We are stardust
We are golden .....
And we got to get ourselves back to the Garden!
Friday, May 10, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Like so many of you before me have done, I'm taking a sabitical from blogging. I just don't seem to have enough time in the day/week/month to get it all done; and I never seem to get enough rest lately. I'm cutting back a couple of things because God has been speaking to me about simplifying my life, and I need to listen to Him because He knows what's best for me.
I want to say a huge thank you for being my followers and my online blogging friends. Thanks for the words of encouragement and support and thanks for having such great blogs yourselves -- for giving me cause to think sometimes, for making me laugh, and for all the wonderful recipes and the glimpses into your own lives.
I don't think my departure will be forever -- I certainly hope not! But for now, I say adieu. I shall try to keep up with you from time to time. And if I find I have anything I really want to share, I'll certainly do that.
|Now, let's find that book and that brew and that hammock in the cabin in the woods, miles from nowhere and technology and distractions. And let's listen to the birds and the lap of the waves and most importantly, let's rest!|
Oh wait now! That was my dream voice speaking. Darn it!
It'll be more like let's cook dinner without yawning your way through; let's stop rushing from place to place and perhaps have a chance to stroll; let's spend some time in the hammock in the back yard; let's meditate on what God has given me to enjoy and let's see what else He has in store for me.
Let's get a good night's sleep!
See you later!
Monday, April 29, 2013
I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but my middle daughter and I are avid fans of "Game of Thrones" -- the books the HBO TV series, the merchandise, any shape or form of GOT is great with us. Molly's birthday is on the 30th and we always get together on Sunday evenings for the latest installment of Season 3. So, amidst bathroom renovations, working 2 jobs, feeding 2 Asians and exercise class, I decided I should create a birthday feast inspired by our favorite series.
I instructed those invited to "wear the black". Her boyfriend forgot, so he because the self-appointed photographer.
|Chief cook at the castle, the Faire Maiden Molly and 2 scurvy knaves were all more than happy to partake of feasting.|
We took a couple of hours to eat with resting in between courses!
This week, it's back to healthy, moderate eating. And there might be an extra exercise class or daily walk fit in there to offset the wonderful feast food. Thank goodness for fair spring weather.
I'm once again able to do my daily after-work garden meandering. I love seeing how much things have grown while I've been away for the day. And you know, as soon as the cold weather ended and the sun shone, those pesky little Asiatic lily beetles came out of hiding, so it's my joy to hunt down and squish the little varmints!
I hope spring is bringing you joy! What ya' been eating lately?
Monday, April 22, 2013
What countries inspired our weekend eating?
Well did a little hop to Mexico Friday night for spicy nachos and a Japanese fusion hot top salad --- salad topped with grilled chicken & veggies with terrikaki dressing. I think Friday night nachos always taste better with a cold end-of-the-week beer (Sleeman's red). And the girls think Friday night nachos go better with diet coke and Skip-Bo.
On Saturday, we cleansed our palettes with a gorgeous Japanese soup. The stock contained sake, mirin, soy and kombu; then you add chopped bok choy, edamame and cooked diakon radish. It was so delicious with the subtle sweetness of the mirin and the lovely crunch of the edamame.
But the highlight meal of the weekend was Sunday's
Herbed Spatchcocked Chicken
via England and Jamie Oliver.
|As Jamie says: "Batter and bruise" some herbs of your choice - marjoram, rosemary and parsley; "smash" in 5 cloves of garlic and add 8 Tbsp of olive oil.|
|Rub this over your spatchcocked chicken (whole chicken that's been cut down the backbone and flattened out), grate 2 Tbsp fresh ginger root over the top, and let this marinate for an hour or two in the refrigerator.|
|Bake at 425 deg for 30 min, grate another 2 Tbsp fresh ginger root over this, lay on thinly sliced lemon and add 1/2 cup of white wine to the pan. Cook for another 20 min and let rest 10 min before serving.|
I served this with roasted potatoes and carrots and boiled green peas. It was utterly divine! So moist, fragrant and delicious.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
It's Thrifty Thursday where we get to share the thrifty purchases we've all made lately. I made my purchases during my Halifax trip last weekend. But I didn't just find thrifty during my Value Village stop; I actually found thrifty at the mall where I dropped the girls.
Let's go to Value Village first. I had a 30% off coupon which is always fun! (I'll show the clothes at their discounted prices.)
|Great orange cotton shirt from Joe Fresh -- lovely pop of color ($2.80).|
|This pretty sheer ruffle front blouse in navy, white and coral ($4.20). I wore it to work this week with my navy pants and orange bead earrings.|
|These 2 t-shirts (from one of my favorite stores): $3.50 for the pink and $4.90 for the blue which was new with tags on).|
|I wish these fit me! I bought them for Elly because they're an excellent brand name (Indigo) and are so in fashion now ($7.00).|
|A larger bamboo steamer (for my favorite Korean dumplings) - $4.20.|
Now my new mall purchases. I adore buying thrift clothes. But each spring, I like to buy a couple of new items -- things in white or black, for instance, which can turn yellow or grey once worn for a while. One of my favorite stores is Reitman's (not sure if my US readers have that chain) ... and I probably wouldn't have made any purchases at all if it hadn't been for those 4 racks of "Take an extra 25% off the lowest ticketed price". How can a woman resist this!
I focused on buying tops and not pants or skirts as I'm still working on trying to go down a size. (4 lb and 1 inch off so far!). I believe lace is still in style this year; and I was lucky to find some nice "under" pieces -- pieces to be worn under cardigans or blazers.
|These are matching sleeveless shells. ($13 each)|
|I love the colors in this and the way it drapes. ($21)|
So there it is! A little casual; a lot of work related items. And certainly more money than I'd figured I'd spend on Saturday, but still money well spent.
- What have you bought lately?
- What colors do you look for?
- What's your favorite shop for clothing?
- Have you found any good online shops?
Happy thrifting shopping everyone!