Detox Water…Infused Water…Garden in Ma Drink!!

Okay, so is anyone else addicted to these wonderful Waters??!!  Seriously, I have seen these blowup on Pinterest and all over Facebook!!!!   I was like, “Ewwwwww!!! Bits of food in my water?!??”   But, I have always been a girl who loves lemon in water especially in the morning. Definitely loving that “Eat Right For Your Blood Type” book!!!  ANYWAY, I’ve been throwing in cucumbers, oranges, lemons, limes, mint, watermelon, strawberrys, etc.  The entire family is hooked!!!   

This great detox water not only rids your body of harmful toxins, but helps to flush fat from your body as well.  apparently this is great for a clearing the skin as well. Time to start making pitcher fulls!!!

  

I would absolutely love to hear your favourite recipe!!!

Xoxo

Marie

Giving To The People Who Serve Our Community….

We’re trying to teach our kids about all the people who serve our community. These people work tirelessly and risk their lives so that we can be safe. 

Our younger boys are particularly interested in the fire fighters, police, and ambulance officers.  Over time, I have explained about what midwives, nurses, and doctors do for us and have done for us and they are also very grateful for them. 

We were very excited to come together as a family and come up with an idea to say thank you. Of course cookies and baked goods sounded like a great idea, but we wanted something that would last a bit longer. In these professions there is not a lot of downtime, but we thought it would be nice to give them something that would cheer them up when there is.  We have a few more items we want to put inside including a special note from the family. 

  

  

So we came up with the idea of fun boxes!!  Everyone had a part to play in putting these boxes together.  Whether it was ordering the goodies to go inside or  decorating the box itself, we all had fun contributing to this project in some way!!

First, we went and purchased boxes from a local discount store. Then, we wrote out a bunch of hand made labels and the kids coloured them in!!

   

 

After the labels were finished, we put them on the back of packing tape and taped them to each side of the box.  Then, we took out the mod podge and stuck the top one on with that!!

   

       

Once dried, the boys got to pull out some of the goodies!!

Each boy chose a different service department.  They were chatting about the different areas in which is workers serve. It was a sweet time with them. 

Judson- “Fyermen make sure my fwends don’t get huwrt!”

Xavier- “Officers go after the badies.”

They’re so sweet!!

   

          

I’m not quite sure that Nicholas wanted to give up his box LOL!!

 

I would love to hear what ideas you have for serving and reaching out to the community!!

Xoxo

Marie

P.S. Once we delivered the boxes, I will post the photos here!!

Character!

So, lately there have been a lot of posts going around the internet with fantastic April Fool’s Day ideas!!  Wow!! There are definitely some very creative people out there!!

I absolutely love pranks and surprises and I think I have now turned everyone in my family to my side LOL!

I came across this idea, but could not wait until April Fool’s Day to play it out. I think it definitely gives them some character!!!

I would just be tickled pink if you could share your photos with me if you recreate this idea as well!!

Xoxo

Marie

  

Sopa (Traditional Mexican Soup) 

Hi guys!!  Today, I made my hard-working men in the family Sopa since they decided to move a piano for me. Lol. Sopa is a traditional Mexican soup with noodles that has a tomato base. It is amazing!  

So I basically lightly fried a bag 

of 500 g of noodles. While that was frying in a bit of olive oil, I threw these ingredients into a blender!! 

  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 small onion 
  • 2 heaped tbls of garlic 
  • a pinch of baking soda 
  • 1/4C chopped coriander 
  • Salt/Pepper

When your noodles get lightly golden, pour your tomato mixture into the pan of noodles. You can then add water until it is the consistency you are happy with.  You will basically need to let it simmer until the noodles I just right for you.  With this particular recipe, I threw in about 5 tablespoons of tomato paste which made it a  deep red and a bit too overpowering. 

But it was still yummy!!!!



Enjoy!!

Xoxo

Marie

Perfect Marinade

No Joke!  It’s amazing!!  Here’s what happened…..

One day, I brought my husband (who was at that time my fiance) to my friends house to introduce them to each other!  

They decided to make a barbecue chicken lunch for us.  Before I could finish my first bite of the chicken I was begging for the recipe!!!  It’s not saucy or glazy, but it is packed with flavour in every bite!!  I was absolutely amazed!!!

I think the secret is in the marinating as they suggested to marinate it for three days in the fridge!!  3 days?!?!   I’m totally one of those “That chicken has been in there for 2 days and that is Long enough for me!!!” kinda gal. Lol

So I change my tune whenever I make this.  And it is amazing with any type of meat!!!!  I have tried fish, lamb, Kangaroo, chicken, and steak!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3C Lemon Juice
  • 1.5C Canola Oil
  • 3/4C Soy Sauce
  • 1/4C Worchester Sauce
  • 1.5C tsp parsley flakes
  • 2 tbl mustard
  • 2 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbl pepper
  • 1/2C Brown Vinegar
  • 2 Cloves crushed garlic

MARINADE 1-3 DAYS!!!!

It took me about two lemons to get the juice I needed. :)

Ready to whisk!!

At this point, I pretty much poke the chicken in as much as possible and cover with plastic wrap and pop in the fridge. Every so often, I will go in and give the bowl a little shake. I will even move the pieces around a bit.  Here, I did buy 2.5 kilos of chicken wings, so I drizzled a few more of the same ingredients on top. 

This is now covered with plastic wrap and in my fridge.  I will probably make it tomorrow night as I cannot wait three days for this LOL!!!

I’ll post photos after I barbecue!!

…….okay!   3 days later.   It AMAZING!!

Listening In

Picture this…..

It’s 2am.  You’re awoken by a “MOM!”  You sit up in bed, blurry eyed and confused.  Who was it?  Why was it?…uh.  Wha?!?!  Who?!?!  OH!  A kid.  It was a kid!!  Then, I stare at these.  Which one did the noise come from? 



  

I watch for the lights to come on again (they come on when noise is coming from a room). 

 My little blessings tucked in their beds.   I’m so grateful for them.  Really.    They have my heart. 

My nightstand used to have a mini stereo, some gum, my phone, and who knows what else. Lol.  But this is it at the moment.  Simple.  My Kinde has all my books.  My devotions have my attention, mind, and heart  in the mornings. And these three little monitors have my ears. 

Xoxo

Nightie Night!!

Marie

Salsa…. Amazing Stuff!

Yes!!!   We loooooove salsa.  I love my food processor. And the colour God puts into His veggies and fruit. 

Lots of LOVE going around here. Lol

I was so excited to make salsa, that I only have two pics.  I’m sorry. Please forgive me. We were hungry and in a rush.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 purple onion quartered
  • 4 tomatoes
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4c coriander chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Throw everything in the processor and pulse until your happy with size of chunks!!  



Enjoy!!

Xoxo

Marie

Fabric Fish

So, I have been having fun playing around with some very trendy fabric patterns and fish designs (thanks to a special at Spotlight, lol!)   Who doesn’t want a fabric fish wall hanging right??



I started by tracing out a shape of a fish on card stock that would enable me to get three fish out of each piece of fabric.  



Now, I am a busy mum of seven and don’t get a lot of sewing time!!  So I try to do everything in a type of factory manor LOL.  I started by ironing all of the fabric to get out the creases. After that, I cut them all into six rectangles per fabric.  I traced 30 fish onto greaseproof paper and cut them out.  I turned the fabric right side in.  I pinned one fish onto each set that was turned in.



 I cut out each fish until I had a pile of 30. 



 Then I cut 30 pieces of twine and tied a knot onto one end of each piece.  I fed it through the centre of each fish (between the two right sides)  until the knot was  just out of the fishes mouth.  

I then sewed around each fish and doubled over in the area where the twine was going to be hanging through the fishes mouth. I left half of the tail unsewn to finish sewing by hand after it was lightly stuffed. 

I used the twine to pull the fish right side out and use the handle end of a wooden spoon to open the fish up to be ironed if needed. 





After stuffing, I used my hands to slightly flatten by wiggling the stuffing back and forth. Then, I sewed the tail closed by using an invisible stitch and chose some buttons for eyes!   I brought the knot through the nose of the fish and sewed the eyes on the way you would a regular teddy bear (one on each side)!



These are a fun present to give anyone!!  





Enjoy!!

Xoxo

Marie