The Times They Are a-Changin’

Today the kids and I spent the day preparing a meal for our family. It was a little bit crazy, but a whole lot of fun.

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I am a firm believer in teaching my kids to cook, even if it stresses me out BIG TIME. We decided that spaghetti with homemade bread, bruschetta and caesar salad would be the perfect end to a pretty awesome year.

I made the “biga” (pre-fermented dough) for the ciabatta last night. Today we started mixing and kneading.

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Everything was going pretty well until Jack dumped the bowl and we lost half of the mixture… Yes, I got a picture of the whole mess going down… You can almost see his little heart breaking. 😦

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It was a mess. I’m not going to lie… there were some tears. Jack was upset that he was “the most terrible baker in the universe,” and I was upset that I accidentally freaked out on him. I was able to salvage most of our hard work, and convince Jack that he was in fact, a pretty awesome bread maker…

Our results…

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I made a sauce from the tomatoes I grew this summer, and canned in the fall (I would have blogged about the canning process but I thought I had heat stroke from days spent over the stove). We chopped, cooked, baked and busted out a few dance moves while we spent the day together. It was overall, a very good end to the year.

It got me thinking about resolutions, and New Years in general. I’ve never been one to proclaim resolutions for a healthier year. I know myself better than that. I’ve never resolved to lose weight, quit bad habits, or start giving more to charities. Nothing of the sort. So, when I tried to force myself to make a resolution for this year, I came up empty handed. Until now. If I must make a resolution right now, in this moment, it would be this: To spend as much time as possible teaching my kids about their food. To show them how to grow it, raise it and turn it into the meals we put on our table. To teach them that the best things in life come with hard work, and patience.

It’s still early, and yet, I’m pretty sure I won’t make it to midnight. I’m about to tuck my kids into bed with a strong garlic-scented kiss and hope tomorrow brings as much happiness as today did.

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Happy New Year to you all!

December Already?

December. My favourite month of the year! I haven’t had much of a chance to post anything since Halloween, and before that…I can’t even remember. I just checked in and noticed unanswered messages from over a month ago. Whoops! I’m sorry. Life gets busy, doesn’t it?

I guess this is my random update post. It’s been absolutely crazy around here, but not in a “I must announce things to the world” kinda way. Just in a normal family of five kinda way. We’ve been busy with school and work and just everyday stuff. I’m being forced to spend a couple of days in the office now, but I’m not complaining too much because I am being trained by a friend of ours. She knows what she’s doing. She also brings me coffee. I like coffee.

Along with the office duties, I also forced everyone to decorate a parade float.

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And guess what…

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We won! This was pretty exciting for us. Nick was pretty proud. I didn’t tell him that I thought it was just because they were happy to have new businesses participating. 😉 We brought tacky Christmas back! It was great!

This past weekend we had our company Christmas party here at the house. It was nice to see everyone and to start the festive season off right. It also taught Nick and I that we are not in fact 19 anymore. My head still hurts.

Today, I just finished packing for my trip to Costa Rica on Wednesday. Yes, I know what you’re thinking… What kind of mom of 3 little kids gets to hightail it out of the country during the busiest time of the year? This mom!! I have the best husband in the world! I’m super lucky that I get to go and celebrate my Aunt’s 60th birthday with some of my favourite women of all time. 4 out of the 5 of us have our birthdays in the next couple of weeks, so we have a lot of celebrating to do. I’m only slightly nervous about leaving Nick with the kids for that long. I know it’s going to be hard, but he’s tough! That and we live pretty close to his mom. 😉

I’ll be back just in time to finish up last minute shopping, wrapping and preparing for the big day. Last year’s “Skipping Christmas” trip was great fun, but it will be awesome to celebrate in our forever home. Guess what? I can say that now without freaking out either! It only took a year, but I can now say that Nick was right, that this is the greatest place in the world for our family. We love it! In the new year we’ll continue on with the renovations. Let the chaos begin (again) upstairs!

I’m going to miss these little monsters…

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