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July 31, 2014

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This little guy has taken up residence in our garden.  

July 30, 2014

50 Activities for Summer Boredom


50 Activities for Summer Boredom


Summer boredom can easily set in when the children are home all day. Instead of resorting to t.v. to entertain them, choose an activity from this list.    

1.  Visit the library and join the summer reading program.  

2.  Visit a farm.

3.  Plant a garden.

4.  Ask the children to write down their summer bucket list.

5.  Put on a talent show.

6.  Go on a treasure hunt.  Create your own map or go geocaching.   

7.  Make smoothies together.  Come up with new flavour combinations.

8.  Play dress up.

9.  Start a summer nature collection.  Collect rocks, twigs or feathers.  

10.  Play hide and seek.

11.  Visit a local fire station.

12.  Play in the sprinkler or visit a local water park.

13.  Volunteer in your community (visit a food bank, a nursing home or pick up garbage in your neighbourhood).

14.  Have a hula hoop competition.

15.  Create a collage from old magazines, coloured paper, feathers, ribbons and buttons.

16.  Visit the zoo.

17.  Go bowling.

18.  Make homemade instruments and start a band.

19.  Play hopscotch.

20.  Bake together.  

21.  Have an indoor picnic.

22.  Play Simon Says.  

23.  Write letters to friends or family far away.  

24.  Exercise together.  My girls love doing yoga with me.  

25.  Visit a fish hatchery.

26.  Fly a kite.

27.  Press flowers.  

28.  Create an indoor or outdoor obstacle course.  

29.  Make and blow bubbles.  

30.  Have a tea party.

31.  Go swimming.

32.  Create a summer scrapbook. 

33.  Go birdwatching.

34.  Build a fort.

35.  Play bean bag toss.    

36.  Have a dance party.  

37.  Make playdough.   

38.  Play at the park.

39.  Sing songs.

40.  Help with the laundry or other household chores.

41.  Look through family photos.

42.  Visit a local garden centre.

43.  Make and play with sidewalk chalk.  

44.  Do a puzzle.

45.  Play with water.  Have a bath just for fun or practice "washing" the dishes.  

46.  Conduct a fun science experiment.

47.  Make up stories.  One person starts and the next person continues the story.  

48.  Lay in the grass and gaze at the clouds.

49.  Play school.  Create some worksheets and have the children complete them.  

50.  Make tin can stilts.  

How do you keep your children entertained during the summer?


July 28, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - July 28, 2014



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Cereal with a cup of tea.  

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Dust my baseboards
Watch Frozen with the girls
Water my garden

Currently reading:
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The weather outside is:
Beautiful and sunny.  It will be hot this week.  

On the menu this week:
Monday - Spaghetti bolognaise
Tuesday - Homemade chicken strips with peas and salad
Wednesday - Hamburgers and salad
Thursday - Barbecue pork chops with mashed potatoes and broccoli
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Filet mignon with baked potatoes and mushrooms
Sunday - Butter chicken with rice 


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Plan some blog posts.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week:
Nothing planned yet.

In the garden:
Everything is growing well.      

Favorite photo from the camera:




Homemaking Tip:
When baking, always measure the oil in a recipe before the honey.  The honey will slide out easily.   


If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here


July 23, 2014

Simple Summer Pleasures

Simple Summer Pleasures

How's your summer going?

We have been enjoying ourselves with lots of crafts, painting, fort building and reading.  Here are a few other simple pleasures on our summer bucket list.

1.  Go berry picking

2.  Make s'mores

3.  Go out for ice cream

4.  Visit the beach and build a sandcastle

5.  Eat breakfast on our deck

6.  Go on a family bike ride

7.  Have a picnic lunch at the park

8.  Visit the water park and get wet

9.  Enjoy vegetables straight from the garden

10.  Play mini-golf


What's on your summer wish list?


July 21, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - July 21, 2014


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Ezekiel cereal with a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor

Empty paper shredder
Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Disinfect remote controls and phones
Do yoga with the girls

Currently reading:
America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right On The Money by Steve and Annette Economides

The weather outside is:
Rainy and grey.

On the menu this week:
Monday - Baked maple salmon with asparagus and salad
Tuesday - Sweet and sour chicken with rice
Wednesday - Homemade pizza
Thursday - Tacos
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Roasted chicken with fries and corn
Sunday - Barbecue pork chops with vegetable primavera pasta and salad 


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Talk with a friend.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week:
Watermelon lemonade.

In the garden:
The broccoli and cauliflower are growing well and flowers are appearing on my green beans.    

Favorite photo from the camera:




Homemaking Tip:
Place a folded tea towel at the bottom of your sink before washing delicate china or crystal.    

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye):
Love Bakerella's blog.  So many wonderful recipes, so little time!!


If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here


July 18, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Muffins


Makes approximately 12 - 15 muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest (optional)
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400F.  

2.  Line a muffin pan with paper liners.  

3.  In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

4.  In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, milk, vanilla extract (and lemon zest, if using).

5.  Pour the egg mixture onto the flour mixture and stir gently.

6.  Add the blueberries to the batter mixture and stir gently to combine.

7.  Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and bake for 20 - 25 minutes.  

8.  Bake until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes.  

9.  Leave to cool completely on wire racks.

Lemon Drizzle

1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)

Mix together sugar with lemon juice until smooth and the thickness desired. Drizzle over the tops of cooled muffins.  

Enjoy!


July 14, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - July 14, 2014



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning:
Puffins original with milk and a cup of tea.

On today's to do list:
Laundry
Sweep and mop kitchen floor
Vacuum couches (and under cushions)

Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Buy more fish food and water cleaner

Currently reading:
The Covenant by Beverly Lewis

The weather outside is:
Beautiful.  27C this afternoon.

On the menu this week:
Monday - Chicken fajitas
Tuesday - Ham steak with chips, peas and salad
Wednesday - Baked salmon with green beans and rice pilaf
Thursday - Spaghetti bolognaise with salad
Friday - Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday - Dinner out
Sunday - Bacon wrapped sirloin steaks with baked potatoes and corn 


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:
Have a hot bath.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week:
Lemon glazed gingerbread.

In the garden:
I had to stake my peas as they have grown quite a bit this week.  Tomato plants are starting to flower.  We have already enjoyed a few strawberries.  

Favorite photo from the camera:
One of the food stands at Stampede

Homemaking Tip:
Freeze leftover wine into ice cubes.  Add into gravies, casseroles or whichever dish you need a little wine in.  

Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye):
One of my favourite blogs is Cultivating Home.  


If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here


July 07, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - July 7, 2014



As I look outside my window...
Sunny!       

Right now I am...
Enjoying my THM pancakes with a cup of tea.     

Thinking...
What a great weekend we had.  We watched Wimbledon, the Tour de France in England and had a visit with family, where I tried to teach the girls how to play badminton.  

On my bedside table...
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Listening to...
My dishwasher.    

On the menu for this week...
Monday: Tacos
Tuesday: Dinner out
Wednesday: Sweet and sour chicken with rice
Thursday: Hamburgers, cheese smokies and salad
Friday: Leftovers/buffet night
Saturday: Maple salmon with rice and peas
Sunday: Bacon wrapped steaks with potatoes and salad

On my to do list...
Laundry/Ironing
Inventory pantry/freezer/fridge
Write grocery list
Sweep/wash kitchen floor
Clean bathrooms

Plans for this week...
Grocery shopping
House cleaning
Paperwork/filing
Attend Stampede
Go bowling with the girls
Library visit

What I am creating...
Blueberry muffins.

Looking around the house...
Mostly neat and tidy.  Dishwasher is on.  Clothes to fold and put away.  Girls creating puppets in the basement.    

From the camera...


If you would like to join in, please link up to Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom here


July 04, 2014

Strawberry Slushie


Perfect for those hot summer days!

Ingredients:

1 cup hot water
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups frozen strawberries

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until slushie consistency is reached.  If too watery, add ice cubes, 1/2 a banana or more strawberries.  If too thick, add more water.

Enjoy!


July 03, 2014

The Simple Joys of Home Reader Survey

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July 01, 2014

Happy Canada Day!

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Happy Canada Day!  If you are celebrating today, I hope you have a happy day with friends and family.