Wednesday, October 29, 2008
My basement bathroom is almost done as well.
All that's left to be done now are the new windows.(Which hopefully come before it gets too much colder!)
The sun's shining and the forecast is for 16C.(60.8F) (At the end of October!)
What a lovely blessing!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
No problem, I'll just throw in an ice cube. I used to do it for the kids all the time.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I've been sent in the house to make coffee. (tea for me)
While mom worked in the garden, I did a little spookifying.
Although it's hard to tell, I have bats and spiders hanging from the webs.
What do you think?
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I have been gathering things for a couple of weeks now and brought everything up to the kitchen.
I like to buy things after the season is over and last year I picked up some new fall decor very cheaply.
These baby gourds were grown in my trial vegetable garden. ( I've come to realize that, as much as I like the idea of vegetable gardening, the reality is I am not a vegetable gardener!)
Once I had gathered things together I started putting them out on the front steps.
Buying white pumpkins this year was fun and it had many ladies asking me what I was going to do with those odd looking pumpkins? Did they make good pie?
I wouldn't really know as I don't actually like pumpkin pie!
The dried cornstalks came from my veggie garden. (I harvested about 10 tiny corncobs from them .) The tall, dried, starbursty things are dried allium stalks that were the the front garden earlier in the year. I put them all in a vase when they had finished flowering and dried them out in the garden shed.
Jesse made me this little wishing well in Home Ec which he took in grade 8. It usually hangs out in the back yard but I decided to let it share in the fall fun.
I rather like how things turned out. For a modest sum I've brightened up the front entry and, next week the kids will carve/decorate the pumpkins for Halloween.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Some of you may have visited my sister Tamara yesterday (http://thegreenhousediaries.blogspot.com/) and seen this picture:
There I stand in between my two fabulous sisters looking. . . well weird!
I mean, look at my face!
I couldn't let this pass.
My sister Lisa thought I should find a terrible picture of Tamara and post it for the world to see.
Unfortunately the are no terrible pictures of Tamara, so I have to do the next best thing.
Here is the picture on my camera of the very same event.
See! I'm almost as normal as the rest of you.
Don't worry Tam, I still love you.
We both know hard hard it is to get a picture of me without a weird experssions on my face!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I had meant to write this post yesterday, but as I had the day off, I ended up in the garden and didn't come back inside until late.
In case any of you were wondering what I forgot to put in the double layer chocolate cake I was making for Thanksgiving it was. . .
Sugar! Thankfully I tasted a piece. I had had decided to just use both small layers for the black forest cake.
Blech! was it ever terrible!
So Brenda, I did not actually make lemonade from lemons. I just tossed them both and made something else!
Now on to canning.
I had come across the recipe for this pie filling over at Brin's (http://mymessythrillinglife.blogspot.com/) in April and I was determined to give it a try once my apples were ready.
The day finally came.
We had a lot of hail earlier in the season and the apples had suffered. We used most of my apples to make applesauce (and I use the word we rather loosely as my mom made most of the applesauce. All right, truthfully, she made pretty much all of the apple sauce!)
My neighbour offered her apples in exchange for some of whatever we made with it. As she picked all the apples as well, I figured we couldn't go wrong.
I looked at what she brought over, did some counting and figured they would make about 8 recipes.
That sounded good to me. My mom would get some, some I planned to use as Christmas gifts and the rest we could enjoy during the long cold winter months. No problem.
Time to get started. Mom chose apple peeling duty.
I was the chief sauce maker.
Mom had found these cute lids at Wal Mart which went on the jars to be used as gifts.
I got off to a bad start. While making the first batch of sauce, it occurred to me that my new measuring spoon looked rather large. Sure enough it measured at 1 and a 1/2 teaspoons! Ack! What to do? I decided to make a double batch of sauce and adjust the spices that way.
It was a busy day.
I decided to get some chili going in the crock pot for dinner so that it would be one less thing to think about. Then I figured we would need something sweet to keep us going so I quickly baked a coffee cake. Then the tile guy showed up (finally!) to work on the downstairs basement. Henry dropped by for lunch and Jada was constantly wanting to go outside and then come right back in.
Whew! Sometimes the only thing that kept us going was another piece of coffee cake!
Syrup duty was sticky work.
It took a while for the syrup to fill all the nooks and crannies in the jars.
But eventually the jars were ready for the canner.
We were starting to get somewhere.
But at what cost?! What is that in mom's hand?! Oh no, the job has driven her to drink! What have I done?!
The bag of apple peels started to bulge.
Monday, October 13, 2008
My plan was to make black forest cake. I serve a wedge of chocolate cake topped with homemade fudge sauce, cherry pie filling, whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
When I'm in a hurry I sometimes cheat and use a cake mix (gasp!)
This time I thought I'd have some fun and try out a new cake recipe from my new favorite cookbook (I found it at the library) The New Canadian Basics by Carol Ferguson with Murry McMillian.
This cookbook has a little of everything and I have already tried out several recipes with great success.
Imagine my surprise when this is what came out of the oven!
I just couldn't figure it out!
Then I looked over the recipe.
Yep, you guessed it, I had forgotten something!
Bet you can't guess what it was. . . !
Obviously we weren't going to be having black forest cake for dessert, so I opened my first jar of Brin's Magical Apple Pie Filling,(http://messythrillinglife.blogspot.com/2008/04/magical-apple-pie-filling.html) whipped up the topping for apple crisp (also out of this cookbook) threw together some nanimo bars and we were on our way.
The apple crisp? Delicious!
Tune in tomorrow to see how my mom and I canned all those jars of pie filling.
You won't believe how many jars we made!
*And I'll tell you just what I forgot to put in the cake. You may be surprised. I was!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I did. (at least, I thought I did.)
Leftover roast beef with gravy from the freezer, scalloped potatoes from a bag (sidekicks), corn, beans and homemade apple sauce.
Just one small problem.
Once heated the 'roast' and gravy turned out to be pretty much only gravy.
Looks like Henry's eating mostly vegetarian tonight.
Lesson learned? Always label things going into the freezer. You really won't remember!* and by the way, don't knock my potatoes from a bag. They are actually very tasty!