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Ninja Juice

I’ve had my Ninja for over a month now and decided it was time I try juicing with it.

I have always wanted to own a juicer but never have.

I hear they are a lot of work to clean and honestly, we don’t need another appliance on the counter.

I also heard you can juice with the Ninja and put it to the test this weekend.

I made Apple-Spinach-Carrot juice.

Blend until chunky.

Juicing with the Ninja is not the same as juicing with a juicer.

At this point you have to add water to thin it out.

Pour the liquid pulp into a fine mesh strainer set over a large measuring cup or bowl. I use a spoon to press out as much juice as possible.

Voila! Fresh juice packed full of nutrients. Perfect for this time of year.

Even with the addition of water it does not taste watered-down.

In fact, it is quite delicious.

And a great way to start the morning.

And the fact that I don’t have to buy another appliance in order to enjoy fresh juice is just icing on the cake.

Or apples in your juice…

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After our family ski adventure we headed to the annual Christmas Party in Midway.

The Community Club does a great job each year and there are always a lot of crafts, music and fun for the kids.

This year there were approximately 40 kids in attendance, more than anyone expected considering the size of our little Village (pop. 620).

Lincoln started by decorating, and eating, a sugar cookie.

Then he joined the band and banged on the drum for a bit.

Once the kids had a chance to partake in all the fun it was time for the man of the hour to arrive.

Santa was having trouble with his sleigh that day so he hitched a ride on the fire truck.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

I wasn’t sure how Lincoln would react to Santa but he did great.

No tears and he didn’t try to get away.

Santa hands out presents to all the kids. The Community Club does all the shopping for him so his Elves don’t have to work overtime during this busy time of year.

Did I mention that the party is free?

There is a donation jar so families pay what they can.

Considering a simple picture with Santa at the mall costs money it’s pretty darn amazing what the Community Club does for the children in our small community.

A big shout out to all the volunteers – you guys rock!

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This past weekend we took Lincoln skiing for the first time.

We went to Mt. Baldy where both Andrew and I used to work (Andrew more recently than me).

And no, not Mt. Baldy in California.

Mt. Baldy in British Columbia.

You would be surprised by how many phone calls the ski area gets from people asking about the other Mt. Baldy. It’s common to hear the ticket office staff ask the person on the phone if they are calling from California.

I wish we were in California but we’re not.

But Lincoln had fun nonetheless.

So did Andrew.

He is the skier in the family and has been waiting to take Lincoln skiing since last winter.

But last winter we couldn’t get a ski boot on him due to his large calves.

Thankfully, there were no problems this year.

The ski area has a great beginner area with a Magic Carpet.

Simply stand on the moving conveyor belt and let it do all the work.

They only went half-way the first time.

Lincoln loved it right from the start.

Wheeeee!

They even ventured all the way to the top of the carpet.

It was at that point that Andrew realized he hasn’t done a snow plow on skis in a really long time.

We tried to lure Lincoln into the lodge with the promise of hot chocolate but as soon as we stepped inside he wanted to go back out and ski again.

We didn’t argue.

Andrew can’t wait until next time. And I’m sure Lincoln can’t either.

As for me, I’ll be waiting in the lodge.

Please note that yes, I realize Lincoln is not wearing a helmet. And yes, I know that helmets are very important. However, we decided not to make him wear one his first time out. And yes, we would have had to make him wear it, which would have resulted in him throwing a fit, which would have resulted in him not wanting to ski at all. So in the interest of creating a fun first-experience we left the helmet at home. Next time will be different.

Please note that I also realize Lincoln is rocking a one-piece suit more suitable for snowmobiling than skiing. It was cheap and probably won’t change next time 🙂

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Catching up

Yep, I’ve been MIA.

No excuses but I will acknowledge it.

In fact, I’m not even here to write a blog post.

I just stopped by to let you know that my plan, and I use that term loosely because who knows what will happen between now and bedtime, to finally take pictures off my camera and write a proper post tonight.

In the meantime, here are a couple of pictures from our ski adventure yesterday taken by our friend Sam.

This was Lincoln’s first time skiing and he LOVED it!

More than he loves getting his picture taken, that’s for sure 🙂

See you all later!

Keep your fingers crossed that I don’t fall asleep before fulfilling my end of the agreement.

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This past weekend was the Second Annual Simmonds-Ferrier Great Christmas Tree Hunt.

Some people go to a tree farm to pick out a tree.

Not us.

Some people go to the store to buy a tree.

Not us.

Some people bundle up and head out into the forest to find a tree.

Yep. That’s us.

Don’t let that saw in Andrew’s hand fool you. He had nothing to do with the actual cutting of the tree.

That was all me.

The saw was very dull and I thought I was going to have to resort to the Griswold technique of cutting down the tree, but I managed to get it down with a little help from my friend Nicole.

She found a tree for her family too.

Her husband had no part in the actual cutting down of their tree either.

Instead, they hung out with three grumpy boys who did not want to be out in the woods.

Family shot.

Again, don’t let the fact that Andrew is holding both the saw and the tree fool you.

I cut that bad boy down thank-you-very-much 🙂

Not too shabby of a tree, and that’s saying a lot coming from me.

Lincoln has been good about leaving the decorations on the tree so far, but he insists that the lights be turned on all the time.

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It’s finally December so I can officially let you all know that I have been listening to Christmas music for the past week. It always gets me into the spirit of the holidays and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

As with the rest of my music, I have a varied mix of favourites during the holidays. So grab your pen and paper (you still own those, right?) and take note of some of my personal favourites.

1. Oakridge Boys Christmas – I grew up listening to this album on cassette and nothing says Christmas like the Oak Ridge Boys. I even went so far as to borrow the cassette from my Mom when I moved to BC. A few years later I found a copy of it on CD and immediately bought two – one for me and one for my Mom. Now I have it transferred to my iPhone. The format may have changed but the songs still scream Christmas.

My favourite song from the album is Happy Christmas Eve but alas I could not find it on YouTube. Instead you get this one.

2. New Kids on the Block – Oh the New Kids. I was obsessed to say the least when I was kid, and then I finally got to see them live when I was 29 and pregnant with Lincoln. It’s no surprise that they came out with a Christmas album and there are quite a few good gems on this one. This year, I may just change my holiday greeting to “Have a Funky, Funky Christmas!”

And since this is a classic I need to include it too. Please note that “I’m not trying to darken up your day.”

3. Mariah Carey – I had to include her because this was first Christmas song we heard on the radio in our office, and it wasn’t even December yet! There are other versions but I think she does it best.

4. James Taylor – When we were in Spokane I found a James Taylor Christmas CD and knew I had to have it. I love James Taylor (Fire and Rain is probably one of of most favourite songs) and this CD did not disappoint. I put it on my computer and then sent the actual CD home with my Mom because my Dad is also a big James Taylor fan.

5. Michael Buble – Love his voice. Love his vibe. He does Christmas right.

6. N’Sync – Yes, another boy band. What can say, they like to put out Christmas CDs and they are always catchy.

7. Wham! – This came on the radio while I was writing this post so I had to include it.

I also have a kids CD for Lincoln. Classic songs sung by the Countdown Kids.

I tend to skip over them a lot 🙂

*edit*

How in the world did I forget to add this one to the list!?

Jason Mraz is simply the best.

What are some of your favourite Christmas songs?

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