Posted by Allison on November 18, 2013
This is my little buddy. He is weird and wonderful and I love nothing more than when we have the opportunity to hang out just the two of us. Tonight we decided to have lettuce wraps because there was no one else joining us for supper. When we sat down to eat he said that he wanted tortillas instead of lettuce wraps but still insisted on calling them lettuce wraps. Arguing with Mr. Magoo is like trying to staple jello to the wall. Pointless.
So the other day I made the worlds best chicken fingers. Thankfully I was smart enough to actually “pin” the recipe and document the making of said chicken fingers because trust me, I will be making these again.
The secret to these chicken fingers is buttermilk. Here are the chicken tenders in the marinade (which I left in the fridge for 2 days because I got distracted making other things. Next to it is the flour pack.
The recipe gave me the BEST advice ever for flouring. Simple said, use one hand in the wet mix and one in the dry. Why the hell hadn’t I thought of that before. Sheesh.
Next I got to use the amazing deep fryer that Cowboy bought not too long ago. This would be more dangerous if I remembered that we own it more often.
Sorry the picture is so blurry I have no idea what happened, but the chicken fingers were amazing. Both kids have already asked me to make them again. Which I will, but not for awhile cause I can’t imagine they are low cal in any way shape or form!
You can find the recipe I followed at Once Upon a Chef it’s called Buttermilk fried chicken tenders and it’s nothing short of perfect!
Next up the Christmas chocolate making challenge against Webb Chronicles stay tuned…me and Miss Thing are going to kick their asses….well not really we’re just hoping not to end up with chocolate in our hair.
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Posted by Allison on November 12, 2013
This is how our ‘whats for lunch’ conversation went. Me: What do you want for lunch Elijah Elijah: chili Me: I don’t have chili, how about chicken noodle soup Elijah: Oh! Pea soup Me: I don’t have pea soup how about chicken noodle soup Elijah: Why didn’t you say “we’re having chicken noodle soup for lunch?” Me: I wanted to give you a choice. Elijah: I’m busy, can you leave my room?
Who says being a parent isn’t fun? You just have to make your own entertainment….
We only have early dismissal one day a month and because of that, the kids get a lot more PD and other breaks throughout the year. Today is one of those ‘extra’ days. So even though the kids spent the weekend with their dad I still get almost 2 full days off with them at home. Score! I would have loved to go vintage hunting but Mr. Magoo put the kibosh on that fairly quickly….so instead we are hanging around at home. Miss Thing is going out with a boy later so this evening will just be me and the very cool 10 year old. I think we’ll run into town and grab some sushi for supper.
Snow has fallen in our little corner of the world. My dude is currently on a trip south but luckily he got a taste of it before he left. There is NOTHING more enjoyable than coming in from shovelling cold, wet & heavy snow to a text with a picture of sunny Texas with their green grass and him in a t-shirt bitching about how it was soooooo hot he had to turn on the air conditioning.
As soon as it starts getting cold he starts itchin’ to go south. Sadly for him our little Molly isn’t in the truck for the forseeable future. She is staying home with me!!
Note the ‘winter’ cowboy hat in the picture. I just looked over at his cowboy hat holder and realized he didn’t take a summer cowboy hat with him. LMAO. My boyfriend is weird. But since he comes back most trips with pyrex I’ll put up with him. The other day I was asking one of my local pyrex groups what is their DREAM piece and how do they want to acquire it. It got me thinking. I have many pieces I would love to add to my collection. I would love the full Friendship set. I want to have every pink piece ever made. I love all yellow pyrex (especially Daisy) but my dream piece is the Twin Buffet Promotional set from 1959. I want the whole thing WITH bracket. AND I want it for the most hilarious reason ever. I want if as a dog dish for Molly.
You can see them on Pyrex love. I refer to them as the twins.
I would pay what they are going for currently on Ebay but because what I want them for I’d feel silly. So I keep looking for them in the wild, hoping to stumble across a still IN BOX set at some old ladies house. I have this ongoing fantasy that I’m at a local knitting group and I mention how much I love pyrex. One of the old ladies invites me back to her house were she then gifts me her entire collection. This fantasy usually goes into high gear as I’m on my knees in a 2nd hand store trying to dig for a missing lid for some slightly damaged piece of butterfly gold that I already own because I’m jonsing for a pyrex fix.
Oh one last thing….I’m addicted to contests but I haven’t won something big in a LONG time. There is one running on a sex toy site that I HAVE to enter…it’s low entry AND it’s a super high end site. Toy with Me is a high end fantastic site with honest reviews on some very expensive but GOOD pleasure items. I don’t know if it’s your cup of tea but I don’t care. I’m linking the contest because dammit, I want to win something FUN for a change! I have enough soup & tea to last a year from the last few contests I’ve won LOL. Toy With Me Contest!
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Posted by Allison on October 30, 2013
So my beautiful home is just getting more beautiful every day. I love everything about it. I am so proud to show it off and Cowboy is the most amazing guy for letting me do whatever I want to decorate it. Oh wait…that is not true. He complains and whines and says it doesn’t make sense and then I do it anyway and he says that he knew all along that it would be perfect. So the kitchen is all vintage and retro I love my pyrex and I’m starting to expand to other vintage items that I like. My idea is to collect and display vintage mixers on one wall of the kitchen! Today I got my very first one. Her name is Matilda and she is beautiful.
I’ve assured Gertrude (the kitchenaid) that she is in no danger of being replaced. These old girls have done their duty for 40 or more years and are just here to look pretty. She is the kitchen work horse. I’m hoping to get matching bowls that glasbake made for most of these old mixers along the way as well. We’ll see. I have a nice set of white bowls already so I’ll use those for now.
So to treat myself after finishing the final day of clean up at my mothers condo I went to a couple of thrifts and Value Village. Oh did I mention that in the last 10 days I sold and cleaned out my mothers condo? Yeah. So the only way I could stay motivated was to tell myself that when I was done I could do some thrifting. I’ve been on a ‘no thrift’ diet for a few weeks so this was a much needed treat. This is the pile from today!
The 403 yellow is either from an all yellow set or maybe reverse primary? The pink is in rough shape but it’s a good size so I’ll use it with my everyday dishes. The reds are made in canada pyrex and in perfect shape. The blue 401 is unnumbered, I didn’t know I already had one but that’s okay I love unnumbered primaries so the more the merrier. The tupperware container with lid has 6 compartments and is already in use as the veggie & dip tray going to school with Mr. Magoo tomorrow! The little dots bowl is adorable….I’m branching out from pyrex LOL.
I also found this adorable enamel cookware today as well. I see them quite a bit but this pattern was just too good to pass up. How 70′s kitsch is this?? LOVE it!
OH vintage kitchenware, I just adore you. Glad I’ve found my ‘thing’ when it comes to collecting. And I’m really glad that my partner doesn’t think I’m nuts. Well not when it comes to vintage kitchenware, everything else is another matter.
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Posted by Allison on October 15, 2013
So when Cowboy suggested that we drive across country with the two youngest kids I said, YES right away. I’m not sure why he thought it was a good idea but I knew that if there is one truth about my kids…it’s that they are amazing travellers. These two have travelled the world and they are excellent at it. So three days east a week visit and three days back? Awesome.
Here’s a secret. Canada is a big ass country. I mean you THINK you know the size of it, but until you drive from one end to another you really don’t. We didn’t even DO that, we went from Alberta thru Sask thru Manitoba and just part way across Ontario to Thunder Bay and it took 3 days driving each way! That’s a full day driving every day, no pansy 3 hours days. Thank god my Cowboy is a trucker. He has no problem driving 8 or 9 hours in a day, to him that is a short days work.
So here are a few of the highlights from our wonderful trip out east. We had very cool hotel rooms and the smartest car accessory was the kids iPads.
This was my very first ‘real’ trip to Ontario and it was the first time the kids were there. We had to make a special stop at the sign to mark the occasion. For kids who have travelled all over the world it was good to show them more of Canada!
The weather was fantastic, the water was still cold but we did get to the beach a few times.
My crazy boyfriend and my rotten kid
We went to a little wildlife zoo.
I have never been to the Great Lakes. I’m glad that the kids got to see Lake Superior but one day I’d love to go and do the true tirip aaround the lake.
I was worried Elijah would just drive into a corner and get stuck so i went into the bumper car with him. He proceeded to drive like a maniac and I’m pretty sure I got whiplash.
So thrilled to finally see the Terry Fox memorial. After so many years of hear about his journey it was nice to see this beautiful statue in his honor.
Daughter overlooking the view at the Terry Fox memorial.
Mr. Magoo cleaning amethysts after we went mining!
At Nana and Papa’s house hanging out. It took him 3 days to even go inside. Mr. Shy boy.
So looking forward to their trip west for Christmas.
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Posted by Allison on October 1, 2013
As requested here is the story of how I met my Cowboy. It’s funny, so many people say ‘when you stop looking’ or ‘when you least expect it’ but no one actually believes all that bullshit. But it is true, in this case it is so very very true. Look here’s my boyfriend! i love him, such a cutie!
So I was sitting in my basement suite with my 2 kids, I was happy and I was grateful that I had been out of my year of hell. Living with the ex had been extremely painful and I knew that I had turned a corner. I wasn’t lonely, I had my kids and I lived with one of the bestest friend a girl could ask for….BUT, there’s always a but isn’t there….BUT I wanted more. i wanted to date. I had started doing a little online dating and let me tell you, it was a big fat “meh”. I had met a few guys but nothing earth shattering. I didn’t necessarily think I was ready for a relationship but I was ready to be treated like a woman instead of a Mom.
Anyway, one day I was sitting with the kids and they really wanted to have a ‘movie night’. I wasn’t really in the mood but what can you do. And it was more than ‘not in the mood’ I was actually quite down. So down in fact that I said we could go to Walmart but I wasn’t changing out of my pajama pants. The ONLY reason that I finally changed from pajama pants to black yoga pants was the look of utter horror on my kids faces. So off we went. We weren’t in Walmart 10 minutes when I started to feel better. We were going up and down the aisles laughing and having a good time. I remembered that I wanted to see a Keurig coffee maker but I had just passed the aisle so I did a quick turn around. That is when I first say the Cowboy. He was coming up behind us and because I stopped short he was startled. He sort of ran into an aisle and knocked some items over. I made some weird joke about it and off we went. I mean I noticed him, but nothing major. As we went through the huge Walmart I saw him a few more times. I notice what he was wearing. I noticed that he was CLEARLY single (acid wash pants and a bad cowboy mustache/beard thing that no woman would agree to) and I noticed that he had the kindest blue eyes.
(this is us on the road to Thunder Bay we smile a LOT when we’re together cause we are both so damn happy!)
When we were finally over at the DVDs looking for a movie there he was again. I was teasing and chatting with the kids when he said to me “you seem like you would be a lot of fun”. I replied “oh yes! I am!”. I thought that was it. I was a little flirty but I was with my kids in the middle of Walmart so no more than normal. After getting some hor d’oeuvres for the night we headed to the check out. To be completely on the up and up I did see him in the next check out and purposely didn’t go to that one. You see I didn’t want to look desperate or like I was trying to pick up some random dude in the Walmart. ( i mean REALLY who does that?) So I went to the one next to his. I put the items on the conveyor belt and waited to pay, chatting with the kids while trying not to stare at the back of the dude’s head. Did I mention that he had on a REALLY bad white cowboy hat? Sheesh. Clearly no woman in this guys life. And the mustache…soooooo bad. Anyway, as I stood there he was finished paying for his items and was about to leave. Oh well, there goes THAT opportunity, right? And then it happened. This weirdly dressed Cowboy with the kindest eyes just walked up to me, gave me a piece of paper and said “i hope to hear from you sometime’ and walked out of Walmart. I stood there for a second with my mouth hanging open. Then I looked at the cashier in shock. Then I looked at the two old women in line behind me in shock. For the first time in 44 years I was completely speechless. The cashier looked at me and said “did that just happen?” We all laughed. My kids were in shock, mostly my daughter who could NOT believe that someone (anyone) would find her old mom worthy of such a huge pick up. Ha ha.
When we got to the car I read the piece of paper, it simply read his name and his phone number. My daughter told me, “mom, even if you don’t go out with that guy you HAVE to call cause man, that took BALLS”. How right she was….and how glad I am that I called. That first night we spent hours on the phone. Over the next while that Cowboy from Walmart wined and dined me. He bought me flowers and made me dinners. He took me out and he did everything in his power to make sure I knew all about him. He heard my story and understood that the most important thing he could do is allow me to get to know him. Trust is my number one issue and what I got from my cowboy was nothing but an open book. Any question I asked, he answered. No matter how difficult the questions were he was 100% honest.
And THAT is how I met my Cowboy. Even now I get butterflies when I see him come in the room. Every time he comes off the road I am excited and thrilled that he is coming home to ME! And once a week since the very first week we met I get a phone call from the florist saying “hi it’s the florist are you home for your delivery?”. yes, every week since we’ve been together this sweet, strange, funny Cowboy sends me a bouquet of flowers. Here are the flowers that arrived for me today!
Lucky? yes! Spoiled? yes! And guess what? I totally deserve this shit. If you have any doubt let me refer you back a couple of summers. Trust me, I KNOW how fortunate I am. I am beyond grateful that this awesome Cowboy took all his courage and wrote his number on a little slip of paper in the middle of Walmart.
Ok seriously NEXT post is about our cross country trip to Thunder Bay…..maybe….
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Posted by Allison on September 30, 2013
DAMMIT, I turned the heat on. I really did try to hold out until October first but I just couldn’t make it. It’s dipping around 0 C overnights and I just can’t. In fact I even broke out the fuzzy socks over the weekend. Signs of Fall are everywhere in my little town, the leaves are falling and our last walk down by the river there were more leaves on the ground than on the trees. So sad. BUT there are good parts to the change in seasons and the first one is the crock pot is back out!
I love cooking in the crock but during the spring and summer I never do. I find it too much to have the smells of supper going all day long while it’s hot in the house. To me, the crock is for fall and winter meals. I’m trying out a new recipe for chicken & dumplings today very excited. The rest of this week will be different types of soup. Loaded baked potato soup is on the menu for tomorrow. Wonton soup for Wednesday and Cauliflower soup on Thursday. Miss Thing is getting braces on tomorrow so I decided to try out a bunch of soup recipes while her poor mouth heals up from the application.
I must mention again how much I LOVE my little town and my new house. This is me standing behind the hedge sneaking a picture of my youngest crossing the street from the school to the house. I love living across the street and hearing the bell ring so I can watch the kids come home.
Minutes before this was the scene as I chatted with an old friend on the phone. I heard the busses pull up and went out and snapped the pic of Mr. Magoo crossing the street.
Cowboy truly has changed everything about our lives but the whole ‘house across the street from the school thing’ is utter brilliance. We still go back and forth about why this is the best house, he would have loved to be in the country I know, he REALLY wanted an acreage or a farm. When it’s minus 30 and I don’t have to get the kids to the school bus at 7:00 in the morning while it’s dark and windy, I’m going to be less likely to smother him with a pillow. He’ll thank me later. Plus the kids will NEVER have to worry about the busses not running, or there being a snow day…bwahahahaha.
Lastly here’s Elijah doing a “happy dance”. We take picture for a lot of things, this was to celebrate the last day of shorts for the year (i’m not even kidding) and yes those are croc -like sandals on his feet. I’ve lost that battle as well. I swear this kid is beyond the funniest person I know. My instructions were “dance like you have rhythm”. I got this…
Next blog post is our trip to Thunder Bay…only a month and a half late!
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Posted by Allison on September 26, 2013
Let’s just ignore the MONTHS that I have not blogged. Let’s pretend I lost my blog password or chalk it up to laziness. or the fact that I’ve used this blog over the last few years to help me deal with the horrific situation that was the breakdown of my marriage and now I’m CRAZY happy and forgot how much I love writing. How good I am at it (and modest). I have been missing it the last week but not enough to actually write down the BRILLIANT blog posts I’ve written in my head. Until today. Today a miracle happened. And by miracle I mean I was reconnected to someone from my past because of this blog. Seriously BEST DAY EVER!
So in honour of her, here is a new blog post. I’m sure she is DYING to see what the little monkeys look like now. Yes this is Nadia, yes I’m serious. No i don’t own a gun, yes we are beating them off with a stick. And yes Elijah is still as weird as always.
Yes he really wears a cowboy hat every day. No I’m not crazy. Yes I met him in Walmart. Yes I’m happier than I have ever been in my whole life. Yes the kids LOVE him.
Oh and Emu….he lives in his own place but last time he was out here for dinner he got me drunk, at least that’s the story I’M going with….
We are all happy healthy and living an amazingly blessed life. Something about slippin’ in my own shit and ending up on my feet and smelling like a rose! I heard that somewhere….can’t remember where….
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Posted by Allison on May 16, 2013
So it’s come time for the Cowboy to move west. I mean come ON he’s been living out west for the last few years and never made the plunge. Today is that day. He sold his place in Manitoba and is moving PERMANENTLY to Alberta. It’s a happy/sad day. I mean I love his little 100 year old wonky house in Manitoba but it doesn’t work for us at all. First it’s in MANITOBA so kind of a far commute for the kids at school and second it’s 100 year old 2 bedroom house with a main floor bathroom, so you know FORGET IT! But he did fix up that crooked old house all by himself. He took a derelict old property and made it into the sweetest little house. I’m glad i had a chance to stay there before it was sold and I’ll miss it, it FEELS like Cowboy.
So he is currently in Manitoba packing up the house and moving west to be with me and the kids….
It’s a huge job and the 20 foot Seacan filled up a LOT faster than he thought it would.
But he’s all packed up and ready to come here and start our new life. Best part of the day was when he texted and said, ‘oh yeah I traded the Caddy for a boat.’ God I love my boyfriend. And apparently now we have a boat.
Never a dull moment with Cowboy.
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Posted by Allison on April 22, 2013
I know you’re asking yourself why does this crazy Cowboy trucker love this chick sooooo much? I mean she is brash, swears like a sailor (or trucker), drinks wine by the gallon…wow she must be a dynamo in the sack. Well that may be true (it is, ask him he’ll tell you, no really he will) BUT the reason he loves me so much is I take care of him. He takes care of me too. We are very much about treating each other with compassion and spoiling each other, it’s how we are. Now I can’t buy the dude flowers every week like he does for me, or take him on week long getaways (MEXICO THIS SUMMER wuhoo!) but I can feed him. Today was test kitchen day for breakfast ideas for on the road.
First you start by lining a muffin tin with bacon. Doesn’t every good idea start with bacon?
The you cut up everything you have in your fridge that goes with eggs! For me that meant orange pepper, half an onion and half a tomato. Then you put in some AMAZING farm fresh eggs that you picked up from the Hutterite Colony and beat.
Pour the egg mixture into the bacon holders (mmmm bacon). Realize that for a bigger batch or more variety you should mix the eggs and pour and then put the veggies or whatever into each ‘cup’. Top off with cheese if you so desire. Cowboy can only eat certain types of cheese so these are made with a velvetta type cheese that he brought home from Walmart last trip. Added bonus it melts REALLY well.
Cook for 30 minutes (ish). (oh and if you’re thinking they will pop right out because the bacon grease means the eggs won’t stick to the pan, you would be wrong). I put a pan of water in the oven with the egg cups while they were baking…keeps them moist I do believe!
Take picture before you eat the all. Sooooo good but they more needed salt as I was light handed thinking the bacon would be salty enough. I was wrong.
Perfect hand food for Cowboy as he is driving down the road. He can microwave 2 with a cup of coffee and he’s all set! The different varieties are endless also, I think for his I may add hashbrowns or a slice of bread on the bottom to make them more of a meal for him. For me and the kids just the bacon and eggs combo is enough.
Now that the test batch is done I’m going to do about 4 dozen and freeze them individually for Cowboy and the kids for the next month. I rock. Thanks Pinterest, this ones a keeper! Not linking as I used a variety of different pins and combined to come up with my own idea but you can just search bacon cup on there if you are interested to see what is out there….or use my stellar ideas!
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Posted by Allison on April 15, 2013
Ok so here is my claim to fame, I’m 43 years old and have NO grey hair. I’ve been yelling that from the roof tops since a certain BFF started going grey in her 20′s. I mean I LOVE the fact that I can say “oh i don’t colour my hair it’s completely natural” with an air of superiority. It makes me feel better than most. Shut up, we all have a ‘thing’. Something that we secretly hold as better than other people. There’s even a word for it EGO, it’s why I practice yoga. Granted mine has absolutely nothing to do with me and everything to do with genetics but whatevs. It’s still all mine. And here is the thing, I have been known on occasion to say that I would never colour my hair and will go grey naturally with the hopes of looking like Toni Morrison with her long mane of grey dreadlock goodness. Then last week while twisting my beautiful dreadlocks I noticed something in the mirror. Right on the top of my head in all their glory are TWO not one, but TWO fucking grey hairs. Listen AGING, I’m all good with the holding my book a little bit further away thing that you’ve decided I’m doing now. I’m good to go with the never lifting my right arm all the way up on it’s own accord from some old sport injury (shut up and stop laughing) but GREY HAIR???? Fuck. I think this aging gracefully is one of those things that is only really good in theory. I did try to gather sympathy where ever I could but was met with a lot of rolling eyes and ‘shut the hell up’s. I even was given the suggestion (rather heartily i might add) that I could just colour them with a sharpie. But as I creep ever closer to my 44th birthday I’ve decided to say, fuck it. I LIKE my two little grey hairs! I’m going to celebrate them as I have earned the little buggers. They have fought the hard battle against genetics and boldly appeared at the middle front of my head and they should be celebrated not shunned and sent away. You know unlike their cousins down below that cause me to have my waxing lady on speed dial. I may have little to no issue with growing old gracefully but apparently, even I have my limits….
I love when my goofy Cowboy sends me pictures from the road. We do stay in constant contact over the course of his travels but it’s nice to ‘see’ what he’s up to so I can imagine how his day is going. When he says I’ve shut down and watching movies in the truck it looks like this.
When he’s sitting behind the wheel he looks like this (well he doesn’t drive signing I love you, that was just for me)
Here’s the load he picked up this trip in Texas it’s huge!
And this is him in Walmart shopping his FAVORITE place to be, he’s usually giddy when he calls from inside a Walmart.
And when he’s in the truck shop shower he looks like this.
just kidding as IF!
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