Monday, September 25, 2017

Heat Wave!

What a crazy weather week we've had! 
Not one day under 30* Celcius....and nearing 40 with the SEPTEMBER!
Now, I'm not complaining...I love the warm weather and I love summer. 
But...I've been battling some sort of crud and feel like I've been hit by a truck. Yuck.
So...confined to the house I've been knitting up a storm.

Most projects will be in my Shop (link above) and you can see more photos of them there.
And any scarf/cowl can be customized with colours or styles...let me know!

Muffin helps by supervising and keeping the birds away.

Vamp keeps a watchful eye from the catnip patch.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Weekend Wanderings

Like everyone else with loved ones in Florida I was glued to the TV watching coverage of Hurricane Irma.
 But I had to get some sewing done. And of course, my serger started to misbehave. Grr. Is anything worse than threading and rethreading and it still not working??? 


A 5:30 run to the fabric store for new needles. Proper ones that fit. Solved all my problems. I felt so dumb when I realized I'd put the wrong ones in....le sigh....spent my full Sat in the sewing room.

 Sunday....absolutely gorgeous out...and  because it was such a beautiful day, I went out and about.
I love to walk down through our City Hall, below are the photos from their gardens. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Stress Baking

Anyone else do this?

It's so overwhelming....everything that's going on and it's sometimes SO negative.
It might not be happening in  your back yard; but for me , the thought that my many friend & family are being affected...well, the feeling of helplessness is pretty hard sometimes. 
 So... I stress bake. One of my favourite movies is "Julie & Julia" ...and there is a scene
where Julie is baking chocolate cream pie, and says to her husband:

“You know what I love about cooking? I love that after a day when nothing is sure and when I say nothing, I mean nothing. You can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. That’s such a comfort.“

Photo: NYtimes

YAS. This.

And I know that if I cream butter and sugar, add eggs, flour and chocolate chips, that I can share these cookies and make someones day better and say "yum."

My go-to comfort baking ??

Chocolate Chip Cookies. 

What could be better'n that??

oh.....I don't know....


But wait, there's more?


Ohhhh yeah.

So... I love me my chocolate chip cookies. And I love caramel. And salt.

Combining them all = superterficiciouswonderfulyummmmm.
(that's a word.)

So I have two amazing women whose blogs I follow:

If you haven't seen these two ladies in 
Go check them out now. 

I combined both their recipes, adjusted the cooking time..and...voila.
Here is my adaptation & tweaking of their recipes to create 

 Ten Minute Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip 


1 cup butter, cold, cut up into quarters

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 large eggs, slightly beaten - beat by hand in small bowl 

3 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 Teaspoon of salt (reduce this to half tsp if you'd rather less salty)

1.5 cups Mini chocolate chips

1 pkg of MINI Rolos

Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling



Preheat oven to 375ºF. Melt the butter in a large microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds, check and do again for another 10-15 seconds.. You don't want it completely liquid, more gooey and soft.

Use a spatula to stir in the sugars. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well.

Combine dry ingredients together and stir into the butter and sugar mixture until dough forms.

Stir in chips.

Now, make a ball with approx 1.5 tbsp of dough. Place on baking sheet, and gently press 2 mini rolos into middle.

Do not push all the way to bottom! Just do about half way.

Make a 'lid' with a bit more dough and make sure edges are pinched closed.

Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, gently pressing into top.

Place each about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 9 minutes, they will look slightly underbaked.

When cooling, place another rolo in the middle of the cookie.

Let cool on the pan for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September already?!

Holy cow. Summer 2017 FLEW by!

Anyone else super bummed we have to wait a year and a half until Game of Thrones returns? 
*raises hand*

Now it's back to school, back to the ol' grind....


And it's nearly Harvest time for my garden!
Some prep going on already....
First year with the new Potato Bin.... never had taters grow so high! Can't wait to see.....

Mint, Impatiens and Sage...hiding.....
 Last week was a really nice week; sunshiny days and cool evenings. I pulled out my handy dandy Salton food dehydrator....and got to work. 
Man. The house smelled SO Fresh and yummy!

Gotta grow your own....CATNIP!
 I usually hang the catnip to dry; the oils in the air make the cats go bonkers.

Parsley, Sage,  Basil & Thyme...and Zucchini!

Stripping thyme leaves...for compound butter for Thanksgiving....

 What's happening in your corner of the world?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Surrounding Myself with Inspiration - Grateful Series

So my sewing room is usually, um, messy.

I try super hard to stay organized, and mostly I am - but my space gets cluttered easily.

I have a window that looks out over the yard; but since it gets a lot of sun in the summer, I keep the blinds closed cuz it gets so hot.

So I surround myself with happy memories.

 Photos. Lots of 'em.

Little knick-knacks from my touring days. 
I love to see my friends' and family's smiling faces watching me as I work. 
This wall is in memoriam; both sets of Grandparents, A dear friend, Fred the Second, Mom

What inspires you? What's on your walls?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Today... I am grateful for..... CATS!

Because sometimes, we just need some cute kitties in our life.

I'm biased. I think ours are super cute.

We have been fortunate to share our home with many different cats on their way through our lives to their furrever homes.

J and I volunteer with All Paws Rescue here in Brampton, if you'd like to donate or adopt!

Aw. I do love our Buddy. He's a foster and just got adopted!

This is Mr. Biggs. His face here. OMG this face.

This is Vamp; she's one of ours and loves to roooollllll

Buddy (Mr.Biggs) He truly is a Big Boy.

Vamp in the catnip.

Zazi. At two years old, she's so tiny. She was a feral that we adopted.

Muffin, our mighty hunter.

This is Georgia; she's a current foster.

Lookit this sweet face.

The beautiful Indiana! She was a foster and was adopted out nearly immediately.

The gorgeous but cranky Clarabelle.

Clarabelle showing off her spay scar. She was a foster and also adopted!