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Friday, 19 January 2018

19 January


The scents of fresh blueberry muffins filled the kitchen...

and we had muffins for breakfast all week!

Quick and easy to grab on the go...and delicious. 



Joe and I have noticed that the sun is setting just a little bit later.

We caught a glimpse of it on our way home from work

one day last week!

~

Saturday I went up to visit with Verne and his parents.

We did some shopping at Wal-Mart and a few other places.

I wanted to check out an Aldi's market that is up their way.

But the best part was that I got to play with Verne.



Joe and I met my mum for dinner in town the other night.

She took the train from Connecticut where she was visiting my sister.

We met her after work, grabbed a bite to eat, and then drove her home.

The food was great at Kinsale, which is just next door to my work.

~

Monday was a holiday from work!

So we stayed home and relaxed.






Thursday, 18 January 2018

18 January




I've been spending some time in the kitchen on the weekends of late.

I baked apples with raisins, pepitas, cinnamon, nutmeg and a few drops of maple syrup.

They were delicious and I had enough for a few breakfasts 

during the week. 



Tuesday, 16 January 2018

17 January


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Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

and those who love it will eat it's fruit.

Proverbs 18:21




Peace begins in the kitchens and pantries, gardens and backyards,

where our food is grown and prepared.

The energies of nature and the infinite universe

are absorbed through the foods we eat and are

transmuted into our thoughts and actions. 

Michio Kushi

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There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that

of a beautiful woman in the act

of cooking dinner for someone she loves.

Tom Wolfe


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I have been participating in A Bowl Full of Lemons

2018 Organized home challenge.

Last week I cleaned and organized my pantry.

When we first moved into our second floor flat on this rather tiny island,

the pantry was an old closet in the kitchen.

It hadn't been touched in about 40 years and it was disgusting!

I stripped the old linoleum off of the little floor

to find beautiful old pine boards honeyed

from years of  housewives feet stepping in

to grab a cup of sugar or a can of beans,

or sweeping up a bit of bread crumb.

I painted every single surface a beautiful creamy white

and lined the shelves with brown packaging paper

Now I love it so much, I won't put anything ugly in there.




Still though...it's an old closet in an old house.

The door opens inward which makes it rather difficult to move about

 and there's no light so

 we store an old headlamp in with the onions on the bottom shelf.

Yesterday as I stood back and admired my handiwork

It occurred to me that it doesn't really matter how beautiful our pantries look

or if they light up automatically when one opens the door (outward)

It's only  how we use the things that we store in our larders

to take care of  loved ones that matters.

Because the energies..the love...that I feed to my family

is carried with them throughout their days.

They use it when they wait in line, they use it when they smile at an old lady,

or when they stop to let some one cross the street,

and when they lay down their heads at night

the love and the light that I used to feed them and care for them

tucks them in and rocks them to sleep.

And...all the people that they touch through out the day

carry a bit of my love out into the world with them as they go...










slow and snowy Sunday mornings










the eggs are local

but the butter is Kerry Gold




a simple grace




Monday, 15 January 2018

the larder






The pantry floor is old wooden pine

Everything good comes from it's creamy white shelves...

cans of pumpkin, unsweetened applesauce, maple syrup... raw honey

baked into muffins on a rather chilly Sunday afternoon...

the kitchen is the warmest room in the house 

and it's filled with the spice of warm blueberries and vanilla.



I always like to have the makings for a few quick meals 

tucked away in the larder.

When time is short or we haven't been to market

it's nice to have a can of tuna or some crisp crackers 

to snack on.


Monday: Rib-eye, turnip, green salad, dairy free vanilla custard

Tuesday: Mushroom, bacon, and cauliflower casserole, roasted squash

Wednesday: veggie fritata, crispy parsnip fries with maple syrup

Thursday: Artichoke and garlic chicken thighs

Friday: zucchini tacos

Saturday: Shepard's pie with sweet potatoes and green beans

Sunday: Caramelized onion, apple and sausage stuffed acorn squash

I will also be making some paleo blueberry muffins and some paleo vanilla muffins

and some blender smoothies for breakfasts on the go.

Lunches are usually leftovers unless I discover an extra pocket of time somewhere...





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