I wish I was a house wife.

Published March 18, 2014 by princesspoukie

It’s days like today that I really wish I didn’t have to go to work.  I would much prefer to crawl back into bed where it’s toasty warm and comfortable, and sleep off this headache.

I truly believe that I would make one hell of a housewife.  I have visions of myself cooking all day long for my loving husband.  I see myself with a list of daily chores to do, ticking them off one by one as I complete them.  I like lists!  

I would actually have time to go the gym every day, and I’d be skinny and sexy, and wearing a sexy maid’s outfit wouldn’t seem so scary.

For some reason though, my vision also includes a mansion and lots of marble staircases.  

 

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I think the only way I’m going to be a housewife is if I win the lottery.

Every time I take a week off work, I believe that I’m going to be extremely productive and the house is going to end up spotless, and there will be enough gourmet meals to feed an army.  But alas, that never really happens.  I end up sitting on the couch in my underwear watching re-runs of Opra and Dr. Phil, stuffing my face with Cheeto’s and bonbons.

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Sheep are dangerous to nipples

Published March 13, 2014 by princesspoukie

Originally posted on The Bloggess:

Today is Throwback Thursday, which means I get to just post an old picture and not write anything, but I never do it right because I can’t follow directions properly.

This is me with a sheep:

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I think I’m about 6.  It’s not my sheep because we could afford sheep until I was much older, but I’m assuming it was a neighbors since I’m barefoot and obviously walked there.  You can see a small bald spot on my head from when I discovered the awesome noise that scissors make when they cut hair.  I’m wearing a dress that I think my mom sewed out of an old sheet and it was my favorite dress ever.  It was like I was already in bed when I was wearing it.

The shitty thing about bottle-feeding a sheep is that they try to rip the bottle out of your hand because they’re super…

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My Mother is Coming!

Published March 13, 2014 by princesspoukie

There are just so many things that have stressed me out and upset me about this visit.  Motherly visits should be fun and loving, right?  NO.  Not for me.

 I haven’t seen my mother since Christmas break, so I was really excited when she told me she was coming up for 5 days.  She’ll be staying at my brother’s house, which is great because she can spend time with her fave (and only) granddaughter.

 The plan was to have everyone up to our place on Friday for the day.  I was excited, and had high hopes of spending the entire day with my mom.  I figured we’d go shopping together, and I would teach her how to make a traditional Hungarian dinner, since she’s been asking me for the recipe for a year now.  I also assumed that she’s stay the night at our place to give my poor brother a break from her.

 Turns out, my hopes were apparently set way too high.  When I told her my plan, she simply e-mailed me back and said “you can make something else for dinner, and we’ll see you then.”  Which immediately made me cry.  I suppose she doesn’t want to spend the day with me at all.  So my visit will be cut way short, just a quick dinner together and then she’s headed back to my brother’s place.  She won’t even stay the night.

I feel crushed.  It’s not like we have ever had a close relationship, we were never the typical “best friend” mother and daughter.  We usually only e-mail each other and never gab for hours on the phone.  But this for some reason has really hurt my feelings.

 Her visits also stress me out.  She’s kind of critical and anal just like I am, so I want the place to be perfectly clean and in tip top shape.  This means a huge list of chores need to be done.  At least hubby and I managed to get our asses in gear and tackle the paint job that we’ve been ignoring since we moved in.  We managed to paint the entire front entrance way in one night.

 My hubby keeps randomly yelling things in his best Marry Poppins accent.

 “Man the vacuums!”

“Swiff the Swiffers!”

“Wash the curtains!”

 At least he’s keeping a smile on my face.  I love him!

The BEST Buttercream Frosting….Ever

Published February 23, 2014 by princesspoukie

What’s better than buttercream frosting?  Nothing.  I don’t care who you are, there is NOTHING better than dunking your finger into a fresh bowl of buttercream frosting, and savouring the sugary taste as it melts in your mouth.

This is also a good reason as to why I’m fat.  

For melt in your mouth frosting, you only need 4 ingredients.  Honestly, it doesn’t get any easier than this!

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1 pound of butter (2 cups)
5 1/2 cups of icing sugar
1 tbs Vanilla Extract
4-5 tbs of heavy cream (milk will do if you don’t have cream in your fridge.)

You want to start by whipping just the butter for about 5 minutes.  It should end up light and fluffy and creamy all at the same time.  It should also lighten a little bit in colour.  Take the time to stop beating a couple of times to scrape down the sides on the bowl.

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Once the butter is nice and fluffy, you can start to slowly add the icing sugar.  Don’t bother trying to keep your kitchen clean at this point, because you’ll just end up with icing sugar all over the place, no matter how hard you try not to.  ;)  Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl, and keep adding in all the icing sugar.

When all the sugar is in, add the vanilla and the cream (or milk) and beat for another couple of minutes.  This will fluff it up even more.

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Doesn’t this look divine?!  Time to ice the cupcakes for tomorrow’s bakesale.  I have one of these inexpensive icing squeezers…not sure exafctly what it’s called, but it’s easy to use and makes pretty designs….if you’re good at it.  Clearly, I still lack talent for making pretty icing designs, but who cares really?  It all tastes the same!

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There’s still half a bowl of icing left.  I’m tempted to sit on the couch with hubby, two spoons and have at it!  But alas, I’m sure I can find something else to use up this icing….perhaps some crepes?  YUM!

Fast and Easy Weekday Dinner

Published February 20, 2014 by princesspoukie

Weekday dinners seem to have fallen to the wayside lately, and I think we all need a little more help finding fast and easy dinners that can be put together in a short amount of time, and something that the entire family will love.

In comes my go to recipe for Chinese lettuce wraps.  I always have all the ingredients for this in my fridge and freezer, so it’s always available to toss together when I find that I don’t have the energy of the will power to throw together a great meal.

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See how tasty that looks !??!

 

Here are all the ingredients you’ll need.

1 pound of ground pork
1 pound of ground chicken or turkey  (You can also use ground beef, which I did this time around)
1 yellow cooking onion
1 green onion
1 red pepper
Soya Sauce
Hoisin Sauce
Fresh ground ginger

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I used my mandolin to finely chop up the cooking onion.  I find that it’s so much faster and easier than chopping it by hand.

Chop up the green onion and red pepper and set asside, you’ll use these as toppings later.

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Fry up the meat and the onion in a large frying pan.  While it is frying, add in a tablespoon of Soya sauce, and a tablespoon or two of Hoisin sauce.  (it all depends on your tastes)  Also add in some of your freshly grated Ginger and let the flavours cook together.

You may want to drain off the excess fat and moisture once it’s cooked through.

To assemble, you’ll need to peel the leaves off of your head of lettuce.  A trick that I’ve leaned to easily remove the core of the lettuce head, is to hold in in your hand with the core at the bottom, and smash it against the counter.  This breaks the core from the leaves and you can easily remove it from the head.  Cool eh?

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Peel the leaves off, and spoon in the meat mixture, top with the green onion and red peppers, and some more Hoisin sauce.  mmmmmm.  Enjoy!

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The best part about this fast and easy meal, is that there is only one frying pan to clean up!  Could it get any better?  I think not!

TV Cabinet converted into Aviary

Published February 18, 2014 by princesspoukie

My husband and I just finished this weekend project, and I couldn’t be happier! We started out with an old TV Corner Cabinet that I found for $40 on kijiji.
Thankfully, it was in ok shape and we didn’t need to sand or re-finish it. We just needed to take it apart, which we are good at! 
We started out with this (Not the exact cabinet, because I didn’t take a proper “Before” pic)

 

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We removed the top and the large front doors, and cut the center out of each of them. 

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We installed eggcrate onto the top part of the cabinet, and used wire on the front doors.

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Then we filled it with natural tree branches, toys, and of course, the birds!

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I love how this turned out!  I’m not a fan of the traditional cages, as they just look like mini jail to me.  With this conversion, it looks like “Living Furniture” which I LOVE !  

I’m his Princess

Published February 12, 2014 by princesspoukie

This week is turning out to be an extremely shitty week.  Problems at work are piling up and stressing me out, and poor hubby needs to go in for surgery next week to have his tooth drilled out.

I forgot my lunch today as well, so I asked hubby to drop it off to me since I was too busy at work trying to fix everything.

It came with a dozen red roses, and an extremely yummy Tim Horton’s doughnut.  All because I was just having a bad day and needed a pick-me-up.  I’m spoiled, and loved, and I can’t imagine anyone else loving me the way my husband does.  

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I may bitch and complain once in a while about his habits that get on my nerves, but truly, he is my best friend and I wouldn’t change that for the world.  Thank you honey for your undying love!  xoxoxoxoxoxo

 

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