Adventures in Baking & General Goofiness

Elspeth and I had a lot of fun baking this week.  She made GF wild blueberry scones and banana chocochip muffins and helped me to ice the GF rainbow chip cake that we whipped up.  Where was Katrine?  Skating, where else.

GF baking takes a lot of different stuff.
GF baking takes a lot of different stuff.
Soooo serious
Soooo serious

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Before
Before
After,mmmmmm
After,mmmmmm

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Here is what else we have been up to:
Here is what else we have been up to:

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Adventures in Food

I was so lucky this month because I got to try two new resturants.  The first was Canyon Creek downtown.  Mmmm.  The food was yummy.  The second was The Burgers Priest.  Man was that a burger.  Yes gluten free and also declicious!

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Grilled turkey club on a GF bun.
Grilled turkey club on a GF bun.

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GF bacon cheeseburger with sauted onions.
GF bacon cheeseburger with sauted onions.

Welcome to Summer!

What a way to start off with a BANG!  Here is the skinny:

Glenn has been using time to build Katrine a box for her off ice.  It still needs to be painted so that it reaches peak coolness but they have already had fun making it.

This past weekend we went to a birthday part for extended family member.  Glenn got to get back into baseball and even had the chance to show Katrine the ropes.  She really did pretty well considering that she has only played catch not swung a bat!  Elspeth enjoyed her round of mini putt with Baba…as you can see.  Me?  I got to catch up.  My favourite kind of party.

With Katrine off at skating, Elspeth and I have been filling the time with swimming, the park and rainbow looming.  We have made bracelets, necklaces, octopi, bees and a penguin.  I say “we” because she has done some and me others. (Thank goodness my new glasses came in, those elastics are hard to see sometimes.)

Yesterday we went to the beach with other extended family and both girls had a blast.  After we came home, we broke out the henna.  Here is some practical advice: don’t let your kids draw on your feet with henna.  The results can be …. interesting.

Katrine decided to use some of her school learning....
Katrine decided to use some of her school learning….
...by showing Elspeth how to measure Grammy in non-standard units.
…by showing Elspeth how to measure Grammy in non-standard units.
He is hard at work..
He is hard at work..
..gluing...
..gluing…
..until, VOILA!  A box!
..until, VOILA! A box!

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Baba is a good coach.
Baba is a good coach.
Except....
Except….
...when he gets poked.
…when he gets poked.

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Elsa the unicorn
Elsa the unicorn

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My parents stopped by and we did some more crafts.
My parents stopped by and we did some more crafts.

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Yup, she dug herself a hole.
Yup, she dug herself a hole.
Missy E
Missy E
Kawaii for Missy K
Kawaii for Missy K
"Hmmm, was this a good idea?"
“Hmmm, was this a good idea?”
One foot is 'Like a Boo!"
One foot is ‘Like a Boo!”
While, the other is more free form work.
While, the other is more free form work.

Happy Birthday Canada!

A rainy Canada Day saw us at our community celebration with Elspeth’s band.  The rain stopped while they were playing and the opening ceremonies conducted.  After we had finished lunch, the skies opened up.  Thank goodness she was done.  We spent the rest of the day enjoying each other’s company and relaxing at home.

A chilly drummer girl.
A chilly drummer girl.

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What about Heather?

Yes, a rare post about me!!  I decided to take a moment for myself with two friends and do a painting afternoon.  It was alot of fun and I will let you judge the finished product.  What else have I been up to besides finishing school?  Why getting ready for a summer course.  It should be great.

The sample painting.  My goal.
The sample painting. My goal.
Okay, ready.
Okay, ready.

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Okay, now I have a crop of asparagus.
Okay, now I have a crop of asparagus.
Now some leaves.
Now some leaves.
Hmm, perhaps too many dark trunks.
Hmm, perhaps too many dark trunks.
Oops!  You mean I wasn't suppose to flip it and paint the bottom yet?  But I wanted the end to have colour.  Sigh, now I guess I will work upside down.
Oops! You mean I wasn’t suppose to flip it and paint the bottom yet? But I wanted the end to have colour. Sigh, now I guess I will work upside down.
Doesn't look too bad for upside down added leaves.
Doesn’t look too bad for upside down added leaves.
Ta-da!
Ta-da!
The crew with our masterpieces.
The crew with our masterpieces.

What is up with Elspeth?

Either last year or the year before, Elspeth got a skateboard for Christmas.  The warm days of summer have prompted her to get it back out and work on improving her speed and balance.  In other news, she has begun to experiment with different places to sleep.  One of her most recent options can be found below.

Gotta have the correct safety gear.
Gotta have the correct safety gear.
Here we go.
Here we go.
Enjoying herself.
Enjoying herself.
Her reading chair with a pile of stuffies under her feet.
Her reading chair with a pile of stuffies under her feet.

What has Katrine been up to?

Okay, I have been slow to post updates with it being the end of the school year so you are going to get four in succession so that I am beginning summer break feeling calm and collected.  Katrine is the first post; and it is about skating of course.  (As an aside, she is really pleased with her report card , as are we, because she has worked really hard this year to try and balance school work, friends and skating.).  Anyways, she passed her most recent skills and ice dance test and is in process of learning her new solo.  A new solo brings with it a new dress which she is super excited about.  I won’t tell you too much about it yet but I think that she and her coaches did an excellent job of combining some drama with youthfulness.

Random skating photo.
Random skating photo.
Look how excited she is.
Look how excited she is.
Talking about possible colours.
Talking about possible colours.
She settled on black and pink.
She settled on black and pink.
Her casualty from capture the flag second last day of school.  Nothing serious.
Her casualty from capture the flag second last day of school. Nothing serious.