Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Decor and Desserts

I took advantage of the freezing cold weather we had last week and decorated for fall.  I actually had an ulterior motive though, I was having the annual Homeschool Mom's Fall Kick Off Dessert Night at my house.  I like to have this event here, because it forces me to get up my decorations and get the house clean from some summer neglect.

For the dessert night, I made a few Trim Healthy Mama desserts, but I wasn't entirely in love with any of them.  I also made Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins (very similar to Tim Horton's from a few years ago) with candied pumpkin seeds on top and ginger snap cookies.  These are both my favorite, so I enjoyed them for breakfast the next morning.

You can find the recipe for the muffins here.  I changed it a bit and added the candied pumpkin seeds on top. To make these, I mixed 1 beaten egg white with 3 Tbsp sugar and 1/2c raw pumpkin seeds. I spread it out on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Then baked them at 350 for about 15 minutes, stirring once. Then let them cool completely and they will be able to be broken apart.

Here are just a few pictures of our fall decorations.

I love the picture Rebekah painted up on the wall of the coffee pot that is on the fireplace when she was 8 or 9.

God bless!

Monday, September 8, 2014

And it Kept Coming

When I posted the picture of snow this morning, I thought it would quit soon enough. BUT, it didn't. It just snowed more and more and heavier.  Our power even went out for an hour and a half! We did manage to have our first day of school today and that went well.  We started with a new bible program and we are going to drill our times tables and how to tell time on a clock.  These are things I guess we've missed in our math curriculum. So I am taking time to do it now before we start with Teaching Textbooks for the year.

Here are some more pictures from our day.

Jacob copying his times tables.

That's my garden in the background:(



This morning at our place.

My basement is full of about 30 lbs of green tomatoes:)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama Update Pictures

This is not exactly an official before and after post of my weight loss on Trim Healthy Mama, but I think you can tell the difference between these pictures and I'm kind of excited.

This first one is from last September. It is of me and my brother Graham.  I'm afraid to say, I even gained more weight after this before I started on Trim Healthy Mama.

This one is from my last post of me and Graham taken Sept. 1 2014 in front of the same window.  I am 4 pounds from my goal weight and down about 40 lbs from the other picture.

I didn't start on THM until November 21, 2013 and I am down 46 lbs!  I'm not really sure if I will stop in 4 lbs, because I want to make sure this size of clothing is comfortable. So, I may try losing a couple more, but we'll see.  The only thing I'd like to say about THM right now is how easy it seemed to be.  On Weight Watchers the weight came off OK, but for some reason I find this way makes more sense or something. But, I think to true test will come after I get to my goal and to see if I can stay at the same weight.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Family Trip

We have just returned from a trip out west to the BC coast to see our families.  We had such a wonderful time and were able to see so many from our family.

We had a dinner where my mom, all 3 of my brothers, my sister, niece, my dad and his girlfriend, my in laws and step mom (I know, my family sounds complicated) were all there.  It was such a blast!

We were able to see my brother on his birthday and Larry's mom on her birthday. 

Here are some pictures;

Me and my Dad.
Rebekah holding my niece's ferret

Me and my brother, Graham

This is my brother, Jeremy and me and Graham.
Rebekah and Ben jamming.  Rebekah's eyes lit up when she saw all the instruments my brothers have.
This is my family with Larry's parents.

Here are most of the family over for supper.  My brother, Josh, my sister, Jenn and my niece, Aesha are in the front row. My mom and Dad's girlfriend are next to me.

This is our view from the breakfast room in our hotel this morning.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Canned Mixed Veggies

I had to get out my pressure canner this week to can up some mixed veggies.  A friend down the road from us gave us a bunch of carrots and I grew a lot of celery and beans this year. 

I must admit that the pressure canner does intimidate me some what, but every time I use it, I get better results.  I had to remember what I had learned last year, which was my first year pressure canning.  Luckily, I posted my lessons on my blog and you can find them here.  I found it very helpful to review these.

I ended up with 7 quarts of mixed green beans, yellow beans, carrots, celery and onions. And 7 pints of mixed carrots, celery and onions and 3 pints of just celery and carrots.  These will come in handy over winter when I want to make a big pot of turkey quinoa soup or some other yummy soup.

I am not sure about the difference in hot pack and raw pack on the end result scientifically, but I tried both methods to see which one I liked best.  For appearance, I preferred raw pack.  The veggies in the picture below were canned using the raw pack method and I think they look very appetizing.  When I canned the quarts of beans with all the other veggies, I used hot pack and those veggies are quite drained of colour and don't look that appealing.  I'm sure they will taste great in soup though:)

On a side note.  Here are some pictures of a storm heading our way last night.  I didn't know what to expect, but it wasn't as bad as it looked:)

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

County Fair

Well, we did it again.  We weren't going to enter items in our fair this year because it is so much work. BUT, we couldn't help ourselves!  Once we realized we already had a few things ready, we decided to enter.  I won't detail every item this year because we finally started a file to put our results in, but here are just a few highlights.

I entered this canning jar sewing kit into the Bernardin Jar Craft Contest. I didn't win this year.  Someone entered one of those adorable soap pump jars (which I was going to make next year, but now I don't want to look like I'm a copycat) and they won.  But I like the way the sewing kit turned out.

Here is Rebekah with all her ribbons.  It is the first year she didn't get any 3rd place ribbons.  She also won the Junior Fleischmann's Yeast Bread Contest and she won 2nd over my 3rd in the woman's bread category!  We decided just to throw all our ribbons away right when we get home from the fair from now on, because there are so many and they just seem to lay around the house, so that is why Rebekah wanted a picture with hers.

Jacob did a great job on this wooden model truck and he won 1st place on it.  There is a lot more competition in Jacob and Ben's division than Rebekah's. So it's a little harder to place with any ribbons.

So, there is another fair come and gone.  We kind of still have the bug though and are already working on some projects for next year.

Update:  This is a picture of me with the Fleischmann's Yeast Bread Contest ribbon that was on the local newspaper Facebook page.

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