Arcade Block, February 2015

In February, I couldn’t resist the promised Legend of Zelda loot in the Arcade Block so here it is!

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First up is a wonderful Link plush. I already had one of those, but hey! two is better than one XD

 

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Next up is a pac-man key chain that makes pac-man noises (!) and a lovely Starfox Coffee cup!

 

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Then there was a buildable figure of Sonic. This one is probably going to end up in my nephew’s hands since he loves Sonic haha

 

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This month’s shirt was a very beautiful Majora’s Mask themed shirt.

 

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Last of all is this lovely map of Hyrule in A Link to the Past printed on a mouse pad!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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The Croods

The Croods

Released in March 2013, The Croods is a 3D computer-animated adventure comedy produced by DreamWorks Animation.

The story follows a family of caveman, the Croods, as they live under their father’s strict care and try to survive while living under a cave. One night, the eldest daughter, Eep, defies her father’s orders by going out of the cave at night and meets a young man, Guy, that tells her about the end of the world. After a huge earthquake that destroys their cave, the Croods are forced to go up the mountain and jump in unknown territory where everything is quite strange. With the help of Guy, they try to reach a mountain far away and get to “Tomorrow”

I didn’t quite know what to expect of this movie. All I knew was it seemed funny, but I wasn’t expecting much of a story. I was quite surprised by how it turned out. The story itself is just a family meeting a new guy and trying to survive the end of the world together, but when you look deeper there is such a big meaning inside of it. For example, you can learn that it’s okay to change how you do things, to go in the unknown. I also got surprisingly attached to the characters, especially the father, which surprised me since he annoyed me at the beginning. I definitely recommend watching this movie no matter how old you are. It may be animated, which sometimes hint that it’s for kids, but it is a wonderful movie to learn lessons you might not have learned yet.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Chicken Tikka Masala

I bought one of those packets of spices pre-measured to make a certain recipe and it was so good that I decided to share it here!

Ingredients

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  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • Chicken
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 540ml of diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup of whipping cream (35%)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp of salt

Spices:

  • 2 tsp of Club House Paprika
  • 1 tsp of Club House Dehydrated Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp of McCormick Gourmet Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp of Club House Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp of Club House Crushed Red Pepper (optional)

 

Step One

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Cut your chicken in pieces. Melt the butter in a large skillet then add the chicken pieces, the onion and the lemon juice. Sauté for 10 minutes.

 

Step Two

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Stir in all the spices, except for the Red Pepper. Simmer for 1 minute while stirring constantly.

 

Step Three

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Stir in the tomatoes until well mixed, then combine the cream, the cornstarch and the salt and gradually add the mixture in the skillet. Stir in the Red Pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened. Don’t forget to stir frequently

 

Final Product

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Enjoy!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Wine Bottle Decoration, Part 2 – Tissue Paper Pompom

DIY found here: http://www.taradennis.com/create/accessorise/tissue-paper-pom-poms.html

Ingredients

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  • Ribbon
  • Tissue Paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Skewer sticks (or something else to hold the pompoms)

 

Step One

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Using about 7 pieces of tissue paper cut down to 25cm x 17cm, fold them “accordian” style. Tie a thread around to hold it together and place another piece of thread under the knot. This piece will be used to tie it around the skewer stick.

 

Step Two

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Cut the edges to form some kind of triangle

 

Step Three

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While holding the middle (where the thread is), carefully seperate each piece of the tissue paper to form a pompom

 

Step Four / Final Product

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Using the double-sided tape, tape some ribbon arround the top of the bottle to hide that orange thing that was there last week. Tie the pompoms around one or several skewer sticks and place them inside the bottle. Voila!

I’m not quite sure if I like how it looks, I think I might change it in the future and try to find branches like in the tutorial I linked to above.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Written by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a drama-thriller novel first published in 1886.

The tale follows Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer with a very special friend. While walking with his cousin, Utterson learns of an incident witnessed by his cousin concerning a certain Mr. Hyde. With this name ringing a bell, Utterson heads back home and searches through the wills of his clients to find his friend’s, Dr. Jekyll. Just like he thought, the will that had given Utterson an uneasy feeling did mention Mr. Hyde. The will stated that if Dr. Jekyll were to disappear for three months or to die, everything should go to Mr. Hyde. Utterson starts investigating his friend, Dr. Jekyll, and tries to meet with the mysterious Mr. Hyde. A series of unfortunate events happen before Utterson can finally know the truth.

Just like any tale as old as time, I knew about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but I had never read the book myself. I was surprised at the fact that the book isn’t about how Dr. Jekyll started becoming Mr. Hyde, but was instead about a lawyer named Utterson that was investigating Mr. Hyde. It was only at the end that we got to know the story from Dr. Jekyll’s point of view. I was still immersed in the story and would definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to know the story in depths.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Verry Berry Cake

Original recipe here: http://www.skinnymom.com/2013/06/12/no-bake-red-white-and-boom-icebox-cake/

Ingredients

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I won’t be putting measurements because I just went to taste.

  • 9×9 inch pan (or bigger if you need more servings)
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cool Whip (or some other brand)
  • Graham Crackers (the grocery store didn’t have any so I used another brand again)
  • Chocolate chips

 

Step One

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Start with a layer of Cool Whip then put some graham crackers

 

Step Two

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Put another layer of Cool Whip then some blueberries and some chocolate chips

 

Step Three

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Another layer of Cool whip and some strawberries with chocolate chips

 

Step Four / Final Product

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I wanted to do another layer of Cool Whip and crackers before another layer of fruits, but I didn’t have enough space or enough Cool Whip so I just did another layer of Cool Whip then some more blueberries and chocolate chips. Put in the refrigerator and you’re done!

 

I’m probably going to make this recipe again because it is delicious, but I might do it a bit differently. I found it a bit weird that the bottom layer was Cool Whip, made it also hard to serve. So next time, I think I might try to do a bottom layer of a crust made of graham cracker pieces then put some Cool Whip. I’ll try making a little note in a post someday when I try this version out.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Professional Goal Update #1

I’ve been struggling for the past weeks to find the perfect solution where we could have a house, a second baby not too far apart from our son and where I’d still get to study in what I want. I even made three scenarios and worked out in each of them when I would start school, when my toddler would start kindergarten and when we would be able to have a second baby.

The first scenario is me starting school this September. I like this scenario because it means I would get to start studying what I want sooner. The problem with this scenario is that it would mean that my son would need to go in daycare sooner than what I would have wanted, unless my in-laws accept to babysit him. If they do that, than I would feel more comfortable if I didn’t have too much school hours during the day so that their day isn’t wasted, which would mean it would take 4 years instead of 3 to finish the program. Since I can’t have a baby while in school, it would mean that my son would be about 6 years when he gets a sibling and I don’t want them to be this far apart. It would also mean that I would have to pay for my school and my son’s school at the same time for 2 years.

The second scenario would be for me to wait a year to let us settle in our new home and get back on track financially before adding the costs of school. This scenario pretty much gives the same result as the first scenario. Since my son would be 3 when I would start school, I wouldn’t mind as much his going to daycare so I would be able to do the program in 3 years. It would still mean we would have our second baby way later than what I would like and it would still mean I would be stuck paying for my son’s school and mine at the same time for 2 years.

The last scenario is simply us taking a year to settle then having our second baby. I would wait for the second baby to go to daycare before starting school. I’m thinking it would take about 3 years before the second baby would go in daycare, but depending on the finances it might be sooner if I need to get a full time job for us to be able to live properly.

With all these scenarios I really wanted to go for the first one, but the thing is, the houses are pretty pricey where we want to move. I thought I could find one in our price range where we could afford it with only me working part time, and I found some that looked okay. They weren’t exactly what we wanted, but they were houses we would’ve been able to live in fine until we could renovate to our taste. Sadly, all those houses aren’t in good places. One of them is too far from the city, another one is right next to train tracks and then there’s one that has a farm behind it (we would smell cow poop all summer). All the other houses are either in really bad shape or too pricey; which means scenario number 3 it is.

With scenario number 3 in mind, the plan now is to finish the secretary course I signed up in back in November and get a job in that. I’m hoping I’ll still be able to stay home more than a year with the second baby, but I guess we’ll have to see when we get there.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Wine Bottle Decoration, Part 1

I’ve had an idea of decoration with a wine bottle for a while now, but there was a small detail that I couldn’t figure out to complete the idea. Now that I’ve figured that out, here is part 1 of the decoration!

Ingredients

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  • Paint of the color of your choice
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint brush
  • Wine bottle

 

Step One

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Place the painter’s tape in the pattern you want

 

Step Two / Final Product for Part 1

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Paint your bottle. The orange bit at the top is going to be covered in part 2 of this project.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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