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Monday, November 30, 2009

Pre-Game Show

We became lucky viewers of some serious aerobatics late Sunday afternoon. We heard them long before we saw them. Then,




they stuck around for a good twenty minutes!!
Right. Over. Our. House!!!
So exciting! (i LOVE planes!)
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The CF-18 Hornet Fighter Jets were mighty loud (1st picture) and the famed Canadian Snowbirds (2nd pic) were gorgeous as ever, especially highlighted by an early evening sky.
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It did take us a few minutes to clue in that these planes were here to open the Grey Cup 2009 and not for our own surprise viewing, lol! We quickly turned on our television to the Grey Cup, where they were just starting to sing the National Anthem. The Snowbirds and Hornets all came back together from their various tricks and again, centred right over our house--- at this point we began timing them, knowing that we are pretty much directly north of where the game was being played.
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Not even 15 seconds later, there they were on tv, doing a low level fly-by, ushering in the start of the Grey Cup!
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YAY! WOW, what a pre-game show for US!!
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AND, what a game it was!
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The Montreal Alouettes pulled off a beautiful finish to a well played game, beating the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the final seconds 28-27!
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I have to say, while the newspapers are calling this one of the best Grey Cup games in its 97 year history, i KNOW for certain it'll be the one that we don't forget at our house!
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SamiJoe


Friday, November 27, 2009

'GLEE'-ful??

NO i am NOT!
How dare they?
Why?
They simply, can't!

According to Mr. Perez and too many other sites, 'GLEE' will be going on a VERY long hiatus!! Apparently, Fox feels that they need to make room for 'American Idol'??

Poopy! I hate that show! (Whether Paula is gone now or not!)

So yes, the hiatus begins December 9/09 and is expected to last until April 13/10!!!

This always happens to shows i end up liking.

Anyone remember 'Miss Match'??


SamiJoe

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving USA!

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To all my American friends and family, i sincerely wish you a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!

Enjoy the turkey and trimmings, the football and the pumpkin pie!

Plus, the Macy's parade is just a great way to kick off the holiday season! We love those balloons!

Take care to anyone braving the 'Black Friday' deals! Don't lose an eye fighting for the latest Bakugan, OR (in my day) Cabbage Patch Kid!



Gobble Gobble

*peek here to see Canadian Thanksgiving*



SamiJoe

psst! i know this great lady who needs your vote! check out her slowcooker recipe!! it's super yummy!! if she wins this contest, she'll finally have her long awaited dishwasher! yep, that's what i said! help her poor dishpan hands!! Go Vote! (seems the voting is down until monday for maintenance)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Holes

WOW! I truly blow through jeans these days!

I mean, i don't mind having holes in the knees...but that's kinda my cut-off for a new pair. A pair of jeans that are holey are great for around the house or more casual type things, but i certainly cannot go putting on heels with them now!!
(Like i did that anyways....lol!)

I just REALLY hate putting my legs into them and getting snagged up on the hole! Ugh, argh!

So... i'm patching them. Gotta make them last!

I do know what is causing this to happen... it's all these blasted diaper changes! I've never used a change table (although i can see the merit in one now) and have always just changed the kiddos on the floor. While that is the safest for kiddos, it apparently is not the safest thing for my jeans' knees or my budget!!~

An EXTRA reason to get the little guy potty trained (he's trying hard and lots!).

I *thought* i'd simply be saving money on diapers with both kiddos trained, however it seems there is another cost i'll be saving money on too.

Guess this is why Mom's wear sweatpants??



SamiJoe

ps* Craft swap anyone?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

How long do you wait?


Okay, i'm secretly dying here.....i really want to put up the Christmas tree!!!

But, two things are holding me back.

First, last year we had up the fake tree in the playroom all decorated with stuffed animals. We seriously have so many stuffed toys, we were quite capable of filling a tree. It actually looked pretty neat and i was excited for the kids to have their own tree to enjoy! Well, that lasted maybe 6 days tops!! The kids did a dandy job making sure those bottom branches would never look quite right again, and i ripped it down in a big ol' hissy fit to save it from any further damage. Well, after a year in a box, it's done. Kaput!

Note to self: Go Boxing Day shopping this year and purchase a new, cheap, fake tree.

Secondly, i always prefer a 'real' tree (above). So, to have a real tree, i must wait at least until the beginning of December. But that is still....oh, um...1 week away!

I really, really love the tree part. I can easily admire a tree for 6weeks. I'd NEVER be able to put it up on Christmas Eve!


How long do you wait? Do you have 'rules' on when the tree goes up in your family??
Real or fake?



SamiJoe

*ps--check this out if you're interested in blogging and crafting.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Craft Swap!

Some of you might remember me having done this on my Facebook (those gifts will be arriving soon),
but this time i am joining in with Audrey's Country Crafts to pay it forward!! She makes really pretty stuff, be sure to check her out!!

Here's what happens:
~I will make a handmade gift for the first 3 interested people who comment on this post.
~I have 365 days to do it in…
~What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise!

The catch is that you must participate as well:
~you must have a blog
~and before you leave your comment here, write up a pay it forward post on your blog to keep the fun going. Please include a link to that blog entry.

This is always so much fun! It's awesome having another's handiwork arrive in the mail!

Happy Crafting!


SamiJoe

Lazily enjoying Monday


Tent play is one of the BEST ways to kill a few hours.
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A blanket and some chairs or stools are all that is required.
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Plus, a healthy dose of imagination!
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My silly kids haven't been doing much 'playing' in the tent at all! They've been pretending to be sleeping in sleeping bags! Guess i've...er....taught them well?
X did go and get a box of musical instruments at the suggestion of adding toys to the Tent Party--not exactly conducive to sleeping, however instruments and camping compliment each other so nicely! Don't you think?
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It was a busy weekend around here of lunches out, expecting a new baby (read: not mine!) , swimming classes and hours of outside play capped off by a nice fire with marshmallows!
No wonder the kiddos are tired this Monday morning! (This marks Beebo's 6th day of sleeping from 8pm- 930am...what is wrong with this child?? 830am normal, but 930am?)
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Best kind!
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SamiJoe
*ps...only 32 days left until Christmas!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Friday!



Thank goodness for Fridays!


Yesterday was the most horrible day ever! I'm not quite sure what was up with my children, but whatever it was, the day was agonizingly long and went something like this:


fight, stealing anothers toy, crying for no reason, i want the blue cup--NOT the red one!!

tantrum

timeout (sometimes 2 at once!).

repeat.


I talked ALOT yesterday. And i know that most people probably do tune me out from time to time (la di da), but seriously, nothing i said mattered. Whiny, yucky...ugh!


Bedtime was so far away all day! Even as i dressed them in pj's, it was still too far. But like good little kiddos (finally!), once in bed, i did not hear a peep.


I drank a beer, watched some tv, sewed a bit, harvested some crops in "Farmville" and went to bed. Deciding and knowing, that tomorrow is another day. It can't be that bad again?

Well,
X cried out twice last night. Not enough to need me, but unusual is all. Then, this morning around 755am, he awoke crying again! Boo!

When X was little, waking up crying was a 'normal' thing. He seems to have outgrown it, but now when it happens, X doesn't seem to have a 'great' day. Sorry.... we ALL don't!! LOL


Anyhow, we sit at 935am...Beebo is STILL sleeping and X is lying on the floor with his blanket watching tv (he even turned it on himself!).


Happy Friday...i'll keep telling myself this... maybe, just maybe it'll help get me thru today! Gulp!



SamiJoe

ps~ as i finished writing this, Beebo woke up. Within minutes she is a bag of tears...yikes!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Easy Onion Soup with Oodles of Gooey Cheese!





I tend to get these cravings for French Onion Soup ALOT! And since running to my nearest restaurant isn't always an option, i've taught myself how to make something sorta pleasant and just as comforting!

I began with this idea of needing to make onion soup with beef stock.
But didn't have any.
I had vegetable and chicken stock on hand, so decided to make-do.

The key to any good 'French Onion Soup' is the carmelization of the onions. Take the time to do it right---and that means, for like, an hour! I know, please do not run away...i did imply this was easy, but good things come to those who wait, right?

I also did not have the Gruyere or Swiss recommended. But i did have brie, cheddar, fresh parmesan, and a mass produced version of 'swiss cheese' known as, Kraft Singles.

This is what i tried and it was sooooo good!! Enjoy!

Onion Soup

Carmelized Onions
~ 3 tbsp butter
~ 3 tbsp oil (i chose olive)
~5 large onions, peeled and sliced thinly
~splash of water
~salt, pinch


The Soup
~1/2 cup brandy (may or may not omit)
~3 sprigs fresh thyme
~ 6 cups homemade chicken stock; of course, any chicken or vegetable stock will do
~salt and pepper
~croutons; store bought works (just watch for flavouring!) and so does toasting some of your own bread at home
~slices of brie
~fresh parmesan grated

Directions:

Carmelizing Onions
1. Toss the butter, oil, onions and water into a large soup pot with a few pinches of salt.
2. Cover with a tight fitting lid and let the onions softened over a medium high heat, about 10 mins.
3. When the water has evaporated, remove the lid, turn heat to low and begin to slowly carmelize onions, stirring frequently. *This will take about an hour.*


The Soup
1. When the onions become a deep golden colour and have shrunk dramatically, add the brandy (or not, a bit more stock works too), thyme and broth.
2. Season with salt and pepper and let simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Preheat your oven's broiler. Ladle the soup into 4 onion soup or ovenproof bowls and put croutons in each bowl.
4. Place sliced brie on top of croutons, adding in freshly grated parmesan or any other type of cheese to add GOOEY power!
5. Place bowls onto a baking sheet. Place under the broiler and broil until the soup is bubbling and the tops are golden brown!


The great thing about Onion Soup is that it's not expensive to make! If you don't want to use those pricier cheeses, don't! AND, if you are throwing a dinner party, Onion Soup can be dressed up rather nicely and served as a course!

One tip: Do go easy on the salt. I often find that if i don't like someones (be it a restaurant or other chefs!) French Onion Soup, it's because it is too salty! Salt can always be added later!
Hope this recipe is as yummy in your tummy as it is (often) in mine!!

SamiJoe
*disclaimer: i only LIKE to cook...i am not claiming to be good at it.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Moment you Realize...


Today, i realized something.
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I suppose in some ways, i've known this before. But it's never fully gobsmacked me in the face!!

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DaddyO came home with these....
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My father is an ecstatic (to say the least) lover of Christmas. Each year, he would build a beautiful Christmas village (that sometimes lasted for the better part of a year); Complete with a train, steeples, mountains---You name it! It was his 'thing'.
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I never expected DaddyO to bring these home.
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Did not see it coming at all.
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DaddyO's eyes glowed with that same holiday joy that was in my father's eyes all those years. I guess i never fully realized his desire for creating his own village?
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They say, women tend to marry a guy like their dad...
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~~ only a few houses required.
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SamiJoe




Thursday, November 12, 2009

Outfit of the Day!




My child dresses herself!

Nuff said.



SamiJoe

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sandwiches!!!




This is the sandwich that my kids created today.
I'll admit, we were out of 'regular' bread.

I present:

Raisin bread toasted with ham, egg and cheese!


With a healthy dose of ketchup too, don't forget!



I abstained from this sandwich creation. I wasn't really up for the raisins.



The kids ate. every. last bite!!



So, in the end, who really cares at all whether it is 'good tasting' or not??


They ate it.


Meat, check!

Bread/Grains, check!

Dairy, check!

Protein, check!

Fruit?, Check!!



At least today's creation wasn't Ham n' Jam... my little monkeys LOVE Ham n' Jam!!






What oddly combined sandwich creations do your kiddos like?

Or even, your own wacky sandwich combo?






SamiJoe

Today We Remember



In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
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We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
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Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Anyone who grew up in Canada, for sure associates this poem with "Remembrance Day". It was written by Major John McCrae, who was a Canadian Military doctor during World War I. It not only knows fame in Canada, but this poem has become one of the most well known poems of its time!

Today, we remember and honour all those who have fought and are fighting, for our freedom. Their selfless acts will never be forgotten.

Please remember to take a moment of silence at 11am.
SamiJoe

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday Monday

Thoughts running through my head:

~I am turning out to be an okay sew-er. Not to be confused with 'sewer'...i'm not that. Lol! My goal this year is to make ALOT of presents! So, i apologize in advance if you are one of the (un)lucky receivers of my crafting joy!


~Mid sentence, my keyboard batteries died. Stole some batteries from a remote in my bedroom. Note to self: buy more rechargeables. With two kids in a household, i am always in need of batteries for something!


~Oils. I am wondering if i should expand my oil horizons? Currently, i LOVE using Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil, and Hemp Seed oil! But i am sure there are others i could try?? Please note, i do have canola oil and vegetable oil on hand for baking.

-Grapeseed oil is a nice alternative to olive oil (it does cost alot less!); it has a lighter taste, but also a high burning temperature, so it does really well for stir-frys etc.

-Olive Oil is always good---yum! Salads, marinating....suffocating some lice in a shower cap---YEP--all good.

-Hemp Oil is chock-full of nutrients! In fact, the Essential Fatty Acids it contains are required by our body more than any other vitamin! I like that it has a really nutty taste, but it isn't the easiest thing to find at a supermarket.


~Vinegars. I am an admitted user of vinegar and water concoctions to clean my home. Sure, some days it smells rather 'fish n' chippy' around here, but if my kids choose to drink it---i won't be visiting a hospital!

-Rice Vinegar; i love flavoured kinds! Super yummy! And since i was taught a neat little trick (thanks elsbeth & regan!), i've come to love using rice vinegar. Add some to plain rice and it takes on a sticky rice texture, for the sushi lover in you!

-Balsamic Vinegar; mostly used for dressings and marinades around my home.

-Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar; dressings and shot daily as an immune booster! (Jodi-thx) It doesn't have the most pleasant taste ever, but it has been used for thousands of years for LOTS of reasons. Such history can't be all bad, can it?


Yep, so those are some of the things on my mind.... at least the ones i can tell you about, lol.

If you have suggestions to offer in the vinegar or oil persuasion, i'd be happy to add them to my pantry!

Ah, another week.

Weekends speed by WAY too fast

Monday Monday.



Back to sewing... i'll be at it awhile yet.



SamiJoe

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Keeping a Secret!





Midweek, the kids and i were out getting a few things from our local Costco (there's nothing local about it actually).


Enter~ "Christmas Experiment #1"


DaddyO has been hinting that he'd like a remote controlled car for Christmas. Get real, who am i kidding? DaddyO asks for one every year... anyways, we stroll past a nice set (with two cars!!) in Costco. It even came with batteries--a nice perk for a few hours of usage, while our rechargeables-charge up!


Pick up remote controlled car and place in cart.


IMMEDIATELY,


"Is that for us?" screams Beebo.


"Nope, it's for Daddy, for Christmas"


"Oh." says a slightly saddened Beebo.


"Yes, it's a gift for Daddy! But we'll have to not tell him about it, so that he'll be surprised on Christmas Day!"


I'm thinking to myself, this is sooooo not going to go well... but put it out of my head as a slight challenge to Beebo, to see if she could indeed not tell him?


That was Wednesday.


This morning, Saturday, Beebo awoke to see DaddyO! He had been away for most of the week, arriving home late after their bedtime on Friday. First words out of her mouth,


"Daddy, i have something i'm not supposed to tell you about Christmas. It's a car."


DaddyO's ears were listening and i got the look.


Ugh. I knew she couldn't do it! But for the record, i couldn't either and out they came.


I applaude her 'truth' telling of course. At least she's understood that 'chat'. But as for her being 'in on' any more Christmas presents, that won't be happening. LOL


Oh and one more thing--BOY does Xman love the remote control action! He's been zipping around chasing the car all day! Hehehe.




SamiJoe

Quick Reminder!!

If you haven't visited Just Another Mom blog this week, get there soon! Giveaway week is almost done (last giveaway closing November 14th)!!

Day 6 boasts a Kidsmart giveaway ($25 gift cert) and Day 7 is a scrapbooking package worth $90.00!!

On Sundays, J.A.M blog also hosts "Saves ALOT Sunday!", for more money saving tips you won't want to miss!

Best Wishes to all who have entered! Hopefully, we'll all be able to check an item or two off our Christmas shopping lists! Good Luck--but not really, because i am WINNING them all!
(Ya right, I'll need a BIG dose of 'Loren Luck' to win all of them--LOL!)



SamiJoe

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Picture can be worth a thousand words...


Yep, thinking about some good times had last week...
Here's one! That's my dog with the deer's head she brought home--YUM!
I love how Malamutes look like they smile; only this doggie, probably, REALLY is smiling!
She was quite proud of herself.
For what it's worth, i don't think she killed the deer. I think it was a prize she happened upon.
Hopefully.
Don't forget to visit Day 5 of giveaways at Just Another Mom Blog! Today it is NORWEX---my favourite products EVER!!!
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SamiJoe

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The 'Let Down'


This week seems to be dragging it's arse. Is it just me??


Hallowe'en has come to an end for another year (only the candy will live with us much longer!) and now the year is gearing up for it's BIG finale! I have to say, this year i am EXTRA excited to dive into Christmas; last season we were ridden with flu the entire holiday! Christmas, sadly, just passed us by.


My two little chuckleheads have a much greater understanding of Christmas this year and for that alone, i can't wait! Read that however you may; our Bible study this year has been rather extensive (Jesus' name might have more purpose?), or the kidlets just might have fine-tuned their paper-ripping skills? We'll see!?!


I'd love to just go get a tree, decorate and sing carols for the next 8 weeks or so... but with two kids under the age of 3.5yrs, that kind of lead up might be horrible! Oh well, the yummy foods, parades, 'getting the tree' and all things MERRY... i suppose it can all wait a few weeks yet??? Right?


I know....


How about i leave it up to you?


You tell me all the fun things you and yours do on this 8 week venture up to Christmas.


I want to know ideas for :


~kids crafts (because i'll have to keep them busy!)

~ homemade gifts (for kids and adults)

~ holiday baking recipes (because eating too many calories is a right of passage at Christmas)



And, if you'd like to share any special traditions your family does, i would love to hear about that as well! While we all have family traditions from growing up, there are always ways to improve and keep the old stuff exciting!


Happy Holidays to you all... because things really just get so gosh darn busy from here, i might forget! wink*



~ don't forget to check out Day 4 of fabulous giveaways! Just Another Mom Blog


~ Another fun site i follow, Yummy Mummy Club (recognize who it's creator is?)



SamiJoe

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bits & Bobs

~Visit JAMblog for day 3 of fabulous giveaways! Snag yourself some Christmas prezzies, simply by entering!


~ Laughs my butt off! One of the places i visit everyday is here . A blog by one of Ab's own--mild expletives, but she just always seems to say the things i'm thinking!


~ Tomorrow night, GLEE is on! I am super excited for this show every week--even reruns. It's been a few years since i've followed a show. Check it out!

SamiJoe

Monday, November 2, 2009

SproutBaby!!!

Well hopefully, you all checked out Just Another Mom Blog (see button, bottom right of this page ) at the end of yesterday's post. I told you she'd be hosting a WEEK of giveaways (yep, that's what i said!!) and today's giveaway is too good an opportunity NOT to share it with you all!!

SproutBaby products: "Simple, Safe, Responsible"

The contest is open to all followers (hers, not mine--so get your butt there and check her out) and is good for one free $25.00 gift certificate!

I encourage all of you who strive to be environmentally friendly (SproutBaby even makes compostable wipes!) to enter.

See you there!



SamiJoe

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Hallowe'en!!


A Fairy (minus her wings and wand--carseats don't really work for the wings!) & a Tiger! ROAR! Such a fun night and the weather even behaved for us!  Xman ran pretty much non-stop and Beebo shouted "Trick or Treat" all on her own this year.  The drawback to Hallowe'en is that we don't get to give out candy. But the PLUS is that both dh and I get to see the kiddos in action. So thankful for that opportunity!

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SamiJoe

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