Happy Easter! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend of celebration, relaxation and fun.
With the family home for a four-day weekend, I can't help but think we have more time for...cleaning! I know, exciting, huh? I promised the kids that if they help clean up today we will have a sushi and a movie party tonight. That seemed to inspire them a bit.
Here's a little look at our process, using cell phone photos.
Happy Wednesday folks! I hope you are having a good week. I believe some of you are on spring break. Enjoy!
We have some sunshine here, and that's about all I can ask for. Some of the snow has not melted yet, but the withered grass in our backyard is completely exposed, along with some things the dog left behind over the winter. But perhaps that's not appropriate to discuss when talking about food.
Last week, I told you about thrifting with my sister. For our first stop, at the Bibles for Missions store, my sister and I were joined by my niece, my husband and our two kids. The thing is, I warned the husband that we would be in the store for a good long while. My sister takes even longer than me to browse. But he wanted to come along. Of course, he ended up sitting in the car complaining.
We dropped him and the kids off at my sister's house before we went to the next two stores. My daughter did manage to find a few things at the Bibles for Missions shop though. She and I picked out these fabrics, above, thinking that we can either make doll clothes or do some kind of craft project with them one day (hopefully before she enters university in nine years).
I'm late with my Insta-Friday post today. In fact, I was so busy this week that I took very few cell phone photos. I just went around the house taking a few now. Kind of cheating, I know.
The new Target store in our area opened this week. The chain is brand new to Canada and I was pretty excited because I have seen the great things my American blogger friends have bought in the past. I forgot my phone though, so I just now snapped a pic of the two dresses I bought. They are the black and white striped one and the blue striped one, above. Target has cute summer spring dresses for $30 to $35. I'm not sure how that compares to their American prices. Let me know, if you know.
This week I have been consuming smoothies almost every morning. I have been experimenting with smoothies that don't contain non-dairy milks for a change. This one, above, is pure fruit and water (I think so anyway. Sometimes I forget what I threw in there.)
It snowed again last night. This pretending it's not winter isn't working for me anymore. I'm dreaming of spring...warm sunshine, increased energy, tulips peeping through the soil...even rain would be fine.
The other day, my sister-in-law and I were chatting about spring dresses. We are both over the age of 40 (although I still think of her as a young thing) and we are suddenly finding ourselves wanting to try out a different style of clothing. We are craving more colour, more pretty...something fun.
I'm back with another edition of Thrifting Sisters. My last post was in November. If I lived closer to my sister, you can be sure there would be many more of these posts. Having someone to shop with fuels the addiction, doesn't it? Our first stop was Bibles for Missions in St. Catharines, where I picked up this piece of pottery made in Vineland, Ontario.
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Anniversary to my sister and her husband! We celebrated well into the night in Clearwater Beach, Florida two years ago on this day.
On to the menu planning. Last week's menu plan was what my son would call an "epic fail." We were away from home Sunday to Wednesday, but that didn't really cause the plan to fail. I had accounted for our absence in the plan.
March Break, Day Five - Back at home. We returned with several gifts from my sister (because we hadn't seen each other since before Christmas). She gave me this lovely wooden owl. March Break is officially over for me as I have several writing deadlines looming. The kids and husband are still hanging about.
Happy Friday! For those of you who had a spring break this week, I'm sorry the week has passed so quickly...because I'm quite sure it has.
As is generally my habit on Fridays, I am sharing a look at our cell phone photos from the past week. This week, they are mostly photos I shared on Instagram. You can follow me @ziajojo. I'll be sure to be nice and follow back.
My goal was to start off March Break with a clean house. I gathered the kids and husband for a quick family meeting on Saturday morning to enlist their help. I was treated to lots of groans and twisted faces, but they eventually did help...a bit.
Here's my clean dining room. A couple of people on Instagram admired the chandelier. I like it too. It was in our entryway growing up. My parents bought it at some point years ago when they used to attend auctions and flea markets regularly.
March Break, Day Four - My sister and I spent the day thrift store shopping in St. Catharines, Ontario. She always heads for the clothes and accessories, while I head straight for the dishes. She often finds clothes for me too, so I don't have to do the grunt work.
The kind people at Crofter’s Organic recently sent me samples of their strawberry and blueberry organic premium fruit spreads. Truth be told, I buy Crofter's jam all the time. I don't like nasty extra ingredients in my jam. Crofter's spreads are mostly made up of organic fruit. They are sweetened with Rainforest Alliance-certified organic cane sugar and contain one-third less sugar than standard jam.
I have had very few custom-sized dresses in my lifetime so far. I think the most recent was the bridesmaid's dress I wore over a decade ago for my sister-in-law's wedding. So, when eShakti contacted me offering me a free custom dress in exchange for a review, I was pretty excited. To be honest, at first I thought the dresses might be unappealing. But I couldn't have been more wrong.
I've said it before...occupying the kiddies over a March Break spent in your own house can be challenging. I recently picked out a few special craft books to feed us with ongoing projects ideas. While the kids and I had a great time sewing these fun sprinkle doughnuts, I thought it would be wise to have them pick out their own books for personal inspiration. It's always best if kids find books that appeal to their own interests and tastes, right?
The kids browsed the selection of books available in DK's March Break boutique. I secretly hoped that one of them would select a learning to cook type of book, because then they could learn to cook in place of Mom. Alas, they chose otherwise.
Time for another vegan weekly meal plan. But first, another week in review. Last week's plan was fairly successful. We had to make a couple of changes to the schedule, but for the most part the plan ensured that we made decent meals. Yesterday's scheduled meal was Roasted Fall Vegetables and Lentil Salad, but my son's basketball game was right around dinner time so we postponed that particular meal until today (pictured above). The family had lasagna (from frozen) instead and I had a quick fried rice.