Thursday, 30 June 2011

Quicky Quiche


Today I made quiche for supper.  In my opinion, it’s the Superman of dinners.  It’s easy, fast, involves cheese, is vegetarian (read: cheap to make) and incorporates whatever limp veggies are left from last weeks’ grocery trip.  What more can you ask for from an entrĂ©e?



Thanks to my Gram and Mom, I have no problem making pastry.  But my pastry is too bland for quiche – if I’m going to skip the meat, I had better have something buttery and decadent to replace it.  I want something more Pillsbury-ish, only minus the $4 price tag.  So after a little research with my friend Martha, I made some dough.

Recipe:
1 ¼ cups white flour
½ cup margarine
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt

Mix it all together.  Done. 


For those of you a little scared of pastry, read my tips and pep talk after the jump.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Would you like a muffin, Muffin?

The boys in my life love muffins.  I usually make 2 dozen a week, but they only ever last a few days.
Today I made Strawberry Orange muffins.  I got the original recipe from a Jamie Oliver website, but I made so many substitutions, that I think I can call it my own.

Scrumptious, eh?  The recipe is after the jump.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Strawberry Jam

Today I got up bright and early and accomplished TWO things.  Like an all-star.
#1 - I picked a truckload of strawberries.
#2 - I spent some quality time with my mother.





Since Mondays are Shawn's day off, I spent most of the rest day hulling strawberries and making jam.  Sitting on a blanket in the backyard with Scarlett, hulling strawberries, while Nevin ran in circles around us and stole strawberries, was a moment to savour.



  • I made a reduced sugar jam: http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca/english/fruits/strawberries/recipes/straw-light-jam.html
  • But next year I will definitely be making some of this "Big People" jam: http://www.bernardin.ca/pages/recipe_page/51.php?pid=150 

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Saturday Morning Run

Today I ran in the rain.  And I loved it.  I hate running normally, but it was early and there was a warm rain, and the town was sleepy and quiet.  So peaceful.  It reminded me about why I love living in a small town.  Some of the quiet moments I savoured:

-         The only vehicles on the road were pick-up trucks hauling little aluminum fishing boats.  A chocolate lab was in the bed of one of the trucks, enjoying the morning too.  He was definitely smiling… I smiled back.

-         I ran by the local farmers setting up for the Saturday morning farmer’s market.  I love the farmer’s market.  Here’s a recipe to celebrate the local produce that I made this week: http://www.canadianliving.com/food/rhubarb_banana_crumble.php (A weird combo that you would never find in nature, but yum!)

-         While running by the Arts and Class store front, I saw a pillow that might be the inspiration for a future project, and blog post… If I do it myself I’ll use this as my reference: http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2010/05/butterfly-collection-pillow-tutorial.html, but if I don’t get the time and decide I need it, I’ll buy it from my friend Dagmar, here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/70781140/laguna-blue-eco-felt-3d-butterflies.

-         I even stopped at a yard sale a few blocks from home.  They had a box full of pipe cleaners, markers, and brightly coloured Popsicle sticks.  For $1!  What two-year-old wouldn’t love crafting it up with that stuff.  Of course, I didn’t have cash stuffed… anywhere… and by the time I made it back, the supplies were gone, but it got me thinking.  If had scored the box, we would have been inspired by this article: http://communities.canada.com/ottawacitizen/blogs/workingmom/archive/2011/04/05/precious-bling-without-a-single-stone.aspx (Nevin loves his bling!)

Such a great run should not be ruined by another… I think I’ll ride this high ‘til at least next Saturday morning.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Two inches too tall

Today I wrote a letter.  I think it was an important, albeit poorly written, letter.  Here it is:

To whom it may concern,
Today I had a serious incident that could have resulted in tragedy. 
While walking with my children, I came across a man in a motorized wheelchair whose front wheel became stuck in the space between the metal track and the rubberized pad between the tracks.  It is approximately four inches, the perfect width to get a wheel stuck.  I myself have had a similar problem with my stroller wheels, but as an able bodied person with a relatively light load was easily able to remedy the situation.  In this case, the load was a 1200-pound wheelchair, and the person could hardly walk.  You’ll be happy to know that after helping the gentleman out of the chair and off the tracks, myself and a motorist were able to give the front corner of the chair enough lift, that the motor could get the wheel out of the track.  The whole ordeal took about four minutes from when I arrived.  Thankfully, no train came at that time, but if a train had been coming, we would have been helpless.
This is a problem that should be resolved.  Perhaps something as simple as small angle wedges being cut into the rubber pad, so that the person could back up or move forward to the “emergency exit” would suffice.  It would not have to be a long wedge, so it would not impede other foot traffic.
This email is with regards to a specific crossing located in Perth, Ontario, specifically the crossing on Drummond Street.  I suspect there are similar problems throughout Ontario.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

It wasn’t even my wheelchair and I was stressed to the max about what this gentleman would do if a train smashed his wheelchair.  I wrote to Canadian Pacific Railway, the Minister of Community and Social Services and the Perth town council.  I have no idea who is responsible for theses sorts of things, but I’m sure they’ve never even considered it.  I hadn’t. 

If you want to get involved with the issue, here’s a letter you can copy and paste:

To whom it may concern,

Today I was told about a serious incident that could have resulted with injury to a person and their property.

While walking with her children, my friend came across a man in a motorized wheelchair whose front wheel became stuck in the space between the metal track and the rubberized pad between the tracks.  It is approximately four inches, the perfect width to get a wheel stuck.  It was not as simple as picking the wheelchair up and moving it.  The wheelchair was 1200 lbs, and the person could hardly walk.  You’ll be happy to know that after helping the gentleman out of the chair and off the tracks, my friend and another passer-by were able to give the front corner of the chair enough lift, that the motor could get the wheel out of the track.  The whole ordeal took about four minutes.  Thankfully, no train came at that time.

This is a problem that should be resolved.  Perhaps something as simple as small angle wedges being cut into the rubber pad, so that the person could back up or move forward to the “emergency exit” would suffice.  It would not have to be a long wedge, so it would not impede other foot traffic.

This email is with regards to a specific crossing located in Perth, Ontario, specifically the crossing on Drummond Street.  I suspect there are similar problems throughout Ontario.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.


And here’s the people you can tell:
Ministry of Community and Social Services: http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/contact/index.aspx
Town of Perth Council members: jfenik@perth.ca, jgemmell@perth.ca, jboldt@perth.ca, jbrown@perth.ca, jgraff@perth.ca, emcpherson@perth.ca, bpeterkin@perth.ca

Monday, 20 June 2011

Toddlers in tubs!

Today, I had the most fun cleaning the tub I've had in a long time.  Scratch that... today was the first time I've ever enjoyed scrubbing the tub.  I had a little helper.



I know, not the most flattering picture of my boy, but he is a big improvement over the soap scum that was sitting there mere moments before I took this picture.  He was trying his best to scrub beside mommy, and when he switched to the squirting duties, he waited patiently to squirt until Mommy said so.  We only had one rogue squirt all over Mommy's leg (I knew the all natural stuff was a smart purchase!). Oh, and the best part?  The sound track to this happy little moment... old school Dave Matthews Band, as per Nevin's request.  Anyone who has ever mothered a two-year-old knows that this is a moment worth celebrating.

How have you cheered up your mundane chores around the house?
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