Out and About in Winnipeg

Last night, my hubby and I went out to a fundraiser art auction for Timeraiser.ca, an organization that holds events for non-profits and charities to match up causes with volunteers with appropriate skills. My hubby’s childhood friend, Paul Gagnon was overseeing the even at Hydro Place, and though we were only able to attend the second half of it, I would say it went quite well. I enjoyed the tasty appetizers and the showcase of art, as well as speaking with some of the different organizations that were there, including Elaine from CYBF – Canadian Youth Business Foundation who gave me a pointers about getting information for business start up. The people were very friendly, plus it was a chance for my hubby and I to hang out with friends, something we don’t do enough. It was a nice evening overall, ending with a cozy drink and appis at Rudy’s Eat and Drink (in the same building). I must say, I half expected the prices to be crazy given it’s location downtown, but we were pleasantly surprised the food was fairly priced with generous portions and very tasty! I would definitely go back again. My one complaint, which isn’t really a complaint more than an observation, is that the washrooms are a little crazy to get into. You go behind a glass wall to get to them which is see through from the side of the washrooms, but not see through on the other side, and there’s a wall of wood panels, and doors with the same wood panels which blend right in to the wall. There are no door knobs or handles or signs that say push or pull on them so it’s confusing at first to figure out how the doors open or where they begin, except there’s a small metal circle on each door that says, “Vacant” to let you know that no one’s in there. Strange? Yes. I’ve never seen doors like this. Needless to say, I found out you push on the metal circle to open the door lol! So funny! I joked with one of our friends that this is why moms don’t go out – (we just end up getting embarassed or have weird struggles like this). We laughed quite a bit over this. But it felt good to get out of the house even though it took me way to long to figure out what I was going to wear (at first I was going to wear something plain jane but then my hubby was wearing a nice blazer and shirt and I didn’t want to look out of place so I hurried to find something a little more dressy but not too fancy). Anyhoo, I’m so glad the evening turned out; we all had a nice visit with friends, Timeraiser.ca raised many volunteer hours for the organizations there, and a bunch of artists got paid for their artwork. Oh, and I got aΒ  job, which I start on Monday! Yay! Happy Mom!

Hope you all have a splendid day!

Roxy

Being Myself part 2

Hello Readers,

Just wanted to share that I’m on a journey back to being myself. What do I mean by that? Well, pretty much ever since becoming a Mom, as probably most of you can relate, I’ve found that I’m drifting ever so slowly away from being myself – or rather, taking some time for ‘me time’. And yes, I do feel the guilt start to rise whenever I try to start doing something and of course a little one starts calling out my name or something else needs my attention. But as my hubby pointed out, he’s not playing the guilt trip thing anymore as a dad, so I shouldn’t do that to myself as a mom either. I need to shift my thinking as I’ve always found it easier to do stuff for others before doing stuff for myself. I think a lot of that has to do with different disappointments I’ve experienced in childhood and life afterwards, but it doesn’t mean it has to end that way. We all can take small steps to ensure that we don’t burnout because we’re ignoring ourselves completely. And let’s face it, it’s so easy to do this as a mom (or dad). I find though that moms just always worry about everyone else’s needs first, as I believe this is how we were made, as the typically supportive role, and emotionally it’s how we operate. We worry about everyone making sure they have their stuff before leaving the house that we often, (I believe), forget to take or do something for ourselves. At least that’s what I find for myself many times. And it’s frustrating, but I brush it off and try again the next day. On top of this, in the midst of soccer games, other events and everyday life, I find I just don’t have the energy to do anything I want to do for myself at the end of the day. And the idea of waking up extra early just to do them doesn’t really sound good to me either, but I also realize I need a bit of encouragement. I admit that. I’m so good at encouraging others to follow their dreams, but when it comes to myself, I tend to give up too soon or just leave things be. It’s just easier I guess not to be disappointed yet again. Like today, when I went to use the rest of a can of spray on primer to hopefully spray one side of a room divider I made, I was only able to coat two thirds of one side before I ran out of paint. Now I need to wait until I can afford more. But I’m going to try again… so please pray that I continue to enjoy the rest of the life God gave me in a way that is pleasing to Him and part of that is by enjoying being me. Thank you. I hope I’ve been able to reach out and touch at least one other soul out there who’s struggling with the same thing. Perhaps we can encourage each other?

Blessings,

Roxy

Joseph Prince Ministries

Hello Readers,

As I am always seeking to learn and grow in my faith in Christ, I started to look into personal study a while back, and I came across this show: Joseph Prince Ministries on TV. It is honestly one of the best ministries I’ve come across as every time I watch one of his sermons, I walk away with something deep to think about; something that God wants to tell me, and it’s awesome. This guy is definitely annointed as his sermons are powerful and full of God’s Word and the Gospel message. There is something truly refreshing about his sermons, and I think part of that is the fact that he does not beat around the bush so to speak, but rather, that he brings all facets of the bible to the forefront, and does not confine his topics to those that are typical of most churches in North America, or mainstream stuff. If this post resonates with you, I encourage you to head over to this site to watch some of his sermons: http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/joseph-prince-ministries/. He also has a website at www.josephprince.org. I pray that this ministry will be a blessing to you and yours as you seek to further your study of the Word.

Blessings,Roxy

Homemade Ice Cream

Hello Foodies – this post is for you!

Caramel Apple Ice Cream

I recently made my own ice cream for the first time. It was a choice between chocolate and caramel apple so I asked the kids, and guess what? They chose apple! (I know, I thought the chocolate would win too!) Well, since I have an ice cream maker that I got for Christmas that I didn’t use yet, I decided to give it a try. It’s a Big Boss Ice Cream MakerΒ and as a bonus it’s fairly straight forward to use. I just washed the mixing bowl, and froze it in my deep freeze a few days earlier so it would be ready to use. Next I went to work looking up recipes!

bigbossicecreammaker

Poured liquid into bowl for cooling in fridge

I had looked up recipes online and found the caramel apple one, (see here for recipe), so I went to work making it! Basically, I just processed a bag of frozen, cut up apples in my food processor. Then I went to the stove, and heated up some white sugar, constantly stirring it until it turned into liquid (caramelized). At first it wasn’t seeming to do anything and wasn’t browning so I asked my hubby who is more experienced at cooking than me, and he said it would liquify fast – which it did, so I was happy that it only took about 5 minutes! Then I had to remove it from the heat fast and stirred in my milk and whip cream, but the sugar had started to solidify so my hubby helped to stir it up again on the heat until it liquified again. Note: Sugar will solidify fast so keep stirring it if you take it off the heat! Eventually we got it all smooth so we let it cool afterwards and put it in the fridge for a few hours.

Chopped up apples

The next step was to cook the apples so I took the chopped up apples and put them in a sauce pan with melted butter, and cooked them up nice then cooled them, adding cinnamon afterwards. I could have ate the apples right then! πŸ™‚

After the liquid was all cool from the fridge, it was time to take the ice cream bowl out of the freezer and put it into the Big Boss Ice Cream Maker. So I put the mixing arm into the bowl and the lid on top and poured in the liquid. Read to mix! I just plugged in the machine and turned it on. It said to mix it for about 30 minutes depending on the amount – I think next time I’ll leave it longer until it is more frosty as it was still a little runny when I took it out.

Mixing Ice Cream

Next I added in the apples and mixed it some more, and afterwards, poured it into a plastic tub with a lid and put it in the freezer for a few hours until after supper. Verdict: The flavour was amazing, one kid liked it, the other didn’t, but hubby loved it so that’s a bonus! :p I would make it again but next time just let it churn a bit longer for ice cream perfection! Et voila! You have some yummy, homemade dessert! Love the organic lifestyle. πŸ™‚

Till Next Time,

Roxy

I’m Not Alone

Today marks one year from the day that I went in for day surgery to clean out my body after having a miscarriage. Today last year I had to say goodbye to a baby I never met in person, but whom I carried for almost 3 months in my womb. Today I am sad, yet joyful that God made the decision He did as He knew that in this point in time we would not have the finances to care for another child, and that perhaps other issues would be at play. I miss our little one, but I am reminded that God Loves all of us, and His Ways are not mine, and His Plans are not my own, and that He does know best. It was a long road of depression to get to the place I am at now, and yes, I still grieve just not so often and the pain is not so intense as I know where my child is. And he or she is in Good Hands – God’s Hands. So in all this, I am reminded that I am not alone.

If anyone reading this has recently miscarried, know this, that God Loves your child too, and he or she is in a better place. By all means, as much you love your child, we need to also realize, that no matter how much it hurts that we cannot see our little ones right now, that God is taking good care of them in Heaven. And Heaven is the best place to be – hey, it’s where I want to be – and it doesn’t get better than that! In Heaven, there is no pain, no sadness, no hurt, no hunger, no sin, no fears, just love. LOVE. Imagine that. Just love. I can’t wait!!

I am reminded that God’s Love is all encompassing so much so that even in the midst of my despair, He is there, and He is changing me from the inside out, where it counts. I don’t need to carry all my hurts anymore, because I am a new creation in Christ. There IS hope, no matter what anyone else thinks, because He Is God. Amen.

May God comfort all those who are hurting right now, and may He show you the joy and hope that He has in store for you.

Love,

Roxy

Spring 2013 Manitoba Comic Con (Pop Culture Expo) and Creative Types

ImageThis past weekend, my hubby and I were tabling at the Manitoba Comic Convention (Pop Culture Expo), for their Spring show and while it was pretty slow, it was still like coming home. What do I mean? Well, speaking as someone who enjoys going to these shows, whenever I’m at a con, I totally feel welcome and there’s a sense of excitement in the air. I think it’s because I’ve always felt a little out of place in everyday society, and it’s not for lack of trying. I’ve tried very hard over the years to “fit in”, and no matter how hard I tried, it just never seemed right. Don’t ask me why, though it probably doesn’t help that I’m a naturally shy person with little self-esteem, but I’m also a ‘creative type’ as some might call me and that’s where I think my views and personality might clash a bit with mainstream thinking. And I love being around people, I just don’t appreciate when people are mean to others for being different. I mean, we’re all different in reality, but the problem is, there tends to be a shift in society where once a certain trend hits, everyone must jump on board for fear of being seen as a ‘loser’ or a ‘has been’ or whatever else one might want to call them when in reality, if everyone decided to just be themselves, and like what they like, do their own thing, there would be way more creativity in the world and people would be happier in general. But I digress. My point is, if you, like me enjoy being around people, who are not afraid to say they enjoy certain games, movies, comic books, or other specific hobbies, then you’ll enjoy coming to a comic convention. And the fact that the word comic is in there is a bit of a misleading thing, because comic conventions are much more than comics as you can guess. There’s many different vendors and artists there, all waiting to talk to you about their favourite movies, TV shows, games, drawings, books, even pieces of jewellery! And while many vendors and artists return year after year, there’s always fresh new faces to meet and new products available, along with different things going on on the side. What else is there?

Well, there are always special guests, sometimes, like last year, there’s an extra-hard-to-come-by guest such as Patrick Stewart of Star Trek Next Generation, or like this past show, there’s guests such as Adam West, Burt Ward, and Yvonne Craig, (or Batman, Robin and Batgirl from the hit 60’s TV show: Batman). Either way, you’re sure to find someone interesting to take a photo with or get an autograph from – though come prepared to spend some cash as most actors etc. charge quite a bit to get one. There’s also other things happening here and there, such as costume contests for those customers or vendors/artists who come dressed up in cosplay. These are fun! You can even get in on a group photo-op if you happen to be wearing a costume that is from the same show or movie as other cosplayers. πŸ™‚

Well, here’s some photos from the convention:

Spider-Man

Spider-Man!

Hug Me Batman

A cute cardboard Batman with a slot on his chest that said “Hugs 25 cents” So adorable!

My hubby's Axiom-Man series

Axiom-Man series of books and comics

Close-up of my comics

A close-up of my comics, Average Jill and Fuzz Society

Me and Batman

Me and Batman

Hubby and Jack Sparrow

My Hubby and Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean

Me and Batman again

Hey, I know I have a silly face, but that’s what makes this cute ;p

My crocheted Batgirl hat

My crocheted Batgirl hat

side view of hat

side view of hat

Front view of hat

Front view of hat

My books, art, and stuff

My books, art and stuff – all Roxy!

 

Well, this is the smaller show of the two Winnipeg comic cons, though there’s another show,(unrelated), called Ai-kon which is coming soon, and it’s all about anime!! Yay! I would like to table at one of these shows if I can, provided I can get a table as it’s first come-first serve and limited space available right now. But we’ll see what happens with that. ;p Until next time, chow!

Ttyl,
Roxy

Easter baking

So yesterday we went to Joy Story 2 c/o Gateway Church held at Transcona Country Club, (we were visiting my in-law’s church), and it was a very lively service. The boys had fun watching Woody and Buzz Lightyear learn about what Christ did on the cross, and how they didn’t need to rescue Him, as He came to rescue us all from eternal damnation. And the sermon was very powerful as usual, as they preach the Gospel there every time and not just occasionally.

Afterwards, we all went home for a short bit, then it was time to go to our extended family gathering for Easter. Unfortunately, some people were ill so they couldn’t make it, but it was still nice to see everyone and meet some new faces too. The night prior, my youngest and I got to work making some colourful Crispy Rice Easter eggs. I let him choose the colours so he chose blue and red (pink) which turned out quite nicely. Here’s some photos of our baking time:

My Little Helper

My Little Helper πŸ™‚

Putting the crispy rice into moldsTaking the Crispy rice out of the moldsClosing the easter egg moldsClosup of Easter eggsClose up of eggs

Eggs in baskets

Eggs in baskets

As you can see, my youngest son and I enjoyed making our little crea-egg-tions lol! It was lots of fun and they turned out so cute too! πŸ™‚

After we made those, and it was time for the boys to go to bed, I decided to supplement the desserts with a batch of my delicious cranberry muffins. I believe I got the recipe off of Allrecipes.com a long time ago (it was called blueberry muffins to die for). I just make them with cranberries instead and I love the tartness of the cranberries mixed with the sweetness of the sugar. πŸ™‚ So here’s some photos of that fun:

Mixing up my muffins

Mixing up muffins

muffin batterclose up of muffinsfinished muffins

Everyone enjoyed the desserts, as did I as after having gone 4 weeks without real sugar and sweets, it’s been rough. And aren’t weekends that much better with a bit of sweetness? πŸ˜‰

Till next post,

Roxy