{friday favourites} dessert breakfast

Friday, April 29, 2011

http://www.fairholmemanor.com   click on BAKED Rasberry French Toast

Mmmmm...I finally tried this yummy recipe that Brent made me for my birthday in March. Of course I never follow the recipe exactly. This is my alterations...I used Rasberries/blueberries in it. I used very grainy buns from Save-on bakery...sliced these and spread the cream cheese on each piece. (Carrigan my assistant did this!) I used a 9x13" pan and 2 cups milk and 7 eggs...baked 400 degrees for an hour. I made the lemon as is...Mmmmm the best part! And for the fruit I used strawberries, rasberries, and blueberries.
Kent thought we were serving dessert for breakfast....very good!:)

{wild hogs}

Thursday, April 28, 2011

This one is for you Dad!!!  
he lives his life with no regrets....even if my mom isn't a fan!~check out my dad's newest ride! it reminds me of the movie "wild hogs" if you haven't seen you must...I laughed so hard. Watch out for my folks cruisin' around...and sharing milkshakes at our local DQ!

Spring....bike riding

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

finally she's got it! Makenna isn't the bravest girl when it comes to trying new things...she had it last year then she wiped out!~so finally she has gained the confidence to ride! Here she is showing off for Grandpa, Great Gramie, and Uncle... josh even found a little "princess bike" for Grady to try!
Carrigan is sooo close to doing it all the time too! 

4 more sleeps and my little beauty will be turning 6! she is sooo excited to have her party! we've been party planning for months. Stayed tuned next week for pictures of her "Art party"
a quick casual shot while playing outside this past weekend at Nana/grandpa's house...this is the only not goofy smiley one from Makenna...Grady's not looking but can't catch them all.

Happy Easter

Sunday, April 24, 2011

grady was thrilled this year with painting eggs...I even bought some white ones so the colors would be more vivid. We did some wax resist on them then dipped away! The kids were excited that Uncle was here to join in on the fun.
Happy Easter to you all. I hope your enjoying a day with those you love the most....

A day at the ranch...Fraser River Ranch

Saturday, April 23, 2011

do you ever wonder where your food comes from...well I'm here to show you part of the process!

~branding day at Fraser River Ranch. Our friends Mike & Monica Altwasser run this ranch along with the help of others...today lots of friends showed up for their first day of branding. Wow! high production!  They hoped to get 350 calves done today~ 199 were completed by lunch time.
 The cowboys first wrangle up the calves,,,and pull them to the two volunteers who flip them over and pin them down. One guy holds the leg and the other with his knees on the shoulders....then a series of afflictions are set in motion; various shots, another ear tag, more shots, castrations, (I had to ask what this was...), Branding, horn removal.....poor calf doesn't know what hit him! I tried my hand at the ear tagging....ahhhh! I'm definately not a rancher...I secretly apologized to each calf after I did it. Boy did they squirm for that...Kent thought I should try my hand at holding a calf.  I passed! ~ I appreciate that there are people that can do this job~it isn't me!

On a side note! My kids will never get a tattoo! I told them this is how it's done...with a hot poker!

{favourite's friday} Vietnamese Food...

Friday, April 22, 2011

WE love Ethnic food...from mexican, thai, greek, indian, japanese, and lately Vietnamese. Living in a small town we don't have the luxury to go out for most of these food choices! Good thing I love to cook. This dish is not too spicy...I avoided the thai chilies since the kids DO not like really spicy things. I served it with those vermicelli little rice noodles in the asian section...I'm sure rice would be great too! I eat it just on it's own and add extra spinach for mine. Here is  the recipe how it should be made...of course I altered things to suit us. Tonight we didn't have mango...so I used a can of my okangan canned peaches. Very good.
Vietnamese Spicy Chicken with mango and herbs
2 boneless chicken breast cut into cubes.
4 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp soya sauce (i use tamari sauce)
1 tsp grnd corinader
2 tsp fresh ginger minced
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/3 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup sliced shallots ( i used onions too!)
3 gloves of garlic minced
1 firm mango peeled and cut into bite size pieces
fresh basil
1 green onion
(oh yah! not on the recipe is red peppers...I seem to add these to everything!~ we love them~ also added fresh spinach at the end of cooking)
1. Toss chicken with cornstarch, 1 tbsp water, soy sauce, ginger, ground coriander, and pepper. Let stand 10-15 minutes.
2. separate bowl; stock, fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar.
3. In wok with oil stir fry chicken until golden on outside, about 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon.
4.reduce heat and add remaining oil, fry shallots scraping up sticky bits until golden, about 2 minutes. Add red pepper, chilies, garlic; stir fry 1 minute. Add mango. then add stock mixture.
5. Increase heat bring to boil. Return chicken mixture to wok. Add fresh herbs, spinach and green onion. Serves 4. 288 calories per serving.
 A quick delicious meal!

Introducing {Tia Berry}

Thursday, April 21, 2011

 I love this photo of our new pet Lovebird: Miss Tia Berry is a delight to have...entering this shot above in iheartfaces weekly contest.

from cats, dogs, hamsters (not!), fish to finally deciding on a Lovebird...we have a pet. After years of not having any pets! We decided (or I and the girls)  that we would love to have a pet. Isn't she a pretty little thing..she is about 10 weeks old. The one cage shot is her parents with the peach faces and her sibling. She still doesn't have all her coloring or yellow beak yet.
The name....well we have a long sheet of options. The girls thought over it all night and day...Makenna likes Tia...and Carrigan likes Berry and oh yes...Grady he wanted to call her Stanley (after a train!)...we decided on Tia Berry. Sweet and Cute.


my Grady

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

my Grady...he loves his trains. I now understand when people warned me boys were boys. Grady is all boy...from toe jam, boogers to farts...these are just a few of the things he finds interesting. He has become quite the chatty little man. He loves trains, race cars, hockey...but don't get me wrong he won't pass up barbies with Carrigan! He waits everyday for "his girls" to come through the door. He is going to love summer holidays this year with them.
Wrestling...Kent has wrestled with all the kids...Grady is the only one who asks his daddy to go wrestle!~

“A little boy is the only thing God can use to make a man.”

My hope is that I will raise Grady to  grow up to be an amazing man like his father...I will have to get some tips from Kent's amazing momma! aka Gramma!~

{week 38} Hurry up spring...

Monday, April 18, 2011

as I sit here looking out my window at the grey grey sky wishing for sunshine...I can't wait for summer to get arrive. My kids don't care...they are just happy to be outside. Here is their newest little "fort" they have raked under my lilac bush and decorated it with flagging tape... {also our extra kids...Miss O}
Here's to a sunny Easter long weekend for all!

{friday favourites} KOBO

Friday, April 15, 2011

my birthday gift from Kent....I LOVE to read.
On our past trip to AZ I took 7 books. But they sure weigh a lot with weight restrictions. the solution... A KOBO! I love love mine. Just like reading a book but lighter. Easy and cheap to download new books. Your books are stored in a library so you can have many on the go if you'd like. You can also change the size of the font. It's not like reading a computer. It's not lit up at all. Looks just like it is in the photos. I have a little re-chargeable light that clips on the top so that I can read at night and not bother Kent.  a great solution if space is a issue at your home.
I finally finished this series of three books by Larsson... the first one was really hard to get into....the end was good. The second was a better read...but I love the last one (below) great from start to finish.

{mexican cooking} Enchiladas

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Part 2 of my mexican recipes....I think these are my fav....I didn't add the chipotle chiles or stewed tomatoes to this recipe but did use a can of green chiles and sour cream to the chicken mixture for the centre. 


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican Spice Blend
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 5 canned whole green chiles, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 4 canned chipotle chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 16 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce, canned
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar and Jack cheeses
  • Garnish: chopped cilantro leaves, chopped scallions, sour cream, chopped tomatoes


Coat large saute pan with oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken over medium heat, allow 7 minutes each side or until no longer pink. Sprinkle chicken with cumin, garlic powder and Mexican spices before turning. Remove chicken to a platter, allow to cool.
Saute onion and garlic in chicken drippings until tender. Add corn and chiles. Stir well to combine. Add canned tomatoes, saute 1 minute.
Pull chicken breasts apart by hand into shredded strips. Add shredded chicken to saute pan, combine with vegetables. Dust the mixture with flour to help set.
Microwave tortillas on high for 30 seconds. This softens them and makes them more pliable. Coat the bottom of 2 (13 by 9-inch) pans with a ladle of enchilada sauce. Using a large shallow bowl, dip each tortilla in enchilada sauce to lightly coat. Spoon 1/4 cup chicken mixture in each tortilla. Fold over filling, place 8 enchiladas in each pan with seam side down. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 350 degree F oven until cheese melts. Garnish with cilantro, scallion, sour cream and chopped tomatoes before serving. Serve with Spanish rice and beans.

afterschool snack

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mmmmm....our favorite afterschool snack!~ shhhhh...don't tell anyone that we all LOVE  peanut butter off a spoon.  (plus this is Daddy's peanut butter which is even better than momma's natural stuff.)
I thought this was cute of Carrigan and Grady having  a snack while Carrigan tells me about her day at school. Grady has to use his "hockey" spoon for everything  these days and its a bit short to get into the bottom of the almost empty PB jar

{week 37} travel adventures...

Monday, April 11, 2011

travelling kids...my kids are the best travellers. We started them young and they do well now all sitting together in the back chatting, reading and of course snacking. We were travelling home late last weekend after Kent's gold medal win at his hockey tourney...so we stopped at drive through for dinner and drove straight thru!~ here is Grady sporting Carrigan's new shades...Good times.

{Friday Favorites!}

Friday, April 8, 2011

if you  discovered it yet...you need to check it out. PINTEREST  its a online type of inspiration board...for when you have lots of spare time to surf. I enjoy that you can "re-pin" the photos and link to your own custom boards. A great way to collect creative ideas and inspiration. above is a few of the photos that I have on my boards. I love that they ususally include links to source so you may find a great blog to follow. 
I have found lots of birthday party ideas on this and some pretty amazing recipes....

What is Pinterest?
Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and "follow" collections created by people with great taste.
People use Pinterest to collect and share all sorts of things -- wedding inspiration, favorite T-shirts, DJ equipment. You name it, people are pinning it.
We know you have great taste in something. Our mission is to make Pinterest the best place for you to share your taste with the world.
to see the pictures better you will have to check out pinterest!!!

{Sparks} success by six

Thursday, April 7, 2011

this is my third year being the leader of Sparks...this year is Carrigan's first year of sparks~she is sooo excited! I applied for funding by success by six and received money to be able to purchase ten cameras and scrapbook style journals for our special project.  These cameras will be used for many many years by our group. 
During this meeting we were doing some science. Using mini-marshamallows and spaghetti to make towers and creations. It was great. The girls also took some pictures of their projects to be used in their journals. It was great to be able to be outside for our meeting.

I just love this last photo...I had to add it larger for all to see...

If your interested in a photography class for your child. I'm teaching a class through the recreation centre. April 19 and May 5th...call the rec centre for more info.

{mexican cooking} deep fried icecream

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

this starts mexican cooking segment on my blog...I married into a family that adores mexican food. Kent's granny lived in Arizona for many many years. She moved up here in 1965. Along with her she brought her recipes for mexican food. It has now become a family tradition. She taught her daughters and daughter in law. Kent's momma! We always vote on skipping turkey and going straight to mexican food. 
After spending a month is Arizona this winter, Kent tried deep fried icecream everywhere he could. Auntie Anna phoned me with a great recipe.  I tweaked the recipe just like I always do to suit my style. This is my version and it was a huge hit. Kent is hoping for it every night. I made it for a dinner party we had this past weekend along with our other favourites. I will post recipes/photos of those in the next few weeks. stay tuned. In true Watson fashion I thought I would start with the desert first....

deep fried icecream
this takes some time to prepare so start at least the day before.
icecream; I used breyer french vanilla. I suspose you could use any flavor.
almonds, cornflakes; I blended in food processer to a bit finer consistency. Added some  cinnamon...
Scoop out icecream balls. FREEZE for at least 1 hour. Then roll and squish in the almond cornflake mixture into balls. then FREEZE again for 1 hour. Then wisk a couple of eggs. Dip balls in the egg mixture and then in almond cornflake mixture to coat. Then FREEZE again for an hour.(make sure to use deep freezer to get solid freeze) then do egg/ almond coating again two more times. On last layer I mixed a little white sugar in the almond mixture to change things up a bit. I don't have measurements since I just made a large batch.
Then let these FREEZE~! leave frozen till ready to use.
deepfryer; since we're not a big deepfryer cooking family. I just used a pot with canola oil and my candy thermometer. I heated the oil to 350 degrees. Wowser this is very HOT! Carefully; drop the frozen balls into the hot oil and count to ten. take out and it should be hot and crispy on the outside. I have this amazing mesh strainer style spoon called a skimmer  that I got from pampered chef that works like a charm for this. Serve immediately ....we used smuckers strawberry and chocolate sauce and whip cream to garnish.

{my list}

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

she is her mother's daughter. I am a list maker. If I'm struggling to sleep I get up and make a list of what is keeping me awake. I have lists all over the house. I was cleaning up and I found this list. I smiled!~ she is such a sweet girl. I love the first one....1. finish megering animals (measuring)  and my favourite is the last one...study:( I only need a day) Hahaha! she is a great girl...and a list maker! my Makenna

{week 36} puddle jumpers

Monday, April 4, 2011

the road is surprisingly dry for this time of year...the kids sprinted to the stream rolling down the road to do some puddle jumping. Grady is sporting his "pink gummy" boots. We were headed over the hill to Grandpa merv's house...we are sad that he is no longer with us. The girls and I  discussed the fun times we had walking to his house and stopping in for licorice. Grady was excited and thought we were going for treats...

The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven -
All's right with the world!
~Robert Browning

{welcome spring} thoughts...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Welcome Spring....where have you been? I've missed you so much. Warm sunshine kissing our skin, green grass sprigging up beneath the earth a gentle reminder why I love to be outside. (sorry; winter just plain fed up with you this year!) With all things new I've decided to step up some things for 2011...my sort of new year resolutions of sort...
1. blogging; you will find more posts on a variety of topics of things I love....from cooking, kids, creative ideas, go green ideas and of course photography!~
2. health; I've been struggling with my health for a while lately.  Happy to say that I think I will be on the road to more energy.  I'm staying positive that in the next few months my energy levels will be returning! (with the help of weekly blood donations:)
3. strong: while trying to figure out my health I decided that it might be a great idea to get back into an exercise routine. After being a momma and pregnant to three...I haven't made time for this. I started back in October with a great personal trainer. It's a huge time and financial commitment~ 3 times a week for at least 1 1/2 hours. I feel so much stronger and weekly see my progress. I'm thrilled to be able to do "boy" pushups!!! I've only had to miss one appt due to sick kids.
4. family time; after spending a month away together this winter we realize how much we miss our family time together. Kent and I are making a huge effort to "just say no". We both tend to take on too many extra activities...mostly me! But who's counting.  This in turn takes away from the simple life we are yearning for. As I type this I realize my oldest is almost 8 and my baby almost 3!~ times seems to be slipping past us too quickly.
5. creative outlets; I enjoy way too many hobbies. I'm lucky that my girls (and Grady) enjoy them along side me. We have been spending lots more time lately doing these things together. from sewing,cooking,scrapbooking, baking, knitting, soap making and photography.  I plan to take my extra time that I would have spent volunteering to spend doing these things with my girls.
6. photography; I continue to spend time developing this creative outlet. I've been to two great workshops/ conferences this year alone. Photography has always been a huge part of my life. I treasure photos along with the stories they capture... I continue plugging away on the business end of things. I am careful to not let this over-run our busy life and choose to only take on a select amount of clients. In a few years all the kids will be in school and I presume I will have more time to pursue a busy schedule.
7. business; working from home has sooo many challenges. it is so easy to put it off for another day. For 2011 I wish to keep on top of things on this front. I've slightly increased my daycare days for Grady so that I don't have to spend evenings working on things. I feel confident that I will be more organized and set for the busy field season ahead of us. This will make more time for Kent to spend with us if I can keep on top of the bookwork. We have a new system with our accountant which hopefully be more efficient.
8. budget: this is my personal plight to keep on budget in our day to day expenses...it is amazing what our grocery bill has become in the last few years. Of course I could choose to eat crappy food and save money. But we love the good stuff; fresh fruit and vegies along with yummy seafood, fish and healthy baked snacks. These things cost!~ so without forsaking our healthy lifestyle I'm trying to cut down else where. Eating out is a pricey venture for us these days. The girls don't usually eat off the kids menu...they prefer that wrap and salad like I'm having. Kent prefers my cooking to most restaurants....(Unless its for wings and beer!:) So heres to thrifty healthy eating!

wow I think I've covered most of the bases...my sleepiness/fuzzy head is kicking in so I better sign off and head to bed.

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.
       - Helen Keller

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