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Yeast obsession. Not infection. Obvs.

Month two of more bread making and less bread buying is almost complete.  I still have to purchase of loaf of bread in 2013.  High fives all around.

This month's successful recipe is brought to you by our friends at know, those guys who made the handy dandy mixer bowls that do all the work for you?  My dearest snister, Kyla introduced me to this recipe.   We're loving it in this house and it disappears as quickly as you can say, twice a day: "What do you want for a snack, Lucia?  Peanut butter and honey, please"

This recipe is Lucia and Willis approved.
I look forward in the upcoming weeks to sharing all the awesome recipes you have shared with me !

Ingredients1/3 Cup, plus 1 TBL Brown Sugar 2 Cups warm water (105-115 deg F)
2 pkg (4.5 tsp) active dry yeast5-6 Cups whole wheat flour3/4 Cup powdered milk2 tsp kosher sea salt
1/3 cup oil
Dissolve 1TBL brown sugar in warm water in small bowl. Add yeast and let mixture stand.

Place 4 Cups flour,…

A time of naught

This year I've decided to take my Lenten journey on a completely different course.

You see, last year I focused on my physical side, vowing to do some sort of exercise every day for the 40 days.  I LOVED this challenge and enjoyed coming up with novel ways to fit in some sort of activity on the busiest of days.

This year is has been different.  I've decided to focus on my spiritual side as I've found that to be the side that is lacking and I've challenged myself to concentrate on three things:
1- Attend church more regularly, we are sporadic at best.
2- Pray more for my friends and be mindful of their sufferings.
and lastly
3- want less.

I think I need to explain the third point.  This is my year of naught.  It's not only a Lenten journey of 40 days until next Easter, but a plan that I'm going to try to want less and save more for much longer (and I say try lightly because I know I always have the best intentions and then lose motivation later).
We are curren…

A reading rainbow

I did something totally new to me this year: joined a book club.
I have to admit I was apprehensive.  I love to read, but do I love to discuss what I read?  Not too sure.

My cousin, Lea decided to get a group going and the fact that Kyla was in it already made me think it'd be great to have a monthly outing to see my friends, and if not that, have a good excuse to drink some red wine.

We're three months in and have read: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye, Still Alice and then this month's selection- The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Last night we headed over to Candace's and actually discussed the book for a good 45 mins, without barely straying.  Winning insight of the night was from Jess who remembered a particular quote from the book that was used twice in the movie: We choose the love we think we deserve.
Speaking of movie, which we also watched last night, it was fun to chat while we compared the two and obviously we concluded the book was much better (we a…

Feb. breaks of the past

I love looking back through my old photos today just as much as I did growing up.  I have even concocted a plan that has me monthly switching my photos on my digital frame.  It's February, so I have all the Februarys of the past playing.  Then in March I reload the memory stick with March pictures.
And in celebration of February break and all the Feb breaks that have come and gone, here are some of my favourite February pictures of the past:

Carrying the weight of the world and finding peace.

The more I think about it, the more I come to realize that I haven't been in a really super good place lately.

I feels as though I have been carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders and it's time that I let go of it.  I miss having a hop in my step and true joy in my smile.  I long to be that silver lining girl again who believes in everything and everybody.  I need to get back to that place where I feel peace and can be the best friend, daughter, sister, teacher, mom and wife.

But what are you worrying about now, you ask.

There are many different facets to this stress and it comes and it goes, so there are many answers to that question, but the main things that have causing a tight pain in my lower back are close to my heart.  And I'm not convinced they are bad stresses, but rather major players in my life that are really out of my control that concern my family or my friends and therefore obviously concern me.
I worry about Alynne who is carrying the weight of c…

When Willis takes after his mom

Last week I shared some stories from Dan that clearly showed how my son is getting an inquisitive mind from his Dad.  I don't share that same enthusiasm for science.
But there are moments when Willis shows parts of me in his behaviour, especially when he becomes the story teller.  Lately all he has wanted to do is make "acting out shows".  What happens in these situations is Willis writes a story and then we have to act it out.   I think this is something they've been doing  at school because he often comes home talking about someone doing the acting out story that day.

I decided to be clever and video tape the process because I was sure this would be something I would love to remember.  It's very entertaining to watch him sound out words and create this little dramas from his head and even better is catching his excitement when we make them come to life on video!


The Man and the Girl

The Man and the Girl from Dee on Vimeo.

The Monster in the Closet

The Mon…

Sleep and Rest

We're going on week three of sick in this house.  First it was Dan and I, now Lucia.
Frankly, I'm quite sick of it.  I would like to sleep through a night without someone suffering from a coughing attack.  This spring could not come any quicker.

So we spent a lot of time lying low.  This is the common theme to our weekend and while it was kinda boring, it was restful and the kids are always so cute and peaceful when they sleep.
Silver lining, right?

Have a great Monday!

Conversations with Lucia

From Dan:  Feb 3rd, 2013

Lucia spent a busy weekend with Deena inEdmonton.  The night she got home I thinkshe was still a bit overwhelmed from the trip/travel and she was having a hardtime falling asleep.  Normally I lay herdown, walk out and she goes to sleep on her own. Tonight, it had been 3 trips into her roomfor me, so Deena went to give her a hug. No sooner had Deena got downstairs than Lucia started wailingagain.  This time outright crying.  So I went to her room and asked her Me: What’s wrong honey? Lucia: Owie daddy Shecries again Me: Are you ok Lucia? Lucia: Daddy owie.  *sob* Me: Lucia are you hurt?  What hurts? Lucia: My feelings. So I pick her up and give her a hug.  I tell her that tomorrow she can stay home atLucia’s house all day with Mommy and give Willis a ride to school withMommy.  She settles down right away, Ituck her in with her blanket and I don’t hear from her again.

Conversations with Willis

From Dan....Feb 21st, 2011

Willis and I watched a movie today.  A real old Christmas movie called ‘Prancer’ that he pushed to watch until I finally acquiesced.  The protagonists mother had died when she was young and during a scene regarding the matter, Willis asked me about what dying meant.
So I hit pause and had a little talk about what happens when people die and how people go to heaven.
Fast forward to the same night.  I always tell Willis a make up story before he goes to sleep and tonight was nothing out of the ordinary – Captain Willis and Admiral (hehe) Daddy were driving a spaceship to a different planet.  The whole thing segued into a lesson on gravity (I’m so proud – he made some comments that made me think he even understood a bit).  Anyway, at the end of the story Captain Willis drives the spaceship home and saves Mommy and Lucia.  “The End”.  But Willis has some more to add…
“No Dad.  Then they go to a meeting.”  ???  I’m lost, but I add a few lines about going to a mee…

A weekend away

Once upon a time, there was a part of my life that required regular trips to Edmonton to visit our family there.   I have three cousins (all girls, all older than me) and an aunt and uncle and I feel that those regular visits were something that made us a little bit closer despite the distance, lack of internet and the crazy price it used to be to maintain long distance calling.  

I grew to be so fond of them in fact, that whenever someone important would enter my life, he would need to be introduced to my family there to gain their approval (they were never scary to meet- unlike my father was to them and their boyfriends...but that's another story).

While our own respective families grew, these visits grew fewer and far between but in the back of our hearts, we knew that they were an important tradition that would need to be revisited.

And that we did this weekend.

Kyla and I took the girls on a little road trip to stay at Glenna's this past weekend and I can't even begin to …

Games, Games, Games, Games, Games (to be sung to the tune of the NKOTB song)

January and February are tough months to get through, especially when you don't have a hot vacay, a mini vacay or really anything happening to break up the hibernation caused by the cold.  I find that I have to make a conscientious effort to bedazzle my life in order to keep my eye on the prize: that sudden, miraculous shift in weather when spring starts to win.
Normally I focus on endeavors in the kitchen: trying new recipes each week, making a pot of fresh soup on weekends and most recently, the bread experiment.  But that's not the only area in life where I find myself slumping, lately it has been in the closet.
I love getting ready in the morning: choosing an outfit, the perfect jewelry and shoes, not to mention doing my makeup and if I have time my hair too. That has not been the picture lately and like most people I'm sure, I'd rather just roll out of bed in my pajamas and ....wait...I wouldn't even bother rolling out of bed if I had the choice.  In extreme…