Living The Sweet Life: 2/1/10 - 3/1/10

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Canadian Hockey Humor

In the friendly spirit of the Gold Metal Olympic hockey game between Canada and the USA I thought you would like to see what "we" think is one of the funniest commercials that aired during the Winter Olympics.  For some reason I don't think it's being aired in the US. This is a sample of Canadian humor - eh?

The sign on the building in background says "Welcome to America"

Update: Congratulations to both teams for
their Olympic Gold and Silver medals.

I for one will not be wearing anything Canadian to America for a while!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bureau Herb Planter

Needless to say I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this!  

It's the perfect herb garden. You just can't go wrong with an old set of drawers and a can of pink paint.  Stuff it with some lavender, parsley and flowers and you've got cute on a whole new level.

I can't wait for spring and it's just around the corner!

The Lovely Photo from Pink Cupcake Blog

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love Is In The Air

The first Valentine's Day box of chocolates 
was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.
This guy was a "smart cookie".

Friday, February 12, 2010

Canada Welcomes The World

I'm proud to be an Canadian even more than ever.  Today Vancouver finally welcomes the world. Olympic gold at home is our dream - we believe.

Did you know five interlocking rings on the logo represent the five continents or major geographical areas of the world.  The colors of the rings represent the flags of the countries each of which includes at least one of the following colors: blue, black, red, yellow, and green. 

Our local 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Website
Don't worry if we don't have enough snow - we'll make some. 

We joke that we just tell people it rains here, to keep them away.
It does rain but that's what keeps it so green.
We tell our kids from a very young age that they're "waterproof".

Updated:  February 14th : Big News


This is what history looks like - we finally have our gold medal at home. 
His personal story of inspiration makes this gold extra special.  
Grab the kleenex and watch the clip.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

First Sign Of Spring

As you know, I'm on the West Coast of Canada by Vancouver.  I'm hearing about the terrible snow storms across Canada and the US.  So I'm posting this picture, not to brag about the awesome weather out this way but to say "Hang on, spring is on the way!"

These are the crocuses in my front yard that come out for a few hours a day in the sunlight, then shut up tight again at night in the cold.  Mother Nature's way of giving us something to look forward to.  Thank God, because I'm tired of being wet and cold!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Make Thai Salad Rolls At Home

We love Thai Salad Rolls and could eat them every night.  That's what we decided just a few nights ago.  The best part is at home you can eat as many as you want.  At the restaurant they usually come two to an order.  I made it my mission to find the ingredients and learn to make them at home.  I will make something over and over again until I perfect it - these were no exception.
So here's the ingredients all ready to go.  From back to front, left to right. Round rice paper wraps, lettuce chopped fine, prawns sliced in half, cucumber sliced thin, chicken or pork cooked and sliced, the package of the noodles, a bowl of noodles cooked according to the package instructions, bean sprouts, shaved carrots, and mint clipped into small pieces.

Tip:  You can get the rice paper wraps and noodles in the Asian isle of your supermarket.  I like the brand of noodles shown because there are six bundles inside instead of one big lump.  I cook two bundles and that's the perfect amount for about twelve rolls.

Another Tip:  Put warm water in a shallow pan and wet one side of the rice paper, for about 30 seconds then flip it over and wet the other side.  It gets softer as it sits and you pile the stuff on, so don't over wet it.  When you do one or two you'll get the hang of it.

Spencer made this video of me making a roll so you can see how easy it is to roll up.  You can see the ingredients are added in the same order as the picture is shown above.  I wash my hands after handling all the ingredients just before I roll it up.  The rice paper will get a little dry so when you roll and fold the sides in they will stick in place.

Good job on the video Spencer!

Here they are cut in half, on an angle with a bowl of peanut sauce.  These are very low in calories until you dip them in the peanut sauce.  Our favorite peanut sauce is from Super Store.  It's the President's Choice brand and it's called Szechwan Spicy Peanut Sauce - we get the light version. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fit Really Is Everything

Imagine one of the happiest days of your life - your wedding.  After the ceremony, outside the church, with all your family and friends - camera's flashing capturing the moment as you release doves to celebrate you're love.

I hardly know what to say except "fit really is everything"! Any kind of an alteration would have been better than this.  I rest my case.
This would be on Facebook and Twitter circulating around the world
before you hit the car on the way to the reception.