Persian Perfection

Last weekend I had the pleasure of experiencing authentic Persian food. My Lobster and I were invited over to a friends for dinner. We knew their background however we had no idea what they would be cooking for dinner. When we it there we found out they made an authentic Persian meal, we were excited. My lobster and I love trying new foods and enjoy the dishes of various cultures. Anyway when it was time for dinner I was having second thoughts. Seeing the food had me guessing what it was going to taste like as I had never seen dishes that looked like these had. I’m the type of person that if the good looks gross it probably tastes gross and if it looks good But I grabbed my fork anyway and dug in. To my utter amazement it was delicious. The flavours were amazing and I enjoyed every bite. Next time your looking for something new for dinner try a Persian dish or two.

The Language of Flowers

I recently finished reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It was an excellent book about a young girl that had spent her life in foster care and has just become emancipated. Now as a young woman she comes face to face with her past and must make the choice to deal with it or run from it. Flowers play an important role throughout the stories which is part of what I was drawn to while reading. I learnt that in Victorian England flowers were used as a way to convey messages and romantic expressions. So next time you buy flowers for someone make sure you pick the right flower to convey the correct meaning, it may just be that the flower itself has the power to fulfill its message. Don’t forget to check out The Language of Flowers for a beautifully written and moving story.

IMG_0216.JPG

All You Need Is Love

The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.

– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Pretend Like Its The Weekend

Pour…wait for the bubbles….flip….and flip again so you have a delicious golden pancake. I could eat pancakes everyday. It’s like eating cake for breakfast and they are even great for dinner. Plus you can put so many different things in them like cinnamon or bananas, blueberries, chocolate chips, the list could go on and on. I have recently started making pancake muffins. They freeze well so they are great when you are on the go.

IMG_0206.JPG

Pancake Muffins

You will need:
*your favourite pancake batter
*frozen fruit (or fresh) (or whatever you want to add, the world is your pancake)

Pour the mixed batter into a greased muffin pan. I like to use large muffins pans but any size will do.

Add the frozen fruit to the top of batter after it’s in the pan.

Bake @ 350 until cooked. Let cool before removing from pan.

Drizzle with syrup and your life is changed forever.

Map Of My Heart

I have said it before and I will say it again, I am an introvert. It can sometimes be difficult to understand what an introvert is. For those of you that don’t know check out A Hamster Ball of Personal Space for a guide to understanding introverts. It may then be easier for you to understand why I love this creative drawing so much. A map of an introverts heart is brilliant and describes how I function most days. Thank you to the artist, you definitely made my day when I discovered it. I now hope to share their work with other introverts and non introverts who may now have an easier time when attempting to socialize with us introverts now that you know how we operate.

20140819-194554-71154655.jpg

The Funniest Man

This weeks Monday Mention is dedicated to the great Robin Williams. The following quotes are some favourites from his routines, movies, or just the man himself. Enjoy.

20140818-191111-69071800.jpg

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

“What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.”

“Reality: what a concept!”

“Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.”

20140818-193822-70702574.jpg

“But oh, to be free. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world.”

“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

“Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day…make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular.”

20140818-194354-71034792.jpg

Sew Sensational

Today I made a big step in my creative endeavours and bought my very first sewing machine. It was so exciting. I cannot wait to start my first project. There are so many things that I can make on my own now that I have a sewing machine. Clothes, purses, blankets, and so much more. I’ve done things here and there with material but I wanted to expand my options. It is something I enjoy doing and now I feel as though I have started on a whole new adventure.

20140817-210526-75926051.jpg
Not sure where this adventure will take me but I am looking forward to every minute of it.

~n

Time Passes By

Yesterday was one of those days I realized my to-do list is huge and I have no time to do anything. Why is it that everything happens at once? Things in life don’t come one at a time in a nice single line, no that would make things far too easy. Instead it all happens at once. So now I have to decide what I want done sooner rather than later and manage my tasks accordingly. Oh time management, while I am able to handle you with poise and grace I would much rather kick you out to the curb. Procrastinating is so much more fun but in the end causes more stress due to rush jobs and messy work. I suppose that I shall choose the more practical way of completing my tasks by managing my time and getting things done. So why is life so busy at the moment? Well it’s August, which means September is just around the corner and school starts in September. As a teacher that means I am preparing for a new class of students. Since the Montessori school I work at has decided to expand its available classrooms that means I am also getting a new classroom. Which means I also have to purchase materials and set up my classroom. While at times all the things I must complete before my deadline can be overwhelming, I absolutely love what I am doing. Setting up my own classroom for a toddler Montessori environment and spending time with the little munchkins that I get to introduce to the wonderful world of learning. I guess all hard work pays off in the end. Time will come and go, it doesn’t stop because we need a little extra. Use your time wisely as you will never get it back and always make sure you leave some time for fun.

~n

A List for Life

Watch the sunrise at least once a year, put a lot of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, lie on your back and look at the stars, never buy a coffee table you can’t put your feet on, never pass up a chance to jump on a trampoline, don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.

~H. Jackson Brown Jr.

F~U~N…Fun!

Sometimes life will get so busy I forget about things that are important, like having fun. Having fun and taking some time for yourself is so important to being carefree and happy. If your not doing anything fun once in a while of course your going to get stressed out. So as part of my happiness project to ensure I continue having fun and don’t forget again, during the month of August I will do one thing fun everyday. I can be anything as long as I enjoy doing it and I find it fun…like reading. Yes I find reading fun even though I am sure there are people that see it more as work. While your doing things try to smile, it will encourage you to be happy and when your happy you are more likely to have some fun. Of course if you are doing something that makes you laugh it is a sure way of knowing you are having fun. So give it a shot, go out and do something for yourself, do something fun. Make it a regular occurrence in your schedule to add a little sunshine to your life.