Monday, August 30, 2010

It begins...

Monday, August 30th, 2010.

And i have my first frost warning!

(i know i live in Canada, but for real???)

Mamma Mia Monday

Okay, this weekend I tortured another soul with this movie.
I just can't.stop.with.the. ABBA!

Happy Music Monday!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday In My City~ Banff: Sulphur Mountain Gondola

It wasn't the best day weather wise, but with G'ma in town, we decided to go do something touristy!

This gondola has one of the steepest inclines in the world!~

Guess which passenger was being brave?
(psst--it could be any of them!)

Yeah, nice.  Started raining on the way up...
(rain on the way up, means SNOW at the top!)
Running Around the Helipad up top, after the snow.

Doing our best Grizzly Bear impressions...

If you walk up, you can use the Gondola down for free.
This day, would have been one long messy walk!

The sun peeks thru...
The Bow River and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel...
finally clearing for the finale!

Checking out the BIG tour 'bus'-
used on the Columbia Icefields.
(hmm, i'm missing a child?? where is he??)

There he is!!!
There he is again!!
Taking a pee in the back of the truck!

YAY for our newly potty-trained Xman!!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Have You Heard??

M&M's new Chocolate covered Pretzels!
Official product launch date in Canada:
Monday, August 30th, 2010

Coming to a store near you!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday- Oh to be a kid!

Personally, this breakfast would have kicked my butt!
(waffles with strawberries and whip cream!)

The kids however, ate.every.last.bite!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Music Monday

A beautiful start to Monday, with some Collective Soul.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday In My City~ Holy Zucchini!

The harvesting has begun!

Holy Zucchini!
(psst...and i ain't done yet!)

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Funny Friday!

Xman sporting a skirt!

A Ballerina Tiger...

and a Witchy Bumblebee!

Happy Friday!

PS- My weather widget says SMOKEY...and it is! Forest fires are raging in nearby British Columbia and we have been experiencing smokey skies the last few days.
Fingers crossed it eases up soon!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

We CAN do Better CANada!

If you are Canadian (and even if you are not), this video definitely is a good eye opener!

Did you know that 84% of Canadians prefer to eat locally??
Sounds great, eh?

Apparently we are not doing a very good job with that, however.

Be sure to visit the Hellman's Real Food Movement site for information regarding 'Real Food Grants',  raising your own chickens and growing your own food! If we all do a little more to reduce our food footprint, we'd help out in many, many ways!  (Think, fossil fuels shipping all that food! EEK!)

go green

*Peek Thru Our Window was not compensated for this post in any way. It is simply a little
kick-butt message from SamiJoe...*

Wordless Wednesday

Beebo has always been our little artist.

Age 4 years.
Drawings are of 'Alice In Wonderland' characters.

Her detail astounds me!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tell Me Tuesday

Okay, so i'm stumped!
Currently my facebook peeps are thinking up answers too, but i'm gonna blog about it as well. Thankfully, it's Tell Me Tuesday, hosted by Canadian Mama!

The last two nights, Xman, age 2.5yrs old, has vomitted in the middle of the night. He vomitted a few times the first night (around 5am), and twice last night (430am). Mostly his stomach seems empty, but last night there was some food bits in it.

Come morning, he's thirsty and can handle watered down juice (i've said no to milk). He isn't totally gungho about breakfast...but does eat it. His behaviour during these days does not indicate that he is ill.

I've Googled the subject and for now have decided NOT to Google more. Verdicts are: possible acid-reflux, post nasal drip, or even.... vomitting can be a precursor to something bigger, like a tumor. See why i don't want to keep Googling?

We haven't gone to the doctor yet...but will if it persists.

So Tell Me,
what ideas do you have?

Has your child ever had this happen?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mommy Moment

Today i decided it is time to get my hair cut.
I am not opposed to having my hair cut,
but it is not generally something i over plan.
I wake up and i say,

"That's it~!" And, i call...

Being a Mommy,
i only have certain times that i can squeeze in
to my 'no babysitter' schedule.
It depends on when hubby can be home,
or if it is a Saturday,
or evening (are you even open that late?).

Then, the killjoy...
the difficult, yet simple,
"Can i have an eyebrow wax too?"

No Aesthetians available.
None here at that time.
Time for hair and time for eyebrow wax never collide.

was the day i woke up and said,
"It is time."
And i called,

Holy Cow- This Saturday a.m available with following eyebrow wax!!!

That NEVER happens!

I was super busy last week and run completely off my head,
(did i earn it or do i have really bad hair?),
but WOW,
cannot believe it.

Should i test my luck and call them back to see if we can squeeze in some highlights??

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday The 13th

Why Can't I Own a Canadian??

Disclaimer: This piece is only meant to be fun and is not politically motivated at all! I definitely do not want to get into a discussion about homosexuality... keep an open mind please!!

Share Wednesday, 30 June 2010 at 14:27
In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, written by a US man, and posted on the Internet.

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination ... End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14) I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging. Your adoring fan. James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia
PS (It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a Canadian!!!)

Happy Friday All!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Recently, Xman has upgraded to bigger blocks!

No word of a lie, he'll play with these pieces of wood, independently for hours!

And then sometimes, we find him making patterns like this:

Grandma says, that his DaddyO used to build with blocks the exact.same.way!

Guess i shouldn't be worried?

(He is wearing his bike helmet because he was biking prior to building.
Not because we fear the blocks konking him on the noggin'!)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Ha ha, no...not me.

But you have to see who did and how she did it!!

Too clever!!


A Special Package...

I participated in a meme about 8 months ago and on Friday i received a very special package!! It was from Audrey at Audrey's Country Crafts!

Thanks Lady- i love it! AND it will see good use...

it was only a few seconds before my daughter stole it for herself!

It's okay, i got it back.

Thank you!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday In My City: Sobey's BBQ Part4- The Finale!

While i did all of the preparation, the Maple Planked Atlantic Salmon would have to be passed off to DaddyO! He is the BBQ'er in the household and i'm never in the mood to waste good food. However, in handing off this task, i lost some of the control as well. No wind and a gorgeous evening called for 'dinner to be cooked over the fire', said DaddyO. I was of course worried he'd ruin the big ta-da of the meal, but entrusted the fish to his methods. Lord only knows how much DaddyO loves his fire!

Soaking the planks!
Two hours is recommended.

Maple-Planked Atlantic Salmon
with Carrot Slaw
(page 56 Inspired)

Marinating the fresh Atlantic Salmon.

1/2 cup Sensations by Compliments Maple Bbq Sauce
1/4 cup Maple Syrup

1. Whisk together 1/2 cups bbq sauce and maple syrup in a large shallow bowl or glass baking dish. Add salmon fillets and turn over to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or more. While the salmon is marinating, prepare the carrots as per this post.

2. Next, preheat the grill (or in this case, fire) to medium-high. Set soaked planks on hot grill, lightly brush with vegetable oil, and close the grill (we used a roasting pan to cover). When the grill starts to smoke, remove the salmon from the marinade and arrange fillets on planks. Brush some additional marinade over salmon, close the lid, and reduce the heat to medium. Cook without peeking for 12 minutes.

We continued to peek for fear of the salmon starting on fire! DaddyO made sure to keep water on hand, for moisture touchups.
Please note: the plank did bow, so don't be shocked. (Though on the actual bbq, it bowed less.)

While waiting on the salmon, DaddyO entertains with his spatula flipping!

3. Brush an additional 2 tbsp. worth of barbecue sauce over salmon and cook for 5 to 10 minutes longer, until opaque and just cooked through.

**Take the Carrot Slaw out of the fridge and mix fresh organic chives into it. Place slaw on 8 plates or a platter and top with the maple salmon fillets.

The full set-up, with some red meat thrown on too!

VOILA! The board looks like it took quite a beating, but underneath the meat it was fine. Yummy! Cannot wait to eat! (On the bbq, the board definitely did not blacken like this!)

The finished product with all the fixin's!

Thank you Sobey's for allowing us to test out these recipes!~ Our summer evening was filled with fantastic food and family, making for a truly awesome BBQ event!
Did you miss Part 1 , Part 2 or Part 3 ?

We sure had an awesome Sunday!
Did you??

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**Peek Thru Our Window was given a gift card to cover all the costs for ingredients in these recipes. ENJOY-we sure did!**