I haven’t forgotten you. Honest. We’ve been down with the sick. It’s January, after all. But in spite of the symphony of sniffles, coughs and sleepless yawns, we’ve been eating alright. I am tired of take out and junk food and scrambling at the last minute to figure out what to eat, so I have been putting in a real effort to have proper food available for us. My efforts have not been perfect, but we have managed to cut down on eating out and ordering in.
The sun shone yesterday and it was “warm” enough to go out in a light jacket. Sure, it was only about 10C, but it was welcome. There was warmth in the sun as it poured over my face! We had a similar day this past weekend, and I took advantage of it to grill some steaks, which I haven’t done since December.
The weather further inspired me to crave cornbread. Well, the weather and a random comment, probably on Twitter. Some days the product of my kitchen is also the product of my impulsiveness. It’s good that I don’t have copious amounts of good chocolate and cream on hand very often. Continue reading
Sometimes things have to be simple
It’s been one of those weeks. We’re all sick, probably with the flu. We’ve each gone through varying degrees of coughing, sniffling, fever, chills and lethargy since the week began. Sometimes, when I get sick, I get antsy. I have to move and do, but with precious little energy for either (or for taking a wide variety of photos, obviously). So I was thankful to be able to channel what restlessness I had into something simple and delicious that has been easy on sick tummies all week. Continue reading
Sorry, folks. I’m down for the count this week with an ear infection/perforated eardrum. So, in the spirit of television clip shows, I’ve compiled a few posts from the past year to hold us all over until I’m (hopefully) better next week. And yes, lesson learned. Keep a post or two in reserve for times such as this… Continue reading
We’ve been eating strawberries for weeks now. But we hadn’t really enjoyed them until this weekend. We bought a flat from a nearby farm stand and oh my word! They were the sweetest, juiciest berries of the year. Richly coloured throughout; none of the white centres that make strawberries a little tart. They were like candy.
Spring has sprung
I think it’s safe to assume that winter has finally left (don’t look at me like that – we saw snow as recently as mid-April). Our crocuses and other bulbs, along with the deciduous shrubs and the raspberry canes, are thumbing their figurative noses at the chill that’s lingering and pretending the bright sun is actually doing something.
The chives are always the first to pop up. While the oregano and thyme hold back, demanding more heat than the world around them is giving right now, the chives are up and ready to party. My daughter snacks on them whenever she’s outside, so it’s good that they’re so willingly prolific. She spends much of early spring stinking of their oniony goodness. Continue reading
Start with an amazing setting
Our pastor and his wife are also dear friends of ours. They have been realizing a dream to own a hobby farm on a sprawling piece of heaven on earth for a few years now. The tiny house, which they have just renovated and expanded, was dwarfed by the magnificence of it all. In fact, my blog banner picture was taken as we dined al fresco in their yard. Here’s the original (grace please, it’s an iPod pic).
Waiting on the storm
The wind just picked up. By the time I publish this I’m sure it will be raining, perhaps heavily, with strong wind gusts and a flurry of leaves whipping past the windows. Hurricane Sandy, the so called “Frankenstorm” (don’t get me started on how I feel about such a trivial name for something that has already killed and is still causing destruction at this moment) is bearing down on us. By the time it reaches us Southern Ontario it won’t be a hurricane anymore, but it will be a force to be reckoned with. Continue reading