Saturday, May 18, 2013

Our boys' Top 15 Favourite YouTube videos...just for fun

Just a little collection of our long-standing favourite youtube videos :) 

Nothing too stimulating and crazy...just low-key songs and stories that ours boys seem to really enjoy!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Honey Caramel Nuts (GAPS, no sugar, healthy snack)

I made a batch of these chewy little morsels this week, and decided that it was time to share their yumminess with everyone else!

As you know by now, we have a little man who is on a restricted (GAPS) diet, and it's pretty tricky to find some "treats" for him to have (always nice to have a special little treat when you come in from a rough day at kindergarten!).

These are perfect. They are sweetened with honey, super easy and quick to make, and the kids LOVE them!

They are chewy, 'caramelly' goodness! 

Finny couldn't wait to get his hands on them while I was trying to take a couple of photos! recipe (if you can call it that) is really simple.

You really can't mess them up (unless you burn them!). 

All you need is a bag of raw organic pecans (or almonds, cashews....whatever nut you like, actually!) approx. 2 cups, about 1/4 cup of butter and about 1/2 cup of raw honey (I sometimes add a little splash of organic vanilla extract at the end).

Just put all of the ingredients in a frying pan (I use a le Creuset cast iron pan because I find it works the best), on medium heat, and let it all bubble up, while mixing constantly. Don't stop mixing or it will burn. If you want to do a quick job and turn the heat up, be extra careful because it will burn quite quickly if you stop mixing. Let it boil for about 3 minutes, while mixing/coating the nuts. Remove from the heat and spoon the hot mixture (watch is VERY hot, and will burn your skin if you splash a little!..been there, done that) into a parchment paper lined pan, or little parchment paper mini muffin cups (I prefer to use the muffin cups because they're then in little snack-sized clusters, and don't have to be cut up).

Let them cool in the freezer for a couple of minutes, and you're done!  I keep these in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or so, in a sealed container. 

Enjoy! :)

Friday, May 3, 2013

A High Tea baby shower for one very small man (and his momma!)

This is just a quick little "mostly pictures" post for my own memory of a perfect afternoon tea party with a group of very lovely ladies and one very small man :) (I've been meaning to write this post for about a month now, but just can't quite find the time to do it anymore....hmm...I wonder why not?) ;)

My little Rory boy was given the royal welcome with a delicious high tea (thank you thank you thank you to each of you that planned and made this little tea party know who you are! :)  And thanks so much for all of my wonderful friends who joined us for the afternoon. It was wonderful. 

There is a well-kept little secret in Steveston (a little fishing village town near where we live).... and that is the Adorabelle Tea Room. It is a great little reservation-only tea house in a cute heritage building (used to be the old Steveston Courthouse). The food was amazing, the ambience perfect, and the service was flawless. We couldn't have asked for a better venue for our little party!

The man of the hour :) (he slept through most of his party!)

photos courtesy of michelle @b3 :)

And just for fun.....a picture of two baby bumps (9 weeks apart), who have now turned into two babies! We sat up this evening with our two little boys in our arms, and talked about how it felt like they were just inside our bellies not very long ago!

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