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hanging terrarium: diy

To me, there is almost nothing more beautiful than a terrarium. To see a plethora of vibrant colours all contained within glass is like a living oil painting. I also love the challenge of keeping the greenery alive. When it flourishes, it’s a great achievement.

I purchased this hanging terrarium and air plant at the Gardenscape trade show. Remy and I went together and Geoffrey stayed behind in order to work on our house. Maneuvering a stroller through the displays while trying to keep grabby baby hands away from all of the plants proved to be difficult. I actually came home with a pocket full of succulent leaves courtesy of little miss. What I also picked up were a few great items to which I turned into a hanging terrarium.

Afterwards, I hung it up near our front window. It looks so beautiful. Too bad the wall behind it needs much work! Oh well. One project at a time. ;-)

Have a wonderful weekend.

<3

Emory

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life with a toddler: waiting for dada

One of our favourite things to do at the end of each weekday is wait for Geoffrey in the window. I place Remy on the couch and sit on the trunk just opposite the couch. She crawls and walks back and forth, slapping the cushions, talking to people who walk by, and smiling at all of the vehicles. She always turns to look at me to make sure that I’m watching her, then resumes her window-watching.

When Geoffrey pulls up, I always say, “dada’s home!” She immediately starts smiling, and watches him intently as he parks, gets out of his vehicle, and walks up to the window. She says, “yeah,” “dada,” and “heyyyyy” over and over again. Then they play through the glass for a few minutes, usually peek-a-boo. It melts my heart.

I always thought that I would be more strict and not let her play and jump on the couch like this, but it’s just once a day and for a good reason. I love seeing her so happy, and seeing my husband’s face when he finally gets to see her at the end of a long day.

This is our life with a toddler. My heart is so full.

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Emory

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dutch growers

I don’t know about you, but I love spending time among plants. I feel like it’s good for my soul.

I recently took Remy to one of my favourite local greenhouses, Dutch Growers. It was a misty spring day and rather than going for our afternoon walk outside in the rain, I decided to instead walk around a greenhouse. That way, we were able to keep warm and take in a bit of nature. It did wonders for us.

Remy adores plants. Every Sunday we water all of the succulents around our home. We also have to water the air plants every second day. She loves watching me do it. I name every plant for her and afterwards she plays with the watering can and plant mister.

It took me years to get acquire a green thumb, so I hope to instill one in Remy at a young age. I’m already very lucky that she has such an interest in greenery!

If anyone ever finds themselves on the Canadian prairies, then please stop by Dutch Growers. You will not be disappointed.

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Emory

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hear the gentle rhythm

“God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world.” Acts 5:34-42; John 6:1-15

Today is the feast day of Saint Peter Chanel, priest and martyr. Our church bulletin reads:

“Peter Chanel … was one of the original members of the Society of Mary, commonly known as Marists. Today the society consists of ‘men and women who strive to live the gospel the way Mary lived … we too can hear the gentle rhythms of the grace of God in our lives by making our manner of thinking, judging, feeling, and acting.’ Listen to Mary and you, too, can be guided by her gentleness and grace. The world needs more of this kind of strength!” Kristopher Seaman

I was never particularly religious before having my daughter. Remy changed my views on almost everything, and as such, my Catholic faith was restored. I feel as if I resonate with Mary now that I, too, am a mother. I truly believe that myself and others could benefit from this way of living outlined above.

Have a lovely weekend, all.

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Emory

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recipe: swiss braided bread

Today I’m going to share a recipe that I am actually quite proud of. Why, you ask? Well because it’s actually my first ever attempt at making bread! In true Emory form, I chose a somewhat complicated route. I also made some of it up as I went along since I have difficulties following instructions when it comes to baking. However, it certainly paid off. This bread was soooo delicious, and you get two loaves out of this recipe. Bonus.

Swiss Braided Bread:

Ingredients

3 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cup milk
1 egg
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tbsp sugar
4 tbsp butter (melted)

Steps

1. Warm the milk. In a bowl, combine the egg, milk, yeast, and butter. Stir. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, ensuring that the yeast completely dissolves.

2. In a separate large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Make a well.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the well. Mix with a wooden spoon until it forms a firm dough.

4. Move the dough onto a floured surface. Knead for approximately 10 minutes.

5. Brush a new large bowl with butter. Place the dough in the bowl. Cover with a dishcloth and put into the oven for 1.5 hours. It will double in size.

6. Remove from oven. Cut the dough in half and place on a floured surface. Taking one half, divide again into three equal pieces. Turn each piece into a long rope, 12” in length.

7. Lay all three ropes side by side. Pinch the end of three pieces together. Now braid. When you get to the end of the first loaf, fold the bottom under. Repeat with the second loaf.

8. Grease a baking sheet with butter. Place both loaves onto the sheet. Butter the loaves, then cover with a dishcloth and place in the oven for 1 hour. They will more than double in size.

9. Remove the loaves, and heat the oven to 400°F. Place them back in and bake for approximately 20 minutes.

10. Once the loaves are golden brown, remove them from the oven. Serve them with a preserve or with any meal.

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Emory

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