Category Archives: Family

Anniversary Dinner

 

Tonight me and my hubby are going out to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. It’s not technically the day (actual anniversary is August 26th) but when Grandma offers to babysit, you take advantage of it!  I’m wearing a blue Diane Kennedy t-shirt, black jeans from Winners, and a Very Valero necklace.

These jeans were such a steal!  I found them for $11 at Winner’s but they had these awful big, blingy rhinestones on all the pockets and buttons.  I took them to my dry cleaner who also does alterations and she ripped them all off and added just one big black button.  The alterations cost $10 but it was worth it because I love the fit of these jeans.

I actually started dating my husband when I was 15 years old and in grade 10!  It’s freaky but true.  We grew up as neighbours on the same street in a small B.C. town and I was totally obsessed with him right from the start.

Tonight we are baby free and have some gift certificates to The Keg which have been patiently waiting to be used.  Nom nom nom doesn’t steak taste even better when you aren’t paying for it?

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Another Day, Another Outfit

Today I am wearing my favourite jeans…Second Clothing Co. YOGA jeans.  They are so comfortable and 100% Canadian made.  Can’t beat that!  The top is super comfy but I don’t know that much about it…my Aunty Sally gave it to my Mom, who gave it to me.  IMG_0883.JPG

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Homemade Dog Food

Stella is my family’s Miniature Schnauzer X Poodle.  She’s only three years old but she’s been sick off and on for her entire life.  I don’t even want to know how much I have spent on veterinary bills!!

This past Easter we were at my in-laws place and Stella urinated blood on their carpet! I was so freaked out.  I rushed her to the vet and she had a series of tests, X-rays, and ultimately a surgery on her bladder to remove struvite crystals and stones.  A thousand dollars or so later…Stella was finally recovering but we were told she would have to be on a special food (Urinary SO) for the rest of her life.  This didn’t sit well with me.  I didn’t believe that the food was meeting her nutritional needs.

I battled with many vets.  All of them said no to homemade dog food.  (I do believe they were trying to help but I don’t know how much they learn about actual dog nutrition in school).  Anyhow, after hours and hours of research I thought – fuck it – I’m going for it.  Today, Stella has been on homemade dog food for almost 2 months and she is doing great!

Give me the stick Dad!!

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She hasn’t had any fur discolouration (which she always got on her paws and ears), or infections of any kind.  I also regularly test her urine with pH strips just to be sure.

If you are interested in recipes for your dog…let me know!

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Vancouver Chinatown Festival, Golden Dumpling Cook Off & Dumpling Derby 2014

This past weekend some of our family and friends went downtown for the 2014 Vancouver Chinatown Festival, Golden Dumpling Cook Off & Dumpling Derby.  It was so much fun.  My husband and I got the “dumpling passports” which allowed us to sample twenty different dumplings from a variety of Vancouver restaurants.  There were Asian, Italian, Mexican and even Indian inspired dumplings.

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I even got to meet Chef Vikram from Vij’s (a popular Vancouver Indian restaurant).

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My husband, Adam, was a trooper and also tried to compete in the dumpling derby (a 2 minute all you can eat dumpling competition).  Needless to say, he didn’t win.  His strategy of prepping for the competition by sampling 20 dumplings prior didn’t really pay off. Haha!  However, he still looked awfully cute in his dumpling bib.IMG_0654-0.JPG

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Margaritas!

Margs w/ A & Mama

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Ingredients:

  • Salt, for rimming the glass (not optional in my opinion)
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec)
  • Club soda
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Red Fish Blue Fish

My husband and I went to Victoria last weekend to visit my sister, friends and to see The Original Wailers.  It was an awesome weekend!

And after years of waiting I finally ate at Red Fish Blue Fish.  It was so delicious! If you are ever in Victoria …YOU NEED TO GO HERE!!  There is practically always a line up but certainly worth the wait.

Heaven!!!!!!

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We feaster on grilled oyster tacos, ahi tuna tacos, seafood jerk poutine and halibut fish and chips!  This was a glorious meal!  My husband and I decided that it is now a mandatory stop anytime we are in Victoria.  Yummm yumm!

 

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