Wednesday

A Very Merry Christmas


I could write about all the food I ate; the cheese balls, dips and turkey dinners made with love by our Mothers. I could tell you about the people I laughed with or the ones that are in Heaven and how much I miss them this time of year. I could tell you about the Christmas parties I attended and the cute dresses I wore, or how singing carols makes me feel like a kid again. I could explain how the faint smell of a fire burning mixed with the cold winter air makes me feel at home. I could go on and on about the overwhelming feeling of love I felt from my Husband who never fails to surprise me with a special gift from the heart. The beautiful gifts given to us by our family, the decorations, the way the tree lights and candles in our living room make the evenings so romantic. I could tell you about the fun we had on Christmas morning watching our nieces and nephew opening gifts from Santa. I could write about the delicious wine and hot chocolate and cider. How nice it was to have something as simple as two boiled eggs and toast sitting on the floor of my parents living room in my slippers. I could write about the many times I was reminded that I am blessed.

Instead, I'll just say I had a wonderful Christmas. I hope you did too.

Rachel Emmilee
XO


Roasted Cauliflower Soup

My Chef friend and I, without following a recipe, created this simple but delicious soup on the weekend. I gave it two thumbs up and even the guys at the table were singing it's praises! All the ingredients you will need are bold and underlined!

 

Rinse and chop one large head of cauliflower into roughly the same sized chunks.
Peel, rinse and cube potatoes (4-5)
Peel 4 medium onions, cut in half.

On a roasting pan, combine all vegetables. Drizzle with regular or flavour infused olive oil. I used Tuscan Olive Oil. Sprinkle with S & P, be generous.

Roast for 40-45 minutes or until fork tender, golden brown and aromatic!

While veggies are roasting, take this time to peel two large carrots and dice small. Also, cut 1/2 pound of bacon and cook in a large soup pot. Once cooked, remove and set aside for garnish, drain access bacon fat from the pot, and add carrots to the pot with a tsp of minced, bottled garlic.

Cook carrots until fork tender, making sure to run your spoon along the bottom of the pot to lift the bacon drippings!

When the roasted veggies are done, add them to your pot of carrots. Add about 4-5 cups of water, until veggies are submerged, and add a tsp of vegetable stock mix for every cup of water.

Allow flavours to come together before using your blender to puree. I use a hand held blender which was such a good investment. Plug it in, drop it directly into the pot and push a button! If you are using a regular blender, just be very careful when you're transferring the hot pot of veggies and stock and make sure the lid on your blender is tight. Back in the pot, add a generous swirl of heavy cream and serve soon after.

Garnish with cheese, green onion and the bacon you set aside.

Enjoy!

Tuesday

Tina

We welcomed a new furry friend into our home last week.
 She is black and white like OB and very pretty, I must say!
Her name is Tina, and she's a cat.



I am not a cat person, and everyone in my life would agree. I'm not as excited about having her like I would be if say, she was a dog... or a baby. *Cough* I just never, ever wanted a cat and I even think I'm allergic.
You're probably wondering, well then, why did you get a cat? To that I would say, we had a problem with mice. As in, I think we were the pests and the mice were the homeowners. Mice in the country is a given, but still, who wants to find french fries in their work boots and mice droppings in your closets and drawers? That happened.

We decided enough is enough, so we adopted Tina from G's Mom. She arrived with her litter box, toys, dishes and food. She seems to like her surroundings so far, she's not afraid of OB and she comes to cuddle when you call her name. She's fully grown, a few years old and totally over the scratching stage, thankfully. She is very clean too, and she's keeping her paws off valuable things and leather furniture... So I guess what I am saying is, she's pretty low maintenance. The good news is, she already caught a mouse! The bad news, she ate it and threw it up.

OB doesn't mind her being here. The odd time he'll chase her around the house and bark at her like she has no right to be breathing his air, in his house, on his couch. As you can see in the picture above, they are napping together so there is hope that they will become good buddies.

I thought our family was already purrfect, but Tina seems to be growing on me. 

Feel free to share any advice you may have on caring for a cat. I'm going to need it!

Rachel Emmilee
XO
 

Monday

On making friends in the Blogosphere...

I have been a long time follower of several lifestyle Blogs for, well, a long time.  I follow Blogs. I read peoples lives as they live it. I am always waiting for the next update so I can catch up with them, just as I would normal real life friends. For all of you non-Bloggers out there, it's not as weird as it sounds. Finding a writer you want to follow is just like meeting someone in person and planning to meet again. You meet for the first time click on their link, you gather your first impression when they introduce themselves you read their About Me, you determine whether or not you will spend time with that person again follow their Blog. If you like what you see or read, a friendship is born!

After following someone from single to married, through divorce, pregnancies, babies, adoption, loss and career changes it's only natural to feel invested as a friend and a support for that person. I look forward to coffee dates with "real life" friends just like I do curling up with the computer to catch up with online friends. Friends are friends, right?

Don't be so sure. Just like in real life, with online friends can be tricky and even dangerous because you never really know the truth. I feel that because I am honest in my writing and in what I share, that everyone else is honest too. What's wrong with having faith in people? I just can't believe that someone would put effort into building a fake life and making other people believe their lies. Unfortunately, it happens all the time.

Below is a YouTube link to an MTV show called CATFISH. You have to watch this. This show investigates romantic relationships that are built, and have remained online for years. These people invest all sorts of emotions, including love, and consider themselves romantically involved and committed to people they met online. When Nev's investigations show that most of these relationships are built on lies... Well, see for yourself. It's not cool.



Friends, I assure you that I am exactly who you think I am. There really isn't much to me, I'm just a gal who likes to write about her simple life in a tiny town and how she makes it exciting. It may not always be exciting, but at least I'm not feeding you BS. I hope you are all real too, you know who you are... The rest of you can take a hike!


Rachel Emmilee
XO