In other exciting news...
My sister in law is expecting a little bundle of joy this year! I'm thrilled for both of them (and us)!
I'm all fired up and no where to go!
In other exciting news...
Posted by Rebecca Brown at 3:31 p.m.
So I started a new adventure last year...I am now a happy distributor of TeaLife Tea! Love the product and super excited to be not only selling but drinking and enjoying the product! If you want to check out this Canadian Company my website is rebecca.tealife.ca
Exciting new this week: Our owner is moving so I'm excited to announce...The TeaLife Moving/End of Season sale starts today for one week only while quantities last. The shipping has been increased to a $10 flat fee, and will be brought back down to its usual amount after the sale. Hope you have a great week!!
Posted by Rebecca Brown at 5:36 p.m.
I realized the other day that I seem to have been "taken over" by a small monster called Facebook. I like how fast and quick I can let everyone know what is happening - but that also means I don't sit down and update those of you not on Facebook.
In my last post I mentioned that my friend was coming home from BC. It was a lovely time together. I've been friends with Tracy since 1977....yes, that long! Her aunt is an amazing artist and Tracy had her create a pencil sketch portrait of my fur baby Tasha that we had to say goodbye to this spring.
Posted by Rebecca Brown at 4:49 p.m.
Wow, the last three months have flown by!
Football season has come and gone, with all three guys in my house involved it does sorta just take over our lives.
Here is Caleb....
Posted by Rebecca Brown at 12:32 p.m.
My oldest struggles with Attention Deficit, he has been "labelled" but it has helped so much to understand how he thinks and how to help him structure his day so he can be successful. This info graphic below has a lot of information laid out in a really easy to read way. Any other Mom's out there that are dealing with the Inattentive portion of this "label"?
But I've followed the Pioneer Woman for ...a long time. And today she is hosting a giveaway, pop on over and try to win yourself a POT!
Posted by Rebecca Brown at 9:56 a.m.
Crap, I was so close to getting a post in everyday this month, until yesterday. No real excuse other than work was INSANE (my staff even commented at one point that they hadn't seen me at my desk all day) and once I got home, some warm supper in my tummy and The Voice on the TV - that was it, nothing else was accomplished.
Oh well, again this year, NaBloPoMo2013 proved that I do love to blog and I need to start making it happen at least a couple of times a week. I just find with Facebook, twitter, Pinterest - everyone is looking for information NOW, not about yesterday.
Oh well, I will try my best to finish out the month.
Ah, here is the white sh!t:
This is the backyard - the snow even stuck to the clothesline.
My friend is home, and baby Logan will follow within the week as long as the little munchkin starts eating and stops falling asleep when he is feed.
I know, I live in Canada and it is the end of November but it was SO cold last night for the Santa Claus parade in Kingston - more so than any other year I've been involved (I've lost count, for sure the last 4 years). On the way home, the thermometer in the truck was reading -9°C! For those that use Fahrenheit that would be about 15°F. And the wind was just whipping so with wind chill it was WAY colder.
My husband always works until he drops for about two weeks before the parade helping his company after his shift to get their "float" ready. Most places grab a pickup truck...nope, they theme decorate a full sized transport and all 53 feet of flatbed truck! Here are two pictures of just the flatbed part...
Normally when I get to bed I'm asleep very quickly. Tonight it just isn't happening. Not sure if it is stress or excitement that Logan is here safe and sound...but it can go away and let me sleep anytime. I'm going to stitch a bit and see if that helps.
Love the photo of my friends and their new little one...
My friend will be having her babies today, super early (40 weeks would have been Jan 2nd) please keep her and the little boy in your thoughts and prayers for me today.
Well, November 22nd. Hard to believe that as a member of NaBloPoMo2013 I've almost made it to the end of the month! I'll probably jinx myself now but let's hope not.
This weekend is a mish mash of events, a funeral and a Santa Claus parade thrown in for good measure. If anyone attends the parade, my family will be with the Novelis float again this year (that is where my husband works).
My cousin is looking for people to fill out a survey for her....if you are a reader and didn't follow the link when I posted it on Facebook, could you please take a few moments to fill it out now?
I'm so excited to celebrate today with a group of very close friends. There will only be 5 of us but we are kid free and that always equals trouble :-) Of course we can't get into too much trouble as the one friend is almost 35 weeks pregnant. And her pregnancy has been an emotional roller coaster for all of us, and I cannot even begin to imagine what it was like to be the one actually pregnant! At 6 weeks, the wonderful news that it was TWINS! And at 21 weeks, a boy and a girl...so exciting! They have a daughter aged 2 already who we love dearly....here she is one Saturday she came over to hang with "Becca".
Where we have decided to raise our kids, work, live and play - this is a great guide to Kingston http://yourewelcome.ca/2013/11/11/a-guide-to-limestone-city-kingston-ontario/
We live out of town but this is the closest major city where both my husband and I work. If you are ever in the area, make sure to get in touch!
When I signed up for NaBloPoMo2013, I started a quick list of "things I could write about" for a the day that came and I couldn't think of anything off the top of my head. Well, today is one of those days.
I'm married to a moose hunter (deer, ducks, geese, partridge and fish are not safe either) and there are times that I get into heated debates with family but mostly very opinionated friends. Comments like "how can you eat that" and "how could you eat something that your husband killed" come to mind. Well, here is my take on "hunted" vs "bought" meat.
I prefer anything that my husband has "acquired" on one of his walks in nature (or boat on the lake) over the caged, over packaged meats in the store. Think about it for a moment, yes it seems cruel for him to be out hunting something in the wild but our meat has been eating what nature provides for them. As long as what they are eating is fresh and healthy, they are as well. No "modified feed" or water that has been purified or chlorinated. We also try to buy as local as possible and raise chicken with my husbands family, as well as turkey's every couple of years. We order a quarter of a beef from the local butchers once a year and then depend on what the hunter gets.
This year, my husband got a moose. I had forgotten how big they are and we had to do the freezer tetris to make it all fit. But we will have enough to get through until fishing opens early summer.
Let the debate begin!
Cold dreary days always call for something warm and comforting. This is one of my all time favourite dishes and was always what I asked for when my Mom asked me "what do you want for supper?" as a kid (and even now). I just wish my kids liked it. I still make it and they end up eating the meat mixture but they don't seem to have acquired a taste for cabbage. Which just means there is more for me.
1 pound ground beef (I've used ground moose, turkey, chicken and they have all turned out good)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 can tomato soup (I use my own tomato sauce, 1 cup sauce plus 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp corn starch - whisk until thickened)
1 cup water
1/2 cup minute rice (or 3/4 cup cold cooked, or Minute brown rice works as well)
3 cups chopped cabbage
Brown ground meat and onion. Drain off fat. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, soup (or sauce) and water. Mix well. Stir in rice and simmer 5 minutes. Place chopped cabbage in bottom of a greased casserole dish and add meat mixture to top. Cover and bake for approximately 90 minutes at 325 degrees.
Each November my parents give me the gift of a weekend away at a stitching retreat. My Mom comes with me and we have a great time. This year was no exception. Lots of stitching, laughing and eating was had by all.
I didn't take a lot of photos but I did take a few....mostly of the beautiful meal that Dan created for us at Knowledge & Needles - this is a shop run by my friend Ann, and she has organized these retreats for the last....many years. Her husband cooks us all lunch, and then we are all "polite" in her shop buying fabric, thread and patterns.
This year Dan did a beautiful herb crusted chicken with mushroom sauce and roasted root vegetables on lovely warm red cabbage.
My grandfather turned 94 last week, and as a WWII veteran, I'm very proud of all he has done in his life. Fought in a war, married my grandmother with whom he had six children, 12 grandchildren and lots of great grandchildren - and twin great grand babies due any day!
Today I will not forget.
This photo was taken a number of years ago but I still smile at it every time I walk by it.
Always a great time! And I wanted to post a photo of the ornament I stitched for the exchange this year.
As much as I love my time away (from both home and work) there always comes a time that I start to thing the dreaded - I wonder what my boys are doing...oh well, they are with Poppy (my Dad) so I'm sure they are having fun.
Here is what I'm working on this weekend - and here is where I started, I took this photo on Wednesday night so we will see how far I get by the end of the weekend.
I'm not sure how many years we have been going...6 maybe? But each November my Mom and I head off to a bed and breakfast with a great group of ladies for a weekend of eating, stitching and maybe just a little bitchin'. Today we are off to The Timber House Country Inn Resort until Sunday afternoon. I look forward to catching up with friends and I can usually put a large dent in one of my stitching projects in a weekend. I'll update you on my progress of stitching on Sunday, or Monday.
Here is a link to the post about the retreat last year...http://rebelinontario.blogspot.ca/2012/11/wonderful-weekend-away.html
Have a great weekend!
I had a friend inform me that I was eating my apple "all wrong" the other day. I thought she was losing her mind until another friend posted something on Facebook this morning. Take a look at this Eating Apples All Wrong, and then report back if you are also a "waster". I'll be the first to admit that I have never eaten an apple this way but I will for sure try it!
Well, today marks my 401th blog post! Nothing really special about it other than I have a lot of recipes and stitching that I have shared as well as lots of photos' of my kids etc. Maybe I should make 401 special....maybe I should have a giveaway! I could do that...now what to give away. I'm not one to just dig in my stash and find a couple of things that I don't think I want or need anymore and I think I would like it to be a little more personal than that. So, here is what I'm going to do. If you comment on this post in the next week (so before midnight on the 11th of November - Remembrance Day) I will come visit your blog (or send you a quick email) and poke around to see what you like. I will then personally stitch something for you ... and just you. No promises on timeline etc, that will totally depend on your style and the size of project that I decide to tackle, I will promise you it will be worth your while.
So make sure to comment, and of course share this with anyone you think would be interested...and if I can figure out how to track the "shares" then I may just enter you in the draw twice.
See - 401 is special!