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

🎉Happy New Year 🎉

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.
Stuffy sinases
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 😋

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

Norman hopes you all had a great weekend.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas Busyness ....Day 20

Wow here we are the Friday before Christmas.
Last day for the kiddlys for Christmas break.
When my girls were in school I loved these days leading up to Christmas.
It was craft time, baking, building gingerbread houses, delivering friends and neighbour gifts.
Christmas movies, and just hanging out with each other.
I am feeling pretty ready for the festivities.
Baking done.
Gifts wrapped.
I didn't do any Christmas knitting as my wrist is still not healed 
enough to stress it with lots of yarny stuff.
Jamie Oliver's  get ahead gravy is done.
Groceries purchased.
All that is left is tortiere filling to do on Sunday.
And tidying up the house on Monday.

Yesterday was the kiddos Christmas concert.

It was a song and dance routine and Riley was front and centre.
Looked like she had a blast!!
It was a wee bit out of Miles' comfort zone so he didn't partake.
I thought it was great his teacher didn't push him to do it.
Our boy can be quite sensitive.
Those teachers invest a lot of time and effort into these things. 
They all deserve medals or maybe just a wee bit more respect 👍😀👍 

I am having issues with my Coolpix 500 so I didn't get any pictures.
Holly sent me pictures of the kiddos at home before the concert.

I think I may rely on my fone for pictures 😒
for Christmas.
Altho I did have a great idea for Christmas day fun.
I will keep slugging at it but I may be in the market for a new one.
We have a trip planned the end of January so I do need a REAL camera.

Norman says thank you Robert (HB's brother) and Mary for the beautiful flowers.
And nighty nite from the Raspberry Patch.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Christmas Busyness ... Day 17

Tuesday was Daphne's Christmas concert
She did great and sang her lil ole heart out
doing all the actions with D's usual exuberance.
The kinder teachers welcomed all the parents and G parents to the classroom 
for hot chocolate and sweets.
They all do a terrific job and I don't think we really thank them enough for their commitment.
Unfortunately my camera was on the wrong setting so my pictures are kind of blurry.
I am posting one anyway.

After the concert we
met up with Deb and Gary
for lunch at our local pub.
Then back to the Raspberry Patch for tea and baked goodies.

It was a busy but fun day.....

Monday, December 16, 2019

Christmas Busyness ... Day 9,10,11,12,13,14,15

Well where in the heck did that week go.
It was a busy and fast week. So let's get started. What happened at the Raspberry Patch?

On Monday I finished up my shopping … well except for the pantry and fridge supplies.
I had a wonderful catch up visit with a sweet friend. We met up at our local coffee shop -- Under Pressure. A wonderful shop full of wonderful coffee smells and fresh baking. The staff are cheery and friendly. We managed to nab a couple of comfy chairs and sipped our cappuccinos and get kinda caught up on each other. After a couple hour visit we said our good byes with promises of seeing each other again --- soon.

Tuesday was spent with lil rascal. 

He helped his Bapa top up the bird feeders and water station.
Played lots of playdoh.

He had a major nap -- 2 hours!!
Then it was car playing, colouring, playing in the kitchen sink, 
helping with supper, an ice cream cone, a bath, stories and songs,
 then nighty nite. 
Phew!! Yes we were ready for a big sit down and there may have been a glass of wine involved.

YAY.  He slept til 7:15.
We had a long slowish morning.
I didn't feel very well so Bapa took the lad home himself
We were going to a Christmas afternoon get together put on by the guy HB does consulting for..
Since I felt kind of miserable I begged off but HB went and said it was enjoyable afternoon.

Thursday I decided to have a slow day or at least as slow  as I could make it.
I finished a knitting project.  Started yet another knitted dish cloth.

 They are the easiest knitting projects and are not too taxing on my wrist. 
Suffice it to say there are lots of people who will be getting a dishcloth in their gift bags.
I managed to get lots of wrapping done.

Friday was another busy one.
I made gingerbread cookies for the annual Christmas cookie decorating at the Raspberry Patch.
I also made a delicious pureed root vegetable soup for our lunch.

There it was Saturday and time to get ready for the annual sugar crush.
Table set for lunch.

Unfortunately our boy Fox was a little under the weather so daddy stayed home with him .
We ate our lunch and then it was time to get this cookie show on the road.
Riley helped make the royal icing and was in charge of getting everyone's colour choice.
Miles bopped around just waiting for it all to start.
Poor Daphne got hit by a horrible stomach bug and missed out on lunch but
 recooped enough to participate in the cookies.
They all did a fantastic decorating job.

Holly, Miles, and Riley left for swimming lessons.
Siobhan and D decided to stay cuz D was pretty miserable and
 the rain we were having turned to snow.

D was still a pretty sick little girl Sunday morning but after a little bowl of rainbow cheerios 
and Ferdinand the Bull Momma decide it was time to head out.

I'm still not feeling great but it was a lovely weekend.
I spent the rest of Sunday getting caught up on a bit of housework. 
Then we topped the day off with HB's pizza and a relaxing evening.

Bring on next week.
 Oh and Norman says Nighty nite.

** Sorry I am posting a bit late my finger didn't quite get to the "publish" button yesterday

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Christmas Busyness ... Day 8

Well that was a busy few days.
On Friday we spent the evening with these two rascals.

A little shopping and supper at BP.
Then home to their place for pjs and an ice cream treat.
Their mom was at her workplace potluck.

Saturday my kitchen got a full on workout.
Lots and I mean lots of baking.
I think I am done my gift giving and in house treats.
Altho there may be a vegan carrot cake or applesauce spice cake in my future for Christmas day.

Of course the birds needed their sustenance topped up too.
These mourning doves were kind of complaining about the lack of millet 
and water in the water station.

I put the last of my homemade suet out too.
Guess I should make a little batch of holiday suet for them.

And yes the perpetual laundry had to be done. 
How do we create so much laundry?
A question for the ages ………..

Sunday I got most of the wrapping done.
Put together gifts for friends.
Made the meal plan for the week.
Tried to organize my thoughts and time manage my week.
A little Christmas knitting.

My amaryllis is getting read to bloom.

And this sweet violet can't be outdone.

Thought our power was being turned off this morning at 7.
I was up at 6:30 to crank up the heat and get the coffee going.
Well by 7:10 I realized we were not part of the outage.
However I did see this lovely sunrise.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Take time for yourself and be kind.

Norman says night all!.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Christmas Busyness ... Day 5

OOpsy neglected to post yesterday. We had a wonderful lunch and visit with very special friends.
We had such a wonderful time chatting and eating that I only took one picture of the table and  the front porch.

Today was a kind of a slower day altho I did get lots done.
I finished up baking my shortbread cookies.

Made the dough for a batch of chocolate crinkle cookies that I hope to bake off tomorrow morning.

Wrapped gifts that I cannot show --- secrets secrets.
Finally changed the sheets on the bed . Seemed like forever but it really is just over a week.
Finished up the cards and off they will go tomorrow.

Supper was a YOYO (your on your own) night.

There were lots of leftovers from yesterdays lunch.

Norman says good night all.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Christmas Busyness ... Day 3

Spent the morning prepping for a Christmas lunch tomorrow.
HB did a bang up job of tidying, dusting, and vacuuming the main floor .
I put together a couple of gift boxes for our friends.

In the boxes are 
- a knitted dish cloth
- clementine scented tea lights
- homemade shortbread
- homemade coffee fudge
- geranium scented hand balm ( I plan on posting a wee blurb on these)
- fancy mustards and jam
- holiday tea
Now who wouldn't like to receive that?

The panna cotta are made --- chilling in the fridge.
The table is set.
The post it notes are posted for tomorrow mornings activities.

Time for a quiet evening with a little bit of knitting and a good night sleep

Norman says have a good night all .

Monday, December 2, 2019

Christmas Busyness ... Day 2

Phew what a day.
Started off with a trip to physio ( back in August I broke my wrist BAD BAD BAD)
Back home for a quicky lunch then off we went …..
First stop Toys R Us and a few things for the kiddos.
After an hour visiting with Geoffrey it was time to have a visit with 
I got a few little gift boxes to wrap some goodies for gift bags and
bought myself a lil llama progress keeper.

Since breaking my wrist my knitting activities are fairly minimal but it doesn't stop me from treating myself to pretty yarn jewelry.
Crazy pants time in both places because of Cyber Monday but we persevered and have the big shopping done.
On the way home we had to stop for groceries.
Finally after spending most of the afternoon of shopping it was time to sit back and have a cuppa chai.
It was a tiring but successful day.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Christmas Busyness ... Day 1

Hello December 1st and welcome to a month of busy Christmas doings.

First of all Norman the Elf has made his way to the Raspberry Patch and is itching to help out.

Today we put some finishing touches on the G Kidds room and Guest room.

Got the front porch vignette done. I am really liking the design this year. 

Made shortbread cookies for gift giving.

Of course there was the usual Sunday stuff --- laundry --- changing beds --- getting the house tidied up for the week --- meal plan --- and shopping lists

Hope you all had a lovely first of December