The second edition of the Coffeetime News is all about summer excitement!
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Last week the kids' school had a big concert for Canada's 150th celebration. The dress code for the event was "white & red". Most kids at the concert wore jeans & a red or white shirt with "Canada" on it. Chancery loves to get dressed up, & she first attempted to wear her fanciest dress, but it's more of a silver colour, so I said no; then she tried to wear another fancy dress, but it's hot pink, so I also vetoed that option & told her to wear jeans & a red or white t-shirt.
Not long afterward I was handed this paper...
Chancery was wearing a white shirt & a black puffy skirt. I decided that was ok since it was still following the dress code. I have a feeling this is just the beginning though!
Monday, 19 June 2017
Monday, 12 June 2017
Asher's school requires him to do some service hours each term, & he was a bit short, so this weekend he decided to help Chancery out by re-organizing her bookshelf. It was a disaster to start with, so I figured it would take about an hour for him to get it under control.
What I didn't anticipate was that once he finished the big bookcase, he'd then move on to the small shelves, the nightstand, & even under the bed! It took him 2 hours to get it looking like this, hopefully it stays clean for a while!
Asher told me, "I just made it look like how I'd want it if it was my room."
And when Chancery got into bed, her comment was, "I feel like I'm at a hotel!"
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
I am coming out of rain-induced hibernation to share my friend Tara's delicious popcorn recipe. It might have a special name, but I don't know it. I call it Tara's Popcorn. It's delicious. I think I said that already...
The kids started helping me make it, but they scampered off in the middle of the process, & I really could have used the extra hands since I discovered the bowl I was trying to mix it in was too small, so mine isn't perfect, but for a first attempt I think I did a pretty good job, & it still tastes awesome.
Basically cook as much popcorn as you want and pick out the unpopped kernels.
(I made about 2/3 cup kernels)
Then on the stove take 1/2 cup butter to 1 cup brown sugar and put it in a pot and babysit it the whole time on med stirring it the whole time. you can dip a spoon in and touch it to the counter and let it cool, should be brittle and break not chewy. oh before you start that concoction though you should have about 1 cup semi sweet chocochips, a big pinch or two of salt, about 3/4 cup ruff chopped almonds and 1.5 cups mini marshmallows.
(I didn't add the almonds, I don't really like nuts in my sweets)
Basically when the caramel is ready you have to pour it on the popcorn, then almonds, then salt evenly, then marshmallows and finally the cocoa chips, without over mixing and making it look like poo.
(Since I was slow adding my marshmallows & choc chips, they didn't melt in nicely with the popcorn, so I stuck the whole bowl in the microwave for about 10 seconds, waited about a minute, then gave it a stir.)
Thursday, 9 February 2017
For the past year, Asher & Chancery had been begging for a trampoline. Chad & I decided that they could pool their allowance & Birthday money & buy one together. We researched online prices & found the best option was to buy from the States & have it shipped to my parents. After a few months, the kids had saved enough money, & we ordered the trampoline in October. We decided it didn't make sense to put it together just before winter, so we held off, & we were glad we had when we got snow in December.
In February, once it had all melted we decided it was time to assemble!
About an hour later & the kids were bouncing all around!
Now, a week later we have another foot of snow, so it's a bit too wet & chilly for bouncing, but as soon as the weather warms up the kids'll be back at it!
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
A few days ago Chad was scheduled to go to a meeting over dinnertime, so in his absence, the kids & I were going to enjoy some ramen noodles (Which aren't Chad's favourite). We had some guests give us a large box of Korean noodles, so we had decided to have them instead of our regular kind.
Chad's meeting got cancelled, & he was not really looking forward to a dinner of ramen noodles, but that's what was on the menu. We sat down for dinner, prayed, & took a bite, to discover that our lips were burning! The ramen was super SPICY!
Now, Chad loves spicy food, but he rarely gets it at home because the rest of us are all babies, & don't like things very spicy. Chad was thrilled to get to get an entire pot all to himself!
But the kids weren't impressed at all...
instead we had sandwiches.