Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Crafting On -14 November 2017


Started a new project.  I need some new purse knitting.  This pattern was written for worsted sized yarn but I thought I’d try it with sock yarn.  I repeated the lace and cable pattern to make it wide enough.
I don’t think it looks so busy in person.
I haven’t been reading any ‘books’ this week.  I have been enjoying some really old cook books.  I have found a way to send the digital copy to my kindle.  There are lots and lots on Pinterest, like this and this.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -13 November 2017

My wonderful Hubby drove on the Bancroft trip Friday.  We lucked out and we didn’t get the “STORMAGEDDON” that the weather folks were freaking out about on Thursday.  It was cold, but the roads were perfect.  Remembrance day was good too.  It was the most beautiful weather I think we’ve ever had. The girls complained about being cold (especially those who didn’t wear winter boots) but I had to take my gloves off from time to time to cool off.  And of course, Ella had a ball at the birthday party.
Busy week getting ready for camp.  I have to bake snacks and find some games in case it’s rainy.
Monday:
leftovers
pizza and salad
Tuesday:
leftover pizza
German pancakes
Wednesday:
French onion soup
pork chops
Thursday:
tuna sandwiches
shepherd’s pie
Friday-Sunday:
Daddy’s on his own

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Crafting On -8 November 2017

Man, I don’t know where yesterday went.  By the time I realized it was Tuesday/Crafting On day I was heading out the door for archery class.  Oh well, here’s my knitting for this week:
I finished up Grandma’s Christmas socks.  Now I have to get a new purse knitting project started.
Did I tell you that I started a sweater for me?  My sister and BIL gave me the yarn and the pattern last year for Christmas.  It’s a really nice pattern, though I can’t seem to memorize the ‘pattern’ part.  I can do a line at a time, but not the whole thing -which slows down the knitting.
I used a different filter on the picture and, for a change, this is almost the right colour.  As usual the yarn is from Knit Picks, in solstice heather (basically navy).
I’m working through Partners to a Degree but the story line has really slowed down and it’s not as enjoyable as the other books were.  I’ll finish it because that’s what I do, but it’s not demanding my attention like a really good book will.  I have a new Kindle book (when it was on sale for $2.25) called Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly .  It looks really good and will probably be my next read.  Maybe that’s what I’ll do to entertain myself on Saturday in between everything.
Guess that’s it for now.  The bread machine is squawking at me to deal with the dough.  I have to go and lug down all the bedroll supplies for Guides tonight. I don’t know why they can’t remember how to make bedrolls?  We were taught once and then expected to have it done right at every camp thereafter.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -6 November 2017

Oh wow, November feels crazy already.  Just makes me want to hide under the covers.  Friday I have to drive Grandma to Bancroft (2ish hours one way).  Uncle Dennis or Glen will then pick her up and bring her the rest of the way to Bowmanville so she can babysit Great Grandma while Uncle Dennis is away hunting.  Saturday is the Remembrance day parade in Renfrew with the Guides.  Then Ella has a birthday party in the afternoon/evening.  And I have to be back at the Legion to help the Guides serve dinner to the Vets.  The next weekend is Guide camp.  Unfortunately it’s at a new location and I have no idea what I’m working with, makes planning a little hard.
We are ready for some cold, sunny weather.  The corn is very ‘wet’.  We also need the wind to stay calm because nobody’s corn is strong enough to stay standing for long in the wind.
Monday:
pizza
pork chops
Tuesday:
pizza
leftovers
Wednesday:
German pancakes
Thursday:
grilled cheese
beef stew
Friday:
tuna sandwiches
steak
Saturday:
leftover stew
Sunday:
roast chicken -maybe a roasted garlic chicken this time
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -30 October 2017


You aren't going to believe this, but Ella has absolutely NO ACTIVITIES this week!!  Archery got cancelled because it's Halloween night and the kids picked candy over arrows (go figure).  Guides got cancelled because the other leader thought they would be too tired from the evening before??  And this swimming session is done.  I only have to go to town this week for an appointment that Grandma needs.
What was the weather like where you are this morning?  It was wild and crazy here.  The wind blew and the rain poured all night and nearly till noon.  It was so bad that I actually dreamed of the rain and wind.  I don't know what the final total was, but this morning we'd received about 2 1/4 inches of rain.  So glad the soybeans are done.
To be honest, last week's menu plan went out the window, so you'll see some "repeats" this week that just didn't get made last week.
Monday:
pizza
slow cooker beef stroganoff

Tuesday:
macaroni and cheese
BBQ meatballs 

Wednesday:
McD's with Grandma
leftover stroganoff

Thursday:
sandwiches
leftover meatballs

Friday:
potato soup
sesame chicken and Shanghai noodles -I only do Asian inspired meals when Ella's not home

Saturday:
Ella and I won't be home for supper, so we'll have to find something to leave for Daddy

Sunday:
?? depends on what I pick up at the butcher's (if I get to the butcher's this week)

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Recipes


Halloween party at Guides last night.  I made some caramel apples.  Really easy and doesn’t need store-bought caramels.

Caramel Apples
makes 12
1 cup butter                                            1 cup corn syrup
2 1/4 cup brown sugar                         1 can condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla
Put everything (except vanilla) in a large pot.  Stir to dissolve the sugar.  Boil without stirring until it measures 248F on a candy thermometer.
Let cool 2 minutes.  Add vanilla.  Dip apples and place on a lined cookie sheet.
I found a really good sticks to use for the apples.  They sell them at the dollar store and call them skewers.  They worked great and were much cheaper than ‘official’ candy apple sticks.

This is called ‘steak’ spice but I use it just about any time some meat needs some seasoning.  I used it on the chicken I made on Monday.  Just take your chicken pieces, sprinkle them with the seasoning and toss them on a shallow pan and roast for an hour at 350F
Steak Spice
10 tsp salt                                   3 tsp black pepper                               4 tsp onion powder (NOT salt)
2 tsp thyme                                2 tsp rosemary                                     4 tsp garlic powder (NOT salt)
I mix it up and keep it in a glass jar so it’s always ready.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -23 October 2017

Colin is finishing up the soy beans today, just in time since they are calling for rain off and on for the rest of the week.  They are turning out OK.  Nothing fabulous, but certainly better than they could have been after the year we had.  Now to wait for the corn to dry enough.
Feels like a busy week, but not really.  I got all the paperwork filled out for Guide camp in November.  Are you ready for this?  It actually got approved the FIRST time I sent it in!!  We’re having to go to a new place because we were too slow picking a date and our usual place is booked/closed.  The bedroom situation is better at this place (more rooms with smaller numbers) so hopefully we can actually get some sleep.  We’ve also got an actual kitchen which gives us more options for food.
Ella’s excited to have Grandma come to archery this week.  Guides are having a Halloween party.  Speaking of Halloween and archery, did I tell you Ella’s friend from archery invited her to a Halloween party on Saturday?  Ella had so much fun and made 2 more friends.
She’s a ‘school girl vampire’ like in the Monster High books.  She found her costume pieces at Value Village so this is the cheapest costume we’ve ever had since her early fairy costumes.
Monday:
sandwiches
easy roast chicken and baked potatoes (our potatoes!)
Tuesday:
French onion soup
leftover pizza (I brought home pizza Saturday)
Wednesday:
macaroni and cheese
??
Thursday:
crock pot beef stroganoff -will look for link or post recipe
Friday:
grilled cheese
Colin’s favourite ‘Chinese’ supper -will post recipes
Saturday:
leftover stroganoff
Sunday:
??
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