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 made myself hurry the fuck up and get that shit done. Seriously, a game that blows the pieces into your face if you aren't quick enough. Awesome.

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!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

52 Weeks: 24/52

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

I have no idea who this cat belongs to, but I've seen it in our yard a couple times this year. We actually saw it once last year too. We've named it Dusty... because it was all dusty from rolling around in the driveway and what not. There are a few neighbourhood cats that come around, such as this one I caught losing it in a small pile of catnip leaves I left in our driveway recently.

Aaron and I were hanging out in the backyard and this kitty just came walking into our yard. Very friendly cat, was heating up to us and being super cute. I love random cats showing up in our yard. Madison and Hobbes often sit in a window in our basement that looks out onto the driveway and we always joke that they're "waiting for their boyfriend to walk by". There is a cat that lives across the street that comes into our yard a fair bit so that's the one we're referring to... the cats always get super excited when they see him.

Anyways, have an awesome day! I hope I run into some random kitties in our yard again this weekend.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Best Wedding Ever

The weekend of August 2nd, Aaron and I went out to Beausejour, Manitoba to celebrate the love of 2 of our dearest friends, Brad and Natasha. They had their wedding on the bride's parents farm and we all camped out on their property after a long night of partying. It was awesome. So many good things happened that night. Everyone looked gorgeous, the venue was amazing, I couldn't imagine a more perfect setting for this event.

We caught a ride with our friend Jayme and were riding with Cody and Kevin. This first shot is of the country road in Beausejour. When we first got there, we set up our tent. Aaron and I haven't set up a tent in years, we were a little unsure of what to do... I trusted Aaron to deal with it. Haha, he asked 2 girls for help. Then once he knew what he was doing, he decided to pay it forward and help out another friend set his tent up beside us.

The main area where the wedding, dinner, dancing, etc, took place was all set up beautifully. There was a key check and breathalyzer you had to pass before leaving for the night if you weren't crashing (which eventually turned into a game later in the night, who could blow the highest number), the smoke shack had beer pong set up, and there was an itchy lot and a scratchy lot, so awesome. We were in the itchy lot.

After dinner and a bit of dancing, there were fire dancers! These ladies are so talented and it was amazing watching them do their thing. I posted a little video clip here of one of our friends hooping with fire but there was so much more. I made a video (below) with more of this awesome show.

Next, lots of dancing! Some of these are screen shots from our video camera so not the best quality but good enough. The first shot is of Brad getting tossed in the air, the next couple are of Aaron and Kevin dancing away to some White Stripes song and then the last photo is later in the night when Kevin took over the bar.

We ended up crashing around 3:30-4am and slept for only about 2-3 hours before waking up. I fell asleep to the sweet sounds of our friends drumming away by the campfire. Some people stayed up all night. We ended up waking up to a trumpet and drums playing in the distance. We wandered around for a bit and eventually found a few people hanging out by a wheat field. As I mentioned in another post, as soon as we joined them by the wheat field, our friend Kevin really wanted one of us to run through the field with him. Aaron said he'd do it and so off they went as the trumpet played in the background. It was awesome. I love the photos of them running together, their arms thrown up in the air, not a care in the world, so free. It's good.

I decided not to post any pictures of the bride, groom, or wedding party type pictures. I just felt like I should keep those private for them only and their friends/family. I did make a little video of some parts of the night, the dancing, fire dancers and drumming. I love the part near the end of the video when they're throwing ice at our friend Erik's mouth and he's like "no more, no more... okay, maybe like 5 more." Haha, so funny.

Some awesome memories from that night: meeting Nate (Erik lives on and grew up on our street, so did Nate, he actually lived and grew up in the house right next door to us, so aweome), Aaron and I putting our bags and tent in the wrong car and leaving them there for hours only realizing when we were about to leave,  in the middle of the night Aaron was trying to get out of the tent to go to the can and he was pulling on some random tab in the tent (not the zipper) for like half an hour before realizing it wasn't the way out, seeing a pair of mens underwear in the portapotty (I don't even want to know...), playing the breathalyzer game, Kevin and Erik bartending at the end of the night, people carrying bottles of wine as their drinks, bonfires, drum circles and awesome people all around.

It was a great night!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

52 Weeks: 23/52

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

I love this picture. I took it last weekend at our friend's wedding celebration. It was an amazing weekend filled with so many great people, good times and a lot of love. This was the morning after the wedding. Aaron and I got about 3 hours of sleep, woke up and heard a trumpet and drums playing in the distance. We wandered around and found a few people hanging out by this wheat field, drumming and playing the trumpet. They hadn't slept at all. As soon as Aaron and I joined them, our friend Kevin asked "Would one of you guys please run through this wheat field with me? I just need someone to run with me to the other side." Aaron said he would do it. So, Aaron and Kevin ran through the wheat field together as others drummed and played the trumpet. You can see them coming back in the distance in this shot. The sun was beaming down on us, it was so hot that morning. It was great. 

I have more pictures to share of this amazing weekend soon, I've just been sick pretty much all week and haven't gotten around to going through them yet.

Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

52 Weeks: 22/52

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

I know I've posted a Madison tongue out photo for another week in this project, but I will never get tired of seeing this face. She's so cute! This is how she looks most of the time and it's adorable. Anyways, this weekend is a little busy. We're heading out of town today to go to a wedding of some dear friends. We're camping overnight out in the country after the festivities and will be back Sunday sometime. This is going to be an awesome celebration full of lots of fun and love! We're great friends with both the bride and the groom, so this is really going to be an amazing night.

Enjoy your weekend!