Five Things About Me

Well I did it. After I mentioned how I haven’t been sick at all this school year and how I am an immunity super hero…I was sick on and off for two weeks. Ugh. I am finally getting better now. Because of this I haven’t really been creating anything or doing anything interesting, so I didn’t feel like I had anything to write about.

Rather than not blogging, I have decided to just do something easy. So here are five random things that I would like to share about me.

1. I like to read. When I find a book that I really like to usually sit down and read the entire thing at once. If I’m reading a book I don’t like so much, it takes a few weeks. Some of my favourite books are: anything by JD Salinger, Margaret Atwood’s “Year of the Flood” (which is part of a trilogy, but can also easily stand alone as a novel), Jane Urquhart’s “Away”,and Thomas King’s “Green Grass Running Water”.

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Homer doesn’t read so much as he lies in piles of books.

2. I drink a lot of tea. I only really drink tea and water, with the occasional juice and sometimes a pop if I am out somewhere.

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I also like playing Yatzee.

3. We have a pet crayfish. He is bright blue and named Vinn.

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4. My dream trip would be wondering around Europe for a few months visiting museums, castles and just taking in the views.

5. Both of our cats sleep curled up with us nearly every single night. Sometimes I wake up stiff because of this, but I still wouldn’t have it anything other way.

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Marbled Chocolate Banana Loaf

I wanted to make banana bread since my freezer has more bananas in it than a Costa Rican market. I looked for a recipe to use, but I didn’t really find anything appealing, so I just made one up. It turned out surprisingly well. To make it special I melted a little chocolate and mixed that in. I tried to ‘marbelize’ it, but as you will see I didn’t do a very good job.

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Here’s the recipe:

Mix together:
3 ripe bananas, mashed well
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
splash of vanilla

Mix together:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup spelt flour (or other whole grain flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
sprinkle of salt

Mix the two together, just until combined.

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Melt some chocolate in a double boiler over water. I used a chunk of chocolate easter bunny, but use whatever you want. If you use really dark chocolate you may want to add some more sugar. I added a splash of milk to help it smooth out. You will want to end up with about half a cup of chocolate.

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Once the chocolate is melted, stir in about half of your batter.

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Pour the two batters into a greased loaf pan, and then run a butter knife through to (hopefully) achieve a marble effect. You may prefer to add spoonfuls of each batter to better marble them.

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Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Let it cool, then slice and eat!

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Very moist, and super delicious!

Chocolate Pudding

These days I don’t have much spare time to try new recipes, but this recipe is pretty quick and uses ingredients that we always have. I used 2% milk (from the freezer) instead of whole milk, I had to add about a tablespoon more cornstarch, though I’m not sure if this is related.

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The verdict? It was good, very creamy and smooth. I don’t think it’s as rich and chocolatey as the pudding I used to make (which I never used a recipe for), but some people like that.

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Pudding is such a great thing to make because it’s easy, quick and a crowd-pleaser. It’s one of those things, I think, that people don’t really make anymore since it’s so easy to buy. but it is so worth it to make your own.

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On Illness

This weekend I was struck down with my first and only sickness this school year. Not one cold, flu or bug afflicted me all through the long winter (which is a big deal to someone who works with children all day). But then Spring shows her face and bam, strep throat. Fever, aches, super sore throat, major headache and nausea were all suffered. But after a couple days of long naps, and lots of water I am already feeling better. Not one hundred percent, but just about. I think I must be doing something right, immune system wise. Or maybe after a few years of sneezing, coughing, nose running children, I’ve caught everything there is to catch!

I’m really hoping that this boasting about my run of health doesn’t jinx me, there is nothing worse than a long cold during Spring!

Hope everyone else out there is feeling well and enjoying lovely weather!

Spring Garden

That time of year I waited and waited for has finally arrived. The snow has melted (all but a stubborn bit of ice blocking access to our shed), the grass is starting to awaken and the sun beckons me to come outside.

There are no flowers yet, but our strawberry plants look very alive and the garlic I planted so long ago in the fall has little green shoots sticking up in rows. I don’t remember planted so many cloves. We even noticed that one of the elephant garlics we planted last spring shot up! Also our carrots from last summer finally grew, though the frost has since killed them. We are just no good with carrots.

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To speed things along we have started some seeds in the house. The tomatoes don’t seem to be doing anything, but everything else has little green stems. We even are trying to start some sweet potatoes. We stuck them in a jar with one end in water and there are now some little roots poking out!

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Our birch sap has started to run as well. Birch syrup and garlic for all!

It’s so nice to be back to the season of new life, rather than looking out to yet another snow storm. My heart goes out to my Mom. Her town is still buried under several feet of snow!

Ultimate Blog Party- 2014

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This year I’m participating in Ultimate Blog Party, which is a way to introduce people to bloggers and also, I think, a great way to build community among bloggers.

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So anyways, onto the introductions. My name is Christy, I live in Ontario with my husband and two cats. We try to live simply, frugally and sustainably. I enjoy crafting, cooking, travelling and being outside. Those are pretty much also the things I write about, with some cat pictures thrown in for good measure.

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So have a look around, if you find something you like let me know! I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for visiting!