Monday 30 November 2020

Homemaking Mondays: Oak and Vanilla

How are you today? 
I wanted to share the progress the little oak tree is making. 
It's so cheerful to see these lovely leaves emerging.  

It's been a lovely week here enjoying 
the winter.
We have been out learning to ski and 
working on the snow castle. 
I followed my children down a hill on my skis.
I made it down on my feet....
minus my poles and most of my dignity.
Ha! At least not too many people were looking.
Evening walks have been so delightful
as you don't even need to use a flashlight with the 
moon shining so brightly!

A friend also came to see me and brought me a gift.
Some vodka to make some vanilla with. 
I've never done this...
but it's already starting to have a touch of colour. 
Now to wait and wait and wait for it to be ready.

I've been knitting more. 
I received a great deal on yarn 
at one of our local shops and so I was able to buy 
even more sock yarn. 
Lots of feet to cover. :) 

My son needed some zippers fixed on his snow pants.
I don't know about you but zippers are not my friend and so
I opted for sewing on some velcro that thus far has 
seemed to do the job!!!!  
Now he doesn't get snow up in his boots anymore. 

Sometimes I think it would be nice to knit this little girl some
socks for her feet.  
Out in the cold often tucking her little toes into her tummy to warm them.

I've also been making lots of hot chocolate mix as we've been taking our 
little thermos cups with us out on outings.
I use a big mason jar (1/2 gallon).
1/3 cocoa, 1/3 powdered milk, 1/3 sugar, & 
a couple packages of vanilla sugar.
Easy and more economical then buying the mix at the store.

I hope you are all enjoying the day! 

Love and Prayers,



JES said...

Thanks for sharing your hot chocolate 🍫 recipe ♥️

Linda Shukri said...

Thanks for your updates! I like your skiing story. :-) And making mittens for the squirrel. :-) I have wanted to make my own vanilla with vodka and vanilla beans, but I never get around to it and I also think it still must be expensive and not cheaper to make it yourself. I don't know! One food blogger says to wait six months or longer until you use it.

Sister in the Mid-west said...

Nice to hear what you have been up to. Skiing sounds fun! Making your own vanilla extract sounds yummy. We only buy the imitation stuff which barely holds a candle to vanilla extract made with two simple ingredients.

Sarah said...


I always enjoy reading your cozy posts! Making homemade vanilla is something I have always wanted to try. Maybe I will in the upcoming year.

I finally made your recipe for mincemeat cookies, and they are fabulous! My husband was thrilled. In fact they were such a hit I made a second batch a couple of days later. I shared the second batch with my mom, grandpa, and Adam took some to his boss at work. They taste just like the mincemeat cookies my grandma made when I was a little girl.

Thank you so much!