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Every summer has a story and the story of this summer so far is the heat, and figuring out ways to beat the heat, enjoy the heat, accept the heat! Everything is so hot and dry and our lawn was brown before the summer really even started. July began with out usual Canada Day celebrations in Steveston, but this year with the boys off doing their own things with friends. The smoke from the wildfires really created an eeriness here at the beginning of July - yellow skies in the morning, the sun shining through the smoke, feeling like we... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at janice's mash-up
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And June 2015 was full and fun and hot...the driest and hottest June on record I believe! Colin competed in another fencing competition out in Coquitlam and came away with a silver medal. His last bout was so close and "losing a gold" is always hard. And a happy Father's day to all the important men in our lives... June was full of regular end of the school year events - exams, Sharkfest etc but this year we also had Adam's grade 12 grad events. Adam won the top Grade 12 History award for his school at Awards Night! On... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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So May started off with a milestone...Adam bought his first car! He has been saving his money and researching this for a long time and he was beyond excited to drive it home. He bought a 2003 Acura RXS. He's been driving it to school and work and just driving it around for fun. Times are changing! I had lunch with my dad and my sister on May 6, my mom's birthday. The beginning of May is hard for me with mother's day just after my mom's birthday. It's still hard to be out and about with others celebrating their... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Haven't been so good with this blogging thing this month. There was Easter and gardening and kitchen adventures... my first pineapple upside down cake Colin earned his yellow belt in judo and ran the Sun Run... Adam has been looking at cars, working and studying and Neil has been busy at work and spending hopeful moments watching the Canucks playoffs. Other than working, seeking moments of joy and spending time outside, I have spent most of my month here: I have been very immersed in my final attempt at writing my dissertation. I have had leaves, extensions and struggles with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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After our week in Kauai, we hopped on a short Island Air flight to Oahu for a four night stay in Waikiki. We had hadn't been to Waikiki for a few years and had friends staying there so it was a good balance of Hawaiian experiences. Walking out of our hotel on Saturday night to the "strip" and all the lights, people and stores was a bit overwhelming after the peace and space of Kauai. The view from our lanai was lovely though (through all the buildings). We enjoyed being with friends, fun dinners out, and the can't help but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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We left for spring break on the Pi Day of the Century and Neil scrambled around the airport area of San Francisco to find me a pie during our layover there! What were you doing at 9:26 on the the fourteenth day of the third month of 2015? In the morning I was packing and in the evening we were touching down in San Fran... on our way to Kauai. This was our last spring break as a family of four and we wanted to go somewhere we hadn't been before. We love Hawaii and so decided on Kauai. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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So blogging has been sporadic and today I realized I hadn't posted anything since the beginning of January. I wish I could say it was because I was doing so much "finishing" but we've had illness, a broken toe, stitches, provincial exams, sports, girlfriends, a visit from my dad and work and life. March 1 was a bittersweet sports day for us. Colin was playing in the Burrard Cup and Adam was playing in the banner game. Both were up against teams they knew were going to be hard to beat and both boys' teams lost. What made it a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Last year my one little word that I focused on was strength. I drew upon more inner strength than I knew I had and will continue to focus on other aspects of this word this year. My shoulder is still not fully recovered and I am not sure that it will ever be but I need to get stronger physically and feel like myself again. We've abandoned new year's resolutions for years now over here and talk alot about goals during different times of the year. Short term goals work best for all of us it seems. For several years... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Eighteen years ago we welcomed Adam to the world. His arrival caught us by surprise and we re-tell the story every year so he knows it well. This year, being his eighteenth birthday and all, seemed significant. I pulled out his baby books and albums and we looked through them together this morning. He was only 4 pounds when he was born and it always takes me back to the difficult emotions of the first few weeks of his life when I look at his baby pictures. But looking at the young man he is today, with a very bright... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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the hockey... two goals and game MVP in first game of the tournament tournament champions - gold medals! the traditions... the food... Colin's first pumpkin pie the family... the end of 2014...happy new year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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My mom made birds nest cookies every year at Christmas and they were treasured because they were a small batch cookie and once they were gone, they were gone. Over the years, the nuts my mom used for the nests changed. Traditionally, she always used chopped walnuts as those were readily available in grocery stores. Once my parents started spending their winters in Arizona, with pecan trees all around them, mom switched over to pecans, as she often made her Christmas cookies in Arizona and then brought them home in tins for the holidays. This family recipe comes from my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I have made this Cranberry Eggnog loaf before and it was a hit. Nice and moist and festive looking. We had a little holiday celebration at work last Friday and I made a loaf to take with me. The original recipe is found on Canadian blogger Angie's site, Echoes of Laughter here. Cranberry Eggnog Loaf 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 cup eggnog 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups AP flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup cranberries (frozen or fresh) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I always like having a roll or two of frozen cookie dough ready to bake when a batch of fresh holiday cookies are needed. This year, it will be these toffee bits shortbread cookies. Original recipe is an Anna Olson one found here on the Hershey's Canada site. Toffee Bits Shortbread 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups AP flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup Chipits Skor Toffee Bits Beat the butter for a minute and then add the icing sugar and beat until light and fluffy,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Last summer I worked on mastering homemade caramels but for the holiday season, I was looking for the same luscious taste but quicker and less chemistry-involved! I've been following Rebecca Cooper's blog for years and had pinned her recipe for microwave caramels and have been meaning to try it for awhile. Although not a fan of micowave cooking, I will make an exception for caramels. Rebecca's blog post about the caramels is here. Another great gifty treat. Easy Peasy Caramels 2 1/2 cups lightly packed brown sugar (I used Best Brown) 1 cup butter (I used unsalted) 1 cup light... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Welcome to another year of my Holiday Treat Week. Posts and recipes from previous years can be found by clicking on the "holiday treat week" link in the word cloud in the right side bar of the blog. First up is cinnamon sugared almonds. I've actually never made seasoned nuts before but am often given them as gifts during the holidays and they always get eaten up around here! This recipe was found here. When I read the recipe, I didn't really believe the syrup would dry and crystallize the way it suggested it did, so I was happily surprised... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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A year ago I did the eulogy at my mom's service. A year ago last Friday, my mom passed away after a tragic time in the hospital. My sisters and my dad are all still grieving and all still in shock that it happened and that our lives are going on without mom. Missing mom happens unpredictably for me. I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes still, and can't get back to sleep, my thoughts consumed with the last weeks of her life. I will be driving and a song comes on the radio, particularly now during... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Today my baby turned 15. He's man-like now and I am proud and sad at the same time. Proud of the young man he is and sad that his childhood is really going, going, gone. Determined, caring, bright, witty, charming, agile, fiddly, strong, tenacious, unique. Happy birthday Colin! You are very loved. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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This late start to the school year has me all discombobulated. Back to school photos happened on September 23 ...this was the last first day of school photo I would be taking of the boys together in front of the front door. Adam has started grade 12 and there are all sorts of lasts and firsts that will come with that! And then there are all the other things that come with back to school...pulling out the slow cooker, hockey and soccer games and the changing of the seasons. So the world keeps turning, the seasons keep changing, life keeps... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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I continue on my quest of sharing #justlittlethings photos via Instagram each day this month. Some days are easier than others and the stars align and something happens that lines up with a page in the book. Other days, I realize that the book's author leads a different life than me and I have many other #justlittlethings that make me happy because of who I am, where I live and what I love. So I thought I would share some other simple pleasures in my life this month. being able to pull off the road and up to a farm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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When my sisters and I were going through my mom's kitchen, we found her last batch of blackberry jelly. It was a favourite growing up and my dad would go berry picking, coming home with scratches on his arms and legs so that mom could make jelly. All I remember ever seeing in the process was the big bag of cheescloth tied up with twine to one of our cabinet doors dripping luscious blackberry juice into a big bowl on the kitchen counter underneath the bag. And then, magic, there were little jars of jelly. I still remember way back... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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One of my sisters gave me the book Just Little Things for Mother's Day this year. My mom had always liked these little inspirational books. Its been sitting by my reading chair and at the end of August, when many things seemed to be heading towards doom and gloom, I decided I needed some reminders to be grateful, to appreciate my life and to be. Starting on September 1, I have been using the diptic app on my iphone and creating an image with a photo from my day alongside a page from the book. Some #justlittlethings from the beginning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at janice's mash-up
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Each year when we visit the Oregon Coast in the summer, we try and do or learn something new and visit a new place or two. This year, those things were all rolled into one as we spent a day in Pacific City, Oregon. Pacific City is a small town north of Lincoln City, a few miles off of Highway 101 where two rivers merge near the Pacific Ocean. The town has a population of about 1000 people which I am sure swells in the summer months with all sorts of visitors. There are a few stores and restaurants (really... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at janice's mash-up