Oops, somehow I didn’t realize that yesterday was Tuesday.

I’m actually working on a custom order this week.  My friend has a friend going through some really tough times (that’s an understatement) and she wants me to knit her friend a Wonder Woman shawl.

This pattern is really cool.  Obviously the designer is brilliant. It’s all done with short rows and increasing and decreasing.  As usual I’m very pleased with the Knit Picks Stroll fingering.

I started a good book on the weekend.  It’s called Vanessa and her Sister.  It’s one of the ones I picked up 3 for $10 at Chapters.  A little while ago I read a book called The Housekeeper’s Tales and one of the stories was about the last housekeeper that ran the Bloomsbury house for Vanessa and her family and friends.


Had a great weekend at my sister’s, it was even better because COLIN CAME TOO!!!  I love the colours they used in the new house.  It’s still full of boxes, but I’m sure they will be unpacked soon.  Ella really enjoyed the pool, especially since it’s in-ground and she can jump in.  They also rented a pontoon boat on Rice Lake.  Ella caught 2 fish (the only 2 caught all day).  They were only blue gill sun fish, but better than nothing.

I did groceries this morning before it got too crazy hot.  The outdoor thermometer says 33 C (91.4F) but that doesn’t include the crazy humidity.  It was only 13C (55F)when we got up this morning so the house doesn’t feel too bad (so long as you don’t move much or turn on the oven.  I may not be happy, but the corn is loving this weather.


too hot and tired, we’re going to the Chip Truck


lunch meat sandwich

BBQ’d ribs     Metro had some nice ribs on sale this week


Ella’s got a play date after lunch so we’ll hit McD’s

BBQ chicken roll-ups (from freezer and done in toaster oven)


lunch meat sandwiches

leftover ribs




to be decided

More ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

9 Pound Chicken

What do you do with a 9 pound chicken after you’ve enjoyed it straight from the BBQ?  You search Pinterest and find some new recipes so you aren’t eating ‘just chicken’ for the next two weeks.

I found a recipe called Magic Chicken Pie and it was so good!  I started by finding a recipe for Bisquick since I don’t tend to buy boxed stuff.  Mix up a big batch and keep it in the freezer.  Check out the link too, she’s got lots of recipes.

6 cup flour

1 Tbsp salt

3 Tbsp baking powder

1 cup Crisco

And now for the Magic Pie -it seems really odd, but follow the instructions as written

Melt 4 Tbsp butter in a 9×13 inch pan (350F oven).

Meanwhile mix 2 c Bisquick with 1 1/2 c milk of choice.

Sprinkle 2 cups shredded chicken over the melted butter.  Then 2 cups vegetables (frozen or leftover).  Finally 1 cup shredded cheese.

Pour the batter over the meat/veggies.

Mix 1 can cream of chicken soup with 2 chicken stock cubes and 1 1/2 cups chicken stock.  Stir till smooth and carefully pour over-top of everything in the casserole pan.

Bake 350F for 45-50 min.

Give it a couple of minutes to quit boiling and dig in!


Another yummy leftover recipe I found was for Chicken Roll-Ups.

Start by making tortillas

2 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

3 Tbsp oil

1/2-3/4 cup water

Knead just till smooth.  Cover and let sit 30 min.  Divide into 8 and roll into 8″ circles.  Dry fry for 45 sec a side.

For the Roll-Ups:

2 cups shredded chicken

1/3 cup BBQ sauce

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I use a Monterrey jack/mozzarella combo)

Divide this between the 8 tortillas.  Roll up tight and bake 425F for 6-8 minutes.

Check out the websites and see the other yummy recipes they have.


Not So Crafty

I didn’t do enough of anything to share with you guys this week for Crafting On.  So I thought I’d share pictures from our little field trip last week.

Colin has a bit of a lull right now.  No cropping to do and seed cleaning hasn’t started yet either.  So he suggested taking Ella to the Visitor’s Centre at Algonquin Park.

While at the park, Colin caught a picture of the elusive “phone booth” -ha ha -that’s a Colin joke for you since phone booths are nearly as rare as a big foot sighting.

See the big map behind Ella and the wolf?  Well you can actually find our farm on it!  It even shows the clump of trees around the house:

See the two clumps of trees and river “south” of the long lake?  That’s Snake River (lake is Muskrat) and we’re the clump of trees on the right side of the river.  The pink line is the Trans Canada Highway.

The view from the observation deck.  We didn’t see any moose.

Waiting for the video to start.

Some ladies vacationing MY way.

Here’s a picture for Auntie Belinda.

A little someone followed us home.

Another time we’ll have to go back and check out the Logging Museum.  It was getting hot and we were getting tired and the Logging Museum has a fair bit of walking to it (or did the last time I was there).

Wow, two nice cool days in a row!  Actually, it’s raining today and I’m a little chilly (that’s NOT a complaint, just a comment).  Makes me so much happier during the day when I can sleep at night.

The girls are heading to Pickering for the weekend to see Belinda and Stefan’s new house.  Ella’s excited.  I’m excited for the a/c and the heated in-ground pool -and to see my sister too of course.

I’m not going to worry about planning lunches.  I roasted a chicken last week (9lbs) so there’s lots of chicken left and half the time we just have sandwiches,


magic chicken pie -a new recipe that I can cook in my toaster oven.  I need to find a recipe for Bisquick because I don’t buy that stuff.


pork chops on the BBQ


leftover chicken pie


roast pork -so Daddy has something to eat this weekend.


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

I didn’t bother with Menu Plan Monday this week because there really isn’t much planned.  I did a beef roast on the BBQ yesterday (1 hour per pound with half the burners on low).  So we’ll be eating variations of that most of the week.  I’ve got a chicken to do on Thursday for the rest of the week.  I made pizza on the BBQ for lunch today and that will last a few days too.

I’ve been working on my petticoat border.  I’ve got 1 m more or less finished.  It’s been so hot so I’ve been reading a lot.

A Hairy Situation

The other day, Facebook reminded me that ‘On This Day’ my hair looked like this:

In case you missed it, this is what happened when I tried to donate my hair.  Hairdresser was given a measuring tape and told ’10 inches’.  She cut off 16 and then kept cutting to ‘make it straight’.

Three years later and it’s finally back where it belongs.

Colin is much happier now too.  He loves my long hair.  And NO, I won’t be donating again.