Chasing Dreams

Traveling with kids Freedom. Independence. What so many people chase after these days is something very few actually succeed in attaining. The dream of working for yourself or from home, unfettered by a commute and a cubicle, has been perpetuated by those trying to make money off other people’s dreams. We have wasted so much […]

Environmental Re-thought

Environmentalists need to change their consumption patterns if they wish to stay on their high horses. That being said, there are as many varieties of environmentalists as there are models of automobiles. There are the die hard types who chain themselves to forestry equipment and take selfies with smart phones, and there are the ones […]

Double Chocolate Muffins

Double chocolate muffins Here is a recipe for some double chocolate muffins that are ketogenic, gluten free, dairy free, and school friendly. The fun part of baking and cooking is finding a recipe you like and changing it to match your own preferences. One alteration I would suggest is instead of chocolate chips, use dried […]

Change on Change

The best laid plans can quite often go awry. While Rebecca was taking Mathias to get yet another tooth fixed, at exorbitant prices because Alberta dentists get to set their own rate, I was supposed to pick up some testing requisition papers from the doctor’s office and then go shopping. That was after dropping Noah […]

Gluten Free Paleo Brownies

Epic gluten free, sugar free, paleo brownies Here is a recipe for brownies that are healthy and delicious. There is no sacrifice in taste or texture, and it is fairly simple to make. In fact, I prefer these to conventional brownies. Most of the kids enjoyed this recipe, except of course for Noah who didn’t […]

Tower Garden Update 2

Our Tower Garden with the pots all filled finally. We’ve finally been able to put our babies in the Tower Garden! Most of the starts are up and some are starting to put out their true leaves. Some of the cells are a little over populated, so we will be thinning later. We just want […]

Preparing for a Trip

Travel food It’s a busy day in the Dobbin home. We’re preparing for a trip: 2 days and 1 night at the West Edmonton Mall. It’s a combined birthday present for the two oldest whose birthdays are only two weeks apart. Packing is not as difficult as it used to be, because Naomi is older, […]

New Year’s Tweaks

Surprise! Happy New Year to all! In and of itself the day means little, the point where the calendar starts again. However, it provides for us an opportunity to consciously think about our lives and reassess ourselves, as well as a convenient marker from which to start. Having resolutions does not mean that you are […]

Open Gym

The kids waiting in line for the spring board. Every parent knows that it can be difficult to find things for the kids to do in the winter to keep them off video games, and get them moving. We found out that the local gymnastics club was having an open gym time so of course […]

A Recipe for the Future

Looking up. To prepare a fortifying soup take the broth of beef from Canada and leeks from Egypt, and add thereto five potatoes from Peru or Ireland. To this add four carrots from Iran or Afghanistan, roughly cut. Chop into the mixture a brassica: either kale of Greece, cabbage of Savoy, or turnip from India. […]