Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Menu Plan Monday, Etc....

So busy last week getting ready for Guide camp.  I didn’t get time for my Farm Girl Friday post.  So I guess I’ll give you a bit of everything, starting with Menu Plan Monday.
And then I got busy cleaning up and doing groceries and this post turned into a Wednesday post 🙂
Monday: 
ham and cheese bun
pork tenderloin on the BBQ -that was really yummy
Tuesday:
McDonald’s (groceries)
leftover tenderloin
Wednesday:
grilled cheese
tacos
Thursday:
leftover tacos
pancakes
Friday:
tuna
pork chops
Saturday:   A&S Day at Baroness Cate’s
Sunday:
?
Finally some sunshine.  Colin and Dad hard at the planting.
A very happy sight to see last week – Hard Red Spring Wheat.
475 acres in 11 days, plus 2 days planting for a neighbour too.  One tuckered out Farmer.  We ended up with about 25 acres that just won’t/can’t be planted this year.  Some is STILL underwater and those not underwater are very, very squishy.  It is such a relief to have the crops finally planted.
Look at this beauty growing under my laundry stand.  I have had columbine and Granny’s Bonnets in my garden for years and I’m always amazed at the new combinations that pop up from year to year.  I’ll have to watch for seeds for in my proper garden.
We had a great time at Guide camp this weekend.  Though we did have torrential rain about 10 minutes after the girls arrived.  We had a family campfire dinner planned.  Luckily the folks at the Camp let us use their dining hall AND luckily supper was ham and cheese buns.  They would have been better all hot and melty, but they were good cold too.  The rest of camp was beautiful weather.
Now sleeping, that was another story.  The girls were wound for sound and had the crazies until 11:30.  Ella and a couple of the other girls retreated to the living room in an attempt to get some sleep.  Ella was nearly in tears wanting to sleep.  At least they would sleep in, right?   Nope, they were up and ready to go at 5!!
And finally for Yarn Along/Crafting On, I’ve been working on Grandma’s scarf.  I wish I could memorize the body pattern, but I just can’t seem to figure it out.  I’m really happy with the way it’s turning out.
Nothing extra planned this week.  Though I do still have to clean up from camp (the girls don’t wash so well).  Next week, not so much.  We’ve got something booked on EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Menu Plan Monday, of a sorts -12 June 2017

Is it sweltering where you are?  It is +34C (93F) but with the humidity it’s topping 40! (104F).  Kind of crazy considering we had a couple of days in March that were -34 (-29F) with the windchill.  Welcome to Ontario.  Needless to say, I’m not in much of a cooking mood.  Ella’s friend came for a sleep-over this weekend (we love having D over).  I did a chicken on the BBQ (was NOT turning the oven on) so we’ve got lots of chicken in the fridge.  I foresee lots of chicken dishes this week.  Though tonight I think it will just be cold chicken and a salad.  I’ve got baking and a whack of other things to do for camp this weekend.  Hopefully next week I can give you a proper menu plan Monday.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Keep Calm and Craft On -30 May 2017

I started a new project for Crafting On.  Well, really I changed an existing project.
I ripped out the lace scarf I had started for Grandma.  I was just not ‘feeling’ that project.  So I’m using a different yarn and making up the pattern (well combining traditional patterns).
I finally finished Ella’s birthday socks!
Where has this book been all my costuming career???
Lots more great ideas.  There’s a great kirtle in the book that I might use the black wool for.  Last weekend we hit Fabricland in Ottawa (since the one in Pembroke sucks).  They had linen on sale and I picked up some beautiful blue for a jacket/doublet.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -29 May 2017

Things are looking up from last week.  We’ve got all the corn planted.  Well, all of the corn that’s getting planted this year.  Some of the corn ground will have to be planted with soy beans (still under water).  Colin’s got a lot of the wheat planted too but I think there’s still some acres still waiting.  Raining today, so things will have to wait a bit longer.
I made the beef stroganoff on Saturday (not as scheduled) and it was SO YUMMY!  I used my homemade cream of something soup mix and added beef stock instead of just water.  Even Ella commented a couple times at how yummy it was -definitely a keeper.
Monday:
sandwiches
leftover beef stroganoff
Tuesday:
test recipe for ‘funeral sandwiches’ on campfire
crock pot hamburger casserole
Wednesday:
sandwiches
Mc Donald’s to celebrate last day of Guides
Thursday:
chicken Caesar salad
leftover hamburger casserole
Friday:
hot dogs
steak
Saturday:
Sunday:
roast chicken -will decide oven or BBQ when I see the temperature on Sunday
More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What's This?

Look at this:
And this:
Woo Hoo!!  Colin has gotten a fair bit of our corn and wheat into the ground.  He's done about 3 days work in the last two (without a/c in the tractor).  Things are looking up.  Though it's supposed to rain tomorrow and Friday...
Not that things are dry yet.  Here's the back field we were canoeing in for my birthday.  Still really, really wet.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -22 May 2017

Victoria Day weekend!  Though it really doesn't mean anything to us farmers.  I did mean to pick up some sparklers for tonight but forgot.  Ella wants a fire, so maybe we'll just do that instead.

Good news!  Colin got some of the wheat planted last week.  Unfortunately Photobucket isn't working, so I'll have to wait till later to post some pictures.
Monday:
???
hamburgers
Tuesday:
sandwiches
tomato beef soup (didn't make it last week)
Wednesday:
pancakes
pizza
Thursday:
picnic lunch
Friday:
pizza
honey-garlic chicken wings
Saturday:
lasagna -maybe
Sunday:
Parmesan garlic chicken (from Don't Panic II)
What's cooking at I'm an Organizing Junkie?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Keep Calm and Craft On -16 May 2017

I don’t have a real post for Keep Calm and Craft On because I haven’t really done any knitting this week.  I have been doing a lot of research.  I’m getting back into the SCA and need so new garb.  I whipped up some quick garb for the event Ella and I attended last summer.  Remember this:
Late period Russian peasant.  It was cool and easy, but it’s not the persona I really want.  My plan is late period Elizabethan Welsh yeoman farmer’s wife.  This way I get use some of the really cool Elizabethan pieces but made with fabrics I have/can afford.
As with most garb/costumes you have to work from the inside out.  So I need a high neck shift, a petticoat, and a pair of bodyes (Elizabethan for corset).  I’m making the bodyes lace in the front and back for better fit.
Unlike the 1800’s, a pair of bodyes isn’t just ‘underwear’:
Add a pair of sleeves and it’s perfectly good outerwear.
Add a doublet on top of the ‘bodyes’ (minus the sleeves) and you are ready for a trip to Market.
A final option is the gathered kirtle:
Add sleeves and it’s a gown on its own.  Or it would go under the doublet/jacket.  Or it can also be the underdress to an open front Elizabethan.
I’m just not sure what colours to use.  Elizabethans loved to mix colours.  Especially someone of my status who might be making/buying my clothes piecemeal as I could afford the expense.  I have 6 m of red wool crepe, 5 m of fine black wool, and 3 m of very dark green twill (cotton/poly??).  I’m thinking of saving the black for a kirtle.  It’s really nice quality (bought for a suit back in my office days) and it deserves something special.
 So do I make the bodyes (and sleeves) and petticoat with the red? Use the green for a separate skirt/petticoat.  And then buy some other colour? for a doublet?  Man I wish I were creative, I have such a hard time with this.  I need to decide soon because Fabricland has linen on sale for May.
I really like this look.  She has a red petticoat over a pink one (yes pink is an Elizabethan colour).  She’s wearing a green pair of bodyes under a blue doublet (I love that colour).