight hours in the oven. Yep, eight hours. In summer. With no air conditioning. Gross!

At that point I gave up. They were far from dried and had turned into a sticky, rubbery, mess. This is one recipe I won’t be making again.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

"Dexter" Beaded Necklace

Remember that pile of finished projects I was talking about? Here’s another one. I saw a necklace on "Dexter" (gotta love Laguerta's accessories!) and loved it, and it became the inspiration for this. I think the reason I didn’t blog about it before is because of the bizarre way I made it and the fact that it didn’t turn out exactly as hoped. Despite that, this necklace has actually become one of my favorites.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Washer Initial

Do you have a pile of projects that you completed but never quite got around to blogging about? I do. It’s not an actual pile, more a folder on my computer with the photos, but the idea is the same. The plan for the next couple weeks is to clean out the folder. Here’s the first one…

My nephew R is my precious little man. Unfortunately, he lives on the other side of the country. Thank goodness for Skype! Anyway, his family just bought a new house and he will be moving into his very own big boy room. I wanted to make him something for his room and, because he (and his family) were coming to Alberta for the wedding, I took a break from all things wedding to get it done so I could send it home with them.

Frame and mat
Scrapbook paper (thicker is better)
Pencil and eraser
Modge Podge and sponge
Washers (I used 2 sizes)

I didn’t take pictures during the process but it was quite simple.

First I placed the mat over the paper so I could see the space I was working with. I freehanded an “R” on the scrapbook paper, writing very lightly and going just outside where I planned on placing the washers.

Next I used my sponge to cover a small section with Modge Podge and then placed the washers. I wasn’t too particular about the placement but made sure I kept it slightly inside the “R”. I continued working in small sections all the way around until the “R” was complete.

Once that layer of Modge Podge was dry I painted another layer of Modge Podge over the top of the washers, being sure to get it in all the nooks and crannies. I went as thick as I could without making the paper wrinkle.

After all the Modge Podge was dry, I erased the original “R” (that’s why I wrote it very lightly) and placed it inside the mat and frame.

And here you have the finished product. I'll have to get his parents to send a picture of it hung in his room once they're all moved in and organized.

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Saturday, 11 August 2012

I'm back!

I’m back. Unfortunately, this is the only thing I will be making today…

Hot water with lemon juice and honey.

Yep, I’m sick. The wedding was fantastic, the visit with family was amazing and our honeymoon was perfect… until I woke up one morning feeling sick. After trying to ignore it for a couple days we decided to pack up our campsite and head home early. I saw a doctor and am on some heavy duty medication and should be feeling better in a day or two. Give me a couple days and I’ll be back (and less whiney) with something new to share with you.