merry christmas

Merry Christmas all!! Even though these are traditionally my shorter posts, I love that after six years, I am still here to wish everyone a happy holiday! It’s an honour to still be writing my blog and hearing from those who are kind enough to comment.

We were able to go on a few outings this holiday season. The first one that we took Remy and Wilder to was called Glow.

Glow is an indoor light festival located at Prairieland Park. This was its first year in Saskatoon, and I’m guessing will have many more to come. It featured light gardens, a treasure hunt, food, playground, Santa Claus, live entertainment, and over one million lights!

A little more on the expensive side, it was still worth going at least once.

Next, we were able to go to the Enchanted Forest at the Forestry Farm.

This drive-thru holiday light tour is in its 21st year and has over 80,000 visitors per year. Every year features one new display.

Visiting the Enchanted Forest is something that Geoffrey and I have done every year since dating! Remy enjoys it immensely, but Wilder is still too young to understand what is going on. This was her fourth time going, and his second (we took him last year when he was two weeks old). She has already asked to go back again, so I think that we will go once more before they take it down in January.

Finally, we visited the walking light display at Pike Lake Provincial Park on Saturday. It was our first time going and it was just so much fun! The weather was somewhat warm and the displays, although not many, were very well done. You could also go ice skating, play crokicurl, gather around the bonfire, and have hot dogs and hot chocolate afterwards. Too cute.

Our family seems to change with nearly every Christmas picture. From a beardless husband and two dogs and a cat in 2013, to hair extensions and masks in 2014, a first pregnancy in 2015, our first baby in 2016, a second pregnancy and miscarriage in 2017, and finally, another new baby in 2018. Life has certainly been exciting over these last few years! I only hope that we will continue to love, learn, and grow in the New Year. You as well!

Happy holidays, and enjoy your time with friends and family!!

<3<3<3

Emory, Geoffrey, Remy & Wilder

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recipe: 1952 hot cocoa

This recipe comes from my Baba’s Watkins cookbook, which was published in 1952. It is the perfect warm drink to devour this month, for yourself or for guests!

1952 Hot Cocoa

Serves 4

Ingredients:

¼ cup cocoa
4 tbsp sugar
⅛ tsp salt
1 cup water
3 cups milk
½ tsp Watkins vanilla

Steps:

1. Blend cocoa with sugar and salt, then add water and stir into a smooth paste. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick and smooth, boiling 1 minute.

2. Add milk and heat over low heat to serving temperature. Add vanilla and beat with a rotary beater until frothy, then serve at once.

Emory

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recipe: vegan blueberry lemon loaf

Each time I make a new loaf, I swear that it’s the best one yet. This, you guys, IS the best one yet! It didn’t rise as high as regular loaves (I think due to it being vegan), but it was so incredibly sweet and satisfying. No one would ever guess that it was a healthy treat!

I’ll be making this loaf again and again, with no complaints from anyone. Try it out this Christmas season!

Vegan Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Ingredients:

(For the loaf)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
⅔ cup almond milk, unsweetened
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest, grated
¼ cup canola oil
2 tbsp applesauce
⅔ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries
dairy-free butter, to grease

(For the vanilla frosting)
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp dairy-free butter
2 tbsp almond milk, unsweetened
¾ tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan with butter. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together.

3. In a large bowl, combine almond milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and oil. Stir in applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.

4. Fold dry ingredients into large bowl. Mix until just combined. Gently stir in blueberries.

5. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Put in oven for approximately 1 hour. Remove and let cool for 1 hour.

6. Put all four ingredients for frosting into a bowl. Mix with electric mixture on low, gradually increasing the speed until it thickens.

7. Spread onto loaf. Gently slice, and it’s ready to be eaten!

Emory

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recipe: holiday fried rice

Hi everyone! It’s been a minute since my last post.

I will be sharing a few recipes this month in preparation for Christmas as I ease back into blogging. This one in particular is a great option for those of you who are cooking for a large group of family and friends. It’s hearty, savory, and oh so delicious. Here it is!

Holiday Fried Rice

Ingredients:

2 cups long grain white rice
2 chicken breasts
1 tsp ginger root, diced
½ white onion, diced
4 mushrooms, diced
¼ cup green onion, diced
1 can of water chestnuts
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen corn
1 can baby corn on the cob
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Vegetable oil

Steps:

1. Make rice ahead of time according to directions. Put in fridge for a few hours before moving onto next steps.

2. Once rice is chilled, heat oil in a large skillet. Cut the chicken breasts into small pieces and fry until nearly cooked through. Add ginger, white onion, mushrooms, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook all the way through then remove from skillet.

3. In a medium pot bring corn, peas, water chestnuts, and can of baby corn to a boil. Continue over medium-high heat until vegetables have softened. Drain and set aside.

4. Using the same skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add eggs and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Begin adding rice in small portions. Add the green onion. Finally, add the remaining cooked ingredients, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm and with the option of soy sauce. Enjoy!

Emory

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it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas

christmas-2016-1Hey, everyone! Did you know that there are only twelve more days until Christmas? This holiday season not only marks the first Christmas that we’re celebrating with a baby, but also the first one that we’re celebrating with a tree! Somehow that seems to make it more official.

christmas-2016-2Our home is looking pretty festive. Not as festive as many other homes, but extremely festive for our standards. Since we’re establishing a wide variety of traditions this year, decorating our home seemed like another important one to start. So far, we put up Christmas lights, hung a wreath on our door, and purchased a little outdoor plant.

christmas-2016-7Inside our home is a different story. We set up and decorated a tree, wrapped some gifts, hung tree lights, and put scented candles all over the house.

christmas-2016-6christmas-2016-5We bought a fair number of ornaments for the tree this year, sticking to a white, black, and gold theme. Because we had to start from scratch, we also didn’t want to buy too many. I think that it would be fun to add to our collection each year, in addition to whatever Remy will make us as she grows older.

christmas-2016-8It will also be fun to look back at pictures of our tree every year and see how it’s changed. Honestly, I feel as if life is so much more exciting with a child! Why did we wait so long to have one?

(Early) Merry Christmas, all!

<3

Emory

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