Month: January 2013

The Wizard

A wizard and his monsters and dragons were fighting evil. When he came back no one was there. He thought it was the evil wizard Black. He went in his spell book to find spells to destroy him. He went to the wizard world find him. He saw his family in a cage. He unlocked the chains and started looking for him. He was not there. The area was attacked and some wizards were saved and the rest went with him. They went home and practiced spells.
He went to the evil plant and all the wizards got into a show down with him. The saved ones attacked the wizard they just about won. They ran through mazes battling bad monsters. They saw skeletons guarding him. Some wizards distracted the guards and defeated the skeletons. They made it to his monster building and got in. They got to the top and destroyed him.
The End

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Battlefield Visit 2013

My kids took after me and love everything history! So we decided to visit the Battlefield House in Stoney Creek. Had such an amazing time! Here are some of the pictures of our walk. Such a great place to visit!

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Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

This recipe was one of those ones that I kind of made up as I went along and added ingredients as I saw fit. It turned out great and was lighter than my usual Shepard’s pie.
Here it is:
– 3 large sweet potatoes
– 1 medium onion cut finely
– 1 medium red pepper cut finely
– 1/2 package of mushrooms
– 1 cup of spinach (washed)
– 1 celery stalk cut finely
– 1 package of ground beef or turkey (roughly a pound)
– 1 can of summer crisp corn
– 1 shredded carrot
– 1/2 cup of sliced grape tomatoes
– garlic, salt and black pepper (about a tsp of each should be enough)
– 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
1) Fry onion, peppers, mushrooms and celery in olive oil until brown.
2) Add package of ground beef (we use usually a pound) and cook thoroughly.
3) Add in spinach and allow to fry for another two minutes. Add in salt, pepper and garlic for taste (this will change depending on personal preference). Add the 1/2 cup of sliced grape tomatoes and allow to fry for roughly five minutes. This should create a small amount of ‘sauce’ in the pan to give it a little bit more of a flavor (my family loves their tomatoes!).
4) Set aside and allow to cool.
5) Boil the three large sweet potatoes until soft. When softened mash with a fork until smooth. If you prefer you can add a little bit of butter.
6) Add the meat and vegetables mixture into a large and deep casserole dish when cool.
7) Add the can of corn on top of the meat and spread out evenly.
8) Cover with the sweet potatoes evenly – this can be tricky so what I usually do is spoon a little into each section and slowly spread it out.
9) Turn oven on to 375F and bake for about twenty minutes.

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Blueberry Muffins

I love muffins and they make the perfect on the go snack in the morning and on our way out in the early evening to soccer. Blueberries are a big hit in our home and I love using them up in our muffin recipes. Here is one of my favourite recipe!
– 2 cups of flour
– 2 tsp of baking powder
– 1/4 tsp of salt
– 1 cup of sugar
– 1 cup of melted butter
– 2 eggs
– 3/4 cup of milk
– 1 1/2 cups of blueberries (love using fresh ones)
1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt into one bowl and set aside.
3. Combine sugar and melted butter in a second bowl. Add two beaten eggs into mixture and whisk well.
4. Slowly add milk and whisk continuously.
5. Add this mixture into the dry mixture and mix well.
6. Add blueberries and mix well.
7. Add into muffin wrappers on a muffin tray. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden on top (or when you insert a toothpick it comes out dry).
Enjoy! This recipe makes twelve muffins.
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