January 21st – Great Outdoors

It has been a beautiful day so far.ย  We are in the single minus digits – Celcius, the sun is shining, and the wind is tolerable – so far.ย  Kat and I went outside to feed the squirrels and birds.ย  It was pleasant enough that I even shovelled a little snow. ๐Ÿ‘โ˜ƒ๏ธ

Kat is recovering nicely from her dental surgery.ย  She had her last dose of painkiller this morning so other than being on a soft food diet, she should be her old self tomorrow.ย  She is still not super happy with me but she will definitely appreciate her dental healthcare at some point – when she can gnaw through her food without pain.

Last night, I finally got in the kitchen and made a real home cooked meal.ย  Okay… There was limited cooking involved as I made taco salads.

Turning tortilla shells into salad bowls – brush shells with olive oil, press between two salad bowl molds, cook at 350 degrees for six minutes, flip over and remove bottom pan, return to oven until crispy
Remove salad bowls from oven
Brown the beef & Add Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
Prepare lettuce, red pepper, green onions, radishes, tomato, and olives. Assemble cheese & salad dressing.
Supper is served! (The salad part is under the meat and cheese)
And for desert – Presidents Choice Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cluster cheesecake ๐Ÿ˜

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!

January 19th – Cheesey Biscuits

Another January morning in Saskatchewan!ย  Things are relatively iced over from our recent storm and the mercury has dropped out of the thermometer.ย  Fun stuff!

Kat is more her own self today – unfortunately.ย  Her appetite is back and she is not happy that she is not being allowed her usual crispy, crunchy diet.ย  She does not take kindly to my snacking and not sharing so maybe, hopefully, we will both drop a few pounds in the next couple of weeks.

Last night, was another super easy supper. (Last one for a while!). I pulled a container of homemade chicken soup out of the freezer and made a pan of cheese biscuits.

Chicken Soup
Cheesy Biscuits
From ‘The New Purity Cook Book’

* I do not knead the dough or roll out the biscuits. I have tried it and the results just weren’t there for me. Once I mix in the cheese and work in the last of the flour, I scoop the dough out with a serving spoon and drop it onto a cookie sheet, allow unbaked biscuits to sit for fifteen minutes, and then move to pre-heated oven and bake for the full fifteen minutes. I made 12 good sized biscuits.

I used to make these biscuits frequently when the kids were home but it has been ages since I made a batch. All things considered, I thought they turned out great.

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!

January 18th – The Kat Came Back

Kat had her dental surgery yesterday and came back home late in the afternoon. She seemed a bit wobbly and is still less perky than usual, but I know she will be better off for having had the surgery. ๐Ÿ’ž

Feeling Floppy

Dan wasn’t home for supper last night and between picking up Kat and getting her settled in when we got home, I wasn’t into cooking anything. I took the easy way out (AGAIN) and nuked a frozen ‘meal’ Dan had picked up for work. I cannot say I was a real fan, but then I am not a real fan of macaroni and there was a lot of spicy cheese sauce on it (overly saucy anything isn’t my thing). Dan would probably have enjoyed it as a work lunch.

Supper was served.

After supper, I talked to my sister Lorraine. It was a continuation of a talk that had been running off and on all afternoon. She agreed that my supper wasn’t really a showcase of my culinary expertise so I asked her if she could share something a little more photogenic and impressive. Ta Da!

Cranky’s Baked Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
  • Vegetable spaghettini
  • Meat Sauce: Cranky spiced hamburger, peppers, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, oregano, mushrooms, and garlic.
  • Cheese: Saputo mozza

This is just one of the dishes that Lorraine and her husband Jerry offered when they operated their popular Cranky’s food truck. We never had the opportunity to visit their truck during the seasons they were operating but we have taste tested a lot of their ‘family and friends’ meals and never been left disappointed. Jerry, who is generally the entrรฉe chef, used to make a memorable Steak Neptune. Lorraine never met a side dish she didn’t slay. I have tried, and failed, to make Baked Beans anything close to hers. Relatives aside, they are great people, work hard as hell at everything they do, and play hard enough to keep life interesting.

That’s it for today. Take care and have a nice evening!

January 17th – Onion Soup For The Win

Dan and I have been unwell for a few days now.ย  While we are both on the mend, we needed something to get us solidly back on our feet.ย  Last night, we did what we do when drastic times call for drastic measures.ย ย  We cooked up a supper of Baked Onion Soup – hot, delicious, and naturally healing.

Dan cooked – I recorded the process. We made it for two, but it can easily be adjusted to serve one or more. (I often make it for myself if I happen to be alone for supper).

Caramelize two good sized onions in butter. It takes patience and attention but keep on it until the onions are cooked down and turn a nice light brown.
Add low salt beef broth and bring to a boil.
Pour into jumbo cups and top with homemade croutons.
Which in turn is topped with shredded cheese.
Bake in 425 degree F oven until cheese melts, then broil until cheese is brown and bubbly.
Supper is served!

* I make our croutons in our T-fal Air Frier by cubing a loaf of bread (preferably cheese bread), spread out the cubes on two cookie sheets. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with shredded Parmesan Cheese and desired spices (I use seasoning salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning). Cook in air frier, one tray at a time for 10 minutes. Remove from air frier and return to cookie sheets until cool, crisp and completely dry.

It may not be what a doctor would order – but it sure made us feel better (chest congestion is gone, sinuses are cleared, and throat is soothed) and there were no side effects! ๐Ÿ˜

That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!

* Kat is at the vet’s for her surgery. Everything is looking good so far. They have to pull a couple of small teeth. The vet is to call back once she is done. I can’t wait to have her home. ๐Ÿค—

January 6th – Deep Freeze

Our weather isn’t getting any better today. ย  It is 32 below celsius and holding.ย  Dan was out shoveling the foot of snow that we got over the last couple of days.ย  I feel for him but every day is a day closer to spring! ๐ŸŒท

Yesterday, we did some more after Christmas cleanup and took turns letting Kat in and out.ย  She keeps thinking she wants to go outside but changes her mind as soon as she gets there.

Winter sucks!

We ended up losing track of time while we were chasing down stray pine needles so our supper last night was a quick pizza that we whipped up together – with the help of the Pillsbury doughboy who provided the prepared pizza dough.

Dan chopped the ham, red onions, mushrooms and olives.ย  I strong-armed the crust out of the container, spread it out on the pan, brushed it with a light coating of sauce, and assembled the toppings that Dan had chopped, while adding a generous layer of pre-sliced pepperoni.

Which was followed by a thick layer of shredded cheese.

A few minutes of baking, followed by a couple of minutes under the broiler and tada! Supper is served.ย 

That is it for today! Hardly the most ambitious culinary experience, but it is already the sixth day of my Canadian meal plan and we have managed to avoid TV dinners and takeout so far. ๐Ÿ‘

Take care, keep warm, and have a great day! ๐Ÿ’ž

November 17th – Puppy Love

There are few things that make a house a home like having a pet to share it with. Dan and I have had a dog from day one together. Nowadays, it is Dan and I and our Cavalier ‘Kat’.

Today in honour of Kat – and Casey and Scraps, I offer a few ‘words of wisdom’ on the mighty, marvelous dogs that we have shared our home with.

“If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

– Will Rogers

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.”

– Dean Koontz
Casey dog๐Ÿ’ž RIP

“The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.”

– Robert Falcon Scott

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.”

– CJ Frick

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.”

– Robert Wagner

“Grandma, if you want a dog to come to you, you can’t yell at her. You have to sound like you want to give her a hug.”

– 2 year old Maddy B.
Maddy & Kat – hugs and puppy kisses๐Ÿ’ž

“Happiness is a warm puppy”.

Charles M. Schultz

“Dogs do speak but only to those who know how to listen.”

– Orhan Panuk
Kat – “Yes I have your blanket.” ๐Ÿ˜

That is it for today! Take care and have a great day. ๐Ÿ’ž

September 12th – Simply Sunday

Some days are just about ‘Peace of Mind’. That is today. Just a day for Sunday morning ham and eggs, spending time with Dan, rest and relaxation, fresh air, and hanging out with our little dog, Kat.

Overcast morning
Kat, hanging out and about
Summer fading
Sunday morning visitor
The sun breaks through

That is it for today. A peaceful, pleasant Sunday. Life is good. ๐ŸŒž

Take care and have a good day! See you tomorrow. ๐Ÿ’ž

July 7th – Morning Magic

There was something rediculously magical about being outside at 5:30 this morning. The sun was shining, there was not a breath of wind, the only sound was the birds chirping in the trees. Kat was very deliberately wandering around the yard, sniffing and searching – ensuring that all was right with her little backyard world.

Apparently, we are good to go for another magical day!

Keep safe! Wishing you peace, love, and magic to fill your day. ๐Ÿ’ž

July 2nd – Summer Has Arrived

Yesterday was Canada Day, my husband was home, and I was being too laid back to spend much time looking for magical moments. Fortunately, a few of them came looking for me.

We have so many yellow flowers this year, I think Mom had a hand in planting them – especially the Brown Eyed Susans.
About 50 of our lilies bloomed yesterday. I don’t know where they came from but they let us know they are here.
Close up, lilies provide so much elegance and dignity to a flowerbed.
A perfect pink blossom is always magical๐Ÿ’ž
This photo is from a few days ago but I love it. Our squirrel has discovered that he can avoid Kat by hiding behind the nut basket while he eats. Sneaky….
Kat’s first swim of the year – pure magic ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thank you for dropping by! I hope to see you soon.

Have a great day and if you are in this heatwave zone – keep safe!

Day 25 – Photographic Genes

It is the 25th day of my June ‘Accentuate the Positive’ challenge.  My positive for today is photography because “A picture is worth a thousand words” and I have always run a little short on words.  ๐Ÿคญ

I have said that I did not get anything genetic wise from my Mother.ย  Iย  did not get her looks, her temperament, her domestic talents, her singing ability, or her construction skills.ย  (I once taped my cell phone to a crate at work trying to operate a tape gun. ๐Ÿคฆ).ย  Recently however,ย  I have discovered an appreciation for my Mother’sย  love of photography.ย ย  In her later years, she even started taking pictures of her pictures. (When I take a picture of a picture for my blog, I can hear her saying “Who’s laughing now?”). Actually, most of the pictures that I take picture of were her pictures.

I will never be organized enough to have the dedicated photo albums that my Mother had, but I do have a few new photos to share today.   I hope a bit of my Mother’s photographic skill come through.

I don’t know if Dan and I have a running disagreement on where Tinkerbell should be this year, or if she is flitting around on her own, but I am pretty sure she keeps moving.
Kat before and after her grooming. ๐Ÿ’ž
Yea, I put on makeup and jewelry to take Kat to the groomers.  Not too wierd. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
Where did that pansy come from?
Little visitor ๐Ÿ’ž
Grandpa’s Bleeding Heart going through yet another round of blooming.  ๐Ÿ’
I’ll stick with real grass ๐Ÿค”

Twenty-five days down and only five to go!

Wishing all a good day and a nice weekend! I hope to see you tomorrow. ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹