DIY Dreamcatcher.

I love to make things.  There is something so soothing to my soul about making things with my own two hands.  The Artist and I are in the middle of glazing a bunch of items that we made on the wheel with clay, and I will post about that when they are done.  I also love knitting, weaving, working with beads, clay, and so many other things, as I am sure is evident in this blog.  My latest project was making a dreamcatcher.  I got some supplies and had at it.  I loved it so much, I made another, and still have supplies for one more!  These cost me between $2-$2.50 a piece to make, a great bargain.  They are super easy to make, and incredibly customizable, with no right or wrong way to make them.

To make them, I just looked at some pictures I found on the internet and read a few quick tutorials about the weaving part, and got started.  After you see how to start the weaving part, you are good to go.  It is very easy, and fun to make.  I used metal rings and wrapped suede-like cord around them, then used hemp string to weave, leaving a space/circle in the middle.  I used beads and feathers to decorate, and just tied everything in place.  You would also use glue I would imagine, but I didn’t have any and just tied double knots for he beads and feathers.  Note that in these photos there are shadows of the string, so it looks “doubled”.

I am in love with these!

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Alton Brown’s Recipe for Ribs- AMAZING.

One of our favourite cooking shows is Good Eats.  Alton Brown is hilarious, and his recipes are amazing.  Every recipe of his that we have tried has been stellar.  I highly recommend these ribs, the flavour is amazing!  And the Artist is amazing at executing this recipe.  We have his Good Eats cookbooks and got the recipe fro there, but you can watch a video of this, and see the recipe here:


How delicious do these look?!  The flavour is just incredible, and this is my favourite way to make ribs.  I want to take a moment and give a shout out to my fellow blogger “The Old Fellow Goes Running”… for nominating me for a blogger award!  His blog is really inspiring and motivating, not to mention what a great read!  I am not a runner, yet his posts are always enjoyable to me.  Check him out!

Until next time.

P.S. The Artist just saw me typing and saw the photo of the ribs, and decided we are going to the store to get some and make ASAP.  They are that delicious :D

Stones Concert

For the Artist and I’s 5th wedding anniversary, my parents got us tickets to see the Rolling Stones in Kansas City (about a 3.5 hour drive away).  I have been connected to the Stones my whole life.  When I was a kid, I remember my dad listening to them late at night during our road trips, and I just didn’t understand why he liked them so much.  Or any oldies rock for that matter.  As I became a teenager, I started to explore music more, fell in love, and there was no turning back for me.  I wanted to see the Stones during their Bigger Bang tour when I was in grade 11 0r 12, and was even calling in to radio contests to try and win tickets.  No luck.  Fast forward to now, and all of a sudden I hear about their ZIP Code tour and decided that I was willing to eat oatmeal for every meal for as long as it took if that meant I could get tickets.  Luckily, my parents helped us out.  As an adult, my obsession started to grow.  I love oldies rock so much, that I walked down the aisle at my wedding to Rod Stewart.  But the Rolling Stones are my number one, all time favourite.  I enjoy books and biographies of them, but my absolute favourite thing is to listen to their records, courtesy of my dad’s collection that I currently have.

I was feeling anxious about having car troubles or traffic and missing the concert.  I didn’t even want to wait in line at the concession stand at the stadium in fear of missing them come out, as the opening act was over.  I stood in line forever to get an over priced t-shirt, that I have zero regrets purchasing.

I packed my oregano oil because I thought I would have no voice the next day. Turns out, my response was more of a frozen-in-awe type. I don’t think my heart has ever beaten so fast. The music melted my soul. And as usual when I am touched by something, I cried.  Not obnoxious sobbing, just constant tears streaming down my cheeks.  I feel things like music very viscerally, and I guess my body needs a physical outlet for it all and it produces tears.  (read more about my love for music when I went to the Stl Symphony here: As for the old man jokes…I wish I was in a good as shape as Mick Jagger. And I hope that I am still rockin it that hard at life when I am 70-something.  I will never forget that night, and I don’t think I will ever be fully un-melted <3

Experience. Of. A. Lifetime.  It breaks my heart to think about not being able to experience this again in my life, as the Stones may not tour again.  Even if this is the case, I am so grateful for getting to see them this once.  The music (along with many other things going on in my life I am sure) has recently given me a sense of clarity in life, how or why…it is all still unknown to me.  Maybe this clarity started forming within me when I was reading the autobiography of Keith Richards on my way to Chicago recently, and I learned that when starting out, the Stones were broke and struggling to get food and electricity, putting all their efforts towards their passion.  Sort of what the Artist and I are trying to do now.  It is a constant struggle, and it never seems to feel like any progress is being made.  Keith, Mick, Charlie, Ronnie, and the members of the Stones… inspire me to keep following my dreams no matter what.  No….matter….what.

As I raise my glass, here’s to you.

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Homemade Woven Coasters

As a working woman, I find that I don’t have much time to just be.  Time to lounge around, watch TV, read, work on my latest project, write a blog post, or just have some time with my thoughts.  Having this time is something that is very important to me, and I try and savour it whenever I can, even if it exists for only a short period of time.

To say that the Artist is a night owl would be an understatement.  Every night as we are climbing into bed to watch TV, a movie, or read, he has lots of energy and is bouncing off the walls.  Literally.  He has the most energy at this time of the day, and in turn, sleeps in during the morning.  Long after I have fallen asleep, sometimes on the couch, the Artist is “arting” away through the night creating his masterpieces.  So on the weekends, I get up at my usual hour, sometimes sleep in a tad, and enjoy a nice, slow, relaxing morning.  If I sleep in too late, and I will if I don’t set an alarm, my sleep schedule gets so thrown off and I am dragging myself around all week until I crash.  So these mornings are my primary time to read, learn, and relax.

My latest project has been weaving, and I am addicted to it.  So I have been putting on an old sitcom like Friends and weaving away in the mornings.  I made a make shift loom using cardboard, and have been making these coasters that I really love.  The Artist saw them on a blog… and asked me if I could make some, as I am fairly decent at “crafting”.  I loved these, and they are just our style.  So here are just a few, I have been making tons of these.  When weaving, I feel very zen.  It is like meditating.  Just typing about it is making me crave a weaving session this morning.

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Without my special weekend mornings, I feel off balance and kind of irritated.  I guess it just goes to show how important self-care is for our overall well-being, and that we should engage in it often.  By taking care of myself, I am the best wife I could possibly be, the best daughter, friend, and colleague that I could possibly be.  I am the best version of me, in all of my roles.


Chocolatey all-in-one breakfast smoothie!

I have been searching for a breakfast smoothie that is a “complete” breakfast, that I can take on the go, and that actually tastes good.  Finally, I have discovered a combination of ingredients that tastes amazing and fits my breakfast needs!  With breakfast, I aim to get a good source of fibre, a good source of protein, and at least one serving of fruit (or vegetable).  Smoothies seemed like a good option to me for days when I am working in my office and can bring this smoothie to drink at my desk, but I struggled to find something that worked.  The struggle is over my friends…..I am in love with this smoothie!  It is so chocolatey, which for this girl, is a win.  I could eat chocolate forever!  There is no signal in my brain to tell me to stop eating chocolate ;)

Note that this recipe is very forgiving, and each ingredient can totally be adjusted to your nutritional needs and taste preferences.  Below is what suites my taste!

Chocolatey all-in-one breakfast smoothie:

(approx. 20g protein and 11g fiber)

– 1 banana

– 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

– 1/3 scoop of vanilla protein powder

– 2 tbsp chia seeds

– 2 tbsp Dutch cocoa powder (***see note on this ingredient below)

– splash of water (***see note on this ingredient below)

– variations: drizzle of honey, scoop of peanut butter, etc.

– 2 or 3 ice cubes (optional)


Place all ingredients, except the ice cubes, in a blender, and blend until smooth.  Feel free to add the ice cubes if you want a more slushy texture, see below for how I like to make mine!  I use a Magic Bullet blender, as it is so easy and uses less dishes because you make the smoothie in the cup you use to drink it…it comes with travel lids to screw on and everything!

Note on the Dutch cocoa powder: I use Dutch cocoa powder instead of the regular kind because I prefer the taste of it.  I had never tried it until recently, and have totally fallen in love.  It makes for a darker colour, and a more rich and chocolatey, sort of brownie-like taste.  I highly recommend trying it!

Note on the water: I add a splash of water and then blend it.  Then add small amounts of water if necessary to adjust the consistency.  Sometimes I am in the mood for a thicker shake, sometimes thinner :)

Right before I head out the door, I like to add 2 or 3 whole ice cubes (the same way you would add ice cubes to a glass of pop for example).  This keeps my smoothie nice and cold- just the way I like it!  I like to keep the smoothie thick as this thins it slightly as the ice cubes melt.

Sometimes I like to switch it up with honey or peanut butter too!  Sometimes I have just this smoothie for breakfast, but sometimes I might have a handful of berries on the side or drink a small glass of freshly squeezed orange or carrot juice as well.


Free Spirit.

The Artist and I have frequent hear to heart talks, discussing life.  These talks are really heart felt and intense, but in a good way.  During one of our more recent talks, he told me about how he saw me as such a free spirit when we first met.  He said that I was very “real”.  That I was unafraid to be myself 100%.  And that he admired this, and my free spirited-ness inspired him to be more relaxed and stress free.

I was a little surprised by this, I had never really thought of myself as a free spirit, so I asked him why he thought this.  (Note: The Artist and I were roommates, with another roommate and two people living in the basement of the house during college, read more here: ) He said that he was very uptight and felt stressed all the time with regards to things like doing paperwork, house chores, etc.  He admired how I left my dishes in the sink for a few days before washing them, and how it didn’t bother me.  How I slept in on weekends and walked around the house in my pyjamas in the middle of the afternoon.  How I stayed up late watching a movie I had been craving to see while eating a big bag of chips, even though I knew I had to get up early.  How I threw my dirty laundry on the floor of my bedroom.  How I wanted to carve pumpkins at Halloween and put up a tree and a million knick-knacks during Christmas.  He said that I would get ready to go out with friends in just a few minutes, and look amazing.  How I gave honest opinions, and was direct with people on what I wanted.  How I would wear flip flops in the middle of winter to take the garbage to the curb……among so many other things.  Initially, I was thinking that this just proved that I was a slob, and kind of lazy.  But as we talked, he explained how it inspired him to live life in a more mellow, relaxing way.  To go with the flow, and stop to smell the roses along the way.  And that the way I seemed unafraid to be myself, even in front of a stranger, he said I was very “real” and wasn’t acting in a way that was unnatural to me or that I was trying to impress someone.  He said that I have changed his life, for the better.  That he is now more mellow, and doesn’t let things bother him.  And that this has carried over into his art practice, he stays up until the wee hours of the morning if he is on a roll with a good idea- instead of doing the so-called “sensible” thing and going to bed at a reasonable hour.  He doesn’t feel as much pressure to produce paintings quickly, but rather, lets the creative process take him over.  And that the result is works that are launching his career.

This really touched me.  I really never thought of myself as a free spirit type of person, and I still don’t know if I am.  But the way he expressed these feelings to me was very moving, and my heart almost exploded <3  I had no idea I had touched his life on such a deep level.  Of course we love each other and have an amazing, fulfilling life together, but this story touched my soul in a way that I simply cannot describe.  I don’t think I have ever heard someone articulate how they saw their loved one, and how they fell in love.

Then I thought, am I still the free spirit he fell in love with?  And I sort of panicked, as I wasn’t sure if I was a free spirit then, let alone now.  As I was saying this, we were getting ready to go shopping before the store closed, which was soon.  I was starving so I microwaved some left overs on a plate, grabbed my purse and got into the passenger seat of the car- like it was no big deal. He looked at me, smiled, pointed at the plate of leftovers and said, “free spirit”.  And he continues to do this now, as I was having a hard time seeing in myself what he saw.  One time, I didn’t want to wait in line in the fitting room at a store, so I tried the shirt on over top of the shirt I was wearing.  One time I couldn’t find the lid for my Magic Bullet smoothie cup, so I screwed the blade back on, put it in my purse, and headed to my office.  Another time, I spilled a giant gob of salsa on my shirt, and proceeded to lick it off and continue eating.  On a rainy Saturday, I sat on the couch for several (and I mean several!) consecutive hours watching TV in a nest of blankets.  I am convinced it is more laziness, but my Artist continues to tell me how I inspire him, as I do what I want and indulge in a lot fun things.  And when we indulge in watching TV until our eyes burn, cuddled together, late at night, and having these heart to heart talks, the Artist points out what a fun night it was spending this time together giggling and being silly.  That it isn’t laziness per se, that yes- we could have cleaned the apartment or done something more “productive”, but instead had a wonderful night together.  And in my books, taking the time to live and love is way more productive in the grand scheme of life <3

Raspberry Kiwi Sorbet Recipe

The Artist got me an ice cream maker for Christmas.  I always make homemade popsicles, and had been talking about trying homemade ice cream.  Well, without an actual ice cream maker to churn it, it was not working for me.  He got me one that does not require all that ice and salt to surround the bucket, the bucket is lined with a gel and you keep it in the freezer.  Pop it out to make your ice cream, wash it, and pop it back in to re-refreeze.  SO easy and convenient.

I decided to give sorbet a try, and the results were AMAZING!  The texture was so incredibly smooth!  Here is my recipe :)  I looked at some recipes online, and checked out Alton Brown’s recipes and tips….his recipes are my favourite.  I am sure there is sort of a science behind the ratio of fruit to sugar etc. but in the end after reading all the recipes, I winged it.

1 pint fresh raspberries

2 fresh kiwis, skins removed

3-4 tbsp sugar (more or less to taste, my berries were very ripe and sweet, but sometimes they are much more tart)

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice


Step 1: Puree fruit.  I used a Magic Bullet and it worked well.

Step 2: Add sugar and lemon juice.  Blend a few more seconds.

Step 3: Push through a fine sieve.  I had to use a spoon to stir it vigorously, and at towards the end press the pulp/seeds with the back of my spoon to squeeze out all the remaining juices.  Th result is not a juice texture or consistency however, it is quite thick.  Discard seeds and excess pulp.


Step 4: Pour into ice cream maker and turn it on.  Churn until it is thick!  Mine took about 25 minutes, but times will vary.


Step 5: Enjoy as soft serve, and freeze any leftovers.


I tried a little as soft serve and it was delicious, but wanted to freeze it. This is the container ready to go in the freezer!


Or place mixture in freezer to harden for a more scoopable sorbet.


My scooping marks after freezing it overnight….aren’t they beautiful?!



   Frozen overnight!


Enjoy :)