January, 2016

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LEGO Review – 31014-1 Power Digger

This thing is just too cute. I have another little yellow construction vehicle on my desk, so I was happy to add this one. It’s like they’re cousins. If you like construction vehicles, this is a great set to have. If you have a little kid, this is a great set to have. If you’re an adult that likes LEGO, this is a great set to have. I think you get the idea. Overall, the build is REALLY fast, and if you’re not careful like me, you’ll miss a step towards the end and proclaim that it’s an illegal connection. Then you’ll quietly realize that you’ve made a mistake, fix it, and go about your building whilst pretending that didn’t just happen. Have fun!

LEGO Review – 40139 Limited Edition Gingerbread House (& MOC)

So, as you can see, I was greedy. I got 2 🙂 I started by following some of the framing instructions. I didn’t want to deviate too far from the original house in that regard, mainly because of the limited number of pieces I was dealing with. From there, I had to add some pieces from our collection. Mainly, I had to being in some 6×8 plates for the base since the original is rounded on all 4 corners. I used the extra rounded ones for the roof.

Once I had the base in place, I did the windows with a little difference from the original, and also had to pull out the last bit of mason bricks that I had in this colour to fill it out properly. Once the building was complete, it was on to the roof. I followed the original design, but added the rounded pieces leftover from the base. I also added extra icicles. For the top with cupcake swirls, I added extras of those as well. You’ll notice that the roof is extended past the edge of the house. There’s an extra 6 studs on the roof, and I love the way it turned out.

Finally, there was the chimney and decorations. I felt that 2 ice cream pieces looked too wimpy, so I went a little over board. What can I say? I love ice cream. For the outside decorations, I only added a few printed cookies from our collection, and extra green ice creams as well as orange-yellow ones.

I think I am willing to give up a few of my toes in exchange for a modular sized gingerbread house. Oh how amazing that would be…

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review & MOC Gingerbread House

The front view. You can’t see it in this image, but there’s a really nice stain glass effect on the inside.


Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review & MOC Gingerbread House

My little slice of gingerbread happiness!


Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review & MOC Gingerbread House

A shot of the roof.


Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review & MOC Gingerbread House

The back side.

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Review & MOC Gingerbread House

The other side of sweetness.


Quick, Easy, Healthy, Delicious Dinner

Kid Two LOVES cheesy kale. You see, a long time ago, I got fed up with bread. It’s silly now, looking back at it. I didn’t like how huge burger buns were, and when the kids would eat food, it seemed like they were taking on way more than what was needed. Honestly, half the bun would be the perfect size, then it wouldn’t over shadow the flavor of what’s inside. Enter kale. You know, the vegetable no child wants to eat. Well, I started serving the kids kale and sloppy joe. They hated it, but were willing to play along. Enter cheese. Suddenly, kale is everyone’s new best friend. I started to sauté kale in olive oil, and add cheese. Initially, there was A LOT of cheese in the mix. Have I mentioned the kids love cheese? Especially Kid Three. Needless to say they were totally OK with the fact that sloppy joe was served a top kale, as long as it was cheesy kale.

Well, the kids got to a point where they would eat kale on its own, again, as long as it was cheesy kale. It was no longer muted under the watchful eye of sloppy joe, but was unleashed as a side dish! I crack myself up. One evening, we had a little bit of this and that in the fridge, and Kid Two needed dinner. This came together so quickly, and he told me that it was so delicious.

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Dino Kale, Organic Cooked Organic Short Grain Brown Rice, and Daiya Dairy Free Cheese. That’s all you’ll need to pull this together. I did this on medium heat (5/10). Enjoy 🙂

Free and Friendly Foods Organic Cheesy Kale and Rice

Magic in the making.

Free and Friendly Foods Organic Cheesy Kale and Rice

The finished product.

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