Back from SF

So Mike and I have returned on our red eye flight from San Francisco. Yesterday and today have sort of blended together into a day I’ve been calling Tuensday. We had many excellent adventures that I hope to talk about soon, but now we’re just back chilling at home before I head to my parents’ place to celebrate my grammy’s 80th birthday.

As I hinted at forever ago, I did end up getting a Polaroid Pogo printer the first day we arrived in the states. We’ve used it lots already and I must say, it’s very true to its Polaroid roots. The pictures aren’t perfect and the colours aren’t quite on, but they’re a cute size and have an adhesive back (perfect for sticking in our travel Moleskine). Also, since it’s not ink we didn’t have to worry about running out or printing dark pictures or having the ink running. And it’s only 10$ for 30 prints! That’s about the average going price for getting digital photos printed at regular 4×6″, so you’re not paying extra for the novelty.

It’s so fat now, keeping a travel journal is great because I’m a pack rat, but not much of a scrap booker once I get back from where ever.

Catnip mouse

I saw over at Moderncat a link to a Martha Stewart catnip mouse made out of old menswear. The pattern was pretty cute so I decided to make one myself out of left over fabric from the throw pillows I made. I stuffed it with some spare raw wool roving and plenty of catnip. Needless to say it’s been a huge hit, but I’m not sure how long it will last since they’ve been pretty rough with it already.

Light fixture!

I think it was the previous owners of this unit trying to make me feel at home, but when I moved in there was a light fixture in the entrance way that was exactly the same as the one my parents had had since 1989 when they moved into their then new house. Ironically, they had gotten rid of this fixture around March, and I moved in to my place in August, which makes me think that somehow karma moved this one ugly light from there place to mine.

The funny this is that despite its hideousness, my height (5’2″, maybe 5’3″ when I first wake up in the morning) kept me from noticing it all the time. Of course when I did I would shudder and say that we really need to get rid of it. Today was the day. I’m not sure if was just impulsiveness due to the fact that our cabinet doors have taken over the living room (which is why there have been a distinct lack of posts this week) but Mike and I rushed out to Rona and then spent over half an hour trying to pick a light.

And while Mike was out tonight, I changed it!

The new light fixture

Almost all by myself! Though I needed my next door neighbour’s help to screw it to the ceiling on account of the height thing, but everything else was all me.

Raspberry Muffins

Raspberry muffins

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp ground flax + 2 tbsp boiling water (this is an egg substitute)
  • 3/4 whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries
  • Topping:
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 quick oats
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, mix together yogurt, oil, lemon juice, and egg substitute.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just mixed, then gently stir in the raspberries
  5. Sprinkle the streusel mixture on top
  6. Bake for 16 minutes

Marketing

Despite having come down with a rotten sinus infection in the last 24 hours (which doesn’t seem fair for August), I did manage to go to the market this morning. The new market just opened today and it’s beautiful! There was a lot of grumbling from the people who liked the old one and its “charm” – charm here meaning rabbit warren fire trap maze (which is cool in its own way but totally impractical for vendors and patrons alike). The new one is large and airy and looks out over the water, it’s just so pretty.

Hen and chicks

To top it all off they were giving away free plants as a market-warming gift, so Mike and I are now the proud owners of a little hen and chicks. I’ve been wanting a cute little succulent plant for a while (it speaks to my inner hipster), now I just need to find a nice little pot for it.

Kitchen: before

This is our kitchen “before”:

Kitchen before

The before is in quotation marks because the real before is from before we moved in and tiled the floors. They were originally off-white linoleum (as I mentioned before). Tonight Mike and I installed under cabinet lighting, it was his one request for the kitchen update and we scored a set of three little lights at Ikea for 30$. Bizarrely they didn’t come with the screws to mount them, which seems off for Ikea, fortunately screws are not the toughest nor the most expensive piece of hardware to track down. Besides, if we had screws in it we might have gotten even more flack from the airport security people who made us check our cabinet handles due to the (blunt) screws in the package.

This photo was taken yesterday, pre-fancy lighting. Notice the yellowness of the cabinets compared to the oven and the odd direction of the handles on the drawers.

Sushi attempt

This is actually the second time we’ve attempted sushi by ourselves, though we were inspired to make it after our friend we were visiting (Kait!) and her room mate made it while we were there.

Sushi!

Not necessarily the prettiest sushi (the stuff at the back of the photo look nicer) but it was definitely tasty. The front two are California rolls (one with spicy sauce) and the back one is spicy salmon.

Part one of the kitchen cabinet update

So when we moved into our place the kitchen was all “white”. Unfortunately none of these whites were the same. The floors were a yellowy white linoleum, the walls were a light beige colour, the counter tops and appliances were white white and the cabinet doors were the sort of yellow white that old computer towers turn. In November we ripped out the linoleum, and now we’re planning on tackling the cabinet doors. So far we have the new handles.

Ikea Lansa cabinet handlesIkea Lansa cabinet handles

From Ikea, which we visited while visiting one of our friends in Toronto (we don’t have an Ikea around here). Perhaps a little ubiquitous right now in the modern cabinet world, but we like them and they’ll be a definite update from the ones that we had before

Generic handles

image from Ikea, I’m not sure if that’s where the handles are originally from (20 years ago) but it’s possible

Possibly the coolest ice cubes ever

Mike and I are back from what can only be called a weekend shopping extravaganza. Oh yes, and we visited our good friend too. As for the shopping, one of the niftiest things we picked up was the Brain Freeze ice “cube” tray.

Brain Freeze ice cubes

Image from Fred

We’ve already made many brains and I must say, the tray works very well and the brains look awesome when they come out. I also think that we’ll be able to use the tray for other things such as jello and maybe even chocolate.

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