Summer Road Trips.

I love Road trips in the summer: The excitement of packing up the car filled with clothes, food, beer, and the possibility of going somewhere other than the daily routine. We gathered the dogs in the car and left the city.
This was Ty’s first road trip.
He was a little confused as to why it took so long to get where we were going, but when we got there, he was very happy: A dog’s dream… So many smells, so many things to discover.
Ruby Lake: possibly the best place on earth.

I enjoy it there so much: reading, eating, drinking, thinking, relaxing, spending time with family, it’s always fleeting though, back to real life.

oldie, but goodie.

this painting is about five years old.
It hangs in our front entry…I pass by it several times a day.

Today I stopped and remembered what I was thinking when I painted it, and the moment the image originated.
A windy summer day at Ruby lake…Disposable cameras, dreaming, thinking and falling in love.Me & You
48″x 72″ Oil on canvas
“Me & You”

hot day, yard day.

today was such a warm, beautiful day in Saskatoon. The weather has such a significant impact on our lives here in Saskatchewan. I wanted to do a million things today, but alas, I could not do it all. I was still very productive.

Raking, spraying, organizing…. I’m excited for what’s to come this summer. Once is gets a little less dusty here I can then move to my outdoor studio (the backyard)! Although I didn’t get into the studio today, I felt so great making things look a little prettier outside.

 

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the feeling of home.

Today I am thinking about home.

What does Home mean?

On the surface home is physical space–a residence in which people live. Home is a building. Home is a place, with a mailing address and a spot on a map.

It is a place where people live and store things.

Where you display your collections and your junk.

It is a place that you maintain: fixing, repairing, renovating, and decorating.

It is also a metaphorical space– a place of refuge. A place where a person can truly be themselves. Often referred to as:

Feeling at home: familiarity, comfort, and belonging.

It is place where people feel safe.

It is the center in which people base their daily lives.

it is being completely comfortable with the one person you share this feeling with.

it is being completely yourself.

it is a place where your deepest feelings, thoughts and desires are disclosed.

it is a place of creativity.

it is having a dog that looses his mind when you walk in the door.

it is a place of sharing with friends and family.

It is the best place in the whole entire world.

Shop till you drop!

Shop till you drop!

Today was a slow start— we have a little too much fun last night!

We shopped all afternoon. I found some nice things, and some dresses for two weddings coming up in June.

Yes I realize my new Laptop case and dress are both teal with white polka dots… it was not intentional — really!

Banana Pancakes

It’s nice to have an extra day off. It feels like a bonus. I don’t normally make time to make nice breakfasts… but today I did. The morning spring sun was coming in the kitchen windows while I was cooking… happiness.

Servings:4

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon organic sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups skim milk
4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
2 ripe bananas, sliced (can be frozen and thawed)

Directions:

In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together all your dry ingredients
In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients until the egg is broken up.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and add the sliced bananas. Gently stir until you stop seeing flour. Be careful not to overmix, that will make the batter tough. Leave a few lumps for tender pancakes.

Place your a large non-stick pan over a medium-high flame and let the surface get hot. It’s hot enough when you sprinkle a few droplets of water over the surface and they evaporate.
Butter the pan. This will keep the pancakes from sticking.

For each pancake, gently pour 1/2 cup of batter into the pan, using a ladle or a measuring cup. Use the back of a spoon to spread the batter into a circle.
Bubbles will form in the batter. When they begin to pop, the pancakes are ready to be flipped. Turn over gently with the spatula and cook for about one minute on the flip side.

Level of Difficulty:
Easy

Prep Time:
15 minutes

Cooking Time:
20 minutes

Adapted From:

http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/02/25/easy-banana-pancakes-recipe