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Lemon, Lemon, Lemon

Hi Ya'll,

The countdown to summer is almost on!  Truthfully, it is on!  Every summer I have a theme and this one is going to be better than ever!  Our 70's summer theme was laid back, zero structure, and lots of fun.  Riding without seatbuckles on was a total blast and really defined the word freedom.  This year our theme is to wake up and start each new day like it is the first day of summer.  You know that feeling you get on the first day?  That rush of excitement, plans, ideas and endless possibilities.  We are not going to focus on dates or times just treat each new day as if it were the first.  

Now that I have declared that to the world I am declaring this as the best lemon loaf Starbuck's copycat on the planet.  I love my rhubarb and it certainly is a rare treat but lemons are my passion. Lemons steal my heart every time.  I have made a lemon loaf in the past with another fabulous recipe but it just wasn't doing it for me. So I tried this one instead.  No disappointments here. 

     

Originally, this was made for our piano recital later this evening.  I would almost wager that it won't make it to the recital. Who am I kidding...the kids discovered my early morning creation and are begging like starving animals.  Thick cut slices of lemon bread, drizzled with lemon glaze on top and in between each slice...Oh man!  



I'm exactly like my grandmother Smythe when it comes to cooking and baking.  I get the ingredients and the rest is in the air.  It is easier to just tell you to go see Averie and get the full recipe.  Trust me when I say Averie has it all under control.  

Mama B.
xoxo  

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Rhubarb {Love} Parfaits

Hi Ya'll,

Happy almost summer!  We are desperately trying to have fun each and everyday but honestly the rain is putting a damper on our parade. To chase away the rainy blues and freezing cold we have been playing in the kitchen.    

So let's talk rhubarb.  I have some planted but it is still a piddly little plant so it is not ready to cut.  My in-laws were gracious enough to spare a few stalks. So thankful they were into sharing.  I love, love rhubarb!  
Did you know rhubarb was first used in cooking back in 2700 BC in China. Interestingly enough it was used for medicinal purposes to help the gut, lung and liver.  
Did you also know that rhubarb makes an amazing parfait and quite pretty I might add when paired up with chia seeds.  I added protein booster for mine and fibre in another batch for kids.  The kiddos are going to really enjoy this healthy snack.  A little tart and a pinch of sweet.  I certainly had my kids in mind when I made this snack!



For fun I added the protein boost, which is awesome! I'm not just saying that, even though, yes, I own my own business and happen to sell it.  We are talking zero sugar and three ingredients.  Created with pea protein, rice protein and cranberry protein.  It simply is a boost for your favorite foods and beverages. Providing 10 grams of vegan protein per serving while helping to support growth and maintenance of muscle mass.  




Did you get your fibre today?  Haha!  I strategically added the fibre boost to the strawberry rhubarb portion just in case the littles don't like the chia pudding.  Sometimes one child or another has texture issues.  
So there you have it folks!  A fun snack or breakfast that is pretty and tasty!  

Mama B.
xoxo    

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Christmas Stories

December 8th, 2015

Happy December!

A small confession...I love children's books!  My biggest passion is rediscovering vintage children's books that I would have read a hundred years ago.  In the past we wrapped the books for the book advent but the last two years the oldest two had no interest.  This year, after a long break, they decided they wanted to give it a go again.  They promised to show enthusiasm and gratitude. 

Normally, I would just re-wrap the oldies but this year decided to hit the second hand stores and see what was available.  I'm so glad I did because I found every vintage classic we didn't own and a few surprises.  I found books for all the ages and can't wait to see their faces when they open them.

I think I let out a little squeal when I found this gem.  Published in 1952 and excellent hardcover condition.  


A childhood favorite...


       A tear jerker...


Vintage ♥...




Oh Jingle Bells!  I still have the record that goes with this one and just adore this sweet storybook.  I love imitating the voices of all the characters. Thank goodness I kept the record or I wouldn't know how to talk like an ostrich!  All the characters are from Richard Scary books so this makes the book extra special and the illustrations are adorbs!  






Patrick Pig, Stuart Seal, Katie Kitten, Dennis Dog, Esmeralda Ostrich and Richard Raccoon.
Mama Bear, Papa Bear, two Baby Bears, Santa and Mrs. Claus and Cuddly Bunny and three baby sisters.

We have all the classics but these are new to us additions.  They are wrapped in brown paper packaging anxiously waiting to be opened and read by my ankle biters.   

I would also recommend the following:

Believe it or not we do not own a copy of How The Grinch Stole Christmas!  Crazy I know.  We must own at least 50 Christmas books and no Grinch.  I'm not a huge fan of Seuss so that is probably why. I have a hard time with the nonsense.  We do love Swedish books like The Tomten or The Tomten And The Fox and books that just have that genuine heartwarming feel good kind of book.  The Year Of The Perfect Christmas Tree is one of those heartwarming books that will definitely pull at your heartstrings.    

Stay tuned for some holiday shenanigans.  I'm sure there will be lots.  Today was a doozey and I'm sure tomorrow will be no different.  

xoxo
B            





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Kings Landing Historical Settlement


July 25,2015

Hi y'all, back for another blogging update.  I hope you are all having a wonderful summer.  We are having a wonderful time and super busy.  Food and fun that is all the kids seem to care about. Where is the food and where is the fun.  Three hours of tennis everyday and the minute we finish they immediately want to know what I have planned next.  I like to tell them something funny like how about a trip to pillow cove?  That sounds like fun.
  
I just picked up my daughter from camp and wanted to share some photos.  Kings Landing has this amazing camp for kids and my oldest loves it.  The biggest question I get asked is, do the children stay there all week overnight?  Yes, yes they do.  This camp is kind of extra special because it is also a learning educational camp not just your regular run of the mill kind of camp.  About 100 years ago I went and thought it was such a big deal that I kept my acceptance letter!   Of course they don't send out letters of acceptance these days.    




















{Freshly squeezed lemonade}

{Fresh cut soap}








{Brother & Sister}
















{2400 lbs of Ox ♥}

So there you are folks, King's Landing in a nutshell.
xoxo
Becki




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Family Vacation

June 21

It was a dark and rainy night... and all the children were tucked in bed.  Sounds like the beginning of a great story.  

We were away for a week on a family vacation to one of our favorite cities: Ottawa.  Our nation's beautiful capital.  We had a wonderful time and the weather was incredibly warm.  

We had some specific events planned and we were looking forward to doing them but found that time and time again the door would be closed.  On the upside however, as these doors were closed a new door would quickly open.  

I really looked forward to one of our regular hangouts and that was the Museum of Civilization.  I've been to a lot of museums in my day and to just about every museum across Canada.  For me, the Museum of Civilization was the best ever.  I always loved going there.  We arrived and discovered that the entire 3rd floor {my favorite} was closed and gone.  What?  Seriously?  So we moved onto the children's portion and squeezed past 3 large school groups.
Crazy loud and definitely not what I had in mind for a good time. About 10 minutes into that section and the power went out.  Gah! Our kids were in the pyramid and had to be escorted out because it was dark and unsafe.  Just a series of unfortunate events I guess.

We had tickets to the Imax so decided to wait a little to see if things would change.  As time passed my patience was wearing thin.  I decided it was time to ask for a full refund.  They kept offering tickets for another day but I just wanted a full refund given the circumstances. 










     

Meet 4 day old Thor.  Remarkably cute with his milk chin.   

Talk about perfect timing!  We arrived at the cow barn and Dave {employee} was filling the milk bottles so he could feed this handsome dude.  He asked the girls if they wanted to bottle feed. They stepped right up.





























{Benjamin Bunny}


{Fromagerie Le D├ętour}




{Rideau Falls}










{Hollis Gracie}





American Girl Grace meets Katherine





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