Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

FOR TODAY, January 26th, 2016

Outside my window ...
It's still dark, a bit chilly and also windy.  We are supposed to get that storm which battered the East Coast of North America, except of course with rain instead of snow.  Sigh  . . .

I am thinking ...

Make every day count.  It's a day which will never come again.  Enjoy it for what it is.

I am thankful for ...
Little texts my husband sends me when he is out and about without me.  For instance (not to embarass him or anything) here is one he sent me yesterday when he had gone to the tip.

"Thanks 4 all you do for me and 4 keeping me grounded."

Special.  I am a lucky woman.

In the kitchen ...
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Chicken Tikka Masala.  Very tasty.

On my "To Cook" list ...


Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken, from Carlsbad Cravings.  Looks fabulous!

 I am creating ...

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I am so excited to show this to you.  Here is my recipe album so far!  This is the front cover, and inside the front cover.  That is a pocket page, to put loose recipes, etc. Also the spine and the back cover.

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Two of the inside divider pages and their back sides.  So excited because I got to use my MS Lace Punch and I love how they turned out.

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These are the other two divider pages and I love how they turned out as well.  Also pocket pages.  I only have to do the individual pages now, which will be a work of progress over time as I add recipes to it, etc.  I just love these Graphic 45 papers, Home Sweet Home.

I just love this Warm Hug Hat.  A free pattern from Jessie At Home.


This is my next project.  Charlotte Fox from Cynthia Treen Studio.  A little girl in my family is turning five at the end of February.  I have tried to make her a special felt doll every year, and this year will be no exception.


Loving the mug cosy from Ravelry.


These Fabric Bowl Covers are really nice.  From Sew 4 Home.

I am reading ...
I am still reading the book by Francine Rivers, A Lineage of Grace.  Stories of four great women of the bible . . . Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. I have added  . . .


The Signature of All things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. The novel follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing—a desperate need to understand the workings of this world, and the mechanism behind of all life.

The Signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, this story novel soars across the globe—from London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam and beyond. It is written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time. Alma Whittaker is a witness to history, as well as maker of history herself. She stands on the cusp of the modern, with one foot still in the Enlightened Age, and she is certain to be loved by readers across the world.

I am loving it thus far!  (Only just started)

Looking forward to ...
 I am doing a small presentation at Young Women's on Wednesday night.  It is supposed to be foreign food and I am going to do a presentation on the cooking of the ancient North American Indians.  Should be fun and not something they are expecting I imagine!

I am learning ...

Getting no for an answer ALWAYS tries our patience and can be very disappointing.  But I am learning that if we will be patient, there is always something better up ahead.

Dreaming about ...

I am always dreaming about having our own chickens . . .

Holidays in Provence  . . .


Polka dot fingernails  . . .

Jane Austin hair and pretty white underthings . . .


A kitchen large enough to stretch out in  . . .

A favourite quote for the day ...

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The key to enjoying cooking is embracing simplicity.  
Simplicity in food is honesty, warmth, pleasure,modesty, even fairness.  
Simplicity in cooking is ease and grace . . . 
Simplicity  . . . is not a compromise but a treasure.
~Mark Bittman 

One of my favourite things  ...


Pretty beaded curtains  . . .  love them . . .

A peek into my day ...

I wish   . . .  the positive bit about looking in the mirror.  I seldom, if ever . . .  like what I see.  But thin women feel the same.  Maybe it is a woman thing.  We need to stop it.  To stop seeing only the bad things about ourselves, and embrace the positive things about ourselves . . .

And that's my daybook for this week!

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Wherever you go and whatever you do, I hope there's a great day ahead of you! Don't forget!

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And I do too!


  1. Good morning Marie,

    Today is Australia Day and India's national day as well. So what is one to do but have a cricket match. This year it is a T20. I fell asleep watching the ladies and I believe India won. The big men are playing now. I wish I was in Adelaide watching the game.

    I love Mrs Hinkley's quote. It is oh so true and I am one guilty soul. Last night I realised that I am slipping away from my reading again. Time to pull up the socks and work on progressing instead of failing.

    Your book looks stunning. I am thinking about making one but the proviso has to be in has to be made from my stash. There are so many papers etc outside. I have some other things to finish too.

    I love some of the texts that arrive during the day. Today I had one that said, "I owe you my life" and I had to answer that it was a "Tad dramatic".

    Enjoy your day and God bless.

  2. I have that book:) To read..I started it..and then this other book was available so I started IT..which I rarely do..
    love all the cute stuff..
    I love m Jacques..but first of all he doesn't have a phone.;)
    How sweet of Todd.

    Your cookbook!:)
    The wee fox:)

    All toi toi toi!!

  3. They do say that what comes around goes around and that is the way of the wind. It's quite windy here this morning but thankfully a little warmer and the snow has melted for now. Would love hearing more about the cooking of the North American Indians. That's something we don't hear much about but they are definitely a part of our heritage. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

  4. Happy Australia Day Suzan! I am havin great fun with these papers and trying to use them all up as best I can! It's great! xoxo

    Thanks Monique! I am enjoying all my projects very much! xoxo

    Thanks Pam! I hope that the girls are as enthusiastic! You know teenagers! You never know! xoxo

  5. Hi Marie!

    Oh my you do inspire me! One of my daughter's dreams is to make a family cookbook for Christmas. You have given me some great ideas on how to make it happen, yours is so cute!

    I love how Sis. Hinkley's quotes can always make me feel better - she's still making people happy!

    Please share your recipes that you do with the YW. I am always trying to think of ideas for my Beehives, and making recipes that the Indians would have made would be fun. We are fortunate to have North American Indians, right in our ward, and very near our own homes. I'm sure you will do a great job!

    Thanks for sharing all of your fun ideas with us, they all look doable, and that's a biggie for me.


  6. You're welcome Barb! I did a bit more work on it again yesterday. So much fun, and actually I have started a second one, only this one is in a black album. Sister Hinckley was a treasure. I hope I get to meet her one day! I'll try to share whatever I do with the Young Women with you all! Have a great day! xoxo


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