Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
OH. . .and then I also made a loaf of Multigrain bread and thought that I should probably remind you to get your heavy dutch ovens out of the cupboard and fire up your oven, now that the cooler temperatures are here.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Yesterday, after the guys finished their coffee and Charlotte's maple twists . .. I began to sort the pictures from the drive to Merit and Spences Bridge.
I could waste so much time doing this. . . but then again, is it really wasted time?
The rest of the day, I continued to make applesauce for the wee ones. . .and for us too. Chopping, cooking and turning the food mill. . .the guilt vanished and the ice cream pails filled up.
In between the apple sauce making. . the picture sorting and ordering .. .I spent a bit of time on the phone. . . .should I feel guilty for that?
I had a call from back east. . .chit chatted a bit with my sister in law. . .who is patiently waiting for the twins to be born. I had a call from my dear friend who had I needed desperately to catch up with. . . and I had a phone call from a wee family member. . .didn't have much to say for herself .. but that certainly wasn't a wasted moment.
After that. . .the phone rang again. . .while I was turning the food mill. . .
He said. . "I don't smell no coffee". . . .so I assured him that is was because he was in the shop. . .and not in the house. . . . . . He moseyed in for a cup of coffee. . ..was that wasted time?
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday morning was the actual visit to the doctor and yesterday was the visit to the lab for blood tests. Immediately after having our cholesterol test taken. . .we ran to McDonalds for an egg mcmuffin.
We headed out onto the freeway and headed to Merrit for lunch. At their local Whitespot we enjoyed a Triple O Burger and then took the most scenic ride towards home. The ride from Merrit to Spences Bridge was just gorgeous. It is a road less travelled and turning around and stopping for photo ops was easy.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
On Sundays the "kids" often come for lunch/brunch. I whip up a batch of waffles that are more a dessert than an entree. No worries, they follow the farm fresh eggs and the fixin's that go along with those.
It never once occurred to me, that I should put the whipped cream into a proper serving bowl. . . .after all, we're family. We used to use a whip cream dispenser. . . .but that got the boys in trouble far too often. How can a whip cream dispenser cause such an uproar is beyond me. . . .so we are back to a bowl of whipped cream with a spoon, and peace at the table is once again reining.
If you want the waffle recipe that likes to sit a spell. . . .run over to the MGCC.
Have a wonderful day my friends. . . . .
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I'm posting on Tuesday evening and watching the election results. . .killing two birds with one stone .. .(is it still Okay to say such a thing?)
I had the good sense to make friends with a certain blogger back east. This election for the first time ever.. . the emails kept me in the loop a wee bit.
I felt so informed. . . .and kept running to tell my beloved so that he too would be in the loop.
Today. .the signs will start coming down and the road ways will once again be free of those annoying signs. . .does anyone really read those?
Speaking of mopping up .. .
my beloved was finishing chores yesterday when I popped into the barn to see him.
I had my camera with me . . and snapped a few pictures of him cleaning up after gathering the eggs.
We He takes the cleaning very seriously.
People often wonder what all needs to be done here on the farm. .
Farming has changed dramatically over the last decade.
Cleanliness is taken very seriously .. . from the farm to your table. . .
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
We have had a year filled with first smiles .. . first giggles, first reaching to be picked up. . .first crawls and first steps. We are so thankful that our grands are healthy and happy in homes where their mommy and daddy love each other.
Who knows what this year will hold. I certainly don't. We don't know what set of circumstances will fill our lives. . . and threaten our security. . .and comfort. I wish I could stop change. . . but of course I can't. . nor would I truly choose to.
I am thankful that I serve a living God who knows my future. . .and has already made a way that will secure my true inheritance . I could easily list one hundred things to be thankful for this year. . .I am indeed blessed. The one thing that I have that everyone can have. . . is free.
If this thanksgiving you feel discouraged. . .as though there is no hope. . and there is nothing to be thankful for and not a lot to look forward to. . I would encourage you to put your trust where no bank . .no government. .no person can threaten it. My hope is built .. . on nothing but the blood of Jesus Christ. . .He has paid a debt he did not owe. . .and I owed a debt I could not pay. . . How could I ever be thankful enough?
The weather looks like it will be perfect. . . .I'll be out with my camera. . looking for that perfect smile. . .that perfect leaf .. .and that perfect moment. Looking back on pictures this last year. . .has been so encouraging. . .seeing all the opportunities to laugh .. and marvel at the beauty around us.
Have a wonderful weekend my friends. . .I'll be back.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Just don't give me any old Walnut. . . . you know the kind. . that has been sitting in the back of your drawer in an open bag for the last year. . . they do not taste nice . ..
I always keep my fresh bags of Walnuts in the freezer. . where they will always taste fresh. I also really love pumpkin. I love pumpkin pie. . which of course will be on the menu this weekend. Canadians are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend and the turkey and the fixings are coming together.
iscotti. I looked online for Pumpkin Biscotti and nothing was really hitting the spot for me. . .so I decided to make up my own recipe.
If you love Maple Walnut. . .and you love Pumpkin . . .run on over to the MGCC and have a peek at the recipe.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I'm happy to see her picking up a musical instrument, starting with the drums is okay .. .the piano will come later. My little great niece is proudly wearing her new snow boots. Eastern Canada loves its snow and well, its best to be prepared early. OH .. but its way to early to be putting away the summer ballerina suit so her fashion consultant assured her .. .ballerina dresses are worn on top of clothes .. . this fall.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Must go. . .the Certificate of Adoption still needs to be finalized on the new arrivals. . and so it goes here on the farm. Willow .. .the bunnies are so sweet. Thank you. . .so much.
Monday, October 6, 2008
In early high school I discovered my "enjoyment" of shopping.
My mom the darling that she was. . .really never did feel the sheer delight of the shopping trip. Being the baby girl in the family and the last one to finish school. . .and the last one to leave home. . .it became the Friday after school ritual for me. . and my mom. . .and my dad. .(my beloved who I was already dating at the time worked on Friday nights after school) to go to the local mall. . .all seven stores.. . have dinner at Woodwards. . and do a lap in the mall .. .for what I have no idea.
During this time, I began to notice that girls would discuss going shopping for the weekend. . . . Away.
Upon their return. . .the stories of the amazing malls across the line. . (meaning. . .the US) would sound so tantalizing. . .so girly. . . and of course they had clothes, that could never be found on this side of the border. I thought to myself, someday, I will have daughters. . .since I had no sisters. . and I will go shopping for the weekend across the line. . . .(meaning the US).
Now, you have to know, I married a man that has been a dear, he likes to shop. . and I have always been amazed at my good fortune in his often . . . "do you want to go shopping . . or something?". . .I'm usually in the car before he finishes expressing his thoughts.
I've gone to women's conferences a few times, squeezing in a few hours of shopping between "sessions'. . .but that just isn't the same. The focus is different . . .good, but different.
I wanted the shop till you drop shopping trip. . .not necessarily emptying the bank account. . .just once having my fill, of looking and trying on . . .and lunches, and coffee's . . . and dinner late. . .and movies and . . girl talk. . all that, is what I have waited for my whole life.
This weekend the men folk in the family went camping with "all terrain vehicles" . . to a place that knows not even a out house. My beloved (knowing me well) .. .saw this as my big opportunity .. .and so the plan was hatched. . and my dream began to be a reality. . .
Aside from the nastiest cold, I could ever imagine my good fortune to spring on me. . .I had a wonderful time. I spent a bit more time listening than normal .. . which I would likely lacked the wisdom to to accomplish on my own .