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  • Why Hello there.

    I'm glad you're here in my little corner of the web. Just a little to introduce me: I'm a married stay at home momma of 5 kids from 13-3. I'm kinda all about my family. My hubby and I are raising our kids in a small southern Alberta town. I love to cook and bake for my family and anyone else. I'm a collector of recipes and love to share ones that I create and others that I find that are great. I love to document our lives through my lens because I think it helps me to be a better mother and wife. It helps me see the beauty in my everyday life and in the world around me. I love to craft with my kids and on my own too. I love to document our life through Project Life and other memory keeping activities. My blog is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Really it's kind of whatever is holding my interest at the present moment. I am passionate about memory keeping and documenting our lives.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts so send me an email or comment on a post. I know most people don't comment on blogs anymore, but I really would love to hear your thoughts. I hope you'll stay a while. And that you'll come back again and again.

I live in a very beautiful place. And luckily I live close to other beautiful places. One of them for SURE is the Going to the Sun Road also called Logan’s Pass. We went over with a picnic and stopped and ate lunch and then kept on driving. And it was totally raining. But it looked so beautiful. And I took a LOT of pictures and I couldn’t decide so here are lots to see 😉

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Alden wanted everyone to Dob (which I had no idea was a THING until I saw Alden’s whole soccer team do it – I thought it was some weird thing only my kid was doing… hahaha) Lucy wanted no part of that silliness. HA!

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LoganLoganSo many pictures of such a lovely day. Montana is a beautiful place and I’m glad we live close enough to enjoy it!

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  • July 20, 2016 - 9:51 am

    Carmen - Fun pics!

  • July 22, 2016 - 10:42 am

    Charmaine Puzey - I love Logan’s Pass and enjoyed every one of these pictures.

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I was just the 15th, so as per 4 year tradition I take 15 images of my family as they go about their day.

Every morning Norah walks into our room like this. Her sippy cup – asking for something in it, At least one soother – usually two; And often a book that she NEEDS someone to read to her.

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He’s in a basketball camp this week at the college and he’s been enjoying it. Well besides the fact that his shoes are 1.5 sizes too small. I didn’t realize and he never said anything until I noticed he had blisters on every toe knuckles and the end. And I asked what that was and he said “I dunno”. And I said I’m pretty sure your shoes are WAY too small. He’d just been wearing them.

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Every morning I open the blinds in my kids rooms. I try to be happy even if they woke me up WAY to early (which happens way too often).

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Dad is off to the hospital and Alden waiting for his ride to the basketball camp.

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She’s decided she wants to save for a horse. This is her plan.

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A little front room dancing with tennis racket guitar going on.

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Lucy and Eli were both in the Roger’s Tennis Tournament. Near the end Eli was saying in between hits “i’m too tired to keep playing this game” and fake crying. Classic Eli. HA!

15 on the 15th | Just Rhonda

The older tennis group. Alden did it last week but missed this week because of basketball.

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He was pretty pleased with his shirt.

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These two cousins have become such good buddies lately. And most days Norah is right with them.

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These two cousins playing lego. They are so lucky they get to play together so often!

15 on the 15th | Just Rhonda

I walked into the kitchen and found Oliver dancing on the kitchen counter. And Norah egging him on.

15 on the 15th | Just Rhonda

Lucy and her friend Lauren are going babysitting tonight so they got some pages to color for the kids. Norah and Oliver wanted some too so they spent some time doing that.

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My little pizza helper.

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Pizza and a movie night with the kids while Dad is on call and I do a photoshoot.

15 on the 15th | Just RhondaThat was our Friday.

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  • July 20, 2016 - 10:41 am

    Carmen - Still love this idea, and going to do it this week cause why not right? and then start next month on the 15th. I’ve been saying I’m going to do it for a year and still haven’t so going to actually start!! Oh and Jaycie would love to buy a horse so when they get together they can plan how they are both going to earn money to buy one for each.

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I’ve been thinking lately about all the things going on in the world. There are lots of sad and scary things going on in the world. I was reading in my scriptures a few nights ago and I found this lovely verse. And I think it gives so much power and hope.

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You can download it and print it off. And read it over and over and let it encourage you.

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For years and years I had it in the back of my mind to make Granola and then I just never got around to it!

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I finally did and I don’t know what took me so long. I read a lot of different recipes to see the variety.  There is even a little history about how Granola (or Muesli) came to be here.

A lot of recipes use maple syrup or honey to make the sweetness and the crunch. There are so many different ideas online. I found this lovely one from Recipe Tin Eats. 

 

This whole pin is all about 20 healthy granola recipes. In fact there are tons of links on Pinterest (if you want to follow me on there I may have a few pins…. ;))

This is the recipe I used from Cook’s Illustrated. It’s a place I love to go for recipes I can count on. I always love their stuff. (Cook’s and America’s Test Kitchen.)

Classic Granola

From Cook's Illustrated

Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnuts, broken into ¼-½-inch pieces
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup blanched almonds, halved
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix first 6 ingredients together in large bowl.
  2. Heat maple syrup and honey together with oil in small saucepan, whisking occasionally until warm. Pour mixture over dry ingredients; stir with spatula until mixture is thoroughly coated. Turn mixture onto an 11-by-7-inch jelly roll pan, spreading mixture in an even layer.
  3. Bake, stirring and respreading mixture into an even layer every 5 minutes, until granola is light golden brown, about 15 minutes. Immediately turn granola onto another jelly roll pan to stop cooking process. Stir in raisins, then spread granola evely in pan; set on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Loosen dried granola with a spatula; store in airtight container.
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I changed up the nuts and I added in cranberries. That’s the lovely thing about granola, easy to adjust to your own tastes. And perfect for an easy quick breakfast.

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Have you ever made granola?? What’s your favorite additions to it?

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This sweet boy had no interest in me at all! We tried the first time to capture him and he ended up needing a nap, so we tried it again after his nap. And then he at least didn’t cry for me. 😉

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He loves this little rubber giraffe.

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And this sweet chubby legs! Awesome!

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