Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sunday, January 29, 2017

downhill from here

the snowy weather returned after a mushy January thaw,
leaving an inviting layer of white over 
slick-icy surfaces.

PERFECT for a little lawlessness.

the downhills were exhilarating, and the back-up-the-hills were grounding.

not only is it lunar new year,
and celebration of our friend John's birthday, 
but also serves as the anniversary of our hard working wooden toboggan. 
 it was gifted to us, by John, 4 years ago.
I don't know how many years of service it provided to his family before then...

but we have certainly put it to good use!

cheers to John,
to more adventures at the arboretum
and to the year of the cockerel!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

pizza day

since we live a block from an Italian deli, 
 one of the quickest and most satisfying last minute meals is literally right around the corner.
I just need to head to tony's, pick up two balls of pre-made dough, roll 'em out, throw on sauce and cheese, into a 500 degree oven and, BINGO!
I mean, PIZZA!

sometimes, though, I am too darn lazy, 
so I leave the legwork to the bread machine.

spruce street pizza dough,
bread machine version.

place ingredients in machine like so:

1 1/4 C warm water
3 T olive oil
3 C all-purpose or 00 flour
(this batch is 2 C all-purpose, 1 C whole wheat)
1 t salt
1 T quick rise yeast

hit dough function.
in the meantime
grate some cheese,
pop open some sauce,
dig around in the fridge for random toppings,
preheat oven to 500

roll, top, and bake for 10-12 minutes.


(of course this dough can also be made by hand,
just mix the instant yeast well with the flour before combining with the wet stuff,
and allow it a nice cosy rising time.)

Friday, January 13, 2017


welcome, winter.

Monday, April 07, 2014

etiquette et bricolage


the girl was invited to a special tea party play-date recently.

it was hostessed by one of her favourite friends,
so she took her preparations very seriously
and even posed for a quick souvenir photoshoot.

we offered to entertain the tea party hostesses' brother at our place,
which tuned out to be a very good plan. 
the young ladies would certainly have been distracted by the building of Hamster Haven. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

cake day # 6

seems like the boy has been 6 forever...
 i guess it has been a couple of months since his birthday.
i finally found some shots from the celebration; it is after all, primarily about the cake!

grandma killed with her cake prowess once again,
this time featuring, as requested,  the teenage mutant ninja turtles.
she staged them in a chocolate training facility.

the guests were truly awed.

 and, in true little kid style, odd.
by that, i mean they were so immature!
(there were many toilet humour and barf stories volleyed around the table.)
the girl held court and organized the games that followed.

the cake and games were followed by much goofiness outside,

and as it was still early in the season, no-one was tired of the snow yet.
  frost turned into steam, which was blown off in no time.

happy (belated) birthday, edgar.
you will always be the king of my snow hill.

Friday, December 06, 2013

marshmallow world

the snow sifted down one windless night last week.
we awoke to the frosting of real winter, and the kids were out of bed
and into snowsuits in a flash! 
(I would have just tossed them some muffins and carried on to school from there, but under all that insulation, they were still sporting their pyjamas...)