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Sunday, June 02, 2013

Cockles and Mussels

This week I'm taking a break from my constant fretting about sleep.  It's still not great, but that's totally my fault as I gave Uliana back her soother for our quick overnight trip to Vancouver.  She was not happy to find it taken away again when we returned to Victoria with our visitors in tow!

My friend Aisling and her daughter Layla are visiting British Columbia (from Ireland) for the next 8 weeks.  We will be spending time with them in between their trips to several farms as wwoofers.  However, their trip starts with 10 days at our house to recover from jetlag.

And what a time we've been having!  Victoria officially is among the sunniest places in Canada, and it certainly is the sunniest city in BC.  It's a good thing the weather's been so nice.  Nikolai and Layla have been playing together pretty much non-stop since Wednesday, and it's good to get them out of the house. 

We explored some nooks and crannies downtown but it was hard to get any shopping in with two "Tyrannosaurus Rexs" in tow.
We fed the seals with two "lions" at Fisherman's warf.
And made several trips to the local beaches with our "pirates".  (We'll head out to the sandy beaches for some swiming sometime this week).
Aisling and Layla by the Ogden Point Cruise Ship Terminal
The recipe for the week is something I call Bunnie Munchies, which provides good fuel for two exhausted children. It's a quick and easy "power bar" style snack that children love to help make.

Bunnie Munchies
Mix 1 cup honey, 1/2 cup nut butter, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp salt, 6 tbsp cocoa. Bring to a boil and stir for 5 minutes.  Take it off the heat and quickly stir in 2 1/2 cups oats, 1 cup coconut and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Allow to cool slightly then roll into balls and coat with more coconut. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know there's a song called "Cockles and Muscles" and of course I started humming it to myself as soon as I saw your post title. I hope the weather holds out for your visitors!

And those Bunnie Munchies look really yummy! =)

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