night light

Today was a cleaning-errands-fixing-baking-library-chocolate zucchini muffin day.  Floors were washed, broken door knobs were replaced, a sweater was cast off, a coupon was redeemed, books were borrowed, soup was cooked, homework was completed, a closet was purged . . .  It was perfectly productive for a plan-free day.  Tomorrow holds a few grocery transactions, some dress-making, and a … Continue reading

lemon bread

Once again, we’ve been hit with snow and wind and cold.   Outings and commitments were cancelled, and there were some rumblings from the teenage love corner.   However, none of these plans were life or death, and I do believe that this is nature’s way of telling us to slow down and be still. … Continue reading

tuesday snooze day

Life is being lived.  School + work + sleep + food + laughter + yoga + knitting this  – a cabled hat that fits perfectly and is just the right amount of hipster I’m going for.  Oh and muffins.  So many muffins.  I’ve baked 5 dozen muffins over the last week, and I have eaten … Continue reading

apples and more apples

I’ve always loved apple orchards and picking apples.  It’s a fun afternoon spent outdoors with the girls, AND it’s productive. This year we found an orchard very close by without all the silly frills – just plain ol’ apple picking.    I’d rather skip the crowds, the trains/wagons, the mazes, the gift shops, the line-ups for rides, the animals, the play equipment … Continue reading

soup and more soup

Spent the afternoon cooking up some soup for the coming week.  Soup is my lazy way of making dinner.  It’s one pot.  It uses up all that random stuff in the cupboards and refrigerator that everyone is avoiding eating.  You know the ones.  The celery is limp, the carrot is soft.  No one eats an … Continue reading

snowballs

I decided to partake in my first cookie exchange.  I chose a cookie that has never failed me.  The snowball.   Simple and sweet.   Just butter, icing sugar, cornstarch, flour, salt and vanilla extract.  I’m just sad that we are giving them away.  Snowballs, we will miss you.  Knowing that this would happen, I stocked up on butter.

breakfast with st. nick

Our annual breakfast with St. Nicholas can also be checked off the “celebrating december” list!  This year, some friends came along, and not surprisingly, it was even more fun.  Pancakes and sausages were inhaled, gingerbread men (and ninjas) were decorated, the horse-pulled wagon was ridden around the village, ornaments were coloured, letters were written, and … Continue reading

petits gateaux et biscuits

It was bake sale time again,  so we whipped up vanilla cupcakes and sugar cookies.  I’ve been hankering to bake these sugar cookies for a long time.   I seriously need to buy this cookbook.   I don’t have a picture of the baked cookies, but imagine them a little golden around the edges, and you have … Continue reading