Friday, February 26, 2010

{recipe friday}

Yesterday I stumbled across a new cute blog called A Wedding Story and found a recipe for pumpkin cookies. I have made other recipes for pumpkin cookies in the past, but this one surpasses it by far!

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Glaze (recipe follows)

Directions:
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle Glaze over cookies.

FOR GLAZE:
COMBINE 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl until smooth.
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Make sure you check out her blog! Have a great weekend! :)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Love Sonnet XVII

I came across this sonnet last night and it made me cry. It made me think of our wedding day and how much love there is going to be on that day.

I do not love you as if you were a salt rose, or topaz
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
So I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

- Pablo Neruda

source

I am thinking about asking someone to read a poem/sonnet during the ceremony, but haven't found the perfect one quite yet.

If you were to have a poem/saying/sonnet read during your ceremony, what would it be? One from the Bible or a particular author?



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

{wedding wednesday} to do list

This week I don't have any projects to show you, but rather a list of what's to come. I find it hard to get stuff done related to the wedding during the week, so this weekend I am hoping to get a lot ordered and started.

Things to work on:

1. Tissue paper pomanders
- I have two left to finish
-fold, fold, fold tissue paper!
2. Welcome bags
- We bought the bags and tissue paper. Still need to get water bottles, tourism maps and gum/mints. I am also planning on making chocolate chip cookies the week before the wedding
-welcome notes
-buy labels for the bags
3. Order paper and envelopes for the invitations
-still looking for a good price with shipping to Canada....so frustrating!
4. Guest Book
- design the cards for people to sign
-buy paper to make the cards

Hopefully I can get lots done this weekend because I am starting to get stressed out!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Help needed!

I am trying to find websites to buy paper and envelopes off of for our invitations, but haven't had much luck. Can anyone suggest websites that sell both that aren't super expensive and ship to Canada?

Thank you!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Weekend Recap

This weekend, Mr.D and I went to Emerald Lake Lodge which is located in Field, British Columbia and it was gorgeous! It was sunny and close to zero degrees all weekend, except for at night.

We left on Friday night and after a few forgotten things (not saying who forgot them ;) ) we arrived at Emerald Lake around 7:30pm. Because the busy season is during the summer for the lodge, we had no problems getting a shuttle and checking in quickly. We didn't do much that night, just checked out the lodge and sat in the hot tub for a while.

On Saturday, we decided to try cross country skiing which neither of us had done before. It was fun, but lots of work! We did a loop that took us across the lake and around a trail that was about 4km long. The last part of the trail was best as it was all downhill and you just got to sit back and enough it. Let me just say, it is REALLY hard to slow yourself down when you are on cross country ski's and are in the tracks! I bailed really hard and have a huge bruise on my butt now! Later that night, we went out for our "engagiversary" dinner, which was delicious. The resort did not have TV's in the room and it was nice to be disconnected from everything for even just two days.

On Sunday, we enjoyed breakfast and then headed home around 11am. The rest of the day was spent rearranging our house because last week Mr.D decided to buy a new 42inch TV.


Just a snowman hanging out with the mountains in the background




Mr.D and I on a little break from cross country skiing


The beautiful scenery

It was a fabulous weekend and I am sad to return to reality tomorrow!

How was your weekend? What did you do?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Oh Canada! Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Lisa at Lisa's Yarns, who won the great pair of Olympic mitts. I found the winner by the old school way of names on paper and drawing the lucky winner from a hat.

Lisa, e-mail me at with your address and I will get your mitts in the mail shortly!

Thanks to everyone for entering!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Oh Canada! Giveaway continued

A few weeks ago, I posted about having a giveaway of a pair of Canadian Olympic mittens but only two lovely readers entered in the giveaway, so I have decided to extend the deadline until 10pm tonight!

Here's how to enter:

Earn 1 entry for being or becoming a follower (leave me a comment so I know)
Earn 1 entry for posting my lovely giveaway on your blog (again comment with the link so I know)
Earn 1 entry for leaving a comment about a product, food, etc that you have always wanted to try, but can only get in Canada
Or just leave a fabulous comment on how you would love to win them!

And a BIG thank you to Danica for giving the giveaway a shout out on her fabulous blog!

Good luck!

Three Years

This weekend, Mr.D and I are off to Emerald Lake Lodge to celebrate a belated Valentine's Day/one year of being engaged/3 years of being together. So this post is dedicated to us and our future.

From the day I met you in Cancun over three years ago, you have made me laugh and smile. Even while I am mad at you.


You have encouraged me to be me and to enjoy everything life brings our way.


Although being 3,000km away from each other for almost a year, you made the drive back home memorable and so much fun!


You are a very kind and caring person. Not to mention you put up with me when I get really drunk on my birthday ;)


We never take ourselves too seriously when we are together!


I love travelling and seeing the world with you. I can't wait to see what our future holds for travelling!


I can't wait to say yes to you in less than six months and to see what the future brings for us!
I love you Mr.D!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's all the little things

That matter and make a relationship. Yesterday morning I came outside after it had snowed, and my car was already brushed off. Mr.D took the time out of his morning to clear my car and that made me smile. Even though it was a small gesture, it makes me love Mr.D even more!




What are the little things that make you smile in a relationship?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

{wedding wednesday}

We are officially at less than six months until the wedding! I am getting excited, but it makes me nervous to think about all of the little projects we have yet to do and time just keeps slipping by.

This week I wanted to talk about who is going to be walking me down the aisle. I have thought about it for a while, and at first I only wanted my dad to walk me down the aisle. The more and more that I think about it, I think that it would mean a lot to my mom if I asked her also. My parents have been divorced since I was in grade 3, but they are civil to each other, so it won't make it awkward or weird to have both of them. My mom and I are closer than my dad and I, so I think my mom will be happy if I ask her.

In other wedding news, we received our first wedding present last week. Mr.D's brother and his wife bought us a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, which was high on our registry list! I tested it out last night to make cookies, and it worked like a dream. We still have yet to finish our registry, which is another huge task!

For those of you getting married in the near future or at some point in your life, who is going to be walking you down the aisle? Was it hard to decide on one or both parents?

Weekend Recap

This weekend was a three day weekend because of the Family Day holiday in Canada, which was awesome!

On Friday night, Mr.D and I went out for sushi with one of my bridesmaids K and her boyfriend. It was so good and filled my craving! After sushi we decided to see a movie, and K's boyfriend decided on Wolf Man. Worst movie ever!!! I can't even say anything good about it, so take my word and don't go see it.

On Saturday morning, we left early and headed back to Mr.D's hometown. We met another one of my bridesmaids T for lunch. I hadn't seen her since December, so it was great to catch up. We definitely had lots of wedding talk! After lunch, we visited with Mr.D's family and got to see our niece. She seemed to be doing well since her surgery on Thursday, which was great. Later that night we headed out for drinks with one of Mr.D's girl friends and her boyfriend.

On Sunday, both Mr.D and I slept in and I loved it! Later in the afternoon we ventured to West Edmonton Mall, which was INSANELY busy! I think we went into two stores and couldn't handle the amount of people so we quickly left after that. We had a family dinner that night and it was good to see Mr.D's grandparents as we don't get to see them that often.

Yesterday morning we met Mr.D's uncle and his new girlfriend for breakfast. We went to this new place called Cora...not sure if it's only in Canada or if it's the US yet, but it was pretty good and very busy! The weekend was filled with lots of visiting and see family!

We didn't celebrate Valentine's Day this weekend as we are going away next weekend and are basically going to combine it with our anniversary. I sadly didn't take a single picture this weekend :(

How was your Valentine's Day weekend? Was it filled with love?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Recipe Friday

The past few days have been very busy and stressful at work, so today couldn't come fast enough! It's also a 3 day weekend thanks to family day on Monday, so that makes me smile :)

On Wednesday night, Mr.D and I made a copy cat salad that you can get at Joey Tomatoes. It's called the viva salad and it's delicious!

Dressing
Ingredients:
-1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
-1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
-3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
-3-4 teaspoons honey (or to taste)
-6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
-1/2 cup olive oil, plus
-2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

1. In a bowl, whisk together garlic, salt, Dijon mustard, honey and balsamic vinegar. Add in olive oil in a slow steady stream until emulsified.

2. Adjust honey amount if you desire a sweeter taste.

3. Chill for a minimum two hours before using.

Salad
Ingredients:
-lettuce
-dried cranberries
-feta cheese
-chopped green apple
-avocado
-chicken (we use a roast chicken and then just shred it)

Once the dressing has chilled, add it to the lettuce. Then top with the rest of ingredients.

The salad is so fresh and so tasty!
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Tomorrow night, we are going out for dinner with some friends. Then on Saturday morning Mr.D and I are heading to his parent's house until Monday. Our niece had surgery yesterday, so we want to see how she is doing and catch up with friends.

What do you have planned for the weekend?


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Don't forget to enter!

In my giveaway for a cozy pair of Canadian Olympic mitts and other goodies. Tomorrow is the last day to enter!
Good luck!

{wedding wednesday} tissue paper pomanders

Yesterday was a pretty busy day, so {wedding wednesday} had to be delayed for a day. This week, I want to talk about my DIY tissue paper pomanders. Since our ceremony is going to be outside, I am wanting a way to lead our guests to the ceremony site and to make an 'aisle'.

Materials:

1. stryofoam balls (in the size you want)
2. tissue paper
3. floral wire (cut into 3.5-4 inch pieces)
4. ruler
5. scissors
6. rotary cutter
7. ribbon
8. low temperature hot glue gun/glue

Steps:

1. Measure out 10 x 4" (or desired size depending on the size of flower you are wanting) squares of tissue paper. I used a rotary cutter with a ruler to do this.

2. Gather four-five pieces of tissue paper and begin to accordian fold the pieces.

3. Once the pieces have been folded, take a pice of pre-cut floral wire and fold over in the middle of the tissue paper and twist. Be careful with what way you wrap the floral wire...you want to make sure that the folds are facing up. I also used a pair of plyers to twist the wire and to ensure it stayed tight.
4. Begin to "peel" each layer of tissue paper up towards the centre and the wire while working in a circular motion.
5. This is what the finished product will look like:


6. You will now need your stryofoam ball, glue gun and finished tissue paper flowers. Take a flower and put a dab of glue near the twist and then begin to put them into the styrofoam ball. Work your way around the styrofoam ball until it is completely covered. You will need to leave a space to put a wire twist with ribbon into the styrofoam ball.

This project is time consuming, but I have been working on each step over a few weekends. It is also a relatively cheap project...I bought most of my materials from the Dollar Store and Wal-Mart.
How do you think they turned out?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Oh Canada! Giveaway

As you may or may not know, a little thing called the Olypmics are starting this Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia. You may or may not also know that I am a proud Canadian. If you are wondering what these two things and a giveaway have in common, just hold on and I promise I am getting to it :)

For my first giveaway, I have decided to give one lucky person a pair of the official Canadian Olympic mitts. They are a size small/medium, which I hope fits most people. I will also be adding a few goodies into the package, but those have to be determined.







Here's how to enter:

Earn 1 entry for being or becoming a follower (leave me a comment so I know)
Earn 1 entry for posting my lovely giveaway on your blog (again comment with the link so I know)
Earn 1 entry for leaving a comment about a product, food, etc that you have always wanted to try, but can only get in Canada


You have until 10pm on Friday February 12th to enter. I will then announce the winner on Monday February 15th.

Good luck!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Weekend Recap

Another weekend has come and gone too fast! Even though it went by fast, it was pretty relaxing.

Friday night, we hung out and watched a few episodes of Dexter. Love that show! On Saturday, Mr. D and I tried a hot yoga class for the first time. All I have to say is holy I have never sweat that much in my life! My hamstrings and arms were so sore yesterday! Yesterday we ran some errands and I worked on some wedding projects.

We also stopped at Costco on Saturday and I picked up the package of 3 workout videos by Jillian Michaels. Mr.D and I did day one of the 30 Day Shred yesterday and it was hard because my arms/legs already hurt!

I also managed to get my crafting fix in by working on wedding projects (which I will be sharing on Wednesday) and also by making a few Valentine's day cards for my family to send home.





How was your weekend? What did you do?

Friday, February 5, 2010

It's the weekend!

Ah I love Fridays! Not that I dislike my job, but by the time Friday rolls around, I am always ready for a break.

We have absolutely no plans again this weekend (kind of lame I know!), but we do plan on:
  • going swimming
  • trying a hot yoga class
  • soccer
  • sleeping in!

Has anyone tried hot yoga and can tell me what to expect/wear/bring? I'm nervous about it, but think it will be fun to try something new.

Stay tuned next week as I am going to be having my first giveaway...something that is Canadian and hopefully exciting!

What are your plans for the weekend?


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Update

So it's officially been 30 days since I started the Whittle My Middle challenge, and I thought I would give you an update on how it went.

Some of the exercises were killer (ie: plank ups!), while others I could handle with ease. There were nights that I didn't want to do it, but I forced myself to do. It definitely made a difference in my core strength in just 30 days.

As this is my blog, I have decided to show you my results. My body is far from perfect, and I am definitely going to continue with these exercises.









Besides this challenge, Mr.D and I have been swimming twice a week. It's a great workout, but the pool we use has been very busy lately which makes it a pain to swim. I can't wait for the weather to warm up, so I can run outside again!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

{wedding wednesday} bridal party

Another {wedding wednesday} is here and I'm starting to realize how close the wedding is getting! Ah...it's starting to feel real now!

Anyways, this week my project was "bridal party survival kits" for my bridesmaids. I think it is a neat way to put together all of those necessities the girls might need for the day of.

Materials:
  • cardstock
  • ziploc bag or other heavy bag
  • bobby pins
  • hairspray
  • mints
  • deodrant
  • bandaids
  • Kleenex

There aren't many steps to this project, as you basically put all of your items into the bag. I decided to make a label for the Kleenex packages, which said 'for your happy tears'. I also decided to make the label for the top of the bag as a way to make the bag prettier :)





I still want to pick up some nice lip gloss, but am lost for what kind to get. Can anyone suggest one that I can buy in Canada?


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

DIY Hanger Tags

On the weekend, I had time to work on some wedding related projects and one of them was name tags for hangers for my bridesmaid's dresses. I had originally seen the idea here, but decided to put my own spin on it.

Materials:
  • card stock in the colour of your choice
  • lettering- either hand made or you can buy pre-made lettering
  • padded hangers
  • ribbon
  • glue stick
  • scissors

To make my lettering, I bought a package of cardboard letters for $2.20 at Wal-Mart and traced each letter on my card stock. It was a little time consuming, but I'm not very good at lettering so this was my solution. I then glued the letters onto card stock and cut it into the shape I desired. I then punched a hole in the top using a three hole punch and then strung ribbon through the hole.

I have yet to find padded hangers, but once I do I think it will be a nice added touch for my bridesmaids.

The final product:





For about $5 (without hangers), it was a pretty easy and cheap project. Hopefully the girls like them!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Weekend Recap

Is it just me, or do the weekends fly by? I wish they could slow down a little bit!

On Friday night, we hung out until our soccer game later in the night. We sadly lost our game though :( After soccer, we went out for drinks with some people from the team. We ended up discussing age and I suck at guessing peoples ages! There is one lady on our team that I thought was maybe 28-29ish, who is actually 39! Maybe that just shows she looks great for her age.

On Saturday, we did some running around for stuff for the wedding. I found a few things, so that made me happy. We also went out for lunch to this place called Sushi Boat...Mr.D has a huge craving for sushi now that he has finally tried it! All of the sushi is made in the middle and you sit around the outside while the sushi goes by in boats...it's kind of cool. We also watched many episodes of Dexter...such a good show! Is anyone else into it?

On Sunday, I met up with one of my BM's and went for a walk with her. I hadn't seen her in a couple of weeks, so it was great to catch up. It was a pretty relaxing weekend!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting or did you have a relaxing weekend also?

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