Monthly Archives: June 2014

Menu Plan Monday

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June 2329th

 

Monday– BBQ Chicken Salad / Veggie Stix

Tuesday– Baked Falafel Sandwiches (Dairy Free) / Salad

Wednesday– Leftovers

Thursday Beef & Broccoli Stir fry (Dairy Free) / Rice

Friday– Baked Fish Sticks (Dairy Free)/ Potato Salad

Saturday Loaded Burritos (Dairy Free) / Veggie Stix

SundayHomemade Burgers/ Amish Macaroni Salad

Treat of the Week: Baked Donuts (Dairy Free)

“FUN” Friday

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BUCKET LIST – No. 11

I have always wanted to go Whale Watching!

I am not too good on boats but it won’t stop me. There are some pretty amazing things to see on in the open ocean. Being in Canada, we have some amazing choices for Whale Watching. Check these articles out here and here. I don’t live somewhere where I can just go see them. I would have to leave the province but I am okay with that. I will do this… I know it!

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Source: Shutterstock.com

I am not a very good swimmer. I can get by. I took lessons and learned how to swim but I don’t go too far from shore. I did almost drown in Mexico. I got caught in an undertoe and I will never forget the feeling of helplessness. I could feel the sand give way underneath my feet and I remember opening my eyes and all I could see was swirling sand. Fortunately, I got a break and could feel the sand underneath for a brief second and I got up. My friend’s boyfriend was already out to get me as he was a lifeguard and seen what happened. I got lucky that day.

So, when it comes to water activities I feel a bit skeptical and afraid but I have also had some amazing experiences just from going out of my comfort zone. This next story is one of them. I will never forget it. It was AMAZING! When George and I were on our honeymoon in New Zealand in 2006, we had a chance to take a boat tour (not one of my favourite things) and swim with the dolphins in Kaikoura. I could not pass this up! I love dolphins. George opted out (he’s not a strong swimmer either). I was so excited to do this until the day came and then the scary thoughts started happening. I won’t swim somewhere where I can’t see or touch the bottom but I am going to be in the middle of the ocean, who knows how deep? See where my train of thought was going? I was beginning to doubt myself and if I could actually do it. I had to wear a snorkel which I was not very good at and I didn’t know if I would be able to swim that much. It was a scary thing for me.

I did it though! We found a huge pod of dolphins and we pretty much jumped in the middle of them. They were swimming all around us. I remember the guide telling us to hum while in the water because they like that. I liked that! It kept my mind off of what I was so afraid of and enjoyed the whole thing. I even had a dolphin swim right in front of my face. I could have easily touched it but they told us to respect them as that was their environment and we shouldn’t do it. They are very fast! I had a fantastic time. I couldn’t keep up so good but I was proud that I didn’t drown and now I get to say I swam with the dolphins in the wide open ocean!

 

Trying to appear calm before jumping into the great big ocean

Trying to appear calm before jumping into the great big ocean

Can't back out now!

Can’t back out now!

Trying to keep up!

Trying to keep up!

We have dolphins!

We have dolphins!

Look at the beautiful scenery...

Look at the beautiful scenery…

And then a different look for the scenery...amazing!

And then a different look for the scenery…amazing!

This was my favourite shot. I took it once i got back on the boat to watch them swim away from us. Beautiful!

This was my favourite shot. I took it once i got back on the boat to watch them swim away from us. Beautiful!

Throwback Thursday

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Being it is “Graduation” time for a lot of students I thought I would post my Grad photos from Grade 8, Highschool and College. Oh My! Happy Graduation to all those students out there… Congrats! Way to go! 🙂

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Pic 1- Grade 8-  I'm in the pink dress. I had no photos of me by myself! Pic 2- Highschool- I love this photo! It is the only one I have of just me and my grandparents from both sides <3 Pic 3- College- The only one I have by myself!

Pic 1- Grade 8- I’m in the pink dress. I had no photos of me by myself!
Pic 2- Highschool- I love this photo! It is the only one I have of just me and my grandparents from both sides
Pic 3- College- The only one I have by myself!

Wicked Wednesday

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many-thanks

 

It’s exciting! I started this blog about 3 1/2 months ago… 104 blog posts ago. I procrastinated for 1 whole year and then finally decided to do it. I really enjoy doing this and I hope you are all enjoying it as well. I decided to do it to keep my family and friends (who are near and far) posted on our activities around the house.

It seems to have turned into something more. It’s my little piece of relaxation at the end of the day. It lets me reflect on things that haven’t happened in a long time and it lets me share my joy, my frustration, my hopes and my dreams as well.

I am not a professional blogger by all means but it makes me feel good to know that people are reading it. I just wanted to say a BIG Thank You! I just hit 101 Followers- this makes me happy. These are people that I don’t know but they enjoy reading about my daily activities- this blows me away!  I have received 200 likes and an amazing 1003 hits- yay me! 🙂 I’m glad my content isn’t boring your socks off! And to all my Facebook family and friends who read it, many thanks to you as well.

I look forward to the next 100 blog posts, so please stay with me… it’ll be a good ride!

xo Tina

Tuesday Tidbit

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Happy 8th Anniversary to my G!

It’s been a busy 8 years, let’s see…

met at work, dated 6 months, went to Italy, bought a house, got engaged, got married, went to New Zealand, got a cat, got a dog, both of us quit a job, both of us got a new job, had a baby girl, had a second baby girl and now our family is complete. We are enjoying life with munchkins’ and look forward to the future. Love you G ❤ Tina xoxo

wedding anniversary

Menu Plan Monday

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June 1622nd

 

Monday– Quinoa Salad / Oven Baked Chicken / Green Beans

Tuesday– Green Bean Hamburger Casserole (Dairy Free)

Wednesday– Pancakes / Fruit / Yogurt

Thursday Ham / Mashed Potatoes / Edamame

FridayCrustless Quiche / Salad

Saturday Turkey Meatballs on a skewer / Rice / Carrots

Sunday– Pork Tacos / Veggie Stix / Hummus

 

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dad’s out there!

I would like to send some extra special love to the dad’s in my life xo

To my big brother, Rob: You are a great dad, and I am so thankful for my niece and nephew. They are outstanding young adults and a blessing to have in my life.

To my George: I Love You and Thank You for being a great Dad and loving us with all your heart ❤

To my Dad: I can’t ever say enough thanks for all you have taught me (or tried to teach me ;), for all the times you have helped me/us and continue to help but most importantly how you have loved me. I am truly blessed to have you as my Dad. Love you xoxo

father's day collage

 

 

YUM YUM!

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YUM YUM!

Sunbutter Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

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These are one of the best cookies I have ever made and I have made alot! I think this is my new favourite as well as the rest of the family. They were a big hit and I am so happy because I hadn’t tried too many dessert-y type “Dairy Free” recipes yet and this has got me off on the right foot! Give these a try… you can’t just eat one! 😉

 

Sunbutter Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

 

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup Sunbutter

1/3 cup soy milk

2 tbsp oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup flour

1 cup oats

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 – 1 cup safe chocolate chips

 

Directions:

  1. Stir the sugar, sunbutter, soy milk, oil and vanilla until smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the sunbutter mixture then mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by large spoonfuls 2″ apart onto parchment paper lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake at 425° for 7-9 minutes or until the bottoms begin to brown. The cookies will look under-cooked, but they will become set once they sit on the sheet for a minute or two. Watch the cookies carefully because the bottoms will begin to burn quickly.

 

Yields: approx. 2 dozen

 

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Source: http://jazzyallergyrecipes.blogspot.ca/2011/05/egg-free-dairy-free-nut-free-sunbutter.html

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I think the cookies are a hit!

I think the cookies are a hit!

“FUN” Friday

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BUCKET LIST – Challenge Completed!

This is a bit of a different “FUN” Friday post. It is typically my Bucket List but today’s entry will be that of an actual activity I can cross off my list! It may be a bit of an unexpected one. I grew up in a small town and we have a Lawn Bowling club. Whenever I was at the park, I would see it and all the “older” people bowling on the grass. I never thought much about it for a long time but in the back of my head I thought someday I might try it.

It came about a funny way. There was an ad in the local paper saying “Looking for players alive and barely alive”. The club was having an open house for members of the community to come and try it out. I cut it out and had it on my fridge for a long time. My brother and sister-in-law were over one day and noticed it. They said they were thinking about going for the open house too! So, that’s what we did.

It was a few weeks ago on a hot sunny afternoon that I could finally cross something off my mental bucket list. (I have only started writing it down now… on here). It was a fun afternoon, we all enjoyed it and who knows… maybe as the kids get older I may just join a league!

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Givin’ it a go…

 

 

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Two old fogies?

 

 

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Bucket List Item… Lawn Bowling… Done!

Throwback Thursday

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I have no idea when this photo was taken! It is of my mom, my two brothers and I. Staying in the theme of Dad’s, I wanted to post this. My Dad has always been a huge provider to our family and he still is to this day. He helps us whenever we need it and for that, we are all very grateful and very thankful. So Dad, from all of us… THANK YOU! xoxo

 

mom and us