Sunday, December 30, 2012

what I ate #12

We've been cooking fools around these parts. Can't get enough of the cooking part (can get enough of the cleaning part).

Christmas morning the kids woke up to their presents and a holiday spread:

gluten free granola with berries, a roasted tomato clafoutis and bagels with lox:

and fixings:

Another meal included these beautiful branzino wrapped in grape leaves and then grilled on the barbeque served with mint (I discovered this recipe last week and we've already made this one twice.)

We ate it with a deconstructed brussel sprout salad with avocado and a kale salad with roasted squash.

The flowers from the farmer's market two week ago have held up quite nicely: 

And we are still laughing at a present received by an unsuspecting relative. Let's just say when you turn this guy's torso around, you can snap the tail on and he's not so vulgar. But where is that tail????

Thursday, December 27, 2012

easiest cape tutorial

In a bind to find an activity to keep your kids busy? Make this EASY cape for your kids to decorate!

This is one of those less that 5-minute projects that actually yields something that will last a whole lot longer! 

All you need is a large, recycled t-shirt. 
I got this stack from the Goodwill for Mr. P.'s superhero party for around $12. 

Cut along the lines as shown below:

and then all the way around the back of the neck. That way, all you need to do is slip your head through the hole to wear the cape. 

You could sew up the sides for a neater finish, but this is supposed to be an easy cape! So, cut away, then give to your kids to decorate! They can draw with fabric markers or apply stickers and decals, glitter, paint.....the sky is the limit for your superhero!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Cook, eat, drink, sleep. Repeat. This seems to be my life these days!! Happy Holidays to all from my family to yours!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

somebody is seven!

Mr. P turned 7 last week. I just can't believe how quickly the time has gone by. He was just a little baby!!

And now he's this thoughtful, energetic, creative, inquisitive and hysterical soul!

And he's super into Super heroes!! So we had a superhero themed party. I think this may be the last "at home" party we'll do as these boys are getting so big for our living space. 

We set the stage with snacks and decorations:

The boys got into costume and character:

Mr. P. eagerly awaited the arrival of his guests:

First activity - use markers and collage art to make a superhero box city:

Next up, cape decorating. I got a bunch of used shirts at Goodwill and transformed them into capes (tutorial to follow)

And then used outer space decals and fabric markers to decorate them:

Onto Superhero Bingo (I can't find the link I used to print free templates however a simple Google search should do the trick!)

For lunch, burritos! They all showed such wonderful table manners:

Did I mention we were talked into wearing costumes as well? (the things we do for our kids)

After lunch, they were off to make superhero cuffs out of coffee sleeves (everyone in my family downed lots of coffee helped collect cardboard sleeves for a month) and aluminium foil:

There was cake:

and a pinata:

No candy in this pinata! Only superhero underpants!!!!! (the kids ran the range of being somewhat disappointed at this prospect to very giggly)

Doodle wore his as a hat:

There were party favors:

And two days later on his real birthday, they were in costume again, this time over a big spread of Chinese food. 

 and more cake....

...and I am officially off the birthday hook until March!!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

homemade gifts

Somebody decided he wanted to start his vacation early and came down with a case of strep throat (poor Doodle) so needless to say the 5,000 things I had planned on getting done during this last week of school went out the window, including teacher gifts. But, after taking stock of what I did have around the house I was able to come up with a few things to offer these amazing people who take care of my kids with so much love, every day. 

The first is a peppermint sugar scrub

I found the tutorial over at Delia Creates. And I have to say, I will NEVER spend another penny on store bought scrubs again! I am excited to tweak this recipe and make different versions such as citrus of vanilla or infuse a little strawberry pulp in there! (not bad when you can literally eat your body cleansers...not that you'd want to...unless you're really really hungry.)

And then I made some gluten free homemade granola from this recipe found on Whole Food Living

I thought my granola was my favorite until I found this one. There's something about toasted coconut flakes that makes my heart flutter. 

I used some stamps and glittery cardstock to make the bag labels:

So, on to an afternoon of ice-skating outside (yes, even though it's sunny and warm out, we still get to pretend it's winter) I am thrilled to be hunkering down for the next two weeks at home, spending time with friends and family and appreciating all the joy that my children bring me each and every day. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

gift for a crafty friend

Looking for a special something for a crafty friend? I just came across these Brit Kits from Brit + Co. For $20 a month, your lucky crafter will receive a monthly DIY craft project including instruction and materials. 

It's like celebrating Christmas once a month! But without all the hassle.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012