Life is better when you’re laughing


I swear his goal in life is to make everyone smile ^_^
March 2014 by Taryn H

“A laugh is a smile that bursts.” M. H. Waldrip

I smiled:

  • When I watched this awesome video of Star Wars characters dancing to “Happy”. GO watch it and grab your little ones, they’ll love it! [link]
  • Because SyFy is bringing back space opera!!! YAY [link]
  • When I stepped out the other day and it was actually warm. [link]
  • When I saw this baby photo of my oldest. Time flies and before you know it those little, itty babies aren’t so little anymore.

  • When I saw THIS sunset. Pretty sure Alberta has some of the best dawns and dusks.

  • At Lucky the cat, lounging on his hammock =^..^= [link]
  • And smiled some more while listening to my boys tell jokes and singing and humming and being general goofballs :)
  • Trying to snap some “nice” photos of my Poe, but he doesn’t want to cooperate, so I get the silly photos instead:
Laughter x 3

Poe-tato… The silly monster <3
March 2014

Homemade Pizza Pockets


The plan was to make Pigs in Blankets. But then I saw the pepperoni beside the hot dogs and I wondered if biscuit dough would work with pizza pockets/calzones. The lunch menu was changed, much to the utter dismay of a certain 4 year old. And lucky me the finished pockets were met with approval.

Pizza Biscuit Pockets

Made 4 Pockets + a handful of mini biscuits

Heat oven to 450°F.

Blend together:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

With pastry blender, cut in:
1/2 cup butter
Until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Don’t get carried away. If the butter ends up to fine, your cooked dough won’t be as flakey.

Stir in:
3/4 cup milk
In bowl, knead lightly 10 or so times until you have a smooth ball of dough.

On a clean and floured counter, roll dough out till it is fairly thin. Cut into approximately 6″ rounds (I used a bowl).

Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on the rounds, leaving a finger-width of space around the edge. Sprinkle on a light layer of grated cheese. Slap on a few slices of pepperoni. For good luck, sprinkle on a little more cheese.

Carefully fold pizza in half to format pocket. Pinch edges together.

Place pockets on parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Brush a little olive oil on, for beautiful golden glow.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Serve warm.

Basic biscuit dough from my trusty Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook.

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

ONE – On Top of the World
Bear’s Hump Trail. Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta Canada.
Taken September 2013 by Taryn H

My oldest one enjoying the view after hiking Bears Hump Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.

This is my son. He is the best big brother in the world. He may be small, but he has the biggest heart of anyone I know. He’s also a giant goof ball. He knows when you need a smile and will do the craziest things to make it happen. I love him to the moon and back. <3

My little, little baby

Weeds to Hens & Chicks


Replant hens & chicks ✓

Another project checked off my long, long to-do list! It’s not perfect, but much better than the weeds that lived in that spot. Here’s hoping they fill in and last their first winter in my garden. ^_^

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I still need to find another type of plant (or something?) to fill in the rest of border between the fence and sidewalk. It has to be hardy to withstand the harsh weather we have in Alberta. And require little effort for upkeep. And not turn brown the first time I forget to water them. Maybe strawberries?

Another project I’d love to check off that list is the replacement of that classy fence. The joys of living in a “fixer up”! :P