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MPM-Winter

Well, March came in like a lamb.  Too bad, I’d rather it came in like a lion.

Busy this week.  We’ve got a couple doctors’ appointments.  Taking Ella to the naturopath to see if we can find a cause for her food issues.  I think she’s got more than just lactose issues.  Add to that I’m getting read for our trip to Scarborough.  I have to make sure there is enough food in the house for Colin or else he’ll spend the weekend eating peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

Still rather chilly up here.  But the sun is getting stronger.  Even on days when it’s -24C you can find places where the ice/snow is melting.

Monday:

French toast

spaghetti

Tuesday:

American chili (rest in freezer)

pork chops

Wednesday:

egg & potato pie

chicken strips

Thursday:

pizza

lasagna (from freezer)

Weekend:

leftover chicken casserole

egg and potato pie

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I’ve actually got a Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real post for you this week.

You likely don’t know but Colin is addicted to the news.  We watch Breakfast Television (Toronto) in the mornings and then Global evening news (Toronto) and then Global National (basically the same stories over again) every evening.  Colin always figured Ella didn’t pay attention with the way she never seems to listen and is always goofing off.  Well, last night we discovered something:

Ella not only listens, but she has it all down pat!  She did the news for us and was perfect.  She talks about things just like the anchors and was discussing all the different issues that have been in the news lately.  She even did the traffic and mentioned about an accident in the ‘east-bound Collectors’ -which if you are from Toronto you know is right.  It was amazing the job she did.  She even knows that the anchors aren’t real reporters, they just read the papers.

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Really late Yarn Along this week.  For some reason the computer wasn’t reading my card reader (with chip from camera) and thought it was a disc.  Needless to say I didn’t have any pictures.  Not sure why, but it’s working today so here we go…

Realized I needed to get working on a baby sweater so here it is.  I finally settled on a Baby Surprise Jacket.  We don’t know what the baby is going to be, so it had to be fairly unisex.  The lighting in the house is really bad this time of year so you can’t see all the purple.  I think it’s pretty enough for a girl too.  Just need to find buttons and then it’s ready to ship to BC.

Working a bit on Ella’s socks too.  I know what you are thinking, ‘Paula’s using double-pointed needles for socks???’.  Yep, for some reason the circulars were really awkward so I changed.  Luckily I have enough needles to work both socks at the same time since I’m using just one ball and want them even.

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Nothing much to talk about today.  Colin’s got a bit of a cold so we didn’t go see ‘The Imitation Game’ after all.  I hope we can get to see it before it leaves the theatre.  Doctors’ appointment on Wednesday, so please pray that goes well  Other than that, a quiet week ahead.

Monday:

chicken sandwich (made chicken instead of ham yesterday)

beefsteak pie (from freezer)

Tuesday:

German apple pancakes

hot chicken sandwiches

Wednesday:

chicken sandwich (make chicken casserole for freezer)

meat and vegetable goulash

Thursday:

French toast

beouf Bourguigon

Friday:

corn chowder

leftover goulash

Saturday:

crispy potato pancakes and sausages

pork chops

Sunday:  St. David’s Day  (make Welsh cakes)

chicken Paprikash

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Not too much happening here on the farm so Farm Girl Friday has been rather quiet too.  Eastern Ontario has been in the deep freeze for most of Ontario.  Actually it’s warmer in the deep freezer than outside.  It’s this time of year that I really don’t miss selling pork.

Our house is an old (1905) farm house.  It has no insulation.  There is a layer of bricks, then a gap of air and studs, then another layer of bricks.  Needless to say this time of year it’s hard to keep the house comfortable.  My kitchen cupboards where I keep my pots can actually get below 0 C (32F).  Colin had the great idea that if he drilled a hole or two into the bottom of the cupboard then heat from the basement would come up easier.  So he set to work and this is what happened…

Yep, a hole in my kitchen floor.  Apparently the stone foundation comes under the kitchen much farther than Colin thought.  It’s not a total disaster.  Colin’s going to get a register cover and we’ll have a bit more heat in the kitchen.

This cold weather also has a negative impact on my egg sales.  People just don’t like stopping and coming in when it’s -30 C (-22 F).  So the eggs get a bit back-logged.  What’s a farm girl to do?

Use an entire dozen to make chocolate angel cake!!  And then…

Pasta with the yolks.  I put them on cookie sheets to flash freeze for future use.

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

3/4 c flour

1/4 c cocoa

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cream of tartar

2 cups egg whites (mine took 12)

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 c white sugar

Sift flour, cocoa, salt and 1/2 c sugar.

Start beating the egg whites and vanilla.  Add in cream of tartar.  Slowly add remaining 1 cup white sugar.  Beat until whites are soft peak.  Keep beating while SLOWLY adding the dry ingredients (2 tbsp at a time).  Just until mixed.  Pour into an ungreased tube pan and bake 350F for 40-45 minutes.  When done, invert pan till cool.

Noodles/Pasta  -2 pounds

12 egg yolks

3/4 T water

1 t salt

6 c flour

Mix together (I just do it on the table).  Knead well, 10 min.  Roll and cut.

 

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Yarn Along this week and a few pictures from the weekend.

Since we were away for the weekend I needed to bring lots of knitting.  Nothing better than sitting and knitting with the wood stove while the wind howls outside the window at -30C  (-22F).  I brought my scarf to work on during the day and some new Ella socks for night-time when it’s darkish and snuggled up watching movies.

Oh and look, a book!!  I found an old Indigo gift card (don’t know how that happened!) and decided to treat myself.  I really enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel.  It wasn’t the most scholarly book ever but it was a good holiday-type read.

As promised here’s our weekend.

Saturday we went for a walk.  It was -30 but in the bush it wasn’t too bad.

The horses weren’t minding the weather either.

Colin takes the best pictures of me.  There was a bit of snow falling.  It was beautiful.

Our cabin (and our friend’s house in the background).  Nice and cozy for Colin and I.  It has 2 bedrooms (with 2 beds each) but it’s a little small with Ella if it’s rainy  :)

And of course, nothing sexier than a man doing dishes.  Colin always takes care of the dishes when we are on holidays.  I still do the cooking, but it’s nice not to have to wash too.  It’s really nice not to have to wash eggs.

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Home from a lovely weekend away at our friends’ B&B in the Brudenell hills.  I don’t have any pictures yet, they are still in the camera.  Some times it’s nice to get away for a little ‘mommy/daddy time’ and it was WONDERFUL to be able to sleep all night!  Ella is still waking up every night (over a month now) and I don’t know what to do.

“Family Day” here in Ontario but as usual that means nothing to a farm family.  Luckily skating is still on, I was afraid it would be cancelled (it is during March break).  Nothing too interesting coming up this week so we’ll have to see what comes along.

Monday:

pizza

spaghetti

Tuesday: Shrove Tuesday

tuna sandwiches

lasagna (from freezer)

Wednesday:  Lent/Ash Wednesday

leftover pizza

stuffed chicken breasts (remember to boil potatoes for tomorrow’s quiche)

Thursday:

crustless quiche

honey lime chicken wings

Friday:

hot dogs

Creole pork chops

Saturday:

leftover quiche

leftover wings

Sunday:

smoked ham

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