Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Light Sprinkling

I think the snow is here to stay. We had our first snowfall last week and it seems to be sticking around. It's weird how it so quickly went from being +5 to +10 degrees to being now -10 or higher. It's usually -15 to -20 each day now with the windchill. It's also snowed most days since the first snow last week. Here we go!

I love seeing little animal tracks in the snow, so cute. There's also more snow on the ground now than you see in these pictures just from the last week.The season of shoveling begins!

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

52 Weeks: 37/52

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

We jammed on Friday night and it was fun, as usual. Our dear friend (and bassist) Steve might come back from Thailand over the holidays for a visit. Nothing is for sure yet, but it's an idea that's floating around. I'm excited about this! Steve is awesome and we have a bunch of time off during the holidays so there would be plenty of time for jamming and hanging out.

Also, recording will start this Friday. It's finally happening! We're going to record 5 songs and release those and then work on some more to release. There is one really new song (new to us) we've decided to record with this first batch because we like it so much. I still have some work to do on it though. We've actually only jammed it a few times, it's that new. Anyways, we're just drum tracking on Friday. Then Aaron and I will fill in our parts another time. Vocals will be the last thing before mixing. I'm looking forward to it!

Have a good one!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

52 Weeks: 36/52

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

Something funny happened to Madison this week. Well, she probably didn't find it funny, but it totally was. I just got home from work and Aaron had a bubble bath waiting for me (yes, he's awesome). Sometimes when I get home from work, I'll take the cats outside for a little dip to get some fresh air. I decided to take Madison out that day. So, we walked around the yard a bit, she ate some grass and after a few minutes I brought her back inside.

Now, when she gets back inside from being out, she usually gets pretty delirious. She starts running around the house and hunting invisible things, she pretty much loses it. One thing she does is run from the living room and dives into the bathtub and then loses it some more in there. Well, that's exactly what she did. It all happened so fast but as I was taking my jacket and boots off, Madison charged by me and dove directly into my hot bubble bath.

She didn't make any noise (other than a huge splash) and quickly jumped back out of the tub and went to hide somewhere. I yelled out to Aaron (he was in another room at the time) to tell him what happened and come help me find her. After the initial shock of what just happened wore off, we found it pretty amusing. Madison eventually came out from her hiding spot and we dried her off with a towel and made sure she was ok. She was totally fine and sat in front of the heater for the next while to dry off. 

Aah cats are the best, have a good one!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Photodump: Autumn

Well, most of the beautiful autumn colours have disappeared by now around here, but I was lucky enough to capture some pictures before it was too late. I really love taking picture early in the morning. The way the sun shines into our yard, it creates this really amazing light and it beams through all the trees in a way that makes it feel dreamy. This was especially gorgeous when the leaves were all sorts of colours.

I absolutely loved opening our bedroom window to those golden leaves taking over. I put a bunch of bird seed out that day and the birds were going crazy for it. So many birds around, even some squirrels would come and eat some. I'm going to miss feeding the animals in the winter. I guess there will still be some animals around, but it's not quite the same. Also, now that our clocks went back, the sunsets at 4:59pm! So early and it's just going to get earlier.

Have an awesome day!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

52 Weeks: 35/52

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

Hobbes is licking her lips as she sits in our yard full of leaves. So many leaves. Last night we got around 55 kids trick or treating at our house. We tried to keep track, just to see. They come mostly between 6-8pm. It was fun handing out candy and checking out all the kids costumes, they're so cute. Hobbes turned into a huge baby and hid the entire time, while Madison was more curious. Usually it's the other way around. 

After the trick or treaters were done for the night, Aaron and I watched the movie The Cabin in the Woods. Pretty weird movie, but good. When it first started to get into it, I was a little bit like "this is not going to be scary" but then it turned out to be pretty creepy. The whole concept of it was strange, but interesting.

Well, enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recipe: Lentil Quinoa Soup

I made some homemade soup recently. Aaron had to work a double shift one day last week and he had to work outside (he usually doesn't have to) so I thought it'd be nice to make him some warm soup for when he got home. The day he had that shift was the one day that week it was super cold and windy out... of course! That's just how it goes sometimes.

I love how easy making homemade soup is and it always tastes so good. Find some awesome ingredients and throw them into a huge pot, spice it up and you're probably going to have some pretty great soup on your hands. This batch of soup made a fair bit, so you can always descrease the amounts. I like to make huge batches so we have some food for the next few days, or you can always freeze it.

 olive oil
 2 onions
4 carrots
1/2 a rutabega
3 cloves of garlic
5 stalks of celery
10 cups of water
cornstarch (to thicken)
1/2 cup of quinoa (uncooked)
1 can no salt added tomatoes
2 cups of green lentils (dry bagged variety)
1 carton vegetable soup stock (or any other type) 
chili powder
4 bay leaves 
ground chilies
garlic powder
salt and pepper 

  1. Cook your quinoa. 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to 2 cups of water or some type of soup stock. Bring water or stock to a boil, add quinoa and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is gone and quinoa is tender.
  2. Get a large pot for the soup. Add a bit of olive oil and put it on medium-high heat. Dice up your onions and garlic and sautee them for 5-7 minutes.
  3. As this is heating up, dice up your carrots, celery and cube your rutabega. Add them into the pot when done and the soup stock and water.
  4. Add rest of your ingredients next, except the quinoa.
  5. In terms of the spices, I actually don't really know how much I've added of each. I know, how helpful is that? Not much! But I just shake a bit of each into the pot and do the taste test as I go. If I want to add more of something, I do but generally it's just a few shakes of each spice.
  6. Bring your soup to a boil.
  7. If you want to thicken your soup, pour some cornstarch into a little bowl. Add a little bit of cold water and blend until smooth. Then as your soup is boiling, slowly add in the cornstarch mix and stir as you add it in. If you just dump it in and don't do this step slowly while stirring, it will clump and you'll have little white blocks in your soup. Your soup should thicken after a minute or two. Add more cornstarch as needed, depending on how thick you want it.
  8. Turn heat down to low-medium and cook for about 35-45 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. I actually made my soup early in the morning and let it simmer most of the day, which is also an option.
  9. Add the cooked quinoa closer to the end of cooking, just enough to warm it up. I added mine in about 15 minutes before we were going to eat.
  10. Don't forget to remove bay leaves before eating!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

52 Weeks: 34/52

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

I'm loving the colours that the leaves on this tree turned. It only lasted a few days though. I took this picture at the beginning of the week and this tree is now completely bare. No leaves at all. I really love the changing colours of the yard, it's so pretty! The one shitty thing about having all these trees though is the amount of leaves we have to clean up... so many leaves. We usually have about 70-80 of those big yard waste bags full by the time we're done and that's not even including the sticks. 

On another note, I'm looking forward to Halloween on Friday. Not sure what we're going to do yet. Perhaps hang out with some friends, jam or just watch some scary movies. All will include handing out candy to the kids of course. I feel like Halloween isn't as big a thing as it was when I was a kid, but I could be wrong. Maybe just because I'm adult now but it seems like there are not as many kids out or something.

Have an awesome day!