Sunday, December 28, 2014

Come on Over

Hi everyone.
As of January 1st you can find me at
Why Prosecco and Polka dots?
Well the blog is a joint venture of my daughter Siobhan and myself.
And we both love sipping a nice chilly Prosecco and who doesn't like a good polka dot??
Please follow me there :)
Hope to hear from you soon.....

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Christmas Hey There


So here it is four days til Christmas and I am curled up in my bed with my computer a bit of knitting and my buddy Lucky watching re runs of the Holiday Baking Challenge.
Last week I helped out my daughter Siobhan who was punked out by a flu.
Guess it has landed in my back yard.
I would be much rather sipping holiday cosmos and visiting with friends. however.....
It does give me a chance to share some pics I have taken of the house

 After a wee last minute shop at the Toy Store .....

......settling down in the greenhouse with a hot chocolate, Andy Williams singing Christmas music and a bit of knitting.
Doesn't that sound inviting?

My tree has been up for a couple weeks

Clementines ready for snacking

Stole this idea from my friend Deb @ Just Cats
She has Santas.

Looking forward to Miss D's first Christmas
Big news on the Blog front coming in the new year.
My daughter ,Siobhan, and I are starting a blog together
Prosecco and Polka Dots
I will keep y'all posted.....

Tuesday, December 9, 2014



I promise to post the recipe soon.....

Thursday, December 4, 2014

How to Melt a Nona's Heart

Texting with my daughter Holly last week.
She asked Riley ---- "do you miss Nona?"
Riley shook her head yes and  said " ..... but I love her"

Saturday, November 15, 2014

a year ago

One year ago today I was sitting in my family room when I got a text from my daughter Siobhan saying.
"I just took the sweetest picture"
Now she had just adopted her sweet lil kitty Shelley and we were all being bombarded with pics of Shelley .
So I thought it was just another sweet pic of her.
This is the picture she sent!!
I couldn't talk and had a terrible time dialing the phone to talk to her.
I was crying and shaking and smiling all at the same time

And now our sweet lil Miss D is 3 and a half months old.....

Thursday, November 6, 2014

tea and notes

A gray November day.
Perfect for some tea and letter writing

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Halloween 2012

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Witches Fingers

Creepy Witches' Thingers
      1 cup butter, softened
     1 cup icing sugar
     1 tsp  almond extract
     1 tsp  vanilla
     2-3/4 cups  all-purpose flour
     1 tsp  baking powder
     1 tsp  salt
     3/4 cup whole blanched almonds
     1 tube red decorator gel, (blood for fingers)*



In bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla; beat in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Working with one quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remaining dough refrigerated, roll heaping teaspoonful (5 mL) of dough into finger shape for each cookie.
Press almond firmly into end for nail. Squeeze in centre to create knuckle shape; using paring knife, make slashes in several places to form knuckle.
Place on lightly greased baking sheets; bake in 325°F (160°C) oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until pale golden. Let cool for 3 minutes. Lift up almond; squeeze red decorator gel onto nail bed and press almond back into place, so gel oozes out from underneath. Remove from baking sheets; let cool on racks. Repeat with remaining dough.

* I have also used seedless raspberry jam


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

a confession

Okay so I have a confession to make ....
Only my family and a few friends are privy to this.
I am ready to let the world ----- well maybe my blogger world ----- in on this


Yes I know they are bad for your feet --- bad on your back--- bad for your knees  BUT

I still love them.
I have lots and lots of them.
And yes I wear them all winter --- inside --- not in the snow well not a lot :-)
I am even working on a pair of socks to wear with them.

So HB and I were talking about my addiction and I said " wouldn't it be great if I could find flip flop slippers"
Look what I found...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

thanksgiving and a wee fall tour

A little table just for two
Our van N's decided they wanted to have the day to themselves .....
I love all the to dos involved in having a big holiday meal but I guess I will have to wait now until Christmas.
Since our oldest girl and her family including our precious kiddos are in Alberta the holidays take on a different hue.
Lets just say Nona and Bapa are REALLY looking forward to spending Christmas with our lil Miss D .....
It has been a very strange few weeks weather wise here in Ontario
Mostly rain with a couple days hiccup of summerlike weather.
HB is still working in Toronto all week only home on the weekends.
So garden cleanup has been left to me for the most part.
We have way too many gardens and with so much rain it is taking me quite a long time to get organized.
I am getting er done tho.
Garden #1  Before
Garden #1 After
And a few Fall decorations

And getting a few Halloween decs out there

Saturday, October 11, 2014

happy thanksgiving

happy thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family

what am I thankful for this year
my awesome hb
sensational daughters
terrific sons in law
most beautiful grand children
fabulous friends
cuddly kittys
dry shampoo
big smiles from miss D
text messages
low salt wavy Lays
skyping with the kiddos
have a fantastic weekend
to all my blogger buddys