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Moore’s Canadian Thanksgiving Adventure 2011

Good morning!! Yes it’s extremely early, actually I have been up for quite a while already, too much spinning in my brain I guess this morning to sleep!! It’s going to be a beautiful day though, I don’t want to miss any of it!! We have been blessed with some incredible weather this week here in Stratford. Definitely doesn’t feel like October!! LOVE IT!!

Today we are off to Toronto to spend the day with Auntie Anna-Lyn, Uncle Drew and Baby Zara (who really isn’t a baby anymore seeing as she’s 2 – but she will always be Baby Zara to us). But before we hit the road, I need to get some of my shopping done for the weekend!!

Since I’m up and somewhat coherent this early on a Saturday morning I thought I would check out the Saturday Morning Farmers Market – need some veggies and fruit for our road trip.

I’m super excited for the next “stop” on my list of errands for today to Downie Street Bake House, for some Sunflower Bran Bread and Twist & Shout. Barb and Alan have been jet setting around the globe since the Savour Stratford Weekend, in Paris, a much deserved vacation, but they have definitely been missed in my house!! Well, Barb and Alan have never actually been to my house LOL, but their incredible bread has been!! Yeah ok a little “flighty” this morning, geesh it’s early!!

The next stop will be at Your Local Market Co-Op, to pick up some wonderful fabulous custom ordered brownies from the bakery extraordinaire, Katelyn Vere!! Auntie Anna-Lyn, has some food tolerances that make baking a little difficult from time to time, so on one of my many stops to the YLMC, I spoke with Katelyn about some “options”. Auntie AL, can’t have wheat, dairy or soy, so almost vegan, not by choice but for health reasons, if she avoids these three things, she’s not trying to scratch her hands off!! So Katelyn, is making us some Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free brownies for out Thanksgiving Feast in Toronto today!! I also learned this week, that an Avocado, is a baking substitute for soy or butter — HOW COOL IS THAT???

My fourth and final stop before hitting the wide open road will be to Revel Caffe, for a little quiet time. I haven’t had a ton of time to spend at my favorite little caffe this week, so I’m looking forward to some Me Time!!

Be sure to stay tuned for the continuing story of the Moore’s Canadian Thanksgiving Adventure, I’m sure there will be many pictures to follow!!

Today I am thankful for ….

Local producers, local business, coffee,

my family and friends!!

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Changes

Whew!!!! What a week!!

Starting with my littlest peanut heading off to school for the first time to Junior Kindergarten, leaving me at home with an empty nest. It was a big week for Keisha, she had 3 days of school, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and I have to say she handled it like a champ. Monday night she did fall asleep early on the couch after dinner, while watching a movie and snuggling with me, she had about a 40 minute power-snooze, and then it was up for stories, bathtime and back to bed – best part she slept all night in her own bed!! Ha!! Small miracles, I will take them!! Tuesday morning was a little “tense” because she was NONE to happy about not going back to school, this was a constant battle with Mya, last year as well, wanting to go everyday!! Mya has been doing very well this year, I think she is really enjoying being the “big” sister with Keisha in her class!! I love that they are in the same class together!!

Danielle and Olivia have survived their 2nd week of school, and I’m happy to report that the homework was kept to a dull roar this week 🙂 Danielle (Grade 8) typically has about 20-30 minutes of Math every day, and she was thrilled to report tonight at dinner that her first quiz mark was 85%!!! SO very proud of how hard my girly works!! It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the girls change, and grow up. Gone is the girl that lost her own head from the upstairs of the house to the downstairs, today she’s actually starting to “get it” together!! I wasn’t sure I would ever see the day!! LOL!! And what a tremendous help she is, from watching her sisters, to drying the endless supply of dishes, to helping with lunch packing!! The fun part for me, is getting to do it with her and teach her while we are doing these little everyday jobs!! This morning, the plan was to pack leftover garlic noodles for everyone for lunch, however, when it came time to find them … HA … key word there, FIND them!!! Well, we couldn’t find them in the fridge!! ACK!!! 8:15am – 4 lunches to pack – can’t find the planned meal!!! DANG!!! But together we managed to get all 4 lunches packed quickly and efficiently in about 5 minutes!!! Everyone was happy and out the door on time!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

Some of the other changes have to do with me, and my personal habits and some of my mini goals!! However, as much as I wanted to write about all of that tonight… it has come to the time that I must submit to my defeat and wander off to bed!! Another day will dawn before I know it and simply I need more sleep!!! But before I wander away to la-la-land, I will leave you with a couple of pictures from this week!!

Local Food

Another super yummy dinner of local foods, pork chops (not local), topped with homemade apple sauce, garlic pasta with fresh tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, and broccoli! Veggies all from Your Local Market Co-Op, along with the garlic!! So yummlicious!!

Danielle's Thursday Night Pre-Championship Dinner

Coach Mike, said eat pasta Thursday night, we ate PASTA!! With lots of other yummy’s to go along with it!!

Friday Date Night Mocha Latte at Revel Caffe

Peter and I have been trying to have a regular “date” night, on Fridays!! What a great way to end the week, to spend an hour or two with my bestfriend and re-connect after a crazy week. Some people go out for elaborate dinners, drinks, dancing, movies, plays, we typically keep it simple, with a bit of free time spent together at Revel Caffe. Simple fits in our crazy busy lives, movies and all that would be fun too I guess, but what we enjoy is just being together and chatting, uninterrupted by kiddies!! 🙂 The atmosphere at Revel is absolutely PERFECT for exact thing!! Thank you Anne and Dave for keeping the REVOLUTION alive!! 🙂

Revel's Savour Stratford WIndow Display

Here is a picture of Anne’s handiwork on the Revel window display for next weekends incredible Culinary Festival, Savour Stratford!!

Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival
awarded Ontario’s Best Culinary Experience
September 24 – 25

Celebrate Stratford’s creative food culture as culinary artists, international award-winning chefs and local artisan food producers at the Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival.

Spend the weekend roaming the heritage garden and Market Square district surrounded by outdoor farmers and artisan markets, free music in the park and illuminating tastings, talks and fun cooking for the kids – our festival is renowned as one of Ontario’s best!

We have lots for food lovers – from the gourmand to the gourmet with “Ribs in the Square” presented byBoss Hogs, the best Canadian BBQ Team, a rockin’ Saturday night “BBQ, Blues and Brews” party and our unique tented culinary garden party on Sunday afternoon, “Savour Stratford Tasting”, pairing 30 chefs and local producers with the finest VQA wines, craft brews and jazz.

Meet Chuck Hughes, Canadian winner of 2011 America’s Iron Chef; Connie DeSousa, Top Chef Canada finalist; Denis Cotter, award winning Irish celebrity Chef and Jennifer McLagan, author ofBones and Fat, as well as other culinary experts in over twenty events.

Check out our festival map and schedule.

Ahhhhhh – come sip, sample and savour Stratford.

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Labour Day Weekend 2011 – Final Chapter

Let’s do a quick recap – Friday – worked a split shift. Saturday – spent the day in Toronto with Peter’s brother and wife and our darling little niece, Zara!!! Swimming, birthday presents, and alot of food!! 🙂 Really that is what every day should be like 😉 Oh yeah and dealing with thunderstorms and wicked rain!! EEKS!!

Traditionally, the Sunday of the long weekend, we take the girls to the Drive In, as our end of the summer family night, however, Mother Nature had other plans for us this year, and it rained and was miserable all day! Here is a picture of last years drive-in, Cats & Dogs : The Revenge of Kitty Galore is what we saw. Yeah bit of a freak like that I actually remember the movie!! LOL!!

Labour Day Weekend 2010 Drive In

It’s kind of neat to see the changes in the girls in this picture compared to now 😉 Here is a picture of our first trip to the drive in this summer, which was quite early in the season, before school was out, we went to see RIO, and DIARY of a Wimpy Kid 2!! Both great movies!! 🙂

1st Drive In Night of 2011 Season!!

Since Mother Nature decided it wasn’t our time to go to the Drive In, we stayed home and rented movies instead!! Scooby Do, and Marley & Me, the Puppy Years (the second movie), the girls watched them both repeatedly Sunday and Monday lol, so they must have been good !! As my previous blog entry said, I spent the better part of Sunday scrappin’ which was great, because I haven’t actually done it in a long time … too long actually. Dinner Sunday night was BBQ’d Steak, baked potatoes, green beans, zucchini with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes!! Everything but the steak was purchased locally at the Slow Food Market on Sunday. It’s INCREDIBLE, the difference local fresh food makes in the taste!! Mmm mmm good!!

Sunday Dinner

Sunday I was able to have my “ME” time, starting with a trip to Market, and then onto Revel Caffe, for a little alone time, and LOTS of coffee!! LOL!! 🙂 I spent some time there editing pictures for scrapping with, writing on my blog, and reading the twitter feed. It’s incredible really, in the past month all of the interesting piece of information that I have learned because of twitter!! LOL!! Some people say it’s useless, I think it’s worth the time I spend on it each day. It’s definitely opened my eyes up to the world around me, and on different issues. I am actually starting to feel as though I am using my brain again, instead of just existing, learning a little, growing a little, changing a little all good things. While I go to market on Sunday’s, Peter still goes and does the grocery shopping, God Bless him, and then once they are all put away, he comes to meet me for a coffee as well, and then we head home for lunch with the girls.

Monday – was a sad day, the LAST day of summer vacation and the weather was HORRIBLE!!! Ugh, definitely gave us all a little insight that fall is definitely on our doorstep that’s for sure. To brighten everyone’s morning though I made some super yummy french toast with  Alan Mailloux’s incredible Sour Cherry Chocolate Sour Dough bread …. OMGOODNESSSSSS!!!!! Alan, owns and operates Downie Street Bake House in Stratford, and I may literally have to put a restraining order on MYSELF, from going there and buying bread, because it’s just toooo good!! 🙂 The girls are in love with the fancy french toast(s) I am serving these days with Alan’s bread! Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, but I do have a picture of the loaf before I cut it up!!

Sour Cherry Chocolate Sour Dough

Is that not the MOST delightful sight you have ever seen??? Then it was onto Danielle and Olivia preparing their school supplies for the first day of school, while Mya and Keisha spent the better part of the day, playing LaLaLoopsy — which is some sort of little doll type things!! All in all it was a great day, a great summer, a wonderful last holiday weekend!! We also had soccer on Monday, but it’s too late to get into that post right now ….

Until next time!!
Ciao,

Krista 

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Labour Day Weekend 2011 Part One

The last holiday weekend of the summer is upon us, and I have to say I’m so sad to see it arrive. I’m not ready for the summer holidays to be over, for the girls to go back to school, for my little teeny, tiny, Keisha to start school. We’ve had such a fun-filled summer, but there is always more that can be done, more fun to be had. However, this isn’t the case and we must send the babies back to school. Back to structured days, homework, packing lunches, earlier bedtimes, much earlier mornings!! Ugh!!

We have tried to pack a few more memories into the 2011 Summer Memories Vault with the girls this weekend, starting with Friday night swimming with Daddy at the Lions Pool. Where Keisha decided to finally put her sweet little face into the water and blow bubbles, plugged her nose and just had fun with it. I was at work but really wish I could have been there to snap the odd picture of her newest milestone!! I did however, have a chance in between shifts to do my normal Friday errands, with a stop at Downie Street Bake House, for our Raisin Cinnamon bread. Actually, I also picked up 2 loaves of Twist & Shout, another Raisin Bread, Foccacia (with black olives, sun-dried tomato and cheese), and a Stratford Sourdough, which honestly is almost too pretty to eat!! 🙂 All for the staff at the diner!! 🙂 I have them all hooked now too!!

Saturday morning we were all up bright and early to head off to Toronto for the weekend to spend some much needed quality time with family. The girls were over-the-top thrilled to spend the day with their little cousin Zara, Auntie Anna-Lyn and Uncle Drew!! Life often gets in the way of us visiting each other very often, which makes each visit very special. It was quite the road trip, with a stop at Revel Caffe for a couple of Americano’s, a stop at Your Local Market Co-Op, for a basket full of goodies, raspberries, strawberries, nectarines (SO DELICOUS), roasted pepper hummus, salsa, melon, and tabbouleh to bring for lunch in Toronto!! Next it was off to Kitchener … for a quick stop at Wal-Mart for a “treat” breakfast at McDonald’s for the girls … and shopping for a birthday gift for Zara!! Then it was 401 Eastbound to Toronto, traffic was light, the sun was shining, the air in the van was working well (Thank God, cause it was wickedly humid), and we were there in NO TIME !! It was actually perfect timing, for the plans of the day, as we were taking the kids for a swim at the Rotary Pool, which was awesome!! A community pool, divided into sections, and it was FREE, and only minutes away from the other Moore Clan’s house!! The girls had great fun in the pool, I wanted to get more pictures, but it’s highly frowned upon so I only managed to snap a couple 😦

Keisha in the Pool

Zara getting changed after the swim

Zara giving me the "LOOK:

After the swim it was back to Auntie’s house for lunch. OMGOODNESS!!! I ATE toooo much yesterday!! LOL!! Homemade Turkey Sliders, which were ridiculously tasty … Anna-Lyn’s special recipe so tasty. Accompanied by all the fresh fruit I brought and the dips, some nachos, so delicious!! The girls played and played, then did presents, blew bubbles, played more, had dinner. Again TOO MUCH FOOD!! HA!! BBQ’d steaks, baked potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, fruit, dips, pork rolls filled with asparagus and swiss cheese!! Followed with some delicious Vegan Cupcakes!!! What a great day!!

Like every day though it had to come to an end, poor little Zara was NOT happy about us leaving, so very sad to watch her cry like that, but she did have fun riding her bike to say good-bye. The drive home was eventful with the twitter feed full of thunderstorm watches and warnings!! EEKS!!! But we made it home safe and sound!!

Ok, going to post this now … stay tuned for more Labour Day Weekend 2011, tomorrow

Ciao,

Krista

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Shoes & Food

It’s done, complete, finished, back to school shopping 2011, is officially OVER, and I have to say I couldn’t be happier. I braved the mall today with all 4 of my lovelies in tow alone, slightly afraid, but we all survived. My girls, spend the majority of the summer in crocs, barefeet or soccer cleats so today’s shopping adventure was desperately needed. Keisha was down to one pair of crocs – however they are two different colors, one is pink and the other is red. HA, yeah that’s how we roll at the Moore House **rolling eyes now**. Now I don’t know about other families, but back to school shoe shopping for us is a major undertaking, because it means bringing 8 new pairs of shoes into the house. I think we could honestly set up a small shoe store, if it wasn’t for the fact that most would be mismatched and or slightly chewed by one of the two furbabies. So, at this point in the girls life, most of them don’t get expensive shoes. Summer shoes, are bought at the dollar store or Giant Tiger for the little ones, because they are just too hard on stuff right now, to spend any real money on shoes. Ok, seriously, enough shoe-babble! Here is a picture of the newest members of the collection though 😉

Newest Additions to the Ever-Growing Shoe Collection at the Moore House

Actually we made our well, everyone was even happy with their selections. Which is a minor miracle in and of itself!! LOL!! 🙂 Everyone now has indoor and outdoor shoes for the year. Some light up, some slip on, there is velcro and pink, brown and sparkles and laces, a shoe lovers dream. The cool part, all 8 pairs only cost $168 and change, at least 4 pairs were on sale, and then because Payless has my email address on file, we received an additional 15% off. SAWEET!!!!

Other than shoe shopping it was a pretty low key day!! 🙂 I made my daily visits to Revel and Your Local Market Co-Op, for fuel in the form of Americano’s and a treat of a Coconut Latte!! OMGOODNESS SOOOO YUMMY!!! And then to market for havarti, mushrooms, red onion, and bread. Tonight’s dinner for the girls was a mixture of shapes and sizes all cut up on a platter for them to eat at will what they wanted!! They LOVE dinners like this and typically eat a whole lot more because of it 😉 A little food-ography of tonight’s dinner selection!!

Sept 1, 2011 Dinner

We have boneless skinless chicken breast sliced, cucumbers, Havarti cheese flowers, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, hummus, apple slices, green grape quarters, raisin bread flower and whole wheat toast flowers!! Now if I could only get some baking done …. things would actually be on track!! HA!!

Ciao,

Krista 

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Food-ograhy and some babble

As I mentioned earlier this week in my post Loves Small Town Living, we have started to make some changes at home, due to one little trip to the Slow Food Market in Market Square. Changes that I hinted at were quite scary and intimidating for me at first. Stepping outside of the box, putting myself into new and different situations. Things I typically don’t like to do, things I have a hard time doing. I’m actually intimidated while I’m at market, still am to be 100% honest, heck downtown anything intimidates me. The things that run through my head as I head downtown are along the lines of … what will people think, what am I doing here, they are all far better at this than I am, what if they don’t like me, what if I annoy them, will they think I’m stupid, will they think I’m a phony and wonder what I’m doing here?? Because really let’s be honest, I surely don’t measure up to any of the influential people down there, with their training, degrees, chef school creditably, farms, shops, businesses, lifestyles, heck I’m just a short-order cook and waitress struggling to get by with 5 kids, 2 dogs and a husband. So, really what am I doing shopping in downtown stores, markets and bakery’s?? “My kind”, is better suited for Food Basics, Wal-Mart and Giant Tiger.

However, somehow I have managed to push passed my insecurities, by looking at the smiling faces of my little ladies, and knowing in my heart that what I am doing is trying to teach them a better way of living and eating. My goal is simple, to nourish my family with healthy food choices, teach them that local is better, and hopefully NOT pass on my slew of insecurities to them.

Every day I start my day with a coffee from Revel Caffe, well almost every day provided they are open before I go to work, and I have my “stuff” together in time to get there before work. Then after work I head back downtown to Revel again for another coffee. Why is this significant?? For a couple of different reasons actually, 1) it continues to force me outside of my comfort zone, really, Tim Horton’s is faster and has a drive-thru, I wouldn’t even have to get out of the van, however the coffee at Revel is MUCH better and healthier too, 2) I absolutely ADORE, the owner, Anne Campion, there is just something simply lovely about her that makes me want to smile a little brighter each day, to be a better person, and 3) I really do enjoy the atmosphere when I have time to “stay” and hang around at Revel. (*note on the insecurity list – Revel offers free WiFi, so I decided one Monday to take my laptop down for a little “me” time, but I was too afraid to ask for the password, because I didn’t want anyone to think I was too stupid not to know it). I have since asked for the password — it’s all about Baby Steps.

Next step of pushing outside the box, if we aren’t too busy in the evening (like no trip to Waterloo for soccer), then I decide what to make for dinner when I am done work, I go to the Butcher & Baker, on Wellington Street, to pick up some form of meat to throw on the BBQ, again, something 3 weeks ago I had never done, now this is a place that I knew about, but I never had been there. Again, one of those strange insecurities, about shopping downtown, it’s a little more expensive then buying meat at one of the local grocery stores (chains), however, it’s better quality meat, I buy just enough for dinner, and guess what …. it’s actually being EATEN!!! WOW!!! The girls notice a difference with the meat too. Next stop, Your Local Market Co-Op, to get some fresh produce to go with dinner, along with likely more Natural Yogurt from Hewitt’s Dairy for smoothies, possibly some cheese as well. I love YLMC, the staff is friendly and very helpful, but again, somedays, depending on where my head is at, it’s a stretch to go in, because all those insecurities creep up and reek havoc on my brain. The girls love coming to YLMC as well, mainly because they always manage to talk me into a chocolate milk lol, however, they also like being “a-part” of the grocery shopping and meal planning process. When we are able to have “family” dinners (which means everyone is home and no TV), which I have to admit is happily starting to happen more and more these days, the discussion around the table has been turning more and more to the quality of the foods they are eating and why they are better. Small things make me very happy!! Now, if the shopping excursion is on Friday, the final stop is to Downie Street Bake House, to pick up our standing order of Raisin Cinnamon Bread, along with whatever else we might be out of at home.  DSBH, is owned and operated by Alan Mailloux and his wife  Barb McMahon, they have to be some of the most nicest people I have met in a VERY long time. They are both extremely soft-spoken, friendly, and extremely inviting to be around. Yes, these observations have been made by stopping in to pick up bread, it’s not like we are all dinner friends, but sometimes, when the atmosphere is right, you just know. I follow both of them on Twitter as well as Barb’s blog, both linked above, and they are just interesting people.

All in all, this is the course of my week, add in work, soccer, and dealing with kids and that’s me in a nutshell. The changes are starting to become habits at home now, which is awesome, I’m loving the differences I’m seeing. The insecurities, well I’m still working on them, I think they will likely be around for alot longer than I want them to be, but today, right now, I’m not going to let them stop me. With all the babble out of the way, let’s get on to the couple of “food” pictures I have for you tonight!!

Raisin Cinnamon French Toast with Peaches

Raisin Cinnamon French Toast with Raspberries

Raisin Cinnamon Bread – from Downie Street Bake House, Raspberries and Peaches from Your Local Market Co-Op, with a dopple of Whip Cream and some icing sugar. The girls LOVED this!! The french toast mix was a little bit of an adventure this time for me though, because we had run out of milk, which of course I didn’t realize until it was too late, so I had about 2 oz of  chocolate milk to add to the egg mixture, and then I ad lib’d a little, added a bit of sugar, some vanilla, and some Natural Yogurt. The girls didn’t notice that it wasn’t “quite” the same as it normally is!!

100% Local Dinner

This was tonight’s dinner, and OH MY was it tasty!! Butterfly Pork Chops (boneless WOOT), from The Butcher & Baker, marinaded with some greek seasoning, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil. Fresh Green Beans, bought at the Slow Food Market on Sunday, cooked al dente and tossed with a little butter. Zucchini and mushrooms, from Your Local Market Co-Op, sauteed in Roasted Garlic Puree (also YLMC) and olive oil. Bread – multi-grain from Downie Street Bake House. Cold Veggie & Fruit Salad which has cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries, peaches, onions, and feta cheese tossed in a Balsamic Vinegar and Pomegranate & Blueberry Vinegar with Roasted Garlic Puree, each of these ingredients purchased at Your Local Market Co-Op.

I honestly don’t know if life gets any better than this?? I mean yes, there is still laundry, taxes, insecurities, work, all the “nasty” pieces of life, but if I can sit down to a meal like tonight’s once or twice a week, knowing exactly where it all came from … well simply put I AM HAPPY!!!

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Final Days of Summer

The last “non-holiday” Monday of the 2011 Summer season, and what a gorgeous day it is!! We all woke up a little earlier this morning, but not quite as early as Daddy, who had to go to work for the day . I was off to Waterloo first thing this morning to register Olivia for the U9 Development Program with Waterloo Minor Soccer, for more information on this program click HERE.

Then home to make a delicious local lunch for the girls. Raisin Cinnamon French Toast from Downie Street Bake House, with fresh raspberries and peaches from Your Local Market Co-Op, topping with a little bit of icing sugar and whipped cream!!! So yummy! Once they girls were all settled and eating , I snuck out, lol, ok, not really I told them I was leaving, with my laptop to spend a little Krista Time at Revel Caffe. I don’t think I can go a full day without my daily trip to Revel. On the plus side of this “new-found” addiction, I have completely “curbed” my normal Tim Horton’s consumption to next to nothing, well other than at home in our coffee maker. But I have a feeling that is about to change soon as well, seeing as my overall coffee consumption is going to start to decline in the next couple of weeks. …. that is another entire blog post all together!! LOL!! 🙂

After leaving Revel, I have the unfortunate pleasure of running into our city’s finest, UGH, blah blah BLAH!!!!!!!!!!!! My stupidity,laziness,absent-mindedness, got the best of me today, in the tune of $110 fine for driving without a valid sticker on the van!! GAH!! SH*T!!!! Thankfully, Mr.Officer was kind enough not to tack on the additional fines of $110 — for failing to provide ownership AND $110 — for a violation of the traffic safety act for “Dirty Licence Plate” … aka … RUST!! BLAH!!! The last offence was easily rendered, with new plates, = $20, and sticker $76 — for a grand total of $96 . A trip to the police station for them to “verify” the compliance with the Dirty Licence Plate charge … cost another $10 in adminstration fees, followed by a trip to the Fine Office to pay the $110 fine. For a grand total of $226!!! Ugh!! But it’s all looked after now … all done …. and yeah it was definitely an EXPENSIVE MISTAKE!!! The interesting part of the entire situation …. I didn’t get angry … hmmmm …. odd …. nope just dealt with it and carried on!! 🙂 A nice change!! Oh, and another little piece … I got to add a bunch of new “check-in’s” to my foursquare account!! HA I really am a bit of a tool!!

Once this “ordeal” was over, then it was back home to “Castle Moore”, as I lovingly refer to our home, to deal with some extremely cranky kiddo’s!! Keisha was miserable with a Capital M this afternoon, starving she claimed, however, wouldn’t eat anything we were offering, until the offer was watermelon, that seemed to curb the “pangs” of hunger for a bit. The other 3 were just blah and grumpy in general, Danielle wasn’t feeling well, and Peter’s neck was still bothering him from soccer on the weekend, they decided to stay home from soccer practice. I’m sad that they weren’t feeling “well-enough” for soccer, but it was nice to have another night with everyone home as well.

I had made arrangements with Luann, from Erbcroft Farms, on Saturday (through twitter, her account HERE), to pick up a couple of free-range, antibiotic free, drug free chickens!!! So, we piled the girls into the van and headed out to Erbcroft, to pick them up, as well as have a look around, the girls were thrilled with the “adventure” as they called it. Luann and her son, Aaron, were absolutely gracious hosts showing the girls all of the animals. This is one of those moments as a mom that I adore, watching the “wonder” of the world develop through their eyes. I love seeing them explore and learn new things. Here are some pictures I snapped on my iPhone while were there, I took some video’s as well, however, they are all sideways!! LOL, so I won’t post them.

Free Range Hen

Mya with Luann - Petting the Lamb

Mya thrilled with the little lamb

Baa Baa

Feeding Time

Turkeys - Gobble Gobble

Well hello there!

I guess all the pictures I took of the chickens, roosters and hens were all videos too bad, because Keisha actually touched one of the “fluffy” chickens!! It was a great experience for all of us, and yet another “simple” way of changing our lifestyle for the better, I can’t wait to cook the chicken for dinner this week!! 🙂 Mmm mmmm good 😉

Ciao until next time!!
Krista

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Loves Small Town Living

It never ceases to amaze me, how a person evolves over the years. I was born and raised here in Stratford, Ontario, living the first 6 years of my life on the highway between Stratford and Sebringville. Catching the big yellow school bus at the end of the driveway to head off to Kindergarten, zooming around on the riding lawnmower, having mom and dad buy us old “junker” cars to play with in the yard, and for Andy to “fix”!! We moved into the city when I was heading into Grade One I believe, now we walked to school, made more friends, rode bikes, got lost in the web of streets around our house.

Fast forward a few  years, those lovely teenage years of rebellion and attitude, (as a mom today of 5 girls, I apologize in my prayers regularly for the stress we put my mother through), small town living, never really held much of an appeal. Days were filled with thoughts, dreams and plans of escaping the small town and arriving in the grandeur of Big City Life!! Graduating from high school at 18, and onto the first fast-moving train to the “Big City” of Toronto, off to school, alone and well alone in the Big City. Those thoughts, dreams and plans didn’t seem so “grand” once in the city alone, confused and scared. It was a tough year, but as the saving goes if it doesn’t kill you it will definitely make you stronger. I learned to ride the subway, the streetcar, how to manage my way through Union Station, basically I learned that I could “do it” alone.  But even then I have to admit that I longed for HOME!! I longed for the slower pace of my little hometown of Stratford!! I longed for the quiet, the simplicity of life, travel, all of it, although I would never or couldn’t actually admit that out loud. Too proud, to head-strong too young!!

Fast forward again, to 19, life for me was slowly falling apart, so another geographical cure was in order, or so I thought, and off to Newfoundland I moved!! HA!! What an experience that was, I would love to sit hear and tell you that it was a “wholesome” experience, however I would be lying to you!! It was however another experience in learning for me, I could live in the woods, without electricity, without running water, cooking on a woodstove, along with a number of other “experiences” that I won’t share here today!! Life in Newfoundland was beautiful and cold, wet and rainy, with wonderful people, stunning scenery however, at the time thinking it was too slow, too quiet, too kinda backwards. Again to have known then what I know now .

One last fast forward to 2011, almost 20 years has passed since the days of Newfoundland and Toronto, and I’m thrilled to say that today, right now, this minute I adore Small Town Living!!! Is it age, maturity,lifestyle change, social media, what’s the change?? What makes the difference?? This is where the entire writers block issue for me has started, writing about this difference, this change in lifestyle that is slowly taking hold in the Moore household!! A wee bit of background first, in this last fast-forward, today I am 39 years old, married to a wonderful man (who I might add is a Big City born boy living in a Small Town), we have 5 beautiful daughters and 2 sometimes wonderful dogs!! HA!! No, they are wonderful, they offer my darling husband a little male companionship, in a house full of women!! Peter works for a local small manufacturing company, that is family owned and operated, definitely not his dream job, but a job nonetheless in these unstable economic times, were he does accounting and other clerical jobs. I work for my Mom at Madelyn’s Diner, where we have been feeding locals and visitors alike for the past 25 years.

As a family, we live, breath, sleep, and eat soccer, it’s our passion- our past-time – our all the time thing we do. We also love to go to the drive – in, to beach, have campfires in the backyard, we are all computer junkies, iPhone addicts or Blackberry in Peter’s case, we love movies and TV shows, Glee, Grey’s … the list goes on and on. With an age span of 18 to 4 for the girls, family activities tend to be a little difficult sometimes, to find stuff to make everyone happy, but we work hard at spending time together and it always seems to “work”. And we LOVE to eat, oh and Peter and I LOVE COFFEE!!! In a nutshell that pretty much sums up the Moore Family. Now that you have some of the “background”, where does the change come in? Because on the surface to the un-trained eye, well it looks like for the most part things are “good” for us. We recycle, we have started using Eco-friendly cleaning products, we use re-usable grocery bags and bins, so what’s the issue?

About a month ago, (July 23rd to be exact, HA) I started “tweeting” for the Diner, ( plug time …. follow us HERE), after the encouragement of our business neighbour, Mike Hishon from Hishon’s Custom . We had a conversation at work on day, about how social media had helped to increase their business, by him tweeting, especially using images and videos of how it’s done in his business (follow him HERE). Thus started the daily task of me, tweeting the daily specials, soup desserts , as the days passed, I started following more and more local businesses, paying attention to what they were tweeting, basically taking “notice” to what was going on around me, in the small town I have grown to love. Slowly, I started to notice there was an entire “world” outside of my own 4 walls, here in my small town!! LOL!! I know that sounds stupid, but it’s the truth. Up until a month ago, shopping for us consisted of Food Basics, Zehrs and Sobeys, Tim Horton’s, and Giant Tiger. Yes, occasionally we would enter the mall, or Wal-Mart, but shop in the city centre?? Unless we needed Rheo’s or Chocolate Barr’s, or the drug stores, nope not really ever. Saturday morning market .. haven’t been in at least 10 years, and the Slow Food Market downtown, didn’t even know what it was. But as I watched and read more on twitter, followed along “differently” on Facebook, I started to see, that maybe there was more to all of this than I had ever paid attention too.

I made my first visit, to the Slow Food Market, 3 weeks ago today (Sunday), and I can say I haven’t looked back since. I met a girlfriend for breakfast at the Diner, and then asked her if she would like to come with me to market. It was nerve racking to say the least, why?? I have NO clue, but it was, I was nervous, and intimidated about “stepping outside of my comfort zone”.  Like alot of people I’m not all that good with change, and for me this was a HUGE step outside my “box”. I don’t particularly care for crowds or unfamiliar situations, so heading off to market in the City Square, kind of forced me to face both of those things all at once. I bought some wonderful bread from Your Local Market Co-op, right at the market, stopped and got an Iced Coffee at Revel Caffe, and then wandered over to the Local Market Co-Op store to have a look around, where I bought some hummus and cheese, I think!!

I think I stopped at the Market Co-Op, 2 or 3 more times that first week, and thus a change was started!!! Since I have rambled on for far longer than I had originally planned in this post, I will leave the rest of the “changes” for another time, likely when it’s not 1:25am in the morning!! 🙂 I LOVE MY SMALL TOWN LIVING!!!

Ciao,

Krista

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