Saturday, December 19, 2020

Almost there --- wherever there is

 Saturday the 12th

Daphne and Fox were up kinda early this morning 5:20 but with gentle persuading I managed to get them back to bed til 6. Why does 6 feel so much better than 5:20

After a bit of morning play and 2 breakfasts it was time for cookie decorating.





Lots of sprinkles and icing and yes a bit of taste tasting.

Cookie decorating is hard work!



The weather was slightly unpredictable so the day was cut shorter than I would have liked and we took them home early in the afternoon.


Sunday the 13th

A bit of post grandkid tidy up and maybe a little nap.

I did get my shortbread made after perusing all my recipes. I knew I had one that was the tastiest but do you think I could remember. This is one of the reasons I am doing a Christmas planner/journal this year. As luck would have it I chose the right one.   





HB made pizza and I may have a had a big glass of wine.


Monday the 14th

Time for Jamie Oliver's get ahead gravy. I'm not a huge Jamie recipe fan although I do enjoy his Christmas shows. It could be those English decorations and occasional glimpses at English robins ...but I digress. I love this recipe and have been using it for years. The house smells like Christmas or Thanksgiving whatever the upcoming holiday is.

BBQd pork chops with roasted broccoli and cauliflower for supper.

Tuesday the 15th

Today was supposed to be marshmallow day. However I found that I have no clear corn syrup which is one of the sugar ingredients of these particular marshmallows. Tomorrow is the weekly shop day so I guess tomorrow is the day. I use the Ina Garten coconut marshmallow recipe minas the coconut.

My knitting mo jo has been totally turned off this past week. I finished up beanies for all the kiddos and a blanky for Echo. Maybe I am just yarned out for now. I know it will come back. I have a few ideas to start the new year off with.

I've been working on a Helix sweater by La Bien Aimee with Drops baby Merino n a lovely plum purple colour. I have the hem and sleeves to do. Then the dreaded button bands. 

pic taken October 2020

Sausage with lentils and veggie soup for supper.

Wednesday the 16th

Today was marshmallow day --- Hurrah!! I love making marshmallows although I don't think my machine is so thrilled. She gets a little warm by the end of it.



I also baked off the pieces for the gingerbread houses.


I did manage to get laundry done. Tidy the upstairs and get the kiddos room cleaned up ready for the next round.


Thursday the 17th

Gingerbread house construction. They look a little wonky. I know once the icing and candies are applied no one will notice ๐Ÿ˜€



Prezzies are wrapped. Christmas eve bags are ready. I started doing them a few years ago -- Christmas pjs, a book, Christmas socks, hot chocolate, and reindeer food. 

Reindeer Food:   Bird seed, and coloured sugar! The kids love tossing this outside for Santa's reindeer and the resident felines love the other critters it attracts.

I have made a couple cookie boxes for my neighbour and my hair stylist.

Chicken piccata with roasted  sweet potatoes for supper tonight


Friday the 18th

My youngest niece is 23 today WAIT? WHAT? 

Today is my get your thoughts organized day. Organized my Christmas planner. I sure hope it comes in handy for next year --- hopefully I can remember where I store it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ



I also made new suet for the birds. No set amounts but I used peanut butter and lard (probably about half a cup each) large flaked oats, raisins, then enough bird seed to hold it together. Popped in the freezer. I put it out this afternoon and so far we have had lots of chickadees, white breasted nuthatch , 2 red breasted nuthatches. I also cleaned up the water feature and the birds are lovin it. We usually get between 10 and 15 mourning doves swoop down during supper

Fish and chips tonight.


Enjoy your week and take a few moments for yourself !!


Saturday, December 12, 2020

Where did that week go?

 Saturday the 5th

 On the mend. Feeling much better. 
Got the hot chocolate station put up. 



Notice the teeny Bonne Maman jars ---- a little souvenir (hahaha) of the cruise HB and I took in February to the Caribbean. We certainly snuck that one in before the world lockdown.



I wavered by about 1:00 and spent the rest of the day on the couch.  ๐Ÿ˜”


Sunday the 6th

A bit of a solemn day remembering these two disasters.

Halifax Explosion 1917




and the Polytecnique massacre in Montreal 1989




Monday December 7th

Busy Busy morning. HB got the newsletter done and printed. I got the cards and my sisters parcel off. Who knows if the will get it before Christmas ๐Ÿ˜  I saw a sign at the Post Office saying they could not guarantee Christmas delivery if you are mailing outside the country.

Stocking stuffers are acquired and that is it. Now I can concentrate on at home making things.

I think I had a little nap today cuz I started watching one movie to wake up in the middle of another.

One pan pork chop, potatoes, and asparagus for supper tonight.


Tuesday the 8th

A busy in house day.

My beautiful Amaryllis, Apple Blossom, is making a marvelous show.



Did a 2nd batch of dough for the 2nd gingerbread house.

Made dairy free yogourt. It is made with coconut milk, almond milk, maple syrup, and gelatin. It didn't quite set. As a matter of fact it didn't set at all. It is quite delicious and is a great addition to the morning smoothie. i will try another recipe as I was enjoying berries, bananas, and yogourt for breakfast.  Being lactose intolerant dairy free yogourt is great. Unfortunately it is quite expensive.

Had a nice though very chilly on the ears walk. Lots of very nicely decorated houses


Wednesday the 9th

It finally happened .... after 10 months of not visiting my stylist I went. My hair feels so much better and it doesn't just hang all crazy floppy. HB had his locks lopped of too.  




So what do you do with fancy hair and no where to go ----- you host a virtual cocktail party. We have one every Christmas ... sometimes big sometimes small.  This year virtual . One plus of a virtual is there is no pre cleaning and crazy prepping. Mind you I say that but I kinda like doing that stuff.




It was a huge success. Everyone must have enjoyed themselves because we spent 3 hours at it. Noone had to worry about drinking too much or driving home. I have to put a positive spin on it , right?



Just hoping next year we can do it up big time.๐Ÿ™Œ

Thursday the 10th

HB and I were a little slow this morning. We aren't used to be up til 11:30 anymore HAHAHAHA!

I had cookies to bake off for the weekend. Then it was onto pick up Miles and Riley from school and have a wee visit and supper with them. Holly is following a Keto lifestyle so I made a keto chicken soup  for supper that was delicious. Lots of veggies and ginger. I will have to bookmark that one. It feels like a great recipe to have when cold season hits. I also tried making Keto biscuits Recipe here. My helper was on hand for that. I was very happy with the way they turned out.


It's my Nana's birthday today. I think of her almost every day and she is is a daily inspiration to me. I aspire to be as remembered and loved as she is. ๐Ÿ’“



Friday the 11th

Up and at em this morning prepping the house for our lil visitors for a sleepover and baking muffins and light shows and cookie decorating.



Freezing rain is in the forecast so we may have them an extra night. ๐Ÿ˜‰  I have a new craft to try just in case.


Have an awesome weekend and I will see you next week

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Yikes is it really the first week of December?

 Saturday

Today I started getting my thinking cap on for holiday baking.  Test baked vegan chocolate crinkle cookies. They have met with the non vegans approval.



My knitting mo jo has seemed to be lost somewhere. I suppose I should give myself a break as I have finished a blanket and 2 hats ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I worked on a pair of Saltwater Mittens. And when I say worked on I mean I got a cuff done.




This past week I have been feeling a bit more bummed than usual as we have been informed we should only have Christmas within our household. I know everyone is in this great big ocean of a pandemic but we are in our own little boats and sometimes those little boats seem adrift.I honestly cannot see us not being with Holly and the kiddos. Miles and Riley are having a very tough time with all of this as I'm sure most kiddos are. So yes we will most likely break with the rules and spend the afternoon with them. Hopefully we will see our other little sweetys over the break. 


Sunday

After having a horrible night I was planning a fairly slow day. I put up my little tree today ------ or as my sweet boy Fox like to call it ... Nona's baby tree ๐Ÿ’œ



Made the gingerbread dough for gingerbread men. I will do the baking and construction a few days before the decorating. There will be no annual lunch and cookie decorating this year with the whole family. We are breaking it into two activities. I am sad we can't all be together but happy we are making wise decisions.

Cleaned the house ... did the meal plan ... and tried to organize๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ my thoughts for the coming week.

Iain is making supper tonight. Scallops and lots of veggys ๐Ÿ˜

Monday

I was up way too early this morning 4:30 so I do not feel terribly ambitious. Tea and vlogs this morning.

It's a very rainy day and very mild 8c (4f F) to end November.



 My yard is a mess of mud and wet bird seed. When this rain and mildness ends which is supposed to be by tomorrow I will have to clean everything out and let it dry. It's a bit of a waste of bird seed but it is for the best for the birds. I don't want the seeds to ferment which results in sick birds. 



Made the gingerbread house dough for a special Gingerbread house decorating weekend.

Put the finishing touches on the cards and now am just waiting for HB to do up the very short newsletter.



And well except for making supper that was it for my day.

Tuesday

Finished picking up the few odds and ends for stocking stuffers. I made little bags this year for each of the G kids. Simple draw string bag made with a fat quarter folded in half lengthwise. They seem to hold the goodies better than a stocking.  We needed a proper heater for the basement as HB is still doing contract work and his "office" is there. My craft room is down there too and it can get pretty chilly on the old bones. Look what we got!!  A fireplace and I love it. We may have to get one for the living room too. I told my sister and she told me to just do it. Gotta love sistas.



Wednesday

Not anything too interesting today. Lots of hump day cleaning and organizing. 

So here is a picture of my beautiful hibiscus and 2 of the Christmas cactus in bloom.






Thursday

Um !!  So where did this come from ..... Despite wearing masks everywhere and washing and sanitizing until my hands were raw. I have still managed to get my annual pre Christmas cold. 

I have managed to putter around and get some tidying done.

But that has been the extent of my activities.

I have had to cancel a weekend sleepover with Daphne and Fox.  I had lots of plans --- Santa is doing a drive by and we were going to bundle up and head over to the street he is driving by. Then of course there was going to be cookie decorating. of course there was going to be outside time too. Hopefully we can do it (except for Santa) next weekend or maybe even play hooky from school one day.

Norman and I are spending the afternoon under a blanky, Christmas knitting, and watching old westerns. There may be a few nod offs.

Friday

Still feeling a bit under the weather but managed to get a little baking done. How do lemon biscotti sound? Bring on the afternoon tea.



More knitting that of course I can't share right now but here is a pic of a hat I made for myself.



The sisters gifts are boxed up and ready for the post office.

It's a YOYO (your on your own) for supper tonight ..... YAY!!

Have an awesome weekend and see you next week.


PS Not sure what is going on with my comments section but if you could leave a little something so I know it is working. Thank you๐Ÿ‘



Thursday, March 12, 2020

Cookies and gardening

This weekend we are having our grand kiddlys for a sleepover.
So what's a Nona to do  ----- bake cookies.
I have adapted the Martha Stewart oatmeal cookies recipe to be vegan friendly.
Here it is::

1 and 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not quick)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 dark brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips ( I used Enjoy Life brand semi sweet mini chips)
1 flax egg ( 1 tablespoon ground flax to 3 tablespoons water -- let sit in fridge at least 15 minutes)
6 tablespoons vegan butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat butter with sugars til light and fluffy. Add vanilla and flax egg til combined. Add the flour, rolled oats, soda, salt and stir til combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 12 to 15 minutes. My oven is hot and only takes 10 to 11.


And here they are------




I also did a bit of transplanting this morning of my geranium seedling.




I thought I would get the tomatoes done but the secondary leaves are just showing 
so a few more days to go.

I also did a project for St Patty's Day but it's a secret that I will share later.




Hope you have had a good Thursday.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Hello 2020

๐ŸŽ‰Happy New Year ๐ŸŽ‰

What a wonderful Christmas.
Everyone was at the Raspberry Patch
Our house was full with people, laughter, and lots of LOVE.
As with any holiday there was too much of everything.
We ended the evening with a game of Scrabble and we were all in bed by 11.






Then IT hit.
The virus of 2019.
Headache
Stuffy sinases
Lethargy
After these symptoms abatted
The incessant coughing.
I couldn't sleep so therefore my days were pretty low key.
And things got put on the way way back burner.

I managed to push myself thru a New year's eve dinner but by 9:00
I was done.
So 2020 made its appearance with out me.



Today January 4th I still feel tired but slept a bit better.
I have an appointment at 1 so I have dressed and put makeup on
Altho I don't think it will fool anyone.

So welcome to a new year and the start of a new decade.


As for blogging I am going to keep doing it.
It will be more of a journal for me and my family but
I hope you will enjoy it as well.
Most likely it will be a monthly posting.




Sunday, December 22, 2019

Christmas Busyness ... Day 22

Sunday … Sunday
A good day.
Made the tortiere filling for Christmas bird count day (Thursday).
Mushroom gravy for the vegans ----
 gots to have some kind of gravy with the mashed potatoes
Tidied up the house.
Did a bit of laundry.
Started reorganizing my studio.

Frogged a pair of socks that have been on the needles for um quite awhile.
Starting a pair of shortys for myself.



I don't wear socks a lot but on nippy nights I like to slip on
a pair to keep the toes toasty.

Made ourselves a delicious mug of hot chocolate.
And went off to look at Christmas lights.






Then home for leftover scallops and pasta for supper.
Laundry folding
and a little knittin.

Saturday the van N's came for a visit and a lil lunch.
Homemade tomatoe soup and toasted cheese sandwiches.
Ending with a few home baked Christmas goodies.
Fox was a big fan of Nona's Pfeffernusse Cookies

After the crew left I worked on a knitted dish cloth and watched a couple of Vlogmases.
HB had a little nap then he got busy making a delicious pizza with scallops ๐Ÿ˜‹

We watched an episode of The Crown then the hockey game and off to bed.

Norman hopes you all had a great weekend.