Category Archives: Holidays

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!

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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!

Any Minute Now

I swear these dogs are thisclose to becoming best friends.

Fuzzy Frenemies
Fuzzy Kisses

Since it’s September 1st, I figured it was about time I got started on some Halloween crafts. I’m planning on some spooky glitter banners, but I need to get more black and white glitter sheets, and try to suss out some orange- for some reason it’s basically impossible for me to find orange glitter! I thought I found some but as it turned out it was orange glitter paint, and it’s not working the way I want. You have to do a billion coats and once you put down one, the glitter in the successive coats just gloms on to where there is already glitter, leaving some parts chunky and clumpy and others patchy and bare.

ANYWAY in the meantime I’ve whipped up some micro-bunting (remember micro bunting?) in Halloween colours. These are 12″ long and priced oh-so-reasonably at just $1.80, although if I’d thought ahead a bit more I’d have made them 13″ for even more spookiness.

Three Halloween Micro Buntings

In black, orange, white or any colour you want!

Speaking of crafts, my friend Rhiannon pointed out my space shirt tutorial was featured on craftzine.com today!

My Space Shirt on Craftzine.com

I swear, I never need to make another craft or write another blog post. I’ll just coast on that one shirt for the rest of my internet career.

Easter Monday Brunch

I’m pretty bad about marking holidays with special meals- the only time I attempted Thanksgiving dinner it was a total disaster and when I meant to make a Christmas dinner I ended up sleeping all afternoon instead. This year I was determined to make an Easter brunch (not an Easter dinner because let’s be real: who even likes ham? NO ONE that’s who). However, we ended up going out of town for a wedding this weekend (post coming soon) so my Easter brunch was pushed back until today (thank goodness we all have the day off from work & school!).

I was thinking of reprising the Nutella french toast Taylor and I collaborated on in February, but I was feeling a bit sugared out so I elected to do a savoury breakfast instead.

Belated Easter Brunch

Bacon, Egg & Toast Cups

Bacon, Egg & Toast Cups

I’d seen these little egg baskets around the internet for a while and have been itching to try them out!
Ingredients
• 6 slices of bread
• 6 slices of bacon
• 6 eggs
• salt & pepper

Preheat your oven to 400°F and spray a 6-cup muffin tin (or half a 12-cup muffin tin) with non-stick cooking spray.

Using a cookie cutter, cut out 3″ circles from your bread slices (I saved the left over bread to make croutons & crumbs & such) and press a bread circle into each muffin cup.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, fry the bacon slices for about 3 minutes; drain on paper towels. The bacon should not be crispy at all.

Wrap a bacon slice around the outside edge of each muffin cup, tucking it between the bread & muffin cup to help it stand up.

Crack an egg into each bread & bacon lined muffin cup (note: the recipes I’ve seen for these have cheese in them and suggest leaving out some of the egg white to make it all fit, but I left out the cheese had no problem fitting an entire egg in each one).

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the eggs have reached desired firmness (note: the recipes I’ve seen for these usually call for a 10-ish minute cooking time, but mine took longer because I used a whole egg in each one, plus I can’t abide runny egg whites, ugh barf).

Remove your muffin tray from the oven, run a knife around the edge of each bacon & egg cup to loosen, and scoop them onto your plate with a spoon. Sprinkle them with a little salt and/or pepper to taste and enjoy!

adapted from The Noshery

Garlic Fried Potatoes

Garlic Fried Potatoes

I’m notorious for undercooking potatoes so I made sure to start these really early!
Ingredients:
• 2 medium-sized potatoes
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tsp olive oil
• salt & pepper

Wash & thinly slice your potatoes; toss with oil, garlic, salt and pepper.

Fry in a skillet for 20-25 minutes until cooked through/to desired crispness. I actually did these in the same pan I used for the bacon, and if cooking your potatoes in bacon fat is wrong, I don’t want to be right! (If you do it this way you should cook your bacon & start your potatoes BEFORE you start preheating your oven so that the potatoes will be done at the same time as your bacon & egg cups.)

Tomato & Cucumber Salad

Tomato & Cumber Salad

Taylor and Sym made this. I like to have something fresh and vegetabley to offset the greasy unhealthiness of the other dishes!
Ingredients & instructions:
Mix together:
• 1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved
• 1 cup of cucumber slices
• 1 small handful of pea shoots
• 1 tsp lemon juice

Happy Easter!

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Happy Valentine’s Daughter

This morning Sym finished up all the Valentine cards she made for her classmates- I stupidly didn’t take any pictures of them but happily, she made one for me too :D

Valentine from Sym

We were going to get red envelopes but they were sold out which is good I love these little gold ones!

Valentine from Sym
Valentine from Sym

BEE my Valentine, get it? And here is the shirt I got her:

Valentine Sym

Taylor actually picked it, I think because the little dog looks like a Georgie/Kichou hybrid.

Valentine Sym (with Ali)
Valentine Sym (with Ali)

Since there’s no school today her friend Ali came over to play, and they’re currently holed up in her room with a bunch of candy and Nintendo DSes

Taylor and I didn’t get each other gifts or cards or anything, but we did get this KEYTAR DOG.

Keytar Dog

Valentine’s Brunch

I totally slacked on blogging about my weekend yesterday and now I have TOO MUCH to blog about. So before I talk about the weekend, let’s talk about today. First of all, I have a SURPRISE long weekend- both the kids I had scheduled for today are sick. Now, I’m not happy that my two little friends aren’t feeling well, but let’s be real: DAY OFF YAY!!!! Sym also has the day off and Since Taylor was home at a reasonable hour we decided to make a yummy brunch.

Our first thought was pancakes, because who doesn’t love pancakes? Then I thought maybe French toast, and THEN I thought maybe we should make Nutella sandwiches and use them for the French toast. Then when I was at the store buying eggs I figured I’d get a bunch of berries to put on the Nutella sandwich French toast and then I figured I’d poach the berries. Then I thought we should have powdered sugar on them, but I also thought I should grind up some red sprinkles to make pink sugar as well. I KNOW, SO MANY GOOD IDEAS!

Nutella French Toast with Powdered Sugar, Poached Berries & Syrup
A Man Who Cooks

We’re out of regular salt so Taylor was trying to grind up enough pink Himalayan salt for the French toast mixture. Pink salt is more Valentiney, right?

Berries: Black, Blue and Straw

Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, ready for poaching. I think I had about 2 or 3 cups of berries here, and I poached them in like, six cups of water & 1½ cups of sugar. We didn’t end up finishing them so the leftovers are being frozen for future use in oatmeal.

Nutella Sandwiches for French Toasting

Nutella on sesame white bread, so classy. We cut them into triangles so we could fit them all into the pans at one time.

Pink & White Sugar

My assorted sugars. I ground up the red sprinkles with a mortar and pestle (a Christmas gift from my MILs) and sifted the powdered sugar through half a teaball so I didn’t dirty my large sifter.

Cooking

Taylor adding some egg mix to the toast while the berries simmer.

Brunch Time!

Pretty much the most delicious thing ever. Now, regular French toast is pretty great, but by using Nutella sandwiches instead of plain bread and throwing some poached berries on them we made this brunch SPECTACULAR!