23 October 2016

Rainy Day Delicious Fun with Whipped Cream and Pie Face Showdown! #BornOnTheFarm

by Robin

When there's rain in the forecast, yet we have a hankering to escape to the woods, we make sure we bring two things: the kids' "Dream Team" friends and a fun game.  We're happy that we've figured out our Dream Team, and thankful to Gay Lea for providing us with a very fun game to keep everyone amused in the downpour.

We've written a bunch of posts about how last year we bought 2 acres in the country, with a river running through it and a mobile home rotting on it.  We've done a lot of work on the place, and thrown a lot more money than we expected to at it.  But we unabashedly LOVE it.

One thing that we love is when the kids bring friends up to run wild in the woods, catch frogs in the river and build forts in the forest.  Notice something in common with those activities?  They are OUTDOORS!  When the weather is great  - we've got no problems.  We can bring up any friends of our kids choosing and we all come home unscathed.  Mom and Dad are cool as cucumbers.

Now, take that random bunch of kids, and a downpour and, oh my, we're on our last nerve about 20 minutes after the first raindrop.  That 624 square foot mobile home gets pretty darn small pretty darn quick. That is until we discovered what we call our "Dream Team".  It's made up of our daughter's friend and our son's friend.  This boy and girl are both polite and creative and kind and co-operative and have the ability to be quiet once and awhile.  Ahhhh....that discovery was a great one.

So last weekend we brought the Dream Team, Hasbro's Pie Face Showdown and GayLea's Real Whipped Cream with us to the river.

I may have taunted the kids by leaving it out and telling them they couldn't play it until the rain started.  Wah-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha (evil laugh).  So by the time it rained they were salivating for the real cream, kosher and halal certified dollop of Gay Lea's Real Whipped Cream right in their eager faces.

Faces this mother loves!  And folks - the games way more fun with the hand and the whipped cream attached.  

Keep your eyes open when you pick up your game - some have a $1 off coupon for Gay Lea Whipped Cream.  (BTW their Real Coconut Whipped Cream is dairy-free - so even your vegan or lactose-intolerant friends can play!)

It's just as much fun setting up the game as it is playing!  Who doesn't love spraying whipped cream?

    • We all got in on the action!
      Players on the right seemed to have the deck stacked against them... or maybe they just weren't fast enough on the draw. Please excuse my bedhead (who needs to waste time grooming when there's Pie Face Showdown to play?!)

Disclosure: We are part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and we receive special perks as part of our affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are our own.

12 October 2016

The Secret Ingredient for a Realistic Rust Paint Finish

by Robin

I LOVE this project - It's got everything I look for in a craft: low effort, low cost, no extra trips to the store and a big payoff - it looks amazing!

After I scored these three framed mirrors for $9.99 total - I had absolutely everything at home to do the whole project. If you're like me and you've had to make 9 trips to 9 stores for a project - and also like me you've got hermitty tendencies - that is a score and a half.

My daughter and I knocked this project out in about 30 minutes, too.  See - no drawbacks all wins!

I wasn't looking for a project when I cut through a discount home goods store.  I had somewhere to be.  But, on my way out I spied these mirrors with a fun shape and a cheap price. I could see way past their current cheap plastic, black and gold finish:

This shot is both Before and During.  
As you can see I started the project and then went - oops! I'm a blogger!  I'm supposed to take before shots.  If you've seen my other projects, this won't surprise you.  Bad blogger! Bad!

What drew me to these frames was there shape - windmills!  The space I made them for is our weekend country property surrounded by farms.  So perfect - right?  (Ed sees gears, not windmills.  Nobody's perfect.)

TIP:  If you're looking for frames to paint be sure to check how they're put together closely.  No screws means you're screwed.  They're probably glued in.  Taking these apart and putting them back together will be torture.  These frames had screws.  Youppi!  (BTW Youppi is French for Yippee - and one of about 10 words I remember from 5 years of school French.)

Last week I was wandering through Dollarama and found these:

Found these at Dollarama - $3.50 each!
(Which to my mind is cheating on the part of the DOLLAR-store - c'mon round numbers at least!)  But, the real point is - frames like these are super easy to find.  

So - how did we paint these to look so real?  And - as an added bonus - they smell delicious!  Any guesses?

08 October 2016

The One Dough That Makes It All: The Insanely Simple Recipe You Need In Your Fridge All The Time to Make Tons of Things

See what we did there with the title?  Sort of a dorky Lord of the Rings reference?  Did you read it in your mind like Galadriel?  That helps it to be snicker-worthy.  Yeah...sorry.  Maybe funny only to us? Let's carry on like this silliness never happened...

This dough recipe will change your cooking.  Truly.  We've been making it for years and we will make it for many more years.  It takes minutes to mix up and gives you so many options for meals and desserts.

We posted about this dough before, shortly after we started making it.  After a few years, we've adapted it.  Mostly to be healthier.  We've added more fibre and taken out some salt.  And no one around our table has any complaints.  It's still wonderful!

We found the inspiration for this recipe in the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.  We've made it our own with a few hacks.  But this cookbook, and their follow-up The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day are packed with terrific ideas for using the dough.

Over the years we've shared some of the many ways we use the dough.  We make homemade pizza every week.  We never buy frozen or pay for delivery.  This dough makes it seem crazy to pay more for something that tastes nowhere as good and is half as tasty.  Our kids LOVE this pizza crust.

Here's just a sampling of ways we use the dough.  We'll update the list as we add more recipes to the blog:

  1. Pizza Dough
  2. Basic Artisan Loaf
  3. Sandwich Style Loaf
  4. Easy Naan
  5. Cinnamon Buns
  6. Pull-Apart Monkey Bread 
What follows is pictures of the step by step process for this recipe.  You'll see, it's incredibly easy!