winter children

Even though the weather is cold, we still make a point of spending either the morning or afternoon outdoors. Because Remy and Wilder are not yet in school, staying indoors all day long is enough to make us all go crazy. We all feel better (and much more tired) after getting some Vitamin D!

The other day when we were at the park, I was trying to convince them to go back home so that I could start lunch. Remy turned to me and said, “but we are winter kids, mum. We don’t need to go inside. We are warm enough out here.” It was so sweet and innocent and I was really proud of her for saying that. I think that it was about -20C that morning and we had already been out for over an hour, but the cold wasn’t phasing her. If only I had the same ability to always look at life through rose coloured glasses.

This morning we decided to stay home and go sledding on our little hill. We worked on our snow fort and played pirates on the jungle gym. It was just below zero that morning (which is incredibly warm for the end of December), so the cats were sunning themselves on the deck. That is, when they weren’t eating compost with our dogs.

This is just a regular thing that we do everyday and I probably take for granted at times. I wanted to document it at least once, because they won’t be this young forever. I feel lucky to live where we do and with our winter children.

Emory

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happy birthday, husband

Tomorrow is Geoffrey’s birthday.

What a year we had. I struggled for most of it with health anxiety, and you remained my rock. You never once showed me that you were worried alongside me, and you seemed to understand when my mood would swing because of it.

When work slowed down and you were laid off as a result, you transferred to a different city that day and picked up right where you left off. You continue to work day and night for us, and *rarely* complain. ;-)))

You completed every project I asked for, and indulged me when I brought home 5 new cats and kittens.

Here you are with your little girl who has you wrapped around her little finger. We all love you so much!!

Happy birthday, Geo!

<3<3

Em

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recipe: borscht soup

Helllllllloooooooooooooo 2021!! I am SO happy to see you!

I always like to begin the new year with a healthy recipe post. I don’t know why- maybe to set the tone for a year of hopefully good health. Regardless, this one will be no different.

Here is a delicious recipe that is a bit of a different take on traditional borscht soup, all the while keeping you warm on those cool winter days. 

Borscht Soup

Ingredients:

4 tbsp oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tbsp tomato paste
3 medium beets, peeled and chopped with gloves
3 medium potatoes, any kind, peeled and chopped into 1” cubes
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 head celery, chopped
8 cups water
2 vegetable stock cubes
3 tsp dill, freshly chopped or dried
1 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Steps:

1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil, garlic, onion, and tomato paste over medium-low for 10 minutes. Then chop and add the beets, potatoes, carrots, and celery one at a time. Once all combined, pour in the water. Top off with the vegetable stock cubes, dill, thyme, salt, and pepper. 

2. Cook over medium-high heat for approximately 15 minutes, or until all of the vegetables have softened. Then remove from heat. Serve warm and fresh within a day or two. Or, freeze and thaw the night before serving. Enjoy!

Emory

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merry christmas

Another year has passed us by and already it is Christmas. 

Even though 2020 was one for the books (and not in a good way), we still made it through. I feel as if next year can only be better in every way. More happy, more healthy, more lighthearted, more fun. Let’s hope that it is!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!!

Best wishes,

Emory, Geoffrey, Remy & Wilder

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i am 35

Today marks another trip around the sun for me.

While I am not going to sit here and complain about how this past year has been (I am still alive and well!), I will say that I truly only wish one thing for my 35th year on this earth. That is for everyone to have a healthy and happy new year ahead of them.

2020 is almost gone but we are still here. Let’s enjoy it while we still can!

Have a lovely week, all.

Emory

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