Strawberry Cake

Happy Tuesday!


Finally done looking at and evaluating over 75 assignments. The one drawback in teaching an online course is you have to look at e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. not just assignments. It takes me all day! But I’m done and have completed my 6.5 hours for today. We were going to go to the pool, but it is going to storm soon.


As I mentioned before, I buy most of my fruits and vegetables from the local farm. It is strawberry season right now, so we have been eating lots of berries! On Sunday we made Beer Can Chicken, and I figured a strawberry cake would be a good dessert. It was fairly simple to make. I followed this cake recipe and just topped with whipped cream and berries. Next time I need to cut up the cake and put a layer of strawberry sauce. Otherwise it was delicious. Max loved it so much he had two pieces! Don’t worry, he finished his dinner first.






He also licked the whipped cream off the beater



So some leg news – My doctor called today and my X-ray was inconclusive, so next step is a bone scan. I have no idea when that will get done as this procedure is a “we will call you” time appointment. In the meantime, I am still just going out for [...]

By |July 8th, 2014|Food, running|5 Comments|

Best part about Summer

I was driving home today on the highway and just before I was about to exit the highway, I noticed the one sign I have been waiting for weeks had FINALLY appeared


The Orleans Fruit Farm was open!

The fresh strawberries sign was up, and as I pulled up I noticed that the sign said that strawberries would be available at 1pm. Luckily it was 2:30pm which means I could get my hands on some delicious local strawberries. The Orleans Fruit Farm is operational from June til October and provides us with some local fruits and vegetables all summer long. I usually do my produce shopping here, picking and choosing items that are available. Some items (like peppers, cucumbers) are available for most of the season, but some items like strawberries are only available for a certain amount of time. I bought a large container of strawberries and since we have been home, numerous have already been eaten (Max already had ten). I bought some ice cream for an extra treat for later. I really like having the farm super close to home (it is just across the highway and over a bit).


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Now I am just waiting for tomatoes, cucumbers, pepper (including the hottest jalapenos I’ve ever had), onions, beets, blueberries, squash and apples (well, they have more). Another great thing about purchasing my fruits and veggies at the farm is that the produce lasts much longer. A few months ago I used a butternut squash that I bought in October and it was still good. That and everything just tastes, better.



Max is all about painting [...]

By |June 16th, 2014|Food, Max|7 Comments|

A Walk in the Tulip Park

It is a sunny, but slightly cool day in Ottawa – so I thought it would be a good idea to head downtown to see some of the Tulips. The Tulip Festival is a yearly festival in Ottawa that has large parts of the city covered in tulips. Tulip bulbs were given to Ottawa by the Dutch Royal Family after WWII because Canada sheltered Princess Juliana and her children during the war (including making a ward at Civic hospital an international zone so Princess Margriet could keep her Dutch citizenship). I’ve barely attended the festival since moving to Ottawa almost five years ago, so P and I took Max to one location this afternoon. There are many locations, with the biggest number being at Dow’s Lake. We went to a smaller section at Major Hills Park near Byward. Max really liked the flowers












We also walked around Byward – and stopped for a Beaver Tail







Finally, even though we took the car, Max really wanted to go on a bus ride. So P drove [...]

By |May 18th, 2014|Random|3 Comments|

No more Crib + Giveaway winner


So to run a giveaway on my blog,  I used Google Drive to record entries on a spreadsheet (in the order they came in) and then used a random number generator to decide the winner. This might be hard for some of the bigger blogs out there that get thousands of entries – but for my small blog – this worked just fine. I suggest for some of you that offer a random giveaway to use this system if you like. I know Rafflecopter is all the rage right now – but my employer blocks the website – so sometimes it is hard to even enter another blog’s giveaway (*annoying*).

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Anyhoo – the important news – Congrats to Jen K. who won the giveaway!

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I will have another giveaway in a couple of weeks – that includes my American friends as well. Stay tuned, it involves cookies!


This weekend we found out that Mr. Max could climb out of his crib. He climbed out of his pack and play at daycare last week – but has never gotten out of his crib. We heard a ‘thud’ and ran in to see Max standing there with his head down because he thought he was in trouble. He showed us how he got out and because we have already had one broken limb, we chose to convert his Ikea crib to his toddler bed.

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He [...]

By |February 4th, 2014|Baby|3 Comments|

Say What?

Happy Wednesday!

It is another freezing day and I really which I had a blanket on right now – even though I am wearing a heavy sweater with a shirt underneath. So cold! I’m starting to get sick of this winter thing…

Last night I went to track practice. I have switched my days from Thursdays to Tuesdays because of P’s robotics schedule. But last night P had a meeting so we had to arrange for a babysitter. Normally I just go straight to track from school, as it is on the way from home. But instead I had to pick up Max and his sitter. I made it to the track a little later than I normally do, so last night’s workout was only 3x1000m at race pace. It was an easier workout, but that is all the time I had. After that I spent 2 hours coaching – this week’s focus was long jump/hurdles (athletes choose one), and I was assigned to long jump. Not my strongest area, but at least I am getting some experience coaching jumps which will help with coaching high school track as I coach every area.

If I coach a high school team this year….

Yup – it is that time of year again, job search time! I should find out next week where I am placed next, if I am placed. I am unsure whether I will be coaching high school track because of the “we place you in jobs” process that happens now. Because I have to drop off and pick up Max every day, it makes it hard to get a quality practice in if I have to drive 45 minutes home. So the decision has been made [...]

By |January 22nd, 2014|Max, running|3 Comments|