Apr 26, 2012

Thought Filled Thursday: April 26, 2012

I love this, and wish I could embrace it more.
Sometimes it is scary to let your inner uniqueness show....don't you think?

Is there something about yourself that you keep hidden for fear of being laughed at?

Apr 23, 2012

Tuesday Tune In: Levon Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012)

A little nod to a wonderful artist.
The world lost a true talent recently, so I felt it only right to dedicate a post to him.
You will be missed.
Thank you.

Enjoy everyone!

One Year Ago

Hello again!
I took the weekend off. It was beautiful here. Bright and Sunny.
I wanted to point out what was happening a year ago....cause I hear weather related whining and it irritates me. Today we are hitting a high of 27*C......so nice, summer like weather. But closer to the end of the week there is rumblings of wet and slushy snow. I found this photo in my April 2011 file, taken at my parents place.
Breath people....Breathe.

Apr 16, 2012

Tuesday Tune In: Flight of the Conchords (Jenny)

My Sister reminded at Easter about the Flight of the Conchords....Fabulously Funny!
So I wanted to share with you.
Picture it a conversation between a man and a man(woman). :o)


Monday Monday...

How does Monday feel to you?
I, like many, dislike Monday.
What I dislike the most is that it means back to work for my husband. I love having him around on the weekends.
We go on day trips to the mountains, or hang out at the zoo after a fabulous brunch. Monday signals that snap back to reality.

While I understand this can be viewed as a bit of a downer post...
I would like to add something.
Having a Grateful Monday instead!
I came across this blog
Loved the idea of stating what I am grateful for.
I want to try and remember all that I am grateful for on Mondays. 
Cause it may make it easier to tolerate them.

My Monday Grateful List:
1) Happy healthy children.
2) Loving family moments. (Sunday Brunch at the Zoo!)
3) Getting the news that I am going to be an Auntie......to a BOY!!
Congrats Sister & Brother-in-Law!!

Apr 14, 2012


April 15, 1912
For the last few days I, as well as my family, have been thinking about the sinking of the Titanic.
It has always been such an incredible story to me. When the James Cameron movie came out it really allowed you to feel the loss yourself. Such loss, Such sadness.
Last year my daughters class spent one week at Science School during the time when the Titanic Exhibition was at our local Science Centre. She became drawn to the stories of those on board, and learned everything she could. I had the good fortune to go to see where the Titanic was built in Belfast. I told my traveling companion (my Mom) that we should take a Titanic Tour while in Belfast.
I decided for today's post I would share some photos that I took while on this tour.

Thomas Andrews Home in Belfast.

The staircase in his home. The first 'Grand Staircase'

Please excuse the stuffies.....my children gave me some other traveling companions to take everywhere.
The Harland and Wolff Offices.
The Drawing Office where the plans for Titanic were done by Thomas Andrews.
Harland and Wolff Offices.
Dry dock, built for Titanic.
It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to check this all out.
If you ever find yourself in Belfast check out Titanic Tours Belfast with Susie Millar.
She has an amazing personal connection to share with you.
Check it out...

Makes Life worth Living: Music!

Saw this on my facebook feed this morning....Thanks Jana!
It shows what I have always known
Music is everything.
Music is universal.
Music makes life worth living.

Apr 12, 2012

Springtime Art in the Winter?

Well today we got a blast of winter.
Unlike everyone else I know here, I will not be taking and posting pictures of it. Frankly, this happens. 
It is not uncommon for Alberta.

Instead, I wanted to share what we did in art class today!
A little springtime art work, full of colour and sweetness.
I found this great idea on Pinterest.
Using an old plastic pop bottle we made cherry blossoms.
Very simple, yet a great effect.

Then to add a little of our own flair, we used tissue paper 
to add on more flowers and leaves. Its easy, just cut small squares wrap
them around the end of a pencil and dip in glue. Quite a nice effect.

A Thought Filled Thursday: April 12, 2012

My thought for today is....
One must learn to RELAX when doing art projects with young kids.
Thank you & Come again.
Art Lessons can be stressful. Enjoy a cup of tea.

Apr 11, 2012

Must Have... Oh My Yes!

I am a Sparkle girl!
Love me some sparkle for sure.
So, when such a love of sparkles meets this bit of heaven....
I am lucky I didn't faint.
Check it out!
photo from Laughing Squid

 I don't have a helmet like this one. 
I wonder if it can be done with say this one?
Sadly...I don't think so.

What is something that you would love to see covered in sparkles or mirrored tiles?

Apr 10, 2012

Tuesday Tune In: Fun. (We are Young ft.Janelle MonĂ¡e)

I can't recall when I came across Fun..
It could have been before Glee....or from Glee.
I am so happy that television shows are paying more attention to the music they play.
They are choosing songs and artists that are new and very talented.
This is a step forward in my world.
I love this song in its original form, but I am really loving this acoustic version.
Enjoy & Let me know what you think!

A Different Easter Dinner

Hello Everyone!
Hope your Easter weekend was wonderful and full of sweet moments.

I tried to make a post from a mobile application....but had no success.
Any suggestions on apps for blogging?

I wanted to tell you about a terrific dish I came across on pinterest.
The recipe is found here, and all over pinterest. 
I had made this for my Mom and Dad when they came to visit one weekend.
They enjoyed it so much my Mom decided to forgo the usual Easter supper of turkey for this easy to make slow cooker dish. It was served and again got rave reviews. My kids like it too....and they can be picky!
 Check it out and give it a try, you won't be sorry.

Parmesan Honey Pork Roast

1 (2-3 pound) boneless pork roast
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp dried basil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place roast in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, honey, soy sauce, basil, garlic, oil and salt; pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.
Remove meat to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice roast; serve with gravy (I also made mashed potatoes and the gravy was delicious on them!).

Apr 5, 2012

A Thought Filled Thursday: April 5th, 2012

Coffee is on....Let the day begin.

Most days requires a little coffee to get me going.
I have a few things on my list to get done before heading to the parents for Easter.
So, here I sit, enjoying my cup of joe and bracing for the day.
The sun is peeking out after last nights dump of snow....so pretty to see the glistening one last time (hopefully) before Spring truly takes hold.

Have a great day!

Apr 4, 2012

Wednesday Blues

Don't feel sorry for me....really.
I feel so behind on things. Of course taking the time to make a blog post certainly isn't helping. I have so many things on my invisible list. It is invisible cause I am scared to write it all down. Fearful of the enormity of it really.
So I will take today to try and focus on things.
Figure out a plan of action.
Start somewhere.
Do not think about how short this week will be.

This is when I wish I was back in the mountains. I know boo hoo.

Apr 3, 2012

Tuesday Tune In: Angus & Julia Stone

Simple & Sweet.
Describes the sound from Angus & Julia Stone.
They are a brother and sister duo from Australia.
Not sure where or when I cam across them, but I am glad I did.
Thanks for Tuning in.