Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Little Things... having an amazing boyfriend who'll go through the entire Build-A-Bear process just to get you a turtle.

I love 80s cartoons and I've always loved the old school Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I've mentioned this before, but Aaron and I are really getting into the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Recently, I happened to notice an ad online that TMNT bears would soon be available at Build-A-Bear. I was slightly excited by this. I mean, a cute stuffed TMNT, c'mon? Must have it. I was a little worried about going into Build-A-Bear to get one though... I've never been there and I didn't know how it worked. I just wanted to go in, grab the bear and get out. Lucky for me, Aaron was with me the day we were at the mall. I wanted to get my haircut so I asked him if he would grab the turtle (Michelangelo, my fave) for me while I did that. He reluctantly agreed, not knowing what he was in for.

Haha, the horror story that Aaron relayed to me after it was done still makes me laugh. For anyone who has never been to or know what Build-A-Bear is all about, you go in there and essentially build a teddy bear. You get to stuff it, pick clothes out for it, accessories, whatever. You make the bear. It's for kids and it's a great idea for kids, but if an adult wants to step in there and buy something for themselves or a child, well... this is what you're in for. The guy made Aaron go through the whole process he would take kids through. Even though Aaron said he didn't want to go through all that stuff, that he just really wanted to buy the turtle and get out of there, the guy made him stand on the pedal and pump away at it to stuff the turtle, hug it (yes, he made him hug it to make sure it was huggable enough), bathe it (good Lord...), give it a heart and a birth certificate with all the details included.

I just imagine walking by the store and seeing Aaron hugging and pretending to bathe the turtle and can't help but laugh. I don't usually buy toys or stuffed animals, but couldn't help but fall in love with this guy. Even though I was laughing about the whole thing, I thanked Aaron for going through such a traumatizing experience just to get it for me.

Have an awesome day!

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!