The Journey

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Good morning followers! My long absence has been noted. We made a splitsecond decision to move to Calgary, Alberta. It was a huge life change, I have been living in Vernon, BC most of my adult life and was super excited to leave. We packed up everything in storage and hit the road on Halloween. My 6 year old had dental work the day before and had no argument about giving up trick or treating. So we packed up the car and left. We spent the next few days in Banff. As soon as we got there, it snowed hard. The cold weather and the snow wasn’t a problem, we walked all over Banff anyway. What a beautiful town with some amazing scenery. Um, unfortunately all my pictures are on my phone…. and my husband left that in BC last week…

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All Aboard Voyager!

Two days before we left, we had just finished the Star Trek: Voyager series. We stayed at The Voyager Inn. I know. Cool, right? I didn’t plan that in anyway.  We pulled into Banff late and it the first hotel we passed. We went out for a stroll once a day, found a mall to get some winter stuff. I did bring yarn for the journey but it wasn’t enough to make everyone something.

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We had dinner from the Voyageur’s Lounge in the Inn one night. How fitting. My ancestors were important Voyageurs (us: cowboy) in the building of Canada. Monumental in the founding of Alberta and the key trading posts. Cool, huh?

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He insisted on photobombing every picture!

The day before we left, we checked out the hot springs. What a magical day. For 25$ we got to sit in the hot springs while it snowed and our hair froze. What an amazing experience, I can’t wait to do it again. The best part? We weren’t the only crazy ones, the place was full! It was scary and cold until we jumped in. It took a while to coax my son in but he was a champ and eventually went for it.

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The hot springs.. best pic I could get.

When we got back to the hotel, we enjoyed the hot tub. They had an outdoor pool – that was open in this weather- but it was kinda gross so we stuck to the hot tub. We were the only people using the facilities until the day we left. I guess ski season started, glad we got out when we did or the town would be full.

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We left after 3 days and headed toward Calgary. We pulled in, got a hotel right away and started looking for a place. It was too easy. I spent 10 years in Vernon looking for a place and all I got was a crack shack. I pulled into Calgary and had a basement suite the next day – cheaper and nicer.

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Is that a hotel or a castle?

We pulled out of Banff on a beautiful day and had a nice easy drive. I wish I had more pictures of the Rocky Mountains to share, but it’s ALWAYS dark when I go through. I’m very excited for spring, and many road trips. My Native American ancestors heavily populated this land and I look forward to seeing all of it.

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“Remember: When everything seems like an uphill struggle, think of the view from the top”.

We chose to randomly pull over for a bathroom break. We pulled onto a reserve and found this sign. This is on the land of my Stoney Nakoda ancestors. I found it very spiritual that even my ancient ancestors approved of my journey. I cannot wait to return to this checkpoint and see the Museum and scenery in the spring.

 

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Welcome to Calgary

This is where our Journey ends – and begins. We got a nice place, my son is in a school that only goes to grade 4. Minimal bullying, a group of nice teachers who seem to care about their students. His school is brand new, I believe it just opened last year. We live in a nice community and my son loves to play with the kids upstairs.  This is by far the best, craziest thing I have ever done and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

So much to work on!

I have begun a few projects since settling in. I plan on sharing them with you soon. I am developing my brand, and what I want to sell: New city, New opportunities, new market base. I may be able to sell stuff here, I certainly couldn’t in Vernon.

Wish me luck on my new life and I look forward to sharing my future projects with you!

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Back online soon

Sorry for the absence. My family finally decided to do the big move: we left Vernon and went to Calgary. We finally have a place and are settling in. I do not have any of my stuff. I brought a few balls of yarn and the unfinished Sonic. I’m patiently waiting for my sewing machine and the rest of my stuff so I can get back to reality. It should be easier to set up shop here. Forgive the sparse updates. I will be back online soon.

Thank you

33/150: Thankful for Pizza Pizza!

 

Pizza! Pizza!

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Mmmm… I have been craving pizza for some time now. Even though the best pizza place in town is only 14$ for a family sized pizza, I decided to go homemade. It was about the same price because I already had most of the ingredients.  I had my teenager over for the weekend so I decided it would be a nice treat. Besides, my husband is working late and who doesn’t wanna come home to pizza?

 

 

 

I started my dough around 2-230 pm. I left it to rise while I engaged in Mario Party 10 with the boys. we had fun, until the Gamepad died and all thats left is 2 wii motes. Oh well, Mom’s out. While they continued to play their video games, I prepped my veggies, meat and cheese.

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The recipe I used for my pizza dough is here.

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For these pizzas our lineup included: red, green, yellow, orange peppers; finely diced leek; celery; canned pineapple; and a sub pack with included pepperoni, bologna and ham. I purchased  preshredded cheese (marble and herb-garlic/mozza) and used the remaning orange cheddar in my fridge.

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Everyone picked their toppings, my oldest had everything except pineapple and my youngest just went with meat and cheese. I threw ’em in the oven for 20 minutes @ 450*F and voila! It was so good, the boys were silent while eating and my youngest in begging for more. Success!

 

 


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It also happens to be Canadian Thanksgiving tomorrow (or just Thanksgiving, as we call it here). I don’t like cooking turkeys. I don’t see the need to cook a giant bird till it completely dries out (no, I’m not very good at cooking turkey) then throw half of it out because everyone in my house is too good for leftovers. Gee. Not too mention I have absolutely NO freezer space. I can’t even save it… So I’m going the stuffed bird route, but a little less traditional. I’m excited to share this modernized dinner with you!

Sneak peak ingredients:

  1. Chicken breasts
  2. Stuffing
  3. Cranberry sauce
  4. Potatoes

 

32/150: Hedgehogs & Chili Dogs

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Growing up,  my sister and I loved Sonic the Hedgehog. We rented the games every weekend until we saved enough to buy them. I was completely infatuated with that fast blue hedgehog. Since my hubby bought Sonic for Lego Dimensions, my son has been all about it. We began watching the original Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) cartoon but he has moved on to Sonic Underground (1999) now.


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Sonic: forgive the awful picture please!

My most recent project is a plush Sonic. I found a great easy pattern by WolfdreamerI started him over a month ago, then ran out of the appropriate color yarn (which is appparently discontinued now). So I cheaped out on the spikes . I did 4 large and 2 small instead of the 6:4 the pattern calls for. All in all it looks great either way.

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I pinned him together using safety pins. I’m impressed with how well he turned out, and my son is super excited about it.

 

He is supposed to have 6 large spikes and 4 small… but as I noted, there was a yarn shortage. The arrangment may change.

I started sewing him this morning. Wow. It is not easy. I have ripped his face apart so many times today. Once I was on a roll, it went smoothly.

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It took me ALL DAY to sew the eyes, muzzle and ears.

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L-R: Sonia, Sonic & Manic. img src wikipedia

Of course, when I am done with Sonic I will be making Tails and Knuckles. My son has requested “Manic” from the Sonic Underground franchise. So we shall see how far I get on personal projects this winter. I am certain he would be excited to wake up Christmas morning with the whole set.

 

 

 


Chili Dogs

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Well, tonight I decided to do Sonic theme night. I was already working on the Sonic project. So I made some baked potatoes and chili dogs for dinner. I must say it was a blast from the past. I remember begging mom to make chili dogs.

It was pretty basic. I used some Chicken weiners I picked up the other day, hot dog buns, cheese and chili. Since I love pickles and relish, I made sure to add relish.

For the chili, I have a few cans in the cupboard. My father in law insists on sending home these canned care packages… So I warmed it up and grated some cheese.

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Voila! Chili Dogs and homemade tater tots!

The potatoes are Russett’s cut up small. I tossed them in Vegetable oil (I usually use Olive oil, but I’m all out) and seasoning then baked them at 450*F for 25-30 min and prepared dinner as they baked.

 

Recap : Ingredient list

1 can of chili (feel free to make homemade; my recipe is here)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 pkg hot dog buns

1 pkg weiners

3 large russet potatoes.

 


PS: I hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for your support! My hands are healing nicely, I caved and went to the pharmacist to get temporary relief. It is working and I am anxious to get back to crochet!

31/150: Sewing Machine Update

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RIP Keni the Kenmore

It has been an interesting week to say the least. My sewing machine was having tension problems so I took it to the doctor. The doctor told me she couldn’t be repaired. Sure, I’ll accept that. It is 50 years old and probably sat in some old lady’s basement for 30 years, unused, before she died and it was donated. But it did help me rediscover my love of sewing. That phone call broke my heart and I knew I couldn’t readily replace it. This, just as all my fancy fabric is coming in.

 

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Findlay’s Vernon

Today we went for a drive. On the way back I figured we should stop at the sewing machine doctor and deal with the dead patient. I told them to recycle her and decided to browse their selection. I saw a few really nice (kinda pricey) machines. The resident expert showed me a few machines and I fell in love with the Janome HD718.  The price tag? 399$. Guess its not that bad, considering Walmart sells worse quality for the same price. My husband didn’t even hesitate. He pulled out his wallet and we walked out with new sewing machine. When I asked him why, he said, “Because you’re worth it.” Awww.

 

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I’m excited to set it up and get started. Unfortunately, it is almost as heavy as my last one and doesn’t fit in the sewing table. I have a temporary table that I hope will hold until I get around to purchasing a more stable one.

 

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In another strange stroke of luck, I found 100$+ worth of needle felting supplies on the local buy and sell for 50$. 3 grocery bags full of roving wool, needles, and other necessary supplies. I have been wanting to get into it, but the starter kits alone are 50$. So I asked my husband if it was ok and he said go for it. So now I have that to look forward to as well.


 

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I’ll wrap up this post now… I have a Sonic amigurumi that is half sewn together and some other crochet projects that require my immediate attention. I’ll get around to playing with my new sewing machine this weekend, I hope. There are quite a few personal things that need to be taken care of this week, so I’m booked solid with no time for me or my projects.

Have a great week and hopefully my next post isn’t too far from now!

 

 

 

30/150 : Hey Big Spender

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I went on a shopping spree this week. Last month, my husband spent 300$ on shoes and another 300$ on computer monitors. Do you know what could buy with that much? So I decided to spend some money on me. I went to Yarncanada.ca and ordered 50$ worth of yarn and spent 20$ on Etsy for fabric. I would like a new coffee maker and perhaps some nice ergonomic crochet hooks. Even then I still don’t think I could match my husband;  I get small things that add up… he does large purchases. I’m stoked to see what I can find for my collection.

 

startrkI also took my sewing machine to the doctor. It hasn’t been serviced or looked at since I got it, and it is nearly 50 years old. Holy cow was that thing heavy! I had to take it out of the table and carry it to the car. Even after service it will only be an extra 100$. So I have quite a bit of spending left to do if I wanna catch up to my husband. Except I’ll have more then 2 monitors and 2 pairs of shoes. Maybe in a few months I will fork out that kind of money for a new sewing machine? I have challenged myself to make/sell that dollar equivalent to a sewing machine – I better get started!

 

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When my sewing machine comes home, I will be making PJ pants for my son. He picked out Legend of Zelda. I am waiting on the fabric to come in, so I want to work on the pattern. I have a stack of store bought patterns and would you believe I have not one for PJ pants? The solution is simple: some craft/brown wrapping paper and trace a pair of his current pj pants. I will make them bigger of course. Maybe while I’m at it I can sew his tunic! Hopefully I get around to it all before Christmas.

 

knightasWith halloween just around the corner and my first year with a full stash of DIY ingredients. My son wants to be a Nexo Knight. I have a few patterns for armor and helmets. I am going to take a broken plastic shield and make a cover with fabric or crochet. I would like to make myself a costume but I doubt I’ll get around to that this year.

 

 

 

Update: Just as I was posting this, the sewing machine repair shop called. She’s done. She cannot be fixed, but he offered a deal on a new one 😉

29/150: Just Peachy!

I am probably the only person I now that does not like peaches. The prospect is delicious, but they always end up tasting like feet to me. Recently I found a jar of peach jam my grandmother canned. I won’t eat it alone or with toast – but I remembered a trick momma used to do: throw it in a biscuit. So today we made baking powder biscuits with Peach jam. They took me less than 20 mins to throw together and are out of the oven in less then 20 minutes.

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First, I popped open my can of jam. Then I mixed flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. I added brown sugar and whisked the ingredients together. Add cubed butter and mix with a pastry blender or 2 forks.

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Mix together milk and jam, add to dry ingredients 1/3 at a time.

 

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Scoop onto prepped cookie sheet: approx 1/4 cup size each.

 

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Bake at 400*F for 18 minutes.

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Peach Jam Biscuits

Preheat oven to 400*F

2 cups flour

1.5 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

6 tbsp butter, cubed

1/3 cup peach jam

1/3 cup milk

 

  1. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. 
  2. Add butter, mix with pastry blender or 2 forks
  3. Whisk milk and jam together, Add in 3 parts until evenly blended .
  4. Scoop onto cookie sheet in 1/4 cup portions
  5. Bake at 400*F for 18 min (approx 15-20 minutes depending on your oven)
  6. Serve warm with butter!

Enjoy!