Monthly Archives October 2017

Cozy Feet

Categories: Knitting.

~ Awhile ago I knitted some slippers from a vintage 1960’s pattern which I’ve had for a long time.  I have seen it for sale on some etsy stores, not sure how you can sell something that was originally free but once they put vintage in the title I guess it is worth a try. At one time I knit lots of these for family members.  The instructions come in 3 sizes.   I use double yarn of a worsted weight for extra thickness.  The pair that I have are starting to wear through on the soles, and they have
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‘Soup’er Sunday Green Pea Soup

Categories: 'Soup'er Sunday and Recipes.

~ I’m a slow food lover and have been making different soups and stocking up the freezer.   This recipe comes out just like a certain condensed pea soup and it was delicious but the best part is it doesn’t have all the added salt. The recipe was in The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook which I picked up for $2 at one of the local Seedy Saturdays I went to.  The cost to make this green pea soup was just under $1.50 and it made 6 servings.  It’s a split pea soup with a twist. You need 1 1/2 cups of
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Beauty at Season End

Categories: What's Been Happening?.

~ On October 23 in the morning we woke up to a red sky.  Take warning says the old weather saying.  We knew that rain was heading our way in the next day or so. The leaves are coming down quickly and just over the weekend we raked and bagged several large bags of them and took them to the landfill. The temperatures were still close to 20 Celsius, absolutely glorious for this time of the year.  I’ve been cutting greenery from the garden, the back fields and the landfill.   I always take the garden cutters when we go
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‘Soup’er Sunday – Leek & Potato Soup

Categories: 'Soup'er Sunday and Recipes.

~ Leek and potato soup has to be one of my all time favourites.  I’ve shared this recipe before but have recently updated it a bit to include more accurate measurements.   I’m all into weighting the food we eat and recording it.  This is something my dietician recommended as a way to control portions.  I also have to be careful with what I eat as I have diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome.   I stopped using ready made veggie and chicken stocks as they have so much salt in them.  I control the amount of salt as I recently
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Mermaid and Shark Tails

Categories: Crochet.

~ I recently finished a couple of fun crochet projects, one for each of our grandkids out west.  These were both Yarnspiration free patterns.   The mermaid tail was made using Impeccable yarn in the variegated colours of mauves, purples and green.  The shark tail or sack as the pattern calls it used Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn in grey.  Both used an 8 mm hook.  The only change I made to the pattern was to make the shark sack flat instead of in the round.  It just worked out better that way, I tried working in the round
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Getting More Seasonal

Categories: Birds, The Garden 2017, and What's Been Happening?.

~ The weather is getting more seasonal as we move into October.  The Fall colours haven’t been as spectacular this year and the past few days have been rainy and windy causing the leaves to flutter to the ground. We have a few different ways to check on the weather, besides just looking or standing outside.  One of them is a Fitzroy storm glass.  For just about all of the summer this barometer didn’t register anything and I was beginning to think it wasn’t working and needed resetting.  But in the past couple of weeks the crystal formations have been
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Yummy Leftover Turkey

Categories: 'Soup'er Sunday and Recipes.

~Thanksgiving in Canada has come and gone.  It was a fantastic time to get together with family and enjoy love, laughter and a lovely meal.What do you do with leftover turkey?   Here are a couple of my favourite leftover recipes.First is turkey soup.There was plenty of cooked turkey that was cut into small pieces. I cubed 6 medium potatoes, sliced a couple of stalks of celery and diced up some carrots and sweet onions.  I added some frozen peas and green beans and some pot barley.  All of this went into about 8 cups of water and a couple of
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A Tangled Web

Categories: Books.

Recently I finished the latest Mike Martin book, A Tangled Web, which was the 6th in the Sgt Windflower mystery series.   Mike is a Canadian author, born in Newfoundland and now living in Ottawa.  Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree from northern Alberta, is an RCMP officer stationed in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Before starting A Tangled Web I re-read the first 5 books to reacquaint me with the story, characters and location. It feels like getting reacquainted with good friends.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and would highly recommend it to you. At the end of the last book Winston
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‘Soup’er Sunday – Parsnip and Apple Soup

Categories: Printable Recipes and Recipes.

~ With the onset of cooler Fall weather I’ve been making different soups, some to eat now and some for the freezer for those colder winter days.  A new soup for me to try this year was parsnip and apple soup.  I found this recipe at The English Kitchen and there is a link to the printable recipe there.  As usual I tweek recipes to suit me.  This meant leaving out the salt and pepper, only using part of a really big sweet onion, and adding a veggie stock cube to the water. Parsnips aren’t everyone’s choice for a vegetable,
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The Life Way Shawl

Categories: Crochet.

  I recently completed a test pattern of the Life Way Shawl by Amy of lovemademyhome..   This was a nice pattern to follow and repeated the same rows, so once I had figured out how to do the different squares I didn’t need to keep checking back with the pattern. I used Austermann Step 6 yarn from Grey Heron, our new local lys.  This one was in many of my favourite colours of greys, greens, rust and a bit of beige.  It’s a worsted weight yarn and was lovely and soft to work with. It’s a corner to corner pattern,
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