Monday, February 20, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -20 February 2017

MPM-Winter
Happy Birthday to my Baby sister!  Hard to believe she’s 43.
We had a great birthday party!  Everyone loved the tea party.  It’s going to be a quiet week ahead.  I’m still trying to get over the cold that swept through the house last week.  Ella and Daddy are mostly ok, I still sound like I’m coughing up a lung.  If I don’t sound better soon, I’m going to have to head over to the clinic and see someone.
Monday:
sandwiches
tacos
Tuesday:
calico corn chowder
sloppy Joe’s
Wednesday:
pizza
spaghetti
Thursday:
tomato soup
steak Caesar salad
Friday:
pizza
roast chicken
Saturday:
leftover chicken
Sunday:
chicken biscuit pie (new recipe)
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Yarn Along -15 February 2017

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A few things to share this week for Yarn Along.  First I'm happy to say our new neighbour came over to help Colin again with shoveling the barn roofs.  He is so tired this week with all the snow moving and fighting off a cold (I'm losing that battle -blech).
Last month for my A&S meeting with the SCA group I needed a project.  I needed something to last all day, that would look impressive enough, but wouldn't take a massive amount of concentration so I could chat too.  So I started some petticoat lace.
The pattern is called Esquivel Lace and is from the book The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffmann (so much lace so little time).  It is based on a bobbin lace example from 1842.  It's  very easy pattern to remember.  I need about 3 yds.
I have a friend who is obsessed with gnomes.  I happened upon a pattern for gnome mittens so of course I shared it with her.  No surprise, she loved them.  But she's a newer knitter and doesn't feel confident to do fair isle.  She is also an amazing photographer.  Remember when I won the free photo shoot?  Maureen is the one who did all the fabulous pictures.
I wanted to get some new pictures done of Ella but as usual cash is hard to find some days.  Luckily, Maureen loves to trade.  So I'm making her some gnome mittens and she's going to take pictures of my beautiful girl.
I also finally got a picture of Ella wearing her new scarf, though not outside because she 'didn't need it'.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -13 February 2017

MPM-Winter
Wow, more snow!  After cleaning up the snow around here Colin headed over to Beachburg to dig out Ella and Grandma.  Colin even was up on the house roof to shovel snow.  At least it’s a shorter fall than the barns and I know Grandma doesn’t have sharp and pointy farm implements around the base of her house.
Busy this week getting the house ready for Ella’s birthday party on Saturday.  A couple of her friends are staying over too.
Monday:
sandwiches
spaghetti
Tuesday:
chili con carne
Aegeon beef -new crock-pot recipe
Wednesday:
pancakes
stew
Thursday:
French onion soup
pork chop casserole -also new crock-pot
Friday:
??
chicken fricassee
Saturday:
tea sandwiches
breaded pork chops
Sunday:
roast beef
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Yarn Along -9 February 2017

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A day late because we ran out of internet for the month.  Boy that was a long 2 days -ha ha.  We really need to find a better internet service provider.  I have discovered we can’t use any of the companies that have DSL over the phone lines.  Apparently, Bell hasn’t updated out phone lines and they can’t do it over the old lines.
Remember the ski-doo?  Well, Colin is finding it much too cold (even with a hat) so I whipped him up a balaclava (Elizabeth Zimmerman of course).
I made the ‘body’ of the hat a little longer.  He’s enjoying it today even just out in the yard because it’s -30 C with the windchill.
We are loving reading The Hobbit!
I forgot to tell you about a surprise present Colin got for us for Christmas.  He was really ticked because Home Hardware didn’t get any in until a few weeks ago.
 BUT it doesn’t come with the special sugar and that sugar was on back-order until TODAY!  Luckily the candy floss machine works with regular sugar (coloured and flavoured of course).
YUM!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -6 February 2017

MPM-Winter
I tried a new grocery store on Friday.  Eganville has a Foodland.  I’ve never been in there before.  Wow they have a beautiful fruit and vegetable section.  Lots of variety AND 3, yes 3 kinds of tomatoes that DON’T come from Mexico!!!  Guess where I’m buying our fruit and veg. from now on?  Their bakery department is amazing too.  There must have been 5 kinds of store-made bread.  Their regular store-made white bread is only $2, which I’m willing to pay on days I don’t want to bake.  They also had mini jam-filled doughnuts.  They had a few other things on sale in the flyer so I did a bit of shopping.  They had pork shoulder roasts on for $1.99/lb.  Boy they sure looked nice.  So I picked up a 4lb one and made it on Saturday.  MMMMMM, that was really yummy.  It was just as nice as Colin’s pork.  Sale is still on, so I might drop in on tonight when we’re there for skating and pick up another roast for the freezer.
Monday:
sandwiches
leftover roast pork
Tuesday:
pork sandwiches
honey mustard baked chicken -yum (I used honey mustard instead of Dijon)
Wednesday:
soup
spaghetti & meatballs
Thursday:
hot dogs
leftover chicken
Friday:
tuna
beef birds (new recipe from my Make a Mix cookbook)
Saturday:
corn chowder bisque
leftover beef birds
Sunday:
chicken enchiladas

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Candlemas 2017

I love calling today Candlemas instead of ‘Groundhog Day’.  I don’t know why we suddenly need a rodent to tell us the weather forecast.  The old poem does a good enough job:
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas bring clouds and rain,
Go winter, and come not again.
I belong to a Facebook group that has a lot of British/European ladies.  They are all talking about their snowdrops and such.  I headed out this morning to look for my snowdrops:
Oh, right, they are still buried under a foot of snow and it was -21 C (6 F) this morning with snow in the forecast.  But I guess that means the worst of winter is behind us?
I’m disappointed we won’t be able to go to church on Sunday.  I love the Candlemas service in Ottawa.  Ella has a skating competition on Sunday and we can’t do both with all the driving.  Hopefully next year.
We were in Ottawa doing some errands and visiting with my friend Teresa.  Came home to a surprise.  Look what Daddy bought us!!!
Took a while to convince Daisy she couldn’t catch them.  So much fun ripping around the fields.
“I want to ride too, Momma”
One worn out and chilly Ella.  Warming up in her mermaid tail that Auntie B made for her and reading her Minecraft book bought with her Christmas Chapters’ cards.
I picked up a couple of cool books too.  Ella is very excited to start the LEGO Shakespeare (she bought herself the Brick Fairy Tales and Brick Dracula/Frankenstein).  I treated myself to a beautiful, illustrated copy of The Hobbit.  My old paperback copy has seen better days.  I want to read it with Ella and I will enjoy the larger print in the new copy too.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Menu Plan Monday -30 January 2017

MPM-Winter

Burr!  Winter has returned today.  -27 C (16 F) with the windchill!  Luckily today was not the day Colin had to drive home the “new” tractor home from Renfrew.   He drove it home Friday and only had to deal with light flurries.  It took 2 hours from Renfrew, I’m so glad it was only -1 or so on Friday.
Colin doesn’t usually like cab-less tractors, but this one is for doing stuff (eg., moving equipment) in the barn so it has to be short enough to fit in the doors.   As it was, he had to take the exhaust pipe off to fit.  Colin is quite happy with the tractor.  Very little hours on it and only cosmetic stuff that needs to be done in the spring.
Monday:
grilled cheese
spaghetti
Tuesday:
mac & cheese
garlic chicken
Wednesday:  Ella’s Birthday
tacos
McDonald’s
Thursday:
tomato soup
chicken Caesar salad
Friday:
l/o tacos
Beouf Bourguignon
Saturday:
sesame chicken
Sunday:
?
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