Seriously how cute is this...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I just had to post here when I saw this on Facebook! 
One he is way too cute.
Two what a great example of why it's so important to read to our young children.

Summer Break starts in one day here and we've just signed up for the Summer Reading Club at our local Library.  We participated last year as well and had a lot of fun.  Honestly the program has helped me to stay motivated and read to the boys every night.

So pick up a book, join a Summer Reading Club and enjoy!

Test Kitch ~ Mini Quiche

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

First of all these are totally yummy!  You have to try them.
Secondly, I suck at spelling.  Really.  Why do I keep picking recipes that I can't spell?
Keeesh.  No?
Mini Q's then.

I started with a few basic ingredients and created two different options.
Onion, eggs, milk, cheese, sausage, mushrooms, spinach and tart shells.

Here's the Cheesy Spinach version:
{makes 30 Mini Q's}
5 Tbsp frozen spinach {defrosted}
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese {shredded}
1/4 of a medium onion, diced{sauted}
6 eggs
1/4 cup of milk
Pinch of salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake tart shells for 10 minutes.  Remove shells from oven and fill with egg mixture.  Bake again for 25-30 minutes.

Mix together onion, spinach and cheese.
Meanwhile bake empty tart shells.

Add eggs, milk, salt and pepper. 
Whisk vigorously.

Fill tarts right to the top with egg mixture and bake.


And now for the Sausage Mushroom version:
 {makes 30 Mini Q's}
1/4 medium onion, diced {sauted}
6 mushrooms, diced {sauted}
1 sausage, cooked and broken into pieces
6 eggs
1/4 cup milk
Pinch of salt and pepper.

Bake empty tart shells at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and fill with egg mixture.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Saute onion, mushrooms and sausage.  Allow to cool.  Bake empty tart shells.

Add egg, milk, salt and pepper to the sauted mixture and whisk well.

Fill tart shells with the egg mixture and bake.

Honestly, I don't know which one I like better.

Isaiah, eating just the edge of the tart shell around the egg.  He's not particular.  LOL


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Guest Post ~ The Country Chic Cottage

Monday, June 27, 2011

Hi everyone! 
I am absolutely thrilled to be over at
sharing this
Bucket Hat Tutorial.

I'm a little nervous as I'm the first to guest post and kick off Angie's


So please stop by and share a some love!

And if you are visiting from

I hope that you might browse around awhile, maybe check out this Upcycled Bucket Hat and if you like what you see follow along!

Thanks for visiting!

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Well at least when Isaiah turns 16
his copilot, Cameron, will be looking at the
road in front of him.

I hope that you've had a fabulous weekend!  Check in tomorrow for a fun guest post and a yummy Test Kitch on Tuesday.  Thanks for swinging by!

We're having a Garage Sale...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

so I leave you with these funnies...




Gardening 101 ~ Favorite Perennials

Friday, June 24, 2011

Welcome to Gardening 101.
Where I share tips and techniques learned from my green thumb Mother and Grandmother.
My thumb tends to be a little black so I
happily accept any help that I can get!

Today is all about some of my absolute favorite perennials {plants that come back year after year}.  Most of my flower beds are planted with perennial shrubs or bulbs.  They are extremely low maintenance and good bang for your buck.

Here are a few favorites this spring:
Very hardy bulb ~ there are a bajillion varieties.

Lady's Mantle
Water beads beautifully on the leaves.

Silver Mound
Extemely hardy in an arid climate.
I get lots of compliments on this shrub.

Bleading Heart
Gorgeous flowers in the spring.

Fantastic ground cover ~ spreads everywhere
{even places that you don't want it to go}.


Gigantic blooms ~ mine often flop over.

Great cover for a trellis or arbor. 
Blooms all summer.

If you would like the variety or latin name for these just let me know and I can get them for you.  Back in University I studied Plant Biology and can still quote the Latin name for some plants quicker than the common name.  Oplopanux horridus had always been one that stuck with me.  It's the highly toxic Devil's Club. 

Thanks for visiting! 

p.s. I had to call my Mom for some plant ID help. 
"Mom, what's that purple flowered ground cover again?"  LOL

I'm a Mango Smoothie addict...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

So yeah.  Smoothies are a basic food group at our house.  When I asked Cameron what he wanted for supper he said smoothies and quesadillas {better than the usual 'Mini Wheats' request}.

I {heart} Mangos. 
I could totally last 30 days on Survivor as long as I had mangos.  YUM.  And eye candy.  Double YUM.
So we throw all sorts of things in our smoothies but this one was killer.  Ripe banana, mango, frozen strawberries, yogurt and milk.  I play with the portions.

I add my fresh fruit and yogurt.

Then frozen strawberries and milk.

And blend it up real good {the boys love to help blend!}

So freakin' good!

You've got to try this one peeps!
Thanks for swinging by.

Patriotic Ruffle Pillows

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I just finished making the coolest Patriotic Ruffle Pillows.  One for my fellow Canadians and one {that you might just get to take home} for my friends and family to the south.

Okay, seriously. I love the way these turned out! 
I'm Canadian but I think that the American Flag one is my fav.  It's kind of tough to make a maple leaf out of ruffles ya know? 

Anyway I'm playing along with UCreate this month and using this great tutorial from V & Co. to create two Patriotic Ruffle Pillows.

I sketched out a Maple Leaf on my pillow backing before sewing the ruffles on.

Then as I went I added red ruffles to where my leaf was.

Here my Canadian Flag is half done.  I used worn out or too small t-shirts for all of my ruffles.  It took forever to cut them all to size.  I'm just glad that I finished in time for Canada Day!  Whew.

It looks like a Maple Leaf eh? 
Maybe just squint your eyes a little. 
Now do you see it? 

Love, love, love this technique!

And for my friends to the south ~
this American Flag Pillow.
Love it! 
Do you think my neighbors would mind
 if I put it out on the front porch?
Yeah.  That's what I thought.

Guess what. I'm actually going to
in July.
Stay tuned!

And for more Patriotic Inspiration click here.

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Epic Coffee Crisp Cake

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Like Coffee Crisp?  Then you'll love this cake!
Can't find Coffee Crisp? 
Then substitute your favorite chocolate bar!

Yum right?!?!

Four ingredients.  That's it!
1 Box of White Cake Mix {prepared}
1 Litre of Whipping Cream
4 Coffee Crisp Bars
3/4 Cup of White Sugar

Bake your cake into two 8" rounds and allow them to cool. 
{Epic tip ~ substitute chocolate milk for water when preparing your cake mix.  Genius!}
Cut your rounds in half.

Pour whipping cream into a mixer.  Add sugar and whip until stiff.
{do not over whip}

Take out your frustrations on the 4 Coffee Crisp bars and
crush them into bits.
{reserve 1/8 cup for topping}

Fold the crushed Coffee Crisp into your whipping cream.

Place one cake slice on your plate.

Layer your cake with the whipping cream mixture.

Keep layering then coat the whole cake with whipping cream and
Coffee Crisp topping.


Not a fan of Coffee Crisp?  Then how about this

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