Saturday, October 20, 2012

Busy Fall Days

We are loving autumn around here!  The beautiful fall colours are slowly coming to an end, but we are still trying to savor every last minute.

This is the beautiful park just two minutes from our house.  I took these shots on my iPhone last week.  Such good quality for a phone!


Taking a break after lots of running around.

We had a great Thanksgiving weekend and enjoyed our annual trip to The Rockton World's Fair.  The girls have so much fun at the fair. They love seeing the animals, going on the carousel, and of course, eating the delicious fair french fries! 

Last weekend I hosted a bridal shower for my sister-in-law.  It was an afternoon tea theme.  I made lots of my delicious scones and "tea" sandwiches and my favourite cookie in the world - Belgium cookies!  There were lots of other goodies as well, including white cake with white icing - another favourite of mine!

I asked people to come dressed with their finest high tea hat and of course no one did.  Well, two people came wearing a fascinator but it still made me stand out like a sore thumb!  My aunt lent me her maid of honor's dress and hat from her wedding in the early eighties.  P-r-e-t-t-y snazzy is all I can say...  Even my daughter can't take me seriously!

I had a custom order for a personalized snack and sandwich bag set in my Etsy shop this week.  I had never done it before but I was excited to give it a try.  It turned out really well.  I appliqued the letter V on each bag with purple felt.  I may offer it as regular option in the shop now.

I also sewed up a new pencil case with this beautiful fabric.  I love it so much!  The colours are so fun and cheery.  You can find it in the shop.

Amongst all the chaos, the girls always find time to do what they love most... read!  Yes, they are reading with their bare bums!  They just love naked time too much!

I love watching them with a book in hand, quietly "reading" to themselves.  It's just magical.  Their favourite place to curl up with a book is on the ottoman.  If one of them does it, the other follows along.  Too sweet!

As much as I would love to find time to curl up with a good book these days it's just not happening.  My "free" time is spent pounding the trails as I train for my first half marathon.  I ran 20 kilometers last weekend.  The longest run of my career (which started when I was eight!).  It was my last long run before the big race in two weeks.  I'm looking forward to the taper now so I can rest my legs for the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope.

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall colours and finding time to do what you love most... reading, running, sewing, or wearing a silly old hat from the eighties!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Popping Corn

I love popcorn!  Who doesn't?  Other than my husband and father.  So strange.

Here is a great healthy, fresh and eco-friendly option for having your favourite snack.  Buy popping corn on the cob!  We get ours at Shearlea Acres Farm in Lynden, Ontario.  They grow it right there in their own fields.  Surprisingly, most corn kernels bought at the supermarket for making popcorn were picked two or three years ago!

It's so quick and easy to make.  All you need is a paper bag and a microwave, and obviously a cob of dry corn!  You can rub a little oil on the cob if you like, for added taste.  Close the bag up with a few folds and heat it for 2 minutes or so, depending on you microwave.  Pour a little melted butter on top with some salt for an extra delicious treat.  Now all you need is your favourite movie and blanket!

How neat is that?  My girls love watching the cob transform into a bowl of popcorn.  

Check out your local farmers market and see if you can find some.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Apples and Pumpkins

I LOVE the fall!

The fall, or autumn if you prefer, is a significant time for my husband and I.  We both have our birthdays in the fall and we got married in the fall.  We just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary last week.  It was a special milestone for us and it deserved a special celebration.  Five years ago I remember saying "We'll go back to Hawaii for our 10 year anniversary!"  Not exactly, but we did manage to get away for two nights, just the two of us, NO children.  That alone is a feat and had never even been done before!  It was lovely to get away, but man, did the return home ever hit us both hard.  It's almost better to never step back into your old life once you have kids.  Those two worlds are so completely different that you can't jump between them like that.  Stick with the path you're on and don't look back!  Although, some people like to tell me that I will one day sleep again and sit down and read a book in a quiet and clean house.  Until then, I'll try and keep up with this insanely fast paced life of mine with as few "getaways" as a couple can pull off.

Back to fall...

One of the many things I love about this time of year are the fun family outings you can do.  The best thing about them is that their all outdoors!  I just love being outside and soaking up every minute of the beautiful fall weather while taking in all the beautiful fall colours.  I just love that earthy smell wafting all around.  We love to go hiking and biking with the girls, attend the local fall fairs and the pumpkin patch and of course, apple picking.

We went somewhere different this year for our apples.  We went to Myers Apple Farm in Copetown.  I'm actually embarassaed to say I have never been there before.  I grew up right around there and went to school with one of the Myers children.  I guess because my family had our own farm with all our own produce there was little need to go elsewhere.  

It was the perfect little place.  The orchard was nice and close to the little shop and parking lot, which meant less walking (pulling or pushing) the kids.  There were some cute little animals around for the girls to enjoy and some beautiful horses running about in a nice paddock.  They had pumpkins, too, and lots of fresh vegetables and fall flowers and ornaments.  Of course, they had apple pie and apple cider, too.

After our fun day at the farm we went home to have some delicious butternut squash and apple soup.  I picked the butternut squash fresh from our garden and used some of the sweet, yet tart, freshly picked Mutsu apples.  It was so good!

Now, who would choose sleep and peace and quiet over these two adorable little girls and this super fun fall day at the farm!  Not me in a million years!