Friday, 22 June 2018

Fun Friday Finds


A few of the things  I find each week that pique my interest, bring me joy, inspire me to learn, create, do, become . . . Maybe they will do the same for you!


Is this not the most amazing Pita Bread you have ever seen?  Just one problem, its all in some type of Scndanavian dialect. I would love LOVE to try this!  OOps just found a button where you can read it in English, and she's on Instagram also! Yay!

  

Tip Junkie, 13 free printable envelope designs. I love printables.  


Kitchen Stewardship, how to start bullet journaling and organise your life.  



Patons, Beehive Tea Cosy. Free Pattern. I love, Love, LOVE this!  


I adore Bundt Cakes and on Positively Splendid she has links to 20 of the best of all time. Some look incredibly yummy! Baking a Bundt cake turns a cake into a party all on its own imo!


Spring Showers Shawl, a free pattern from Maria Bittner on Ravelry.  This is so pretty. 



Heart, Hook, Home.  Free Slipper pattern.  


Just Be Crafty. Reusable Swiffer Pads, crochet.  


Cappers Farmer.  Washable crochet dust mitt. Love this. 


Room on the Left.  Crochet Coasters.  Great scrap busters!  



Flower Starburst Hot Pad. I love these things.  Free pattern available here. 

 


A Cultivated Nest. DIY cloth napkins.   



Happy Healthy Mama.  Five simple steps.  




Sew Mama Sew. Patchwork kitchen mat.    


  

The Goodness.  Easy DIY Bunting.  


  

Aesthetic Nest.  Sewing oilcloth table covers, with cute edgings. 





Nichole at Home.  Round scalloped edge table cover.  





 Ashley Hackshaw.  Vinyl round sit-upons. 


Family Friendly Frugality. How to sew a ruffled dress.  





Maureen Abood. How to make Lavendar Sugar.


  

Edible Flowers with flavour and ideas for using them.  Happiest At.  You CAN have your flowers and eat them too. 

And those are my finds for this week.  I hope you saw something you like.

A thought to carry with you . . . 

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There is a sacredness in tears.
They are not a sign of weakness,
but of power.
They speak more eloquently than
ten thousand tongues.
They are messengers of overwhelming
grief, of deep contrition, and of
unspeakable love.
~Washington Irving  •。★★ 。* 。  


 

In the English Kitchen today  . . .  Bacon and Tomato Pasta Twist Salad.  Delicous! 

I went to the Doctor yesterday and am on antibiotics for cellulitis, which is an infection of the skin layers. I must have gotten a small cut or scratch that I didn't notice.  In any case hopefully these anti-biotics will clear it up and that will be that.  If not I will need to go into hospital and have IV antibiotics.  I really hope not, so please pray that this will be cleared up without that.  Thanks! 



Guess who is turning FIVE today!  Yep. It's my grandson Cameron.  I hope he has a lovely day!  Happy Birthday Cameron!

Have a wonderful Friday. Our friends Tina and Tony are coming for lunch today!  Can't wait!  Don't forget!


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Thursday, 21 June 2018

My Favourite Things

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A few of the things in life that make my heart go pitty pat. Maybe they will do the same thing for yours. ♥♥♥ 
Learning.  I love learning. I love learning new things. Sometimes its only something small, sometimes its huge, but I try to learn something new every day. Google is my friend. When I was a child it was our family encyclopaedia.  I have an extraordinary mind for minutia and facts. It drives Todd crazy, but if you want a good partner for Quiz games, I'm your gal!  Well, except for questions of sport.  I have no interest in them whatsoever.  

The Turkey Sub from Subway, on Honey and Whole Wheat Multigrain bread.  And I have everything on it. Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers, black olives, hot peppers, pickles, cucumber. Simply put. Its my favourite and I get it every time. When I was first out living on my own after my last marriage broke up, the lady who I was renting my room from did not like me using her kitchen, even though that was part of the deal. I ended up having a microwave in my room and I used to buy Turkey Subs frequently for my supper. They were cheap and tasty, and low in fat and calories, and, most important of all, I really liked them.

The Book of Proverbs. Its my favourite book in the Bible.  Its filled with wisdom for the ages. I could sit and read it for hours.The Book of Proverbs provides profound insights and exceptional wisdom on how to live a happy and peaceful life, by honoring and respecting God as all-good and all-powerful. The guiding principles of the Book are to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart" (Proverbs 3:5), and that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (1:7, 9:10). 

I also love the Psalms and the chapter of Mosiah in the BOM 

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Cake. I just love cake. I think I love cake more than cookies or pies or puddings. Of all the desserts, cake is my favourite thing to eat. I think my mom's Hot Milk Cake is my all time favourite of all the cakes. Its just a simple sponge. Next to that I love Pound Cake.  Then comes the Victoria Sponge.  Next in line Walnut. After that Almond.  I bet you are surprised that Chocolate wasn't at the top.  Its there, but just not my favourite.  I would never turn a piece of it down though. 


I am a mitten girl. I love wearing mittens more than I like wearing gloves. To me gloves feel very confining and mittens feel like home. I love homemade mittens the best of all. I wish I could knit them. I just can't seem to get the hang of knitting on four needles. I like knitted mittens over crochet mittens.  They are just superior imho.  




Of all the roasts, I love Roast Chicken most of all.  That sticky skin . . . the tender meat . . . I love it all. That is the only way I like Chicken on the bone.   I hate chicken that has been reheated on the bone, and I can tell if it has.  I hate it when you go to a restaurant and they serve you chicken that has been reheated on the bone. There is a distinct difference in flavour, and I don't like it.  


  

I love the show "Friends".  I never got to watch much of it the first time around.  I am really enjoying it on Netflix.  I am on Series 8 now.  When I am done all of the series, I need to get Todd turned onto it, so we can watch it together. 



Could she be more stunning?  This is now my favourite Royal. Next to the Queen of course. Seriously I really like her.  I am excited to see how she develops in her new roll as the Duchess of Sussex.  I think she is a real favourite with the other Royals as well.

  

They are a sweet, sweet couple.
I can't wait til they have children.  I think they will have beautiful babies. 



  

I know they are not things, but I just adore my Grandchildren, even if I haven't actually met all of them yet. Hopefully some day I will get to meet Cameron and I hope that I will get to see all of them again one day in person before they get too much older.  I love facetiming with them.  Its the next best thing to being there in person.  My two oldest sons are very good at facetiming me with their boys.  Those special moments are precious to me. 




Summer!  Today is the first official day of Summer and I love it!  The sun is shining, but it is a bit breezy out there, a somewhat chilly 12*C (which is 53.6*F)  Hopefully things will warm up as the day progresses.  I hope that we get to the beach at least once or twice this summer!  



 
English Strawberry Season and we are enjoying it now.  I adore English berries.  They are soooo delicious. Our plants are loaded this year.  We have so many I might even get sick of them! (No, that will never happen!)  Local berries in season are the best, and the ones you grow yourself are even better!!! 



Working with my hands.  I think it was the Amish who coined the phrase, "Hands to Work, Hearts to God." I am grateful for working hands!  




   


Writing books.  I love writing books.  I got the first edit back of my next book yesterday, for me to tweak.  I am so excited about it. I love this one even more than the last one, although it is half the size. It has more of my heart in it, if you can believe it.  I also have had a lovely e-mail from the girl who proof-read it who said she is in love with it.  So there you go. That really made my day! 

And those are my favourite things for this week.  I need to get a leg-on as I am hoping to get in to see a Doctor today. I am experiencing Cellulitis in my left leg and I think I need some anti-biotics.

A thought to carry with you  . . . 



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Either write something worth reading,
or do something worth writing.
~Benjamin Franklin  •。★★ 。* 。 


 


 Cooking in the English Kitchen today . . .  Honey, Lemon and Herb Chicken, its a tray bake with asparagus and new potatoes, delicious and built for two. No fuss no muss.


Have a wonderful Thursday. Enjoy this first day of summer.  Don't forget!


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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Do you remember . . .

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Do you remember when we had Winter clothes and Summer clothes?   I do.   All of my winter clothes were made of wool and were itchy.  There were thick sweaters and stockings.   The stockings actually went on with a garter and were flesh coloured and covered with nubbies that I hated, because each one felt as big as a marble.   Thankfully leotards came in eventually . . . they were all one piece and came in a variety of colours . . . but after a lot of washes, they went nubby too . . . I had flannelette pajamas for winter and cotton baby dolls for summer.  In the winter time we had to wear cotton undershirts, which we didn't have to wear in the summer.   In summer we had knee socks.

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The Winter clothes went away at Easter.  Packed into cardboard boxes and littered with moth balls, they would get tucked into the loft and the summer clothes would be brought down.  It was always very exciting . . . almost like Christmas.   Lists would be made of what needed to be replaced, if anything.   Things outgrown would be handed down to my younger sister.  I can remember my legs feeling cold for the first little while because they were half bare, but then I got used to it . . .

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I think I had a pretty special childhood actually.  We didn't have expensive toys and such.   Pick up Sticks was about as high tech as we got, along with Saturday morning cartoons, Tiddly Winks and Paper Dolls.   We had to make our own fun.   I remember hot summer days that were long and lazy . . .  and all of the kids in the neighborhood getting together to play games as a group.

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There would be Red Light/Green Light, Red Rover Red Rover, Frozen Tag, British Bull Dog, Dodge Ball . . . Hide and Seek . . . to name just a few.  We all got along fairly well.

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We had a bread man and a meat man and a fish man and a milk man and a vegetable man . . . the milk man came several times a week, but the others only came once or twice.   The grocery store was for things you couldn't get from these door to door delivery men.   We knew them by name, and trusted them . . .  they stopped to pass the time of day and once in a while had a treat for the kiddos.   I can remember our milk man giving us popsicles from time to time and they were like a gift from heaven.


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We didn't drink soda pop.  That was a really rare treat.   We drank cool-aid . . . which was a dry powdered mix that came in a small packet that my mother mixed up with sugar and water in a large jug.   We just had plastic cups at home, but some of the other kids in the neighborhood had really cool coloured aluminum ones.   Cool aid tasted better in those for some reason . . . and it seemed to be colder.  It probably wasn't, but that was the power of suggestion . . . because the metal felt cool . . . the drink felt colder.

We believed in God, Fairies and Jolly Green Giants . . . and that wishes could come true . . .

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All the grownups in the neighborhood knew who you were and who your parents were.  They weren't afraid to tell you off if you did something wrong,  and they weren't afraid to tell your parents either . . .
When they did, you got in trouble twice . . .

You knew you could go to any adult if you needed help.  You didn't just have two parents, you had a whole neighborhood of them . . .

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Everyone went to Sunday School on Sundays.  Our parents might not go to church, but that didn't matter . . . we didn't really question it.  We had a bus that picked us up and it would drop us off at either the Protestant church or the Catholic church.  We got little pins for perfect attendance for the year and certificates . . . it was the same at school,  and our school days always started off with the Lords prayer.   Doesn't happen anymore . . . and I can't help wondering what was so wrong about that really . . . 

We had Christmas Pageants at church and at school . . . and nobody was offended.  And, if they were . . . they were too polite to say so.

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Our futures were secure . . . and counted out by number.
We made our own fun . . .


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Fun came in a box . . .

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Or a book . . .

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We had jewelry you could eat . . .

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And a dime could get you something good to eat and a prize that was something worth having . . .

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We had role models who took their jobs seriously . . . and who were worth looking up to.

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Everyone had value and importance . . .

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Our mother's had all the latest gadgets . . .

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We all knew what glue tasted like . . .

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And just one of these on your homework brought immeasurable joy . . . especially if it was gold.

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Madge knew all of your secrets . . . and you could trust her with them . . .

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Pinkie swear . . .


We are having the best year with our strawberries.  A bumper crop!  Yesterday when we had the missionaries here for supper, I was able to actually feed them strawberries for dessert. Nothing fancy, mind  . . .  just sliced with a bit of sugar along with some pound cake and whipped cream. We all enjoyed them very much.  Did you pick strawberries for a summer job when you were growing up?  We did.  A truck would come and pick everyone up in the morning and you would labor in the field all day for about $5, which seems pretty paltry now. Hard, hard work though . . .  back breaking, and it would be so so so hot.  You got paid by the pallet, which was a lotta lotta picking. 



Mind you, my first job away from home was as an accounts clerk in a gas company in Kentville Nova Scotia. I got $89 a week for a five day a week, 9 to 5 job.  After I paid my room and board of $25 a week, that left me with a tidy little sum for clothes and what not. I was boarding with a little old woman called Mrs. Boates.  She had a huge old Victorian house on the top of a hill. She also had ants in her kitchen because when I would be eating my dinner, they would be crawling on the side of my plate which kind of grossed me out but I was too shy to say anything about it.  All of my sandwiches that I took to work for my lunch were made on homemade bread and she made the BEST corn chowder I have ever tastes. When I left to get married, she gave me a little metal recipe box that I still have. 

I was so shy back then.  All I did was go to work, come back to the boarding house and stay in my room except for meals. I was in bed by 7 every night.  How many 18 year olds do you know that are in bed by 7 every night nowadays, lol. I was literally afraid of my shadow. 

And with that I will leave you with a thought for the day . . . 

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 *.˛.° ˛°A flower does not think of
competing with the flower 
next to it. It just blooms.
~Unknown  •。★★ 。* 。 



 

In the kitchen today  . . .  Thai Chicken Salad Roll Ups.  Delicious! 

Have a fabulous Wednesday!  Don't forget!! 


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And I do too!