Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter Popcorn


We LOVE popcorn around here and during the Easter season we LOVE mini eggs...so why not combine two of our favourites together to get this delicious Party in your Month!!   I wish I could say that I came up with this idea on my own but I did not.  It was friends of ours who opened our eyes to this addictive treat.  




It is simple 

Popcorn popped with lots of butter and salt and a few handfuls of mini eggs tossed into the mix :)   It is so delightful getting a huge handful or sweet and salty.  






Monday, March 21, 2016

No bake birds nest




This are such a fun and delicious spring time treat that is super easy to make.  All you need is 4 ingredients.





1 bag Chocolate Chips
1 bag Butterscotch Chips
1/2 bag Chow Mein Noodles
Mini Eggs 

Melt your chips together then add in about 1/2 the bag of noodles. Place by spoonfuls into a greased muffin pan or you can use beautiful spring coloured muffin liners.  With a spoon (or your fingers) make an indent for the nest. Refrigerate for a few hours then add as many mini eggs to your nest as you would like. 

These look so beautiful used as place settings for your Easter Supper.  They also make fun welcome to spring treats :) 






Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Rainbow Cake



With Spring just around the corner Jaelyn and I decided to whip up a fun and colourful snack.   The idea of these beautiful coloured cakes cooked in lovely little mason jars topped with whip cream or ice cream seemed like a totally enjoyable treat...however that is not what happened!  


Jaelyn is gaining more confidence in the kitchen on her own but since we are running low on flour she had to use a box cake mix.  She followed the directions herself to make the cake. 

Once the batter was made up I poured it into 6 different bowls and she added food colouring to each bowl. 


Next we poured about 1 Tbsp of each coloured batter in 6 mason jars.  Doesn't it look like it was such a delightful time :) Mean while on the other side of the counter was the mess...



The beautiful coloured mason jars went into the oven and I could hardly wait to get that prefect picture of my awesome little rainbow jars, imagine my shock when THIS is what came out of the oven...  



The prefect PIN FAIL picture for you.  


In steps creativity (thanks to all those cooking shows we have been watching) so we turned the jars upside down and the cakes came right out (be sure to spray the jars) we then took the little cake log and started slicing it into these beautiful little cake wheels which are great for making your own little rainbow.  



We also made little cake sandwiches with ice cream between two wheels. 


My idea didn't turn out like I wanted it to but I had so much fun watching my sweet girl in the kitchen  and spending time with her that I didn't care and to be honest the kids just ate it up no questions asked. 






Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jamberry Review



Tonight I am stepping out of the kitchen to write a review for what I think about Jamberry Nails.  I have heard about these wonderful "sticker" nails for a while and when I see my friend (mama of 7) recommending and wearing them I think to myself these puppies MUST be good for a busy gal like her...so I wanted to try them to see if they could stand up and stay pretty on a domestic engineer. 

Before I received my sample nails in the mail I decided to pick up nail stickers from our local Dollarma.  These nails are made by revlon and cost me $3.00.  The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was the strong smell they had.  They smelt like nail polish or polish remover.  The directions where easy to follow, but the nails didn't want to come off the wrapper easily so I lost one trying to figure out how to peel the backing off.  They went on nice and filed off fine.  They do not take long to do and if I was needed by a child, I stopped attended to that need and went back to doing my nails without smudging them :) 



The looked nice and felt light on my nails.  However they couldn't hold up to how many times my hands get washed, wash dishes and shower....within 24 hours this is what they looked like. 



After 2 days some of them where completely off.  I thought I could simply peel the rest off but I had to soak my finger nails in remover to try to get it off and still that didn't get it all off one finger :( 

I was so excited to get my Jamberry package in the mail from sweet Melody!   



Jaelyn and I had a good laugh cause she liked the pink ones which where for me and I loved her blue ones :)  We had a fun mama/daughter evening putting on our new nails.   The difference between these and the other ones was there was NO smell and they peeled off easily.  Also they are arranged on the sheet in a way that they can be cut in half allowing each wrap to do two nails.  



The first time applying was pretty easy.  I did have problems with getting an air pocket in a few of them causing the tip to flip up a little but Melody was so kind to help me fix this by telling me to cut my nail a bit to make it even.   The bottom of the nail never came off and they didn't chip.  The only reason they didn't last the full two weeks (or 1 week) is because I am a picker....I know its a bad habit!  I even did this to my wedding nails 3 days after I had them done and we were on our honey moon. 

After 5 days of dishes, hand washing, showering, bathing children and tying hundreds of balloons for a church function they where still on.  You are lucky I got this picture cause I was picking them off really bad and thought oh wait I should take a picture first. 



 The removal for these was amazing.  I literally pulled each one off in one piece and no remover was needed.


Now lets move on to the Jamberry Juniors.

My little girl loves having her nails done.  We will sit and paint them, she fans them around until they are dry and with in 2 seconds they are smudged.  And before the day is over the polish is always gone!  We thought we would give this a try for her.





Her nails are very very short because she bites them!  When I put them on her I used the finger nail chippers to cut down to her nail.  Unfortunately because the nail was so short they didn't get a good seal on them and the fell off before the end of the day.   I did promise her that if she lets her nails grow out we can try again because we have enough on this sheet to do 2 manicures and still have a few for accent nails. 


My overall review is I am sold on Jamberry!  Once you get the hang of applying the wraps it goes very quickly, but for real if you only have a few minutes here and there you could take all day to get them done if you needed to, since you can do one nail at a time if little people need you :) And if one chips or you pick it off you can take that one off and replace it without having to do them all over again.  

There are so many beautiful designs you feel so fancy wearing such pretty nails and who doesn't like to have their nails done every now and than to feel a little fancy.   Even if you don't do your nails often I think that just like that bottle of nail polish you have in the bathroom cupboard from 10 years ago you should also have a thing of Jamberry Nails on hand for those I need a boost types of days. 

I love celebrations and all special occasions so I love that Jamberry can help you have the prefect nails for Valentines day, Christmas, St. Patricks day, Easter, your son/daughters basketball game, coffee beans for coffee dates and sheet music for those music festivals. 

You can get 3-4 applications from 1 sheet so why not buy one together with a friend (or a couple friends) and have a fun night of manicures. 






Tuesday, February 23, 2016

No cook boiled icing




Readers I just can't wait to share this amazing recipe with you!!!  You see it all started at the beginning of this month when my dad came over to have supper with us on his birthday.  I know his favorite cake is chocolate with boiled icing.  I have never made boiled icing and I will admit I was intimidated to try it.  So I searched the net high and low and found the most delicious no cook boiled icing.  I know that it was a hit because my dad LOVED it and couldn't tell the difference.  

So let me share the goodness with you all. 

No Cook Boiled Icing

1 egg white
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup boiling water

In a stand up mixer add your egg white.  While on medium speed add in your 1 cup of sugar, vanilla, cream or tartar and boiling water.  (it will look like soup)  continue to mix on medium for 1 minute then put your mixer on high speed and let it do its magic until the frosting is nice and shiny and makes the prefect peaks. 






Then you frost :)  This frosting only last about 24 hours so you must use it all at once.  

An added bonus to this recipe is that it is a dairy free frosting alternative!!!  So I whipped up my dairy free chocolate cake mix and topped with this delicious boiled icing to treat some dairy free friends to a scrumptious dessert. 






Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Croquembouche



Over the winter our family loved curling up to watch Master Chef junior together.  One of the amazing desserts the kids made on the show was Croquembouche.  All of our eyes became very bright when we saw this delicious master piece and decided we would like to try to make one for our Peterson Christmas Party. 

I decided that instead of trying to make the pastry ourself I would buy a box of cream puffs from Costco :)  You get 100 puffs for under $10, luckily because of Christmas they were on sale for even cheaper! 



I looked up a lot of recipes on how to make the prefect caramel for the "glue".  Once the glue was made we started to assemble our masterpiece. I think I have the cutest kitchen helper EVER!!!


To finish off we sprinkled it with icing sugar!   It was so delicious and a BIG hit at the party :)  One thing to remember for next time is it must stay somewhat cool cause if it gets too warm the glue starts to melt and your tower will come tumbling down...

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Birthing Story


I can hardly believe that its been a month already.  One whole month since our family was blessed with the arrival of our beautiful 5th baby.   You think by the 5th pregnancy, labour and delivery- that you would know exactly what was happening with your body.  That you would really "know" when you were in labour and that labour would get easier.   That is a misconception!  Every delivery has been somewhat different and you can't just go in and expect everything to be like the ones before.

I can't really remember how we decided or where the idea came from but for this pregnancy I really wanted it to be photographed.  I wanted someone to capture what it is like to go through the process of a natural birth and I really wanted to capture how amazing my husband is as a birth coach.  No seriously next to the Lord, he is the one who gets me through every contractions, reminds how brave and strong I am and helps me focus on our goal...meting our beautiful blessing!!

How luck am I that one of my bestest friends is an amazing photographer (Mason Photography) and how thrilled she was when I talked to her about coming with me in the delivery room.  We assured her that my last 3 labours/deliveries were all pretty much the same.  I go to the hospital around 6 cm dilated, labour about 2-3 hours in hospital and push for 20 minutes.  Pretty straight forward.  Even when Micah and I have chatted with some couples about natural birthing techniques we use, we didn't have a mind set for things going different.

I have learned (after this time around) that my body likes to take a full week to get ready to go into full labour.  So the week before I didn't feel so great and was having lots of false contractions.  Our Friday night date night finally came as we sat back watching TV the contractions where coming a little stronger.  Micah was getting a little suspicious that something was happening but it was 10:30 I was tired and in no mood to go into labour.  I told him I am going to bed to sleep,  if they don't stop we will know it is the real thing.  He wasn't sure so he called a few people to have things in place "just in case".  Eight house later I woke up from a great night sleep (unusual to have when you are 9 months pregnant) and ready to start our busy Saturday.  I continued to have contractions all day long an am very thankful for nursing friends who I kept texting ;)  By that evening things we getting stronger so we sent the kids to Nanny's house and my mom came up we were ready to have a baby!

We hung out at home timing contractions (using this app) until I felt it was time to go to the hospital around 9:00pm.



I thought this is great I can have this baby in the next few hours and maybe get some sleep.  So there we were all settled into our birthing suite.  My mom with her knitting, my mother in law with a book and Lynnette with her camera and laptop for working.



Micah and I zoned out like there was no one else in the room with us and started to get to work...that is what I think labour is.  It is work that is so painful but has the greatest reward afterwards.  John 16:21 is a verse I like to mediate on before and during labour.

It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into this world.


Having some scripture and even some worship music to focus on is very helpful for keeping your mind off the pain...not that the pain isn't there but it helps you relax.  I loved that when my labour wasn't progressing as fast as I would have liked Lynnette put on worship music.  It brought peace into the room and helped me stay calm.  



The hours kept ticking by and with this my energy and strength where failing.  Micah and I had some time alone to process what was happening with the doctor and discovered that the baby was side ways and that was why I wasn't moving forward.  Our doctor and nursing team was amazing!!!  He was patient and encouraged us that we were doing a great job and gave us some tips on how we were going to turn the baby.  




Eight hours later we heard the magic words that we could start pushing!!  Imagine our excitement as we thought (because of all other deliveries) 20 more minutes and this will be over.  I just have to push and we will meet our blessing.   Well that wasn't the case this time.  My normal 20 minutes turned into 1 hour and 30 minutes of the most intense pain and battle I have ever fought!!   I can't even say enough for the my amazing "team" that was there battling with me the entire time.  Our doctor never left my side and my husband and mother where such incredible encouragement to me.  















Any women who has experienced child birth knows the point of exhaustion.  Where you just can't take any more and you are just praying and crying out for it all to be over.  After 1 hour of hard labour,  contracting like crazy, and pushing until you feel your head will blow off I just couldn't take anymore - it was the point where I felt like I am going to die.   


I remember looking at Micah with such pain in my eyes and him saying "Babe we are going to get you something for the pain and talk options".  Without skipping a beat I replied "the option of you punching me in the face"!  I was in so much pain I thought a good blow to the head would feel better than this... 

Instead the sweet nurse gave me some laughing gas.  Those 6 deep breaths in and out where so helpful for calming me back down, getting me focused and allowing me to get through and deliver our sweet baby. 


It only took 30 more minutes before I would hear Micah yell out "it's a BOY!!!!  God has blessed us with 4 sons".  









And just like the bible verse says the anguish turns into amazing JOY :)  



Thank you my sweet friend.  For pulling an all nighter with us and for being there with me the entire time.  You were a prayer warrior behind the camera my friend.  Love you.
















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