Sunday, June 16, 2013
Boredom Strikes Again
Luckily, Auntie Claire will be arriving tomorrow!
The major highlight of the weekend was the Buccaneer Days in Esquimalt.
And although all this excitement centres on Nikolai, it does make me think of Uliana. Christmas is already a time so full of feelings that it seems unfair to throw her birthday into the mix. Shouldn't she be allowed time to get excited about her special day away from the bluster and bellows of the holiday season? I am a fan of choosing an alternate birthday, a day that will allow us to celebrate Uliana without the mix of Christmas Carols, a day all of her own.
Instead I'm thinking of moving her birthday one month ahead. Then we could decorate, bake cakes and celebrate Uliana when she turns 1 year and 1 month old. The end of January is a cold and lonely time. Surely our household could use the vim and excitement of a party? Any opinions out there in the blogosphere? Will moving her birthday to the end of January feel like a empty replacement or a chance to truly celebrate Uliana?
Popcorn is a cheap and healthier alternative to commercial snack foods (especially if you pop your own). We don't have a hot air popper, nor a microwave, so we do it over the stove-top in a lidded pot. If you use high heat and shake often, it takes less then 5 minutes to fill a pot with popped kernels. We have a few flavour mixes that we like to shake things up. I use a mixture of olive oil and melted butter on the popcorn, before topping with the flavour mixes.
1 tbsp granulated sweetener (date sugar or brown sugar)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan (or I like to use nutritional yeast)
Add 1 clove of minced garlic and 2 tbsp rosemary to the melting butter.
Add to popcorn: 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup of Parmesan (or nutritional yeast).
Add 1 clove of minced garlic to the melting butter.
Add to popcorn: 2 tbsp dried basil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup of Parmesan (or nutritional yeast).