Right Now – May 26

Loving // My garden and I are getting along great right now!  I am actually really excited for this season!  Last year I planted 6 weeks later than this year, so of course it will be a far different expierece.  I am excited to pick up some perennials down south and send them back with Shane.  Slow and steady with the gardens right?  There is so much potential in our yard, but northern gardening still scares me (as far as keeping things like peonies and dahlias coming back year after year.)  This year we are installing fence all around the yard, so that will be a big improvement over our current view of the overgrown back lane.  I’ve got to arrange for someone to water my plants while I’m down though, which is turning into a HUGE PAIN!  (Shane will be with us two weeks out of four this time, and we’re all going away for two weeks at the end of August as well.)  I didn’t think that one through very well. (more…)

May 21

Happy May Long!  We’ve had a really great weekend here.  Shane finally had days off (love overtime, hate not having Shane around) on Friday – Sunday.  So we packed up and headed to Summit Lake to camp.  We had planned on two nights, but got too much sun…only on our faces, because we were bundled up in the winter coats, ha!  I hadn’t even considered sunburns in my planning!  I didn’t have sunblock, aloe vera, or hats for all of us.  Since we don’t have an awning on the trailer, we had no place to get out of the sun, so we had to come home.   As nice as it would have been to stay, we had a lovely extra day at home.  It was a wonderful 22 degrees, which called for a run through the sprinkler.   (more…)

May 11

Hey!  Hazel and I just returned from a quick visit to Chilliwack.  10 days was nowhere near long enough.  It’s a good thing we’ve got another trip on the books.  (25 days!)We were lucky to get a ride down with a friend and her daughter, which made the trip much more enjoyable.  It was 9pm before we landed in Vancouver, but Hazel was sooo excited to see my mom.  It was adorable.  She didn’t stop talking for an hour and a half. (more…)

April 27

Hey there!  The weather is warm and sunny, the snow/muck are mostly gone and we are all feeling so much better for it.  Our neighbours have all been out cutting their lawns the past two days, but I’m looking at mine wondering if it needs it yet.  It just seems a bit…brown.  I’m getting to the point in the house/yard where I just don’t really care.  I’m over spending money to constantly improve things.  Maybe since we’ve now lived here for 1.5 years I’m accepting the way things are, shrugging my shoulders and moving on.  This isn’t our forever house you know?  Even though we might be here forever *winky face*. (more…)

Weekend Happenings

Saturday morning, bright and snowy.  Will it never end?  I took Hazel to Ready Set Learn just down the street at the school and it was a cooooold -10.  Luckily it’s only a 6 or so minute walk.  Thank god for 1.5 hours of entertainment and chatting with my friend.  These free programs are everything to me.  After lunch (a delicious odds and end salad) Hazel slept (fairly easily I might add).  I did an hour of Yoga with Adriene, that gal is the best!  I’ve done her 30 days of yoga program, it was actually the first thing I did postpartum and it was amazing.  I quickly changed, switched Hazel’s toys out (we are on a 3 week rotation) and then woke her up from her nap.   I usually hate waking her up because she’s super cranky and I loooove having as much time to myself as possible, but she’s been incredible hard to put down at night if she naps 1.5+.  So she was up! (more…)

Mega Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am redeemed!  A few months ago I decided to make welcome back to the country cookies for my sister.  I was visiting family in Chilliwack, my mom went to pick up said sister from the airport, and I made the worst chocolate chip cookies ever.  I even used my never-fail, best-ever recipe.  Except I didn’t have a scale, and I always bake with a scale.  That failure has haunted my reputation as family baker (not really, but lets go with it).  These chocolate chip cookies are not my classic, best ever, but they are insane.  They’re freakin’ huge and super soft and delicious.  I was wowed, enough to post them here.  You are welcome.

Mega Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Cold Butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 Eggs
  • 3/4 cups Cake Flour (can use regular)
  • 3/4 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1/4+1/8 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4+1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 410 F. Weird, but trust me.
  2. In a large bowl mix together butter and both sugars. Can I get a high five for using cold butter? I love it. Mix on medium speed until fully creamy, 4 minutes.
  3. Add in egg and mix it in really well.
  4. Stir in flours, cornstarch,baking soda and salt. Be gentle and avoid over mixing.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Separate into 6 large balls and place on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden.
  8. Let them rest at least 10 minutes before diving in.

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