Baked Beet Fries

Published June 18, 2013 by thespottedowl1

Going to make these again today. Mmmmm!

The Spotted Owl

Over the last year and especially over the last few months, my family has really changed the way we eat and the foods we eat. No more fast food (except the occasional trip to Tim Hortons), no more processed foods, mostly local, organic and in season. We have drastically cut our meat intake, probably only eating it a few times a week. Star doesnt eat meat at all, except fish, and I eat very little. We have majorly cut our dairy intake and in doing so B and our Suns rashes behind their arms have almost gone away. We have always watched the sugar intake. So in cutting these things and changing our diets to a mostly fruit, bean and vegetable diet, I have been experimenting with new recipes and different ways of cooking vegetables and proteins other than meat. Pinterest has been a fantastic source for many of our…

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Coolest Mom Ever or How to have an epic water fight

Published June 13, 2013 by thespottedowl1

Yet another fun activity inspired by something I saw going around the internet. A large meme with things cool parents had done. As soon as I saw the picture of the sign in a bowl of water balloons and water guns saying something to the effect of “im armed come and find me, love Mom” I knew this one had to be done. Being kind of spontaneous I decided to get this one together 45 minutes before I had to pick my son up from school! Little Star and I rushed to the dollarstore for supplies and then rushed home to fill water shooters and balloons. This is what we came up with.

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We had the same supplies waiting in the back yard. As Sun got out of the car he saw the sign and read through it with confusion on his face.

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An epic battle was had, with squeals of delight, shrieks of shock and uncontrollable joy. It was simply perfect. To be able to soak mommy was an excellent treat for my littles. I may have gotten a little too much pleasure from soaking them as well. Really, if you have never had a full out, no time limit water fight with your children, do it this weekend. Do it tomorrow after school. Do it now. The act of being able to just let go and not worry about “getting into trouble” is so cleansing for both you and them.

After the battle we took a little break to blow bubbles. Bubbles are as great now as they were when I was a child.

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On this day, for my kids, I was the coolest mom ever!

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A thoughtful spot- Bean house

Published June 3, 2013 by thespottedowl1

Gardening, something I aspire to be better at and try for every year. Most years my flowers shrivel and our veggies die after producing small, inedible crops. This year things are going to be different. This year we are going to eat our veggies and my flowers are large and strong. Im paying attention. Im fertilizing and watering. We have veggie beds grown from seeds, blueberries, raspberries and a wonderful bean house.

After seeing pictures of other peoples bean tubes and tee pees I knew I wanted a living playhouse for my Sun and Star. My brother in law has done some landscaping and was staying with us so I brought him in on the project. I showed him a few pictures and told him about the size I wanted. I suggested we pick up some sort of pole to support veggies but he had the brilliant idea of using branches from a tree in our yard. I dont know what kind of tree it is but it has fuzzy branches that were over grown and soft to cut. I dug a 3′ circle in our over grown “garden”. The soil in that area was worked at one time and wasent to hard to work in. My brother in law Jordan, placed the branches around my circle and added some more branches for support. The tee pee poles are approximately 4′. We used a twine to wind around the branches for both support and for the beans to climb up. Inside he used stones from our garden to create a bench, a terrific spot to sit and read a book.

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My Star played music for us and sang every song in her repertoire.

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My Sun practiced his climbing

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He did some digging too.

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Beginning to come together!

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Climbing and Posing

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My Sun and Star. My Loves.

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Our Bean house waiting to be planted. We selected organic beans that can be eaten straight off the plant. Sounds like it takes 60-70 days to be full grown which will take us to around the beginning of august. We planted the seeds about 5cmm apart to get very full, thick walls for the house. I will make sure to keep you all posted on the progression of growth. This is something I hope we cant plant around every year and maybe extend it a little, it would be very neat to have a tunnel coming out the back! Let me know what you think and share pictures of your own bean houses, I would love to see them! Remember….If I can plant, craft, cook and sew… so can you!

UPDATE

our house has been growing over the summer, first slowly and now it’s filled in with green. Here it is one month ago

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Now it looks like this

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Little spots are magical

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The kids squealed in delight over the size of the gigantic beans hanging down all over the house and we brought in large haul for dinner. This project will be copied next year and believe we will add a tunnel. Thanks for joining, I would love to see pictures of your bean house or pole bean ideas

Fairy Garden

Published May 8, 2013 by thespottedowl1

Wit

The Spotted Owl

Oh i’ve been wanting to write this post for weeks! Trouble logging into word press but it is all fixed now so stay tuned for more posts because we have been up to a lot of fun stuff that I would love to share with you all.

About a month ago I started planning a fairy garden for my children to help build and play in. A magical little space for imaginations to soar and fairies to come and live. I had an idea in my mind and one sunny day I took the kids outside and we got to work. We decided to build our garden in an overgrown herb box in our front yard.

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This is how it looked when we started. Yuck. I cleaned it out and my Sun trimmed the herbs (chives, oregano and thyme). Daddy nailed down all the sharp nails poking out (good job daddy!)…

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We love lunch!

Published April 4, 2013 by thespottedowl1

I keep posting lunches all over the place.. I think maybe ill try to keep them here for awhile.

This was Suns lunch today

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Hummus, sushi, yogurt and chocolate all in one lunch?! Yes and he devoured it all.

Stars lunch was a long the same lines but I had a little fun with the layout

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Hummus, pita, sushi, cheese, rice and salmon candy make up most of her lunch. I was surprised how fast she ate this one, I was lucky I got a picture! Come back soon to see some more fun lunch ideas.

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A little angel food cake, strawberries, whip cream and sprinkles was a fun treat.

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Brown rice, chicken breast, yogurt, popcorn, pineapples and cheese were all received well.

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Hummus and pita, roasted chick oeas

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Brown rice, scrambled eggs as broccoli, yogurt, and chocolate pudding with strawberries.
We recently tried almond yogurt and the kids love it.
here is a toddler lunch with a ginger tuna cheese wrap, apricot logs and strawberries dipped in peanut butter and sprinkles.

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If you would like to see my other posts about lunches the easiest way to view them is to go to the search and type “lunches”. Thanks and come back soon!

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Fig newtons, cheddar bunnies, dried apricots, salmon candy, BBQ peanuts, heirloom carrots and snap peas with a vanilla yogurt dip. Not pictured is the peanut butter and jam sandwich he also took.

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Black Forest ham sandwich, cucumbers, dill dip, bunny crackers, Greek yogurt and a honey stick. Today a special treat…. A juice box!

This was our bedtime snack tonight

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Hummus and naan, cucumbers and heirloom carrots with dip, veggie straws, apricot and coconut logs and a clover honey stick make up today’s lunch and snack.

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Lunches this June

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My attempt at a sushi caterpillar with sea weed for eye and mouth and celery tops for antennae.

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Served with pistachios and raspberries.

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We are super lucky to be able to serve nuts and nut butters at my sons school I know many other who can not. If you can not I have heard a product called wow butter is an excellent substitute.

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A turkey sandwich, yogurt, cucumber, dip, dark chocolate, pineapple and apricot logs.

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The honey stick is a nice treat

20130612-190030.jpg yogurt covered pretzels are a favourite right now. School year is almost over but stayed tuned for fun summer snacks and a return to school lunches in the fall. Ill be keeping my red open for sandwich stamps this summer. I would love to see links to your own lunch ideas because new inspiration is always welcome.

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Easy Easter eggs

Published March 18, 2013 by thespottedowl1

Today’s craft was super easy and really fun! About 5 months ago my husband picked up contact paper from Home Depot for another one of my craft ideas but we never got to actually using it. Today I pulled it out and realized it isn’t completely clear, it has little clouded shapes in it. Makes a neat effect for Easter eggs. I found the best way to do this was to cut out a rectangle, peel half the paper off, tape it to the floor, decorate then peel the other half off and stick together. Then cut out your egg shape. We used all sorts of random craft supplies. Tissue paper, buttons, ribbon, yarn and some fancy material that came around a flower bouquet. Here is what we ended up with.

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The tree has been on the window since autumn, I have a few previous posts with it in it. Tomorrow I think I’ll add buds to the branches.

Scrap fabric and paper Easter eggs

Published March 6, 2013 by thespottedowl1

Using modge podge, plastic eggs, scrap fabric, pages from a book and some sparkles I made some really neat Easter eggs. The first one was for my daughter who loves Snow White. Smaller pieces of fabric work best and be more careful then I was to smooth down the pieces. Star helped pick out all the different fabrics and even did some of the cutting and gluing.

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When I put the modge podge on it is very cloudy and gluey looking, when it dries it goes shiny. You can get a non glossy kind as well.

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Adding a fine glitter to the book egg made it really look finished. The book, by the way, is the Silmarilion by J.R.R Tolkien

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Had to throw in some matryoshka dolls, they remind me of Easter and the Ukrainian Easter eggs. Here they are in their little nest, going to have to make something a little cuter I think.

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Oops, forgot one!

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Happy egg making!

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