Ella had a great time trick or treating last night.  It was a little chilly, but luckily Grandma had a couple of my old cloaks.  One house was even handing out hot chocolate for the Moms!

For Crafting On I finished up the Christmas sweater.  Finally got the colour right in the picture.  Funny how outside light always works best.

We didn’t have any pumpkins this year -they didn’t like swimming in the spring.  So Daddy improvised.

They carved up the big 47 lb watermelon.  Colin doesn’t think it’s ripe enough but he’s going to give it a try because it sure looks and smells ripe.

Doing her best ‘undead’ impression.

The folks over in Beachburg are so generous.


You aren’t going to believe this, but Ella has absolutely NO ACTIVITIES this week!!  Archery got cancelled because it’s Halloween night and the kids picked candy over arrows (go figure).  Guides got cancelled because the other leader thought they would be too tired from the evening before??  And this swimming session is done.  I only have to go to town this week for an appointment that Grandma needs.

What was the weather like where you are this morning?  It was wild and crazy here.  The wind blew and the rain poured all night and nearly till noon.  It was so bad that I actually dreamed of the rain and wind.  I don’t know what the final total was, but this morning we’d received about 2 1/4 inches of rain.  So glad the soybeans are done.

To be honest, last week’s menu plan went out the window, so you’ll see some “repeats” this week that just didn’t get made last week.



slow cooker beef stroganoff


macaroni and cheese

BBQ meatballs 


McD’s with Grandma

leftover stroganoff



leftover meatballs


potato soup

sesame chicken and Shanghai noodles -I only do Asian inspired meals when Ella’s not home


Ella and I won’t be home for supper, so we’ll have to find something to leave for Daddy


?? depends on what I pick up at the butcher’s (if I get to the butcher’s this week)

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Halloween party at Guides last night.  I made some caramel apples.  Really easy and doesn’t need store-bought caramels.


Caramel Apples

makes 12

1 cup butter                                            1 cup corn syrup

2 1/4 cup brown sugar                         1 can condensed milk

2 tsp vanilla

Put everything (except vanilla) in a large pot.  Stir to dissolve the sugar.  Boil without stirring until it measures 248F on a candy thermometer.

Let cool 2 minutes.  Add vanilla.  Dip apples and place on a lined cookie sheet.

I found a really good sticks to use for the apples.  They sell them at the dollar store and call them skewers.  They worked great and were much cheaper than ‘official’ candy apple sticks.


This is called ‘steak’ spice but I use it just about any time some meat needs some seasoning.  I used it on the chicken I made on Monday.  Just take your chicken pieces, sprinkle them with the seasoning and toss them on a shallow pan and roast for an hour at 350F

Steak Spice

10 tsp salt                                   3 tsp black pepper                               4 tsp onion powder (NOT salt)

2 tsp thyme                                2 tsp rosemary                                     4 tsp garlic powder (NOT salt)

I mix it up and keep it in a glass jar so it’s always ready.


Colin is finishing up the soy beans today, just in time since they are calling for rain off and on for the rest of the week.  They are turning out OK.  Nothing fabulous, but certainly better than they could have been after the year we had.  Now to wait for the corn to dry enough.

Feels like a busy week, but not really.  I got all the paperwork filled out for Guide camp in November.  Are you ready for this?  It actually got approved the FIRST time I sent it in!!  We’re having to go to a new place because we were too slow picking a date and our usual place is booked/closed.  The bedroom situation is better at this place (more rooms with smaller numbers) so hopefully we can actually get some sleep.  We’ve also got an actual kitchen which gives us more options for food.

Ella’s excited to have Grandma come to archery this week.  Guides are having a Halloween party.  Speaking of Halloween and archery, did I tell you Ella’s friend from archery invited her to a Halloween party on Saturday?  Ella had so much fun and made 2 more friends.

She’s a ‘school girl vampire’ like in the Monster High books.  She found her costume pieces at Value Village so this is the cheapest costume we’ve ever had since her early fairy costumes.



easy roast chicken and baked potatoes (our potatoes!)


French onion soup

leftover pizza (I brought home pizza Saturday)


macaroni and cheese



Autumn chowder

crock pot beef stroganoff -will look for link or post recipe


grilled cheese

Colin’s favourite ‘Chinese’ supper -will post recipes


leftover stroganoff



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Still fighting with the weather and the soy beans.  Colin is out there this afternoon trying again -fingers crossed.

My best friend from my stock broker days is going through some really tough times.  She lives about 3 hours away (everything seems to be 3 hours away from here).  She needed cheering up, so Ella and I hopped in the car and headed to Frankford to visit Tammy and her hubby Ray.

They took us to see the local hockey team, the Trenton Golden Hawks.  The Hawks played Stouffville Spirit (and won!).  We left before the end because Ella was getting tired.  It was my first hockey game.

Tammy has a stuffed friend named George who goes everywhere with her.  He wanted to help with my knitting.  I got about 2 inches done on Grandma’s Christmas socks while at the game.  I started my sweater that I got for Christmas (my sister gave me the ‘ingredients’) but it was such a fabulous visit that I didn’t even take it out of my bag.

The weekend was much too short.  I don’t think Tammy realizes how much I miss her.  It’s very lonely for that kind of companionship up here some days.  We had a good drive home and got home ahead of the crazy wind and rain.  I dropped Ella off at Grandma’s for a couple of days and Colin took me out for supper.  Look what I found in the parking lot:

Isn’t that the cutest?!

Oh yes, look what I found when I got home?  Besides the dishes and eggs washed:

When I left the light above the sink was an ugly, florescent bar light that was broken and didn’t work.  I now have a LED light that is positional and dimmable.  Being able to dim it is handy because we leave this light on all night.  Some of us don’t like the dark.  I know it really doesn’t go with the decor, but options are limited when you have no wiring to connect with and you are attaching to a cupboard.

Almost have both sleeves finished.  Looks like I’ll have enough yarn to take out the bottom and make it better, so it won’t roll.  Pretty sure I’m winning this came of yarn chicken.

On a very happy note:

Grandma’s casts are finally off -and it only took a couple of hours at the hospital.  She’s still not supposed to drive for a week or so and no long drives for a month.  The doctor also suggests she wear her wrist braces for a while because her wrists will be week.  She seems to be able to move all her fingers, that was my big worry after being immobile for 6+ weeks.



pork pie (going to use my Bavarian beef pie recipe)



McDonalds because Grandma wants her hair done



leftover pork pie



?? Ella’s got a Halloween party so who knows



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Soybean Season Begins…

Today’s the start of soybean season.  They haven’t been back to empty any wagons so I don’t know how it’s going, but fingers crossed.

Thanksgiving over at the in-laws yesterday.  Supper was good and I didn’t have to do any dishes.

Colin was hoping for a combine day, but the fog, mist, overcast didn’t burn off until just before supper.  Foggy again this morning.  We need some clear days.

I finished the project I can’t share.  It’s much better with the changes I made.  The Christmas sweater is coming along nicely.  It’s going to be really tight with the yarn.  Going up a size really made a difference on yardage requirements.