Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What I am Reading

Where We Belong - Emily Griffin
An unforgettable story of one powerful secret, its effect on two families, and the life-altering journey that follows...
Marian is a television producer living her dream in New York City. A fulfilling career and picture-perfect relationship. She believes her life is just as she wants it to be. But then she answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had locked away forever.
As Marian and Kirby embark on a quest to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves. A place we have forced ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... my last book of hers, hurry please and write some more Emily... Dorri

Sunday, November 17, 2013

What I am Reading

Heart of the Matter - Emily Griffin
From the outside Tessa appears to live a perfect charmed life. Wife, mother of 2 young children. She recently gave up a promising career to focus on her family.  On the opposite end of the spectrum is Valerie, a single mother of one who is a lawyer. She has given up on romance and and has endured a life of disappointments. The two women have very little in common until one fateful night when tragedy occurs causing their lives to converge in many ways.

I love the alternating points of view and the way Griffin writes. It's a moving story of people caught in extraordinary circumstances. Each questioning all they believe.

Total recommend you will thoroughly become immersed in this book.


Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pinterest Inspirations - Recipe Audition #2

Easy Coconut Curry 
Recipe adapted from www.ourhomesweethome.org

Time to try out another great recipe I found on Pinterest. Cooking for my daughter out who just had a baby and finding meals that I can double/triple then freeze for later. This one exceeded my expectations.  I will use a slightly stronger curry next time and replace the yams with sweet potatoes.

Sauce:
3 tsp coconut oil
3/4 yellow onion minced (so Danny can't pick it out)
2 tsp minced garlic
7 tbsp mild curry powder
2 tbsp garam marsala powder (to make up for not enough curry in the house)
4 cans coconut milk
4 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp maple syrup (I think I would change that to 3 next time)
2 tsp salt

1 yam chopped & cubed
1/2 butternut squash cubed
4 large carrots chopped 
1/2 head cauliflower chopped
1/2 head broccoli chopped
4 - 6 large chicken breasts cubed

2 cups tri-color quinoa
4 cups water or broth

Directions:
Combine the quinoa and water in a large saucepan over high heat, and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot and reduce the heat to low, allowing the quinoa to cook for 15 minutes while you work on the curry sauce. You can substitute rice for quinoa or your favourite grain. Because I was cooking for a crowd I left this until the end.
In the meantime, melt the coconut oil in a a large sauce pan over medium heat, and saute the onions and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Add in the coconut milk, curry powder, tamari, maple syrup and salt and whisk well to combine. (Since curry powders can vary by brand, start with a smaller amount and add more to suit your tastes.)
Brown the chicken in the coconut oil and cut into cubes. Bring the sauce to a simmer and add in the remaining ingredients. Transfer entire dish to a covered roaster and place in the oven at 325 for 1 hour. Serve over the quinoa.
Easily served 10 with leftovers 

Prepare and chop all the vegetables, I was going to add canned lentils but I never did 
Saute the onions until golden 
Prepping all ingredients ahead makes life easier
Sauce will cook down to a nice golden color, take a taste, there's a nice hint of coconut, if I had unsweetened coconut here I would have sprinkled it on the finished dish
Browning the chicken
I simmered it for about 5 minutes before transferring it to a larger roaster for the oven. The whole meal could easily be done on the cooktop I just wanted it done and out of the way.
I quadrupled the original recipe so as to make sure there would be enough sauce
Serve over the quinoa and enjoy

Relax... Respect... Enjoy.... Totally a recipe pass for Pinterest... Dorri

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kitchen & Foyer Ceiling Updates

The week of Oct 27 we started kicking it into gear and put up the majority of the kitchen ceiling. We had been initially waiting on the piping to be placed for the stove hood vent. Then we were waiting on me to get the boards pickled and glazed. We are at the end of the 1 x6s we have and they are definitely the worst of the best. So a little fine tuning was required to keep the install on the straight and narrow. There's Perry below doing a wonderful job. It is giving us the exact look we wanted. Rustic and woodsy.
My projects are now on hold as I am in FSJ with Ashley and baby Sawyer helping out, cooking, cleaning and bonding with the little wiggleworm. Had an interesting day yesterday with an alarm issue that I couldn't shut off on my truck and a flat tire. Ohhhh life is good. All worked out and I did have a great lunch with my friend Sue.

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.  ~Douglas Pagels


Kitchen ceiling 1 x 6s pickedled white and glazed with a slight tinge of brown
We love it, it is really turning out perfect. The piping for the hood vent is hanging out like a big snake
The last couple feet will have to wait until we have more boards ready
Started a little bit in the front foyer too. We insulated the ceiling for sound as above is the exercise area
We love it....
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Sunday, November 10, 2013

It's a Boy

IT's a Boy for Ashley and Danny
Welcome to the world Sawyer James Vincent
Born November 6, 2013
5 lbs 15 oz
Some of the roads were kinda ugly from the storm 2 days before
I got the call from my beautiful daughter on the morning of November 6th that she thought she may be in early labour. Only 19 days early though. I frantically called the airlines to try and move my flight up from the 18th but was not at all successful. All the flights until the 10th were booked up. So after a few stressful minutes and discussion with Perry we threw our bags together and hit the dusty trail to Fort St John 16 hours away. The IMessage was my saviour as she kept us informed all day long as to what was happening. We all hoped we would make it in time for the birth but around Edmonton at 6:22 in the evening Sawyer made his grand entrance. I couldn't have hoped for a better labour for my little girl. All went very easy and quick. Momma and baby doing just fine. He's a little sweetheart, sleeping and eating well and rarely crying.
New baby boy Sawyer just minutes old
Meeting Sawyer my first glimpse
Ashley and baby 15 hours old

3 Generations 
Happy Grandma Happy Momma Happy Baby
Sweet little baby boy.....can I keep him?
Proud Grandpa Perry.... you look pretty good holding a baby
Rock a bye baby 
The proud parents and their little bundle of joy
Oh my look how little your hand is compared to mine? 
Grandma and grandson
Visiting at the hospital, they stayed 2 nights
Hi family....
I missed Halloween but I am practicing to be a pirate.... arwwwww matey!
Fort St John Hospital Birthing Centre - Phenomenal rooms for mother's giving birth
Best friend Caitlyn meets Sawyer
November 8th Bringing home baby. The snow just arrived too.
Sawyers first home on 89th Street
Sawyer meeting his big sister Dex..... what is that little bundle in there? 
It's a good spot to lay my chin daddy.
We spend alot of time just looking at the baby.... lol
Just more looking and cuddling
Sawyer James Vincent has arrived
Baby time
Got my binky.....
Hands up am I under arrest?

Just sitting here on the corner of awesome and bomdiggety....
May you touch dragonflies and stars
dance with fairies and talk to the moon
May you grow up with love and a gracious heart and people who care
Welcome to the world little one
It's been waiting for you.....


Relax... Respect... Enjoy... 
Welcome to the world my sweet little grandson... Dorri


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What I Am Reading

Love the One You're With - Emily Griffin


How do you know if you’ve found the one? Can you really love the one you’re with when you can’t forget the one who got away?

Emily Giffin, author of the New York Times bestselling novels Something BorrowedSomething Blue, and Baby Proof, poses these questions—and many more...
Ellen and Andy’s first year of marriage doesn’t just seem perfect, it is perfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time in eight years. Leo, the one who brought out the worst in her. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she’s living is the one she’s meant to live. At once heartbreaking and funny, Love the One You’re With is a tale of lost loves and found fortunes—and will resonate with anyone who has ever wondered what if.

Very good read. Had me cheering for Andy. I don't think I enjoyed this book as much as her first few novels but I really enjoy her style and would recommend this book.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri