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Food Goals 10: Easter Supper

Our first Easter at our still relatively new to us home.  We spent the weekend just chilling with the kids, enjoying the beauty of spring....the house cleaning (what is better than opening the windows and letting that fresh air in) playing catch outside (finally!) and the smells...what is it about the smell of melting snow and freshly running water.  On a beautiful Sunday, we had Nana and Papa over and we celebrated Easter (with two visits from the bunny).  Why two visits? Well, the rabbit had left eggs all over the house over night and then when we came home from church, Dan felt like having some fun so he 'spotted' the Easter bunny and took the kids on a quick trip around the block while I raced around the house, hiding eggs again.  Lucia was piiiiiisssssed off, typical.  Willis was loving the chase, again.  Ah, them kids.

Anyway, on the menu:

For supper: Roast DuckBlue Cheese Coleslaw, Wild Rice/Quinoa mix (Dan's parents brought the yum), Carrots.









The reviews: Luciaw…

The Bright Pant

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast week we did the pattern and neutral look: we had so many awesome options!
[Tweet "welcome to the week of the bright pant- make sure you head on over to The Blended Blog to see what Shaunacey has to say about her prompt"] and also to see here who linked up and had the most clicks.  Fun fact, did you know that you can link up one of your  Instagram pics to our linkup? Yup, just add the URL from your #theblendedblogstyle post and voilà, it's there for all to see!  Now, back to the bright pant.
I actually took these pictures on the day that Abbie and I met to take her photos for last week.  I don't typically take my red pants into my spring/summer rotation because they just seem like that perfect thing to pair with freshly fallen snow. And while (cross my fingers, knock on wood) it's looking more and more like spring right now, this is likely the last time I will wear them for the year.


 I can't remember where I got my inspiration- it wa…

Easter moments

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]aster. Chocolate. Break from school/work. New life. New hope. New mercies.
This is what the story of our Easters have looked like in our little life since Willis was born:

[caption id="attachment_6890" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Willis in a kimono on the table. Totally normal Easter meal.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6891" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Mom always cheats at Scrabble- Willis was totally helping her. Grams, sigh.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6892" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Aiden, Willis and Koen. There's a whole set of barebum photos to go with this, that I'll save for their wedding days.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6897" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Kyla, we need to start doing these photo shoots again of the little hooligans.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6893" align="…

Food Goals 9: The failures

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he quest to cook everything in 2 Barefoot Contessa's cookbooks has been great.  Lots of new foods and tastes and things I will repeat, you can read my previous posts here.  But also there is the stuff that I will never again cook.  So, in the quest for transparency and honesty in blogging, I wanted to share with you today the things we didn't like (which for my husband, is everything that isn't a dessert)

1- Spinach in Puff Pastry: first off, I didn't buy puff pastry but accidentally got phyllo pastry instead AND I stuffed them with WAY too much spinach.  I wouldn't make these again.

2- Rosemary Cashews: I don't like normal cashews so I don't like cashews with butter and rosemary.  NO BUENO.

3- Strawberry Tarts: These, in theory, should be good. I even made the custard on the inside from scratch.  But I put too much strawberry on it and they got gooey.  I won't complete give up on this recipe and may attempt it again when the strawb…

Red Carpet Style

I was inspired by TheBlackTux, Black Tie Done Right to show how I would dress for red carpet style paired with some stunning men's style.  I would have loved to take down some of my gowns for this post, but wait.....no gowns here.  I need to fix that.  So, I did what I do best when I can't find something I like in my closet: I browse online.   Here are some of my favourite gowns of the moment, that I would most certainly wear if I ever had a chance to attend a formal event.




And I would pair them with the following hot men suits:

[caption id="attachment_6859" align="alignleft" width="502"] The Velvet Tuxedo Jacket[/caption]




I always feel bad for the guy, tuxedos all seem the same to me, until I saw the selection on The Black Tux, they have some great fashion forward options that would make any man look divine!

Patterns and Neutrals

Welcome to week three of the Style Perspective, last week we did the white pants thing. And it snow. Actually it has been snowing ever since. Hmmmmmmmm.  I love seeing how ladies of different ages, sizes, career paths and climate styled the white pant!



Also I have really been loving seeing how different women style their outfits on Instagram.   Here are my top three outfits found either on Instagram or in texts sent to me:



Psst. Are you joining in on wearing white before May? Styling white pants is the #styleinspo for tomorrow's challenge! How will you wear it? We're LOVING @somethingcutehappened 's sneak peek! 😘😍💕 Tag your fashion #theblendedblogstyle to be featured! 🎈💃🏿💁🏼
A photo posted by The Blended Blog (@tbblog) on Mar 15, 2016 at 9:48pm PDT










How cute is Michelle from @mt_bottles_blog in her spring style? Time to go pull all the adorable spring jackets out of the closet. That's spring cleaning we can get behind! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous look, Michel…

Behind the Scenes- Blogger life

The nearing of Easter means I need to cover the last aspect that I have been concentrating on during my Lenten journey.  I've talked about the physical, spiritual and the mental self and today, the week leading up to Easter is time to talk about what I have been doing to challenge myself intellectually.



And because blogging is what occupies most of my time and is what makes me learn, I thought I would give you a behind the scenes look about what goes on in my blogging world.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
Compose my posts for Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  2-4 hours, depending on my creativity levels.  I always do this while watching Parenthood and with a glass of wine.

Comment on any linkup I participated in, usually 2 to 3 other bloggers.  I like doing this because then I am seeing how other creative women are working and it's fun when you can make a connection with someone.  I have three style bloggers I have been really enjoying following and am getting tons of inspiration from, yo…

The good, the bad and the beautiful.

[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]ou know a post is not meant to be when you come back to it 800 times and just can't seem to get the right words out.  Normally I do all my blog posts for the week over the course of a weekend (when I'm relaxed, the words flow and also so does the wine.)  But the food post just wasn't happening and no matter how many times I came back to it during the week, I still couldn't find the joy.  And if something isn't working on this blog, I'm not going to force it.  So while I still have a backlog of recipes to review and I still have food prep plans for new recipes, I am permitting myself to take a break and to just ramble.

First thing I wanted to talk about was the new blog design.  So far, I'm loving it! For the curious, I switched over from blogger to wordpress and had Kayla Huffman do everything from the design to the tedious switchover.  Message me if you want the deets, down to the dollar.  The process (for me anyway) was pain-free and I …

The changing of the hair.

I am not one to have the same hair style for a long period of time.  I grow it out just in time for me to be sick of it and then chop it off.  I cut bangs for a change and then get annoyed and want my hair the same length, or I'll start to grow out my bangs and get them to a good length, just to realize I want them short again.  And it doesn't just go for my cut, but I think the same would apply to my colour.  I've been blonde all the way to super dark, I've had streaks to one colour to ombrés and strange and wonderful colours.  Right now I am still loving the ombré style (easy upkeep) and am slowly going lighter (easier to hide my greys) but I've added some colour to my former blonde tips (rose gold.)

My hair style and colour, just like my shoes, are a form of creativity and I love trying new things.  A couple weeks ago, I was contacted by Mofain to see if I would write a post reviewing their site and their products, I was immediately intrigued because extensions…