Friday, May 16, 2014

Pre-Weekend Forecast 5.16.14


WooHoo!  
It's a 3 day weekend here in Canada. 

Victoria Day is a Canadian stat holiday which is celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25th; it honors Queen Victoria's birthday which was May 24, 1819.  (Please don't tell the Canadian authorities that she's been dead for 195 years!)  And her birthday is why it's affectionately called the "May 24th weekend".  (Or even MORE affectionately called "May two-four Weekend" because it marks the unofficial beginning of the camping or cottage season where cases of beer are consumed by hard working Canadians who have survived winter.)

After the winter we've had, the sunshine we're experiencing here in Nova Scotia today, and the wonderful forecast for Sat and Sun; I say "Bring it on, Victoria!"

I will not be drinking a two-four of beer.  (Sigh!  Those days are long gone .... thank God!)  But I may attend my first yard sale of the season tomorrow morning -- a good 'un that always yields some fun bargains.  I shall sling some dirt (the planting kind and not the gossip kind).  I shall mulch the front beds; I shall sit in my new outdoor recliner with a low-cal sangria and I shall attend this much anticipated event: 



I'll also do some cooking for the week.  I've been looking at some wonderful new recipes to try such as a Curry Carrot Lentil Soup, this delicious sounding Chicken Spice Rub and perhaps this Chai Tea Mix.  And I didn't indulge in yesterday's "National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day" .... and as I lost again this week at WW, I may give in to my craving and bake some homemade cookies.  After all, I've got a 16 yr old in my house; so if I bake them by noon, they would most possibly be eaten by 6 pm!

Monday calls for rain.  So if that happens, I'll have a tidied rec room = find the new solar garden lights I bought last fall AND be able to see the last 2 episodes of Parade's End, an excellent series which I high recommend.  

TGIF and TTFN.












6 comments:

Wisewebwoman said...

Backatcha Sandy, weather here is stunning, we're hoping it stays so we can forgive the wicked winter we've just suffered :)

enjoy enjoy enjoy

XO
WWW

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I hope you do have a great 3 day weekend. We get ours here the following weekend as we have a 3 day holiday with Memorial Day. I'm hoping it warms up some, everyone wants to be outside.

Goody said...

I feel like I owe you for that great granola recipe, so here's the one I use for chai concentrate.

5 cups water
10 teabags black or green tea
1 large cinnamon stick
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
Zest of 1/2 orange
10 whole cloves
8 cardamom pods
3 star anise
10 allspice berries
10 black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey

Place everything except honey and vanilla in a large pot. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a boil, lower heat, then cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and honey. Allow to cool. Strain through a cheesecloth lined sieve. Store in a jar in the fridge (makes about 1 quart).

Dilute with water or milk to taste (it is pretty concentrated, so go slow at first).

Hope you like it.

Goody said...

I feel like I owe you for that great granola recipe, so here's the one I use for chai concentrate.

5 cups water
10 teabags black or green tea
1 large cinnamon stick
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
Zest of 1/2 orange
10 whole cloves
8 cardamom pods
3 star anise
10 allspice berries
10 black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey

Place everything except honey and vanilla in a large pot. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a boil, lower heat, then cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and honey. Allow to cool. Strain through a cheesecloth lined sieve. Store in a jar in the fridge (makes about 1 quart).

Dilute with water or milk to taste (it is pretty concentrated, so go slow at first).

Hope you like it.

TARYTERRE said...

Sounds like you have a delightful weekend planned. ENJOY! That dance looks real inviting.

Pamela Gordon said...

I hope you enjoy the weekend and holiday Sandy. The rain is going to start here tonight and go through to Wednesday. I guess we need it though as there is a burn ban on due to the dryness! Imagine, after all that snow and rain! Have a good one.