Sunday, 27 September 2015

Where Am I?!

You know the one thing that sucks about being a photographer? I am never in any of the photos. Recently Dave and I were going through our summer photos and realized that I wasn't in any of them! I mean, I was obviously there, but when Iris looks back on these pictures when she's older, she will see none of me. Oh man, how sad right?!

I feel like most mums (or whoever is the main photographer in your family) fall into this invisible role. Especially once you have kids! You go from taking selfies all the time to taking photos of your kid and your loved ones with your kid, you completely forget to document yourself in any photographic way. I want to change that. Dave has been trying recently to get more photos of me, especially with Iris, and I think I want to go back to taking some self portraits more often. I want to be visible in my family photo albums!

Over the next few weeks I'm going to bust out my tripod and get some good self-portraits and maybe ask Dave to spend a few minutes getting some pictures of Iris and I together. In 2016 I'm gonna be all up in those family albums!

Friday, 25 September 2015

My New Day Job

As I've mentioned before, I recently started doing daycare from home to make a few extra bucks. If you would have asked me a year ago if I pictured myself doing home daycare I would have said "No, definitely not!". Having worked in a few daycares myself I found it to be kinda boring and rather repetitive. I remember once being told after playing "monster chase" with a group of excited preschoolers that I wasn't to join in on their play, but that I was just there to supervise (BORING) or at another daycare we had to sit everyday in a dark room for an hour while the kids slept, doing nothing (BORING!).  Not exactly what I pictured myself doing for the next few years. What did I picture myself doing? Not working, pursuing photography/ my creative hobbies, all while staying home with Iris. Ha! As thrifty as we are, it's hard to live off just one full paycheck. Do-able, but not worth all the sacrifices we'd have to make in order to make it do-able.

Anyway after many conversations I decided to re-think the daycare thing. I already had a friend and her sister who would be interested in putting their kids with me if I decided to do it, and (bonus!) they were only looking at care for 3 days a week. And doing daycare in my own home, where I was the boss actually started to sound quite appealing. I could plan all the activities/environments myself and when the kids slept I was free to get dinner ready or sit and read a book, yay!

I know staying at home with kids all day isn't everyones cup of tea, but for me in this period of my life I feel so lucky to be able to do it! I'm looking forward to sharing more about this later :)

Saturday, 19 September 2015

The Past Few Weeks in Photos

Just a few photos from the past few weeks. Dave is back at work, I have started daycare 3 times a week, and Iris officially moved out of the baby stage and is pretty much a kid now. When did that happen?!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Really REALLY Good (Vegan) Nacho Dip

I know! You're thinking VEGAN nacho dip?! Not possible. You may even think what's the point of nachos without cheese. I too was very skeptical. My neighbour recently lent me one of her cookbooks called "Oh She Glows" which I'm sure many many people have already heard about. This one happens to be all vegan food. I had flipped through it and was intrigued by this dip. But then I looked at the recipe and was a little weirded out by phrases like "soak your cashews for 2 hours and then puree" or "nutritional yeast will add a cheesy flavour!" whaaaaaat?! 

Well I decided to stop being a wuss and try it out. I mean, it looked amazing in the book. So I soaked my cashews and picked up some nutritional yeast and you know what? This dip is amazing. And nutritional yeast totally adds a cheesy flavour! Go figure! 

Life Affirming Nacho Dip by Oh She Glows slightly adapted from original recipe
Make It!
For the ‘cheese’ sauce:
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup peeled, chopped carrots
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 large clove garlic
1¼ tsp fine grain sea salt
¾ tsp chili powder
½ tsp onion powder
¼-.5 tsp of cayenne pepper (optional)
For the dip:
1 1/2 cups chunky marinara sauce and/or salsa (I used a combo of both)
1 cup finely chopped red onion
2-3 handfuls baby spinach
1/3 cup panko
1-2 green onions, finely sliced for garnish
To make the cheese sauce: Place cashews in a medium bowl and soak in water for at least 2 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews. Preheat oven to 400F and lightly grease a cast iron pan or casserole dish. Place carrots in a small saucepan and bring to a boil with water. Let carrots cook until slightly soft and drain. Combine the soaked, drained cashews with cooked carrots, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, salt, chilli powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper and 2/3 cup of water. Blend in a blender or food processor until silky smooth. This may require you to add in some more water. Pour the ‘cheese’ sauce into a large bowl.
To make the dip: Stir the marinara sauce, onion and spinach into the cheese sauce until fully combined. Spoon the sauce into casserole dish and sprinkle panko evenly on the top. Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes, regularly checking to make sure the panko doesn't burn. Garnish with sprinkled green onion and serve immediately. We ate it for dinner with homemade pita chips and corn chips.

Also, this was Iris approved, score! I think she was really just into the dipping part of the meal but she seemed to enjoy it :)

I highly recommend trying this one out sometime, even if you're not vegan (I'm for sure not!).

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Thrifted Things

Haven't done one of these in a while! Here are some of the neat things I've found while thrifting from the past few weeks :)

Some vintage Golden books and a wooden weaving toy.

 I've been finding a lot of these vintage old maid decks lately and turning them into bunting.

Ah! My friend had one of these in her house while I was growing up and when I saw it I instantly fell in love. So naturally my mum bought it for me ;) Thanks mum!

Also pictured, a cozy grey pullover, a thick vinyl tablecloth for my craft room, and a small glass jug for Iris to practice pouring her own water with.

Happy thrifting!
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