Monday, June 29, 2015

Be back soon...

It's been awhile since I've missed posting for so long! Between summer starting, a week-long visit to NYC and my brother and his family coming to Canada, things around here have become very, very hectic! I will be back soon. 

In the meantime, just in case you've missed these faces :)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Goodbye Kindergarten

And she learnt so very much more!

This might be one of those #sorrynotsorry #favouritenotfavourite posts. My sweet girl graduated this week and there were some  tears, some very special smiles and some proud moments--- all mine of course.

Here's her last day at school in pictures

(but first, here's her first day of school here)

And her last

Her first 'job'

One of her lasts. She's made so many friends!

I sneaked off to A's class to watch her circle time as well.

I was a parent volunteer for the bowling- their little activity of the day. There was bowling, dancing and lots of glow in the dark shaking. 

Then back to A's class where she said goodbye to her teachers. We will miss them so much.

During the graduation ceremony. Cassia had a 'line' in the poem. She was the only kid to do a very large curtsy after. 

And she's graduated!

Before we left, this teacher gave Cassia the biggest hug and told her it was such a pleasure to teach her and watch her learn. She then said to me that there are some children who especially touch your heart and she really enjoyed watching Cassia learn and work so hard. I might have brought out the mama tears around then. 

The graduating class of 2027!
(well 4 of them anyways)

And then it was time for some celebratory pasta. 

Followed by a little celebratory balancing. 

And finally a little downtime, snuggles and chats about summer plans.

And just 'cause, here was the first morning of school

And the last!

We are so proud of our grown up girl. Proud of how much she's learnt and grown. And most of all love that she has blossomed into a happy, cheerful, kind, well-adjusted kid. We're so excited for what the future holds for her!

Linking up with AndreaErika and Narci for Favourites on Friday
Amanda for Friday Favourites

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Our Mini Acrobat

Well dance is done for this year and all ended with recitals this past weekend. C first decided on mini-acro at the start of this year. She was 'done with being a ballerina' and wanted to try something new. I accidentally showed up for the mini acro class thinking it was jazz and it's been love ever since.

This year was four recitals!! Yes, four-- in one weekend-- I was exhausted--- and D and I divided it- imagine for my six year old! But a great time was had by all and Cass shimmied and shaked like it was her job and brought a smile to many a face.

Because Mama's got to get in there somehow! 

She's the one on the right!

(Sidenote, I totally wised up this year and got the 3 bunches for $12 flowers instead of the $25 bunch of roses at the theatre)

We're so proud of our little dancer- her rhythm, her remembering and most of all the big smile on her face when she's on stage--- and a little sad that she's taking a break next year to do some gymnastics instead!!

Linking up with Jess  for It's The Little Things.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pea Pesto Dip

I'm not a huge peas fan by any means… To me, they're sweet and mushy and really don't add much to a dish. BUT… when I had this pea pesto that my friend Kathryn made, I've become a convert. It's so yum, pretty to look at and just screams summer with it's delicious flavours.

Here you go, pea pesto. Taken from Giada's Pea Pesto Crostini recipe and adapted just a bit.


8-10 oz of thawed frozen peas
1 large garlic clove
1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese (or any other hard sharp cheese like Parmesan or Piave)
1/3 cup of olive oil
a couple sprigs of herbs (either mint or cilantro work really well)
Salt and pepper to taste


+Mix the peas, cheese, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper in your food processor (I used my Vitamix)

+Slowly add the olive oil in (be careful not to drop your spoon in, this seriously happened to me one time) until well combined

That's it!  Giada paired them with crostinis and I've done the same but they also work really well with veggies and nice crackers.

Such a simple, healthy, delicious (cheap) summer appie to bring to someone's home.

Happy Tuesday!

Linking up with 
 Kate and Emily for Tasty Tuesday
 Kristen for Handmade TuesdaySusan for Love From the Kitchen
                                         and Beth and some other lovely ladies for Tuesday Talk
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