Friday, 29 January 2016

Friday, it's Friday!

How is it posssible that we're almost through the entire month of January?  

And how is it that the relentless march of time still suprises me?

Despite a bit of rain during the week, it's still pretty snowy around here.  I love when the snow sits fat and heavy on tree branches.  I love seeing kids that are never to old to be IN the snow.  I love the pattern of last summer's corn stalks in the snow.

Fresh colouring pencils and a fresh colouring page.

Laughing at the car sensors going berserk in the car wash.  It was like they were screaming WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO DRIVE??!.

Smoothie love.  Banana chocolate peanut butter is all kinds of amazing.

Puzzles.  Disney princess puzzles to be exact.

Kids cleaning out their rooms, and deciding they really don't need all of their trophies anymore.  Looking at the box full of discarded awards almost made me cry.  So many years of hard work and commitment.  So much pride in their accomplishments.  So much driving - soccer fields, ice rinks, baseball diamonds, football fields - so many different cities.  So much money spent.  I found an old bookshelf and squeezed in as many as I could.  It's in the hallway outside of their rooms, and I'm just waiting for (daring?) someone to say something.

Costco.  The dilemma of finding room in the cupboards for all of the oversize boxes, and evidence that a certain 13 yr old was shopping with us.  Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Ritz Cheese Snacks, and Instant Hot Chocolate.  Is any of that even real food?

And speaking of food... hello Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken Thighs.

Did you know that you can make your own Mayonnaise?  As well as your own Sweetened Condensed Milk?

Farmhouse Rice Pudding, Banana and Chocolate Chia Cream Pie Parfaits, and Salted Caramel Sticky Buns.  There are not enough hours in a day for the number of desserts I dream about making.

Happy Friday, Happy Weekend!


  1. Look at that lovely snow!
    No snow here in Australia right now. Also no snow when we were visiting Pennsylvania a few weeks ago. We came home a week too soon because now it's everywhere I hear!
    Nice to meet you.
    Found you via the #PoCoLo linky.

  2. That snow is SO deep! Wow! I am absolutely LOVING the sound that that smoothie too, definitely one for me to try. #PoCoLo x

  3. I love the coloring book. I have one but haven't colored in a while. you got me in the mood!

  4. On occasion I get somewhat nostalgic for snow, especially when I see kids playing in the fluffy stuff. I haven't seen much of it since leaving Toronto many years ago.

  5. Trees weighed down by snowy branches are beautiful. But I refuse to click on those dessert links. I'm trying to be good these days. Well, maybe just the sticky buns one. For now. :)

  6. January is flying by! Oh wait - it's gone in 45 minutes! Enjoyed your recap. I'd love to make desserts every day, but I'd eat them and be enormous!

  7. I love how you say there is evidence of the 13 year old shopping with you, they do like to add things to the trolley don't they lol looks like a nice week, colouring looks realising and the snow is beautiful. Thank you for linking up #mg

  8. I always have the Costco dilemma - small apartment living, oy!

  9. Such a great collage of happy, everyday things. Thanks for linking up.

  10. I always love your posts, Jenn, they are so real, random - life! And yes, I have made mayonnaise myself a few times even the healthier way :)

  11. Hi Jenn, I envy you your snowy view! I bet everything sounds sort of muffled. I can't believe it's February either, we are worried we're not going to have much of winter the weather is so nice (we need rain to get the farmers through the long summer).

    Starting a fresh colouring page is always exciting (like stepping in fresh snow). And I must check out the salted caramel sticky buns! Sound nice!


  12. Lovely pictures! I am very lucky to have actually travelled to Ontario from small little Cornwall, UK back in 2010 when my sister lived there. It was summer when i went and very hot! well hot for me! My sister says it is so beautiful there in the Winter, we never get snow in Cornwall so her first Winter there was an experience!
    She now lives in Vancouver where the weather can be sometimes like Cornwall, wet and miserable! xx


  13. That's a lot of trophies to be getting rid of! It looks like your children loved to do lots of things. :)
    Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo

  14. Ohh your snow pictures are making me feel cold, uck!!
    I love colouring books but favour felts rather than pencils. I like really bright colours.
    Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

  15. I'm jealous of that snow, I think if it snowed properly here my kids would both explode from excitement!

    Thanks for linking up with Point + Shoot x

  16. So many trophies on the shelves and that snow is amazing. Hope we get a little dusting at some point! #Happydiaries

  17. Lovely shots! Feel like rolling in the snow, but there is none here in London. And yes, Banana chocolate peanut butter is all kinds of amazing. :D

  18. lovely pictures..The fourth one is really beautiful and attractive for me..

  19. Ohh, I love coulouring in books, And the joy of starting a new page. Im not a fan of snow though, that never makes me happy.
    Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #happydiaries xx

  20. It looks like a fantastic month! Those snow shots are amazing. I don't get to see that any more ;)

    thanks for joining us at Photo Friday!


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