Friday, August 29, 2008

Off Again

Camping again,this time with some friends. We'll be camping on the Thames river. Well, not ON the river, but beside it hahaha. I hope we have a great time and that the bugs are at a minimum! There is nothing quite like a meal cooked on a campfire in the outdoors with friends and family to share it with :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

What a slacker I am!

I have hardly posted at all on here! Well, in my defence, I have been very busy. G has been on vacation the last two weeks and we've been running here there and everywhere. Mostly just day trips, although we did go camping for one night. I hate to leave Wally at home alone overnight, since I know he misses me very much. When I came home from camping he was SO excited to see me, he was jumping and barking and tearing around the yard!

I even now don't have much time to blog, but I just wanted to get something written down :)
Kyle in the glow of the campfire

Sunday, August 10, 2008

In which I eat Haggis

Yes, it is true. I found, bought and consumed the venerable Scottish dish known as Haggis. It tasted like a slightly sheepy meatloaf. It was kind of mealy and sticky in the throat, but I have no idea what the aversion to this dish is~ maybe a case of "if you know what is in it you won't eat it", like hot dogs or sausages. Ok, yes, I know it is made of a sheep's lungs, liver, and heart mixed with oatmeal and spices, but honestly, it isn't that bad!

It was a relatively costly, at $1.50 for half a sausage, but now I can honestly say that I have eaten haggis!

Haggis Recipe: (taken from this page)

Traditional Haggis

1 sheep's pluck (stomach bag)

2 lb.. dry oatmeal

1 lb. suet

1 lb. lamb's liver

2 1/2 cups stock

1 large chopped onion

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper,

Jamaica pepper and salt
Boil liver and parboil the onion, then mince them together. Lightly brown the oatmeal. Mix all ingredients together. Fill the sheep's pluck with the mixture pressing it down to remove all the air, and sew up securely. Prick the haggis in several places so that it does not burst. Place haggis in boiling water and boil slowly for 4-5 hours. Serves approximately 12.

a rarely seen wild Haggis:

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I stopped at a yardsale yesterday, and had a complete flood of childhood memories. For sale on a huge table were just about every single Fisher Price Little people set ever made. I wanted to buy them all, but of course space and money prevented me. I did buy a zoo, though. It has all it's pieces and is in very good shape. I remember playing for hours upon hours with my sisters, creating elaborate stories with our men, and being so completely involved in our play that bedtime came right after breakfast, or so it seemed!

this is not my picture, I found this picture on ebay, but this is the set that I bought

I also bought a campervan, which I did not have as a child, but I knew that my nephew Samuel would enjoy playing with it when he comes over to play. My boys are making full use of the zoo, camper, and bucket of men that I bought! The great part is that all the pieces are with the sets!

I am glad that my boys enjoy playing with them as much as I used to :)