Last weekend Colin found some red Trillium (Wake Robins).

Ella’s fairy garden is coming along.  It’s funny how the flowers in Ella’s fairy garden bloom first this year.

The pink lily of the valley is back and seems to be spreading.

The yard smells so sweet these days.

The apple trees are so full of blossoms.

The lilacs are putting on quite a show this year too.

The pool’s up to 83F so Ella’s much happier now.  I still found it a little cold last night.

One last Happy is Colin is finally done planting.  He’s so tired.  He’s been running 14+ hour days for the last 2 1/2 months (cropping and seed cleaning).  He’s still rather busy getting all the equipment cleaned up, oiled, and ready to put away again.   He needs to sleep solid for about a week.

And here’s the Real.  When I left for camp the vetch and other weeds were just starting to poke through the leaves.  I came home to find this:

It took me an hour and half this morning to save my lily of the valley that’s hidden in this picture.  So now I have one clean little corner in my poor garden.

Baked up a storm getting ready for Guide camp.  Made apple muffins, rhubarb muffins (first rhubarb of the season), cinnamon doughnut muffins, and chocolate chip muffins.  I made some granola bars too and some pizza sliders.


(the author calls them Snickerdoodle but that implies a different texture (like the cookie), these taste more like a cinnamon doughnut)

1 1/2 cup flour                                             3/4 cup white sugar

1/8 tsp cream of tartar                          1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder                          1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup butter, melted                               3/4 cup water

Mix the dry ingredients.  Then add all the wet ingredients.  Don’t over mix.  Pour into 12 regular sized, greased muffin cups.   Bake 350F for 18-20

While cooling, melt another 1/2 c butter.  In a container with a lid, mix 1/2 c sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon.  Then dip the muffins in the butter.  Put in the container and gently shake to cover in cinnamon sugar.  Yum!

The next recipe comes from my favourite author Edna Staebler.  It’s in her Muffins and Quick Breads with Schmecks Appeal book.  But I’ve adapted it to make it Ella safe.


1 Tbsp flax meal                                              3 Tbsp water

1 1/2 cup flour                                                      1/3 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder                                       1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon                                            1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup water                                                       1/4 cup oil

1 cup finely chopped apples or 1 1/2 cup diced rhubarb

Mix the flax and 3 T of water together and set aside.

Mix all the dry ingredients.  Then add all the wet ingredients (including the flax mixture) and the chopped fruit.  Don’t over mix.  Fill 12 greased, regular sized muffin cups.  Bake 350F for 20-25 minutes.

And of course, we need some chocolate.


(the author is vegetarian and has lots of egg-less recipes)

2 cup flour                               1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder         1/4 tsp salt

1 cup water                              1 tsp vinegar

1/2 cup oil                          1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup chocolate chips

Same instructions.  Mix dry then add wet (and chips).  Makes 12 muffins

Bake 375F for 20 min.


1 Tbsp ground flax                 1 cup flour

3 Tbsp hot water                   1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder             1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar                         1  3/4 cup quick oats

1 cup Rice Krispies               2 Tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla                            1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix the flax and the water and let sit 5 minutes.  Mix the dry ingredients, then combine with all the wet ingredients including the flax and water.  Press firmly into a greased or lined 8×8 inch pan.  Bake 350F for 17-20 min.

We used this Pizza Slider ‘recipe’.  They were delicious but a little burnt.  I was having trouble with the fire in the BBQ.  These would be great done in the oven.

We had great weather this weekend.  The Victoria Day weekend can be questionable some years.  I remember many years waiting out the rain to set off our fireworks.  But it was sunny and warm.

The mosquitoes were rather bad, so it was a good thing that one of the mom’s had a screen tent for us to borrow.

Ella had a good time but needed to be picked up Saturday after supper.  She just doesn’t seem to do well with 2 nights at camp -even with Momma there.  Personally, I think most of the other girls would have been just as happy to go home then too.  Guides are so much younger/immature than when I was in Guides.  But at least this is the first camp she’s gone to where she wants to do it again.


Wow, that was a fun and busy weekend.  Last week’s menu didn’t really get followed because I was so busy getting everything ready for camp.  I’ve got a few pictures I can share, but that will have to wait.


subs in the field

crock pot stew


mac and cheese (French onion tomato for me)

pork chops



leftover stew






French fries


roast chicken


leftover chicken

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Busy week ahead.  Guide camp on Friday.  It’s actually just around the corner from the farm.

Speaking of camp, I’m making pizza sliders for lunch on Saturday.  How many of these buns do you think a 10-year-old girl would eat?






slow roasted pork






leftover pork




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Thanks for all the kind words on last week’s Farm Girl Friday.

A couple times this week we’ve headed to the field to have a picnic lunch with Daddy.  He’s planting corn today, it’s a little dry and dusty.  It’s 29C (84F) and very sunny so it’s like driving a greenhouse back and forth across the field!

Remembered to bring the camera to the barn…

It’s easy to see the difference between the layers and the meat birds.  It’s amazing how much bigger the meat birds are.  And of course they have to bunch up and look crowded when I’m there to take a picture -ha ha!


Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real -spring time edition!

Just when it looks like spring will never come, out pops the wild plums!!

This dog-toothed violet snuck up on me.  I looked the other day and it was just leaves, then suddenly -a flower.

The tiger lilies are coming along…

as is the rhubarb.  I think I can pick some this weekend.

The violets are flowering in Ella’s fairy garden corner.

Found a pile of trillium had flowered on Mother’s day.

Speaking of Mother’s day, here’s some pictures with Grandma.

Not sure why I look so much bigger in this picture.


Slow getting to Yarn Along this week but no real reason for it.

Just about finished the embroidery.  Made some quick lace for the edging.  I’m not sure what size the thread is??  It’s at Michael’s with the embroidery thread.  It says #12 but it’s much finer than #10??

My book to share this week is a new purchase for Ella.  We picked this up last week at Chapter’s too.  It’s bible stories told with Minecraft pictures!  Weird?  I know, but Ella loves it.  She’s brought it to ‘school’ for days we have bible lessons.

Finally got my new slip/petticoat put together.  The flounce is off a different skirt and the lace on the left is store-bought.  Did a bit more sewing on Sunday (it was Mother’s day after all) but that’s not ready to share yet.

Joining up with Keep Calm and Craft On for the first time.


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