snaps of the week | #20

Glancing back:

  • the kids had “wacky hair day” at school this week – Ava choose a bird’s nest updo, we formed Isabella’s hair into a chocolate cupcake party plate and after a few different spike-style attempts, we had a hurricane and tornado go through Noah’s hair for a messy hair look 
  • we had our first snowfall this week – the early sunny mornings made for some very pretty scenes
  • Zara is potty trained!  It’s been a long time coming with a few attempts but this week her stubborn, little self made up her mind and was trained within a few days
  • we received the kids’ reports cards this week and are glad they’re doing well in school – it’s always nice to find out what their teachers’ perspectives on them is compared to ours at home
  • Johannes and I enjoyed a night out last night – it’s always great to spend some time together and catch up on life -the beef carpaccio we shared over a glass of wine was fantastic!

Looking ahead:

  • we have a Christmas dinner to attend which is hosted for all those who volunteer at the thrift store – this should be amusing as we are asked to dress up using clothes off the racks in the store
  • our outdoor planters need to be filled with fresh greenery – that will be on my to-do list today
  • I need to get our Christmas cards finalized 
  • the kids have been wanting to bake cookies and package them up nicely to give to our neighbors 

Have a lovely Saturday, y’all!

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one pot lasagna soup

one pot lasagna soup

My plan for dinner tonight was to prepare plain, old spaghetti with tomato and meat sauce – an easy fix for our usual busy Wednesday afternoons.  Ava and Isabella leave for their regular piano lessons after school which means we are usually hustling and on the road.  However, as I scrolled down my pinterest feed this morning, a picture of a savoury and delicious pasta recipe caught my eye – one pot lasagna soup.  I figured I could prepare most of the dish in the morning and reheat it just before dinnertime.

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Even though the list of ingredients seemed lengthy, it contained items which you typically have in your pantry or fridge.  Zara and I did a quick run to the grocery store to pick up a few missing things.

one pot lasagna soup

With the recipe calling for many flavourful ingredients such as garlic, onions and herbs, it seemed this would be the perfect comfort food for a chilly day.

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This is one of those “dump-it-all-in-one-pot” kind of dishes, which creates a delicious aroma as it simmers on the stove.

one pot lasagna soup

Mmm… this delightful, zesty, cheesy bowl of deliciousness was a real hit.  I will definitely be making this again.

Here is the link to the recipe:  one pot lasagna soup

Let me know how yours turns out!

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snaps of the week | #19

Glancing back:

  • we enjoyed some rich, spiced, hot chocolate this week – I might share the recipe sometime soon!
  • we tragically ended the life of a skunk this week by driving over it – the stench though…
  • we feasted on a delicious fundraiser dinner at school
  • Lice!!!! It’s been going around and sure enough I found some of the creepy crawlers in one of our kids’ hair – they’re gone for now but my scalp still feels itchy – just my imagination, I hope
  • we watched “Boychoir” this week and we loved it – beautiful story, similar to “August Rush”

Looking ahead:

  • our first Christmas concert is next week
  • I’m hoping to head to the hospital and have a quick peek at a set of sweet twin girls, born to acquaintances of ours
  • planning to keep working on Noah’s scarf that I started crocheting
  • help the girls practise their Christmas songs on the piano

Enjoy your weeked!  Tiny snowflakes are falling outside… I hope they’re here to stay!

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random favourites |#5

Hello friends!

I hope you’re having a great Thursday evening so far!  Last night, we indulged into some spiced, hot chocolate which was very delicious.  I think I might make myself some more!  The weather changed today from a mild morning to a cold and windy evening.  There is snow in the forecast!

It’s time to share another collection of favourite things from around our home!  There were a lot of neat, little things that caught me eye but for now I’ll show you these.

random favourites1.  These cute, little creatures are from IKEA  There have various different animals in a range of fun, bright colors.  They are only $1.50 each and are great to tie to a child’s gift or to give just to a little boy or girl for a big smile.

2.  I came across these simple, spiky plants earlier this month and they are perfect for me.  Somehow,  I manage to kill nearly any plant in our home.  These will actually stand a chance.  They are considered air plants, meaning they don’t need to be planted.  A weekly spray or rinse under the tap will keep them alive.  I placed them in little white pots for a simple look in our bathroom.

3.  This body spray, called Sugar Violet, is from H&M.  It comes in a little round bottle and has soft, sweet and subtle fragrance.  The older girls love to spray on a little splash in the morning, just before they head to school.

4.  I mentioned earlier that I found the perfect, plaid scarf.  Well, here it is!  I picked this up at a home and gift shop.  It doesn’t have an actual label attached to it.  It’s huge and very comfy and soft around my neck!  I might use it for our Christmas card pictures this year!

5.  “Spot it Jr.!” the animal version – this is a great, fast-paced family game!  Noah got this from a friend for his birthday and we have all been playing it.  The tin says, “there is always one, and only one animal match between any 2 cards.  Spot it and you win.”  Great gift idea for any child!

6.  I love these little, mushroom ornaments, also from IKEA.  They remind me of a children’s song we used to sing in Kindergarten.

Until next month!

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noah turns six! | little family getaway

Earlier this month, Noah turned 6!  He had been looking forward to this day for a very long time.  As each day passed, he erased one of the many stripes he had marked on the blackboard until there were none left.  We decided to give him his birthday present the day prior to his actual birthday since we had planned to leave for a one-night getaway.  He already woke us up at around 12:30 a.m. that morning, urging us to get up and start the unwrapping-of-the-gift ceremony.  Fortunately, he fell back asleep.  He had no idea that we had purchased him a new bike and was completely surprised when he removed the blindfold!

Noah was our smallest baby which is hard to believe as he is now a tall and handsome young man.  Sweet and shy, yet very cool, he loves to learn how anything is made, from cookies to monster trucks, not sparing a single detail.

He hosted a little party for his friends, eating cake and enjoying some fun adventures in the park.




Since the kids had a few days off, we decided to go away for a night and visit some fun places!

We left early that morning and headed to LEGOLAND!  Since our kids are lego fans, they greatly enjoyed themselves.  Legoland is such a bright, creative, happy and colorful place to be!  There were hardly any other visitors besides us, so we were free to play as we wished.  There were some amazing structures built out of lego, including the city of Toronto, which was very impressive.

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imageWe stayed overnight in the area and the kids enjoyed a quick swim at the hotel before falling asleep.  The following day, we woke up early and headed to Niagara Falls.  Johannes and I had been there numerous times, but the kids had never seen it before.  It was a beautiful, warm and sunny day to view the majestic attraction.  The kids were quite impressed.  Each of us got a day pass which included free entry to the Butterfly Conservatory.  We ended the day by enjoying a lovely dinner at our friends’ house.

It was difficult to decide which pictures to use from the many beautiful ones we took that day, but enjoy a little visual summary below.

Thanks for stopping by!

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snaps of the week | #18

snaps of the week

Glancing back:
  • it was so amusing to see our niece being completely surprised at her vintage-themed bridal shower – what a fun night!
  • our town put on a beautiful, solemn Rememberance Day ceremony
  • Zara’s belly had hippucks
  • Noah did a little speech at school about our bunny, Alexander – since I was gone for the day and am still hesitant (scared) to pick our furry friend, Johannes was kind enough to bring him to school and help Noah introduce him to his classmates
  • Isabella was so fed up with her loose tooth that she grabbed some yarn and tried to extract it herself by using the “piece of string and a door handle” method – it was an unsuccessful procedure
  • my friend and I had a great day out – to our disappointment, IKEA was understocked due to renovations but with a yummy latte in hand, we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless
Looking ahead:
  • praying for those affected by the horrific attacks in Paris
  • I’m planning to sort through the kids’ closets and start a donation pile
  • I want to try to make pulled pork for the first time – my friend served us a delicious version last week which I’m hoping she’ll share the recipe of with me
  • ironing – that pile keeps staring at me
Have a lovely weekend!
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20 random questions


A happy hello to you all!

I thought it would be fun to do a quick Q and A – nothing too deep or personal but just a few random questions!  I always enjoy reading other bloggers’ Q and A’s.  It’s a great way to get to know someone a little better.  So here we go…

1. What are some of your nicknames? My mom often calls me by my middle name which is Anna Maria.  Many call me “Marge” .  Occasionaly I also respond to “Margo”.

2.  What is on the walls of the room that you’re in?  Clocks, many of them as well as a few framed prints and paintings.  Johannes collects clocks and they all tick away in our office.

3. Tea or coffee? Both.  I crave a coffee at the start of the day.  In the afternoon I usually enjoy a cup of tea.

4.  What does your last text message say? “Not at all… I enjoy it very much :)” – from my dear niece.

5.  Any strange habits?  Nothing particularly odd, I think?  I love sitting with my toes curled under my feet.  I’m sure that those who know me well, will have a few to add.

6. What is your eye color?  Hazel.

7.  What is your current hairdo? Messy bun.

8.  Do you sing in the shower?  For sure.  Unless I’m not yet fully awake.

9.  Have you ever had a speeding ticket?  Yes, one, about 10 years ago.

10. Do you like sushi? I love sushi.

11. Are you named after anyone?  Yes, I’m named after my grandmother on my dad’s side.  Unfortunately, I never got to know her very well.  I was 8 when she passed away.

12.  What is the last food you ate?  Chili.

13.  What type of music do you like most?  Classical.  I listen to it daily.  I love to hear our kids hum along to a masterpiece by Mozart.

14.  What are 3 three things laying near to you?  A box of staples, Noah’s lego snowmobile and a printed recipe.

15.  What time did you get up this morning? 6:20 a.m.

16.  What is your favourite type of cuisine?  Hmm… I’ve recently been really enjoying any type of Asian food, however, Italian food always makes me happy.

17.  How far away from your birthplace do you live now?  Very far.  My guess would be over 5000 km.

18.  Who do you send most pictures to?  My sister-in-law who lives in Holland.

19. What is your best childhood memory?  There are more than one, but the first one that comes to mind is a trip to Holland with my mom and my sister. 

20.  What is your favourite day of the week?  most definitely Sunday

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