So long 2012...

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I'm back after an unplanned week off from blogging! I enjoyed my holiday in Nova Scotia so much that I hardly touched my computer. It was actually pretty refreshing to just ignore the internet and focus on real life!

I have to work this morning so we had planned to drive back Sunday night. A blizzard warning changed our plans and we reluctantly cut vacation short and came on Saturday night instead. Our neighbour had been kind enough to snow blow our driveway after Thursday's storm. The street plow still left us a mountain to shovel out before we could even get in the driveway. We woke up yesterday morning to a crazy snow storm that left us with another 40cm.
Here's our patio table to show the build up of snow:

Once it's shoveled, I love snow. I'm so excited to get out snowshoeing on New Year's Day!

Hopefully your turkey leftovers are long gone! After 2 turkey dinners, a few plates of leftovers, and some turkey soup I had my fill for the year. The fridge was still full and we were running out of ideas to use up the food. My aunt gave me a recipe using leftovers that wouldn't taste like another round of Christmas dinner. Keep this one in mind when Thanksgiving rolls around again.


Turkey Sweet Potato Quesadillas
(adapted from Simply for Life recipe book)

You'll need:
2 cups of shredded turkey
1/4 cup of salsa
1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes (or squash)
1/2 cup of grated cheese of your choice
1/2 onion sliced
4 large tortillas
olive oil

Combine turkey and salsa. To build your quesadilla, spread sweet potato on bottom tortilla. Top with turkey mixture, onion and cheese. Cover with top tortilla and brush both sides with olive oil. Cook in pan at medium heat for 3 minutes per side.


Recipe makes 2 quesadillas. We wanted to make more than 2 so we opted to bake them in the oven at 400F on parchment paper, flipping 1/2 way through.

They were amazing and put a good dent in the turkey we had left. I did up a couple bags of turkey to freeze and have ready to make these again soon.

I hope everyone is enjoying their last day of 2012. I'm participating in these blog hops today:






Snow Day Schedule

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Okay who am I kidding? The schedule is going to about 90% lounging. My only goals for the day are to tidy up the house, organize things to go home for Christmas, and find a good book to read.

This is what I woke up to this morning:


I'm a little spoiled having 2 snow days in 2 weeks...but you don't hear me complaining. I'm so excited to have a fresh new layer of snow. The roads actually look pretty clear. I don't remember having snow days unless there was an absolute blizzard when I was a kid (you know how it was, up hills both ways on the walk to school). What does it look like in your part of the world this morning?

Right now I'm celebrating my day off with some Just Us! Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate and listening to my all time favourite Christmas story, Dave Cooks the Turkey. If you've never heard it, you should definitely check it out. It's read by Stuart McLean of the Vinyl Cafe and is the hilarious story of a husband trying to get things right at Christmas. I listen to it every year and it never gets old.

I just added a Button Swap to the blog. If you're interested in putting your button on my side bar, take a look here.

I'm Dreaming of a White Wednesday!

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Last night when I posted, I was definitely still caught up in a case of the Mondays. Well, there's nothing to make you slow down and appreciate a hectic week like the possibility of a snow day. I've been spoiled because my whole life I've either been a student or a teacher who gets to look forward to these little breaks every winter. Right now I'm doing Autism support in clients' homes but we typically follow the school cancellations. I love the drama of it all-- running to the window to check for snow, laying in bed listening to the radio until the last possible minute. I often jinx myself by staying up too late or not having my lunch ready to go but that's all part of the snow day emotional roller coaster. I'm worse than a kid, I know.

They are calling for 40 cm starting around midnight lasting into the morning tomorrow. I live right in the area where there's a possibility of it turning to rain so only time will tell. We actually just had a snow day last Monday but it was a definite. They were calling for the perfect cocktail of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain. I'm looking forward to some nice fluffy snow instead of the sheet of ice we have right now.

While I was looking at the forecast on Environment Canada, I came across this great chart they've created to tell the chance of a white Christmas in each major Canadian city. The past few years have been so mild that it feels like white Christmases are a thing of the past. Halifax only has a 45% chance-- although I'm doubting it's accuracy this year!

So please humour this 28 year old who is an 8 year old at heart and do a snow dance and wear your pajamas inside out tonight!

Boys Oh Boys - Tea on Tuesday Hop

I'm doing the the Tea on Tuesday Blog Hop today. (And you should too!)

Powering through till Friday

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Christmas vacation is so close I can taste it. I'm usually not one for wishing away the week, but right now Friday seems forever away. I'm looking forward to food, family, and a break from busy days at work.

I'm already pondering how to pack up the car for the trip home to Nova Scotia. We have a 3 hour drive which is nothing new for us. When the weather is better we seem to be on the road home practically every 2nd weekend. 9 days at home means the extra challenge of traveling with 2 cats. Dora is wonderful but Lucy howls for the entire drive. Once they survive the trip, they're right at home.

This is Dora last year, making herself at home under my mom's tree.

I work until 4:30 on Friday so my plan is to pack up the car at lunch time so we can be on the road by 5 o'clock. Can it be done?

It's off to bed for me. I've been playing around all evening making things a little more attractive around here. The blog is still a work in progress but I like how it's coming together. At the top of my wish list is a prettier banner.

Enjoy your week! (And if you're on vacation countdown too-- I hope it flies by!)


Dressing the Bump

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For the past month or two, I was stuck in that awkward phase of pregnancy. I didn't have that nice rounded belly that screamed "I'm pregnant." Instead, I lost all stomach definition and just looked a little chubby. I could still wear most of my old clothes but nothing sat right. Maternity clothes were the same story. I was lost in limbo between the two. Suddenly this week...bam! I'm pregnant! It's time to invest in a few more maternity pieces.

I still find myself gravitating towards empire waist non-maternity dresses like this one though.



Baby gets a bit lost in the pattern of the dress but I still feel like this is a flattering piece that will serve me well over the next few months and beyond. For actual maternity clothing, I'm trying to decide what to buy. I dress casual for work so a couple pairs of jeans and some t-shirts would serve me well. I really don't want to spend a lot of money but I'm already getting frustrated with rotating through few things that still fit. 

What maternity pieces were the staple of your wardrobe? What non-maternity clothes still worked for you?

Happy Friday! 

Simple Snacking

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I am hungry all the time. This is nothing new for me but since I hit the 2nd trimester of pregnancy it's been the theme of my days. I can't seem to get enough to eat. I have a pretty physical job and I need to snack all day to make it through. My go-to snack is yoghurt with granola but I've been trying to find some quick fix foods for work that will fill the void but aren't so loaded with sugar. My new favourite: celery with laughing cow cheese.


So simple. Why weren't you in my life before??? Celery is something that I stopped buying unless it was for a recipe because I always let it go bad before I finished it. The solution: chop and wash it as soon as you buy it and put it in a jar of water in the fridge. This makes it easy to grab to snack on.



If you want to get fancy, Laughing Cow makes a few flavoured cheeses... I've seen Herb and Garlic, Jalapeno, and French Onion as well as a light cheese. I went with the original this week because it was on sale. You could get even fancier and add some raisins or dried cranberries. Yum!


I'm giving another link-up a go today. Check it out:

Blog-working Wednesday!



First Baby Project- Map Bunting

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This idea was definitely not my own. I came across something similar on Pinterest and played with a couple different methods to make it just how I wanted. I'll source it to everything that comes up when you do a search for Map Bunting.



Supplies:
  • an old atlas or map
  • ribbon (about 1 inch wide)
  • thread to match ribbon
  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • tacky glue
  • ruler

I bought an old Atlas at a used book store to use for the triangles. It was surprisingly hard to find one that had the faded look I was going for. I wanted to keep blue as the main colour so I stuck to the pages that had more water than land. I made a template of my triangle and started cutting!

The next step was to press the ribbon in half with an iron. Then, I started gluing the triangles in place between the folded ribbon, measuring 5cm between each one. I use a super thin line of glue, just enough to keep them from moving around.



I decided I would glue 5 triangles, sew them, and repeat. I recently inherited a sew machine from my mother-in-law. Having not done any sewing since high school, the project was brought to a halt as I spent 30 minutes trying to thread the bobbin. Once I was back on track, the sewing was a breeze. Straight stitching through the middle of the ribbon.




Lucy and Dora were as helpful as always. After I finished, I left the banner unattended for about 5 minutes and came back to one triangle with a rip in it. This was incentive to get it on the wall ASAP.


Ta Da! First baby project finished! Definitely not the most practical of projects but it was a quick one.


Next Project: cloth wipes!