Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I hope your holidays are full of merry-making and holly jollies!
Merry Merry Christmas!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sweet Baby Cap for Isla, and Side Slip Cloche for moi.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
When I went to my favourite BC Wine shop today to stock up for the holidays, my trusted wine advisor was telling me about a great Gewurztraminer he thought I'd love. When I saw what it was called, I knew I had to have it for this evening:
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The socks are done! I tried them on to take the photo, and oh my, are they ever comfortable!!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I am feeling completely exhausted, and all I want right now is tea and knitting beside the tree, followed by a long winter's sleep.
I am so thankful that school let out today. Two weeks of long, leisurely mornings. They're the best.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Hard at work.
My sweet boy.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Vintage Irish Coffee Glasses, a Christmas Tin, and an Assortment of Old Christmas Finger Puppets, to keep the wee one happy, and out from underfoot. Hey, whatever works!
Up to temperature, and the stirring has begun.
Scored, and setting up.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Another gift done!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The snow has started falling here in Vancouver. Faire is at a birthday party, but Shea is out there. I caught him hanging around this pile of yard "stuff". I can read his mind: "hmm, how can I climb in here and make this a fort?"
I think I'll put on some milk to heat for cocoa. I have a feeling he'll be in soon, and what's a snowy day if there's not hot cocoa when you come inside from the cold?
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Simply pomegranate seeds over a little pile of whipped cream.
Shea said it looked "great, and it will look even better in my stomache!"
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
1/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup cold coffee
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup oil
2 tbsp vinegar
Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Basically, let one child mix the wet and the other mix the dry. (Less arguing this way) Make sure they each get their own whisk. Very important.
Mix together and fill 12 cupcakes liners (star-shaped if you want to be super-cool, like us of course!)
Bake at 350-375F for 25-30 minutes. A toothpick will come out clean (you know the drill.)
This also makes a 9-inch square cake. Or I double the recipe for a 9 by 13 inch.
Stay tuned...more chocolatey goodness is in the works around here!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I tried to take a photo for the blog while I was there, but the ridiculousness of photographing a sausage roll made it impossible. My uncle was trying to be a food stylist with Christmas ornaments and we were all laughing too hard about it by them to hold the camera steady anyway. I'm sure none of you reading will miss the photo, right?
The kids are at a hockey game tonight with their Dad and Pop Pop. J was given tickets and so, hey, make it part of the advent activity calendar, right? Originally he thought we could all go, and Isla could sit on a lap, but I told him to take his Dad, leave the toddler with me, and now that she is asleep, I am Home Alone (sorta). I totally worked that to my advantage. We mamas know "home alone" doesn't happen all that often. I tried to get going on knitting J's gift while he was out of the picture, but I twisted my stitches (damn!) which I didn't notice for an inch or so and now have had to rip it out. Guess I'll finish Faire's second legwarmer. Or the "second sock" (oh, that second sock is going to kill me!). Nah, I'll continue to procrastinate about that until the week before Christmas. I work better under pressure.
Second legwarmer while watching Miracle on 34th Street. With Baileys.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sweet little snow fairies on a dusty chandelier ;)
On another note, I had a perfect afternoon.
I was knitting for the first time with Noro (love!), there was a ginger cookie within easy reach, the toddler was sleeping (at least that's what I thought but she appeared ten minutes later) and the sun was shining through the window. I looked down at myself and thought that I needed a picture of this perfect moment. What you don't see is the bowl of popcorn and cup of tea within easy reach to my left. See what I mean? Perfect moment.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I made a double batch of these the other day and they went FAST.
I'm pretty sure I ate them for breakfast, lunch, and snacks in between. I did find the strength to resist having them for dinner (but I did eat the last one for dessert!) Please make them. Ina knows what she's doing in the kitchen.
But be sure to double it. Trust me, you won't regret it.
Oh, and the recipe calls for unsulphered molasses, but I can only ever find Blackstrap. I use regular Fancy molasses instead. The Blackstrap tastes way too strong in these cookies. Anyone know of a milder unsulphered molasses around here?
I'm off with Isla to pick up some more candied ginger so there will be warm cookies and milk for the kids when they get home from school. (This makes it look like I'm doing it for them, but really, J and I want them for when we watch "Milk" tonight...shhhhh!)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
We set up our tiny (fake - akk!) tree in the playroom this afternoon. I've had it for years and we keep it so the kids have a tree of their own for all the ornaments they make and/or collect. Or ones we simply have run out of room for on the real tree. There are some oldies on it too. Like this awesome felt mouse. I remember my mom painstakingly making these when I was little. She made a lot of kick-ass ornaments. I used to play make-believe with these old-fashioned mice. They reminded me of the Mouse Family in the cartoon 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. (Oh, how I loved that show. I need to watch it again soon. I bought it a couple of years ago and freaked Jason out because I knew all the words to all the songs. He had never seen it. Never!) One of my favourite parts of the holiday season? The annual watching of all the Christmas films. They never get boring to me.
Anyway, the kids loved decorating the tree. And they love talking about all the ornaments and where they came from, which makes it all the more special. Isla really got into it. Her first time trimming a tree. Hopefully she got it out of her system so she won't want to help me decorate the real tree next weekend (haha) She tends to...cluster ornaments, shall we say?
Here's another of the oldies. How can I not love it? She's knitting!!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
But I digress. On this rainy Saturday, with Jay out helping a friend move, and me at home with the kids, we are hanging out in front of the fire. I am knitting, which is what I'm doing Every. Single. Moment. in the lead up to Christmas. Lots of handmade gifts this year. At one point I looked up and saw this: