Cherry Chia Jam

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Dear Kid,

When I have read you the same book 467 times, 

Please help me to remember the dimples on your fingers.

When it is 10p.m., and you have asked for three more stories, a drink of water, a new pair of pyjamas, the opportunity to poop on the potty for the very first time, a different stuffed animal, another different stuffed animal, your daddy, your gramma, your aunt, and to wear a pair of pink patent leather shoes to bed,

Please help me to remember the feel of your gossamer hair on my cheek as you tuck your head into my collarbone.

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A Day In the Life 6.0

It’s been a little while since I joined in with The Creative Mama crew to do a “day in the life” post.  Honestly, I completely forgot about it during the month of July, which was somewhat overwhelming for our family.  And today’s post, rather than being a compilation of photos from a single day, which is usually what I do, is a series taken over the course of the entire month, documenting our misadventures along the way.

The kiddo and I have had lots of time to spend together.  We do a lot of chalk.  I outline her body on the sidewalk, and then she does me.

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I end up looking like a bit of a sasquatch, but at least I get to lay down for a minute, and the view is nice.

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We went on a wickedly successful hike, during which, when plied with Cheerios, my little one hung out quite contentedly in the backpack.

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And then, on the same day, we managed to go blueberry picking.  For those of you who have toddlers, you’ll know what a coup this is.

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 Those made a pretty remarkable pie, by the way.

We spend a lot of time taking the dog for long walks.

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 Always with this as the goal:

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 This too:

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 As for my downtime, it looks a little like this:

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And sometimes, if I wake up early enough, there’s just a little bit of time to read and sip a cuppa before the kiddo wakes up.

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If you’d like to see what the other ladies of The Creative Mama were up to this month, join in on the link party by clicking over to Samantha’s blog.

Lavender Cardamom Granola

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I had the sweet, sweet pleasure of finding myself driving past one of the most beautiful beaches in the province the other day with a few minutes to spare.  I pulled over the car and stepped out, immediately braced by the upper notes of briny freshness in the air.  Each breath of it felt like life, reaching the crevasses of my sinuses and sending a rush of airborne happiness through my system.  I gulped each clear, clean lungful as though I had been living my life in a cellar with no concept of the purity of wind and water-flecked oxygen.

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BBQ Chicken Adobo

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The doula group that I work with meets on a regular basis to participate in continuing education, share stories, and just gather together.  A few years ago, we started centring our gatherings around a simple potluck, with dishes hailing from Iran to Costco, including everything from hand-crafted spanikopita to generations-old family fudge recipes.  The power of food always holds an allure, and it wasn’t long before these educational evenings became something to look forward to each month.

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Crostini Plate: Cherry Basil Bruscetta; Blue Cheese, Roasted Grape & Honey; Bacon, Leek and Goat Cheese; and Cherry Chia Jam with Chevre

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I’ve been meaning to post a bit of a “crostini roundup” for a while:  I had so many good ideas for crostini I wanted to experiment with that I finally decided to make a meal out of it.

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