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Friday, February 3, 2012

Insta-Friday in real life

I have lots of cell phone photos to share this week. I threw together some collages as quick as I could, because today is a PA Day and the kids are home from school.

My daughter is not happy that I’m at the computer again. She happens to be “bored.” Right now, she is trying to teach the dog to jump through a hula hoop.
My son is content with his portable video game, but I can’t let that go on all day…or can I?

No, I think we’ll make some goodies to occupy them…maybe some muffins or some peanut butter cookies…maybe both.

Last Sunday, we went to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Family Sunday again.

This time, the kids made zoetropes—devices that produce the illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures. The family area has a visible vault so that you can see the sculptures being stored. My son is standing in front of a giant hockey player. We also did a little tour of some other areas—see the “igloo” covered with a giant quilt…how cool is that?

We bought a poster of Gerhard Richter’s “Helga Matura.” My husband and I both love that painting—and the poster was 70% off. You can’t beat that! The picture on the right is a portrait that my husband made.

My daughter really wanted to celebrate Chinese New Year, so the kids decorated the house with some Happy New Year posters and we ordered some delicious Chinese food (above left). I am a bit tofu-obsessed, which might seem strange to some people, but have you tried the extra-firm? The two photos (middle and right) show a tofu recipe from Nava Atlas’s Vegan Express—“Spicy Tofu Triangles on a Cool Bed of Lettuce,” with a side of potatoes and sweet potatoes in an olive oil vinaigrette.

My husband’s students had exams this week, which gave him time to go for lunch—all you can eat veggie sushi. I want more every time I look at the photos. I never used to like sushi—now it’s an addiction.

I already had two blenders, and yet I went ahead and bought a Magic Bullet. I don’t regret it though, because the kids can make their own individual smoothies now. They make it right in the mug, put on a lid, and they are ready to go anywhere with a smoothie in hand.

I went to the library this week, and what did I get? Cookbooks. See that picture on the right? That’s the cookbook shelf in my kitchen. Clearly, another addiction of mine. I read ‘em while I watch TV.

My husband took his students for some evening skiing and my son went along for the ride. He is still learning to snowboard, and it looks like he spent a fair bit of time on his bum.
Have a great weekend!

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  1. What a fun Chinese New Year celebration :) and I want some of that sushi!
    I'm loving the idea of cookbooks from the library. I've been wanting to pickup a book on bread making!

    1. I have learned the hard way to try cookbooks out from the library first...sometimes they just aren't the right fit :) I keep meaning to try bread making...would love the smell of fresh bread.

  2. It looks like you had fun at the art gallery. I like the fact that you celebrated the Chinese New Year. Have a great weekend!

    1. Yes, the art gallery keeps the kids happy...for a while at least!

  3. Sounds like a great week!
    Good to know about AGO's family sundays ;)

    - saying hello from the circle of moms. xo

    1. Thanks for dropping by. Maybe we'll see you at the AGO some day :)

  4. Love this! I think tofu has gotten a bad rap - I love it! I have only tried the extra firm and tend to eat it in stirfrys, etc but think it is so tasty & healthy for you! I have seen recipes where they use the soft form and will use it to thicken soups... not that brave yet ;) I need to eat more sushi, I like it but no one I know likes it, must work on that.

    1. I agree, tofu has gotten a bad rap. I like it more and more. And, you need a sushi pal. Somebody will come around if you force them to go :) I used to hate it and now I love it.

  5. Yum! That sushi looks amazing!! I want some!