Monthly Archives: May 2016

Easy treats!

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Easy treats!

I have been busy gardening this week, and wouldn’t have dared to put my hands in any food because I have had the hands of a mechanic… Yup, that bad! But after soaking in the pool for a good hour, and a manicure, I can now do some baking! Btw, can’t wait to show off some garden pics! I’ll posted later this week, still have a couple beds to finish. 

So onto the good stuff…food! I have really been trying to reduce the amount of sugar I have been eating. But, I have to say that I have the willpower of a jellyfish (I don’t actually know if a jellyfish possesses enough brainpower to comprehend willpower….which is part of why I though it made a good comparison) Anyways, part of my twisted logic when it comes to eating sugar is that if you bake smaller cookies, you can eat more of them, and if you add good things like hemp hearts or wheat bran, the good balances out the bad… Right? Well, a good justification for being able to eat chocolate is to mix it with something not so bad, like rice crispies, so you can eat more. Makes total sense to me. 

I started by melting some chocolate….

  
   Then added a few handfuls of rice crispies, and some hemp hearts (you know, to make it healthy).

  

Gave it a good mix.

  
  

Spread it out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and put it in the fridge for an hour or so.
Then, broke it into pieces! Voila. No measuring needed, just a handful of this and that… I thought of this afterwords, but next time I am going to add some cranberries! Mm mm
 

I’ll share some garden pics soon! Enjoy the hot weather! 

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Can’t Take Credit for this One!

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Can’t Take Credit for this One!

I can’t begin to say how excited I am to announce to you the new additions to our family! Nope, not my babies, but I am considering myself sort of a granny! Every friend I have seen in the last month, my whole family, neighbours, and everyone at work knows about my baby birds. If I have seen you in the last month, chances are you have seen photos already.  I think it’s finally time to make it public! I wish I could take some sort of credit for this, but other than hanging the planters, I can’t really credit for any of this, But I can share my excitement!

About a month ago, we noticed a bird sitting by our front door…. Not just close to our front door, or near the front of our house, this dumb bird was literally at eye level right beside the door.   

We thought it was a little strange, but we thought if it was nesting, it would be more aggressive. Every time we came out the front door, it would literally freeze. We had a robins nest by the back of our house, a couple of years ago, and if we even went close, they would be dive bombing us… Not this bird, it would barely blink.

Then, one morning as I was leaving for work, I finally saw inside the nest…. An egg!! I couldn’t believe our luck!  

So, I did some research online, and it is a morning dove. And, apparently morning doves take turns sitting on the nest, the male sits on it during the day, and the female sits at night time.  

I have to give Dylan credit for figuring that one out. He said there were two different birds, but I didn’t believe him until I googled it, and saw them both together.

  So we waited, and waited, and almost to the day, 14 days later, look what we saw! Not just one baby, but two!! They started out really ugly looking…   
But, after they dried, they became all fluffy and started looking a whole lot cuter!  Most of the time, all we could see what the male or female bird sitting on the babies, but a couple times a day, they would be left alone.

 
  

To get a better perspective on how close they nested to our front door, here is Dylan taking a picture…
    
We didn’t get to see them for a few days because as soon as we opened the door, mom would just sit on them. But it was amazing how fast they grew!

Here is a video of mom feeding. The mother eats, then regurgitates the food. But as you can see, the babies don’t sit quietly waiting for their turns.    
Here is what they looked like yesterday morning. I thought it was an appropriate post for Mother’s Day. 

 

As I said, I have been pretty excited about the whole process. Dylan even edited a video of the birds for me for Mother’s Day. The worst part is that It’s all happening so fast! Before I know it, they will be flying on their own, rolling their eyes at their parents, and ready to leave the nest… I might have a tough time with that…sniff sniff… It won’t be long before my nest is empty too. 

Happy belated Mother’s Day to everyone! And a special shout out to my mom…the most positive, inspiring, and generous person in the world. I feel so fortunate to have you in our lives, and to have such a great friend. I love you mom! And to my mother-in-law, the most energetic, happy, and helpful person ever! How lucky was I to benefit from all of your amazing parenting skills by marrying your son! You are both very special women who have been inspirational and irreplaceable parts of our family. Love you both!