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...)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

presto, pesto

the final garden harvest saw us toting home a great deal of kale, and owing to the hardy nature of this veggie, I have procrastinated on 'putting it by'.  i had every intention of freezing, canning, drying, chipping and otherwise preparing vast amounts of kale for the winter.  instead, i have been giving it away, (a pleasure of the gardener) or eating it outright, cooked and in salads.  this morning, however, I tackled the last stalks of kale by whizzing together a pesto.   this reduced my huge pile of greens into five small vacpacs, destined for the freezer.

kale pesto:

Into the bowl of food processor, place lots of washed kale, 
torn from its ribs.
Whirr it down to fine confettii, then dump contents into a large bowl.
Repeat with more kale, but also add 2-3 cloves of garlic,
and about 1/2 cup natural almonds.
Whizz until there are no weird chunks remaining.
 Dump this into the mixing bowl.
Shred up one more batch of kale, this time adding the oil and flavourings
(I used cilantro olive oil and homemade pepper vinegar, but any acid/oil and flavour booster would work well, I think.  Some fresh basil and lemon would be nice,
or cilantro and lime, or maybe simply balsamic vinegar and olive oil.)
Whirr the kale, herb (if using),  about 1/3 C vinegar and a spoon of salt,
then add the oil while the processor is running.
( enough oil to make a good saucy mix.)
dump this into the bowl also.
mix well, take a few nibbles, adjust oil and seasonings.
 i like the bitterness of kale, but a hint of something sweet could be added at this time if desired.
cook up your favourite pasta, dollop on some pesto,
 top with fresh pepper and grated parmesan or peccorino to taste!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Potions and toast

A rainy day brings out the sorcerer in some people...

 so i opened up the pantry, and brought out the eye of newt, toe of toad, and powdered zombie teeth.
(as well as several plates of cinnamon toast!)
 the apprentices went wild,
mixing, grinding, and smelling until each concoction was perfected.

The resulting delights were labeled and admired:
turns you into a werewolf
zombie potion
good potion
frog potion
and one simply marked with a
skull and crossbones.
(overheard during the production: 'this one turns anything into a frog...'
'anything?  even santa claus?  even a FROG?')
very powerful stuff.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

toi et moi, malgre tous.

a couple of months ago, david was approached by a 'locations' guy,
asking if he would be interested in renting out his studio for taping a few scenes of
an upcoming Quebec prime-time romantic comedy.
why ever not!!?
day one of taping saw 40 men and women sporting earpiece communication devices swarm our backyard, filling the space with flight-cases, tables, lights, cameras and action!
the editing van was parked right outside of, and butted right up to, our front/side window. 
 (with a metre between us, the techie and I politely ignored each other through the two panes of glass the entire evening.)
esther was up to the excitement, though. days before she had devised a plan that would keep her right in the soup of things;  the tried and true Lemonade Stand! 
we have done a few lemonade based activities in the past,  so right after school she took to the kitchen, and with total confidence proceeded to direct the citrus squeezing.
I was in charge of simple syrup and ice.

she was unphased by the hustle, set up her station right outside of the studio entrance,
 served ice cold, fresh squeezed lemonade to any comer,
and got a good gander at the proceedings. 
at one point I glanced out of the window to see her pink hoodied self loping in step behind a tall thin grey hoodied gaffer, like she'd rented the place.
she proved to be a very dedicated entrepreneur, and even placed a 'back in 10 minutes' sign on the
table when I called her in to dinner.

and although she made a few $$$,
 her real reward was jotted upon the corner of her shingle at the end of the evening. 
 the whole gang comes back to tape another episode in November...
perhaps a hot cocoa shack next time.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

go fly a kite


the wind was windy.

what can I say?

sometimes a little thing can seem miraculous.