Thursday, March 26, 2015

Oven Update and PL2015 Weeks 6 & 7

The new oven arrived. And was installed. It wasn't quite as simple as taking it out of the box and removing plastic of course. Is it ever? There was at least one trip to the hardware store involved. There was a jigsaw involved. There was the 'shaving down' of the existing wood involved. But it's in now, its working. And we made our first brownie. The kids are ecstatic. I'm ecstatic. Everyone is happy and the crock pot has been put away for a little while.

Onto some Project Life Pages.

Week 6:

Winter came back this week. We've had an unseasonably warm winter, so it's hard to complain when we actually get some snow, but I do... Thankfully it didn't stick around for long. Girl Guides did a Yoga night at the local Ivivva Athletica store. My sweet girl has never been too interested in fashion and names, and going to a shop like that certainly made me grateful. The boys went on a scout camp, so we had a girls weekend, and I finally watched Frozen. Can you believe that was my first time watching it? Loved it. Miss Libby watching her girl build a snowman out front. Playing Star Wars Monopoly. I'm such a debbie-downer when it comes to game playing, but if you can get me to do it, I usually end up having fun.

Week 7:

Barry at work in his office. I tend to focus more on the kids and myself in our album. [Of course, every vacation we've taken since the kids were with us, looks like it was just him and the kids, as I'm always behind the camera] I'm making a more conscious effort to have shots of him sprinkled throughout the book. Grade 4's to the Olympic Oval to learn to Speed Skate. Boys cleaning up dishes in the kitchen. An invite to the worlds largest coffee date. Photo shoot of Lisa's baby belly. This was one of my favourite photos.  Valentine's flowers. And a sad little ditty about an oven breaking down.

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Week 6:

Charmed - Sampler Kit
4x6 - Photo Template Layouts
3x4 - Photo Template Layouts

Week 7:

Hello - Sampler Kit

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Oven Update

As I type this, I'm waiting for the arrival of our new oven...

It's going to look like this, only in black. 

Am I the only one in existence who doesn't care for stainless steal?

Because we wanted black, it was considered a 'special order'. So there are perhaps a few of us out there, who'd prefer black to stainless. That makes me feel a bit better at least. A bit...Not thrilled about having to wait weeks for it, however.

Today marks nearly 5 weeks since my old oven crapped out. 5 weeks. I was pretty gung-ho at first. I picked out recipes, and we had a fair number of crock pot meals. The weather has been pretty accommodating too, so we've done lots of grilling on the BBQ. But we've also had our fair share of cereal for supper. Yes, you read right. Cereal. The kids think they've died and gone to heaven when they get cereal for dinner. And I think I've died and gone to heaven, because I don't have to prepare a dinner... That will be coming to an end though, very soon. 

First order of business. The kids have made me promise them the first thing I would make is a brownie. I know they'll both come home from school today, disappointed. They will have assumed that the oven is here, and they'll have their little mouths watering for brownie. 

They will have to wait another day though, our oven is due to be delivered somewhere between 4 - 8 pm. So, in my mind that will be about 8:15 - 8:45. Because I don't know if we've ever been first on the delivery schedule. I'm pretty sure we're always the last ones to be delivered to. In any case, super excited about baking/cooking in our new oven in the very near future!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

PL2015 - Week 5

Here is my layout for week 5.

This week I got together with my mum and a couple of her friends and we did a Greek cooking day. It was so much fun. We all brought ingredients to make a particular dish. My dish of choice was Spanakopita, or Spinach Pie. It was yummy. I would make it again for sure. Our walking group met at Nose Hill and we saw a huge herd of deer. Lunch date with my girl. Conferences at the school. A text from the boy, telling me to STAY AWAY... Eeks... Grounded from electronics kids.

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

The Everyday Routine

Meal Ideas...

So. Our oven died. It died on the 14th of February. It worked fine the night before, and then when I went to use it the next morning and... Nothing. Nada. Over. Done. Died.

I was pretty bummed out, I had planned on making these Ranch Roasted Chick Peas. I'd opened and 'shelled' 2 tins of chick peas, and THEN realized I couldn't 'roast' them. I could have salvaged them, made hummus. I contemplated that for a couple of weeks, and recently, just threw them all away. Sadly, the chick peas were on their way out. Past the point of no return if you will. I just wanted to try those roasted chick peas.

Since our oven died on Valentine's Day. I wasn't able to make a brownie for my family. Which was what they had requested. The only thing they wanted. It was kind of devastating around here. For my family. Me too if I'm being honest... I don't know that I've ever turned down dessert.

We did go shopping, and found and bought a new oven. Which will be here on the 18th of March. Once it's here and installed [fingers crossed] it will be 3 days short of 5 weeks. Without an oven.

Because naturally, there were no ovens available and it had to be special ordered. Of course it did. Because it's a smaller sized oven. Not the norm.

So here I am, 3 weeks into having no oven. And I'm tired of my crock pot. And my kids are tired of my crock pot. And then it got cold, so grilling food outside quickly became a chore. And though the toaster oven on our counter can do chicken pieces and pizzas, it doesn't do great with 'meat'.

And then, I got a book from the library, that I'd reserved months ago... This one: Sally's Baking Addiciton, and everything in that book looks so yummy, but I can't make anything. And suddenly, I have an overwhelming urge to just 'bake stuff'.

So poor me...

Yesterday I was 2 weeks away from getting my new oven.

I can't wait.

Oh. I just remembered, I have a WOK. I haven't used that yet!

Can you say Stir fry...

That's what the next week will consist of!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

PL2015 - Week 4

Here is the 4th week of my project life album.

This week we made another trip to the orthodontist, and were told we don't need to come back now, until April! Yippee! On the downside, it looks like braces are in this kids future... Spa night at Guides, Madelyn was in charge of massages. This week was unseasonably warm, and were hung out outside with NO JACKETS ON! [Sadly, it's both snowed and significantly cooled off since then]. A quick look at my Mum and Dad's kitchen reno. Wall has been removed. The Mustangs at a Hitmen game, they got tickets to see a game, as a result of winning EMHW. I changed the photo to B/W and then brought the colour of the jersey's out. Love how it turned out. Thanks to my hubby, who took this photo and made sure I got a copy of it.

Sahlin Studio Products Used:

The Everyday Routine

I am loving this new bundle and can see using it a lot in the future.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

PL2015 - Weeks 2 & 3

Here are my photos for Week 2:

This week was a cold one. We have had a super mild winter. I feel bad for all the people who have had so many terrible blizzards and storms this year. We usually have frigid temperatures and tons of snow, but this year, it's been pretty easy to take. So this week, withe a cold snap in the forecast, we turned into a bunch of cry babies... A bit of journaling about how busy our family has become this year with 2 kids in organized sports. Little Libby and her friend Ratty, waiting patiently to be played with. Mason filling up the suet bird feeder, before the cold snap hits. Madelyn at a ringette practice. We went to the movies on Friday night. The boys saw the Hobbit [Mason had already seen it with a friend] and the girls went and saw Annie.

Week 3:

This week was super exciting. Mason's team ended up going all the way and winning the gold medal for their division, in the Esso Minor Hockey Week. Madelyn was in a tournament the same weekend, the Esso Golden Ring, she too received a medal for her hard work. The week started off with a sick little girl and a doggy who seemed upset about the 'unusual situation' of her asleep on the couch. We also took family photos for my Happy New Year 2015 cards. We made a trip to the local green house, to enjoy both the temperatures as well as the colour of the foliage. Madelyn was bound and determined to get a 'pet' cactus. I refuse to allow any rodents in the house, much to her horror. She couldn't believe how quickly I agreed to her having a 'pet' cactus... Named spike... She made sure we got to the garden center before I changed my mind.

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Week 2

The Everyday Routine

Week 3

Chesterfield Journal Cards
Chesterfield Elements
Photo Journal No. 1 - Word Art
Photo Journal No. 1 - Templates

Friday, February 6, 2015

Project Life - 2015

I still love this project life thing. This will be my 5th year doing it... I've seen all sorts of different scrappers talk about changing things up. Using a smaller format. Not being confined by weeks, etc.

I'm still going with a weekly format.

When I look at past years, I'm super glad I kept track of stuff.

Keeping it weekly however, certainly makes you realize just how quickly time flies by... Because I look at detailed photos and read the journaling and think, "That CAN NOT be a year ago already" But alas, it is. So this really shows how fast life goes.

Another thing I find, it keeping with the digital format, my whole year last year fit into a 12x12 binder.

I couldn't decide if I should change up my photo design slightly this year. Should I  do away with the white borders around the photos. Should I round the corners of the photos. I look at other peoples project life, and I like that look. But when I look at mine... Nah. Couldn't do it. So corners are not rounded and photos have white borders. And I STILL love the look of it...

Here is this years title page.

I changed all the pictures to black and white, so that colours didn't clash.

Week 1:

Week one was actually from the 29th of December, through the 4th of January. We had some lazy days after Christmas. A lot of jammie time. One of the hits of Christmas was a game Mason had asked for called the Settlers of Catan. It got played over and over and over. Still does in fact. Even I play it with him, and that says a lot...

We went to Kananaskis again for New Years. We had a great time, and got in 2 days of skiing. We came home from there and had a get together with some good friends.

When I first started doing this project life a few years ago. I thought I want my book to coordinate. I want to use the same colour combinations. Once I became a creative team member on Sahlin Studio, I quickly let that idea go.

I LOVE the fact that I get to use all sorts of different new products. I love how my pages change from week to week. I wouldn't do it any other way. And yes, I love the white borders around my photos...

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Title Page:

Hello Sampler Kit  [an add on available with this months Memory Pocket Monthly]

Photo Overlays - Love

Week One:

Shine Bright Kit