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Date Nights and Sleepovers



Hey guys, Jess here!

Yesterday was Canada Day, and being from Canada Matt (more me than Matt, he grew up in the U.K) and I decided that we needed to participate this year! The capital city is about twenty minutes from where we live. Actually, Matt works in the city and prior to moving out ward we lived downtown for about a year. We’re pretty familiar with the city and the goings on when it comes to major events.

This year, due to Canada being 150 years a nation they held a huge free concert where Deadmau5 was the headliner. I know nothing of the EDM scene, but Matt is rather fond of it, and had never attended a concert before! You know we had to go. I love concerts, and Matt was really excited to see one of his favorite artist live. My mom, who doesn’t work weekends was more than thrilled to have a sleepover at our house, and take care of Thomas while Matt and I went on our first night out since having him. We were both pretty nervous!

Really worth it though. It was nice to get away from being “Mom and Dad” and get back to being “Jess and Matt” for a second. Although, five minutes in and we were both ready to be home watching a movie and doing soother seek and finds. Still, it was an amazing show, and we had a great time. We also did a little exploring, seeing how when we moved into the city I was 3 months pregnant, and Matt was hard on the job hunt so we didn’t get a lot of time to do anything. Then the snow came, then Thomas came… you see where I’m going with this. We did get a quick peek at the city clock, deemed “Nelson” after the convention go-ers decided to make him a city mascot.

Anyone figure out where we live yet? I swear Matt smiles, you guys have seen it! It was a really steep hill, with a lot of stairs and I complained pretty much the whole way up. I hate stairs. By the time we got here, he was pretty well done with me and my nonsense.

On top of a great concert, I also went a little over board and made one of our favorite snacks!

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Oh yes. Home made chips. I’m really not into deep frying things, but once in a while ya’ll know you just have to have some greasy grub. Going to the concert just seemed like a good time to bust out the grease, because we were going to work it all off anyway! They’re a bit of work, between slicing, soaking them in water, and then hovering over a fryer while they cook. You also get to practice self control when they come out of the pot and you pretend they didn’t so you can just stand there and snack away while the next batch is cooking. We made some yummy Sriracha dipping sauce to go with them! A little mayo (we use Miracle Whip brand) and Sriracha to taste. I like it spicy so I added…well I added a healthy amount. Either way, so tasty and perfect for a night out with just the two of us!

We’re 100% beat today, and I had a nap this afternoon when Thomas went for his but I am still excited to see my bed tonight.

Hope you guys had a great weekend, and did something you enjoy!

Stay possible

  • Jess
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So little time

Hey guys, Jess here!

Big news! With a little back story to go with it.

Matt and I aren’t technically married for starters. We’re Common Law in the eyes of the government, but our last names are different and I’m not a “Mrs” . All that being discussed, I did something a little crazy!

I asked Matt to marry me.

He said yes of course! We had discussed it at length since we found out Thomas was on the way, and I am an impatient woman; so I asked him.

The quote is one of my favorite Doctor Who quotes reading “Together Forever Through Time and Space”. We are really excited and already tired of people asking, “When’s the big day?!” and “Where will you have it?!” . ┬áHasn’t even been a week yet guys, let’s just let it sink in yeah?

To top it off, he bought me the domain for the blog! Lifepossible.ca is now official! Right now it’s still linked here, until Matt and I have a day that we can sit down together and build the domain proper. Keep an eye out!

Stay possible guys!

  • Jess
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Royal Icing



  • 5 eggs whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powder sugar
  • lemon juice (optional)
  1. Whisk together egg whites and vanilla until frothy
  2. Add powdered sugar, small amounts at a time mixing well until you reach your desired consistency. Add food coloring for a fun addition!

*Powdered egg whites or meringue powder can be used in place of raw egg whites

This recipe was found on Pinterest from an unknown author.

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Lemon Sugar Cookies



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks salted room temperature butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt – set aside
  2. In a separate bowl beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed
  3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition
  4. Beat in lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla
  5. Beat in flour mixture until well combined
  6. Separate dough into to even pieces and shape into 1 inch thick disks. Wrap disks in food safe plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour, up to over night
  7. Position oven racks in the middle and lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, or lightly grease and flour sheets
  8. Working with one disk at a time, roll onto a lightly floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies using cutters of your choice, and place 1 inch apart on baking tray.
  9. Bake for 12-13 minutes, switching pans from top to bottom, and rotating front to back half way through. The cookies should be firm to the touch, but not browned at the edges
  10. Let cool on trays for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely

 

“Lemon Sugar Cookies” p.35 (derived from The Nerdy Nummies Cook Book written by Rosanna Pansino 2015)

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Slowly but surely

Hey guys, Jess here!

Two things! One, I almost burnt another dozen cookies. I didn’t! But oh boy it was a close one. Two, royal icing takes literally hours to dry on cookies. I started with flooding (when you outline the cookie with icing, let it sit for about five minutes, then fill it in and spread out the icing) at about 2 o’clock. I checked at 6 o’clock and they were firm, but still cracking.

Now I’m not sure if I just used too much icing when I flooded them, or if its just the nature of the beast. Who knows. Either way they’re half done!

This is after they had been flooded and were just hanging out. My outlines are so crooked, it’s awesome. I decided that I was going to simple and just do a white base and blue embellishments.

My husband was home from work and got super excited, and decided that he wanted to help. He looked like a kid at Christmas, and who am I to spoil his fun?

See, now how could you turn him down with all that excitement? Silly Matt.

With the addition of the blue icing I learned yet another fun tid-bit! With royal icing, a little more runny makes good for flooding, but when adding details you’re going to want it a little more stiff. Our decorating became sort of blob like as we were going. Still we had lots of fun decorating them, and I had fun teasing Matt about his oh-so fancy skills.

I’ll post recipes in the Recipe page tomorrow, but for tonight guys I am just ready for bed!

Stay possible!


  • Jess
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Sometimes You Win…



Hey guys, Jess here!

Today – Today I learned a valuable thing about my oven. My oven doesn’t like me. At all.

We replaced the element in the bottom of the silly thing when we moved into this house, because it was burnt out. I’m not used to baking with such a hot element, all of the ovens I have used previous had their own issues and I’m acclimated to using dysfunctional ovens. What did I ruin you ask? Good question.

I’ve decided I want to try my hand at cookie decorating. One of my favorite YouTube personalities Rosanna Pansino (link to her channel down below – not an affiliate) has amazing sugar cookie decorating skills. I decided I was going to make sugar cookies, and spend tomorrow decorating them with royal icing to see how I would fair.

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Don’t mind my grungy looking sheet pans, they came over on the May Flower. This is what happened. I’m blaming my oven, mainly because it’s not fair to blame the baby. He started fussing on his floor mat (you know the ones, they have all those dangle bits for them to swat and play with?) so I skipped the five feet to scoop him up. Within the 2 minutes I was preoccupied with the little faker (he was fine, just wanted to make sure I wasn’t gone anywhere with out him) they burnt. Like you see above.

Luckily! This was only half the dough. I still have another dozen cookies in the fridge that need to be rolled and baked off. My plan is tomorrow, during nap time, I’ll get them baked off before he gets up. Timed right, I should have at least an hour to get them done. Really that’s a reasonable amount of time seeing how sugar cookies only take 8-10 minutes in the oven.

Tomorrow after they’re all cooled and decorated I’ll be posting lots of pictures, and the recipes that I used for said cookies! Until then, bask in the knowledge that I burnt a dozen cookies, so you didn’t have to.

Stay possible!

  • Jess

Link to Rosanna Pansino’s cooking show Nerdy Nummies on Youtube :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjwmbv6NE4mOh8Z8VhPUx1Q

Again – no affiliation