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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On The Cold Snowy Day

 We had our first real dump of snow early this week.  It's still here too.  There are rumours of warmer temps ahead but in the mean time, the wood stove is stoked and the kitchen is a good place to hang out.

Yesterday I made up a batch of deviled eggs. It's been decades since I have made these. Good too, as it was hard to not eat them all!  However, with lots of eggs coming in every morning, this might become a habit. Rule number one, only make them when you have others around to share with you.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Steve Bell & First Snow

               This was the 401 heading to Kingston Saturday afternoon. It cold and clear out.

                                                       picture borrowed from HERE

Why were we heading to Kingston? To attend a Steve Bell concert. We have followed him for a good number or years now and always try to get to his concerts when he is in Eastern Ontario.Two time Juno award winner, from Manitoba, he is a fabulous guitar player,, songwriter and storyteller. Always a good way to spend an evening.

We also enjoyed a fabulous meal at Curry Original in downtown Kingston.  It was a wonderful meal and I hope we get to go back again sometime.

 I woke up this morning, bright and early hoping to catch the sunrise. No sunrise but lots of snow.

                     The burning bush berries look especially bright  dressed with fresh snow.

Still coming down. A great excuse to head to the studio and get creative. Stay warm and cozy.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

More Box Love

 I truly didn't know what I might find inside when I found this box. I just knew it was older and could be a great base for a future assemblage.

                                                            Inside a set of cutlery.

 Here is another cool box.  All wooden and curious with the sloped front. Again it opens out from the centre.

                                  Voila! A desktop stationery holder. How cool is that?

Early Morning Gifts

 November is mostly a gray unpleasant month. The days get short and the nights, darker.
The last of our trees to change and drop their leaves give us the gift of yellow which looks so much brighter against overcast skies.

               This morning I was greeted by a flock of wild turkeys in the back yard. I noticed them before the dogs did, thankfully. It allowed me to to enjoy them for a while.

                                                    Enjoy the changing of the seasons.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

And So The Sun Sets

                                                   This was the sky, late afternoon.

                                                      Then it changed to this.

                                                          And then, this.

                                                                 And a little of this.

                                  Then the sun sunk into a fiery pile at the base of the trees.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Kitchen Mimicry

 I blogged this great find recently. The back of an old enamel and cast iron stove. I love how it tops off the Hoosier.

 We traced the outline of the cast iron piece onto some plywood and my hubby made me a little "sous chef" shelf.

It's the perfect spot to put regularly used  items close at hand, keeping the small stuff off the counter. What's up there? From left to right: pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Organic cane sugar, funky little measuring cups, my small mortar and pestle, salt and pepper grinders.
Yes, the fresh eggs reside on the counter. I really like the wire egg holder.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The End Of A Season

 Last Saturday at the market was a cold one. If the temps drop below freezing, then it's a no-go.  Tomorrow might be just that. today it was wet and there were sloppy flurries.
So, for now, let;s say farewell to the colours and flavours of the autumn harvest.

                                                         Rainbow beets.

                                                       Crazy celeriac. Yum!

                                                              Crisp carrots.

                                      Heritage Romanesco and our more familiar cauliflower.

                                         Cabbages and Broccoli.

                                                  The oh so sweet cipollini onion.

                                                                 More onions.

 Squash in all its fabulous variety with a spot of red from the season's very last red peppers.

It's not over yet.  Roots Down will be indoors in December at the Rowing Club for the Saturdays before Christmas.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

On A Cold Gray Day

 It was a chilly day today so some time in the kitchen was in order.  My new-used food processor was up to the task. The larger bowl meant I could triple the recipe and kill two, no three birds at once.
My old food processor was finished after 21 years of faithful service. This one is a beast but does a lovely job.

The result? Three pear kuchens.  I bought some lovely organic pears at the grocery store with every intention of canning them. They however ripened up too fast, or I was too slow in the canning department.  No biggie. Dessert is ready!
I hope your week is going well.  Stay cozy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


 When I was at Goodwill last week, I just had to take a picture of this strange sight.
At first I thought it was someone dressed up- it was near Hallow e'en after all.

                          That's one smart looking bear!  Handsome travelling companion.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Along The Road

                        Autumn declares the end of one season and the beginning of another.
                                                        Cow corn awaits harvesting.

                                          While the mustard blooms a sunny yellow "hello!'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Good Company

 You know that winter is on its way when the wood needs to be stacked!  I don't mind it though, as it is a most satisfying task, seeing all neatly tucked up neatly against the wall.

 Every job goes more smoothly when you have some "help."  The chickens thought this was a most interesting addition to the yard.

Then I had a visitor to the Milkhouse and as the door was open, they decided to be really brave and check it out for themselves.

                             "Seriously, it's pretty cool in here!"  Mr. Mister wasn't so sure.

 These three thought they had found a great perch, away from other birds. No so much. A little too far from the house.

 When Joshua is home he loves to pick up the birds. This one had a lot to say to him and rather enjoyed the attention.

Later, she sought him out. So they went for a walk. They dropped by the kitchen to see what was cooking, no, not chicken tonight.

              Who knew chickens could be so entertaining and such good company?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Another Fun Find

 This was a recent find. The back of an old stove. It is enamel over cast iron and has some weight to it.  It is in great condition but for the chip you can see on the left panel.  The mirror even swivels.

                               I cleared off the top of my Hoosier and put it on top. I like it!  The "Shopsy" sign belongs to my youngest son.  For now, I get to "keep" it in my kitchen.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Little Autumn Colour

 While the trees shed their leaves at an alarming rate, there is still some good colour around the yard. My giant marigolds are still blooming.

                                 The asters along the pond are a lovely purple.

                     The spent Queen Anne's Lace looks like delicate lace cups.

                         There is still the odd sunflower attracting those busy bees.

                         The hens are all fluffed up and well camouflaged for this time of year.


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