Veggie Central

The Electrician and I are working on a number of family goals right now. First, we are trying to watch our dollhouse budget closely since taking my new job required me starting over on the salary staircase. We are also trying to eat more vegetables and less restaurant food. To be honest, The Electrician isn’t…

Blue Birthday Roses

My bestie of many years, Miss Sassy, celebrated birthday number thirty one yesterday. As always, she and her fiance Comic Book Fan put on a great party. He grilled up half a salmon, she roasted potatoes, and a good time was had by all. There may or may not have been a best of the…

The Cake Marathon

A lovely friend I met as a kid at 4-H camp got married yesterday. Her husband is also 4-H alumni, and, having known him at least as long as I’ve known her, I can honestly say they have been meant for one another since we were all kids. I’ve never seen two people look as…

Dinner Party

My best friend, Miss Sassy, and her fiancé joined us for a little dinner at the dollhouse tonight. I love entertaining and don’t get to have people over as often as I’d like during the flurry of the school year. The Electrician and I have also wanted to invite Miss Sassy and Comic Book Fan…

Swamped

It’s Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada, and I am buried in stuff to do. Last night, we enjoyed the annual deep-fried turkey potluck with some of our friends on my husband’s side. I maintain deep-frying should be a criminal offense when it comes to turkeys, but The Electrician is getting better at it with…

Green Outside, Red Inside

Growing up, I always had homemade birthday cakes made my momma, often with assistance from my dad. Seeing my momma work her piping bag to create all kinds of schmancy cakes for our birthdays influenced me to learn the art young, and I’ve been building pretty pastries since junior high school. I picked up the…

Gravy Grief

We were invited to join The Electrician’s grandparents for Sunday night dinner this past weekend. As she often does, his grandmother went to town on the meal and made a fabulous roast with all the trimmings. I don’t know how she does it, but that little woman makes the best beef gravy I’ve ever had….

No, I’m Not Dead

I realized today that it’s been way too long since I wrote for Blue Speckled Pup. Oops. True, the last week and a bit has gotten away from me: part school, part life, and part last gasps of jet lag. If you missed me, thanks for the sentiment. If you thought I was deceased, I…

Party Treats

Last night’s housewarming for Miss Sassy and Comic Book Fan was a roaring success, despite the weather. Canadians like to barbeque in the snow. It makes a robust comment about our ability to brave any meteorological shift, to power through even the most ornery of weather in our drive to roast meat over flame. We’re…

A New Kind of Cake

As you know, my best friend Miss Sassy recently bought a house in Edmonton with her boyfriend, Comic Book Fan. Never mind that they purchased a place on the other end of the city from me, the trip takes less than a fifth of what it did to see her when she lived in Calgary….

The Case of the Missing Muffins

Today is not an ideal day for baked goods in the dollhouse. While cooking four things at once (spaghetti sauce, papardelle for that sauce, yummy chicken, and cinnamon buns) I somehow forgot to sprinkle the dough for my rolls with cinnamon before rolling them up. This in itself could have been turned around by simply…

Heaps of Leafy Greens

Lately, I’ve been sort of obsessed with spinach salad. I tend to go in fits and starts about the stuff I eat, and lately I’ve been wanting spinach leaves like no body’s business. I’ve decided it could mean one of three things: 1.  It’s winter here in Alberta (it’s snowing right now too) and all…