Things are changing

Dec 5, 2013

Good Morning everyone!

We've definitely had some interesting changes in the last couple weeks, and I know I promised to update you sooner.. sorry about that!

So we've had some life changing things happen, as I've said a couple times already. Daniel has quit his day job to start his own company, and I've also opened my own small business. We've both been feeling alot of stress lately I think, and we've had some family issues to deal with. Needless to say, I'm not used to him being home so much and I feel like it's definitely cramping my style.. but I'm so glad he's home now and we can actually have time together as a family! Its been more difficult to find time to write, sew, blog, read, watch tv... well do anything really. I feel like we need to catch up on missed time with "Daddy" around! So that is why I haven't wrote about our changes until now! We still have lots of kinks to figure out, mostly how to give each other space when we need it, and spend time together, and spend time with M.

I think we are all enjoying time together right now though.

My business I've actually had open for awhile. I've been doing photography and graphic design things for awhile now for myself, and recently have decided to do it for others. I've just finished a large project with a lady in town, helping her start her own personal trainer business. I've been booking a couple weddings next summer with my photography and seem to always be busy with some kind of photography project. I need to start bringing my camera out more often to take pictures of our family when we are out and about doing things though. I've also started sewing. Currently on my list of things I make and sell are baby shoes, baby boots, ties, headbands and scarves. There always seems to be things I'm adding to my list of things I sew! Its been super busy for me and I love every moment of it. I can't wait to possibly do it full time and not just after work/weekends!

Onto other big news, M's daycare has informed me that he has now moved up to "toddler"! Where has my baby boy gone? They said that now with him being a toddler, he gets to play with the older kids in the front of the building. It's way more fun up there anyway! He no longer uses a highchair, and gets to sit at the table with the kids, and play and color and just do more fun things instead of being around babies. I'm so excited for him! And thats about it, all the exciting new I had for today! I will try and write more as I can and keep everyone updated!

Lunch Break Cookies!

Dec 4, 2013

Lunch time is sometimes the only time in my day when I truely feel like I have time to myself. Its amzing what you can actually get done in an hour sometimes..
 
 
And sometimes, some people just want to be employee of the day and whip up gingerbread cookies on their lunch breaks! That was me today..
 
Gingerbread cookies to me are definitely a Christmas cookie. Their sugary, crunchy outside and their spicey, chewy inside give you so many different flavours its like an explosion in your mouth!
 
 
Gingersnap Cookies
by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Keywords: bake snack winter

Ingredients (3 dozen cookies)
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1¼ teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger; set aside.
Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the molasses and continue to mix until completely combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract, and mix to thoroughly combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl, reduce the mixer speed to low, and add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined, giving it a final stir with a rubber spatula.
Scoop about 1½ tablespoons of dough, roll into a ball, and place on prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges are set, but centers are still soft. Allow the cookies to sit on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. These cookies can also be frozen for up to 1 month.
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