Friday, 26 October 2012

Foto Friday – October 2012

Welcome to Foto Friday! While the majority of leaves are long gone and the probability of snow improves I am trying to find beauty in the bare and brown prairie. Of course there is much to still find wondrous and beautiful, I just need to take the time to see it. In the meantime I hope you enjoy these photos that were taken early in the month.

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~ Wendy ~

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Roasted Veggies

086 Sorry that I’ve been absent for a few days. Last week’s busy schedule caught up with me! I made these roasted veggies for supper Monday night and decided that I had to share them with you. I LOVE these veggies! They are super easy to make and so versatile. You can use whatever veggies you have kicking around in the fridge. I used baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, beets and potatoes. I have also thrown in fresh zucchini, mushrooms, onion….the list goes on. What I haven’t used, but plan on adding is turnip. I think it would be great as well. On the grocery list this week!

I start by heating my oven to 400 deg (or if I’m baking something else at a different temperature I just adjust the baking time of the veggies and go with the other required temperature).

I like to line a baking dish with parchment paper so that the veggies don’t stick to the sides and/or bottom (I’ve had this happen even after brushing with oil). Wash your veggies and cut into uniform, bite-sized pieces. Place veggies into lined baking dish.

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Drizzle on some oil (I use olive or canola). Sprinkle with a generous amount of Italian seasoning. Mix well.

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Cover with aluminum foil. Pop in the oven for approximately 1 hour. Stir veggies after 30 mins.

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Remove from oven and carefully remove foil (there will be a lot of steam). Serve immediately and enjoy!

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~ Wendy ~

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Acknowledge What you Have Accomplished

I think I mentioned on Monday that this is a busy week for me. I was going to say that it is half over but in actual fact it isn’t because I am busy right through Sunday. It’s a good busy though so that helps.

I have been fitting in projects which is wonderful, but I don’t have any finished ones to show you. I was pondering what I could share with you and then last night a thought popped into my head.

ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED

We are so good at being hard on ourselves so if we feel that we haven’t done much in a day we can beat ourselves up over it. For some reason we feel as though we aren’t allowed to acknowledge the things we have done – not to others but to ourselves. It doesn’t have to be some huge item either. Some days I really don’t feel like I have the energy to complete any extra projects, but I need to look at what I have accomplished that day. Whether it is tidying up, folding a basket a laundry, making a meal or reading a book to my girls. All of these are things that we have accomplished during a day.

So whether you have run a half marathon or cleaned the toilets, acknowledge what you have accomplished and be proud of yourself for all that your body, mind and soul do for you during the day.

~ Wendy ~

Monday, 15 October 2012

Jack-O’-Lantern

I’m embarking on what is going to be a busy week. Why does it always seem like everything happens all at once?! Every day this week (including Saturday and Sunday) has something scheduled. The one good thing is that I know I’ll be getting some creative time in amongst all the craziness!

In between working on some projects (one biggie that I am excited to share with you real soon), cleaning up and winterizing the camper and getting my outdoor goodies put away for winter I managed to squeeze in this jack-o’-lantern.

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This is our second year with the jack-o'-lantern bale. Obviously not everyone has access to a round bale, but if you do, it can be quite fun to decorate. So far, I have just used good old spray paint, but I do have it in my mind to delve into a bigger project one of these days. Perhaps this might be a project I can manage on the band saw. Did I mention that DP bought me a used band saw? I’m quite excited to learn how to use it and see what great things I can create with it.

This guy is tucked away under the trees in our front yard, but I’m quite confident that passersby will still be able to see it and smile when they do.

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Have you seen any bale artwork or made some yourself? If so, I’d love to see photos!

~ Wendy ~

Monday, 8 October 2012

Chalkboard

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Albert Camus

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! I am so blessed and thankful for all that I have in my life. I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing day spent with family and friends.

It is a dreary day here today but at least the snow has all melted with the exception of the snowman that will quickly disappear in the rain. We were in need of moisture so this is welcome and yet another thing to be thankful for.

I have been itching to get working on some projects that I have had on the go and have stashed away in my mind or have pinned on Pinterest. There are a couple that require some outside work so by the look of the forecast I’ll be able to get going on later this week.

In the meantime, I wanted to share this chalkboard with you. I actually made this quite some time ago just before I started the blog. I love the look of chalkboards, but honestly cannot stand chalk itself. I don’t like the feel of it – it’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. I know - bad pun, but it’s true.

I picked up this solid and well made frame at a local thrift store.

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The transformation to chalkboard was quite simple actually. A few coats of paint and glaze on the frame and then I found a piece of board that would fit the frame. DP cut it down to size for me and then I painted it using a chalkboard paint recipe that I discovered at from Gardners two Bergers blog (I’ve found a lot of great things on her site!).

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Once completed, I hung it up in the “girls” bathroom, but it honestly didn’t excite me as much as I thought it would. I had a springtime quote on it until this morning. The girls kept nudging me to change it but for some reason I never did. I think I will eventually change the frame colour or end up moving it elsewhere, but for now a new quote does help.

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I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to getting some more projects done to share with you this week.

- Wendy -

Friday, 5 October 2012

Lapbooks

027We had such an amazing school day this past Monday. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! If every day were like that I would be walking on air. We were making our first lapbooks and we were all super pumped about it (ok, just the three chicks were pumped!). The girls and I were ready and excited to start our school day at 8:30am. The girls were having such a great time that when I asked them if they wanted recess they said NO. I couldn’t believe it. They were hungry and needed a snack, but they didn’t want to take a break. In between printing off mini-book templates and cutting them up I grabbed a snack for them and they ate it in the midst of creating some pretty great lapbooks. 

We are currently learning about castles and royalty so that was the lapbook that I had originally planned on us working on. CP really wanted to do her first lapbook on one of her huge interests – Barbies. I figured, why not? That’s the cool thing about homeschooling (one of about a bazillion) - if we want to focus on one thing for an entire school day and not worry about math or reading we can. I am so glad that CP suggested it and that I agreed because it was truly a great day. The girls have since completed a lapbook on a junior chapter book we read, Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth and have started on mini-books for their castle lapbook.

Now, if you are wondering what exactly a lapbook is – you are not alone. Up until quite recently I had never heard of one, but I tell you I think they are the bees knees and could be used for absolutely everything we learn about. A lapbook is essentially a place to bring together all of what has been learned on a certain subject; a portfolio of sorts. You create mini-books with relevant information and adhere them to the inside of a bigger book which fits on your lap. You pretty much have free creative reign.

I found this amazing source for lapbook resources and ideas on Pinterest. Thank you Homeschool Share for doing just that, sharing these fabulous resources. The templates alone are more than a person who is creating a lapbook could ask for.

Take a look at the wonderfully creative lapbooks that CP & NP have created.

We have officially entered the world of Lapbooking and are LOVING it!!

This is NP’s Fancy Nancy lapbook. We decorated both the outside and inside of the lapbook with wrapping paper that we had on hand. 

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In Fancy Nancy style, the girls decorated their magnifying glasses.

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 I downloaded some great resources from Fancy Nancy World and had the girls use the illustrations and activities to fill their books.

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I asked CP & NP what items a detective would have and they drew these items on the pages of their fan mini-book.

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 They made a wheel that shows the suspects in this book.

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 We took their fingerprints and added them.

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In the book, Nancy’s class has a Mystery Memento day where they bring a favourite memento and their classmates have to guess which item belongs to which person. CP & NP decided they would bring a memento to “class” to share (CP brought one of the teeth that she has lost and NP brought one of her beloved blankets). They used a petal book to show the mementos that each of them brought as well as ones from the book. 046 047 

This is CP’s Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth lapbook.

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 Each girl created their own “Crack the Code” sentence which we laminated and added to their envelope along with the decoder that was provided with the resources. With the code being laminated they can have anyone who looks at their book decipher the code using a dry-erase marker and then pass it on to the next person to decipher.

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This is CP’s first lapbook on Barbies. She filled all the mini-books with what interests her relating to her Barbies.

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 NP chose to do her initial lapbook on her blankets. She truly does love them.

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I just love seeing the girls’ imaginations come alive in their work. Can’t wait to get more done in our castle lapbook. We’ll definitely share them once they are done.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!

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