Today should be back to normal, but Ella’s snowed in over at Grandma’s (and watching over Grandma and her cough).  We’ve got probably close to 8 inches of new snow.  After a swing of 40 degrees in 24 hours it finally doesn’t hurt to walk outside.  For the first time since Christmas it’s actually pleasant to be outside.

Funny, how hard it is to take a picture of snow.

So what’s on the menu this week?  I’m not sure what we’re doing on the weekend yet.



crock pot goose -we were given some goose by the hunters using our land



hot beef (I made a delicious sirloin tip roast on Sunday)


French toast -found an Ella safe one to try

Mc Donald’s for our first night back at Guides



leftover goose


BBQ roll-ups

Shanghai noodles



More ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


Happy New Year!

How is 2018 starting for you?  Things are fairly quiet around here.  Ella caught her tradition ‘I’ve been to Toronto’ cold and has had a miserable few days.  I really should buy stock in Royale.   We have basically been house-bound since we came home from Toronto and I’m starting to go stir-crazy.  I think today is the worst yet.  It’s 2pm and it’s -20C and -40C /F with the windchill and the wind is blowing like crazy!  I love winter but weeks of -20/-40 get tiring.  I need to get out to get January groceries but I’m certainly not going out in this weather.

I’ve tried a few new recipes lately that I thought I’d share with you.  I’ll share the links, if they stop working let me know.  I’ve got the recipes written in my cookbook too.  The first is a delicious way to use up the last of the turkey, turkey and biscuit casserole.  Found Colin’s new favourite pizza crust, pizza crust.

OK, apparently I’ve lost the link for the next recipe.  We had steak the other day and ended up with some leftover (they were huge).  Pinterest to the rescue again and I found Steak Soup.   It was good with fresh garlic buns.

Steak Soup

serves 6

2 Tbsp oil                               4 cloves garlic, minced                                  1 onion, minced

5 small potatoes, diced       2 large carrots, diced                                     2 cups steak, diced

1 tsp salt                                 1 tsp pepper                                                     1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup tomato sauce          4 cups beef broth

Saute onions and garlic.  Add the rest of the veg. for a couple of minutes.  Add everything else.  Boil, then simmer (covered) for an hour.


I used some home canned tomato sauce in the soup so I had to find something else to do with the leftover tomato sauce.  Enter home-made ‘condensed tomato soup‘ and chili mac.  I really liked the chili mac recipe because it only made 4 servings, we won’t have to eat leftover pasta for days.

So that’s how I’ve been spending my days, what have you been doing to stay warm?

The Knitted Year 2017

Happy New Year everyone!  We had a quiet New Year’s eve, in fact we were in bed by 11.

This week for Crafting On, I’ll share my yearly knitting round-up.  I finished my new scarf but it needs blocked before I take a picture.  Hopefully by next week.

pinwheel face cloth

ski-doo balaclava for Daddy

infinity scarf for Ella

face cloth and dish cloth

Cossette sweater for Belinda

Gnome mittens for Maureen

dress for Raven Queen

Ella’s birthday knee socks 

Wonder Woman shawl for Teresa’s friend

skirt guards for my bike

3 more face cloths

2 dish cloths -new pattern

Belinda’s sweater 

Grandma’s Christmas socks

swap scarf

hat, mitts, and scarf set for Anna’s grandson

Creeper fingerless gloves for Ella

new scarf for me


Wishing everyone a very blessed Christmas!

 christmas tree

O Christmas Tree

The days are whirling by a mile a minute and I just realized I forgot to share our tree.  We had to wait for Daddy to be finished combining corn so we were a little later than I hoped.  Also, it was a bitterly cold day -20C plus windchill.

Cedar Hill Christmas Tree farm has new wagons this year.  They have a very low step so now I can get in without a helpful ‘shove’ from Colin.

As usual, we decided on the first one Ella picked out -after traipsing around looking at a bunch of other trees.  Colin had a hard time cutting the tree down this year because the trunk was frozen (the saw might not have been the sharpest either, but no one listens when I say to bring ours!).

Back inside to warm up with some lunch and hot cocoa.  Ella and Daddy went out and did some sledding too.

The tree seemed bigger out in the field.  Oh well, Ella did a fabulous job like always just with fewer decorations.  I like my new garland for the door way.  I got it at Michaels for 50%.  It’s holly leaves and berries.

Crafting On this week is my poor scarf with yet another pattern.  I really wasn’t ‘digging’ the Versailles pattern.  Looked around and actually found a pattern that I had purchased a long time ago but never used.

The elves have been up to their usual mischief.

Though one day they tried to help dust.

And just when you think they’ll be helpful this Advent…

They get into Daddy’s Turtles!

My swap package is out in the mail and I doubt my partner is snooping around the blog any more (if you are please stop reading today).  I can finally share the cool scarf I made her.  We were supposed to include a handmade item and I think most people are doing socks.  I had this great yarn that I couldn’t use for any of us (not scratchy, but too much like ‘wool’).  So I found this great scarf pattern.

Remember when I used to complain about getting ‘cheese’ face every time I took a picture?

Boy, I sure miss the cheese faces days some times.

So remember the scarf I was making for myself with the same pattern as the swap one, but with sock yarn?  Yeah, I frogged it.  It was getting too wide and not long enough.