Sunday, July 27, 2014

52 Weeks: 21/52

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

I have a video for this week because it's just so cute, I had to share it. It was super hot outside earlier this week, in the 30s and with the humidex it was 40-42 degrees out there. So it was pretty hot! I noticed this little guy in our yard, rolling around in some soil in our front yard. I love the digging and rolling! I've never seen a rabbit do that before. Maybe he was trying to cool off? Or just losing it. Either way, it's adorable.

Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recipe: Vegemite Pita Pizza

So, I've totally posted about making pita pizza before and this is pretty much the same thing except for one difference... vegemite. I wanted to post about this awesome combination for anyone who might like vegemite and never thought to put it on pizza. Yes, it's awesome.

Vegemite is an Australian thing. It's not common around here, but Aaron's mom sent us some vegemite last year with our Christmas presents. It's kind of hard to find around here but we actually found some at London Drugs. Anyways, vegemite has a very distinct and somewhat odd taste. Yeah, it tastes weird. But in sort of a good way. Does that make sense? It's salty and tastes awesome with cheese. It's kind of like green olives... they have an odd, addicting sort of taste.

The vegemite and cheese combination is super good. Vegemite doesn't taste as strong when paired with cheese. I enjoy vegemite alone as well, but with cheese... well, it's just so good (pretty much anything with cheese is). If you're like me and love salty snacks, I think you might enjoy this.

whole wheat pitas
shredded cheese
your favorite pizza toppings
cooking spray

  • Preheat over to 375° F.
  • Get some baking sheets and spray with cooking spray.
  • Place the pitas down on the sheets. Cover the pitas with vegemite.
  • Sprinkle cheese over the vegemite. Then whatever toppings you love! Top with more cheese.
  • Bake in the over for 8 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Let cool for a few minutes before cutting up, otherwise the toppings might slide off.

I really love broccoli on pizza. I've only seen once place in Winnipeg that offers that as a topping and it's not our usual place we order from. It's so good though. I just really love broccoli in general and on pizza it rocks. This pita pizza was delicious. The vegemite, the cheese and all the veggies, amazing.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

52 Weeks: 20/52

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

These lilies come up in our yard every year and they're so pretty. I took some of the seeds that are on their stems last year and planted them in another area of our yard and now they're growing there too, which is awesome. Although these flowers are beautiful, the one thing to be careful about is your cats eating them (if you have any). Apparently they are quite dangerous to cats, making them really sick if they're eaten and possibly causing kidney failure (I've read about this and my Vet told us about it a few years back). Scary! Luckily our cats don't seem at all interested in them when we go outside, but I do watch closely to make sure they stay far away from them.

Have a good one!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How To: Mod Podge Coasters

I wanted to try customizing some old coasters I had for a while now. I remembered I had some old fabric scraps laying around and thought it might be neat to try mod podging fabric to the coasters (because I loved the prints on the fabric). So, I made some coasters using this fabric and I also used paper for one just to try it out. Both worked very well!

Mod Podge
fabric (or paper)*

* You can also use patterned paper, decorative paper or images you print from the computer to put onto your coaster. I made some patterns on the computer and printed them. I actually only made 1 coaster with paper, the rest with fabric, but if you don't have or want to use fabric, paper works good too!

1. Use a piece of chalk and outline your coaster on your fabric or paper. You can probably use a pencil as well, just don't use something like a marker as it will show through to the other side of your fabric (unless you want to have to carefully cut off the marks, this is just easier).

2. Cut out your circle using your scissors. If you're going to try this with fabric, make sure you have pretty sharp scissors. If there is a little extra fabric showing over the edges of your coaster, that's fine, we'll cut that off later.

3. Dip your brush into the Mod Podge and coat the top of the coaster with it. Use a generous amount, but you don't want it to be clumpy.

4. Firmly press your piece of fabric onto the Mod Podge and smooth out any wrinkles with your fingers. Run your fingers over the fabric a few times to make sure the fabric is really stuck on. Flip the coaster over now, so the side you just pressed the fabric onto is laying down flat. Cover the bottom of your coaster in Mod Podge as well. Now wait for it to dry. If you're going to make numerous coasters, I'd suggest going back to the beginning and starting your next one while this one dries.

5. Once dry, if you have any extra fabric sticking out over the edges of the actual coaster, go ahead and cut that off now.

6. Now we're going to coat the top of the fabric (and I suddenly switched to showing a coaster I used paper on instead of fabric, I forgot to take a photo of the fabric one for that step, oops). Coat the top of your fabric (or paper) with Mod Podge. Use a few coats and make sure you don't accidentally paint in 300 cat hairs while you're at it. Now let it dry and you're done!

These were the four I ended up making. The ghetto blaster/cassette tapes, mushrooms and elephants ones are all fabric. The black and white chevron pattern one is paper. I made the pattern on my computer and printed it off for this.

This is just a totally random set of coasters, but I love them. I want to try making other sets, like movie or music themed one (Nirvana or 80s movies for example), I think that would be awesome. I haven't been able to find any good, cheap, coasters to Mod Podge though. I've only looked at Dollarama and Walmart so far, but haven't found anything. Perhaps Michael's will have something? The coasters I used for this were just some old ones I found around the house from who knows when.

Anyways, have fun!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

52 Weeks: 19/52

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

I finally got a picture of that little bunny that's been hanging out in our yard lately. I kept seeing her through the kitchen window in the mornings but was never able to get a good picture because it was too dark outside and I was too lazy to grab my tripod and if I tried going outside, I'd scare her off. So, earlier this week Aaron and I went outside with the cats and I happened to notice her sitting in the yard. She actually let me get really close to her to take pictures and didn't run off. Yeah, I got pretty excited, as I do with these sorts of things. 

It's a little hard to tell how small she is from this picture, but she is like fit in the palm of your hand small. I took this other further away picture so you can get a sense of scale. She's kind of stretched out in that picture sniffing around for food or something. So cute! I love our yard and all the animals in it, it makes me happy.

Anyways, I've been feeling sick the last few days, which has put a huge damper on my weekend. Ugh. Hopefully today is a little better than the last few haven been.

Have a good one!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Flashback Friday: Little Miss Lonelyhearts

Our dear friend (and bassist) Steve recorded this jam of us playing a song called Little Miss Lonelyhearts when he was here back in March. This is actually a super old song of ours, we've never fully recorded it but we always jam it. Steve is our bassist, but he moved to Thailand last year so we obviously can't jam with him regularly anymore. When he comes back home, we jam as much as we can together and it's always awesome. 

When he was here in March, we had lots of fun playing with him again. It was just like old times. Steve hadn't played with us for nearly a year but he pulled the old wing and rip and rocked it. This video is so funny... Aaron's reaction at the end of it. Classic! I can't tell you how many times this has happened to us while jamming. Something wasn't plugged in properly or play wasn't pressed and the jam didn't tape... and always when we rock the shit out of the song too. Luckily Steve recorded this with his phone, despite Aaron fucking something up with his recording system. Hah. Love it.

Enoy your weekend!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Home: Our Office

I mentioned somewhat recently how I was changing our office room around... and when I say recent, I mean over 2 months ago. Yep, it's been slow going around here. A couple years ago we changed our our bedroom with our office and it's been awesome. It's so much better having the bigger room as our office seeing as we spend most of our time in it.

I've been wanting to buy an actual couch for our office for the longest time. We used to have a futon but it was so uncomfortable. It was like sitting on a slab of concrete so I got rid of it. We didn't have any couch for so long. I had been eyeing this couch from Ikea for a really long time. I went over ideas in my head of how to switch the room around in order to make the couch fit and all the rest of the furniture we had and it just wasn't going to happen. I couldn't make it all fit! I was actually going to give up on this couch because I just didn't think it could work in this room. This is what our office used to look like:

That area in the middle of our desks, that was "the couch" area before. I had a coffee table there with a blanket on it. Yes, keeping shit real. Seriously though, I just wanted somewhere to sit if we had company... and yes, people did sit on that thing.

I finally worked out a way to make the dream couch fit. I actually had to move a few pieces of furniture out of the room to make this happen, but I found other spots for everything and organized both rooms and closets in the process. Everything used to be so unorganized, craft supplies all over the place, books, writing supplies, all my sheets were tucked away in some drawers in the back of our bedroom closet. It wasn't good. Now that it's all organized, it's so much better. One thing at a time in this house! Soon I'll be able to have it all organized the way I like. Anyways, I love our new couch and office, it's perfect.

The office as a whole still needs some work, but it'll get there eventually. I'd like to put some pictures up on the wall and we're getting some new curtains. Aaron's mom sent me that Australian flag recently so I just put it up against the window for now. The cats also love the new couch. Hobbes has a bunch of spots on it she likes sleeping in and they both love sleeping in between the cushions where there is a bit of a dip.

Have an awesome day!