Sunday, September 20, 2009
So, you're probably wondering what the point of this post is? Well, I guess it is a reflection on the seasons. The warm September has allowed us to drag out some favourite summer past times - a wienie roast in the river valley, bike rides in tank tops, sundresses. At the same time, the temperature will drop on some days and have hints of what is to come - crisp fall air, leaves changing colours, slippers and the like. For this weekend, that meant cooking up a potato & lentil curry dish served with sauteed swiss chard and red wine. I love red wine, but don't drink very much of it in the summer months, which makes me so happy to fill my cup come fall.
If I recall the forecast correctly, we'll still get a few toasty days this week. One last chance to wear a skirt with no tights and get the last wear of the flippy floppies for the year. Though I'll be sad to bid adieu to the warm days of summer, I'm actually looking forward to wearing my Ugg boots and my down vest. And getting my cook on with the delightful autumn recipes in this cookbook.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
However, I'm always conflicted about haircuts. I'm in the process of trying to grow my hair out, which means I tend to stave off even a trim for as long as possible. I had been getting my bangs trimmed in between cuts, but missed out on that this time around (you know, being in Spain and all...)
Here is some photographic evidence to show you just how hairy (ha!) it's gotten! (don't worry, the shot is mostly of the bangs...I won't scar you with a macro shot of the split ends upon split ends).
Monday, August 3, 2009
Last Sunday my friend Caitlin and I got together for a day of "cooking." It really had more to do with baking and ice cream making, but in the category of food creation nonetheless. We have recently been inspired by Pioneer Woman to make vanilla bean ice cream. Of course we needed something to serve it with, so that led to the creation of the most delicious little raspberry cobblers. We also made "Caitlin's magic buns" and some rhubarb & strawberry sauce to try to fill in the time while the ice cream did it's thing (you know, got icy...or whatever).
We tried our hand at experimenting with food photography (we've got lots to learn...e.g. aperture!), listened to a iTunes genius soundtrack based off of M. Ward's Fisher of Men and nearly became diabetic. It was, of course, excellent. I am thankful for a fantastic friend like Caitlin who enjoys cooking as much (or possibly more!) than I do and thinks that spending an entire sunny summer Sunday in the kitchen is a good idea.
Here are some of the photos from the day, in no particular order...which mostly has to do with the fact that I am quite inept at using the Blogger photo editor. I dislike how it uploads and formats these photos - any tips would be appreciated.
Caitlin's magic buns, also mid-bake (I think):
Me dumping the ice cream "batter" into the mighty
Kitchen Aid mixer. I know, I should have been
wearing a hair net.
I believe Caitlin's instructions were, "punch it!"
Caitlin and the dough.
Mmm...rhubarb & strawberry sauce!
This became ice cream, for reals.
Whisk it...whisk it good.
This was before we started. We look so chipper.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
210 days, 1 pair of jeans, no washes and now 1 hole in the seat of the jeans.
These are my favorite jeans ever. Rachel got them for me as a gift 7 months ago when I finished my third period of electrical training. I have worn these jeans every day since then. The jeans have travelled the world with me; Hawaii, United Kingdom and Spain.
About a week ago I noticed the jeans had a small hole in the bum area. I was extremely depressed because I had not wash the jeans yet and was worried that washing them would only make the hole bigger.
I have since washed them and the hole is larger. Today I am taking them to my favourite tailor, hoping he will be able to work his magic so I can go another seven months of wearing and not washing my favorite pants.
If you own or have owned a pair of Nudie Jeans then you will understand the mixed emotions I'm feeling. Please Bill fix my pants.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
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Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
So, back to the world of blogging, I guess. It was Dallas' idea to get back into this, and I think it may be kind of interesting to go at it together. Most of the posts will belong to him, because of that darn iPhone and his incessant twitter updates. I will try to entertain you all with fabulous details from our oh-so-exciting life here in Edmonton.
Today I was at the dentist. Again. For the 3rd time in 2 months, with one more appointment scheduled for March for the last 3 of my (7!) cavities to be filled. As Rebecca would say - "augh."
Today I was having one of the fillings fixed that was installed (?) in December - it had somehow cracked and was causing me pain if I tried to chew on the left side. I am excited to return to chewing like a normal person, when the freezing wears off.
My beef about the dentist is this - I brush and floss lots, and Dallas takes, uh, the opposite approach to oral hygiene. And what did he hear at his most recent dental cleaning/check up? "You have perfect teeth, Dallas." WHAT? How is this even possible? I know, I know...genetics, etc...but I'm still annoyed.
All in all, I actually quite like the dentist. Probably has something to do with having a terrific dentist growing up and not having any cavities then, saving myself any traumatic experiences as a kid. I still like the dentist, am just a little annoyed at my teeth.