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Julienne Fries

I know what I want for Christmas some sort of julienne cutter. This is easy enough to do by hand, but the gadget lover in me says there has to be another way. 

I did the peeling and cutting, Em did the washing, tossing and shaking. Keep reading, you’ll soon understand. We both enjoyed this! 

Juilene Fries 


Makes 2 servings. 

5 medium russet potatoes

1 tsp oil- omit if you’re oil free

Some salt- omit if you don’t use salt or use another seasoning you like. Like garlic powder 😀 

Method:

1. Peel the potatoes (or scrub really well if leaving the skin on). Once the potatoes are peeled, wash them. 

2. Cut the ends off, then thinly slice each side, so you end up with a flat surface on all sides. (Save the pieces for carrot potato cheese sauce, or for broth or toss them. But that’s plain potato abuse.)

3. Cut the potato in thin slices, then with each piece of potato cut into thin strips. Think length and thickness of a match stick. 

4. Toss with oil if your using and salt or other seasoning. 

5. Place in the air fryer. Cook in 180 for 20-25 mins, shaking once. Or twice if you feel like it. 

6. Enjoy!

Note* When a recipe calls for shaking. I take the amount of time, in this case 20 mins and cut it in half- set my timer for 10 mins. Shake, flip, stir, toss however you want to say it. Then set the timer for another 10 mins. Makes sense? I hope so. I’m rarely ever doing one thing at a time, (infact I’m eating fries right now) so, this is a handy tip for busy people like you and me. 

We hope you will enjoy this recipe. 

Unicorn Smoothie 

My daughter loves everything about unicorns. So when that coffee shop came out with their sugary unicorn diabetes in a glass, of course she wanted one. No way was I going to buy it. Instead, I decided to make an unicorn smoothie. (Yeah I know I’m months late jumping on this band wagon- but what ev’s).

We were in the grocery store and noticed the PC line of frozen fruits were on sale. We bought a bag Avacodo’s, a bag of Pineapple’s and a bag of a cherry, blueberry and blackberry mix. I had a bag of strawberries already in the freezer.

The drink was interesting. I’m not a fan of some of the fruit, but it wasn’t bad and I can cross one more drink off my #lifegoals list.

How did we do it? I’m glad you asked. Here’s how. Make the smoothies and layer it. Lol There is a trick to layering the different smoothies which I will tell you about.

Pour each smoothie into its own container.  This makes about 4-5 wine glasses or 2 large drinks.


For the strawberry smoothie:

A cup of frozen strawberries, 1 fresh banana, a 1/4-1/2 tsp agave or sweetener of your choice, Silk almond milk. Blend.

For the avocado smoothie:

1 cup frozen avocado, 1 fresh banana, Silk almond milk. Blend.

For the pineapple smoothie:

1 cup pineapple, Silk almond milk. Blend.

For the cherry, blueberry, blackberry smoothie:

1 cup frozen berry mix, 1/4-1/2 tsp agave, Silk almond milk. Blend.

Place the heavier smoothies on the bottom. If you managed to get the same consistency for all of the smoothies, then layer as you like.

NOW the important part here is- don’t just go pouring the smoothies into the glass. This won’t give you that layered look your trying to achieve. You need to spoon the smoothies into the glass. Just take the few extra minutes. Don’t be lazy.

To make it a little more fun, top with So Delicious coco whip, chocolate sauce and sprinkles. Also this would make for a good smoothie bowl! Add some granola and chocolate chips. You can make this into ice cream as well, just reduce the amount of almond milk you use. Now, where can I find clear ice cream cones? That would be so much fun!


If you make this, let us know what you think!

Sidenote* Em has been wanting me to make emoji poop cookies. We’ll see how that turns out.

Loaded Veggie Wrap

This can’t really be called a recipe, but I wanted to share it with you anyways. This baby is loaded with all the veggies. You can add more if you want or omit what you don’t like or have on hand. This is meant to nourish your body with fresh ingredients maybe with veggies straight out of your garden.
Shredded carrots, diced radish, lettuce, green onion, tomatoes, cucumber, diced celery, diced pickles, and some Vegenaise, and I like mustard on it. That’s it. Make sure to chop up enough veggies for the week. Store each veggie in it’s own mason jar. You can use all these toppings on a side salad later on in the week, or for another wrap. Or in other dishes. If you have your veggies prepped already you will be more inclined to use them up, the task isn’t so daunting when you are hangry.


And yes, I do double wrap as I find I stuff mine too full of veggies and it holds better. Sometimes, I’m just too lazy to make two- so it’s like a double stuffed wrap.

What veggies do you like in your wrap?
 

Summertime Fun

I always loved going to the beach when I was a kid. Those times where very special and rare. We lived in the country so it was a drive to get there and Mom didn’t always want to drive with us hot and miserable kids. 

I try to take the kids to the lake as often as possible because life is too short to be spending it working all the time. 

I’m honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, our city is giving free admission to all outdoor pools 😀 Score! I love a road trips but I love free even more. 

Of course packing for the 10 min drive to the pool requires time packing for it. We need food! The kids eat like there’s no tomorrow when they go swimming. 

What do you make to take to the lake, beach or pool?

Sunday Gardening, Getting Ready

Today my daughter and I decided to plant some bulbs to get ready for our school’s gardening club. We will be planting seeds as well so they can start growing before our first official meet on April 21. I can’t believe it. On the 6th when I went to bed there was 28 members, when I got to the school and before our first unofficial meet we’re up to 45, plus at least another 5 want to join… so I’m expecting at least 50 kids in our club. We had 22-24 students last year!!! Way to go! Our school is really big on clubs.

We planted some Gladiolus bulbs, and I hope they do ok. My other co-organizer planted some bulbs and seeds already. Can’t wait to see how they turn out.

Where’s a look at what Team Bloggins accomplished today:

A dozen bulbs planted. So stoked.

If anyone has any ideas on what website they like for kids gardening, please let us know. We are planning on putting together a workbook so they can log what they did, how the plants are coming along, colouring sheets, word searches, puzzles, cut outs and everything gardening. We want the students to really enjoy their time in gardening and green team club. Who knew kids would be so excited about picking up garbage? I guess the challenge of seeing who could pick up the most helped with the hype.

Anti Stress Putty Fun

Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone! Team Bloggins was busy making a stress reliver play dough of sorts. Only we didn’t have glitter and we don’t have lavender essential oil. So, we used peppermint. Our place smells like Christmas.

The recipe I found on line over at Facebook looked really easy showed it to my mini me and she said “we NEED to make that!” So, that’s what we got up to today.

Here’s the link for a sneak peak at our foolishness this afternoon Team Bloggins, check it out. On my personal page, we made a green dough as well.

 

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What colour or scents would you use?

To make this for yourself check out Anti stress lavender putty.

Interview with Ame Dyckman and Liz Climo

We are honored to have been able to interview Ame and Liz, the author and illustrator of You Don’t Want a Unicorn!

unicorn

This book will have you in tears from laughing so much. It’s a really great book that will please not only children, but the adults who read it as well.

Thank you so much Ame and Liz, for taking the time for the interview. I know this book will be successful 🙂

FROM AME:

  1. Who inspired you to start writing books?

I’ve wanted to be a children’s author ever since I was little. But well-meaning grown-ups in my life tried to steer me towards employment where I wasn’t likely to y’know… STARVE. I still dreamed of writing for kids, though, especially once I had one of my own to read to. When that kid started Kindergarten, she plunked me down in her little chair and gave me her own carefully considered should-I-try-to-be-an-author career advice:

“Go for it, Mommy!”

So, I did.

  1. What was your inspiration to write You Don’t Want a Unicorn?

YOU DON’T WANT A UNICORN started as a practical joke! My agent (the AMAZING Scott Treimel) had a submissions rule posted on his website: “NO UNICORN STORIES!”

Of course I sat down to write one. (Did I mention I’m a bit of a wise guy?)

The plan was to submit my joke unicorn story to Scott on April Fools’ Day. But the more I worked on this unicorn story, the more I realized, “Hang on… I actually REALLY LIKE this!”

Lucky for me, Scott did, too!

  1. What was your favorite subject in school?

I LOVED creative writing. I had the best time when my stories made the other kids laugh. Still do!

The only subject I was really bad at was chemistry, so I married a chemist. We make a great Trivial Pursuit team. (Fear us! We are MIGHTY!)

  1. Do you use a computer or paper to write out your stories?

I use a computer to write and revise. (And revise. And revise. And…) But I jot idea notes down the moment I get them—on anything. (And I mean ANYTHING. Even my cat knows she’s not safe when I get an idea and have a Sharpie.) You have to make sure a good idea doesn’t get away.

When I’m out and about, I type notes and bits of my characters’ dialogue (they shout in my head sometimes) into the Notes application on my phone. At last count, I had 976 Notes!

  1. Did you want a unicorn when you were a kid?

I SO wanted a unicorn! I had a framed poster of a unicorn in my room. I plastered Lisa Frank unicorn stickers on EVERYTHING. And I made horns for my Barbie Dream Horses out of aluminum foil and cheese wax. (I know. FANCY!)

  1. What would you feed a unicorn?

Unicorns eat shag carpeting and the marshmallow bits in sugary breakfast cereals. (They’re always after me Lucky Charms!)

  1. Do you like bunnies and unicorns?

I LOVE bunnies and unicorns! (And now I’m thinking of bunnicorns! Ankle-high adorable CHAOS!)

  1. How old is the boy in You Don’t Want a Unicorn? Does he have a girlfriend?

He never told me! (I suspect he’s pretty busy with his newest pet!)

  1. Are you friends with Liz, who illustrated You Don’t Want a Unicorn?

I like Liz very much! She’s smart and funny and nice and very, VERY talented! If we didn’t live so far apart (she’s on one side of the U.S., I’m on the other), it would be fun to hang out over coffee. (And cupcakes!)

  1. How many books have you written?

I’m guessing somewhere around 20-25 manuscripts. Some were just for practice. (My first manuscript was so bad, I buried it in my backyard! The worms still laugh at it. Worms can be surprisingly critical.) I’ve sold 12 books so far. YOU DON’T WANT A UNICORN! is the 5th one to come out after BOY + BOT, TEA PARTY RULES, WOLFIE THE BUNNY, and HORRIBLE BEAR! 2 more manuscripts are being decided on right now. And I have a huge pile of ideas and half-finished stories I should finish up someday.

I’d like to make enough books to have my own bookshelf in a library. That would be pretty cool!

  1. Do you have any projects that you are working on?

YES! Besides UNICORN events, this month I’m wrapping up all the little blurb-y things for my next book, READ THE BOOK, LEMMINGS!, which comes out in November. It’s my third Little, Brown book illustrated by WOLFIE THE BUNNY and HORRIBLE BEAR’s Zachariah OHora. I actually wrote it specifically FOR Zach to illustrate, and it came out even MORE FANTASTIC (and HILARIOUS!) than I imagined! Can’t wait to share this one with everybody, too! (“GERONIMO-O-O-O-O-O-O!”)

 

FROM LIZ:

  1. What inspired you to start illustrating books?

I’ve always loved to draw, but I come from a long line of children’s book authors and illustrators, which was definitely a big inspiration! My grandmother wrote children’s books, and her sister was an illustrator. My great grandma, their mother, also wrote children’s books. I feel so fortunate that I’m able to follow in their footsteps!

  1. What was your favorite subject in school?

I always loved art, english & biology. I was (am) pretty terrible at math, I think that part of my brain might be dormant!

  1. What was your favorite part in the book You Don’t Want a Unicorn?

I really like the part where the boy says goodbye to the unicorn. Although it’s a bit sad, I also think it’s very touching. I feel like instead of a “It was nice knowing you” it’s more like “Until next time, friend!”

  1. How many books have you worked on?

I have two comic compilations, The Little World of Liz Climo and Lobster is The Best Medicine, as well as a series of children’s books called Rory the Dinosaur (two so far, and another that will pub at the end of the year!) It’s been a busy, exciting couple of years!

  1. Do you have any up coming projects that you are working on?

I just finished working on another children’s book by author Jory John. I look forward to collaborating with other authors on their books, as well as writing some more of my own. It’s very inspiring working with such talented people.

  1. Do you think you and Ame will collaborate in the future?

I hope so!!!!! She’s the best!!!

All the best to you Ame and Liz, on all the projects you work on!!! XX Can’t wait to read the next book 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading our interview as much as we did. If you would like to read our review about You Don’t Want A Unicorn visit 2 Flirty Girls and a Juicer. The book is now available to order, if you would like to purchase a copy head over to Hachette Book Group: they even have a trailer, so cute. If you have young children, or know of any that want or just needs a unicorn….. you can thank these lovely ladies for pointing out the possible reasons why they really don’t want one.