Thursday, June 24, 2010


Happy 41st Heather!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Repeatable recipes 1: Rice Pudding

1/3 c brown sugar
1/3 c white sugar
2/3 c arborio rice
1/3 c glutinous rice
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice mix
1 pinch cardamom
5 c 2% milk

Add all items to 5quart slow cooker, use whisk to blend spices into milk. Turn on high, cook for one hour, stir, cook for another hour, stir, turn to low and cook until desired consistency is reached (about another 20-30 min).


Would have been better with raisins cooked in, but a certain picky eater that I live with (and love!) doesn't like the texture, so instead we had pistachios and I also had raisins sprinkled on top. I like my pudding a bit creamier, so I pour some Almond Milk on top, nom nom!

I feel proud: this is a blend of a bunch of different recipes and my ideas of how to make it better (brown sugar! pumkin pie spice! two rices!) and it totally worked.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Oh, Intentions and Gratitudes may just be Twittered

... since they are shorter bites, rather than a list of multiples.

Follow me on Twitter: or see the updates automatically post to my profile on Facebook.

(for those of you who don't know what Twitter is... it is sorta a mini-blog, 140 characters max per "tweet"... and if you follow that link, you'll see my page. Everything that starts with a "@" sign and someone's user ID is a response to something they've posted either to me, or just as a general message on their Twitter page. If you don't see the "@" sign, then it is just a comment that I've put out there for the world. Intentions and Gratitudes will be labeled as such, everything else is random!)

Friday, January 08, 2010


The Gratitude Project: Day 30

1 - for knowing Tillie, and getting to know Robin, who are the people responsible for getting me into this project... anyone who points me on a path of gratitude is a brilliant being.

2 - for the energy burst last night that let me finish my list of house chores: organizing my clothing (incl getting rid of tattered or misfitting underthings, socks with holes, clothing that I never really wear), cleaning out the fridge (I'll just say... ugh... and yikes!), and scrubbing the sticky off the kitchen floor

3 - for knowing Phil, who joined us on the drive back to Vancouver from Williams Lake after Christmas, and the discussion that led me to what will be my next phase of daily postings: Intentions and Gratitudes.

I'll be doing this until mid-April, in recognition that I find late Winter and early Spring challenging. Each morning, I'll set myself an Intention for the day, whether it be a specific action/goal to achieve, or a feeling or flavour to hold present in my thoughts. Each night, I'll express gratitude for something special that I experienced, felt, or witnessed that day.

Feel free to join in, if this seems like it would be a good thing in your life!

Thursday, January 07, 2010


The Gratitude Project: Day 29

1 - that I was able to keep on track and get a good chunk of my chores list done yesterday

2 - for the gifting of usable things (made chili in my new crock pot, that came from my Aunt Roxie after my cousin Colin turned it down {too big for their tiny place}, looking forward to attempting more dishes) and the using of gifted things (C ordered a MIDI connector yesterday, which will let me hook the piano up to my laptop so we can get rid of the gigantic XT computer that is collecting dust in the livingroom {it was either a gift from my Dad or from Paul... and has done its job for almost two decades, but since it now requires to be turned on a half hour in advance, then turned off, then turned on again before it will actually boot up and show anything on the screen.. a replacement is a good thing!} after transferring all my Cakewalk files to 3.25 disks to rescue my compositions over the years

3 - for the kindness and assistance of strangers: the folks on the John Bridge Ceramic Tile forums are incredibly generous with their time and knowledge, and have been providing quick answers to my questions about plumbing, tiling, fake walls, etc. We will have water in the bathroom after this weekend (hooray!!), and then I get to start tiling, wheee!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


The Gratitude Project: Day 28

1 - that bright light is casting its glow around the house, and I get to go rake leaves in the almost-sunshine!

2 - that C aquired a second-hand iPod for me last year, when mine died, so I have the ability to listen to podcasts while I rake leaves (and manage laundry, and clean the fish tank, and empty the fridge)

3 - that I'm excited about tackling that list of things-to-do because a) I'll feel good about accomplishing concrete things and b) I'll be able to have some personal knitting time later today, to begin getting my thorny band figured out and setup and perhaps even started!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


The Gratitude Project: Day 27

1 - that I didn't get hurt last night, despite being very confused and continuing to ride at close-to-usual speed around the Stadium Skytrain area, where new fencing and barricades have appeared that may or may not be isolating OR closing the bike lanes along Pacific Boulevard. Lack of signage, not so good. Biking again after holiday break, very good!

2 - that the West Coast Seeds catalog that just arrived has me excited about planting, tending, and harvesting delicious food!

3 - that I have a few hours this afternoon between knitting lessons that I get to call my own, and will use to attatch my NaSweKniMo hood to the sweater body, and get started on the giant thorny vines that will be banding the whole thing!

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