Just a bit of randomness of Farm Girl Friday this week.  The Farmer is still cropping.  Moving on to the soy beans.

The dog-toothed violets are out.  These are often found with the trillium.  I think that’s likely how these ones came to live at my house.  Over the years my MIL has tried to transplant some trillium.  The survive for a while but never last, it’s just not wet enough here.  Before you get all ‘you shouldn’t dig trillium’ you should know that they are just about weeds around here.  The sides of the roads are almost white with the trillium.  Every year for their anniversary (it would have been 50 years on May 15th) Dad always brought Mom a big bouquet of trillium.  These came from the pond area on the farm and didn’t even make a dent in the field of trillium.

My garden is filled with purple violets.  These came from my grandma’s house.  I’m not sure if she got them from her mom’s or not, but it’s likely.  These violets have moved to every place I have ever lived.  I love how they take over.  Mom’s backyard this year was basically purple!

The freckled violets are doing well this year.  They are starting to spread too.  I love using violets for ground cover, though I do have to rip them back from the rosebushes sometimes.

These white violets just appeared in the garden a couple of years ago.  I love the little purple lines.

That wretched vetch taking over every where.

One of my garden buddies.  This is Sweetie.  She’s finally decided she loves being pet, though she doesn’t purr.  She jumps up on the laundry table and walks along the edge of the laundry basket reaching for my arm.

Trying to branch out and try some new style dresses.  I know the blouse is wrong, but it’s the only one I had handy.

Whipped up a new apron.  Can never have to many.  This is my favourite style.  It’s from Sense and Sensibility, the Edwardian apron.  They have a cute girl’s pattern too.



Just a short one for Yarn Along this week.  Not sure what I did this week that I didn’t get much accomplished.  Though I know I’ve been washing a mountain of laundry.  Over the weekend I was busy getting some dresses cut out and ready to sew.

Just about done my knee socks.  Working on the ribbing, won’t be long now.



You may have noticed that turkey changed to chicken.  Just pulled out the wrong bird.  Oh well.  I’ve got to drive my MIL to Ottawa tomorrow.  Don’t know when I’ll be home or what we’ll eat.  Maybe I’ll be bad and pick up something.  Besides that it’s a fairly quiet week for Ella and I.  Of course, Colin is still busy preparing soil and planting seeds.  They are calling for rain today, but we really don’t need any right now.


tuna sandwiches

hot chicken


chicken sandwiches



chicken salad sandwich

meat pinwheels (with chicken)


sausage on a bun

pizza -found ‘mozzarella’ for Ella


French toast -found new eggless recipe to try





glazed ham

What’s cooking at I’m an Organizing Junkie?


Where and how do you take time out to knit and/or crochet? Maybe you don’t take time out at all and instead have your needles twirling as you try to juggle a multitude of other tasks with no ‘spare’ time to think of. Maybe you enjoy nothing more than to crochet whilst  winding down from a yoga session, chatting with some friends in a nearby cafe.

Whether social or solitary, tell readers about your crafting time and space, and where you either most enjoy (or can simply find a few snatched moments) to turn yarn into something even more beautiful.

Topic today is ‘where and how’ do I “find time’ to knit.  The easy answer is ‘all the time’!  I knit every chance I get.  I have knitting in my purse.  In fact, I bought this purse specifically because it will fit knitting.  I knit basically any time I’m sitting -in the car, at the doctor’s office, at the arena.  I even knit standing in the hall waiting for Ella to be done at Brownies.  I knit every evening while watching tv with Colin.  I definitely knit on Sundays while ‘watching’ NASCAR’.  Knitting was a life saver when we were on the Board of the Ottawa Valley Food Co-op.  It definitely has kept me from killing people  :)  And of course, as you’ve seen before, I always take knitting with me when we travel.  I’m lucky and when we travel (with Grandma or Colin) I get to ride ‘shotgun’.  Which means I get hours and hours of knitting time.  I also do a lot of knitting when I go visiting.  It’s easy to talk and knit.


Think of a knitting or crochet related question (it can be literally anything from favourite yarn weight or colour to which month readers believe they complete most projects) and host a simple survey. Hopefully once Knitting And Crochet Blog Week is over this year you’ll have that information as inspiration for yet another blog post when you are ready to write about your findings.

What is your favourite hand work project?




cross stitch


sewing (clothes, etc)


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It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post, a beautiful infographic or write in verse. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation.

Chicken Paprikash

I find it hard to feel like making real meals during cropping season.  It seems silly to make a full meal when it’s just Ella and I, especially when you consider how little she usually eats.   I made chicken paprikash the other night and I’m so glad I did.  It was so yummy!

Wish I was a better food photographer.


3-4 lbs chicken thighs

salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika


2 onions, finely chopped                                     3 garlic, minced

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes (could use diced but Ella and Colin don’t like tomato chunks)

1 1/2 – 2 cups water

1 c sour cream

Sprinkle chicken thighs with salt, pepper, garlic powder an paprika to taste (both sides).  Saute onions in oil.  Remove onions and brown chicken thighs.  Remove thighs and mix together the remaining ingredients (except sour cream).  Add the onions and thighs back to pan.  Cover and simmer 1 hour.  Remove chicken and stir in sour cream.

** Ella doesn’t like sauce any way, so her pieces don’t get sauced


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