Cookie mogul Eden Hertzogshares recipes she enjoys with her family
What a weekend. I took about 20 photos of various put-together meals, but none of them really seemed worthy of a post, to be honest. The truth is – we’re not really cooking these days, are we?
No, because all of a sudden it’s summer. It’s completely, utterly gorgeous outside and that means we don’t really turn on the stove.
Let’s take Saturday as an example. It was over 20 degrees and sunny, plus balmy and breezy, so we went down to the lake, which, in our neighbourhood of Parkdale/Roncesvalles is a little bit, how do you say, ghetto? Like a ghost town. Anyhow, Cedar doesn’t care. He was happy to sit on the boardwalk and look at his water bottle.
Or hang out near his Mama in her funny upside-down pirate ship shirt. Read more...
Cynthia Kinnunen blogs about sharing stuff from your childhood with your kids
Camping with the kids. It can be a little like ripping out your fingernails if you don’t come prepared. But if you give some thought to where you’re headed, who you’re going with and that you’ve packed most of the right things (including some extra sanity), it can actually be a lot of fun.
We took our kids camping again this past weekend. While we visit the inlaws’ cottage several times per year, we only end up camping about once each summer these days. Know why? Because we still have three kids under 9 and we’re not total gluttons for punishment. Read more...
Welcome to summer! It’s June 21st and all we can think about is, “How fast can we get to the beach?” Days are long and it’s a perfect time to be out swimming, grilling hamburgers and riding our bikes to the ice cream parlour. Here are five movies that deal with all that is awesome (and a couple things that are scary) about summer.
Frances isn’t into the idea of just sunbathing in a bikini in hopes of attracting some surfer dudes. After an incident with some kelp, she becomes interested in surfing and is given the name Gidget since the surfer dudes consider her a girl midget. Yes, it deals with some mature themes towards the end, when Moondoggie thinks that Big Kahuna is into Gidget, but mainly it’s about surfing and Gidget having the best summer ever. Read more...
There are two schools of thought when it comes to sandcastle-building, that time-honoured beach pastime of molding wet sand into attractive shapes. The first, commonly held by those who enter the world’s sandcastle-building competitions, is that a castle must be a pristine work of architecture, the result of hours of detailed planning and an assortment of building tools schlepped to the beach.
See, this is cool but it also seems like a lot of work.
Then there is the second school of thought – the Bunchland school of thought – that says, hello, building a sandcastle should be fun. And that means minimal equipment and pre-planning and hours of getting messy and wriggling your toes in the sand.
Bunchlander Amanda recently took her family to the Jersey Shore, a spot she’s been vacationing at since her teens, and says it’s nothing like you probably think. If you’ve seen a episode of the hit TV “reality” series Jersey Shore, you’re probably imagining a tacky wasteland, home to spray-tanned “guidos” and “guidettes” who enjoy “fist pumping” at the clubs. (We like the kiddie parody above.) If you’ve ever seen a movie or TV show that referenced “Joisey,” the common stereotype is that it’s a dump no one would ever want to visit, let alone live in. (There’s even a website devoted to changing people’s perceptions of “Dirty Jersey”: JerseyDoesntStink.com.) Read more...