lemony basil chicken pasta

IMG_0655I’m not one to get mushy and make cards, but now that we have a daughter, I find myself making cards and doing a lot more handmade projects for presents. Valentine’s Day was no exception. Daddy got a homemade heart card using lots of tape as our little one loves tape. Apparently, tape can fix anything that’s broken.

After a nap and the rain settling down a bit in the afternoon, I whipped up this really great pasta dish for dinner. It was really fast too. I marinated the chicken breasts the night before, so all I had to do was boil the pasta and make the sauce. I also steamed some asparagus cause I’m crazy like that.

The original recipe calls for cream and half and half, but since I made cinnamon buns for breakfast, I thought we’d cool it slightly with the calories, so I made the sauce with about 1/3 cup of half and half and 0% plain greek yogourt. My husband said that this meal was a keeper and to keep it in the rotation. My daughter ate a lot of the chicken too. Wasn’t a fan of the lemony pasta, so she got plain pasta with butter on it, snooze! Continue reading

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peanutee buckwheat noodles with tofu and prawns

peanutee buckwheat noodles with tofu and prawns

peanutee buckwheat noodle bowl

I had a hankering for buckwheat soba noodles, so along came this recipe. I wanted some tofu, but I also wanted prawns, so why not combine both. If you are vegetarian, feel free to omit the prawns of course.

This recipe looks like there’s lots of steps, but if you do some prep in the morning like I do since I have a toddler running around and she’s not one to entertain herself yet for hours by herself, jeez, she’s so selfish. For this reason, I tend to do a lot of prep in the morning, so that when we get back from our afternoon outing after her nap, I can quickly whip up dinner while she plays or hangs off my leg. Continue reading

cuban chicken bowl

cuban chicken bowl

cuban chicken bowl

It’s been quite a long time since we were in Cuba, but from what I remember there wasn’t that much seasoning on the food. There were lots of beans and pork and plantains, and oh ya, mojitos. How I miss thee! So when I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest, I thought it looked really tasty and flavourful, so obviously, I made it.

I prepped the chicken the night before to marinate and chopped up and put into bowls most of the other things the morning of, so that I could get it all ready for dinner once my daughter and I got back from the park.

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xmas ornaments diy

diy clay ornaments

diy clay ornaments

Ya, I know, more clay, but after I made the herb sticks, I had a bunch of clay left over, so decided to make some ornaments to add to our huge tree. It’s 5 feet, fake and doesn’t have a lot of branches, but it’s cute and it fits in the corner in our condo just fine.

I went to the dollar store and bought a felt snowman and snowflake doilie for a whopping $1.29, so I used it to make the imprints. It worked really great considering. I flattened out the clay, used a round cookie cutter, imprinted and used the end of a chopstick to make the hole to put the string through. I painted some white and others I kept the natural whitish clay colour. I clear gesso’d them all though.

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herb sticks

herb sticks

herb sticks

So apparently when you are on maternity leave, and your almost 8 month old is finally having longer naps, you get the craving to craft. I saw these on pinterest awhile ago, so thought i’d give them a try. I bought some selfset air-dry clay and rolled them out into small, flat logs. I then used my small alphabet stamps and indented herb names into them.

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Labels, labels and more labels

jars and labels

jars and labels

I’ve been feeling a bit stir crazy lately with the weather changing from glorious summer sunshine to the dreary Vancouver fall rain, so after my daughter’s swim lessons yesterday, we ventured over to Granville Island via the False Creek Aquabus once the rain stopped and there was a bit of sunshine.

I’ve been following The Delish General Store on Instagram and saw that they had these chalk pens, so in my need to do something fun and crafty while my daughter has her pretend 30 minute nap, I bought one and some black tape from Opus Framing & Art Supplies.

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Tin and a plant

Diy succulent in tin can

Diy succulent in tin can

It’s been a long time, but hopefully now I can spend some time on here and update you all with my extremely fascinating life. I am in bed now between 9-9:30pm and I have an almost 5 month old daughter. She’s the best thing to ever happen to me (and my husband). Enough with the sappy stuff.

My husband went to get propane for our BBQ as we apparently BBQ a lot, so while he was out having fun, I strapped on my daughter and wandered over to our local west end flea market (two blocks away – I couldn’t resist.

On a lot of tables were people selling succulent plants in old vintage tins for upwards of $40. I fully support local artists, but as I’m on maternity leave now and need small projects, I decided to make my own. $5 for the tin at said market and $5 for the plant, I now have my own vintage tin succulent plant. Everyone is happy now!

~ Charity

ground beef kebobs

ground beef kebabs at the experimentalhousewife.com

It’s now October and my crockpot is in more rotation than the bbq outside, but sometimes, you just gotta put your parka on and heat up the grill.

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crockpot french onion soup

crockpot french onion soup

crockpot french onion soup

I woke up last Saturday morning to gray, overcast skies, so thought it was as good a time as any to grab the crockpot and make some french onion soup.

By about 2pm, the sun was shining and it was really warm out, but by dinner time it was beginning to cool down again, and having been out all day shopping for new jeans for my husband, it was nice to come home to dinner pretty much ready. This is why I love the crockpot.

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chicken gyros

IMG_1138I had a craving for greek/mediterrean food, so along came chicken gyros last weekend. Easy to make and again, allows my husband to use the bbq, but could also be done in a pan on the stove.

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