snaps of the week | #16

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Glancing back:

  • we enjoyed a perfect, fall, savoury, bowl-licking tomato soup
  • we dove into a pile of blankets and snuggled as we listened to the wind and rain outside
  • my friend and I had lots of laughs while mastering wall-papering skills in their beautiful new home
  • we heard a lot of Ava’s sweet voice as she “reads across Canada”
  • I found the perfect, plaid blanket scarf as per my sister’s advice
  • Noah has been anxiously counting down the days to his birthday and has settled on a birthday cake choice

Looking ahead:

  • Isabella and Noah start another round of swimming lessons
  • the kids have a few days off next week, which means lazy mornings in our PJs
  • we have something very fun planned for Noah’s birthday
  • parent/teacher interviews
  • time for Christmas carols

A great weekend to you all!

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diy | balloon wreath

diy balloon wreath

For Zara’s birthday last week, I wanted to put up some bright and colorful decorations. So, I went exploring on Pinterest and came across this easy and inexpensive project.  This simple diy was a successful little project and something I can pull out to reuse for different parties in the future.

To make this craft you will need only three things, all of which I found at our local dollar store:

  • a foam wreath
  • sewing pins
  • balloons (approx. 120), choose colors to suit your color theme

diy balloon wreath

Carefully attach the balloons onto the wreath by pushing the pin through the centre of the balloon and pressing the pin completely into the into the foam.

diy balloon wreathHide any hints of the foam by filling in the front of your wreath completely – this may seem like a tedious job, however, it took me no more than 10 -15 min.

Helpful tip: the closer you place your balloons together, the fuller your wreath will look.

diy balloon wreath

and there you go… time to celebrate!

Let me know how yours turns out!

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snaps of the week | #15

Wow, we are getting close to the end of October already. The days are becoming noticeably shorter and today is one of those blustery, rainy days which I love! We have a few, large maple trees on our property that create a thick, colorful blanket of leaves each fall.  I want to try and take some pictures of the kids playing in it this weekend.

Do you have a to-do list or any exciting plans for the weekend?  I hope it’s a lovely one!

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birthday recap | zara is three

Finally, the much anticipated day arrived.  Our funny, determined, strong-willed, and lovable girl turned three.  I find that at this age, it seems kids really understand the concept of celebrating their birthday.  It’s so fun to see!  The build-up of excitement and anticipation is usually a lot greater than the actual enjoyment of the celebration.  We are thankful to have her in our family.  Even though she’s the baby, she adds her fair share of joy and laugther, sadness and tears and she never fails to make her wants and wishes known.  We love you, Zara!chocalate raspberry cream cakeNaturally, my thoughts wandered back to the special moments of her arrival.  You were welcomed with love, a precious gift from above!  How quickly time passes…zara birthzara birthzara birthShe had talked about her upcoming party for weeks beforehand and had decided quite a while back that she wanted a miffy cake.  Miffy (or nijntje as she likes to say it in Dutch) is one of her favourite little characters.  So, when the grandparents came to visit we enjoyed a chocolate raspberry cream cake and we prepared a miffy cake for the little kids.zara birthdayNow, on to another year.  We are excited to see your little personality grow and develop.  We pray God will give you many more happy birthdays to celebrate with us!

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random favourites | #4

I hope everyone is having a lovely Thursday so far!

I’ve been meaning to post this earlier this week, but we’ve been so busy the last few days.  Zara is napping and I’m taking advantage of the peace and quiet by enjoying some tea and blogging time!

Here is another little assortment of random favourites.

random favourites1.  Isn’t this a fun little pouch?  It’s been living in my purse ever since I got it from my sister-in-law this past summer.  It’s so handy to use for pens, notebooks, lip glosses, hand creams and that sort of thing.

2.  I’m sure you’ve heard of the eos lip balm balls.  We’ve gone through a few of these now.  I’ve finished two, Zara ate one and the kids all have one in their back packs to use at school.  Now that cooler weather is here, lips become dry and chapped. These are so easy to use and leave your lips soft and smoochable!  This “sweet mint” flavor is my favourite.  It’s fresh, yet has a soft, vanilla scent to it.

3. I must add a food item, of course!  These Brookside dark chocolate covered fruit chews are so good!  I’ve heard good things about them and so I tried them and Mmmm… is all I’ll say.  Try the Acai & Blueberry kind.

4.  These plastic frames from IKEA are great for kids’ rooms.  They are only $0.99 each and you can fill them with photos, cards or drawings.  This red frame sits on Noah’s nightstand.  The fun sock monkey card is also from IKEA.

5.  You might have seen this plant in a previous blog post –  it’s called heather.  Its subtle, purple color is so pretty.  It can tolerate the cooler weather quite well.  That means they’re perfect for this time of year.  Heather also brings back childhood memories.  I remember as a young girl, my parents would pack all our bikes on a Saturday afternoon and we would go riding through fields of heather located in the central part of Holland (I believe).  We were always treated with ice cream or fries from a stand along the way. Those are special memories.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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grilled turkey, pear & smoked gouda sandwich | fall recipe trilogy # 3

grilled turkey, pear and smoked gouda sandwichHappy Wednesday to you!  I hope that those residing up here in the great, white north, had a great Thanksgiving this past weekend.  We had beautiful, warm, sunny weather where we live.

With this past Monday being a holiday, it seems the rest of this week is flying by quickly!  So, here is the third and final fall recipe.  If you still have some left-over turkey in your fridge, this recipe might be a great one for you to try!  The combination of the ingredients makes for a perfect fall lunch or light dinner.grilled turkey, pear and smoked gouda sandwichgrilled turkey, pear and smoked gouda sandwich

~grilled turkey, pear and smoked gouda sandwich~

What you will need per sandwich:

  • 2 slices of white French bread, sliced about 3/4″ thick
  • 3/4 cup cooked turkey (or chicken) breast
  • 3-4 thin slices of pear
  • 2-3 smoked gouda cheese slices
  • small handful of arugala
  • 1 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. cranberry sauce or spread
  • butter

In a little bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the cranberry sauce and set aside.  Melt a little butter in a skillet and reheat the cooked turkey, sprinkling it with a little salt and pepper.  Remove the reheated turkey from skillet, cover it and set aside.

Place skillet on medium heat.  Butter both slices of bread and place one,  buttered side down, in skillet.  Carefully spread a tbsp. of the mayo mixture on the top of the slice in skillet and layer it with turkey, pear and cheese.  Meanwhile, spread the remaining slice with the mayonnaise mixture.  Place the arugala on cheese and top with the remaining slice, buttered side up.  Using a spatula, carefully flip the sandwich.  This may be done a few times, until both sides are golden brown and the cheese is melted.  Cut into halves and serve immediately.

grilled turkey, pear and smoked gouda sandwich

Prepare two and invite a friend over for lunch!

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