Monday, October 1, 2012

Three Little Bears Bento

Hello Everyone,

It is the first day of October and I can't seem to believe it.   The weather has been exceptionally nice here on the west coast and I am still in a summer frame of mind. Our vegetable garden is still producing and I have strawberries that are ripening in October?!!  

And we have had some black bear excitement over the last couple of weeks with a few sightings in the back lane and front yard.  So... in honour of our neighbourhood bear, let me share with you the girls' school lunches today.   Three little bears onigiri with fruit and veg lunch packed in a stackable bento box.

The bears' faces were made with seaweed and black sesame seeds.  And the rice was shaped using a bear onigiri mould. 

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Midsummer Fete

It is time to celebrate outdoors and take part in the local festivals around town.   We absolutely loved attending Midsummers Fete at Colony Farm last year and loved it again this year.

There was a lovely knitting station with cute knitted bees buzzing around the trees, and the trees themselves were adorned with knitted decorations.

My daughter's highlight of the festival was learning both the one and four finger knitting techniques.  I even had a quick lesson with the knitting needles.   How cool is learning how to knit at an outdoor festival on a sunny day!

There was just so much going on at Colony Farm ranging from a tap dancing chickadee, the bee queen, milkmaids, a tea party, hula hoops, scarecrow making, grass weaving, a lively band playing music, a community mandala and much more...

We had lots of fun and look forward to next year's event.  Are there any special festivals in your community that you love to attend?

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Monday's Inspiration: Quote #3

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rainbow Dreamcatcher

My daughter has been asking for a dreamcatcher.  So I thought I would try to make one and since her favourite colour right now is rainbow, I decided to use an assortment of colourful ribbons and beads for the rainbow effect.

There are tons of tutorials out there on how to make one so I am not going to go into those details.

The supplies I used to make the dream catcher included bakers twine for the web, ribbons, beads, glue and a wooden ring (part of an embroidery hoop).

I have never made a dreamcatcher before, so I did have to re-string it a couple of times to get the tension correct for the web.

I have read the web catches the bad dreams and the centre hole lets the good ones pass.

She asked me if her dreamcatcher would get heavier as it caught more dreams.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lil' Red in the Garden

I was lucky a little while ago when I won a pattern from Gingermelon Dolls.  She makes and sells the cutest little dolls, patterns, and kits.

I have had the pieces cut out since Spring Break so I finally told myself I need sit down and sew her. It didn't take too long to make her.  And I am sure some of my stitches are a little wonky.   But overall I think she turned out good.

Here is Lil' Red resting against a rock gnome home in our garden. 

We had a great week of hot weather and it has been very summer-like.  The kids have been playing in our little pool and running through the sprinkler.  Even though today was another sunny day, the temperature is dropping and it felt like a normal May day.

Luckily, there are no big bad wolves in our garden!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bunny Bento

Using our largest laptop lunch container and a small square container, this bento held half a PB and honey sandwich, cheese bunnies, carrot sticks, strawberry and cucumber skewers and a home made granola bar.  

My four year old had fun and helped out with making the cheese bunnies.  She couldn't wait to eat her lunch.  And polished off all the cheese bits and broken bunnies before I had time to save them for dinner's mac and cheese sauce.

Black sesame seeds work great for little eyes and noses.

The kids eat so much cucumber and carrots that I am surprised they have not tired of eating them.
I can't wait for all the summer fruit and veg to come into season to add some more variety to our lunches.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Homemade Granola

Homemade granola.

There are a lot of different granola recipes out there but once you find the one you like, there is no going back.

It is easy to customize each recipe.  Want it a little nuttier?  Add some toasted cashews.  Throw in a few sunflower seeds.  Do you like maple syrup?   Use maple syrup instead of honey.  Like coconut?  Add a bit in.   Toss in some dried fruit - cranberries, apricots, cherries or blueberries.   The combinations are endless.

I did a combo from two different recipes -  I used oats, sliced almonds, shredded coconut, maple syrup, brown sugar, oil, vanilla but eliminated the dried fruit and added nutmeg and cinnamon.
It was super easy to mix up and bake in the oven.

Even my nut hating child ate a whole bowl full of granola.

I think packaging up some homemade granola in a decorated jar would make a great little addition to a gift basket of homemade goodies.

Updated:  Here is the recipe if anyone is interested.

Granola - recipe adpated from Jumbo Vegetarian Cookbook by Phillips and Glossop

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup maple syrup or liquid honey
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together and spread mixture out on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 300 F for 35 minutes. 

1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Add dried fruit after cooked.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Two Simple Snack Bentos

Here are two different bentos packed with snacks to keep away the growlies. Something healthy for the kids.

We have carrot and celery sticks, sliced strawberries, pumpkin bread and some laughing cow cheese (or en francais, la vache qui rire.)  I remember that laughing cow was a staple when I was travelling in Europe living off of bread and cheese. 

I did end up taking out the cheese as I found out that is is only edible on crackers (according to the four year old).

I don't have a picture of the backside of the pig pick but it has a little curly tail. Then I had to check out all the other animal picks and yes... they all have tails on them. 

Here is the second bento - this container is decorated with a bear in a basket with balloons.   Love the brown bear's little buddy!  However, they don't look too happy being up in the balloon.

This bento was filled with some of our favourite fruit and veg - strawberries and cukes.   A whole wheat tortilla cheese wrap was added too.  With the kids' bland taste in sandwich wraps, preparing them is so easy.

I do not have a bear pick so the lion was put in this time.   If I had a tiger pick to add, I could have called this bento "Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!"

Now that I been taking a little extra time to make more bentos, I want get out to Daiso to pick up a few more items.   And I have been eyeing those nori punches too!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Camellias and Tulips in the Garden

Our garden is starting to show some life and our Camellia plant is in full bloom.  I hope you enjoy looking at some of the pretty pink blooms below.

And our tulips are showing their beautiful colours too!   We wanted to bring in some of the loveliness indoors.  Our bouquet of 5 tulips looks quite full by placing it front of a mirror.

Have a happy spring day and enjoy the weekend!!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pumpkin Bread

Are you looking for a delicious Pumpkin Bread?   I am not a big pumpkin pie fan but I really like this loaf recipe!   The recipe made 3 mini loaves and 2 large loaves.  I do find it sweet so maybe next time I will cut down on some of the sugar.

A friend of my was recovering from surgery so I decided to package up some as a get well soon gift.

I spotted a lovely little bird and flower image at The Graphics Fairy and I made a simple wrap around label for the pumpkin bread.

I packaged it up and sent it over.  I hope her family enjoyed it!

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sweet Strawberry Stackable Bento Box

Hello everyone!  Thanks for stopping by today.

I have been trying to make lunch a little more interesting for the kids these days.  And trying to make use of the different bento containers in the cupboard.

Today, I used a stackable bento box that has 2 main compartments and a thin top one which is held together with a bento box elastic.   I picked up this cute strawberry box a couple of years ago at Daiso.

I was able to fit in bite sized home made pizza (leftovers from last night's dinner), sliced strawberries, cantaloupe tulips, butterfly cucumbers, baby carrot sticks and a granola bar.

My 4 year old ate it all and a banana too!  She has a very healthy appetite!!

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Happy Easter!!

Today we had a some friends over to make some Easter treats.  

Check out these Easter basket cupcakes.

The cupcakes are decorated with buttercream icing, coloured shredded coconut, chocolate eggs, jelly beans, and liquorice.

I think that is enough sugar to get you hopping like the bunny!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Flower Bento

With the spring flowers starting to make their appearance, I thought a flowery bento would be the perfect lunch today.

Cucumber flowers, cantaloupe tulips, peanut butter and honey daisies, strawberry slices and carrot sticks.

We like adding some colourful flower picks to make eating those bite sized morsels fun.

Using cute food picks has been a solution to get our youngest to eat food she normally doesn't.  For example,  somehow meatballs taste better using food picks.  However, if the same meal was served with a fork, those little meatballs would be feeling lonely left on her plate.

So, what did you have for lunch today?

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Cookies and Flowers

Hello and Happy April!!
I was in the mood to bake something this afternoon so I tried a new cookie recipe.

These cookies were fantastic!  YUM!!   It was the first time I have made this Peanut Butter Cookie recipe from the book Barefoot Contessa Parties by Ina Garten.

I halved the recipe so there would not be an overabundance of temptation around.   These cookies are a hit with the kids and they are really tasty so we will see how long they will last in the pantry.  My guess they will not last once my husband tries them.

Even though it is not that warm outside today, the kids spread some towels out on the deck for a picnic.  We ate our cookies outside.   They added a few "floral" arrangements of some freshly picked weed-like vegetation.... I was told they are "be-ooooooo-tiful flowers".

Cookies and Flowers.   It was a good afternoon!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stuffed Animal Bling - Making A Collar

What did I do last night you might ask?

Well... instead of sleeping, catching up on some reading, or watching some "T and some V" as the kids call it... I made some pet collars for the girls' newest stuffies.  I don't even remember why or when this idea appeared and became a priority in my daughter's life but after a few days of nagging,  I broke down and made them.

So let me introduce Lickety, Cherie, Moto and Molly:

Here are the finished collars:

After I made the first red felt ones, I came across some cute ribbon and decided to add a monogrammed tag to the collars.  (I think I spent more time looking for my felt glue to make the tag than sewing the ribbon, felt and velcro together.)

And here they are with their new collars:

What a smart looking crew!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Egg Heads

Spring is almost here!  But why is it snowing during Spring Break?!! We have been disappointed with the cold weather.

But overall the sun is starting to shine more,  the grass is starting to grow, and Easter is approaching.  The sun, grass and eggs remind me of a craft the kids did last year.   I am not sure what you would call it but here are the steps for this egg-cellent craft for kids.   I guess it is a DIY version of a Chia Pet.
  1. Collect some egg shells with just the top off (rinse out and air dry)
  2. Draw a face with a permanent marker
  3. Fill with dirt
  4. Add some grass seeds
  5. Water
  6. And watch the "hair" grow
The egg stand was just a strip of craft paper that was rolled up into a ring and taped together.  The 'hair' started to grow after a few days.

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