Category Archives: Happiness

Some Things

Cable Knit Sweater
me earlier this week, when my eyes still worked

Now that I’ve been to the doctor for antibiotic eyedrops & can see again, here’s a selection of things from the week.

Sailor Moon Cats
this week Sailor Moon was really big in our house

Symphony’s dad was away in Alberta all week for work, so that meant she was here every day, as was the dog. It was awesome having them both around, but I’m so used to the schedule we usually have it seemed to make the week really long somehow. Like a whole week of Wednesdays.

Yellow Cucumber
a yellow cucumber, who knew this was even a thing?

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it in this blog, but Taylor has a fairly gnarly form of seborrheic dermatitis (it’s a skin condition) and nothing really ever seems to help. He recently made some dietary changes to try to get it under control, but after some research on my part and discussion, he decided to just go whole-hog and cut out everything that could be triggering it, at least temporarily. This week has been a kind of “last hurrah” of sushi, poutine, pie and beer, before starting six weeks of pretty much nothing but vegetables, fruits (except no citrus or strawberries) and brown rice.

Ombre Banner
my latest, greatest idea: ombre glitter banners

On Wednesday I was working on a banner for a customer in a particular colour scheme, when I had a brilliant burst of inspiration on how to make it even more amazing.

Happy Friday everyone!

Just Like a Fire That’s Flaming

Last weekend Taylor and I discovered this AMAZING rock opera about the birth of Christ, located conveniently on youtube in three parts. We’ll definitely be rewatching this on Christmas Eve.

I spy a new holiday tradition in the making!

What I’ve Been Reading

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Book Trio
Swamplandia!, Karen Russell; Twilight #18 Watery Grave, Joseph Trainor; Codename: Sailor V, Vol. 1, Naoko Takeuchi

I read Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves a few months ago and I’d been meaning to read Swamplandia! ever since. It took me a little while to get into it- the chapters which between the POV of two different characters and I didn’t really like one of them at first, but it definitely grew on me. This book is basically amazing and you should definitely read it.

Before there was Twilight, there was TWILIGHT: WHERE DARKNESS BEGINS… When I was a kid in the 80s, my sister had a bunch of these cheesy YA horror novels and I read them all. I recently remembered them and on a crazy whim I ordered one, Watery Grave, a total gem of literature. It was just as terrible and wonderful as I remembered, and I particularly like the ending where SPOILER ALERT the female protagonist saves her injured boyfriend by blowing the monster’s head off with a shotgun. There are lots of other books in this series and I kind of want them all, so if you are looking for a gift for me you wouldn’t go wrong with a bunch of these. I’m particular keen on getting Nightmare Lake, Spirits and Spells and The Initiation.

In case you live under a rock or are for some reason not obsessed with Sailor Moon, then you know that all the original manga are being rereleased with a new, more accurate English translation. I preordered the first two, Codename: Sailor V Volume 1 and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 1 and they came on Friday night. It took me a little while to get used to the right-to-left reading, but I have no complaints about this and look forward to getting the rest of the series.

Variations on a Theme

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Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas

I really like recipes that have easy tweakability, and I also really like snacking. These roasted chickpeas are perfect for both tweaking and snacking. I’ve made them with the original salt & vinegar recipe, I’ve made a chili lime variation and most recently, a honey garlic variation that is my new favourite thing to eat.

The honey garlic was a little different to make than the other varieties, so I decided to make a real post about it. Also because I’m totally over my once weekly big food-round-up posts (as evidence by my being terrible about even making them haha).

Anyway. Ingredients! (shown here making an assault on Black Reach.)

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas

1 14oz can chick peas
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1 clove garlic
2 tsp olive oil
salt to taste

It’s worth noting here that all my ingredients are either local, organic, or both, except for the salt, which is my own special blend of New Zealand sea salt and two different varieties of Hawaiian Alaea sea salt. Why is this worth noting? Because I’m a total pretentious douche.

Drain and rinse your chickpeas and mince your garlic.

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Sharky the Shark Knife is a big fan of garlic.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the water and honey, and stir until the honey is fully dissolved. Add chick peas and minced garlic to pan. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes.

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
This looks gross but I swear it’s not.

Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a fine sieve, strain the chickpeas and garlic (using a colander with large holes will result in the heartbreak of garlic loss). Place of the baking sheet, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt. Roll the peas around until they are nicely coated- I don’t like getting oil all over my hands (I already have to wash my hands 550,000 times a day, why would I want make extra hand-washing work for myself?) so I do this by folding the parchment over them in different directions and rolling them.

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas

Roast for anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes until golden brown. I’ve never roasted mine for longer than 35 minutes, and they can burn really easily so be careful! You definitely need to keep an eye on these.

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas

Allow to cool for .5 seconds before stuffing them all in your face while reading volume 1 of the newly rereleased Codename: Sailor V, like I did on Sunday night.

Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Honey Garlic Roasted Chick Peas
Perfect evening, tbh.

Halloweenin’

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was planning on making some Halloween glitter banners, and here they are!

I’ve never had orange glitter before and it is a pain & a half so it’s available in VERY limited quantities!

The purple bats have acid green paper on the reverse.

I think these little ghosts are so cute!

This black glitter banner has bright red paper on the reverse.

You can find these all in my etsy shop; click on the pictures to go directly to each listing. Also don’t forget to “like” the Unicorn Parade Shop on facebook!

Supreme Thunder

This summer I did a Sailor Moon-themed craft swap with Rhiannon and this week I got my package from her!

Sailor Moon Craft Swap Goodies!

A hand-embroidered Sailor Jupiter totebag, Luna necklace and little moon earrings! So cute. And the totebag is UH MY ZING. Just look at this sweet embroidery!

Sailor Moon Craft Swap Goodies!

Sailor Jupiter is my favourite ^___^

I also got a star-shaped lollipop but Sym confiscated that pretty quickly.

Star Lollipop

In case you missed it, you can see what I made for Rhiannon here.

Golden Giveaway

Coffee Time

Good morning everyone, I have a super fun post for you today! I’m teaming up with my friend Melissa to do a fantastic giveaway.

Melissa has an Etsy shop, Little Pancakes, where she sells absolutely adorable and affordable jewelry pieces.

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I love all her stuff so much, but of course you all know there’s nothing I love more than a little bunting ^___^

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In this giveaway you have the chance to win this completely wonderful gold bunting necklace. So cute! This necklace is 20 inches long and features five golden triangles on a raw brass chain.

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There are three ways to enter:
1. “Like” Little Pancakes on facebook
2. Add the Little Pancakes shop to your Etsy favorites or your circle.
3. Tweet about the giveaway! Sample tweet: “I entered to win a golden bunting necklace via Little Pancakes http://etsy.me/hkOw1Z and Unicorn Parade http://wp.me/pqURz-Y1”

Leave a SEPARATE comment on this post for each entry, telling me you’ve liked/added/tweeted (be sure to include a link to your tweet). The giveaway will run until midnight PST next Thursday, September 15th. Good luck everyone!