Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Waffle Brownies

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3/4 c white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T water
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2/3 c walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 c icing sugar, sifted, for decoration
  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa. Mix in sugar, eggs and water. Add flour and salt, beating well. Stir in nuts.
  3. In each well of the waffle iron, add one well rounded spoonful.
  4. Cook brownie in waffle iron as you would cook waffles (on mine the highest setting worked best).
  5. Sprinkle icing sugar over warm brownies.


Sunday, August 26, 2007

Save the world Sunday

I started reading Green as a Thistle after hearing Hanna talk about it, and I realized that there are "green" choices that I already consciously (and unconsciously make) on a regular basis, and I'm open to simple changes that help the environment... but I'd prefer not to change my quality of life (and my appliances and vehicle are directly tied to it!).. so even smaller baby steps will be happening in my life... And, yes, I did steal Hanna's catchy title!

  • I'm switching over to Method products as I run out of the other ones (so far I have bathroom cleaners, dish soap, wood cleaner, leather cleaner and dryer sheets). I love how they smell and they work just as good (even better in some cases). I cleaned my bathroom from top to bottom and it's sparkley and all eucalyptus minty!!

  • I'm starting to switch over to organic produce and milk (if I can find it), because it's better for my body and Blair's and for future bodies to come. Next summer I am going to attempt a garden again...


  • I'm using 100% acrylic low VOC paint on my walls (the laundry room, entry room, office, living room and guest room are all in my current re-painting radar). We're also tiling our backsplash, but that has nothing to do with green anything, just making my kicthen pretty.

  • I made my OWN fabric grocery bags (and they're pretty and I used a plastic bag as my pattern). It would have been way cheaper to buy them (even the pretty envirosax, or the ones that say "fu%@ plastic"), but Blair figured I should do it myself, well he doesn't really know how much fabric costs and it's not like I own any fabric, so I had to go buy it all, so a metre of pretty fabric + a metre of lining fabric to make a bag adds up pretty quickly... I also used my favourite tablcloth that got a bit of ink on it, so that helped a bit cost wise, but they're still about 2x the price! But I guess I didn't have to have them shipped to me...

  • I'm actually using my compost bin, and we recylce as much as we can (but currently Cranbrook has no plastics recycling aside from the bottle depot... so a lot more things are going in the garbage)... this might not seem like a big deal... but really, the garbage is the closest thing to me when I'm cooking so things are far more likely to end up in it, unless I make a conscious decision to recycle or compost it (and I seriously HATE fruite flies).

The limited Horseshoe Lake pictures

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Adventures in camping land

So far this summer we have been camping three times, two been very successful and last night being not so amazing!

Our first night camping was at a gorgeous, isolated spot along some river in New Gate, we arrived early in the afternoon, fished for awhile, swam in one of the pools, forced the puppy to swim, set up camp, had a delicious rice pasta dinner, gold panned, had ho.cho with hooch and then slept on our lovely air mattress. The next morning we had a yummy breakie, fished, broke down camp and fished some more.

Our next attempt, went just as well, arrived before dinner at Garland Bay South, which is North of Riondel, grabbed the only isolated campsite, fetched water (I made Blair), hiked down to the beach, hung out, made a yummy rice pasta dinner, had ho.cho without hooch, watched some 'whose line is it anyways' and slept on our lovely air mattress.

Last night we had gross pizza before we headed off to Horseshoe Lake, found an isolated campsite (yah 4x4), set up and realized we had forgotten the air mattress... BOOO we improvised and my shoudlers are a bit sore, but it wasn't horrible, glad we brought two blankets that's for sure! Fished, had ho.cho (no hooch for me), the dog swam and then we went to bed on our hard truck bed liner padded by a think blanket! Woke up and ate granola bars, broke down camp and drove home! We were there for a total of 12 hours, but hey better than being bored at home I guess. Pictures of darkness to follow!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Because Jen made me...

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Perhaps, I share the same name as my Aunt Barbara, but I’m not sure I was named after her. No idea where my mom came up with Joanne.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
It’s been a while, I’m not too sure.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I can only print… I never really learned how to handwrite properly
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Garlic Roast Beef
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Not yet…
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Who wouldn’t want to :P
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Less now… apparently it can damage children.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yup
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Heck NO!
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Special K with fresh blueberries
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Nope, I wear flip flops as much of the year as I can get away with it, and my emu’s have no laces 12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
I am beyond weak… though I did pop off the elastic thing they put on your arm for blood taking with my bulging bicep!!
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Clothes, I mean their uh, personalities
15. RED OR PINK?
Pink
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Procrastination!! I managed to finish my degree despite that superpower… however now it is preventing me from using my degree… I NEED to finish my BCCOT application and the TOC applications!!
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
The lack of responsibility…
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO LINK THIS BACK TO YOU?
Sure
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS (Or Kilt) AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Jeans and turquoise flip flops
20. WHAT WAS The LAST THING YOU ATE?
Strawberries and vanilla yoghurt
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The annoying hum of my laptop in
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Do I have to pick one? Either grass green or watermelon
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Curry, cookies, Burberry Brit, Blair, the air before it snows
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
The kitchen cabinets lady from Home Hardware
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO LINKED THIS TO YOU?
Yup
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Nada
27. HAIR COLOR?
Medium brown with light brown and blond highlights, but I need to get it dyed back to my natural colour, because I’m annoyed by roots…
28. EYE COLOR?
Hazel
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
They irritate eyes and I suck at putting them in… it would make life easier if I could…
30. FAVORITE FOOD(S)?
Curry, Chocolate, Blueberries, Sushi, Salad
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings.
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
I can’t remember, but I’m going to see Super Bad tonight, so we’ll just go with that
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Brown
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Hugs after Blair has made a fire, because they’re warm and toasty and stolen kisses
36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Brownies
37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
Who knows, Hanna and Jen have already done this…
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
The rest of them....
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
I just finished: From the Hips, HP & The Deathly Hallows, The Nanny Diaries, Shopaholic Ties the Knot and the 8th Georgia Nicolson book… I’m not sure what book I will start next… I think I will head to the bookstore soon
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
No mouse pad, just touch pad.
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT?
I actually didn’t watch tv last night, I was too busy sewing
42. FAVORITE SOUND?
Music, the weird noises that Izzie makes
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Beatles
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Papua New Guinea
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I told you, procrastination! And the ability to be an anal-retentive control freak and a slacker slob simultaneously
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Nelson, BC
47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?
Sarah’s

Thursday, August 16, 2007

First Friday Five

Even though I don't really like cats much... or at all for that matter... this seems to be quite cat-centric...

I'm going to buy pretty fabric tomorrow and I will begin making these... and hopefully they are just as nice and hopefully I can find someone with a sewing machine!
This site make me laugh... a lot... all the time! Lately I've been wanting to say this to a lot of people who come in to the store...
  • NEL (as seen on Bloesem)
I thought of Hanna when I saw this, yet another way for you to have faux kitties in the house...
  • Bholu (also as seen on Bloesem)

I want my children to have fun toys like these... perhaps they will make them more creative, or maybe just give them entertaining playtime and dreams!


This is the font we use for EVERYTHING at work...

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Yummy Taco Salad

  • 1 chicken breast or 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • 1 T chipotle chili pepper (because it's better)
  • 1/2 can black beans
  • lettuce (i prefer the lazy kind)
  • tomatoes (i love the strawberry ones)
  • avacado
  • tortilla chips (i use the lime and sea salt spoon ones)
  • catalina dressing
  • antoinette's saltspring or chilli dip
  1. Heat grapeseed oil in large saute pan. Cook meat until no longer pink or until browned... depending on your choice of meat. Add garlic, cumin and chili pepper, I never measure... I taste test, when it tastes yummy then it's ready! If it looks too dry, add a bit of water to coat the meat better.
  2. Drain black beans and add them to the meat. Cook a bit longer. I usually set the burner to low and then go about preparing the rest.
  3. Wash and tear lettuce, chop tomatoes, slice avacado, toss to combine.
  4. Add meat mixture to veggies and top with crushed tortilla chips.
  5. Mix about a 1/4 c of catalina dressing with some yummy antoinette's and toss with salad!

I guess you can add cheese to it, I never do... sometimes I add onions

Peer Pressure

Hanna made me do it and now it's done... I, once again, have a blog which I will ultimately ignore, but until that time comes I will fill this with yummy recipes, pictures of pretty things and my puppy, random rambles, never ending sentences, crafty ideas I may never finish and some home decor goodies...

There... I have now begun!

Hanna, you owe me a pretty layout!