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Oh, pumpernickel, you are delicious.   Here is a basic vegan pumpernickel bread recipe with a rich flavour that will not overpower what you accompany it with.  

Since I almost always have pumpernickel bread with spinach dip, I like to make two small, round loaves.  This way, once you've cut the bread into small pieces, each piece has a bit of the crust on it which adds to the texture and makes it easier for dipping!  For making sandwiches, make one large, round loaf, or shape the dough into a log for easy slicing.

 
 
Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom.  They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.  ~Jim Carrey

Well said, Ace.  This painting is super simple to make.  The hardest part is deciding what (if anything) to do with the space in the sky.  You can certainly leave it blank, add your daughter's name and hang it on her bedroom door, add your favourite quote and hang it in your kitchen...the choice is yours.

 
 
Kids are often fighting over space on the fridge to post their artwork.  They fight even more when it comes to who gets to use which magnet.  The solution?  Have them make their own magnets and they'll definitely not fight over which one they get to use anymore.  Especially when it comes to Justin Bieber (don't judge me)and Spiderman...

 
 
Canada's Wonderland has always been one of my absolute favourite places to be.  Having season passes this year, Señor and I decided to make a day trip down this past Saturday.  Considering it's a 3.5 hour drive each way, that's a pretty big commitment, but it was totally worth it.

Since they announced the new roller coaster, the Leviathan, Señor and I have been dreaming about it.  It wouldn't have mattered how long the line was to get on that ride, we were doing it, no matter what.  And we did, twice.  It was fantastic, as was the rest of our day.  Let me tell you about it and explain to you how my first experience of the Leviathan led to the delightful Banana Batman pictured below.

 
 
This flavourful salad can be served warm or cold and is a complete meal all on its own.   Reduce the serving size to serve as a side; double the recipe to serve a party.  It's quick and easy to make and is a great dish to bring to a potluck or summer BBQ.

 
 
Don't you just hate it when you have random bits of leftover tulle lying around?  I know I do...I bet it happens to everyone.  Well, maybe not, but it happened to me, so I found another way to use it. 

I was inspired by my daughter's recital costume hanging on the back of my bedroom door.  (Her recital is coming up and if I leave the costume in HER bedroom, she'll wear it 24/7 and it'll be ruined by the time she hits the stage.) 

Don't be scared, this is easier than it looks...

 
 
Cushions make great accent pieces and kids just love them, especially if they are soft, cuddly, colourful and have a cute character on the front.   It's a shame though that many cushions need to be thrown in the wash as a whole when they get dirty.  And kids make things dirty.  Really dirty.  Throwing the entire cushion in the wash really adds wear to it and changes the way the stuffing feels.  A lot of the time it's just the cushion cover that needs washing anyway.

Cushions with zipper closures can look very nice.  But the zipper can scratch certain surfaces like your furniture, or your kids face...so, let me show you how to make an envelope cushion cover that can be easily removed when it needs to be washed and that won't assault your children in any way.  

 
 
In Part 1 of this post, I showed you some of the child & toddler sized aprons that I will be selling at this year's Northern Lights Festival Boréal.  Here is one of the three styles of adult sized aprons that I will have available.  The design for these is the same as the child & toddler sized aprons and a lot of the materials match with them, making them a great combination gift.

 
 
Grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup is something we eat a little too often around here.  It's quick, and we know the kids will eat it.  Sometimes though, I imagine the types of things I can add to my sandwich to spruce it up a little.  But that never happens because there's usually no time.  Well, people, I just had time. However, if you don't like caramelized onions, this really isn't for you!

 
 
A great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes is to turn them into filling for perogies.  To do this, throw the mashed potatoes into a pot over medium heat along with any kind of cheese you have on hand.  Add as much cheese as you want along with any spices you're in the mood for.   Stir until the cheese is melted and well incorporated into the potatoes.  Then set the filling aside while you prepare the dough as set out below.

Warning: These perogies are huge.  If you want them smaller, you can adjust the method accordingly. But you might regret it, 'cause these kick ass.

 

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