I am a British born, living in Canada since May of 1989. My blog is about all aspects of my daily life.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Monday, January 30, 2023
Bits and bobs...........
Just having a catch up. Been a busy weekend with one thing and another. Snowed on Sunday, so we had a lazy snow day. Hubby was watching football games from the UK. He wanted to see the Wrexham game. We watched the series on Netflix, Welcome to Wrexham, which was interesting.
On Saturday I went to Shopper's Drug Mart to pick up some things that were on sale. You also got either 20 or 30k in points when you spent over $60. I was lucky and got the 30k. I stocked up on toilet paper; had coupons to make them cheaper. Stocked up on coffee and picked up some "fancier" shampoo that was on clearance, along with the usual eggs.
This is what I spent and how many points I ended up with.I spent $65.32, and got over 36k in points which is worth $36. I had already cashed in $60 worth of points the day before, so my balance is down slightly at 313,114 points. When I was in SDM, I actually stopped in my tracks as I was wandering round as I was shocked at the price increases in a lot of items. I truly can't believe how much everything has gone up.
This weekend seems to have flown by. Going to spend Sunday night doing a bit more cross stitch. Still have one more book mark to complete after this one.
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Harry and Meghan....
We could all talk about those two until the cows come home and no one will know 100% what is going on in their heads......but I listened to what these guys said and have to agree when Eamonn Holmes says 'This is the biggest acting role she's ever had'
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Over the past week or two I have ran across a couple of video's and articles on the following:
"How often do you change your bedsheets?"
It's funny when watching the video's as to how defensive people are about this subject. Add in these questions:
"How often do you change your pajamas/nighties?"
"How often do you wash your bath towels?"
Then all hell breaks loose. As we all know there is no wrong or right answer, it's personal preference.
So here are my answers:
Bedsheets : every Friday........though I would love to have clean line dried cotton sheets on my bed every night.......however that is NEVER EVER going to happen!
PJ's and Nighties : Monday and Friday
Towels : Monday and Friday
I wash four times a week. Monday and Friday, it's whites/towels/bedding that sort of thing. Thursday and Sunday it's colour's eg. hubby's work clothes.
Friday, January 27, 2023
Favourite things #4
If you have been a follower of my blog for a while, or live in Canada, this won't be an unusual thing.
One of the way's we buy milk here in Canada is in bags. You get 3 bags of milk which total 4 litres. This particular bag was $5.69 at Walmart. Which is the average price for this type of milk. I bought it on January 10th and it has an expiry date of January 27th. (I compose posts ahead of time.)This is what the bags look like and those three bags last around 7 days in this household
I just bought this milk jug; I obviously bought it with the grands in mind. You pop the bag in and snip the corner of the bag.
So now onto my favourite thing. I bought this milk bag holder from Amazon. It wasn't badly priced at $11.99.
I have had it a couple of months now and love it.
It holds the three bags of milk and it stops the bags slipping around the fridge and is much neater.
Here is where I keep it in my fridge. I have no idea how I managed without it.
We have a Kitchen Aid fridge/freezer. I wouldn't recommend it, you are paying for the name. It is just over 4 years old and I think it was around a year ago we had to replace the container that holds the ice. It had rusted!! They did it under warranty, but not without a fuss!! It has a water dispenser and ice maker; both are must haves for us as we use them all the time. The water is also filtered. I change the filter twice a year at a cost of around $60 each time.
It holds a lot and the two separate drawers are handy.
This is the freezer section and holds what we need. I finally got rid of my chest freezer last year as all I was storing in it was some flour and a couple loaves of bread. I was using this freezer all the time.
We drink/use 1% milk. Do you drink milk? Do you buy it in a plastic jug, or bags, or bottles.......can you buy glass bottles of milk? We can at specialty stores.
Thursday, January 26, 2023
When Fannie Farmer and KitchenAid come out to play...
it means serious business is afoot!!I got them out last week to make some peanut butter cookies. I got this cookbook over 30 years ago and honestly the only recipe I use frequently; and now it's rarely, is for the peanut butter cookie recipe.
As you can see by these pages it has been used a lot over the years! I posted the recipe for the first time on this blog in 2008 here.
I had bought some peanut butter to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for one of the grandkids.
I only eat peanut butter if it is mixed in with something else. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches is not something we were brought up with.
I will say that the cookies were good and were all gone within a couple of days.....which is why I don't bake often as we eat it all way too fast😊
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
A good mail day!
This came in the mail last week and it says it all:In it was the books for January and February I chose to review.
I wasn't 100% sure which one I would read first, but chose "The Rose and the Thistle," which is a historical romance. Really enjoyed it and you can read my review here.
I have just finished my second one, "Everything is Just Beginning," and will say that book surprised me, as I wasn't expecting much from it, but it turned into a real page turner. Again, you can read my review here.
I am a fast reader, and tend to read at night after hubby has gone to bed. So far this year I have read 7 books. Things will slow down though with the reading once it gets warmer and the better weather arrives. Now though, I will read as many books as I can.
Monday, January 23, 2023
Evan's Quilt (Photo heavy!!)
At the end of December I did a post about WIP's. On my list of things to finish was Evan's first year quilt. Four of my grands had their photo's taken every month of their first year with a fabric background. I take each fabric and make a quilt with it. The quilts are all around the same size, 56 inches wide by 72 inches long. N, P & L's quilt were all quilted by the same lady, but she is no longer doing the quilting anymore, so I had to find someone else.
I stumbled upon the nicest lady ever; Kathleen from Allotallove. Not only does she do the long arm quilting, she also sells quilt tops and quilt's from her Etsy Shop.
I used Fireside Backing fabric from Dinky Doo Fabrics. It's so warm and soft, perfect for the backing.
I requested a basic swirl for the quilting as it's a boy's quilt.
The cloud print you see below; I used that for the binding, as I ran out of the plain grey print.
I always put a label on the back, as a reminder of who made it and when.
Overall I am super pleased with how it all came together. From Evan's mum's choice of fabrics, to how it was quilted and how it looks and feels when finished.
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Too easy it turns out.
I bought this puzzle in the sales from Hallmark.
Had it done within a couple of hours, but I thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Made a change from the 1000 piece puzzles.
Do you enjoy doing puzzles and how many pieces are in your regular puzzles that you make?
Do you remember these phones:
Friday, January 20, 2023
Favourite Things #3
This week it's a recipe. It's on the Crisco Shortening package for Crisco No Fail Pie Crust.
It's exactly what it claims a no fail pie crust. Super simple and it makes a tender, flaky pie crust. Since I have discovered this recipe I never buy pie crusts as it takes no time to make. Even if you are a beginner in making pastry this one is super simple.
Crisco No Fail Pie Crust (the recipe linked is slightly different and is a vegan recipe)
This makes enough for one double crust pie, or two single 9" pie crusts.
2 cups All Purpose/Plain Flour
3/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Crisco All Vegetable Shortening
2 TBSP cold water
1 TBSP White Vinegar
1. Combine flour and salt in mixing bowl. Cut room temperature shortening into flour with pastry blender, (I use my hands to do this) until mixture is uniform and shortening resembles coarse crumbs. You could also use a food processer to do this as well.
2. Beat egg, water and vinegar together to blend. Pour all the liquid over flour mixture, stir with fork until mixture is moistened.
3. Divide dough in half and shape into a ball. Flatten each into a circle about 4 inches. Wrap and chill dough for 15 minutes for easier rolling.......it is important to do this as it is a moist dough.
4. Use in whatever recipe you want that needs pie dough.
I made a batch the other day and with two thirds of it I made a turkey pot pie. I had a third left and decided to make a quiche. A quiche is like a stew; as it's a great way of using up odds and ends. I wanted a smaller quiche so used the glass lid of a casserole dish I have to make it in. My rolling pin I think was my mam's. I have had it donkey's years.It was a very flaky pastry so had to patch it all as it was so crumbly....but also super tasty when cooked.
I cooked it "blind" for 15 minutes at 425 oF with the baking beans in it. I think I got the baking beans many moons ago at Lakeland Plastics when we lived in the UK. Took them out and cooked it for a further 5 minutes. Then turned the oven down to 375 oF
I had some fat free cottage cheese leftover in the fridge. So I pureed it with my hand held blender and added it to the three eggs. I also added some half and half creamer to thin it out.
I forgot to take a photo before I cut into the quiche. I had a little bit of ham left over that needed using up. I cooked some bacon and a diced onion, and added the ham to the eggs, along with salt and pepper. I sliced a tomato on top as well and cooked it for a further 45 minutes.
There was too much mixture for the pie case, so poured the rest into some silicone baking cups and will put these in hubby's lunch.
The good thing about using the cottage cheese is that I didn't have to add any more cheese like I normally do. I liked the consistency of using the pureed cottage cheese, it gave the quiche a very creamy quality and as I said this was fat free cottage cheese.
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Odd, but so pretty.
I was driving to the store Saturday morning. It was minus 15 oC without the windchill and super sunny. I spotted this:Where this is, is over the lake I think. It was as though it was a rainbow, without the curve. It must have been something to do with the temperature etc?
I was either stopped at traffic lights, or I pulled over on the side of the road when taking these.As you can see we have very little snow for this time of year. We got around 3 inches from last week. Very strange weather this year.
The sun was so bright:
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
First trip to Costco
Hubby and I had our first trip to Costco last Friday. After wandering around for nearly an hour and again being totally overwhelmed with it all, we walked out with this little lot:
There was one thing missing from that photo and it was the box with the Turbo Tax cd in it. We buy it every year to do our taxes. It was $34.99, we normally pay $39.99, so a savings of $5. All of the things above came to $55.05 (not including the Turbo Tax)
Everything I got was a bit cheaper than if I had purchased them in Wal-Mart. The 24 packages of yogurt were on for $5.49 with a mid-February expiry date. We go through a lot of yogurts and I pay that price for 16 yogurts. The cheese slices were $9.99 for 60. If I can get them for $3.99 for 24 I am doing well. The hummus was a good deal at $6.99 for 16 individuals tubs, I pay that for the 12 individual tubs. The bananas were $1.69 for I am assuming 3lbs which is the going rate. The 5 pack of deodorant was $12.99 again a good price. Finally the fruit snacks were $9.49. I paid 13% tax on the fruit snacks and the deodorant; and of course the tax programme.
Check out was a breeze, we went for 9am and I took your advise and checked prices before I bought. Produce was big quantities, so unless I am feeding the whole family, I won't be buying there. The milk was $5.69 (I think) which is what I would normally pay. However Shopper's Drug Mart quite often has it on sale for that price, so would rather pick it up there and get the points.
I was quite happy with what we got. I won't have to buy deodorant for quite a few months. The snacks and hummus will last a while; as will the cheese slices. Dh takes them as part of his lunch.
It's going to take a bit of getting used to but I can see us using it more and more.
Thank you again for all your advise.
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
I made these cake box cookie's the other morning:I used a cake mix, two eggs, a package of sugar free jello and 1/2 cup apple sauce. Mixed them all together with a hand mixer and added a package of choc-chips (not pictured). Baked them in a 375 oF oven for around 10 to 12 minutes. They did stick even on parchment paper, just be warned, I would remove them from the tray before they get too cold. I made 30 with my mixture.
They turned out as a cross between cake and cookies. Very tasty, very raspberry and chocolatey. Would make them again.
Just finished another book, "A Little Love," by Amanda Prowse. If you are over 50 you will appreciate this book I think. It was very sweet. This is the second book I have read by this author. The first one was "Clover's Child." That one took a little more time to get into the story, but well worth the read.
Monday, January 16, 2023
Fun one that you can join in with...
Saw this on Facebook. What was the Number 1 song in your country on your 23rd birthday?
This was mine; it was number 1 for two weeks.
Sunday, January 15, 2023
I am in the process of cleaning out my freezer. Had this fish, there were five fillets in the bag.
First day of Spring.....
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