Travel Log: Drumheller and Dinosaurs

So last weekend Geoffrey and I thought it would be fun to get out of the city for the day. That meant we were off on a trip to Drumheller for the day. Though it is a few hours there and back, we decided to just do the trip in one day instead of overnight. Now, there was a specific reason for our trip to the badlands. The Royal Tyrrell Museum.

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For those of you that haven’t heard of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, it’s basically a museum of palaeontology. Dinosaur fossils galore! I love going to this museum partially because it ties in with some of the subjects I’m studying for my degree, and partially because it’s freaking awesome. Who wouldn’t want to spend the day looking at prehistoric creatures?!?!

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Though a round trip to Drumheller in a day may not seem worth it to some, it was a fantastic way to spend part of our weekend. We had so much fun heading out of the city and we’ll probably head back again sometime next year.

Book Nook: Keeping Record Of Your Books

I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of books. I could practically open up a library if I wanted to. The only problem is it’s hard to keep track of the books I currently own. It always makes me nervous if I am collecting a series and don’t remember what books I have when I’m at the store (like Nancy Drew). I also wanted to have a record somewhere just in case anything ever happened to my collection. So I’ve been on the hunt for ways to keep record of my entire personal library.

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I’ve been looking at different programs and websites that can store information about my book collection for quite some time. For those of you interested in keeping record of your book collections I can suggest using either Library Thing or Delicious Library 3.

Library Thing is a website that is free to join that you can use to catalogue your books. I liked this website because it places all your books in a proper library catalogue for your own personal use. I really like the different ways you can organize your books within the catalogue and it’s just simple to use. There are only two cons to using this website. The first of which is the entry of each book. There isn’t a scanner or anything you can use in conjunction with the website, so you have to manually enter the codes at the back of the book or make the book entries yourself. There is also a limit to the number of books you can keep in the free library catalogue you get when you sign up. You can catalogue 200 books on your free account, but you can get unlimited books in your catalogue if you pay $10/year or $25 for a lifetime account.

Delicious Library 3 is an application that my sister told me to check out in the App Store on my Mac. You can get a free trial of their app from their website, but the software does cost $25. However, there are many advantages to using this software over Library Thing. This program is a lot more visual than Library Thing. Where Library Thing gives you lists of your books, Delicious Library can let you view your books in a list view, or as virtual covers on a bookshelf.

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Another pro that made me really happy was the scanner app they have for iOS. So instead of having to type in all the codes on the back of the books, I can use an iPod, iPhone, or iPad to scan the information on the back and put it directly into my library. You can also scan items in with your webcam on your computer if you prefer. It definitely saved time and worked really well.

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Delicious Library also isn’t just for books. You can store video games, board games, tools, etc. in your library as well. You can create individual shelves for different types of items, and if it has a barcode you can record it with your scanner app.

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Hopefully this is useful for any of you looking to keep a detailed record of your book collection. I honestly loved both Library Thing and Delicious Library 3. They both had pros and cons, but they are both fantastic and I would suggest testing them out to find what works best for you.

Yummy Oatmeal Apple Raisin Cookies

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing one of my favourite go-to cookie recipes. These cookies taste awesome and they are a bit more healthy than standard chocolate chip cookies. I was planning on having more pictures, but I got so excited about making them I almost forgot completely.

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For this recipe you’ll need:

1 cup butter

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 cups flour

2 1/2 cups Quick Oats (I used the Quaker Brand)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup applesauce

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup rasins

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1) Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2) In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar until creamy.

3) Add applesauce, egg, and vanilla. Beat well until fully combined.

Tip: You can use either sweetened or unsweetened apple sauce. I usually use unsweetened, but the sweetened will make your cookies a little sweeter (and a little less healthy tasting).

4) In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add this to the apple mixture and mix well.

5) Add the oats and raisins. Mix well.

6) Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet.

Tip: To save on clean-up I line my baking sheets with parchment paper.

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7) Bake 11-13 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes. Remove from sheet and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes approx. 24 cookies.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

 

 

Travel Log: Disneyland

A few weeks ago I went with my younger sister and my husband to California. It had been about 5 years since I’ve gone on vacation with my sister, so it was awesome to go on vacation with her again.

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We had a blast! Though I was sick the entire time we were there, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the trip to the best of my ability. We went to see World of Color for the first time while we were there, and honestly words cannot describe how spectacular it was.

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I was really glad my sister came because Geoffrey has horrible motion sickness and I didn’t get to go on the teacups last time.

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I had so much fun with my husband and sister, and I hope I can go on another trip with them in the future.

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