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cold snap [28 Feb 2014|08:42pm]
[ mood | cold ]

I don't know what it's like anywhere else, but around February in Canada I start to get really sick of winter. Not just the fact that outside is a unending bore of white, black and grey, or the fact that I have to wear at least three layers to go outside, or the biting cold or whole "Hey I just finished shoveling my driveway, time to shovel my driveway!" idea, but I am just so ready for spring. I yearn for a hint of green, for a warm wind, a mild day without the bite of cold, or ice to slip on or snow to have to trudge through. I actually wore away my ice cleats I had on my boots from using them for so long, and every shop I went to looking for a replacement said they were out and they wouldn't be getting more since the season was nearly over - HA! We are supposed to get at least two more weeks with an average daytime temperature of -10C. and that's the average, today was nearly -20C in the morning! Season doesn't seem over to me!

Even indoors, I am tired of my hands being cold, wearing two pairs of socks AND my slippers, right now I'm wearing this hoodie I got that has like fluffy fake chenille fur on the inside lol Sometimes I think the only time I'm truly warm all over is when I'm in the bath and when I'm in bed. It's seriously starting to impact my eternal optimism, or at least I'm optimistic but also kinda grouchy and my body seems to be very confused and has been making me vaguely miserable in ways I don't understand. For example, just this winter I started to get what I believe are "migraine auras" but without the actual migraine? I've only had them about four times since December (just had my fourth one today, actually) and the first one I had FREAKED ME. RIGHT. OUT. Especially when nothing happened afterwards! lol I was waiting for pain or something but nope, everything went back to normal. I went to my regular doctor who looked in my eyes, didn't see anything but still recommended I visit the eye doctor, so that's on the to-do list.

At the end of March, I am going to see an old childhood friend get married in Mexico and I CAN'T WAIT TO GO. Not only did I get some new bathing suits (including an ADORABLE one piece that looks like a tiny polkadotted dress) but I got some travel books and a primer for basic/common Spanish sentences, because I speak even less Spanish than I do French. I am looking forward to all-inclusive eating and drinking mixed in with staying in the shade on the beach (Dutch girl don't tan) and hopefully do some eco-tourism, I'm bringing my 30X zoom camera and I even got a waterproof backpack from MEC (on sale! whee!) to carry it around in! :D


(4 so aware | the wind in my hair)

adventures with sprinkles! [09 Feb 2014|01:49am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I didn't really make a formal set of new year's resolutions but one of the things I wanted to do was try to be more creative in making foodstuffs, which is part of what prompted the chicken recipe from my previous post and also part of the reason I got a new Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas. The other day I decided to finally break in my gorgeous girl and also try out one of the many recipes I've pinned on Pinterest, a recipe for Birthday Cake Fudge :D I did a little documenting of the momentous occasion:

adventures with sprinkles!Collapse )

I think it came out quite good, it was very sweet and dense but strangely addictive to eat lol It was a big hit with my friend's son's birthday party I brought it to, especially with the small children to the point we kinda had to hide it lol


(14 so aware | the wind in my hair)

herbed goat cheese and sundried tomato chicken breast recipe [19 Jan 2014|06:43pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

I made a quick and dirty version of this recipe the other day and I want to write it down somewhere before I forget what exactly I did lol The measurements in this recipe are not exact and you may end up with leftover parts and I don't have a picture of the final result as it was so good I ate it immediately!

Herbed Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato Chicken Breast


3 large skinless chicken breasts (or 4 medium to small sized ones)
one 300g package of herbed goat cheese (like this one)
one small container of sundried tomatoes from the olive bar section of produce
olive oil
kosher salt or sea salt
black pepper
(optional : Monteal style chicken seasoning)


Preheat your oven to 375 F

1. Using a pan with higher walls like a 12" or 8" cake pan, spread a little olive oil on the bottom of the pan, then place your chicken breasts on the olive-oiled pan surface
2. Depending on the shape of the chicken breast, either find a way to cut into the breast to create an empty spot in the center, or cut a few slits into the top of the breast
3. Take your little package of goats cheese and put at least half in a small bowl, then use a butter knife or the back of a small spoon to crush it into manageable crumbled bits (if you need more cheese repeat this step later)
4. Stuff the goat cheese into the center hollow or the slits
5. Take a few of your sundried tomatoes and julienne cut them into strips, then cut them again into aprox 1cm pieces. Depending on your tastes, cut as many tomatoes as you want to go in the chicken
6. Evenly push your tomato bits into the goat cheese, it's ok to leave them as the top most part of the slit because I find they taste even more delicious when they are blackened a bit
7. Use a small basting brush or your fingers to cover the top parts and sides of the chicken breasts with olive oil
8. Sprinkle/rub the salt and pepper, if you like Montreal Chicken Seasoning then add a dash of that on top too
9. Wash your hands after you've been handling raw chicken!!
10. Put the pan in the oven for 40-45 mins depending on how strong your oven is, when done be sure to cut into the thickest part of the breast to ensure it's cooked thoroughly

The cheese makes the chicken really moist and amazing and the sundried tomatoes are a lovely sweet counterpoint to the strong cheese! :D


(2 so aware | the wind in my hair)

fair winds for 2014! [05 Jan 2014|01:43am]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Oh what a winter holidays it has been! For those friends of mine in other parts of the country or other countries entirely, we had a huge ice storm around here on the weekend of the Winter Solstice and the ice was so thick from the storm that it broke branches right off the trees with the weight of the ice built up on them and of course in many places those falling branches hit power lines and much of the GTA was without power for days. Some place still don't have their power back, in fact! It's a little scary because since the ice storm it's been super cold, especially the past three days or so where we had this huge mass of Arctic air over us and the windchill was like -36C so it was coooooold!

We were lucky in that we didn't lose power, though we did lose our internet and cable tv which appeared to drive my folks a bit batty ha ha! I admit, the lack of internet started to get to me after a while and I resorted to turning my phone into a wifi hotspot which seems to use up a ridiculous amount of data that way heh heh We were much more productive without tv or internet: we got all our Christmas baking done and one night I wrapped all my gifts out of boredom mostly *lol* It was odd to have power while just across the street they lost power until Christmas Eve morning! And we must have looked like jerks because we even had our outdoor Xmas lights on, but really that was because the extension cords were iced over so we couldn't unplug them and it was also really hard to move around the yard with ice one inch thick covering everything. I was lucky that I found a pair of ice cleats to put over my boots, otherwise I would have never been able to get to work the last day before I had my holidays!

I feel very bad for the trees though, our own huge silver maple in the front yard lost at least six big branches (diameters of the end were 3 inches in some cases) but luckily due to how the tree has grown leaning away from the house and don't have any powerlines nearby, none of these did any damage, thankfully. But everywhere I go I see trees with heavy damage, some of which split so badly they basically split all the way to the trunk and split in half. I think it will be many years before these trees start to lose the lopsided look and I think many will be dead by spring, which is truly a shame when it comes to some of the older trees. My neighborhood is an older one so we had some spectacular damage, on Christmas Eve day I went for a walk (wearing my trusty ice cleats to keep me from slipping) and took photos of all the deadly yet lovely ice everywhere, and the sun was out so it sparkled in such a pretty way.

If you'd like to check out my pics, I uploaded them as a set to flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/90297132@N00/sets/72157639416829886/

Actually, in that set are photos from the day after the storm when it was most overcast and also the morning of Christmas Eve as well, since I really loved how the warm morning light created a glowing mist and lit up the ice, such a gorgeous mood it made :) Ice can look so different with different kinds of light!

I hope those who asked for a holiday card have either received it or will get it soon, apologies for the delay but I had both printer issues (apparently I can't use the "Cardstock" setting when I print on cardstock, who knew? lol) and then the internet went down which is where everyone's address was stored (silly me hadn't updated my contacts text file ha ha) but I did get them out and I hope you enjoy them :)

Happy Holidays! A card for all of you that I couldn't mail it toCollapse )

Thank you so much to songfire3, ciaranbochna, maiji, skwerly and tattooed_raven for the lovely cards, many of which were ~*sparkly*~ ooooo ahhhh :D

My Christmas with my family went great, we were a bit worried for my aunt and uncle and cousin having power, not just because they were hosting Christmas dinner but in general being without more than a generator to keep the pipes from freezing is no fun in winter, but thankfully they got their power back on Christmas Eve so we were able to have our turkey dinner. I was also happy I got to make a new appetizer/snack that I'd found on Pinterest that was dead-easy to make, check out this lovely "Christmas wreath":

so tasty nom nom nomCollapse )

It was a big hit and I plan to make it again in the future :D For Christmas I recieved a GORGEOUS Professional series Kitchenaid mixer (in Apple Green of course!) so I am hoping to also try my hand at making more tasty things :D

I hope all of you had a warm and lovely holidays and may your new year be bright and sparkly! I spent my new year's with some of my best friends and it was wonderful to be with the people I love best, and thanks to all of you out there for still following me and keeping in touch ^_^ *HUGS*


(11 so aware | the wind in my hair)

come all ye faithful! [12 Dec 2013|08:30pm]
[ mood | artistic ]

It's time again for my Winter Solstice card! Anyone who wants a card, please leave your address in a comment below, all comments will be screened :D
I'm working on the card now, I hope to get them mailed by next week and who knows when they will get to you after that, what do I look like - some sort of mail elf?! XD


(the wind in my hair)