An Un-decreased Desire

Monday Aug 28th –



So, this will bore those of you who could care less about what I eat/do with my time.

If you do dislike those things though, I don’t know why you would be here to begin with since that’s pretty much the only two things I write about?😜

Anyways, Monday marked 1 week of being on the 21 day fix – eating plan and workout schedule.

Now, as a slight of stature person, it gets tiring hearing people say that ‘why would YOU need to work out or watch what you eat?!’.

That in itself, almost makes a person lazy, thinking ‘yeah, why would I try to exercise?’ Though truly, no matter if you’re small or not, being ‘healthy’ should never be mocked or questioned I think? 😊

So anyways, Monday was weigh and measure day and some results were good, some less awe-inspiring but overall a difference was there and after only one week, that’s not to shabby in my opinion 😏

It has gotten easier to consume the foods allowed and not feel starving throughout the entire day, finding many ways to cut back on unhealthy ingredients and snacks, but my desire for a good, thick homemade piece of bread drenched in butter or a stroopwafel or two for breakfast… has not decreased 🀀😜

So, as I wanted THOSE items, I instead prepared some more turkey burgers for that night’s dinner 😏



I WAS going to share the recipe, since the first time we ate them we thought they were pretty tasty, not to mention a lot less fat content then ground beef.

This second time eating them though, proved…different πŸ€” Continue reading “An Un-decreased Desire”

‘Bearly’ There Plans

Tuesday May 30th –

The beginning of a hot streak was about to… begin 😜

So we happily prepared ourselves, went to town for some errands (getting paint for my redone vanity project/plants for my concrete creations) and than drove out to a friends house for the day.

We arrived in time for a delicious lunch of chicken taco soup with all the toppings, amazing cornbread that they introduced me to years ago and I still dream of, salad, drinks and more!



It’s sufficed to say, we were stuffed.
But the warmed up, ooey gooey brownie and ice cream with chocolate sauce really pushed me over the edge, from feeling fine to feeling 309 (lb) real fast 😜

We (I) waddled out to the deck, the lounge chairs and sunshine beckoning and the conversation with good friends making the afternoon fly by πŸ’•πŸΉβ˜€οΈπŸ‘­

Once as much as could be discussed in one afternoon was gotten out, we departed.

Happier, fuller and hopefully a tad browner, then when we came πŸ˜‹ Continue reading “‘Bearly’ There Plans”

An Overabundance Of Little People

Sunday May 27th –

Since there is an over abundance of children around here, Mike and I took our own vehicle to church that Sunday morning.

Our oldest niece here got to sit with us during service and it’s a good thing Uncle Mike was there because he made a rather comfy perch for her during the entire service πŸ˜πŸ˜‹

Michiel was staying at a friends so he could work for some different folks during the upcoming week, so we parted ways and I went home with the rest, to a lunch of soup and melted cheese bread 😁

A nap should have happened but I had to go to our house to sell the wishing well it had, had on the lawn, and the people wanted to come during prime nap time πŸ™„
Then, they had the audacity to say it was larger than they had expected and wouldn’t be taking it! 😜

Maybe this is a silly question… but wouldn’t you possibly think to ask how large an item is before driving over 25 minutes to pick it up? 😏

The bro was working on some more of our electricity and plumbing and then later he and everyone else came over to Mom and Dads for a snack and the pre bedtime sounds of 3.5 tired kids were enough to send Aunty to the basement to rest her ears 😜

(Baby Sarah doesn’t make much noise so she’s the .5)

As I updated the blog that evening, I noticed the advertisement at the bottom of the page was for the very same, specific place in Hawaii which the sister and I had been jokingly daydreaming about going to.

What’s creepy though, is that we looked on her phone, via Dad’s wifi and the ad was now on my husbands laptop…
I don’t like the internet 😬

Monday May 28th –

A walk/jog was bound to happen at some point in the day as it was a beautiful one, so I prepared some juice for post consumption😊

It was one of the most diverse juices yet and the taste made the fact known by being ‘fine’… but tasting more like a nice healthy drink and not a delicious fresh juice you could guzzle πŸ˜‹

We four girls, along with the sister-in-law and her wee people, went to the paved town for an hour of walking and jogging, each doing one or the other, depending who was on stroller pushing duty 😜

It was tiresome but the good kind and afterwords Mom made everyone sandwiches to enjoy outside.

I retreated to my room in the basement to whip up some cement decor, as that’s the only non kid access place in the house at the moment and then I retreated outside to enjoy the sunshine πŸ˜Šβ˜€οΈ

We all went over to Becca’s for a pizza dinner and it was a tasty and loud affair.

((As I wrote this, I laid between ultra soft sheets (from CostcoπŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ˜), enjoying the silence, loving having everyone here but truly loving the silence I was finally experiencing at the end of my day too πŸ˜‹πŸ’•))

Spencer was attempting to say my name weeks ago but he finally got the ‘ss’ part of ‘Jess’ out, so that was a proud moment πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹

Al, the second oldest niece, is an almost constant source of entertainment with how she words things.

The girls were told to pick their toys up after dinner as our visit was nearing its end, and her immediate and chipper response, with a hand in the air and widened eyes, was, ‘Okay! That won’t be like… no problem at all!’

Earlier she’d seen the fairy I bought as a gift for the oldest niece and she very seriously told me, ‘to be careful because fairies were VERY break-iful’ and later in the day when I’d put a roll of tape on my wrist since my hands were full, she seen it and immediately exclaimed, ‘Oh, my, goodness… I love your tape bracelet’ … but the way she said it made us wonder if she wasn’t giving one of her very first attempts at sarcasm??!πŸ˜‚

Oh So Domestic

Friday April 28th –

Our two family members had left early that morning and there were no real plans for the day, so it was the odds and ends that take up most people’s time.
Cleaning, drinking coffee, tidying up, drinking coffee 😜

I did make a pot of soup for supper and then we wanted to take advantage of the blue sky’s and sunshine.

A 5km walk was taken with Becca and Spencer and then a 1.5 fast jog to finish it off… which in turn finished me off and meant I ate two cupcakes once we got back to the house because obviously I was famished 😏
Don’t judge the distance, I haven’t over exerted myself in like… a year, unless you count the few weekend trips to other countries where thousands of steps were accumulated? 😬

Soup and smokies made up supper for everyone and by everyone, I mean Dad was also joining us, back from work for the weekend 😊

Saturday April 28th –

Well, to read the majority of our Saturday I’ll direct you to my β€’ Jem Moment: A Table For My Treasures β€’ which tells about most of the days shenanigans.

One part it doesn’t talk about though is the juicing part 😜
Yes I know, you’re like, ‘Seriously? Another juice? Great, she’s gonna tell us what fruit and veggies she used and about HOW tasty it was πŸ™„’ Which is all kind of true 😜
But this time I tried to make use of the pulp that normally gets thrown away!

I used the veggie pulp (carrots, spinach and cucumber) and fried it with some garlic, oil and seasonings before adding in water and boiling it for a while before straining most of the pulp out and keeping the nutrient full broth for soup making 😊

I then boiled the leftover fruit pulp (grapes, oranges, strawberries and apples) and added in sugar and some steeped tea for a kind of berry iced tea drink.

I was feeling extremely domestic 😜

But besides the juicing and what not, the shell table talked about in the Jem Moment took up most of my Saturday.

The boys went golfing later in the day and picked up food for us all to eat at the bro’s for dinner, fried pickles and buffalo seasoned dry ribs being the favourites on my plate πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

(Because of the short post length today, keep an eye out for a recipe or two later on πŸ˜‰)

Let Me Espresso Myself

Thursday April 20th –

The sun was trying to shine and it was turning into what looked like a nice day.

Which was perfect for our plans of going to Rosthern, for lunch with a friend.

But that was later in the day and my morning was taken up with writing and trying out the espresso maker once again.

Mom and I got decently full, little cups, my cup being one purchased at a second hand store in Holland, just before we’d moved πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ŒπŸ»

The espresso turned out lovely and it will probably become more and more of a daily thing πŸ˜‰
Have any of you tried espresso from Italy?
Or just in general? What did you think of it?😎
I love It 😬❀️

Mothers friend arrived and off to Rosthern we went, a little wee town with a restaurant inside of an old railway station. The Station Arts Centre.

Amidst lively conversation, soups, sandwiches and a salad were enjoyed. Continue reading “Let Me Espresso Myself”

Remembering And Reconnecting

Sunday April 16th –

An Easter Sunday service was attended that morning and I think we were all trying to reflect on the meaning of the day, though to our small minds it’s pretty hard to grasp the reality.
That our God would love us so much, that He’d give His son to die for us and that Jesus would stay on the cross, suffering for our sins and everything we’d ever face, when a host of angels was ready to save Him in a second, had He asked.

(A piece I did later that day)

After church we went out for lunch in a small town between there and home, burgers filling our bellies πŸ˜ŽπŸ”

Once we were home, the classic Sunday nap was able to happen and I took full advantage of it 😴❀️
Sunday, the day of rest in so many ways πŸ˜‰

I was awoken quickly though, when Mike came to tell me that four black bears had been spotted by Dad when he’d went out for a little drive and Mom, Dad and he were now going back to see if they were still around.

Mom and I had walked along the very road Dad seen them and Becca and Nathin live just across as well, so the unpleasant feeling of having possibly been watched was real 😜
Dad says bears won’t eat us, especially right now since they are just out of hibernation and looking for berries and plants.
Mom doesn’t believe him… I’m not sure if Mike does either.
I don’t know what to think 😜

But sure enough, we drove past where he’d seen them earlier and caught a glimpse of them further on.
A momma bear and her three cubs from last year, all larger than I’d be comfortable meeting on the road 😏🐻

That was our evenings excitement… unless you count the juice Mike tried to make us, including ingredients such as lemon, lettuce and a baby tomato πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

You can use your thinking skills and assume how it tasted 😜

Spencer didn’t mind it too much, when he and his parents came over for a short visit.
Then again Spencer eats and drinks, many things a child shouldn’t enjoy and he grins hugely after each, so he isn’t a reliable source when it comes to food or drink consumption.

Monday April 17th –

After lunch, Becca and Spencer joined Mom and I at the house, bringing some fruit to contribute to the juice I was going to make for us to consume after taking a walk.

The few inches of snow that had fallen Sunday, had pretty much melted away and we had fairly good weather during our 6 1/2 km trek.

An orange, watermelon, strawberry, apple and dragon fruit juice awaited us.

(Dragon fruit was thrown in purely for nutritional value because none of us girls like the actual taste and luckily we found that we couldn’t taste It among the other flavours πŸ˜‹)

It turned out to be just as tasty as it looked, the colors reminding me of orange sherbet, or a sunset πŸ˜‰

After a grocery trip, I’ll have to get more adventurous and try some ‘green’ juices… the kinds that are actually good for you, not just natural, liquid sugar like the fruit juices 😏

After said healthy walk and juices… Mom began making cinnamon buns πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

I received little chunks of dough here and there, while listening to a podcast about unsolved, real life mysteries and working on lettering.

A dumb podcast to listen to if you don’t like not knowing the ending to something πŸ˜’

Supper was my job and it was a bit of a fail since I didn’t realize the steak meat had to be cut in a specific direction to be edible and I cut it in the NOT right direction… meaning it for sure made you do the recommended ten or however many chews per bite 😜

Thankfully we had Moms cinnamon buns to save the evening πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Mike and I then had to deliver some to the neighbours (Becca and Nathin) and somehow we ended up visiting a while, even though Mike had worked with Nathin all day and I’d seen Becca that afternoon… but whatever, we had months of reconnecting to work on πŸ˜‹

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