Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Potpourri ~ Boo!

Truth be told I am really not into Halloween
I love the treats
and the pumpkins


but I have never been one for dressing up
or doing a lot of decorating

I do love seeing the kids ~ especially the little ones
so I cannot wait to answer the door tonight



tomorrow we head to the cape
and close up the cottage for the season
so sad ~ we hardly used it this year

rain is in the forecast so I will make a big pot of soup
to have when we come home
with some home made biscuits


brownies are in the forecast as well
a little craving going on here


it has been a long hard week
a very busy time ~ stressful

I have a couple of friends going through some difficult times
so I think about them and worry
and pray


maybe cake will make everything better
no?  ok then

I originally had vacation planned for next week
but decided to work a few days of it so I made 2 long weekends
I will take a day for me and a day for errands and getting things done

as November comes the calendar begins to fill up
plans are made ~ we start the lists

so I will take this weekend to do some pre-planning
to help ease the hustle and bustle of what is just around the corner.

happy weekend

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Potpourri ~ Life Lately

Rain ~ rain ~ rain
taking away all our wonderful fall foliage 


I feel like it has been so long since I just did a 
random what I have been up to lately post

well today is the day

last month the weekend before I flew to Toronto
I got together with my Eaton's girls
we talked ~ we danced ~ we sang
and we may have consumed a few beverages

I laughed so hard ~ my voice was horse the next day from signing
and I my knees may have been a tad sore from busting a move or two

I love my times with these girls ~ they are forever friends


trying this cake soon ~ looking for an excuse to make it

tomorrow night is game night with
trying to figure out which dip to make to take



 Thanksgiving weekend we had 2 full days
and one relaxing one

Saturday we headed to the camp ~ it was fall clean up
so while the boys were outside cleaning out the shed and putting
away the summer stuff ~ the girls were inside sorting through
things in the loft and purging what we could


before we had supper the 5 of us walked down to the river
I read a poem ~ we sprinkled some ashes in the river
then each threw a yellow carnation in 

the photographer in me wanted a shot of the 5 flowers 
floating along with the current
but it was a sacred time ~ not a kodak moment
it is burned in my memory though ~ it was beautiful

#prayingforOttawa #Ottawastrong


I have never made apple butter but this recipe is the best excuse to try it

catching up on my shows ~ loving Nashville
and Thursday nights are my favourite

also caught up on my blog reading ~ feels good

currently reading James Patterson ~ 12th of Never
cannot put it down


Thanksgiving Sunday I hosted dinner
there were 7 of us around the table ~ it was a stress free day
I had everything done up early and a lot of the dishes went into the oven
hoping to pull it off again at Christmas!


the flannel sheets and quilt are back on the bed

the summer clothes are put away

now to do the same for the outdoor stuff
praying for a nice day on Sunday

Hoping you have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

All About the Pumpkin

Pumpkin has always been a favourite of mine

from pies and breads
to cakes and dips

because it is prime pumpkin season
I decided to pull together some of the best recipes I have tried
or ones that I want to

 pumpkin snickerdoodles ~ seriously

 you had me at hello....

 with cream cheese frosting

 what is better than pumpkin pie ~ tarts of course

 this looks so yummy ~ I cannot wait to try it

 I have had this pinned forever but have not tried it yet ~ soon



 I have made this blueberry pumpkin bread for a few years now
every fall it gets pulled back out ~ love it

 scones ~ pumpkin = love

 we tried this dip last year and it is so good
nice and light

 all kinds of pumpkin inspiration over here
and this french toast is a winner



this pumpkin swirl cheesecake I have made many times
it is made with a ginger cookie crust which just adds to the yumminess of it!

with rain in the forecast tomorrow ~ I may just have to try out one of these.

Happy Weekend!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Potpourri ~ Thankful


Yes ~ back so soon ~ I have missed this

but with the hustle and bustle 
and sunshine and life that summer offered
well you can see why I only stopped in to document a few things
then I was off again


truth be told ~ I always said that when my posts felt like work
then I would step away
and I do think that the step back has done me good

there are some things on my heart right now
that I eventually will lay out there
but not today ~ you see this is the start of our long weekend
as Thanksgiving is on Monday



it is going to be a busy weekend as we are off to the camp tomorrow
getting rid of some stuff
and taking some time to honour Trev's Dad, 
as his birthday is today

then on Sunday we will have our feast
turkey ~ dressing and all the trimmings
we are hosting ~ planning on 6
but you never know ~ there may be more


Monday will be a day for me
get a few things done and a lot of relaxing

loving the warm days and cooler nights
I do not like the sun setting by 7 and after the time change
that will be sooner ~ nope ~ definitely not liking that 


thank you for your comments
your emails
your friendship

and Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians

Monday, October 6, 2014

Celebrating 50 Years

Just over a week ago I was up before the birds
honestly ~ I do not see 5:00 AM on a regular basis
but this was a special occasion as I had a plane to catch

I jetted off to Toronto for the weekend
I know ~ fancy that!

I was going for a reason of course
as a very special couple was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary

you know you have your favourites and these are two of mine
Aunt Jeanne is my Dad's older sister 
and they were really close

it was Dad that introduced them 52 years ago
and after all this time they are still going strong

I had not seen them in 7 years ~ way too long
there have been health issues through the years
so when this opportunity came up I made it happen

when we were there on Friday prepping for the party
I sat on the front step ~ so many memories
in that house, on that street
it felt like being home ~ that makes me smile 
even as I type the words right now

Aunt Jeanne, Chris, Uncle Dave & Gina

Gina worked so hard planning everything out
and I was happy to be there to help her with food prep ~ decorating
organizing ~ lists galore ~ we were in our element

she found this on Pinterest and ordered it from Etsy
everyone thought it was a great idea

this is my Auntie Sue ~ another favourite
she is the baby of the family and I love her to pieces

I flew up on Thursday morning and home Sunday night
so my time was brief but we packed a lot of memories into 4 days

she's my best girl and I love her so.....

I feel like I have been gone forever and a day
but I know I haven't

I fly in ~ read a bit ~ try and leave some comments 
then I am off again

don't give up on me ~ I am still here.....