Friday, October 18, 2013

My Creative Book ....

I have found a number of photos / magazine articles / newspaper clippings etc. and over the years have created my own little scrapbook of ideas / quotes / recipes / gardens ideas, etc.

This is much like the on-line "Pinterest".   I do like Pinterest, but call me old fashioned, I still like the paper concept.    After working at  computer screen all day I don't want to turn my computer on when I get home. I do like my own little book where I can keep ideas / things I want to do / make / and dream about.

I don't own a laptop, just an old desk top, which isn't as convenient.  It's stationery on a desk in another room, away from the rest of the house 

Creative Side...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Nothing is What It Seems .....

What started off as a simple painting project has turned into more of a summer renovation project, which is now turning into a fall project too.

Our family room, where we spend most of our evenings had 35 year old faux-wood paneling.  Over time the paneling has become faded and scratched.   It also made the room dark.  My plan was to remove the paneling and paint to freshen up the room.  Seemed simple enough... right !   To our surprise, when removing the paneling there wasn't much underneath, including hollow outside walls (which explains why it was one of the cooler rooms in the house). We've only been in this house seven years now and learned from the neighbours that when the house was built this room wasn't finished - was an extra expense at the time.  Most new owners opted to finish the room themselves. 

So began our renovation project.  Removing the paneling on the outside walls, insulating and dry walling.
Above the fireplace the paneling had been glued and removing 35 year glue has been a challenge. The project has been going at a snails pace when we can fit the time in and when added expenses will allow.

Hope to have the room finished soon as this room is used the most during fall/winter/spring.  The fireplace insert in this room is a major source of heat. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Old Plants ....

I read an article recently in the newspaper entitled "Old plants bind family roots".  "Passed down for generations, greenery keeps memories alive.  Some things bond a family more strongly than you'd think.  A plant is a legacy, a living thing that you nurture and pass on". 

I have a few plants in my garden and in my house that came from my grandmother's, my mother's, my aunt's gardens and from friends as well.   Each house I've lived in these plants have been with me.  I have dug them up from my gardens when moving and they come with me to our next home.  My Hoya plant, was given to me as a clipping almost 30 years ago.  It is still growing in the same pot, but have started many other pots with clippings.    A Christmas Cactus that a co-worker gave me a few years ago, is still thriving and has started another plant with a piece that fell off.   The ivy in my garden came from an aunt who has since passed away.   I have other plants which came from my grandmother's garden over 60 years ago. 

Every time I'm out in my garden it brings fond memories of those who nurtured these plants before me.

Hoya in bloom
Christmas Cactus


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Favourite Lentil Soup

I like to make a large pot of soup every week

This recipe comes from the Canadian Chatelaine magazine - February 2001 issue.

This nutritious low calorie, soup can be made in big batches and frozen.   Soup is hearty without being heavy and can be ready in about 30 minutes.

1/2 lb Red Lentils (about 1 1/2 cups)
5 cups of Chicken / vegetable stock or water
1/2 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp paprika
1 bay leaf
3 medium size carrots
1 small sweet red pepper
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
1 - 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp black pepper

In large pot set over high heat, bring lentils and stock to a boil.  Skim off froth.  Stir in chopped onion, garlic, seasonings and bay leaf.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Simmer, covered.  Dice carrots and red pepper.  Stir into soup.  Continue simmering, covered, until carrots are very tender, about 15 minutes.  Lentils in soulp will need a total of about 20 minutes to cook.  Stir in green onion, coriander, lemon juice and pepper.  Remove bay leaf.  Serve immediately or refigerate covered, up to 3 days or freeze.

Enjoy !

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