“Cмачний” Means “Delicious”

… in Ukrainian! I know very little about Ukraine, its culture, its people or its language. But I do love pierogies. My mistake lies in calling these Ukrainian pierogies though, because the Ukrainian pierogy should actually be called varenyky. According to Wikipedia the Mennonite way is to bake pierogies and serve with borscht, and with…

Vancouver = Bugs + Coffee

It’s a Friday night, the rain is pouring outside (finally!) and I’m writing up lesson plans for a senior accounting class. Such is the life of a student teacher. Call me strange but I’m actually in so much bliss. Ah, life. A break is in order though, so let’s talk about some of the weird…

Autumn Cheesecake

I apologize for having not posted in over a week T_____T. To cheer you up though, heeeeere’s cheesecake! And just in time for Thanksgiving, too! Mind you, Joy and I made this around midnight, so let the crazies begin!

Bug off!

No, no, I don’t mean you, dear reader. I mean this: And no, I didn’t take a picture of any of the ones I killed while they were alive. I had a bad enough time searching the web (no pun intended) for photos *shudder*.

First Breakfast

It’s almost October and I am a bit squicked out to say that I’ve conquered 12 spiders thus far. I’ll be trying out how well citronella essential oil (cymbopogon nardus, if you will) works as a bug repellent tonight. If it raises my heart rate (as Wikipedia so fondly informs me) I’ll be sure to…

Fancy Plants

I’m so absolutely hug-deprived right now that it’s so un-funny, it’s sad. Only the 4L carton of chocolate milk in the fridge is enough to keep away my woes. Oh woe. I guess I should get a cup of chocolate milk right now. And yeah, I realize that has nothing to do with plants. But…

Growing Flowers

On the verge of beginning Week 3 of classes at UBC, I present to you A Way to Make One’s Room Pretty. But first! A picture of a baby cow! I saw this one at PNE (Pacific National Exhibition), which is sort of like Calgary’s Stampede except less crazy and more stress-free (although I like the…

Keeping Track of Things

While I was at work during the summer, I had a bit of a brainwave. You see, the dilemma facing me was developing healthy habits when I’d be all on my lonesome in Van-city. I made a short list of habits that I wanted to try to keep up during the school year and had…

Summer Project: Harry Potter and the Transforming Munny

Having neglected to take before and after photos, I encourage you all to Google “blank mini Munny” to see the initial product. This was originally J’s but he let me decorate it. Each Munny is sold with a mystery accessory of its own – this one came with glasses so I decided to attempt a…