Monday, 10 January 2022

Homemaking Mondays: Treats and Cold Days

 


Hello! 
Fun things to do on cold days! 
It's been down in the -40's C and we needed something sweet! 
Of course there is always hot chocolate....
but cookies...yes please! 
I made some short breads and used a rubber stamp to add some
designs to it. 
Then I made some cookie dough and cooked it in 
mini muffin tins. 
Then as they came out of the oven I pushed a mini aero 
chocolate into the top to melt.  Yum! 

Then there are the brave kids out doing 
tea throws as the sun hovered over the trees.


The one back door we have was covered in lovely frost
and we covered the door with a wool blanket to help keep the cold out. 


I found a couple new rugs at the Dollorama in town. 
These are a bit more like the colours in my kitchen and
add a nice fresh feel to the room. 
I really like braided rugs and they make it so much 
nicer to stand in the kitchen while doing
cooking and washing dishes.
Plus the dog loves to lay on one while supervising 
the making of dinner. :) 


Thank you for dropping by! 
I hope you are staying warm this winter. 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 3 January 2022

Homemaking Mondays: Snacks and Snow

 


Hello! 
It's a cold winter's day and the temperature
is dropping. 
Strange...but I'm looking forward to it for one reason.
The sun should shine!  Oh I miss the sunshine at this 
time of year. 

I made some delicious hummus recently and I must 
say that it's delicious without tahini.  
For some reason I can't eat tahini anymore but this recipe 
doesn't include it and is wonderful! 
It's great to have this as a snack or a light meal with bread 
or tortilla chips.
Do you eat hummus?  What do you like to eat it with?

I learned that if you take the skins off the chickpeas
then it makes a much smoother hummus.  Yum! 
One can chickpeas
1 large garlic clove
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
Then I added extra olive oil to the top
along with a sprinkle of cumin and dried parsley.
I use an immersion blender, but any blender will do.


With the cold and snow the birds haven't been 
going far from the feeders. 
They are so fun to watch as they eat and fly about. 


There is a record amount of snow thus far this year.
It seems that we've been shovelling snow almost every day. 


Sadly our greenhouse roof collapsed from the weight of the snow.
We had tried to clear some but it was just not possible to do.  
So...springtime will entail some reconstruction. 
The snow is so beautiful but there is just so much of it. 
If you go off into the bush it's almost to my waist. 


With the winter darkness I did do some shopping therapy. ha! 
A new store in town had some lovely 
craft papers and chipboard butterflies that 
were just too hard to pass up.  
I hope to make some lovely cards
with these papers soon.
Something to do as the temps drop to the -40C at night this week.


Thank you for dropping by! 
Praying you are enjoying your wintertime.

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 20 December 2021

Homemaking Mondays: Local Tea and Winter Days

 


Hello! 
Deep in winter and the days are darker
and the cold is settling lower.
It's nice to hunker down and enjoy some times just 
watching winter from the inside 
of the windows.

The birds have been a source
of wonderful entertainment as they
gather round the feeder and perch up in the trees.
We have lots of chickadees, pine grosbeaks, and 
also some regular grey jays.
My younger daughter is especially friends with them 
and they come and eat from her hands
and will perch on her hat or shoulders.


When the weather turns a bit colder
or the the winds pick up they come to the feeder
more often and the flocks of "regulars" gets bigger.
The resident squirrel at this feeder is often chasing 
the birds away for her chance to snag some seeds.
She's one tough squirrel and has lived through visits by 
a weasel that comes around.


Fry bread/ bannock is a great quick bread to make
when I don't feel like baking.
Below this one turned out like a heart 
and my son says he can see the word love 
written in it.


For the comfort of tea
it's nice when you can enjoy some local 
blessings with it.
I have some wonderful fireweed tea that I bought from a local lady 
with some added rose and calendula petals.
Can't just have one cup so you need to make a pot.
Stir in some local honey and it is a wonderful treat on a cold day!


My daughter has been making some of these beautiful snowflakes.
They are crocheted and she says they are 
very easy even though they appear quite intricate.


With the cold we've been using up a lot of our canned chicken.
So when I found some chicken breasts on sale, 
I bought a bunch and canned up some more. 
The jars are wonderful to have on hand for quick meals.


Here is a sunrise we saw this past week.  
The light is precious at this time of year and when
the sky starts to glow I find myself at the window just watching.


Well today is my daughter's birthday 
so I'm off to put some chilli on and ice a cake. 

Praying you have a beautiful day!

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 6 December 2021

Homemaking Mondays: A Bit of Time in the Kitchen

 


Hello!
I know I've been quiet on here but I needed a bit of a break. 
A bit because I needed a refresh 
and a bit because of needing to attend to some other 
things more. 
Time...it goes swiftly. 
Yesterday evening I sat in my chair by the window 
and was enjoying watching the sun set 
through the trees. 
Yes, it was early..about 3pm. 
Soon it will be the shortest day of the year.


I've been spending a bit more time in the kitchen. 
Below is a pic of the crumb mixture that 
I was making for apple crisp. 
I love the frothy warm melted butter. 
With this I mix up the crumble by hand.  It just seems to 
come together easier for me for some reason.


I have also started to propagate some more violets. 
The main plants have started to die off so I thought
it was just time for something new. 
I have to break off the big leaf so that I don't end up 
with a whole forest of violets. hehehe
I have two kinds started. 
One is a double purple and the other is a purple with a white ruffle.


I made some more apple hand pies.  
They are a delicious snack and the addition 
of chunky sugar on top is perfect.


In the picture at the top of the blog you can see 
the reflection of my geranium in the tea.
I love that my geraniums bloom in the winter. 
Also...I like to have a cup of tea while I work in the kitchen. 
Do any of you like to do that? 
Do you find that you have a special kind of tea for when you're
working from when you just sit and rest for a bit? 
I like black tea with peppermint for when I'm working 
and herbal mix tea for relaxing. 

Praying you have a blessed day! 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 8 November 2021

Homemaking Mondays: Frosty Air and a Cup of Tea

 


Hello! 
The air here is getting frostier!  
Before the dusting of snow came there were lots 
of fun frosty things to see.
Down at the water's edge the grasses had some great spiky frost.
The time of running around without mittens is over.
It's strange how when you first head out into the cold air
the first shiver seems energizing. 

I brought home some tea from a friends estate.
We always enjoyed a nice cup of tea when we had visited.
Now I shall drink tea as I remember her. 
On cold days a nice hot cup of tea 
is just the thing to make me feel cozy...
that and snuggling under a warm afghan or shawl. 

I also changed out some of my canisters on the kitchen counter top.  
I got these big glass ones (to the right in the pic below)
to put the sugar (B/W) and baking powder in.  
I kept my salt canister as it's just the perfect size for me. 
The white ones I had are washed and put away 
and the blue ones I stashed in the cupboard.
It makes a nice fresh look and is less cluttered.


Down at the lake the ice is nice and thick.
It still makes noises and cracks...but is safe to be on.
There are now lots of skate marks as the kids and neighbours 
have been out enjoying the clear ice before the snow.
The little tufts of frost are very cool and sprout up all over.


The frost on the wind chimes is so pretty.
As is the frost that covers most surfaces.  
One of those incredible canvases of God's artwork.
The only place I don't enjoy frost is on the truck windshield
when it's so hard that it won't scape off well. :) 


Down by the lake we've put out a bench.
For changing into skates or just sitting 
to enjoy the scenery.
When we go skating I take a blanket down to sit on.


The sun is coming out later in the day now
and when the sky is clear enough for it to shine
it's breathtaking.


As winter is settling in things are getting into a new rhythm.
More knitting and reading.
More baking and soups.

Praying you have a beautiful day!

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer

Monday, 25 October 2021

Homemaking Mondays: Still Holding On

 


Hello! 
Fall is still holding on this year. 
The temps are just above freezing 
and surprisingly there is some lemon balm 
that is still alive and so I'm snitching more. 

My daughter has a horse and I went to visit.
I blew in his nose to say hello
and he asked for a kiss on his nose. 
Some disprove of this...but how can I resist 
such a sweet request.


Note to self...don't forget the greenhouse roof!
I got to where I had stopped checking on the greenhouse
after I'd cleaned it out. 
Then we got more rain and it pooled on the plastic 
creating some huge ice cubes when things froze again.
My husband and kids helped to get it off the roof
without the plastic getting damaged. 
A lady we know gave us some of her old eaves trough
and we brought it home.
Some will go on the greenhouse and some I was thinking 
might be interesting to grow strawberries in. 
Have any of you done this before?


I've started knitting more socks again.
Need to keep the toesies warm this winter.
I have socks that need darning as well...and need to get on that.
Sadly I'm more a person to create things then mend them.


The morning sunrise was so beautiful although pictures can never 
truly capture what the eye does. 


Praying you have a beautiful day! 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer




Monday, 18 October 2021

Homemaking Mondays: Delicious Smells and Flavours

 


Hello! 
Fall is starting to turn into winter. 
The ice on the lake is starting to form and thicken. 
The temps are dropping lower and summer birds are 
almost all gone. Just the last of the swans seem to be flying by.

We went frisbee golfing one more time at our 
community centre. Soon there will be snow that stays.
It's getting much darker at night and now we can see the stars well.

I have started to tidy up our shed 
where all my gardening things are kept,
along with other recreational things like snowshoes.
Things just got tossed in there and it needed to be addressed.
SO....most is organized now although there is a large pile of 
squirrel stuff in the floor that will need a shovel to clear it out.
We do enjoy our squirrel friend who lives in the shed...but she does
make a bit of a mess.  


Today I decided to make some apple tarts
and the whole house smells delicious.
Then of course there were some happy tummies to. 


There hasn't been that much sunshine as of late.
So the moments where the sun pops through the clouds it's
something to give me pause. 
Below I just had to pull over and take a picture of the light on the mountains. 


It's a lovely time for tea as well.
I bought some lovely Ivan's Tea. 
(which is a fireweed tea that is like green tea)
It has lots of benefits and is very tasty.
I added some wild rose petals to it 
and it makes a lovely cup of tea.


OH...and with the roasted tomato soup.
To roast the tomatoes it's super easy.  
Just take out the stem part and cut an X in the other end.
Lay the tomatoes out on a cookie sheet and bake for 
about 1/2 hour on 350F. 
Then the skins come off easily and you can blend up the 
rest for a nice soup...adding whatever seasonings you like.
When canning add a TBS of lemon juice to a quart jar.

Praying you all have a beautiful day! 

Love and Prayers,
Jennifer