Monday, November 07, 2011
Day 5 - Windows/Doors
This photo is a bit of a cop out, I must admit. I didn't really see anything that caught my eye and so I took this shot. It's not bad, but I could have done so much better.
Friday, November 04, 2011
Definition of ARCHITECTURE
1: the art or science of building; specifically : the art or practice of designing and building structures and especially habitable ones
When I first went out today (minus my camera) I noticed many many beautiful things and places that I wanted to capture. So I went home, got my camera and returned. Unfortunately the light was different, but still there were some good shots.
Today's challenge is architecture. I initially thought that I wanted to get a shot of a building, but none really caught my eye. And then I noticed all the colours of the trees around the lake. Beautiful. And then I had a thought. The lake, which is one of many in our community, is man-made. So I guess that could count as architecture, no?
Thursday, November 03, 2011
So I took my camera with me to Nick's soccer practice tonight. It was freezing cold, but thankfully it was dry. And then I had a thought. What if I take a photo of something in the light of the moon? Not quite a shadow, but it turned out pretty cool. Glad I had my tripod with me!
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Take two - Renee and I went to pick up the kids from school early and we looked for photo ideas. Here are three that we wound up with.
#1 - her shoes. I love her shoes, and they are just starting to get to a point where she can't wear them anymore (sigh). These shoes truly are all star.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Mix the milk, flour and eggs and spices and whisk until combined. Set aside. The reason that these eggs look so yellow is that they are Omega 3 eggs - I forget how pale regular egg yolks can look!
Pop the tray in the oven and cook for about 30-40 minutes. Time will vary depending on what you use - a full pie shell (it will take longer, sometimes up to 50 minutes). Keep an eye on them and take them out when they have browned nicely. Admittedly, these ones were probably cooked a bit long, but they still tasted great. Of course, time does tend to go by slowly when you are waiting for them to come out....
1 cup of milk
2-3 Tbsp of whole wheat flour
1 onion, chopped.
6 slices of bacon
1.5-2 cups of grated cheese
1 frozen, prepared pie crust (9 inch, can be deep dish or not) or approximately 20 tartlet shells.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Saute chopped onion for a couple of minutes and remove from skillet. Chop bacon and cook in a skillet. Remove bacon from skillet and let rest on a paper towel.
Beat eggs, flour and milk in medium bowl with whisk until well blended. Stir in spice.
Place frozen tartlet shells on a baking sheet and fill with prepared ingredients (onion, tomato, bacon and cheese). Slowly pour liquid mixture in each shell, being careful not to over-fill.
Put baking sheet in the oven and lower temperature to 350 degrees after 10 minutes. Continue to cook quiche for approximately 20-30 more minutes (may be longer if you use a full pie shell). Quiche is done when the centre is set and top is golden brown. Let stand 10 min. before cutting to serve.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I used to do this years ago, I always made my own crusts and used local apples. They are the best this time of year, and if you know someone with a tree, even better. Even the dented, bruised or partially worm (or bear) eaten apples can still be used. Not that I have ever used a bear eaten apple...
As I was cruising the Pioneer Woman's website awhile ago I bookmarked a pie tutorial that Pam did. This was a great step by step on how to make the perfect crust. There were some great tips that I had never tried before, and this pie was one of the best I have made.
Next up was the filling, so I peeled and sliced some apples, and made a cinnamon/sugar mix to go with it (recipe at the end of the post).
I followed the directions for the crust and baking the pie from the tutorial above. The tip about covering the whole pie in foil after it had browned was a great one, it worked beautifully.
I would suggest you follow the tutorial, and then when it comes time to do the filling, use the following recipe. It did turn out a bit sweet for me, but you could always alter the sugar. Another great tip from Pam was to add a couple of tablespoons of butter to the top of the filling before you put the top pie crust on. Not so great for the hips, but ohhhhh it tasted amazing.
Apple Pie Filling:
2 lbs of peeled and sliced apples (6-10 apples depending on size)
1/4 cup of packed, light brown sugar
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg
Add the sugar mixture to the apples and stir until coated.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I was thinking about this blog the other day, and I don't think I have formally introduced the newest addition to our family to my readership (yeah, that's right - my massive readership. All five of you).
Awhile ago Ken and I decided that having a dog would be good for the family. I don't go back to my job for awhile yet (I took a leave of absence shortly after Renee was born, and I'll get back to work once she is in school), so by the time I do go back we figured the puppy would be well trained. We spent a bit of time looking online and at rescue agencies, and finally found some puppies that we were interested in. We filled out the application, and waited. And waited. Finally someone got back to us via e-mail and told us that because we were a young family, they wouldn't give us a dog. Never mind that we have a fully fenced yard, and that I would be home full time. Apparently (according to them) I don't know how much work having a dog is. Needless to say I wasn't impressed. YES I do know how much work a dog is, and I would make sure that he would be properly trained. So basically I told them the kiss MY ass.
We then found an interesting litter through another rescue. Eight puppies who looked like they each had a different dad. There were dogs that looked like shepards, some that looked like golden labs, and some that had rottie colouring. So again, we applied, and waited. The rescue got back to us and told us that they wanted to meet us at our house for an "inspection". Honestly, having kids was much easier than all this!
So two lovely ladies (and one lovely very large dog) came to our house. Everything went really well. The kids loved the big dog, and they all loved our yard. We were approved! They even had one of the dogs picked for us. When they told us that he was essentially a big dumb dog with not as much energy as the rest of the litter we were sold. They told us that he had a lovely personality and liked to sleep in his dog dish. Even better.
The next week we got our puppy. All 20 lbs of fuzz. The kids were in love.
Check out his paws. Like I said, he is now 90 lbs and just growing into them. In this photo he was still a mere 30ish lbs or so...
Bentley is very protective of Renee - I guess because he has spent so much time with her, as she is attached to me 24/7. It is a great relationship though, and Renee loves him to bits. And no, he hasn't finished growing....
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Today is the last day of school, and I hope that we have many more days like these over the summer - just relaxing and hanging out as a family. Too bad that I had to wear boots to school today to pick up the kids. It is still raining here, feels like early spring!
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
so I must admit, today's capture is one from the archives. My silly camera conked out, and the couple of shots I managed to get won't convert to jpeg files for some reason. I got a great shot of Bentley today too. Oh well. Just for the record, the Bernese in this photo is not ours, but they are pretty much my favourite breed. Bentley and his friend had a great time together when they met.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
This was a tough one. When I think of Bokeh, I think of lots of little lights - none of which were to be found today. I was out in the garden and had a great day overall though. Even found a small bird's nest with eggs in one of our hanging baskets. That will be another post for another day!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
These are my favourite shoes. And newly cleaned because my daughter hasn't quite mastered the whole "vomiting in the toilet" thing yet. She missed, and hit my chucks. The other feet in the photo belong to our five month old puppy Bentley. He hasn't quite grown into his paws yet.
This is Ethan playing his DS. I really struggled with him getting one, and in the end, I told him if he wanted one he had to pay for it himself. So he saved for the better part of two years, and he did it. He doesn't play it that often (thank you swim club!), but he does enjoy some tech time now and then.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
So no camera time today, until the kids were all in bed. Last week I cleaned out the art cupboard so I knew we had lots of spare "eyes" on hand. Even found the coloured felts too. This is about the full extent of my artistic ability. I think my kids could do better!
Monday, June 13, 2011
mmmmm.....banana bread. Here I am (late at night I might add) making a special treat for my kids. My aunt thought I was crazy breaking out the camera to capture this, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to keep up with the photo challenge.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I suspected that today's photo challenge would be a heck of a challenge. Right now I have a cloudy day to contend with, and a sick child (who thinks my shoes are the perfect place to vomit). So here you do - a beautiful sunset on Bowen Island, taken awhile ago (translation - not today!).
Saturday, June 11, 2011
mom and I went to the flyzone today (www.flyzone.ca). It was my mom's birthday present from my dad, and I was a somewhat reluctant participant. It was fun though, and it gives you the feeling of what it would be like skydiving, except that it is alot less freaky.
Friday, June 10, 2011
This will be my daughter's childhood memory for sure - every time we pass a swing set, she HAS to go on. She would swing all day if I let her. The only thing stopping us is how tired I get giving her under-ducks. This little girl has got to learn to pump her legs!
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
I knew a bad habit would relate to chocolate somehow, but man these girl guide cookies are like crack to me. I just can't stop eating them. I have the box buried in the deep freeze so it is quite a challenge to get to them. It was far too much effort to put these ones back though, so I just had to eat them. I just hope the rest of the box stays intact.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
It is oh so easy, and oh so tasty! This is what you need (and you can alter it to taste - I used orange peppers in this one, but red looks SO much better).
- Three mangos
- One red pepper
- 1/2 red onion
- Juice from a lime (or two)
- Cilantro (as much or as little as you want)
- Hot sauce (again, as much or as little as you want)
- Salt and pepper to taste.
This is a great summertime treat, and good for you too.....off to eat a bowl (or three).
Monday, June 06, 2011
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Saturday, June 04, 2011
So today has been a busy one, Ethan's birthday, family gathering and Canucks game. We managed to squeeze dinner in after the first period and dessert after the second period. I quickly took this shot while I was getting dinner ready. We are all watching the third period hoping for a Canucks victory...
Friday, June 03, 2011
The cloud challenge is a no brainer if you live in BC. The nice thing about today is that there was some sunshine (!!!!!), so it at least provided a contrast to the white fluffy things. I thought taking a photo in a puddle would give an interesting twist. So here you go - day three DONE.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
So day two of the 30 day photo challenge over at White Peach Photography has us taking photos of what we wore today. Well, today on the Wet Coast it is raining, so much so in fact that I had to pull out the rain boots. How depressing. No photos of that thank you very much. So I took a shot of my workout gear (on me just before I left for spin class at 5:30 am). I love my lululemon top, and the shorts were a find (on sale - yea!!!).
Ironically tomorrow's shot is of clouds, and according to the forecast, there aren't supposed to be any in these parts. I'll really have to do some thinking then!