Sunday, 23 October 2016

Here Comes Monday.....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Monday arrives tomorrow and I am only sort of prepared for it.  As of this moment, I still have about 50 lbs of tomatoes to do something with.

Thanks to one of the ladies on a quilting page I belong to asking about an Ebelskivor Pan I decided that since I had made all that fresh jam last night that is what was going to be breakfast this morning:

I purchased this pan at Williams-Sonoma when they first opened in Calgary close to 10 years ago.  Of late my son has been more enthralled with the Waffle Maker on Sunday morning, but these are always fun to make and eat:

After breakfast I cut up tomatoes and got started on tomato sauce:

While that was simmering and processing I set about cleaning up some yarn and cross stitch projects that I have in various states of start (notice I did not say finish).

This afternoon we took a walk in the River Valley.  It was pretty but I think I will be regretting this decision as the night goes on because my lungs are very tight at present.  Will be sleeping with my puffer beside the bed I think tonight....

Hope this inspires your own creativity...


Saturday, 22 October 2016


Good Evening Internet Friends!

It's that magical time of year where everything gets to turn into something it's not by donning a costume.

As you have already witnessed through my blog the garden was bountiful this year.  On top of that my friend Sharon provided me 2 boxes of tomatoes.....I now have just over 200 lbs of tomatoes in my possession.  Seriously.

I have spread all these out on newspaper under the spare bed in the basement to keep from ripening too quickly.  However, they are ripening just a wee bit quicker than I would like what with all the other things I have on my schedule to accomplish ☺

This evening after kiddo and I got home from selling Scouts Popcorn, I started in earnest on the tomatoes.

As of a few minutes ago I am the owner  of 7 1/2 pints of green tomato jam!  This is where the magic comes in; by putting green tomatoes through the food processor and adding a bit of sugar and some Strawberry Jello I have Strawberry Jam!  If only I could wave my wand and make it appear...

Tomorrow will be Salsa and Tomato Sauces!  I am hoping there is still room in the freezer so that I can just put the jars in there and not have to can them to save time......but there is already a lot of vegetables, a half a beef I got from a friend and a basket full of bison from home as well.  Guess I won't put the canner away this evening ☺

Now off to knit for a bit and see if I can actually sleep in tomorrow and get a full four hours of sleep.

Hope this inspires your own creativity...


Friday, 21 October 2016

Ready For the Snow! NOT!!!!!!

Good Evening Internet Friends!

This evening I finished my pair of Winkelmittz mittens!  The fantastic news to this is that the pattern is now correct as well thanks to yours truly for finding it!  

I have been working on these mittens since early last spring, but no matter what I did something was not right.  Finally I sent a message to the designer and she agreed that there was a typo.  Once that was fixed these mittens came together perfectly and easily.

This is now hands down (pun intended) my favorite Thrum Mitten pattern:

These are so super cozy and warm I want the snow to come back just so I can try them out!  Who am I kidding?????  I still hate winter, but at least I have new warm woolly mittens for the upcoming 17 months of winter (not really.....a bad Western Canada joke).  

Now it's off to start some of the many other knitting projects I have in the house.

I am still trying to recover from night shifts last weekend.  Had my turn around days but somehow did not get turned around to day shift before starting back for three day shifts this week.  I really think Monday disguised itself as Wednesday this week on top of that☺

Hoping that this weekend I can get my days and nights sorted out as well as my 200 lbs of tomatoes.....

Hope this inspires your own creativity...


Monday, 17 October 2016

Hello Monday....

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Today is my turn around day from having worked this weekend.  I LOVE my job but I really hate shift work.  I only gave in to a  one hour nap this morning so that I would go to sleep early this evening.  As you can tell by the time......that has NOT happened.  Instead, I am in a rather hyper state of some sort right now.

Do I have tons of accomplishments to show you for today????  Nope.....I got kiddo to school on time, had a nap, I think I ate lunch (not sure on that one), picked up some groceries.....will assess tomorrow what all treasures I picked up, made dinner and got kiddo to his extra curricular activities.

I did go to my craft room after getting kiddo to bed and made another block for my Scandi 3 Quilt.  Meet Block 9:

Now to carry on with some of the random half finished knitting projects I have laying around ☺

Hope this inspires your own creativity...


Monday, 10 October 2016

Continuing on with Scandi 3

Good Evening Internet Friends!

All that I managed to accomplish today as far as crafting was making Block 8 of my Scandi 3 quilt:

The remainder of the day was spent doing mom things like laundry and housework and on top of that studying for my re-certification of Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support.  I have completed this course in the past, but this year there are new guidelines and since the exam is $400 CAD I probably should pass it the first try this year.  So, I hit the books today!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...


Sunday, 9 October 2016


Good Evening Internet Friends!

My blog title for this evening sums up how I feel this evening.  

It is the Thanksgiving Day Weekend and my family and I were dinner guests at my friend and neighbor Sharon's for a wonderful dinner.

I made pumpkin streusel pie with cinnamon whipped cream (yes it was delicious):

I also took over a quick quilt top that I put together so that Sharon could long arm it in her 4 Paws Quilting studio.  This quilt will be used as a sofa decoration in my house for the fall season :

This quilt got me thinking of course of all the things that I am grateful for and one of those of course is my neighbor Sharon.

Sharon has been my neighbor for 17 years.  From the first time I met her I knew that we would be fast friends!  We both are medical professionals so we understand each others dry humor (we know what it is like to be there for life entering, leaving and sometimes returning to this world), we both adore dogs, and we LOVE quilting.  We have also been there for each other through all kinds of moments both positive and negative, and for that (and keeping me breathing last month in Emergency when I stopped) I am GRATEFUL.  

So, although I am grateful for the amazing job that she does long arming my quilts, I am even more grateful for the most amazing friend anyone could ask for.  

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and 

Hope this inspires your own creativity...


Friday, 7 October 2016

It's Snowing......

Good Evening Internet Friends!

Yes, the title of today's post is actually true!  Snow was forecast all day but it seemed warm enough that I hoped it would pass.  The six o'clock news showed me however that the snow was a 20 minute drive away.  So, out the entire family went!  We live on a corner lot in a historic neighborhood so lots of big old trees full of leaves.  An hour and a half later and a dozen lawn bags and the lawn was clean! 

As I was tying the last of the lawn bags it started to snow. 

This picture was taken at 1930 MST hours and by now the entire lawn is white......

Today while running errands including a Costco run for peppers, mushrooms, fresh mozarrella and lettuce I stumped upon a 44 pound bag of Parrish & Heimbecker wheat flour!  Most of the time I will use my Kitchen Mill with grain from the farm and make my own whole wheat flour but right now I am running low on farm grain and this was such a deal I could not leave it behind!   Upon arrival at Costco there were no carts in the store but we were only there for a few things.  The line ups were long so when I found this bag of flour I got my son to take the vegetables and go secure us a place in line.  As I was trying to lift the bag up onto my shoulder one of the staff came by and asked if I needed help.  Of course I did!  This chap picked up the flour, carried it to the check out, waited in line with us and then even carried it our to the car for me!!!  This is why although I have not set foot in a Wmart or M arts and crafts in years due to their lack of customer service and inferior products I will still shop at Costco;the ultimate big box store.

Arriving home I used the flour to make whole wheat pizza dough:

It turned out delicious especially after being out in the cold.

Now I think I shall snuggle up in one of my quilts and do a bit of knitting!

Hope this inspires your own creativity...