Sunday, March 28, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Last week it was D's birthday and I took T shopping for a birthday card. While I was perusing the card racks for something not to nauseating to give D, T found a Lego City earthmover. Grr, the toy rack is right next to the card rack. I told him I wasn't going to get it for him. He then piped up that he wanted to give it to D as his birthday present. So it came to be that D came home from work to find a box wrapped in Winnie the Pooh paper (T's choice) and T hopping up and down for D to open his present. Here it is, all assembled.
So T is learning that if you give someone something you really want for yourself, you might get to play with it, but it also belongs to the other person and you have to live with that.
A number of people (you know who you are) have commented about the sorry state of our tea cosy - aka the lovely pink cat tea cosy. So I whipped up a new one, from instructions on Martha Stewart Living and here it is.....you can't see but it has a sachet of lavender hidden inside to release a lavender fragrance when placed over a hot tea pot!
And finally, as I sip my tea on this St. Patrick's Day evening, here is the cake I made for preschool today (I'm going to get a reputation!) - gluten free chocolate cake with buttercream frosting - the green is sanding sugar I coloured with green food colouring - and for extra kid pleasing I added green gummy bears and the only green Smartie I could find in our big Smartie bag.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
T is back in swimming lessons again, this time as a dolphin. He loves it! Splashing, jumping, and diving. He’s working his way up because he wants to be a killer whale (next step), then a sea monster (ogopogo) and a sword fish (marlin). For his first lesson last week he confided his hope that he would have Melissa as his teacher again. She was his teacher for Minnows and he had a huge crush on her. When were waiting for T’s lesson to begin, we saw Melissa in the pool so T got very excited. But when the time came for T’s lesson, Melissa told T she was teaching Minnows. T briefly struggled with staying as a Minnow, but I introduced him to his dolphin teacher, Sophie, and she lead him off for class. I spied him jumping, splashing and giving Sophie high-fives and on the way home he said, “Sophie’s very nice. I like her. And maybe when I’m in killer whales I can get another nice teacher.”
Sunday, March 7, 2010
First up was this pear crumble. The fruit was three pears peeled, cored and sliced, with 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp nutmeg, 1 tbsp flour and a squeeze of lemon juice. The crumble topping was made with 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 c brown sugar, 1/4 c flour and 2 tbsp butter all processed together. The crumble mix was poured over the pears in a greased baking dish and baked for 45 minutes at 350 deg F.
And then for a change of pace, I made a lemon yogurt cake.
Sprinkle the onions over the mustard pastry and add the cauliflower.
I made the custard with ricotta and sour cream rather than the marscapone called for in the recipe as I've never been able to find marscapone in my grocery store (probably operator error as in I'm looking in the wrong cheese area). Then I popped it into the oven and let the smell of cheesy goodness fill the house.
Note - I didn't use either the truffle oil or the truffle salt called for in the recipe and it was still yummy!
In the meantime I started knitting a sweater for myself and have a long way to go with it but it is good to do something when I'm watching TV.