Sunday, September 10, 2017

Wine tour

Today we decided to go on a local wine tour.
Our friends Rosemarie and Paul joined us.
We had so much fun.

The vineyard we visited was Annapolis Vineyards.


These grapes were ten years old. My grapes developed downy mildew last year. I was afraid that I had lost them. But we've cut them down to the ground and they told us that they should come back next spring. Phew!




Beautiful grapes...wish they were mine.



The happy crew


Then Dave took us on a dirt road and we found this pretty path beside the road. It followed a river. I can imagine that this fall when the leaves have turned it'll be so pretty.







All in all a nice day. Tonight is the kite festival. Can't wait!
Have a blessed Day!
Lisa

Monday, August 7, 2017

Summertime! Summertime!!


Summertime is almost over. 

Yup. 

It's gone before it even begun.

It's been a pretty good one so far.

We haven't climbed Mount Everest or anything spectacular like that
but we've done lots of things as a family and just as a couple.

Jamie is 16 now. Yup. 

How did that happen.

So he's got a part time job and his motorcycle licence.
And yes I constantly worry. I'm a mother, that's my job.
But because he has his motorcycle licence he's free to roam where he wants as long
as he's off the road before dark.
So that leaves Dave and I with more couple time.
That's the perks and downfalls of having kids.
You hope that they'll grow up healthy,happy and independent and 
when they do, you're like "What the heck!? Where'd you go?"
But I'm happy for him.
As long as he stays safe.
He's already learned that other drivers are crazy.
I wont go into that.

The gardens are growing well. I feared for the tomatoes since only tiny little green things were growing. But after Saturday night's rain, they seem to have gotten bigger. Which is strange since I know that tomatoes are picky when it comes to watering, so I water them regularly.
They must prefer the rainwater.

It's been a strange spring and summer. It was a cold spring and a hot summer for a few weeks and now it's a cold summer. Some mornings it's only 8 degrees Celcius. Brrrrr

I've had to plant my yellow beans THREE TIMES!!!! Finally they're growing okay.

Rain has not been plentiful, but it's better than last year.



The garlic is doing well. As you can see. I picked some more tonight. It's a smaller, different kind.


Sadly both of Dave's parents passed away this spring. So we had some family business to attend to in Ontario. We also turned it into a family vacation. We stayed with his cousin and did a few touristy things. But mostly it was to relax after the stress of everything that had gone on.


The day before we left to come home we spent it in Toronto. I've always wanted to go to Kensington Market. It's a real hip, funky place. And they had a car on the side of the street planted with trees, grass and flowers. How cool is that!


We also went to the Warsaw Caves in Peterborough. We didn't go to the caves, but took a nice walk in a cedar forest that had kettles and strange rock formations. That's Jamie at the bottom of the kettle.
We also got stuck in a thunder, lightning and downpour on our walk. Memories!



I've also been doing lots of jams and jellies. Here's part of my strawberry freezer jam stash!




The Acadian Festival was on last week. This is my table at the bazaar.


I also visited a quilt expo. Mind boggling! Just mind boggling.




We were actually thinking of selling the camper because by the end of July we hadn't gone once!

But one night there, and we changed our mind. We're staying. 
We camp what's called seasonal. We just park the camper at one campground and leave it there for the entire summer. We prefer it that way. I guess it's like having a cottage.

The girls are happy about the decision since they love camping.



Then a few weeks ago I had heard about low tide kite flying. 
So I decided to go and get pictures and information to talk about it on 
CTV Morning Live.

Here's the short (very short segment) I had on CTV Morning Live


Well by the time I left there, I was hooked!

Not only do I love it, I bought a kite!



Think about it....kite flying while you're standing on the ocean floor. It's just wow.
That's Nova Scotia living! 
That's me, Dave took my picture while I was flying the kite yesterday.

I turned 50 this summer also.
And I have so many things to be grateful for, one of them being my health. I've noticed that, except for my heal spurs, I'm in excellent health. I'm on no medication, no health issues whatsoever.
So I want to keep it that way.

So I'm going to go in le grand fondo

I'm not totally crazy, I'm just doing the little one. 35km.
That's enough.
Tonight I started training. I almost did 10km in 40 minutes and didn't need resuscitating. 
So I think I'll be ready by the end of September!

Well I think that's enough news for today. 

Have a Blessed Evening
Lisa






Friday, June 2, 2017

Dandelion Flower Jelly


I didn't know if I should post this recipe or not.
I've had a love/ hate relationship with it.
The first batch I had to redo and it worked.
Thinking that I needed two pouches of pectin.

So I followed the directions again diligently but added two pouches of pectin.
All I got was syrup.

By the time I had a chance to make it again,
the dandelions were all gone.

I'm going to give you the recipe I found on the internet and you can be the judge.
I tried contacting the original blog that I got the recipe from a few weeks ago, but they haven't answered my questions.

So here goes.
I'll give you the recipe like the blog says and hopefully you'll have more luck than I did.

You'll need dandelion tea and here's how to make it.
 4-5 cups of dandelion pedals.
Try not to put the green part. It's hard. As you can see with mine, I didn't do a very good job.
But it's pretty.


Cover the petals with boiling water. Put a teatowel or something on it to keep the petals submerged for several hours. Preferable overnight.
Separate the petals from the liquids the next day.
I used a fine cheesecloth. One you would use actually for cheese.
It didn't say how much liquid to put, so I added about 4 cups or till the petals were covered.





Now you have dandelion tea.



Don't panic if it looks murky. It won't stay that way.
Honestly, I thought it looked like dirty water.
Ick.



Ingredients

3 cups dandelion tea
4.5 cups sugar
1 box pectin
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 pint mason jars.

Bring to a boil, 
the tea, pectin and lemon juice.
Add sugar and return to a hard boil for 2 minutes, stirring often.
Remove from heat and skim the foam from the liquid.
Fill jars leaving 1/4" head space
put lids on, fingertip tight and can for 10 minutes in hot water bath canner.

I think the problem lies with when the pectin is added.
I was always told to add the pectin at the end.
But I use liquid pectin. So I'm not sure if that makes a difference.
But all instructions in the Certo box say to add at the end.
Since this is a US site I got it from, I'm not sure if it's a different company with different instructions.
Also, it only says one box. Does that mean a box with two pouches or a box with one pouch?

See my dilemma?

So I'll see if anyone tries this recipe and has better luck.

When I try it again next year and add the pectin at the end, 
I'll let ya'll know how it turns out.



But one good thing about it, is that it's really good. 
Tastes like honey. So I say it's totally worth the work.
I'll just use the syrup on ice cream...
I mean how bad can it be?

Have a Blessed Day
Lisa

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cottage Pudding

My land it's been a cold spring. We even got some snow after I had planted my cold crops.



Snow does not look good on a Magnolia. 
I don't care what anyone tells you!

So here's a stick to your ribs,
warm your innards kinda recipe.
My mom would make this some days as a meal
just for a treat. My dad and I LOVE this
since we've both got a major sweet tooth.
My mom, not so much.

Why is it called Cottage Pudding?
I haven't got a clue since there's no pudding involved.

My mom got it in an old cook book when they first got married.
So it's survived the test of time. That means it's good!


It's really simple to make.
heavy dense white cake and a lemon sauce. Voila!
Here's the recipe.

Cake

Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour with 
2 tsp baking powder & 1/2 tsp salt
Set aside

Cream 1/3 cup shortening, beat in 1 cup sugar.
Blend until light and fluffy. 
Beat in 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla

Add sifted dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternating with 1 cup milk.
Bake 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes in a 9x9 pan.
Cool 5 minutes

Lemon sauce

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup boiling water
2 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 cup cool water
1 tbsp lemon extract
1 tbsp butter

mix in sugar and boiling water over medium heat in a saucepan
add the cornstarch/water
then the lemon extract and butter.
Let thicken
Pour over warm cake and enjoy!
So very simple.
Have a Blessed Evening
Lisa

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Marg






Easter is fast approaching.
In our family we will be celebrating Christ's death and Resurrection with one less person in our family.

Dave's mother passed away Sunday.

She had been struggling with dementia for years and living at Tideview Terrace. She was born in Jerseyville , Ontario.  Yes there's actually a place called Jerseyville.

Dave's family moved here, to Nova Scotia in 1983. 
They moved here so Len could retire around his family.
It was a difficult time for Marg since she couldn't speak or understand French.
So she was uncomfortable when people would speak it in front of her.

So she decided to get a job in an old folks home.
She loved her job. She took such good care of the residents.

I don't remember the first time I ever met her. But I know that she didn't like me too much the first year or so. I was taking away her only son. The funny thing is that I'm actually the same way
with Jamie's girlfriend (yes, he's got a girlfriend) I try not to be, but like Marg, I find that I don't want my little boy taken away from me. I now understand Marg.

But as the years passed by I grew on her and she once told me that I was like a daughter to her.

She made the best cabbage rolls and Italian spaghetti sauce.
 Or as she'd call it, Eye-talian sauce.

Unfortunately, when I asked her one day for the recipe, she told me she had never made cabbage rolls or Eye-talian spaghetti sauce. Dementia was setting in.

She loved Holstein cows and knick-knacks.  The house was full of them! She was an easy person to buy for. an Avon knick knack and she was happy. 
She was also a neat freak.  She loved to iron, as a young lady she worked in a 
laundry in Brantford, Ontario and she told me once she loved that job.
I believed her, cause she used to iron everything...EVERYTHING!!!!
Even underwear! 
She was the only person I know, that would wear out an iron.

She was a good lady. For awhile they owned a cabin in the woods. It wasn't her favourite place to go
but she made it homey with her Holstein cow flower pots and her dozens of 
hummingbird feeders!!
She would buy sugar in bulk because she would feed the dozens and dozens of hummingbirds
that would come to the cabin.

We're not sure what she died of. The flu was going around in the home, but it hit so fast, that the 
doctors told us it looked like a stroke.  She had decided a long time
ago that she would be DNR. So she was just kept comfortable till the end.
We want to thank everyone that was there for us in body and spirit.
The prayers, cards, phone calls etc...
The day before she passed our Pastor, Shawn Craven, stayed with us for the longest
time to comfort us. For that we will always be grateful.

We met the doctor going in to sign the death certificate. 
He told us that Dementia is the worst disease.
You lose your loved one twice.
First when they no longer know who you are and then
when they die physically.
So please, if you can, 

The service was held at Tideview Terrace where Len could attend (he lives there also) and all her friends and the staff that loved and helped care for her.

Have a Blessed Day
and Happy Easter

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hoppy Easter!


Easter is fast approaching so I figured I'd divulge our family favourite Easter recipe.
Glazed Ham.

I know there's probably about a million and one recipes out there right now.
But this one is easy peasy!
And no cloves. My family hates the taste of cloves.

So here goes.
I make sure to de-salt the ham several times before I even begin.

Score the ham in a diamond pattern.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Put about a 1/4" of water in the bottom of your roasting pan.
 But keep an eye on it.
Make sure it doesn't go dry.
  
Bake for an hour with cover on.

Increase the heat in the oven to 450 degrees.
Combine 
3 cups lighly packed brown sugar
3 tbsp flour
2 tbsp maple syrup (you can use corn syrup but we like maple syrup better)
3 tsp dry mustard
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Mix together till it's all blended.

Pour a third on the ham and bake with cover off.
Keep putting some on until all gone.
You should bake the ham for 30 minutes
and the sugar concoction will make a nice crust on the ham.

Take out, carve and serve.
Hubby likes to take the syrup from the bottom of the pan and put it on his potatoes.
Hey, to each his own.




Not the best photo, but you get the drift.

Have a Blessed day!
Lisa

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chocolate Zucchini Cake.

I'm at it again!
And this time it's healthy eating...
Ok, maybe not.
But it's gooood!

And it's the perfect way of getting rid of your abundance of zucchinis!
In the summer I shred my zucchinis and freeze them in 3 cup increments. That way
I'm ready to roll whenever I need to make this cake.

Before I proceed, you're going to need a Bundt pan.
I've never done it in cupcake form, but I assume it would work well.
It's a heavy cake and that's why it wouldn't work well in a regular
cake pan.  It takes forever to cook in a Bundt pan.

So here goes.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 cups shredded and peeled zucchini
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp salt

Mix butter, sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla and milk in a bowl.
Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together.

Blend in together. Mix well.

Bake in Bundt pan at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50-60 minutes.
When you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean, it's ready.

Serve plain or with whipped cream.


Have a Blessed Evening
Lisa