BRAD     |     EMILLIE

Monday, June 30, 2014

Now we are six

Victoria is the sort of city that makes it easy to host a pirate party.  We kept the kids busy hunting for "crystal rocks" on the beach.
Then they built boats to race across the Harrison Model Yacht Pond (or the boat pond as it's generally called).
Even the older pirates got into the swing of things.
And the littlest pirate used her sword to hunt for salmon berries.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Everything is illuminated

So here's my big new project... Fermenting for Foodies

it's a recipe blog entirely devoted to fermented foods.

It is my new passion for three reasons:

1. There's not a lot of good recipes for fermented foods on the web (I'm talking beyond sauerkraut and yogurt).

2. It is VERY likely that gut bacteria will help me and my kids with our digestive issues. (We are currently very restricted as Uliana still can't eat eggs, coconut products and pine nuts.  Nikolai can't eat sugar and sulfites and the doctor just added gluten to the list).  Dinner around here is seriously limited!  I blame my bout of appendicitis, which was followed by a round of 4 different IV antibiotics which stripped my body of all bacteria.  Since babies get their bacteria from their mothers, it would make sense that they might not have a great flora either.

3. My stomach seems to prefer prefermented grains. And really at this point it's either preferemented grains or a grain free meals... so fermenting is my new thing!

I will keep this blog going too... but at the same pokey pace that I've been currently blogging.  Especially now that summer is upon us and we are busy, busy, busy.

Here's some pics from a recent camping trip.  We went to Salt Spring Island with some friends... and it was beautiful.  We also scored some pretty taste gluten free-veggie friendly poutine.  We're definitely planning another trip back there this summer!

Friday, June 13, 2014

A bit off kilter

Today is Friday the 13th, and a full moon. It is also suddenly, Nikolai's last day of kindergarten. It is two weeks early, and has left many parents scrambling to cover the child care gap. The children and teachers are emotional as they didn't have the time to finish everything off.  No sports day, no last day of school party, and Nikolai's missing out on his chance to bring cupcakes to celebrate his birthday.

The teachers are on strike, and though summer vacation may come early, everyone is missing out on the joy of the final weeks of school.

And I am nearly out of time... my new blog is close to done, but I am definitely not finished.

With that said, here are some quick pics of summer fun and I'm going to get back to it.

Drinking tea.

 Is there more strawberry shortcake?
 Apparently Nikolai hit TWO home runs that game!  (Though I think he may have a fuzzy definition of a home run).
But he is good at hustling for the ball!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Let's go fly a kite!

I'm still working on my new project... a new blog actually.  I'm posting on it, but want the site to be a bit more finished...

Meanwhile we have been having fun! Here's some photos from the kite festival we went to this weekend.  For a mere $3 we got to make and fly our own kite!