Wednesday, December 9, 2009

No bake Oatmeal Cookies

Well this is a new step for me with socializing on the internet. I am actually trying to be part of a cookie recipie exchange. We shall see if I manage to actually link correctly =). Here is one of my all time favorite cookies - partly because they are wonderful and partly because I dont have to bake them! We call them No bake oatmeal cookies but I think other people call them haystacks? but I dont put coconut in mine so I dont know if that is strange or not. Here goes:

2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup margarine

1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oats

In a largish saucepan bring to boil sugar, cocoa, milk and margarine. Boil for 1 min and remove from heat. Then add vanilla, peanut butter and oats (you can use quick oats or umm large normal ones? I like the quick cook ones but my mom votes for the 'real' stuff). Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let them cool as long as your patience allows. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Snow Day

*Warning* this will probably traumatize those who would prefer that Canada stayed about 30 degrees warmer.

So despite being african I really do consider myself the perfect Canadian. I love ALL the seasons. I love that we have four rather distinct seasons and I love having WINTER. I love the variety that it brings, the adventures we get to have and that a bit of snow doesn't send me running for cover. I love being "snowed in" every once and a while on a saturday when a rather agressive storm hits and that we just play inside for the day until we decide it must be the warmest part of the day (still rather nasty cold due to the wind) so we get bundled up as much as possible and take our kids outside to play in what some countries would be - traumatized to even see- kind of weather. I must say though that since we played in our front yard we did get some strange looks for being outside.

How can you not just jam your kid into a thigh high snow drift and take pictures and laugh when they can't move or get out? They loved it!

Im not sure if you have noticed the male tendency to dig holes any time there is snow or sand but Vance gets right into it. And then Kyan wanted to participate.

Once again the hole digging. Vance made three tunnels by the end and Melia crawled through all of them - very proudly.

I had to help Vance out of the snow drift too. He was stuck and I will honestly admit laughing at him while he was trying to get out =)

i think both my kids will be totally into sledding this year. Vance put bungee cords across the sled so Kyan would have something to hold on to cause sledding - even being pulled around - with these kinds of drifts is pretty intense. Kyan did prefer riding since he really can't walk very well in Melia's old snow pants they are really too big for him still. =)

Life is good. It is always changing and new and surprising. Every time you make a plan - things change - despite how good a plan it was. Vance was asked by his work to put school off till next semester so good and bad. Bad he wont get to drive with Sean (sorry Sean it was such a good system), Good I will be able to have him in the hospital when I have this baby, Bad cause it will be even longer before he can finish his degree, Good cause due to replacing tires we need a little more time to be financially ready for school...and so on. You get the picture.

And in conclusion i must truly be strange cause despite the fact that both my parents and Vances are taking off for warmer climates for at least a week this december - Im not jealous and am quite happy to be here. You have to love me anyway though Kimara =)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

certainly has a point!

So I got this email from a friend and I must say - they have a very good point!!!

"America, Canada , all Europe ..... needs a President like this
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – Australia
Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks. Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques.

Quote: 'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians'. 'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom'. 'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!'

'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.' 'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'

'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.''If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Story time

So friday night while Vance and I are watching an episode of our latest series that my sister has gotten us into (PSYCH) Melia comes down stairs (has already been put to bed and is sneaking down) and says she is super duper excited about going hiking tommorow! (News to me by the way). She is litterally jumping up and down with excitement so I tell her that if the weather is nice (it was NOT nice for hiking on friday so my expectations are low but if its nice why not?) we can certainly go on a hike. She runs back to bed. I turn to Vance - "hiking"? He admits that he just made up a story for her tonight about going on a hike which apparently fueled this excitement - from now on we discuss made up story lines in advance!

Clearly Melia mentioned having nice weather for a hike to someone with authority cause 10am saturday was GORGEOUS!

You know she really wanted to go for a hike because of her outfit. Melia is wearing Jeans. For those of you who don't attempt to guide her matching and such every day you wont appreciate the magnitude of this clothing selection. Princesses wear skirts and dresses (in case you didn't know - I've tried repeatedly to use Jasmine as an argument to no avail) therefore melia must wear a skirt or dress to be a princess. She must be a princess EVERYDAY!! The kid has a ridiculous amount of super cute jeans which are NEVER WORN!! Unless mommy lays down the law - which I did for hiking and she relented after much convincing.

So we went out to the lake since there is a fun little path out there and since the mosquitoes are gone we can once again enjoy Lake Newell.

Its a good thing we got a picture of the beginning hike sign because we certainly didn't make it to the end of the hike but they were very excited!

There were some very convenient piles of leaves to play in and throw at eachother.

Im not sure where Vance got the binoculars from but they are hers and she loves them.

And after probably a ten minute hike we got out of the shelter of the trees and the sun hid so we froze and went back to the van. Short but sweet. Irregardless of the length though Melia was very proud of us for taking her on a hike so today we are amazing parents. I just thought I should write it down for future evidence.

Slacker - no not you - me

So really not much of an excuse for doing nada in regards to my poor little blog. All laziness. Then while whining about no one every updating their blog I realized how long its been and the wonderful moments you have all missed out on in my little house of horrors!
1. telling time
My children are both learning how to tell time. How you may ask? Well one day Vance was pointing to my large clock over my door with a broom to explain to melia that Movie time was not until the small hand pointed to the 7 and the long hand pointed to the 12. Do you already know what comes next? Beautiful picture eh?

Yes at least once a day when melia is asking me if its time for something yet she will break out the broom and explain to me what time things happen at. Im sure we have also covered how Kyan hates to be left out right? Yes so now I have two broom weilding (very dangerous) children lecturing me and pointing and sword fighting many times a day and I really can't help laughing every time. Strange how long some things can be funny but not others.
2. Halloween treats

For young womens we had a little party so naturally I went to the internet to abduct fun ideas from other people and here were our results. (Melia and I had a lot of fun - she watched the movie on how to decorate the pumpkin with me many times and lectured daddy about the art of cake decorating when he got home). She also decorated some of her own cups so her, Kyan and daddy could have a party while I was "out doing my church stuff". She had a great deal more chocolate on her cups than I did on mine. Does that mean hers were better? Sorry no pictures but you can imagine what your 3 year old would do if you gave her a paintbrush and a bowl of melted chocolate and a cup to decorate.

3. Halloween costumes
So we had a great time dressing up for the ward party - wearing black and orange is considered dressing up right? Oh well we dressed up the little cute ones anyway. Melia of course was a snow princess which I wasn't sure how long it would last since it really is a lot of fabric and I am hot every time she puts it on so we brought her dance outfit for her to play in when she got tired of her big dress so she enjoyed both. Naturally I forgot to take a picture of her in her second outfit of the night but i dont think she came down off her tippy toes from the time I put it on until the time I took it off =).

Kyan got to be a turtle (his costume was size 6-12 months) and the turtle definately suited him well during trick or treating. He is very slow when he is test tasting each candy through the package from each house. He also very helpfully pointed to his bucket in case people didn't know where to put the candy and closed people doors for them a couple times as well. "You give me candy then you close the door - not that difficult!" Stephanie's picture of Kyan and Tessa tells the whole story of their special friendship so refer to her facebook if you are in any doubt of him asking her on a date until she stops biting =).

Lets GO mom!!
4. Special Moves.
The other day when I turned on the music I just about died laughing when Kyan lays down on his stomach and starts kicking his feet up and melia lays down beside him and manages to get in sync with the kicking.
Another very proud mommy moment in the Cook house. Where could they possibly have gotten that move? I know I know it brings tears of pride doesnt it? Well at least they are learning something right?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Love the age of technology!

So with the stake 'practice' disaster we got to pretend there was an ice storm where our power and water got shut off and we couldn't shop (that continues until tommorow). In case anyone is wondering here are some things i LOVE.

1. Turning the tap on and water coming out
2. Turning my stove on and cooking
3. Turning on my dishwasher
4. Turning on my light switch and the light comes on
5. My furnace working
6. Turning on the computer/tv for entertainment when necessary

Melia spent the whole day worrying about how everything was broken and how daddy needed to come home and fix it. Lets just say that for my little shopaholic the stores being 'closed' for two days is very traumatic. Kyan loved the flashlights but was not impressed that bath time did not occur.

I must say I love this age of technology and am so glad i dont have to haul water, light a wood stove to cook on or live by candle light!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Im not sure how your family feels about snow (well except for Kimara - no likee) but mine gets VERY excited about it. When we noticed it started we all ran around getting coats and shoes/boots on to race outside to catch our first snow flake!!

Melia (who has been praying for snow for months now) was super duper excited and Kyan didn't even know where to look first!! Just for the record his new coat is size 6-12 months and he clearly has lots of room to grow into it!

Im sure this lovely snow will make driving EVERYWHERE this weekend more exciting but I guess we will deal with that when it gets here =).

Sunday, September 20, 2009

What we do to our children!

So we hit up the new bassano outdoor pool during the free week and it really is a lovely little pool - a bit cool - but still a nice little pool.

Sometimes my kids are so darn cute in the morning that I just have to take a picture of them so they both smile beautifully for posterity and we only have to take one instead of ten pictures and pick the most normal one. This was not one of those mornings =) Dont get me wrong - they were cute!

Oh and due to the wonderful supportive wife that I am we actually went fishing (shudder) as a family out on the boat one night. So Vance put a little minnow on Melia's hook for bait and she fished for about 10 1/2 seconds but when she pulled it up - THERE WAS A FISH!! She was super duper excited (her current phrase) and wanted me to take a picture of her fish that she caught. In case you cant tell - its a minnow. (The very same one daddy put on - but dont tell). I took a picture and she proceeded to play with the vile thing for about ten minutes while mommy did her very best not to gag noticibly. EWWWWWWWWWWW. Thats all I can say.

Oh yes and the things we do to our poor children. he he he. So a usual occurrence in this house is for us to crank our music and party down to whatever we happen to be in the mood for - anyone surprised? Well you may not remember or care how much fun Melia used to have with my belly dancing coin belts but she used to love them and for the first time in Kyan's rememberance we broke them out again. I put one on Melia and he booted it right over to have one tied on as well.
He loved every second of it!! Being a child who loves to make LOUD noise the ability to make noise as you walk and run is totally winning. He shook and jumped and ran around wayyy longer than Melia cared to! Then of course Melia decided that it was time for the tutu and ran to get hers on. Did I mention that Kyan hates to be left out of anything?
He grabbed one and ran right over to have his put on so he could strut his stuff as well. He did one up her though cause he has TWO on =)
Vance was very apologetic to Kyan about the trauma he will suffer in later years due to an older sister and a mom who likes to take pictures but I had to share =)
Oh yes and kathy you have been raised to super hero status in our household with the sharing of "the blue princess dress that Kathy gave me". Yes she uses the whole title every time she wants to wear it and she modeled it promptly for the missionaries when they came over - poor elders =)
Oh yes and I am now totally grown up (25 wait ummm 26?)and am patiently waiting for my new cricut cartridges for my birthday present! Lovely parties have been happening all september - so very convenient! Vance loves that everyone else had parties so he cant possibly be expected to do anything crazy for me - slacker =) he he he

Monday, September 7, 2009

Corn flake cookies or otherwise known as..

So just so you know I dont add coconut cause I dont like it and I add about half a cup of chocolate chips - not a whole package. I also like to crush up my corn flakes a bit - not sure if you have to but thats just how I do it so do it however you want!!

Ranch Ranger Cookies
Lorraine (my mommy)

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cup corn flakes
2 cup rolled oats
1 pkg chocolate chips
(1 cup flaked coconut)

Cream butter and sugar, add milk egg and vanilla. Mix then add flour, soda, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Stir in corn flakes, oatmeal coconut and chocolate chips
Bake 350° 10-12 min.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ummm guess =)

So one guess why I havent blogged in say forever? Yup I am sucker enough to do this again and the first trimester just gets worse every time. I am totally counting down till the second! Just walking into my kitchen makes me gag. shudder. Eating at this point just sucks cause instead of being a kinda picky bratty eater - I hate everything. Vance is really quite good at coming up with things that strangely enough i kinda feel like eating. Lucky for me of course my lovely visiting teachers came and saved my house from being condemned. (YAY FOR MARLAN AND STEPHANIE!!) They clean fast and beautifully - mad skill!! So my due date is March 15th ( not for forever) so we will see if i can have another one on march 5th due to my lovely c-sections being early in case (he he he) i actually went into labour. Who goes into labour? really! not me!!Okay Im done whining =) on to our trip to the great saskatchabush! So lots of driving with punks in the car but still a grand adventure! So we had a great time in saskatoon cruising around and finding fun stuff. A massive walking path and then a super fun little kinsmen park right down town with a fun little water park complete with slide and life guards and parks - free! They also had a Merry -go-round and train ride that you could pay a dollar for a ride - kids loved every second of it! I loved this little (not really little) swing they had in the park since it was different than any swing I've seen and the kids(and vance) loved it!

The big walking path bridge across the river was really fun but we really didn't think that the train track RIGHT beside it could possibly be used since it was WAYYY to close to the path.

Oops nevermind - here comes the train!! Yeah we could touch it. Kinda scary but pretty cool =)

The funny part was that on sunday we randomly selected a ward to attend and when we showed up we discovered we had happened upon Angie and Andrew Rodgers' ward! Small world eh? Fun visit with them for a bit and then we headed up to Prince Alberta national park. So dont take this wrong - its a very nice park - but Banff is a wayyy shorter drive, has mountains, doesnt carry my children away with mosquito's and has better weather =). Now that I am done being an alberta snob I have to tell you that we did still have fun cause we had one nice day of beach weather (so we ran to the beach of course), Kyan donated half his blood to the mosquito population there, Melia got a bite right on her eyelid so it swelled up nastily, we ran through a small hike due to being covered in mosquito's (worse than brooks if you can believe it), rented a little fishing boat and cruised the lake ( both the kids slept through it so it was a nice ride), melia wet the bed three nights in a row (strange for her actually - not sure whats up), we had lots of lovely camping food including my moms awesome raspberries and home made rasperry/rhubarb jam, vance cut a LOT of fire wood - it was free which brought him sunshine and happiness, saw 2 bears from the safety of our van as well as 6 deer, my poor mom sampled some lotion in a store and STUNK for days, went to the movie UP - Kyan was actually good for the whole show and lots more fun!

Melia sailing away on her boat she made all by herself - catch the vision?

Kyan in the midst of a serious donkey race...i dont know if he won.

Melia taking advantage of the opportunity to ride a deer - my mom did her hair. We really do need a live in hair dresser - it was so convenient!

Oh look more deer - its like we are in magrath!

Our little beach day. This is all Kyan needs to be happy. A little sun, a little sand, a little water and a ball.

On our way home we hit the Great Sand Dunes of Saskatchewan! Despite the lovely road and signage which made getting there a challenge we did a have fun digging in the sand and hiking around. And that is my lovely summary of our trip to the east! i can now place a checkmark beside saskatchewan right beside my checkmark for italy and rio de janero =) The end.

Monday, July 27, 2009

All over the place!

Its been way too long but we managed to dump our kids on loving family and run away to the temple together! Melia asked if we got married again and if we danced while we were at the temple - I said no on both counts but we had a wonderful time =)

Melia is learning how to drive the boat of course with Kyan close behind - she's a bit wild still though so daddy watches carefully =).

Playing at a fun little park in town - love the one right in front of the toy library because its the perfect size for Kyan to do all the stairs and slides all by himself.

Child fact: Irregardless of how many of the same thing there is - both will want the same one and fight over it!

I've managed to run into two little petting zoo's recently and am quite entertained at Kyan. He has no concerns wandering around a small enclosure by himself and petting cows, horses, goats and anything else that crosses his path. No fear - bring it on! Here is his big hug for the goat:

Melia is very brave as well of course but less cuddly

They both loved the bunnies and were so excited to hold one themselves!

Camping in style. Would you like anything else your majesty?
More camping to come later since we are going camping in saskatchewan next week with my parents - strange that I have been around the world and to half the places but never to the province to the east eh? Oh and I am desperately hoping that wherever we are going has less mosquitos than here - NASTY!!!!!