In all my years of hanging out around native prairie in the spring I’ve never seen anything like this year’s crocuses. I’ve made time for Continue reading
Today is, apparently, Pay it Forward Day. So if you pay it forward do you step forward and take credit for it or just quietly let your actions speak for themselves? I’ve decided it will Continue reading
Report card day was never my favourite day as I never really had an idea what the teacher or the exam results would say. Then of course add in the fact that I failed one of my five final nursing exams. Makes sense why report card day brings a sense of trepidation to me.
So why would I Continue reading
I may have jinxed myself with yesterday’s post about first time out and things turning out exceptionally well.
Today I’m also trying something for the first time and feeding the results to friends! Hence the fingers crossed! I don’t have a plan B for supper so let’s hope.
The story begins a couple of years ago when my friend’s dad gave us some beans. He grows them and then dries them and shells them out. So this year I planted some of his and after we ate them fresh and green I let the plants continue. I pulled, dried and finally shelled them in a post called Side tracked
They’ve been patiently waiting for me to remember to soak them on a weekend night and have the day for them to simmer. First I checked with my mom for a recipe but it turns out that’s doctored up canned beans was the norm although she did hand write out a receipe for her granddaughter’s shower gift. I then turned to my two favourite on line sites only to find out they both used canned beans to create their baked beans.
So I just picked the first three hits, read the reviews, picked one (Genius kitchen which I’ve used before) and set about making it. They have to soak overnight in cold water; the next morning they are boiled in clean water for 10 minutes. While they were simmering on the stove I made the sauce for them; a modification here and there like less sugar and a jalapeno. Then I put them in the oven and walked away for several hours. We did have to adjust fluid levels a few times but I am happy to report they were cooked after 6 hours and the sauce was absolutely spot on!
So first time lucky but it sure won’t be the last time we have them. It takes pre planning but it is neither hard nor complex just time consuming for the cooking part. It was a casual meal for sure but paired with good friends and lively conversation and a brew it went down well.
The trees are heavily laden and show up against the tinge of blue in the sky. In the flower garden the “mulch” remains Continue reading
The title isn’t about how old I feel right at the moment of writing but rather that the blog Continue reading
Have you ever wondered who grows up to be a paint colour namer? I have. Do they invent the colours or the names first?
These thoughts entered my head because of the weird Continue reading
The upside, if there is one, to insomnia is how much time one has to think. I try, repeatedly, to return my thoughts to Continue reading
Without a doubt this is the best gig ever I landed. I started in this job description Continue reading
The best gift to give is one that is used and loved and many years later still treasured. The kind that get constant use and love, the kind that need to be repaired many years later.
I think I hit the mark with a recent gift to Continue reading