Monthly Archives November 2017

Birds and Reindeer at Christmas

Categories: Christmas.

~ Just a month to go before the big day is here.  Are you ready?   Is anyone ever ready?  Or don’t you worry about it and just take it day by day?  I must say the older I get the less I get stressed/concerned about Christmas.  It really is just one day in the year. Don’t forget the birds over the holidays. Last year I made up some gifts for the bird lovers on my list.  Layer the different types of bird seed into a jar and wrap the lid.  I used brown paper and twine for a natural look.
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Knitting Fingerless Mitts

Categories: Knitting.

~ My favourite fingerless mitt pattern works up quickly and easily.  It is a 2 needle pattern by Knit Picks and is done in a rib pattern of 3 k and 2 purl.  I’ve had this pattern for ages and it was free when I got it but now it is a paid pattern. The latest pair was made with yarn from The Grey Heron. It’s a lovely soft Opal yarn from Germany knit on 3.25 mm needles.  I probably only used 50 grams of the 100 gram ball.  When complete the mitts are seamed up the side.  They fit
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First Snow on the Stumpy Family

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

~ A little bit of snow arrived overnight.  First snow is always special, so it was grab the camera and take some photos through the windows and open doors about 6:30 am this morning.  This snow won’t stay around long, in fact it is already melting away. The Stumpys stay outside all winter as I love to take photos of them and they add lots of winter interest to the gardens. The Stumpys were made with tree stumps, mostly collected from the yard waste landfill and faces from various dollar stores.  I always add a hat, usually a flower pot
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‘Soup’er Sunday – Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

Categories: 'Soup'er Sunday and Recipes.

~ Would you like a bowl of sweet potato and carrot soup?  It is delicious and a great way to get your servings of vegetables. This is a quick and easy to soup to make and it freezes well in smaller portions.  I’m a plain cook, don’t add many spices or seasonings due to health issues. Ingredients 500 gram sweet potato, cubed 300 grams of carrots, diced small 80 grams sweet onion 4 cups of water 1 cup of milk stock cube is optional, or substitute water for veggie stock seasoning of your choice Directions Saute onion in butter till
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Trees for Christmas

Categories: Christmas.

~ I love trees of all sorts so it is no wonder I have a selection of trees for decorations and ornaments over the Christmas season. The first is a nice simple stitching project using green yarn, plastic canvas and sequins.  Using 7 count plastic canvas cut a piece 17 holes by 26 holes and then cut out the pattern below.  Stitch the base in brown or all green as I did, and stitch the star in gold, and the remainder of the tree in green.  The sequins give it a sparkly look and are stitched on with fishing line. 
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Granny Stripe Shawl

Categories: Crochet.

Now that gardening season is over I find myself doing more and more craft projects.  A project that I just finished up was the granny stripe shawl I made in January 2012.  I always had the intention of adding an edging to it and I finally added a fringe.  Here is how it looked. I’m calling it a Granny shawl because it is made using half a granny square. It isn’t really an original pattern but bits I’ve borrowed from other patterns.  You can find directions for the half squares if you Google it.  I’m doing 2 rows in each
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The English Kitchen

Categories: Books.

~ I’ve had a new recipe book to preview from The English Kitchen.  I’m originally from England, moved here to Canada in 1956 with my parents.  We came across the Atlantic on the Queen Elizabeth and entered through Ellis Island, New York, USA and then took the train to Canada.  My Canadian husband has English connections as his mother was from England and was a War Bride to his Canadian army father.  During our married life we have lived both sides of the ocean, and two of our three daughters were born in England.  We are a family of dual
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‘Soup’er Sunday – Bean Soup

Categories: 'Soup'er Sunday and Recipes.

~ Nothing tastes as good as home made soup on a chilly day.  This delicious bean soup is quick and easy to make. The ingredients fit nicely into a mason jar to make a tasty hostess gift or Christmas gift. This ‘soup’er Sunday recipe comes from  Garden Therapy’s ebook of Homemade Gifts. The original printable recipe is here.  I purchased all the ingredients at the Bulk Barn and made up some jars in no time.  To put together two gift jars it cost less than $4.50   It took me longer to design a label with the cooking instructions to add to
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