Saturday, September 13, 2014

52 Weeks: 28/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

I barely took any pictures this week. I took this picture of Hobbes outside at the beginning of the week and have since been hibernating inside. I don't feel like getting into much detail at this time, but it's been a pretty shitty week. There's been a death in my family, the second sudden passing this year and it's just very shocking. It almost doesn't feel real, you know what I mean? Needless to say, I haven't felt up to doing much of anything and have just been generally feeling unmotivated after hearing the news. I'll be spending time with family this weekend and next week. Times like these are a part of life, but are always hard to go through.

Take care,

Sunday, September 7, 2014

52 Weeks: 27/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

Aaron and I headed out into our yard the other day because he wanted to spray this wasps nest that has taken over one of our garden barrels. So, as he was spraying them with the hose, I was standing on the other side of our driveway taking pictures of this little grasshopper I saw bouncing around. I feel like I never see grasshoppers much anymore. I remember seeing them a fair bit when I was younger, but very rarely now.

Anyways, as I was in my own world snapping away, Aaron was across from me walking back and forth, trying to spray the wasps and all of the sudden I capture this picture right after the grasshopper one. I don't know if the grasshopper got stepped on (I really hope not! Aaron tells me he thinks it jumped away), but the sequence of pictures just seemed funny. I don't think the grasshopper potentially getting squished is funny, but just how quickly his foot came into the shot and then me yelling "No! Watch out!" and Aaron freaking out, hopping around saying "What?! What is it?!" It was pretty funny. I really hope the grasshopper made it out.

Have a good one!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

How To: Customize Post Title Font in Blogger

I've been trying to find a way you can use other fonts for your post title in Blogger as the selection they have in the Template Designer is quite limited. There is definitely not enough of a selection in there. If you're not super knowledgable about HTML, don't worry, this is really easy to do using Google Fonts. Here we go:

1 // Head on over to Google Fonts and find one that you like. You do have to find a font you like from Google Fonts for this tutorial, but they do have many to choose from, a lot more options than you get when using the Template Designer in Blogger.


2 // Once you've chosen a font, click on the button on the bottom right hand side that says "Quick Use". I have it highlighted in the above image.


3 // Now you're going to copy some code that you will be putting into your template. I personally prefer to open up a wordpad document and save all my codes in there for easy access. So, scroll down to the #3 option here. Copy this code and put it into your wordpad. You're going to add a / to the end of this code. So it should look like this in your wordpad:

<link href='' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'/>

Go back to Google Fonts and now find the #4 option. Copy that code as well and put it into your wordpad. You don't have to make any adjustments to this one.


4 // Before we make any adjustments, I'd suggest backing up your template just in case. That way if you make a mistake and need to revert back, you can easily do this. There is an option to backup your template under Template. Look in the top right corner and you will see something that says Backup. Follow the steps to backup your template.

Now go into Blogger, under Template choose Edit HTML. You'll want to find the <head> code in there. What I do is CTRL + F and it brings up a find search bar (highlighted in the top right side of the image above). You can then just type in <head> and press enter, it will find where it is for you.


5 // Right under that <head> code, you're going to paste that first code we copied and saved in the wordpad. Copy the code from your wordpad and paste it right under the <head> code, like in the above image. This code just connects that specific Google Font to your blogger. But wait, we're not done yet! We still need to tell it where we want to code to show up.


6 // Now still in your HTML, you want to do CTRL + F and find this piece of code It's not the first one that comes up, but should be the second one. Just use CTRL + F, put in that piece of code and hit enter. Once it finds the first one and if it's not right (which it wasn't for me, so don't think it will be for you), hit enter again and it will find the next piece of code like that within your HTML. This should be the one. Just double check it to make sure it looks like it matches the code I have in the image above.


7 // Go back over to your wordpad where you've saved those codes and now copy the second one you saved, the #4 option (the CSS one). Paste it right under the replacing what was there before. You can see the original code in the image in step 6 and how I've replaced it in this step. Click on Preview to check your blog and make sure this is all working properly.


8 // The one thing with using this code now is that you can't control the size of the font within your Template Designer like you once could. You're going to have to manually choose the font size. This is easy though. Just copy this code: font-size: 20px; and place it directly under that #4 code we just added. Adjust the size to your liking and preview until you get it the size you want it. For this piece of code, you're just adding it underneath, not replacing anything like in step 7.


That's it! Be sure you preview your template before saving anything to make sure it looks how you want. If something messes up, just don't save and start over or if you have saved, you can always revert back to how your template was because you've saved a backup. This is really easy and I'm loving all the font choices now!

Have fun!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

52 Weeks: 26/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

I really love the bokeh in this picture, it's so pretty. My lavender plant is just starting to bloom now. I've never grown lavendar before, but think it looks really beautiful and it has such a nice smell to it. I'd like to try taking some of this floral water with all the flowers from our yard sometime. I want to try making some in the spring as well because we have all these pretty flowers that bloom during that time. But we do have a lot of flowers still in bloom right now so that's nice. They seem to be doing really well this year, they're super full and gorgeous. There isn't too much time left to enjoy this weather, so I'm going to try and soak up every last minute of it!

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Remeber This?

Parker Lewis Can't Lose
Does anyone else remember this show? I watched it back in the day. I actually kind of forgot about it until recently when Aaron was looking up old TV shows, searching for something for us to watch. I didn't even know the show was influenced by the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off (one of my all time faves). How awesome is that? Aaron and I watched a few episodes and it's pretty cheesy. I honestly don't remember it being so cheesy, but that makes it so much better (in a it's so bad it's good kind of way). It's the sound effects that do it. I can totally feel the Ferris Bueller relation with the main character Parker though. Definitely has a Ferris vibe to it.

The Wheelers from Return to Oz
I didn't really realize this when I was a kid, but the movie Return to Oz is pretty creepy. There are a lot of freaky parts... the room full of heads, Princess Mombi being woken up and roamig around headless, the asylum Dorothy has to go to and the shock therapy she's supposed to get. I'm surprised I wasn't traumatized as a kid watching this movie. Anyways, remember The Wheelers? So very creepy! Don't you think?

Fruit Stripe Gum
I must of blocked this from my mind until recently when I came across it on Pinterest. I totally ate this gum when I was a kid. Do they still make gum like this? Would they subject children to the stiff piece of candy that is this gum? It shatters into a million pieces in your mouth and then eventually becomes a gum-like consistency after chewing the many pieces for a while. The flavour only lasts a minute or two before it becomes chewing on a piece of concrete. Aah yes, the good old days.

"We're Not Candy" PSA
The PSA's from back in the day are amazing. Isn't this slightly frightening though? This is serious! We could make you delirious! Those pills are kind of cute... round blue things singing about being delirious. They should bring these back, they're just too good not to.

I had the one with 2 sides to the game, so you can play against someone. I remember having battles with people when I was a kid, my friends, my parents... and I was pretty damn good at it. I think it was mainly because I was so afraid of the game blowing up in my face that I just became awesome... out of fear.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mac and Cheese
I have very fond memories of going to visit my grandparents and my grandma making this exact macaroni for my best friend and I. I remember there was a pizza flavour as well and we ate that quite a bit as kids. So good. I wish I could eat some of this right now.

Cyndi Lauper - The Goonies 'R' Good Enough
I love the movie The Goonies, so of course this song is pretty awesome to me. I love how the video has The Goonies in it. I remember bits of this video but watching it again just recently is so good! I hear the song somewhat often because Aaron taped The Goonies for me on our PVR so it's kind of one of my go to movies when I want something awesome to watch on in the background. Love it!

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Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

52 Weeks: 25/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

We were sitting outside the other day and noticed some chipmunks around. We decided to try and win them over and feed them by hand. We've done this one summer before and I've noticed chipmunks are way more trusting than any other animal in the yard. They come right up to you and you can easily earn their trust for the most part. Anyways, they got pretty comfortable with us, we pet them, they ate out of our hand and they were running around us really closely. They kept filling up on peanuts and sunflower seeds and then running back to their houses to store them. Both of them kept coming back until the whole bowl was done. 

Once we had no more food left to give them, we went back inside. I bought some more food a couple days later and we went back outside, shook the bowl full of food and called them (made clicking sounds, hah) and both the chipmunks we were hanging out with/feeding a couple days earlier came running back! It was so cute. Chipmunks are awesome, I love them. We've been leaving a bowl of food near our back door and then opening it and putting a chair there for Madison to watch. Aaron and I are always like "We should put the TV on for Madison" (referring to this) because she just sits there all day watching them. She loves it.

Well, enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Recipe: Cauliflower Cakes

I made some patties out of cauliflower the other day and they were really good. It was a bit of an experiment but it turned out awesome. Don't you love it when that happens? I'll definitely be making them again. We've been eating cauliflower a little more lately. We never used to because Aaron doesn't really like it, so I would never think to buy it. But I tried making cauliflower bites a while back and he liked them! So we've been eating cauliflower a little more regularly now. Mostly the bites as a snack, but I'm going to try making more things with it (like pizza crust and alfredo sauce) and these cakes were a good start.

1 head of cauliflower
1 carrot
1 onion
2 eggs
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp of cornstarch
2 tbsp pancake mix
garlic powder
chia/flax/sesame seeds (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Wash the cauliflower and cut up into small pieces. Boil some water in a pot and cook the cauliflower pieces until tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  • I used a food processor and chopped my onion and garlic. I left them in the food processor, removed the chopping blade and put on the shredding blade now for the carrot. Shred the carrot. Leave in the food processor for now.
  • Once the cauliflower is done, drain the water and put it into a large bowl. Use a potato masher and mash up the cauliflower.
  • Add the onion, garlic and shredded carrots into the mashed cauliflower.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl. I used the little bit of cornstarch and pancake mix to help bind them together.
  • You don't have to use chia/flax/sesame seeds, we just put them in most things, but they're totally not necessary. I never measure my spices, but my guess would be a tsp or less or each. I just sprinkle a bit of each into the bowl.
  • Mix well and then press into patties. It may seem like they aren't sticking that well, but they will stay together. You can always add a little more pancake mix if you want to help bind, but don't put too much as it may take away from the cauliflowerness of the cakes and be more pancakey. Mine felt like they wouldn't stay together but once cooked, they did.
  • Grease a baking sheet and line up your cakes. Bake for about 20 mins, flipping half way through.

Eat these with your favorite sauce. We topped them with a little parmesan cheese and some plain greek yogurt. Delicious!