Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
In 2007 I had a vision for the bathroom..Why not a beach theme? Pale blue (aqua) walls, a lot of white, a chandelier, sea glass, shells...(see previous post...we are now just finishing the bathroom...LOL) We went to the Lachute flea market and I found these wonderful vintage postcards. I put them in a drawer for safe keeping and since we never started the bathroon redo, I forgot about them....and basically I lost them! What else is new? We got around to the bathroom in late August 2008 did the paint installed the chandelier, but still had some details to think of....I was still thinking about the postcards...but not finding them. On canadian Thanksgiving we went to OOB (Old Orchard Beach) and I got some frames at the Christmas tree shop for the postcards....And then I lost the frames...lol
I had a flash of genius this morning and I remembered where I stashed them and 15 min later I found the frames....Guess what? I need to trim them so they can fit....But I wanted to scan them first so I have an intact picture. I had to learn how to scan....install the software etc....But I' really proud of myself I did it!
Now to trim and frame!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
the presents. Wonderful!!!
Today we went to my dad's place to feed the cats ( He's still in Spain toilling away). We watch a xmas movie and vegged out.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
This is definitely winter food. Eat that in California and you will die a slow and horrible death....LOL
I had in July once and couldn't move for 2 days....
To make this recipe (that is not written anywhere in my case) You have to start by toasting the flour for the gravy it tastes better than store bought. Then you season your ground pork with salt,pepper,ground cloves, cinnamon, a big chopped onion ,savory and chopped garlic. I had a bit of nutmeg. The day before I had made my stock by boiling pork hocks in water with celery, carrot, onion, bay leaf ,garlic and savory. After 2 hours I strain the broth and put it outside (covered of course) to cool so I can de-grease it in the morning. I take the hocks and remove the fat and the meat and put it in the fridge. Then I make the meatballs and roast them.
When the broth is de-greased, I heat it and start adding the toasted flour to thicken it and seasonnings too: salt pepper, ground cloves ,cinnamon ,savory and garlic powder. When it is the desired thickness (I play this by eye...as the rest of the recipe I tell you) and the desired taste I had the meatballs that have been drained to re-heat and the last 15 minutes the reserved meat from the hocks and add it to heat also. It is tradionnaly served with boiled potatoes. I added green beans and I garnished it with chopped parsley (it looks better) I can hear my dad saying: Did you put lamb neck in your stew? He askes me every year and I say: No dad, I can't find lamb neck in the boondocks (and besides it is not a big favorite here). I could make this recipe all throught winter, but for some reason it has to be made BEFORE Xmas!!! And if you read the post it is a LONG recipe to make....I felt like I ran the marathon after! Anyways we had some for supper and I have 4 dishes of it in the freezer (it freeze really well). Well folks, that's it for today! I hope to blog tomorrow about ..... hihihi
Friday, December 19, 2008
For instance...take this handsome Bar pump (is there an official word for it????) Is a Xmas gift for Dan (who is into barware). I laughed sooo hard when I found this at The Salvation Army (I guess it's the pump...) I laughed for 2 days....I did go at night with some girlfriends after we had some wine....LOL!
On the same night I found this Hazel Atlas Ovide cream and sugar set...still bright and shiny!
The Royal Canadian Art Pottery mug is in top shape with both original tags...WoW! The tag from the manufacturer and the one from the store. It is deliciously tacky....
And what about the silver plate creamer? Delicious too lol! I love the shape...so retro!
last but not least a treasure from my church basement a super cute crab hand puppet...I shipped it as a Xmas gift to Ethan DND (do not destroy) the son of my flicker and etsy friend Mrs DoNotDestroy LOL. Not everyone embraces the concept of thrifting and recycling quite as much as Michelle (DND). So when I saw that crab, I thought of her son. I will be back soon because I need to tell you about the meatball stew (ragout de boulettes) and my visit to the Salvation Army 50% sale today!
Have a super night!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Yesterday was my significant other's B-Day (Happy Birthday Dan!!!).
I made cupcakes with butter icing, but since the household is on Weight Watchers I only served 4 (2 each) and froze the rest (un-iced). I'm sure the cake with be ok, but I don't know about the icing...
When I really needed my mother's advice on cooking, she was already in the hospital (and not knowing the time of day) so I could not benefit from her experience....I kept some recipes from her books but a lot of then weren't relevant anymore....So please people, get your family's recipes while you can! Now I am the gardian of Granmimi's (my paternal grand mother) little sugar pies (diabetic pies) and Rejeanne's (my mother in law) Fruit squares (another diabetic dessert...lol) When I say diabetic dessert it means that the whole thing is sooooooooo sweet; you will get diabetes!!! Or at least a good sugar buzz...
So much of our lives revolves around food...especially at this time of year...Let's get out our family recipes and make them, and celebrate the traditions!!!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Next baking picture...using the NewDots Pyrex bowls...Xmas shortbreads...Not a big hit at my house...LOL...Actually I'm the only one who eats them...It was my maternal grandmother's recipe...It's the only thing I have left from her and I hadn't baked them in a couple of years...so on I went my the shortbread. I like the green and red candied cherries and the chopped almonds.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I tried today the most DELICIOUS potatoes...Fingerlings! I would see them on tv and in magazines...but fingerling potatoes hadn't reach my neck of the woods....(It seems that we get the new products last...like I live in Boondocks, Quebec!!!) Anyways, I saw them today at my neighborhood Maxi & cie and I couldn't resist...I rinsed them, patted them dry and sprayed some olive oil on them...put them in a roasting pan with thyme sprigs and garlic cloves...a sprinkle of salt and pepper....30 min at 400F....To die for....hum,hum potato goodness!
I didn't take a picture I was too busy eating them....lol
Kinda slow on ebay and don't let me get started on Etsy.....I guess these things can take time!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I saw the same characters as I usually do...Don't ask me why, but the bulk of Salvation army shoppers I see are the same old chronies...lol
Anyways I found a 4 cup Pyrex Flameware coffee pot (without the insides), 2 Corelle saucer for the kitties and a Better homes and Garden book "Favorite ways with chicken" Those pictures are really funny today back in 1967 they were probably very chic and elegant! Ooohlala!!!
My Etsy boutique keeps me busy and non-vintage items I list on Ebay...Must clean the house!!! I made my first etsy sale Saturday and I was very excited! I hope I sell more things soon...:) This afternoon I will install my printer and try to scan things and print. I need to post some of those beautiful chicken pictures...lol
Have a nice day!
Friday, November 7, 2008
It took me quite a while, but finally it's opened. I do need a place to send my overstock...If you know what I mean?
My shop will feature vintage linens, glass, pottery as well as vintage and handmade jewelry!
I will add many other items as time goes by, especially jewelry!
So stop by and say hi and start browsing coz' Xmas is just around the corner!
Thanks everyone and I hope to hear from you soon!!!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
First of all this is the Pittsburg souvenir tray. I got it after a flickr member expressed an interest in it..It is already on it's way to the Pittsburg area. How cool is that?
Next I got this swatch of beautiful psychadelic shocking pink and orange fabric for 1.50$. I also found parts of Pyrex...A handle for Flameware (the set came with 3 pots and just one handle..can you see something wrong with this picture???) I mean when your pot is on the stove with a handle the heat makes it swell and you can't remove the handle....So multiple handles are a MUST if you have flameware! And lo and behold a double boiler lid for my Dad, he had the bottom, I gave him the insert and finally the set will be complete....fantastic
I need to talk about the Salvation Army personnel...They're a bunch of characters allright!!! But I must say Hi to a special cashier, I don't know her name yet, but everytime a price is missing on your items she just yells 25 cents!!! How cool is that!!! That is what I paid for the double boiler lid and the Flameware Handle! WOW! Thank you anonymous Salvation Army Cashier! Thank you!!!
Well this is my two cents...until another day
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I had a wonderful cupcake with white and turquoise icing (but I didn't manage to take a picture of it, I inhaled that cupcake...hihihi)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I didn't find any Pyrex, but that was expected because I have been having a lot of luck lately....Nevertheless this is what I found! A double boiler insert from Wearever to replace the one I had (It was all banged up and the lid didn't fit anymore...) for 2.99.
An uncandle glass (pyrex) for .39 cents (I gonna use that as a vase) and a Xmas kitchen towel (New with tags) for .29 cents. So a satisfying experience over all. It was good to go back to the Salvation Army, I had missed it terribly and I looooove de chase! The expectancy, the 'I might find a treasure' fealing...It is priceless!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Fall brings us really beautiful images...Like the wonderful sunrise I was lucky enough to see this morning.I was hoping for a gorgeous day like yesterday, but instead I got cold, humid and grey...Brrrrrrr
Even the cats don't want to go outside! I was able to tie up a lot of loose ends like rake some leaves (again???), finish closing the pool, taking a walk and continue to prepare the borders for winter. I even harvested the Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes) I stayed outside 3 1/2 hours and it was time for a break!
So now I am inside witha lot less energy, LOL!
I am looking forward to my city outing tomorrow...Salvation army here I come!
The second picture is of the sunchokes in an antique egg basket, in case you had never seen any.
It is an heirloom vegetable and is native to North America, it was, at one point called Canada potato.
Have a nice afternoon!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Who knew just how much fun I could have with Pyrex???
A few of us were issued a challenge to do our own version of a photo in Pyrex in action...A sqare hostess set bowl with a candle and glass chunks as a center piece.
Since I have 3 of those bowls I decided to do 3 versions. Here they are!!!
Two things that bug me: I didn't have enough sea glass and my red bowl was too small!!! It would've looked better bigger with those big pine cones...Anyways it is a cheap, fast and fun way to do a centerpiece for any occasion....