Monday, August 29, 2016

Our Summer in Photos

Wow. 6 weeks without a post. That's just embarrassing. I guess we've had a busy summer!

Here's just a little bit of what we've been up to, at least to tide me over til I'm ready to write a real post...


We welcomed our kitten, Jon Snow. Who almost died then came back to life.

We said goodbye to the Hip.

Some piano playing outside of science world

The BC ferries buffet (maybe more than once)

Someone lost two teeth!

We visited Papa in Trail

And worked very hard at physio

Beach house building

And yet another concert

Walking the streets of Nelson

And floating in Kelowna

We're almost ready for back to school...but not quite yet. One week left to suck the marrow out of this summer!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

All Aboard the KOMBOOCHOO TRAIN!

I've been making Kombucha in all of its probiotic goodness! For those of you who don't know what kombucha is, you can check it out here. Basically it's a fermented tea that's all sorts of good for your guts!

I didn't have anyone to get a SCOBY from, so I grew my own from a bunch of tea and a store-bought bottle of Kombucha. Into the cupboard she went.


About three weeks of fermenting and there she is, lovely lady growing on top.



I then made a new batch of tea,


put the SCOBY in, and let it ferment for another week.

At the end of the week, I decanted it into smaller bottles, added some natural sweeteners*, and let them ferment for another two days. I preserved the SCOBY in the big container (on the left) for brewing another batch - which I promptly started.


After two days we cracked the finished product and it was SUCCESS! DELISH! I GREW A SCOBY AND MADE KOMBUCHA! I'm pretty proud of myself if you can't tell by my yelling!

After my first batch, I've now made three more and its safe to say the family is hooked. Is it making any positive changes to our guts? Hard to say. Is it delicious? Heck yes! So we'll keep going either way!

*To sweeten/ferment further, I've so far tried:
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mint and agave
  • Cherries
  • Candied ginger
  • Elderflower

Thursday, June 23, 2016

School's Out For Summer!

We made it! From the first day of school to the last, these "babies" of mine have finished Grade 1 and 4 with flying colors!


Little Miss do gooder/straight As/junior achiever has already set up "Miss R's classroom" in her bedroom for the summer. And the twinsies finished the school year kicking ass and taking names. There were some bumps along the way, but I could not have asked for a better year overall, finishing with two bright, happy, social boys.

I am so proud of these three shining stars, not to mention myself for getting through my first full school year of many as a M-F working mom. They are ready to take the world by storm - but in the short term we're just going to enjoy a summer of relaxing and refueling their super powers!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Please Help View Royal School!

OMG! It's been almost a month since I blogged last....and what motivates me to do so now? Money!

So I'm making a personal plea. Not just for good wishes, as I often do, but for cash. Cold, hard, cash. I know it was just last September that I hounded you for CP (don't worry I'm not doing it again this year) but here I go asking again for a different cause...

My three kids' amazing school is trying to build an accessible, inclusive playground/outdoor classroom. Given the state of education in our province, please don't ask why the school board isn't paying for this. PLEASE. Because you know there's barely enough funds to give support to kids, much less build them a new playground.

So our school is fundraising for this all on our own. A lot of money is needed, friends. A lot of money. But look at this thing - it's amazing! It will leave a legacy at our school, and in our community! Not to mention a completely accessible spot for Asher, Nolan, and a whole school full of great kids.

Would you consider donating, any small amount, to this cause? You get a tax receipt if you donate $20 or more! Yes indeed, we're not "GoFundMe-ing" - we're registered through CanadaHelps. It's really easy to donate - I can vouch because I've done it already!

If you have it in your hearts to donate, our family, and several hundred other View Royal families would appreciate it immensely. And if you do, would you mind shooting me a quick message so I know to thank you?

Right here. Credit card and a couple of clicks. Aaaaaand GO! https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/27536


Monday, May 23, 2016

BANOCONUT!

I love baking. I also love eating baked goods. I generally consider myself quite good at both.

I bake a lot - it is my "cooking" contribution to this family. It's also my contribution when we have friends for dinner - Jordan takes care of the meal, I take care of the dessert.

We were having friends over for dinner (one being an award winning chef - no pressure!) and Jordan requested a pie to go with the tropical flavors of the meal. I love pie. I don't love making it however. I definitely don't make terrible pastry, but it's not something I generally feel confident about. Gulp. I decided to go for it.

Since I don't make pies all that often, I decided to document it in photos. Jordan wanted banana cream, I wanted coconut cream, so we compromised. I give you BANOCONUT!

1. Crust - baked with dried beans as pie weights.


2. Layer in the bananas:


3. Cover with coconut custard (made on the stove top) and let cool:


4. Top with whip cream and toasted coconut:


5. Devour


Anyone who knows me well knows I can't stand food photos because they RARELY look as appetizing as they taste. Pretty sure this fits that bill. But I don't care....that pie was GOOOOD! And look at those flakes in the pastry - just look at them!

Pastry credit: my sister Janice, along with some great pointers from chef April Bloomfield
Pie recipe: here

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Rio's 10!

This little love is 10 years old today. Rio, we love you and are more proud of you than you will ever understand. You are an amazing daughter, sister, friend, and leader. You will do great things my sweet, you already are.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Renovation - Exterior

Finally! Almost 18 months since the renovation ended, we're ready to share the exterior of the house!!

It's been SO much work getting it to this place. SO MUCH CLEANUP! Followed by landscaping, landscaping, landscaping; painting; waiting for grass and plants to grow in. There is still so much more to do outside....but if I waited to be "done" before I showed it off, it would probably be in a decade. So here it is. Just a couple of photos to whet your appetite...the rest can be found in an album here.


Front entrance - yard re-graded for access to the house and accessible parking




Back of the house from the yard

Don't forget, if you haven't seen the interior before and after pics, you can find them here. Any questions about doing an accessible reno? I'm your girl, so fire away!