Chapter 26: Butterflies Go Free!

So this week is supposed to be Steven's week, but I have him working on something more important. You get me! Unfortunately I don't have a ton to say about this week. I've mainly been working a lot of over time!

I came home super hungry Thursday night, and Steven had some mac and cheese on the stove. I don't know the last time I had that stuff, so I was pretty excited, until he said it wasn't done, he was trying something he had seen online...

Instant scepticism.

This was what he was attempting: craft dinner, and cheddar cheese waffles. Sounds intriguing right? Well DON'T LET IT LIE TO YOU. This was vicious trap. drawing us in with promises of golden crispy cheese. We were powerless, and It made such fools out of us. The cheese instantly bonded with the waffle maker, and became near impossible to remove. When we opened the waffle maker, instead of a waffle, we had two half waffles, glued - nay - cemented to the waffle iron. We felt hunger and shame as we chipped it off, and will be more wary of food that sounds too good to be true in future...

Well that was the low part of our week, but this is definitely the high point: BUTTERFLIES GO FREE!

We went to the botanical gardens with Amber and Devin Saturday morning to go see the butterflies in one part of the greenhouses. It was just on a whim, and even though I was working that afternoon we were somehow able to squeeze it in last minute. I was determined to see those butterflies! We didn't get to stay as long as I would have liked though. I would have happily stayed all day long. We spent way too long in the other parts of the green house before we finally found the butterfly green house. Its a two story building with plants around the walls and a courtyard in the centre. As we walked through the doors my jaw literally dropped open. The air was thick with all different types and colours of butterflies! Tiny black and green ones, ones with wings that beat 4 times faster than others, massive brown ones, white ones, golden monarchs, and azure blue ones. Amber and I were in such heaven. I didn't think I would be quite as excited as I was, and when we had butterflies landing on us of their own will, we pretty much had gone to heaven. We think the key to it for next time is wear red, orange or hot pink (the colour of flowers) and cover yourself in fruit juice. We will be irresistible to those beauties! Muahaha...

Eventually I pulled myself away to get to back to work, but I definitely feel like I need to go back!

https://youtu.be/m4BRFGsUkX0

Today after church Steven saw a recipe for home made fried chicken in a cast iron pan, and decided he had to try it. Luckily we had vegetable shortening for some unknown reason, and he went to town. It was crispy and delicious! As we were eating it he kept saying "Wow! This is great!" I'm like: "Yes sweetie it is, you did a great job." "I know! I'm so surprised and impressed with myself!" haha silly guy

We decided to make cookies after dinner, but had no chocolate chips. We had no oatmeal, no coconut, and no nuts. So... We now have raisin spice cookies. They were really yummy, but they might have been yummier than they deserved credit for. We have been off refined sugar all week. Mostly we just felt really bloated and nasty and wanted a bit of a detox. A month was the original goal, but one week nearly killed us. Maybe one week is doable, if we get cheat days. Maybe we can have sugar on weekdays, or if it is in something we have made ourselves? I'm not sure. We will see how we feel tomorrow.

love,

Heather (and Steven. The video is his contribution!)