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Jan 18, 2015

A FAVORITE THING

About 4 years has passed since I posted this but it was such a well received post I wanted to bring it around again. One thing I noticed in the comments is that so many of you love the flannel pajamas for yourselves as much as for your kids. Now you just need to have someone tuck you in and read you a story.

Do you know what one of my most favorite things in the whole wide world, ever, ever, ever is? No, of course you don't.
My fondest memory is of my sons when they were little. You take two little boys and dip them in the bathtub for a while until they are pink and soft and smelling of soap. You wrap those little guys up in a big warm towel and dry them off and then here comes the best part...flannel pajamas. With their wet hair combed neatly, the flannel jammies tucked in and their cheeks still pink from the bath.
This is the best thing in the whole world. A clean, warm, cuddly, loved child.One who will be cuddled and hugged and tucked into bed with a story and a kiss goodnight.
My sons are grown (my eldest turning 27 next week) yet I can still smell and feel the way this felt. I hope they can too. 
What are some of your favorite things?


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Jan 2, 2015

LEFT OVER WINE–IT COULD HAPPEN

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Do you ever have a few open bottles of leftover wine at your place? You know when you have guests over and they each open the bottle of wine that they brought but they only have a glass or two out of the bottle. Ya, that wine.

Or that other bottle. We have all been given a bottle of wine that is not to our taste as well. Something we simply wouldn’t care to drink but also not something you would want to give to someone else. IMG_0123

We don’t want to waste this wine so here is what to do with it…. make jelly. YUP. Jelly. So easy as there is no fruit to prepare. Just wine, sugar and pectin.

Start by the usual canning protocol unless you plan on using it right away… Sterilize your jars, about 4 small jars. Sterilize your lids too. (You can find instructions on any canning web site)

  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups leftover wine or champagne
  • 1 package of liquid pectin
  • fresh rosemary sprigs if you like

Heat sugar and wine over fairly high heat until at a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Squeeze in the package of pectin and continue to stir. Bring back to a boil and then stir for one full minute at a boil. IMG_0130

Put into a large measuring cup to make filling the jars easier. Pour into canning jars over top of any herbs you have added to the jar already. Cover with lids that have also been properly prepared and sanitized.

Process for 10 minutes in a hot water bath. Remove and let cool. Any that don’t seal can be refrigerated and used up first.

I made 2 batches. The first was made with leftover Pinot Grigio to which I added a couple sprigs of fresh rosemary. I dipped the rosemary sprigs into the boiling water after I washed them for a bit of extra cleanliness. IMG_0126

The second batch was made with a some pink champagne which someone brought but didn’t open. It is something we wouldn’t drink. I didn’t add anything else to this one.

You can serve this jelly with roast pork or chicken or perhaps on top of some goat cheese on a crisp crostini.Capture

What would you add to this? Peppercorns? Dried cranberries? Hot pepper flakes?

Dec 31, 2014

NEW YEARS WITH MY BB GUY

fireworks_heart_by_pictureperfect96-d47pbdtI teasingly said "hey, hey" as I saw my husband filled his champagne glass when I walked out of the other room. He of course was on his way to fill mine.
At the very same moment we both referred to something my father said to me about 33 years ago... about champagne.
That is what being in a relationship for so long is all about. They know who we are. They know our history and we know theirs. They know what we have been through and have stuck by us and us by them. They know the funny little moments that still make you both laugh.
We have been together for almost 40 years. We have spent 39 New Years Eves together. He fills my champagne glass... literally and emotionally.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS

Nov 29, 2014

IT IS ENOUGH

I am re-posting this because I think it is so very important to remember. What you do is ENOUGH.
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I go all out at Christmas. I have a ton of decorations up. I bake and cook up a storm for Christmas dinner, Boxing Day get together and then a New Years Eve dinner too. We can lose sight of the magic of Christmas and feel overwhelmed with what we have to do. (See my previous post about not having an oven right now.)1748707_8af7e98dbe_oI have put on too many dinners and parties through the years to count and if there is one thing I have learned when trying to make everything perfect it is this:
WHATEVER I GET DONE IS ENOUGH.
I will not always get done what I think I should or what I want to but it doesn't matter. What matters is that my family and friends come by and put their feet up and have a visit. And believe me our guests always put their feet up.  photo
So take some time to enjoy the season. We are not Martha Stewart with a team of staff to pull of all the fabulous ideas we have in our heads. What will make Christmas enjoyable is that you can be with your family and friends and smile a true smile and not a tight faced grin while you are thinking about what you should have done. Coalmont Jan 14th 2012 016
Believe me your guests will notice if you are not relaxed and having a good time and they will feel like a burden and not a guest.
Delegate what you need to delegate. There is no rule that says you need to be the sole provider of Christmas joy. It is a shared joy and those who are not brought in to help don’t get to experience the feeling of warmth in their hearts when everyone is together.
Many years ago when my BB Guy and our neighbour complained about Christmas being a commercial grab and nothing special I snapped back that the reason it wasn’t special to them is that they are doing nothing special for anyone else. I admonished advised them to step up to the plate and do something to change this and to do for others. I think it worked. A lot more thought went into Christmas around here after that.
So remember this word.
ENOUGH
And have a Merry Christmas Season.

Nov 17, 2014

RAT PACKS OR PACK RATS

So, like, you know that moment when the guy at the oil change place opens the hood of your car and says "ya there's a rat in there" and he really means there is a Dead Rat under the hood of your car along with a blue, kid's glove and some plant material .... ya well I had that moment today.

It was a pack rat, not to be confused with the Rat Pack. Rat_Pack

They bring stuff with them. I wonder whose little blue glove he stole? Somebody on Facebook pointed out that it would have been nice if he had brought a gold watch with him instead. I agree.

We think he must have gone in there back in early October when I was up at the cabin for Canadian Thanksgiving. It would have been a wild ride home that is for sure.

I did notice a smell in the garage and in my car. I was looking around under my seats for an errant bit of food maybe from my grocery shopping. I never thought to look under the hood. Gack.

It was quite the sight watching my BB Guy peel the carcass off my valve cover using the rat’s own, stolen blue glove. The guys in the oil shop were pretty grossed out especially the guy who got to take the valve cover and wash it clean. We gave them a hefty tip.

Pack rats are apparently quite a problem and will destroy all kinds of things around your home and car. So far I think my car is okay and he would have been dead for sure by the time I got home from the cabin as it is a 2 1/2 hour drive.

Have you ever had a rodent hitchhiker?

Nov 3, 2014

DEAR DR. RUTH

Here is a repeat post I thought you would enjoy...


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Oct 1, 2014

GET THOSE MAMMIES GRAMMED

Do yourself a favor. Go get a mammogram.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so get out there and be aware.

Please share this picture on your blogs, your Facebook pages, on Twitter and any other social media that you use. You could save a life. Maybe even your own!!!MAMMIES GRAMMED

Go with a friend or a family member. Make it a date. Go out for lunch after and celebrate that you did it. Support the many awareness and research campaigns that take place in your area.

But most importantly…

GO GET THOSE MAMMIES GRAMMED

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